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Why do we enjoy writing and reading about the West? What is it about cowboys that is just plain irresistible? Over thirty authors and bloggers tackle these and other questions by explaining why we love Romancing the West.
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Today on the Happy Ever Blog on USA Today, I’m talking about why cowboys make the perfect hero. So, here I’m talking about what makes the perfect heroine and why western women fit the bill.
Whether I’m reading or writing, I like heroines who are tough, independent and self-sufficient. There’s just something about a woman raised in the west that fits this bill.
A friend of mine embodies this to a tee. She recently posted a photo of herself going out in the snowy cold of the Colorado mountains to feed her animals, but she didn’t feel well. She couldn’t call the boss to call off work for the day and stay inside curled up under her covers. She didn’t ask someone else to take care of them for her. She pulled on her coat and boots and out she went.
This is that toughness I like in my heroines. They can take care of themselves and the last thing they need is a man around. They choose to have a man in their lives—and by God, he has to earn that choice. I want them to have true grit—as the saying goes.
My heroines are sassy and smart. They know what they want and they go after it. Hard work is a part of their lives and they don’t ever complain. And they can handle a spirited horse as well as a hard-headed cowboy, sometimes with the same set of skills.
I’m not saying a fashionista from LA or New York couldn’t have the same basic characteristics. In fact one of the heroines I’m currently writing is the sometimes spoiled granddaughter of a billionaire, has an MBA and wants to be the CEO of his energy company. She’s been raised prim and proper on a Dallas estate, not to mention she’s actually a European princess in hiding… BUT she also can shoot a gun, ride a horse like a pro and can hold her own against the occasionally arrogant and stubborn former Green Beret-turned-cowboy, who is hired against her will to protect her from the bad guys. However, what makes me like western heroines the most… Of course, it’s the cowboy trying to tame these ladies.
So, what kind of western heroine do you like best?
My books that have strong, independant women as heroines.
When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?
Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.
Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.
When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?
Available April 1, 2013
He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.
The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.
\Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.
Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.
(Although this book is published under my paranormal pen name, the book is set in the West and the heroine embodies the qualities I’ve metioned above.)
Brigit Wolfe, a born werewolf, hasn’t killed a human in over a hundred years, although now, she wonders if the animal attacking people in Silver Creek, Colorado, isn’t her. But she might have bigger problems when her cowboy neighbor, Austin Calhoun, ambles into her bar. Austin hasn’t been a vampire for long, but he is determined to prove to himself that he’s worthy of his hunter’s dagger. Brigit’s rare beauty and blade-sharp tongue enchants him. She ignites a passion he thought was dead, but is she the killer his master sent him to destroy? During Austin’s investigation regarding Brigit’s involvement in the deaths, an old crime surfaces connected to her human best friend. These two immortal enemies have to join forces to solve the mystery before someone else dies. But can they survive the heat of their own desire?