Friday, July 6, 2012

One Sexy Cowboy

Congratulations to Allison M., the winner of Dana's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I just got my very first cowboy cover, for my July book THE SPY WORE SPURS. I love it!

I definitely noticed a trend toward cowboys in romance lately. It seems readers cannot get enough of sexy cowboys.

I’ve been giving that some thought to why that is, as THE SPY WORE SPURS is the first in a six book series from me, all the action taking place on the Texas border with plenty of delicious cowboys on the pages.

First of all, I think the image of a cowboy is a very patriotic image. Few things are as American as cowboys. Also we are talking about very self-sufficient men who are tough and capable. They are out on the trail, fighting cold and heat and wolves and bears. But they have a soft side. They care for their animals. Then there is the whole ‘cowboy code’ thing. Cowboys are honest and honorable. I love a man with principles!

What do cowboys represent for you? Do you have a favorite type of hero? What is it? Make sure to post a response, as I’ll be raffling off a free book among all the people who comment.

And to give a quick taste of THE SPY WORE SPURS and its tough and sexy hero, here is the opening of the book. What do you think?

Ryder McKay leaned his back against the rough bark of a tree in the middle of a sparse South Texas mesquite grove, surrounded by darkness and silence. He’d been shot before. But this time it didn’t look as if he would be walking away. He figured he had another ten minutes to live.
            He pressed his blood-crusted hands onto the gaping bullet wound in his thigh. If he let go to push himself to standing, he would bleed out on the spot. No point in standing anyway. He wasn’t going to make the long mile to where his pickup waited.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 6th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. Cowboys always remind me of my father (who looked somewhat like Hopalong Cassidy!) He loved all the TV cowboy shows back in the 50s and 60s.


  2. Cowboys remind me of all the courage and hard work. They work hard usinguscle and brains to accomplish their goals. Unthinking of cowboys having honor and manners and an unflinching sense of loyalty. I think they have all the qualifications to make a great book I cam just getost in. Love to win a copy.of your book!! Gator_trish at msn dot com

  3. Hi Dana,

    Love your cover. I like all kinds of heros. That is one sexy cowboy!

    yenastone at aol dot com

  4. Cowboys represent a quiet, gentle strength. My favorite hero is a soldier. I've been married to mine for 23 years! allisonmoyer(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Hi

    I love reading stories with cowboys because they seem to be able to handle whatever comes their way. Great post, your book looks great.

    Thanks for the chance.

  6. I love the variety of heroes out there... the rugged, the nerdy, the boy next door, the spy, military, cowboys, etc... I enjoy seeing each one get their HEA. Congrats on the beginning of this series! Wonderful cover... sounds good! :)

  7. I like all types of heroes. I like cowboys are dedicated and hardworking.


  8. Cowboys remind me of simpler times. They are hard working. They do what needs to be done and at the same time, they are courteous. What cowboys don't say "Ma'am"? They are rugged and physically fit. And they have a horse or horses. I'm a sucker for a cowboy with a horse.


  9. I'm drawn to cowboys because they possess certain traits that just aren't out there anymore. They have manners, a sense of duty and propriety and a work ethic that is just lost to most people these days. They are reliable and don't usually have time to play games. And let's not forget they are just too darn sexy!

    I have recently started reading Harlequin Intrigue books and I'm kicking myself for overlooking them in the past. They have all been really good so far. I look forward to THE SPY WHO WORE SPURS and the rest of the series.

    Heather E


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