Monday, April 17, 2017

What Bonanza & Gunsmoke Taught Me About Romance

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I loved Bonanza as a kid. Okay, I admit that I had a secret crush on “Bad Boy” Adam (a young Pernell Roberts). The show had a great cast with awesome chemistry. But introduce a woman… Oh boy, you could take bets on how long she’d be alive. Of course, the alternative to death was that she was a con-artist or being chased by an insanely abusive husband. Women were sort of like the red shirts on Star Trek–especially if they were in the landing party. BUT after fourteen seasons of Bonanza none of the brothers EVER got the girl.

No. Happily. Ever. Afters. … EVER? How sad is that?

Bonanza was on television for 431 episodes…fourteen seasons (1959 to 1973). Next to Gunsmoke (1955-1975), it’s one of the longest running westerns (or TV shows). And who didn’t secretly wish for Marshal Dillion and Miss Kitty to get together? Just for fun here’s a young Toby Keith singing I SHOULD’VE BEEN A COWBOY with a first verse dedicated to the couple (or non-couple). 

BUT BUT BUT…even Toby Keith is wishing to ride away into a sunset alone! What?! Seriously?! It must be a guy thing. An idea about…? Nope…not a clue. Hey, I love cowboys–especially Texas ones. I write about them and their sense of honor and how hard they love. After all, I was raised on cowboys. My parents (and grandparents) watched Gunsmoke and Bonanza religiously. Throw in John Wayne and Doris Day --that was my childhood. But unlike the song, all of my cowboys find their HEA.

After years of reading fiction, watching long-running television shows, and life in general… Well, I learned that I need character growth. Wait, did that answer surprise you? But it’s the truth. A character who doesn’t ever commit in a relationship isn’t connecting, they aren’t growing. And unfortunately, may end up after fourteen seasons a LOT older…and still alone. So as a reader (or watcher of television) I need emotional growth, a character who’s bigger at the end of the story than at the beginning. As a writer…that’s the goal.

Man oh man, I do love Happy Endings!
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Guarding clients is easy. Avoiding their match-making Grammy is another story.

It’s high time this match-making, motorcycle-riding Grammy takes the love-lives of her grandchildren into her own hands and gives love a sweet kick in the right direction.


Cop turned PI Brooke Henderson is hired on the down-low to keep an eye on Deacon “Tripp” Sanders after his team wins hockey’s biggest title. The gig should be as easy as an empty-net goal (yes, she knows her hockey!). The anonymous letter threatening trouble doesn’t have much merit and the gorgeous hockey phenom is certainly easy on Brooke’s eyes. If only her woo-woo power wasn’t in full swing and instigating trouble. The erotic pheromones she’d learned to hold in check were drawing men’s unwelcome attention...but giving her the perfect cover as a puck bunny.

Brooke might be trying to keep watch from a distance, but everywhere he looks Deacon’s eyes are drawn to the beautiful warrior like a loose puck in front of the net. Despite his annoyance that his family thinks he can't keep himself out of trouble, can he convince this exquisite protector to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?

But the game turns deadly when someone’s goal is to put Deacon in the penalty box....permanently.
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USA TODAY bestselling author ANGI MORGAN, combines Texas settings with characters in realistic and dangerous situations. Bodyguards in Heels is a mash-up of her favorite things to read: a little comedy, a little suspense, a little woo-woo and a lot of love. She packs up her husband and rescue dogs for road trips to locations she’s writing about. They have a goal to travel roads they’ve never traveled and find the best pie in the Lone Star State. Contact her via her Website or other social media. Check out my newsletter or my monthly Giveaway.
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  1. I'm a fan anytime a hockey hero is thrown into the equation! I haven't started this series yet but I'm definitely going to make sure I check it out!! And I agree, 14 season is too long for none of the characters in Bonanza to not get an HEA! It would have driven me crazy to watch that!!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

    1. :-)
      I hope you enjoy the series. Thanks for checking it out.

  2. I saw bits and pieces of the TV show, but admit to never actually watching a whole episode... just catch a bit when channel surfing here or there.

    1. least you know the show. I would not recommend binge watching. LOL

  3. I never did see Gunsmoke, but did catch a little of Bonanza. So sad about no HEA though.

  4. I am a bit too young for Bonanza (LOL)

    1. YAY !!
      I admit that I never watched the first episodes. Mine were the last years it was on.

  5. Hi Angi,
    You mention happy endings here. They are so satisfying!

    janet_kerr at msn dot com

  6. I admit I have to have HEAs in books and TV shows for me to enjoy them, it's really not the same without even the hint of one!

    thebigbluewall77 AT gmail DOT com

  7. I think they very likely could have been. They obviously cared a great deal for each other. I believe she would never have done anything to tarnish his image. If they did get together, it was very discretely done.

  8. I did not watch Gunsmoke when I was young but it is possible that Matt and Kitty were "involved"! I did occasionally see Bonanza which I enjoyed, but my favorite old cowboy show is "The Virginian".


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