“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” — John Wayne
I love cowboys. Always have, but it was only in writing this post that I realized my love of everything western really did begin about as far back as I can remember.
As a kid, most of my favorite TV shows were westerns: Bonanza, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Have Gun Will Travel, Rawhide, The Rifleman, and The Wild Wild West.
As a teen, I remember borrowing my grandpa’s worn copies of Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. I devoured these as eagerly as I did my beloved Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer books!
And who didn’t adore Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in Lonesome Dove?
Even my first girlhood crushes were cowboys played by Peter Brock (tough guy Nick from the Big Valley) and Robert Conrad’s James West. (Do you remember how hot Robert Conrad was in those old Duracell battery commercials?)
One of my all time favorite films is a “western” set in Australia. The Man from Snowy River greatly influenced my first novel, The Highest Stakes (both involve horses and star-crossed lovers.)
I also adore the Australian set film Quigley Down Under purely for Tom Selleck. Although I was never a fan of Magnum PI , I adore all of his Western films and he has done quite a few of them. His looks and mannerisms are pure cowboy and he really does know how to ride a horse. Tom Selleck Westerns include:
Lastly, even my favorite US president was a true cowboy.
There’s something infinitely alluring about a tough guy who speaks little, but means what he says, and always puts other’s needs above his own. When I decided to write contemporary romances, I naturally gravitated to toward this quintessentially appealing archetype. Although my heroes in my upcoming series are all different, I still endeavored to capture the cowboy heart and soul in all of them.
SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane
In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.
Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can’t resist a cowboy with a slow hand…
ROMANTIC PURSUIT QUESTION: Who is my favorite cowboy?
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