Crazy for Cowboys by Victoria Vane

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john-wayne-cowboy-riding“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. 

Lonesome Dove

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

Slow Hand-300In 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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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

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  1. Maggi Andersen

    Love a good western. And John Wayne made some great ones, The Searchers, Red River and Stagecoach. Men were men and the woman had spunk. I’m enjoying Slow Hand very much. I love the title, is there any significance to it, Vicki? Apart from the one in my mind that is. 🙂

  2. Felicia

    I was a Daddy’s girl and got hooked on westerns before I even started school. Grew up watching every western you listed, and while Heath Barkley (Lee Majors) was my favorite cowboy, my favorite show was “High Chaparral”. Great blog – got my pre-order in for “Slow Hand”.

    • Victoria Vane

      Hi Felicia! I LOVED Heath Barkley too, but had a softer spot for hot headed Nick! Thank you so much for pre-ordering SLOW HAND. You’ll be delighted to learn that my heroine Nikki also watched spaghetti Westerns with her Dad!

    • Victoria Vane

      Love Clint! He was another fabulous cowboy! I just don’t know that he would be such a goon one to model my heroes after.
      From Outlaw Joesy Wales: “Seems like whenever I get to liking someone, they ain’t around for long.” reply from Chief Dan George: “I notice when you get to disliking someone, they ain’t around for long neither.”

  3. JoannaM

    Love that quote! I didn’t think cowboys were that appealing but now that you mention it, I can understand why the allure. =D

    • Victoria Vane

      Hi Joanna, What I try to do in this series is to show that cowboys come in different packages. In SLOW HAND Wade is a true gentleman and a charmer. In ROUGH RIDER His brother Dirk is a bit of a bad boy and a tortured hero. In the third book, STRAIGHT SHOOTER, Reid Everett is a old school hero (Marine Sniper Scout). They are all different but they all have the heart of a cowboy.

  4. Barbara Monajem

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Victoria! When I was a kid, I had daydreams about being a cowgirl–the head of a group of bandits, LOL).

  5. carolcork

    Victoria, I loved all those old westerns. My favourite was Wagon Train because I had a crush on Robert Horton who played the scout, Flint McCullough.

    • Victoria Vane

      I had forgotten Wagon Train Carol! I don’t think that was one I watched regularly but I recall it! Gotta love a man in a Stetson! 🙂

  6. jdh2690

    OK, Victoria, I’ll take a stab at answering your trivia question. I, too, enjoyed western romances growing up, as well as all the old TV westerns and the more modern TV serials. I grew up in a small “western” town on the desert in Southern California, went to rodeos and was amongst cowboys in school and play. I still love cowboys, their code, their honesty, their work ethic. But the only cowboy you quoted from several times in this whole trip down memory lane was John Wayne. Was he your favorite cowboy?

    • jdh2690

      P.S. I’m sure glad you’re doing a western series!! 🙂 Janice