What is it about cowboys? Readers these days love them—Linda Lael Millerâ€™s
McKettrick boys, Catherine Andersonâ€™s
Coulter brothers, and Carolyn Brownâ€™s Honky
Tonk cowboys, among others. I love them too—obviously. My September
release, One Fine
Cowboy, is my second contemporary cowboy romance, and there are more to
So whatâ€™s the appeal of these rough-and-ready Westerners? Part of itâ€™s the
outfit. Worn jeans, slant-heeled boots, rugged, rakish hats—they all set
off a man to perfection. Then thereâ€™s the body type. Whether itâ€™s the tall, slim
cowpoke slouching casually against a fence or the rugged, muscular type
wrestling steers, the work a cowboy does makes for a perfect combination of
muscle and sinew.
Then thereâ€™s the fact that they work with animals. Whether theyâ€™re ranch hands,
rodeo riders, or weekend wranglers, these men work with horses—and anyone
whoâ€™s ever sat in a saddle knows you canâ€™t just force horses to do what you
want. Working with them requires a certain kind of sensitivity, a give-and-take
that bodes well for the bedroom.
But another part of their appeal is the old-fashioned simplicity of Western
life, which translates into an old-fashioned morality that makes a cowboy the
perfect romantic hero. Here in Wyoming, the Cowboy Code is literally the law of
the land; it was enacted into law this past March by Governor Freudenthal.
Living by the cowboy code means you live each day with courage, take pride in
your work, always finish what you start, and do what has to be done. It tells us
to be tough, but fair, keep our promises, talk less, say more, and remember that
some things are not for sale.
Thatâ€™s not just the cowboy code; itâ€™s the romantic hero code — the
definition of a good man. The only problem is that "talk less, say
Thereâ€™s an exception to every rule, but a lot of cowboys donâ€™t talk much, and
this can make romance a challenge. A cowboy might scorch your shirt off by
flashing a meaningful look out from under that Stetson, but the sweet nothings
donâ€™t exactly pour from his lips.
For Charlie Banks, the heroine of One Fine Cowboy, that takes
a lot of getting used to. Charlieâ€™s a graduate student in psychology who comes
to a Wyoming horse-training clinic to study interspecies communication. She
realizes early on that horse trainer Nate Shawcross is a good man, but heâ€™s sure
as heck not going to say so. Along the way, she figures it out from the way he
treats his horse and the way he loves his family—and later on, she decides
his non-verbal communications skills make up for the lack of conversation. Heâ€™s
more than willing to show her how he feels.
Charlie takes on Nate the way she meets every challenge, with fists clenched and
feet planted, ready for a fight. Nate, on the other hand, meets the world with a
clenched jaw and an unshakable determination to keep his emotions under control.
The prickly Jersey girl and the laconic Wyoming cowboy might as well be two
different species, but when an accident forces them to depend on each other they
find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
The official release date for One Fine Cowboy is
September 7th, but itâ€™s already in stores, so you can see for yourself how
Charlie and Nate manage to find a way to communicate that works for both of
them. And if you want to communicate with me, I love to hear from readers at my
So is a cowboy your kind of man? Would you rather have a man tell you how he
feels—or show you?
ONE FINE COWBOY BY JOANNE KENNEDY
IN STORES — SEPTEMBER 2010
Heâ€™s got a way with horses...and with women...
Nate Shawcross is perfectly content to spend his days training wild horses. So
when a beautiful greenhorn unexpectedly shows up for a seminar from the famous
"Horse Whisperer" of Wyoming, all Nate wants to do is send her
The last thing she expects is a lesson in romance...
Graduate student Charlie Banks came to the ranch to learn about horse
communication, but when she meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy, she starts to
fantasize about another connection entirely...
Nate needs to stay focused if heâ€™s going to save his ranch from foreclosure, but
he canâ€™t help being distracted by the brainy and breathtakingly sexy Charlie.
Could it be that after all this time Nate has finally found the one woman who
can tame his wild heart?
About the Author
Joanne Kennedy has
worked in bookstores all her life in positions from bookseller to buyer. A
member of Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, she won
first place in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest and second in the Heart of the
Rockies contest. Joanne lives in Cheyenne,
Wyoming. For more information, please visit my website.
17 comments posted.
Looks like a great read and I am another one who loves cowboys. It's the manliness...yehaw!!!!
(Valerie Bongards 8:41am September 7, 2010)
a cowboy is definitely my kind of man whats not to like tight jeans, horses and cowboy hats isn't that most little girls dream (I know its mine).
(April Strength 8:48am September 7, 2010)
Give me a cowboy anyday!!! I would love a guy that would tell you and show you how much he cares...
(Colleen Conklin 1:45pm September 7, 2010)
Yes, a cowboy is my kind of man. And I'd rather be shown than told how a man feels.
(Leni Kaye 2:40pm September 7, 2010)