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Amanda McIntyre | COWBOYS!!!


It's romance Wednesday and so a perfect time to bring up "cowboys!"

The term can imply the rugged cowboys of the Wild West totin' a Colt 45, or it can mean a fearless, young bull-rider matching wits with the meanest bull in the country. It can be the hard-working rancher setting out on a cattle drive in Montana, or a determined farmer plowing his fields atop his John Deere as he prepares to plant his crops.

To me, however, the term "Cowboy" is an attitude. It's a way of viewing work, life, and loyalties. It's a no-nonsense, sometimes stubborn to a fault, but tender as a newborn lamb ideal. And it is all of these examples that fuel the foundation for my contemporary rancher series, THE KINNISON LEGACY.

Meet Wyatt, Rein, and Dalton—the formidable men of the Kinnison Legacy. When tragedy strikes the lives of three young boys, they are placed under the care of wealthy cattle baron, Jed Kinnison. He raised three as his own sons, leaving everything to them, including a special dream he had for the ranch.

Rugged Hearts
Kinnsion Legacy

Rustler's Heart
Kinnsion Legacy

RUGGED HEARTS, BOOK I, in this series features Wyatt Kinnison, oldest of his three brothers. Aside from his stellar dark and brooding good looks, Wyatt is the quintessential first-born son. His headstrong, take-charge attitude (some might call him, bossy.) makes him the one chosen to stay at the ranch and make sure things there are running smoothly. After a long day of checking fences and watching for predators to his cattle, Wyatt likes to kick back, watch a little bull riding on TV, or settle down with a good book. He also enjoys taking classes through an online community college on topics that interest him. But it's his chance meeting with second grade teacher, Aimee Worth and later when he goes head-to-head in his on line poetry class with an unknown fellow student, that his sequestered life begins to unravel. Visit my author page (Amanda McIntyre) here at Fresh Fiction to read more about RUGGED HEARTS, find where you can obtain a sample read, or purchase the book!

RUSTLERS HEART, BOOK II, in the Kinnsion Legacy, features the story of Rein Mackenzie. Jed Kinnison's nephew. Youngest of Jed's three "sons, "he comes to live with his uncle when his parents are killed in a tragic accident—one that Rein carries a guilt inside about. Studious, quiet, Rein learns all there is to know about the ranch, goes to college and takes over the business side of the ranch. The tall, fair-haired, blue-eye Rein, once burned bad by love, now turns to bringing to fruition his uncle's dream of making the Last Hope Ranch a place where others can find hope and heal, just as his non-traditional sons were able to do.

An avid hunter, fisherman and horseman, Rein's passion for designing and building with his hands, stems from his love of nature and the Native American history engrained in the land. Rein loves hanging with friends at Dusty's Bar, but most days would rather be in his workshop surrounded by the scent of shaved wood chips and strong coffee. An easy-going guy, he finds himself playing referee to his two brothers. Confident, intelligent, and often the peacemaker of the family, once Rein makes up his mind on a matter, he goes after it with a vengeance.

Which is why the arrival of Liberty Belle Stenapolas—the recently discovered half-sister of his brothers--throws a kink into his well-laid plans. While the rest of the family and community accept her, Rein fights—with every possible reason—his growing attraction to her. Liberty has the same trouble, about ready to give up on her silly infatuation, until one night when neither wants to fight anymore. What is supposed to be nothing more than a hot, summer fling, takes a deadly turn when Liberty's past catches up to her, endangering everything and everyone they both love. Visit my author page here at Fresh Fiction to read more about RUSTLER'S HEART, find where you can obtain a sample read, or purchase the book!

Dalton, the bad boy, risk-taking, fun-loving third brother is featured in the last book--RENEGADE HEARTS. More on him to come!!

Contest question:

What's your ideal "cowboy?" One winner will be chosen at random to receive an E-book copy of your choice of the Amazon best-selling, contemporary western romance, RUGGED HEARTS or the newly released, RUSTLER'S HEART, BOOK II in the Kinnison Legacy series.




32 comments posted.

Re: Amanda McIntyre | COWBOYS!!!

The "ideal cowboy" is all about attitude: working hard to keep the ranch
profitable while dealing with a myriad of issues daily, like: feeding the livestock,
keeping the animals healthy & happy, repairing fences & machinery, and having
that sexy take-charge persona that drives women wild!
(Sheila Veikune 1:31am February 26, 2014)

An "ideal cowboy" is someone who is rough and tough, gentle
with his horse, tips his hat to a lady and also has sense of
(Leona Olson 8:46am February 26, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is just the rugged, tough, hard working cowboy but who has a softer side.
(Pam Howell 9:29am February 26, 2014)

i love the rugged tough and gentle who work hard but loves
his family and expecially the woman in his life
(Denise Smith 9:38am February 26, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is honest, rugged, tough and true but soft with his family!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:43am February 26, 2014)

I love cowboy stories, I'd love to read this.
(Wilma Frana 10:32am February 26, 2014)

Thanks for the chance!
(LeeAnne Hardin 10:36am February 26, 2014)

My ideal Cowboy.. hummmm... lets see.. he is Tall, Rugged,
Devil may Care smile, loyal, buff/rugged, tender when need
be, strong when necessary, Great with Kids, loves his family
and wants a woman that will ride the ranch, stand by him and
fight, and love him in bed
(Tina Ullrich 11:38am February 26, 2014)

My ideal Cowboy doesn't encompass much. He respects the land, has love for his Family, his Woman, his herd, and his Friends. He knows when he has to be tough and be gentle. As for the contest, I'm disappointed that you didn't make it a choice of e-book or print copy, because I don't own an e-reader. Anyway, your books sound like the perfect Winter/Spring read for me, and I will have to put them on my TBR list. Congratulations on your latest book!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:48am February 26, 2014)

My ideal cowboy... one that is rugged, good looking, honest, loyal, and loves the land and its creatures.
(Colleen Conklin 11:55am February 26, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is hard working, honest, tough on the outside but with a marshmallow heart, and good looking.
(Anna Speed 12:10pm February 26, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is a rough, tough, hard-working loner with a soft heart.
(Sue Farrell 12:34pm February 26, 2014)

I love me some cowboys. Cowboys are hard working men and take
care of their women.
(Gail Hurt 1:04pm February 26, 2014)

I would love to find a hard working cowboy. That also loves his woman and his family. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Linda Hall 2:52pm February 26, 2014)

I agree with everyone else. Rugged, good-looking,
honest,loyal and hard working.
(Denise Austin 4:33pm February 26, 2014)

one fencer
(Kent Cook 5:03pm February 26, 2014)

(Shelly Caggiano 6:52pm February 26, 2014)

The ideal cowboy sits tall in the saddle and knows how to handle his horse.
He's strong and tough, yet gentle with a woman.
(Melanie Backus 7:17pm February 26, 2014)

Tough with a good heart. Thanks for the giveaway!
(Linda Townsend 7:22pm February 26, 2014)

You hit it on the head with the attitude. My ideal cowboy is good looking, not a smoker, gentle but mean when needed, able to fix things, and laughs.
(Laura Gullickson 9:19pm February 26, 2014)

love the hat tipping, tight fitting jeans, hard-working, good-looking, great manners kind of guy.
(Barbara Studer 10:13am February 27, 2014)

rugged alpha male with a heart
(Denise Holcomb 3:28pm February 27, 2014)

A real cowboy is honest, tough, good looking and a pushover to his family.
(Carol Woodruff 7:07pm February 27, 2014)

Strong, honest, dependable and honorable.
(Marcy Shuler 7:26pm February 27, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is loyal, true & ruggedly handsome.
(Mary Preston 7:59pm February 27, 2014)

Strong, good looks and honest. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Kathleen Beale 8:07pm February 27, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is that he is tough when need, swaggered walk, great manners toward women, and always there when needed.
(Kai Wong 10:42pm February 27, 2014)

My ideal cowboy is 75% attitude and 25% physical:Traditional
manners, honesty, kindness - yet still tough as nails
combined with solid work ethic and physical fitness (so the
jeans and boots look just perfect).
(Glenda Martillotti 10:59pm February 27, 2014)

Most of the comments here are spot on! The cowboys I've
known are men of action not words. Few are aggressive by
nature, but all are unwilling to back down if threatened.
They are loyal, honest, and stick up for what they believe
in, protect those who they care for. Forget about flowers on
your birthday, but expect them to show up and change your
flat tire no matter what they are doing or how inconvenient
it is to get to you!
(Janet Martin 8:24am February 28, 2014)

He gets the job done, whatever that may be.
(Maureen Emmons 10:12am February 28, 2014)

These are all great comments! Thank you for sharing your
thoughts! The Fresh Fiction folk will choose a winner and
I'll receive that name in a few days. Meantime, while this
book will also be out in print, the CONTEST THIS TIME IS FOR
A COPY OF AN E-BOOK of either Book I or Book II in the
Kinnison Legacy series! Good luck! Blessings and Cowboy
dreams to all!
(Amanda McIntyre 8:31am March 1, 2014)

Sounds like great books! Thanks for the gracious giveaway!
(Kalynn Dresser 4:19pm March 1, 2014)

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