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Donna Michaels | Cowboy vs Military Hero

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Hello, I’m thrilled to be here on Fresh Fiction and to talk to you about two of my favorite subjects: Cowboy Heroes, and Military Heroes. I write hot, humorous, heartwarming, contemporary romances, and nine times out of ten my hero is either a cowboy or military hero…or both.

When I’m asked which is my favorite to write I always answer with both. It’s way too hard to choose one over the other. I even made a long list of their attributes to help. Here are the top 4 of each:


  1. Respectful. The cowboy heroes I write about are contemporary, but modeled after the John Wayne, Audie Murphy, Roy Roger cowboys of the big screen. They are righteous and live by a code of honor. Even when they go all alpha and my heroines knock them down a peg, they remain respectful.
  2. Loyal. Cowboys put family first, their women, their friends, sacrificing their needs to help those they care about.
  3. Swoon-worthy drawl. It doesn’t take much imagination on my part at all to hear the handsome cowboy in my head whisper, “Darlin’”, in a deep sexy tone to my heroine. It’s goose-bump city for me.
  4. Hard body. Muscles and ridges and V’s…oh my. Yes, my cowboys have ripped bodies from the all the physical work they do around the ranch, not a gym. My heroines happily reap the rewards.

Military Heroes:

  1. Respectful. The military heroes I write about are based on my husband (he’s fulltime National Guard) and other soldiers in his unit I’ve observed over the past *cough* three decades. They are polite, and have manners, and live by a code of honor. Even when they go all alpha and my heroines knock them down a peg, they remain respectful. (Sound familiar?)
  2. Loyal. Military heroes never leave a man behind. Always have your six (your back). It’s ingrained in them. They form tight brotherhoods with comrades, and it spills into their personal life with their families, friends…their women.
  3. Tattoos. Sure, there are cowboys that have them, but tattoos and service men kind of go hand-in-hand. The ones my military heroes sport always have a deeper meaning, and I enjoy peeling back the layers in his backstory to find out just what kind of tattoo I need to give him and why.
  4. Hard body. Muscles and ridges and V’s…oh my. These men are ripped. They have to be in order to carry out their orders, and even though most of my heroes are former military, they still have the hard bodies and muscle definition that turns my heroines stupid. In a good way. :-)

This list could keep going on and on, but I think you get the idea, and notice a lot of similarities. That’s why I can’t choose one over the other. They are very similar. And man, when I get to combine them? Doesn’t get any better than that to me.

In my new release, IN A RANGER'S ARMS, the first book in The Men of At-Ease Ranch series, my hero is a cowboy and former Army Ranger who owns a ranch with his brother and two former ranger buddies to help returning veterans transition back into society. It was a hoot to write, and I had a bit of fun throwing in a cow who has a crush on the hero and is less than friendly toward the heroine.

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Thanks for reading,



$10 Amazon Gift Card

Do you prefer a cowboy hero, military hero, or both? Put your answer below and you'll be entered to win!

IN A RANGER'S ARMS by Donna Michaels

The Men of at Ease Ranch

In a
Ranger's Arms

Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention.

Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.

Romance Western | Romance Contemporary [Entangled Lovestruck, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781633757653 / eISBN: 9781633757653]

About Donna Michaels

Donna Michaels

It’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me when I was little and sparked my imagination. Now, my mind is the limit, and believe me, there’s no limit to my mind. Hello, I’m Donna Michaels, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Award winning author of Romaginative fiction. I write romance through the H’s—Hot, Humorous, Heartwarming reads with strong alpha cowboys and military men who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military fulltime, and a household of nine, and several rescued cats, I never run out of material. From short to epic, my books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation.





48 comments posted.

Re: Donna Michaels | Cowboy vs Military Hero

Thanks so much for hosting me today, FF!
(Donna Michaels 2:07pm November 29, 2016)

Love when both are combined ! Ex military turned cowboy , yum
(Karen Young 2:33pm November 29, 2016)

This is a wonderful collaboration. I especially appreciate the
trope because it is so topical!
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:08pm November 29, 2016)

I prefer cowboy!
Thanks for the giveaway!
(Joanne Schultz 7:15pm November 29, 2016)

I prefer military. No problem with combining them, though.
(G S Moch 9:16pm November 29, 2016)

Both will do just fine, thank you!
(Nancy Ludvik 9:37pm November 29, 2016)

I like both.
(Kv H 11:23pm November 29, 2016)

While I prefer Cowboy Heroes, I still enjoy a good Military Hero too! It's great to begin learning about you, a new writer for me, and the books you write! Thanks for this opportunity!
(Liz Sawyer 12:29pm November 30, 2016)

Both ! Always delightful to read about righteous men who
live by code of honour!
(Christine Mayzoue 5:02am November 30, 2016)

I like cowboy heros most.
(Pam Howell 6:56am November 30, 2016)

Both work for me, and because I'm a male, I like it if the
people in question are female.
(Edward Washington 6:57am November 30, 2016)

Oh my gosh. The crushing cow sounds funny. I love military
(Kim Matlock 8:43am November 30, 2016)

Cowboy hero is wonderful. Thanks.
(Sharon Berger 8:48am November 30, 2016)

Both! There ain't nothing sexier than a sweet talkin' cowboy!
(Elizabeth Haney 8:59am November 30, 2016)

Both! Two of the sexiest types of men---let's combine them.
(Sue Farrell 10:30am November 30, 2016)

How about a military cowboy! Love them both but if I have to choose, it's a cowboy. I'm a country girl!
(Heather Lewis 10:35am November 30, 2016)

Military Hero - not too many cowboys in my area!
(Beth Elder 10:55am November 30, 2016)

Both! I admire the strength in body and mind in both types.
(Cheryl Castings 11:25am November 30, 2016)

I admire both.
(G. Bisbjerg 11:30am November 30, 2016)

I'd have to go with military
(Sarah Ulfers 11:32am November 30, 2016)

I love both of them.
(Cathy Phillips 1:18pm November 30, 2016)

I like both.
Thanks for the opportunity.
(JoAnn White 1:50pm November 30, 2016)

I love both! :)
(Colleen Conklin 2:00pm November 30, 2016)

(Cynthia Cook 3:40pm November 30, 2016)

I love both types because there are so many layers to their personalities. As a reader, it adds to the enjoyment of learning about them.
(Leni Kaye 4:05pm November 30, 2016)

I like cowboy hero the best!
(Amanda Tonar 4:15pm November 30, 2016)

Both work for me. Thank you for the chance.
(Valerie Miller 4:33pm November 30, 2016)

i like both, but military is top
(Brenda Hook 4:53pm November 30, 2016)

An exSEAL who is now a cowboy :)
(Mary Mccoy 4:54pm November 30, 2016)

I'd have to agree with ex-military turned cowboy
(Barbara Wright 5:05pm November 30, 2016)

Like you, I have a really hard time resisting either. There is
always the lure of the cowboy, but I married my military guy.
(Marcia Berbeza 6:09pm November 30, 2016)

I just love heroes, no matter their career path.
(Debra Turner 9:46pm November 30, 2016)

I like both, but those sexy military men have the slight
edge with me.
(Cynthia Powers 12:33pm December 1, 2016)

Since I'm a horseperson, I'd say cowboy hero. Better yet, a
born cowboy who's also an ex-military hero.
(Irene Menge 3:00pm December 1, 2016)

I admire both, but I would choose a military hero.
(Deb Philippon 6:44pm December 1, 2016)

I'm "old school"...I like the John Wayne types be they cowboy or military.
(Delta Upton 10:31pm December 1, 2016)

Since I was in the military at one point, I now how amazing
those guys are.
(Mary Lynn Hayes 5:37am December 2, 2016)

I like them both just fine.
(Nancy Luebke 12:40pm December 2, 2016)

I can't choose between cowboy or military so I'll take them both!

Thanks for the giveaway. =)
(Ashley B. 2:24pm December 2, 2016)

I would be happy with either a cowboy hero or a military hero.
(Marilyn Collins 2:28pm December 2, 2016)

They're both great.
(Jen Barnard 12:30pm December 3, 2016)

I like both! Congrats on having successful books.
(Mary Songer 5:48pm December 3, 2016)

Hard choice, but I'd have to go with cowboys, myself :)
(Stacie Clark 9:19am December 4, 2016)

Both are to be admired, but I prefer the cowboy hero.
(Anna Speed 12:44pm December 4, 2016)

I like both of them.
(Rita Wray 4:45pm December 4, 2016)

Both are good
(Linda Knowles 6:29pm December 4, 2016)

I prefer a cowboy!!!
(Darlene Carroll 8:41pm December 4, 2016)

Men are like potato chips ,you can't pick just one. Both.
(Deb Pelletier 9:23pm December 4, 2016)

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