What a week of awesome books and blog posts !!
We've had singing cowboys and the toughest cowboys. Cowboys from the past and modern-day. My favorite quote of the week was from Linda Broday: “A real cowboy ain’t the man who gets on a bull to show off for a bunch of girls. It’s a man who is out in the snow at 10 below, caring for his herd before anything else.”
I tell readers that I write Texans in Texas. Some of them happen to be cowboys and ride horses. All of them are cowboys at heart ... where it matters, living by the Cowboy Code.
I hope you've enjoyed our week featuring cowboy heroes. Don't forget to enter the rafflecopter for the great prizes!
ANGI'S GIVEAWAY: I decided to feature one of my favorite stories: THE CATTLEMAN. It's actually book two in my West Texas Watchmen series. "Cattleman versus DEA Agent. Country boy versus city girl. Horse lover versus terrified of animals. Two complete opposites working toward one goal. Can they find happiness along the way?"
Nick is one of my real cowboy heroes who suffers from PTSD. That's right...a civilian, a rancher, a cattleman in West Texas. (love this guy!)
E.E.: Describe in your own words what makes a “cowboy” a cowboy?
ANGI: Well...real cowboys work cows (and horses). For me as a writer, the essence of a cowboy heart is honesty, being a man of your word, having honor, and being heroic in pretty much every way.
E.E.: Why do you think the “cowboy culture” remains so appealing?
ANGI: They are the modern day Knights in Shining Armor. And of course, they all look good in jeans.
E.E.: What is it about cowboys that you find attractive, and/or inspiring? (Basically, why do you write stories featuring cowboy lore or American West historical or contemporary culture?)
ANGI: Seriously, have you seen these guys in jeans? I have been after my husband to buy a pair of western boots for years... years. It just wasn't his style. Finally, I drove him to the store and he walked away with a pair. He stands taller and straighter. He's different. When it comes to cowboys, the jeans, boots and hats help...but there's just something about their honesty and honor that gets to me.
E.E.: Who are some of your favorite cowboys (in history, literature, films, television, real life, whatever)?
ANGI: Real cowboys Jet & Cord McCoy. "Oh my good gravy!" I fell in love with these champion bull & bronc riders when they appeared on the Amazing Race.
I was raised on John Wayne and my dad would tan my hide if I didn't mention the Duke. But basically, I enjoy almost all western movies and cowboys. I'm mesmerized by the courage of the men riding the rodeo circuit.
Here are my Texans:
Three women with problems
Three men with solutions
(Protecting Their Child is also based in Marfa.)
TEXAS FAMILY RECKONING
Identical twin brothers with completely different problems
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