I think this pretty much sums up why cowboys are so popular in romance novels:
"America needs the Cowboy both to remind us of how far we have come and to bring us back to the simplicity of the values he represents. He is also needed because he is a piece of who we are as a country. He represents a lifestyle and a time period that is a cherished part of our History. Little boys want to grow up to be him and the little girls want to grow up to marry him." ~cowboycrew.com
When I'm writing my cowboy stories I often turn to my file of "favorite photos" that I've collected over time as inspiration for my characters.
This photograph melts my heart…each time I envision one of the heroes in my books becoming a father I think of this picture.
This is what I picture when my heroine gets her first glimpse of my rodeo cowboy hero…
Even though I don't write inspirational romances, I believe "Faith" is a core trait of the cowboy and when I imagine my hero struggling with his internal conflict I recall this photo and it helps me get deeper inside his character.
And this photo is your reward for reading the blog…a little cowboy eye candy!
Tell us what you like most about reading cowboy romances set in the American West!
Arizona Cowboy (Feb 2012)
A Cowboy's Duty (Aug 2012)
Beau: Cowboy Protector (Nov 2012)