Monday, October 14, 2013

Three Ways Cowboys Keep You Healthy

Congratulations to "Julie O", the winner of Elizabeth's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Thank you so much for having me on Just Contemporary Romance, today. I’m celebrating the release of TEMPTING THE COWBOY, and for something fun, have a little information on why it’s good for you to keep reading cowboy romances! Wondering what TEMPTING THE COWBOY is about? 

After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. 

Too bad the one she wants is her boss...and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there’s simply no more room in her heart. 

Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction. 

When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.
I’m an emergency medical technician in my day job, and as such, spend a lot of time trying to help people live healthier. I’ve found that the easier you make healthy habits, the more likely people are to do them. When you picture a sexy cowboy in your mind, you likely don’t relate the icon of the American West with good health.  But luckily for you, reading about cowboys can be very good for you. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Let’s face it—there is a lot to love about a cowboy. Hard-working, sexy in a dusty, lean and muscular kind of way—the way his thighs look when he’s sitting his horse. Maybe it’s the way his Wranglers hug those long legs just right, or the respectful tip of the hat that gets us going. No matter what it is, there’s something about cowboys that keep readers begging for more and authors happy to oblige. It’s a darn good thing that all those words can make you feel better, too. How?

Cowboys get your heart rate up. I know what it is; it’s that cocky gleam in their eye, or the way they drawl a little bit when they say, “Yes, ma’am.” When the words leap off the page into your brain, painting that perfectly wicked image of a stubborn, serious, muscular, heart-throb wearing a pair of old boots and a beat-up hat, it gets your heart rate up. Increasing your heart rate can lead to better blood circulation and a healthier heart. It’s like exercise without leaving your chair! 

They make you happy. Endorphins are a fun little chemical in the brain that is responsible for many things, namely that “rush” or “high” you feel when you read a great book. They also work with serotonin, another fun brain chemical responsible for making you feel happy.  People with good serotonin and endorphin release are less likely to be depressed. Reading about sexy cowboys trying their damndest to avoid falling in love, and losing hard, make us happy. People who are happy are less likely to have other health problems, like heart disease.  Go ahead! Kick-start your serotonin and endorphins with a hunk who can down a bull with one arm and hold his woman close with the other. 

They keep you reading.  You might think of your brain is a big ol’ pile of goo, but of course, it’s more than that. It’s an intricate and complicated network of chemicals, electrical activity and, well, goo. Like a muscle, the more you use your brain, the better it will perform. Research is showing that people who engage in stimulating brain activities on a regular basis, like cross word puzzles, engaging in game shows and reading, have less chance of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.  This means, of course, that reading about sexy cowboys can help you stave of someday forgetting that you buried your socks in the backyard, or left your false teeth in the freezer. Let the cowboys save you from yourself!

There you have it! Read what you love, of course, but if you love cowboys, give TEMPTING THE COWBOY a try, settle in your best chair and get healthier. 

I’m giving away a boutique river stone bracelet to one lucky commenter. I’m curious, what do you love the most about cowboys?
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  1. Congratulations Elizabeth on your new book! It is a gorgeous cover. I love reading about cowboys because in their stories they are always someone you can count on to take action and nowadays that is very appealing.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  2. Wow, I didn't know cowboys were good for your health! I love horses and I love a handsome man in jeans. So give me a handsome man on a horse, tipping his hat and drawling, "Howdy, ma'am..." well, it just doesn't get much better than that. Plus most of us will never have the opportunity to romance a cowboy, so there's a bit of forbidden fruit there as well!

  3. their loyalty

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  4. So glad to hear cowboys are good for my health! :P I love the hard worn jeans, the hat, the whole persona! :)

  5. I married a trail horse trainer. I have to admit at times it wasn't so good for my health. But, he does take great care of me after I've been stepped on, thrown, ran over, etc...
    My cowboy roped me... yeah, literally roped me... but, when it was all over with he was the one that was caught.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

  6. Congrats on your new release! It sounds awesome! I guess what I love about cowboys are they are so responsible. They always work hard, treat their lady right, take care of their family...that's just who they are! ;)
    Kdjohnston73 at Yahoo dot com

  7. Thank you, everyone, for participating in the giveaway. Thanks for hosting me, Maureen. :)


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