Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Gotta Love a Cowboy Hero

Congratulations to "Kate I." the winner of Barbara's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Thanks so much to Just Contemporary Romance for inviting me to visit.  I'm here to talk about two of my favorite subjects rolled up into one neat, sexy package:  the cowboy hero.

Cowboys have many virtues.  They have always been hard-working men who pit themselves against their environment and the elements.  They have the backbreaking job of raising horses and cattle and other livestock.  And they follow an ethical code that proves them equal to any heroes in any profession around.  

Along with all this, they show cowboy courtesy by tipping their Stetsons to a lady and by putting on their best shirts and boots when the occasion warrants them!

Times change, and though cowboys still work the land and ride the herd, many labor-saving devices make their lives easier than those of the men who came before them.  But those of us who love to read and write about modern-day cowboys know their Code of the West hasn't changed.

At heart, cowboys haven't changed, either, and that leads to complications—at least, in our books.  Those hard-working, often at-home-alone-on-the-range heroes can be the least likely to want to settle down.

In my current release, Rancher at Risk, my cowboy hero embodies all those virtues above.  Unfortunately, he has let a few of them go, if not downright forgotten he ever knew them.

A tragic accident stole Ryan Malloy's family from him and left him with questions that might never be answered.  His powerlessness over the situation has led to an overwhelming need to control everything around him.  That need is about to cost him everything in his life.  

Here's a brief look at Ryan only a few pages into the book, after an upsetting incident.  He has just avoided hitting a child who had run out into the street in front of his truck....

As he sat there shaking his head and willing his heart to beat again, the air left his lungs in a whoosh.  Other reactions washed through him, no less powerful for the delay.  A skin-shivering tremor that shook him from head to toe.  And an immediate understanding of something he'd never before believed—in moments of extreme stress, life did flash before your eyes.

Not only your own life but those of people you loved.
In the street, a slim woman hurried over to the girl.  A puppy bounded across the adjacent lawn to join them and looked up, tail wagging and head cocked as if to ask what had happened.

The woman led the child back to the sidewalk—where she should've stayed all along.  What if—?

He swallowed hard, unable to finish the sentence, even in his mind. ...

Both hands scrabbling, he unclasped the seatbelt and shoved the door open.  As his feet hit the ground, he nearly choked on the smell of scorched tires.  A burning sensation raced through his insides.  Pain-fueled anger flared.  "Lady," he shouted, "are you crazy?"

Circumstances—both in this scene and in his life—have caused Ryan to forget many parts of that cowboy Code of the West.  That makes him a tough man to deal with, but also a hero I can't help but love.  I hope readers will love him, too.

Now, let's chat!  

What type of hero do you love best, and what makes you fall for him? 

Barbara will be around to chat, so feel free to leave a comment or question for her, too.  She will also be giving away an autographed copy of Rancher at Risk to one commenter who answers her question above.  (U.S. and Canada addresses only for the drawing, please.)

Rancher at Risk

After the loss of his family in a tragic accident, Ryan Malloy has been given one last chance to change his life. His boss sends him to Flagman's Folly, New Mexico, to run his ranch, but unfortunately, Ryan's troubled attitude lands him in hot water with the locals, especially the ranch's manager, Lianne Ward.

Deaf since birth, Lianne has never let her disability define who she is. But, she's yet to meet a man who treats her as an equal. Ryan seems different…that is, when they're not butting heads over the ranch's new school for disadvantaged boys

Forced to work together, Lianne and Ryan discover an unexpected attraction beneath their quarreling. But will Ryan's painful past drive them apart…permanently?

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Barbara White Daille:
Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara's newest title, Rancher at Risk, has just debuted in both paper and e-book formats.  An earlier book, Court Me, Cowboy, has just been re-issued as a Cowboy at Heart Special Release, available as a standalone e-book (at your favorite retailer) and in Larger Print (exclusively at  

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  1. Happy to be chatting with you here. Let's talk heroes!

    I'll be popping in and out for a few days, so please feel free to say hi and to leave me a comment or question on other romance/writing topics, too.

  2. Hi Barbara! I love cowboys too! Theres just something about them being so hard working, honest and kind hearted that I love. Another type of hero I like is a bad boy with that hidden soft side. ;) That vulnerability on such a strong alpha man just melts my heart!
    Rancher at Risk sounds delightful!!!! Definitely going to be reading it one way or another! ;)

  3. Hi, Karen - oh, that bad boy with a soft side is a great choice! (Of course, he could ALSO be a cowboy... LOL) But I agree 100% - when the hero shows a heroine a side others don't get to see, it makes me feel all gooey, too. ;)

    And thanks so much for the kind words about Rancher at Risk! However you get your hands on a copy, I hope you enjoy it. ;)

  4. alpha hero; how he treats the heroine

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  5. I love all kinds of heroes. My favorite is the hero who is protective but has a sense of humor

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  6. Tammy - a hero with a sense of humor always works for me, too.

    And I love those guys who want to take care of their women--even though the women might not appreciate the help. That often adds a bit of humor to a book right there!

  7. I love a hero with a dark side and who can't stop trying to damsel who don't think she is in distress and someone who always doing the right thing despite that he is trying to stay out of anyone's business.

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  8. Kai - those are great storylines!

    The reluctant damsel-in-distress makes such a good heroine, especially when she stands up for herself. Maybe she won't at the beginning of the book, depending on circumstances, but by the end she's learned to be strong, for sure.

    As for the hero who wants to do the right thing, I love when he's pushed to the wall and forced into action because he knows what's right--and he's the only one who will do something about it.

    Thanks for two awesome examples!

  9. Good morning, readers! We've had some wonderful answers already to my question above. Don't be shy about adding your two cents.

    And the drawing is still open all day today--so feel free to get those comments and questions in, and let's chat.

  10. I'm a huge fan of military heroes. There is no more noble pursuit than the protection and service of one's country. These fellas are usually alpha males with a strong sense of duty to faith, nation, and family. I find that very attractive!

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  11. Hi, Katherine - I find all that very attractive too! And there's always something special about a man in uniform.

    I think so many of them fall into the category of having soft hearts, but as alpha heroes, they protect that aspect of themselves as fiercely as they protect their loved ones and their country.

    Thanks for commenting!

    1. I'm excited to have been drawn as the winner of the RANCHER AT RISK giveaway! I look forward to reading the book and sharing thoughts about it with others. Thank you and Just Contemporary Romance! Best wishes for your continued success ....


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