Saturday, October 12, 2019

And Their Horses


Congratulations to "Colleen C.", the winner in Leslie's giveaway. Please contact JUST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE to claim your prize!


         My childhood days were dotted with heroes—western heroes, named Trigger, Buttermilk, Silver, Diablo and Tornado. Fast and fearless, my four-legged loves galloped over rough, arid badlands or through lush valley grasses, confronting evil and saving the world on a weekly basis. In those early days, I really didn’t notice much about television except horses—and as an aside, the cowboys that rode them. But the horses were the thing.
         Life being what it is, there came a time when the men on those horses started catching my eye, too. The cowboy as hero—stoic, honest, able to love just one woman for a lifetime, thinking of his horse before himself, courageous, handsome—forced itself into my consciousness. I wrote a John Wayne script during high school chemistry class—because John Wayne would doubtlessly have a young, good looking cowboy sidekick riding with him. Unfortunately, John Wayne never got to shoot that movie—the script was burned when my father disowned me for marrying a dude ranch cowboy. But the palomino the sidekick would have ridden in the movie—Taj—would have been golden. Pun intended.
         Kids move on. I traded western stock horses for Arabians and Thoroughbreds---the hot bloods of the equine world. I rode in an English saddle and decided that the idea of stoic, honest, faithful men was fiction at best, and likely just an evil lie perpetuated over time. With the onslaught of social media, though, I kept up with the original horses I’d cherished as a kid—the paints and quarterhorses, the Appaloosas that had been my favorites for a brief time when I saw the Disney movie about them. I picked Derby winners and dreamed of show jumpers, but I never got away from those good, solid steeds that used to save the world on Saturdays.
         And their cowboys. The cowboys came, over time, to hold a larger part in my fantasies than their horses. Looking back, I realize I was either getting old or growing up—but the men with their honesty, fairness, good looks and occasional bare chests had become the heroes. They were the ones defeating evil, loving one woman for a lifetime, suffering unbearable pain and still moving forward with courage and kindness. I found myself loving cowboys more than their horses.
         Well, maybe just as much.
         So writing about women who love cowboys comes naturally and from the heart—I’ve been doing it since eleventh grade chemistry. With the wisdom of years spent living at a distance from that life, though, I can see flaws in both cowboys and their horses—but I know that I, and countless others, became who we are because of that love for a special kind of man, the cowboy. Even if the cowboy is an illusion, it’s the kind of illusion that inspires and fills hearts.
         If you’re lucky enough to have your own real-life cowboy—wow!
         Maybe you have a horse and its cowboy. Don’t even buy a lottery ticket—you’ve hit the jackpot.
         As Roy and Dale would croon, “Happy Trails to you…”

Author’s note:  Ty Olivares, the heroine in The Cowboy’s Christmas Hand, in the new set ACowboy Under the Mistletoe, gave up horses and cowboys, like me—and must fight to regain what she lost when she left the family ranch. I hope you enjoy the story and the blog. Please comment and let me know how you feel about cowboys, horses, or what you find important in hanging on to family. All my best, Leslie.

A COWBOY UNDER THE MISTLETOE 



Christmas is a time for romance and love. Six amazing and best-selling authors weave the holiday season with the sexiest cowboys. What are you wishing for this Christmas? How about a Cowboy!!

A Cowboy for Christmas by Susan Fisher Davis--When Reid decides he needs to do one last thing to honor his best friend, will Lucy, his best friend’s widow, understand or say goodbye to the cowboy she got for Christmas.

The Cowboy’s Christmas Hand by Leslie Garcia--Ty Olivares, grew up cherished and surrounded by luxury--and lies she didn’t discover until her ex inherited the ranch that should have been hers.

Tempting the Cowboy by Melissa Keir--Johnson and Debra must trust in their love and rely on each other because, when temptation comes calling, only the strong will survive.

A Different Kind of Gift by Debbie Desmarteau--Will a chance meeting between a forlorn cowboy and a woman who gave up her dreams a long time ago lead to love, or just another set of broken hearts?

Saving a Cowboy’s Christmas
by Stephanie Berget--Gina’s been a lot of things, but rebound girl isn’t the next on her list. Even for a cowboy that’s always been out of her league.

Noah’s Christmas Faith by D'Ann Lindun--Faith Cortland has to protect her teenage sisters left in her care, so she refuses to let any man get close. Will Noah Carpenter be able to break down her defenses and show her she can trust him?






Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST October 13th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. US residents only. 

21 comments:

  1. Family is important to me, imagining having one surrounded by cowboys, horses, and stuff sound fun. Love reading that kind of stories!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Dee. I do think it would be fun--two of our group actually are ranchers! Good luck in the contest, and thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I have a couple of Leslie's books published by Crimson Romance. I'll have to put this boxed set on my TBR as well. Love me some cowboys.

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    1. Wow, thank you, Natalija. Cowboys (and their horses) are literally the stuff dreams are made of for many.

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  3. I wish I grew up with a love of horses. I found them to be beautiful. I was just afraid of them, because they were so tall.

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    1. Don't feel alone, Kim. Of 7 siblings, only 2 of us were "horse crazy," and none of my children or grandchildren caught the fever. They are tall--we had a show jumper we were boarding that we called "Elephant," because she was scary tall! Good luck in the drawing, and thanks for coming by.

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  4. My cousin ran a riding school. My sister loved it, but I have always been a little intimidated on back of a horse. But I love this collection of stories. I wish you great success.

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    1. Nancy, thanks so much for coming by! I had no idea there was a riding school in your family! Thanks for the good wishes for the set--I think we have some really memorable stories!

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  5. I love box sets and anthologies! Thanks for sharing... great way to get a taste of some new to me authors' work!

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  6. Colleen, how nice to hear from you again. Box sets do allow for a varied reading experience. I'm excited because this is my first Christmas story, if you don't count the one my principal put up on the main bulletin board when I was in first grade.

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  7. I have had few contacts with horses, but even they have proven the fascination and majesty that horses have had for me my entire life. I did not marry a cowboy, but love wearing cowboy boots. And family has got to be my number one source for the strength and faith in humanity I have experienced my entire life! Cowboys, horses and love make for quite a great combination. I wish you all great success with your books, and Leslie, I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished with your mesmerizing stories!!!

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    1. Thanks, Elsa. I'm very glad to have met you through this crazy writing endeavor. Good luck in the giveaway, and thank you so much for stopping by!

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  8. stories for the holidays

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    1. Hi, bn100! Always nice to see you. And yes, that's exactly what A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe offers--stories for the holidays that hopefully will stay with readers into the ne next year! Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I used to write silly stories and poems in class because I was bored. Now I do it for fun! Congrats on another wonderful book!

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    1. That makes me laugh! I used to do the same--I wrote an entire John Wayne movie=to-be in high school chemistry. There was a horse, Taj--duh. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Sorry that my replies are coming out as "unknown." No idea why, but it's me, Leslie P. Garcia! Thanks for all the comments. I have so much fun hearing from folks! Good luck to all in the drawing, too.

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  11. Love cowboys and Christmas stories.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Taurus. I, too, love cowboys and Christmas stories. And horses. I think you might enjoy A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe. Good luck in the drawing! (I caved in and think I fixed the 'anonymous' problem by going Google! lol

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  12. Yes! Cowboys and Christmas stories are my favorite contemporary romance tropes! Family is very important and I love reading stories with big, or extended families. I love when families butt into each others' business. I've never been on a horse but I enjoy reading about hunky heroes and their horses. Thanks for sharing your book!

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    1. So happy to hear from you, Elizabeth! I'm glad you enjoy both Cowboys and Christmas--a perfect time for butting into family business. (But then, when isn't?} Speaking for our group, thank you for being a reader! Good luck in the drawing!

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