Friday, July 12, 2013

Writing cowboys!

Since this blog hop is about westerns, I thought I'd write about writing westerns! Hey, what a concept, huh?

I do love to write westerns. They are my favorite book to right. No, I don't have to do a lot of research on them while I'm writing, because I know cowboys, horses, ranching to some extent and since it's part of who I am, I'm comfortable writing it.

Where do I get my ideas? I get them from everywhere. I hear a song and it'll spark an idea. I see a person at the airport and it'll spark an idea. Many of my stories have come from song titles or pictures. I currently have two pictures on my office wall. One is a group of 9 cowboys. No, they don't all look like they are related, but they sparked the idea for Cowboy Dreamin'. 3 of them look like they could be triplets, thus my triplets in the series, Joel, Jason and Joshua. Only Joel has his own story right now.

That brings me to the other picture on my wall. It's of a guy who is Joel to me. He has the most amazing blue eyes! Wow! I mean really, wow!

Sorry, I can't find the picture on my computer right at the moment.

Anyway, the guys in this series are a complicated bunch. Jeff's the oldest and his story will release in late August called Healing the Cowboy's Heart. Joel's is already out called Make Mine a Cowboy. (which I'm giving away a three signed ebooks to three lucky winners so leave a comment!)

Available at Secret Cravings Publishing, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Itunes, Diesel, Bookstrand, All Romance Ebooks and several other ebook retailers near you!

Now for a few questions from me ~

What do you look for in a cowboy romance?

Do you want lots of western stuff in your cowboy romance?

Does the hero have to be a cowboy?

Give me your opinion!

Love you all!

~ Sandy

P.S. Check out for more great western authors including Jaydn Chelcee, Sarah Cass, Cindy Christiansen, Kathleen Ball, Tamara Hoffa, Marie Rose Dufour, Jeanine McAdam and many more!


Tamara Hoffa said...

I love the cowboy hero!

Anonymous said...

I love your westerns! Make mine a cowboy.... wow! Am I ever glad that Mesa got herself stuck in the middle of nowhere and the Joel found her! LOVE Joel!! Was hoping you'd write on the other brothers, so I'm looking forward to Jeff's story.
I've read several of your westerns. I do enjoy westerns which are historical and therefore generally have a lot of western stuff in them. Yet, I truly enjoy yours which are set in the modern day some putting cowboys into urban setting, but always knowing the cowboy is a cowboy is a cowboy, even if said cowboy doesn't ranch full time. My heroes in the western must be a cowboy... I like them the way you write them: Tall, broad shouldered, strong, boots, jeans, hat (rodeo buckle & rope - optional), and SEXY to the bone! Thanks for tons of enjoyable reading time!

Jennie McDuffie Nunn said...

I love cowboys!! Them in their right wranglers, ain't nothing any better!!

Harper Brooks said...

In a cowboy romance, I look for an alpha male (of course!) and a strong, opinionated female. The male has to be a cowboy, and I don't mind if the girl is a "cowgirl" either. I love all types of historical romances and period pieces, so I'd rather the cowboys be in the wild, wild west! The hero has to be a cowboy! That's what makes it a cowboy romance! Nothing is sexier than a man who works with his hands ;)

Karen said...

I love having the hero be a cowboy. I don't care if its historical or modern, as long as he can ride a horse and treat a woman right! I think I was influenced too much by all the horse operas I watched as a child!

Cindy Hamilton said...

A cowboy in a book is hot, the tight jeans with of course the belt buckle, cowboy hat and muscles who wouldn't like them. Make them Alpha but sensitive very, very HOT!!!!!

LM said...

Love a cowboy and yours especially!!

Lindsay said...

I like stories about cowboys, but I read them for the hot, sexy cowgirls.
Hey, you ladies like the boys and us guys the girls.

Kame BookReview said...

How did I not know these books existed. I LOVE cowboy stories. I live as far away from cowboy country as you can get and it is just a wonderful escape for me. I like the hero or heroine to be a cowboy - the hero can be someone who comes to the ranch but easily settles into the cowboy way. I love to read them because a cowboy always knows how to treat a lady and the voice in my head always is wonderful.

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D'Ann said...

I'm cowboy to the bone--born and bred! I want a real cowboy who knows horses and cattle in my romances. I toss ones that are fake, and I can spot 'em a mile off!
your books sound like some I would like!

Sandy Sullivan said...

Thanks for all the great comments. Keep them comin'!

Most of you sound as if the cowboy means a lot to your story, just like me.

I definitely have a thing for them if you hadn't noticed.



Sarah said...

Oh, I have been wanting to read this one since I saw the cover. I love a good cowboy romance...the cowboy doesn't have to be the hero, but it's a definite bonus. :D

Jen Barnard said...

Sound great. Thanks for the chance to win.

Michelle Bledsoe said...

I like contemporary cowboy romances. I just think that they are hot, loving, and so full of heart.

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Zippy said...

I love anything about cowboys! I love to see a sexy cowboy sitting on his horse with his hat pulled low watching his herd of cows! I'm not picky about the western stuff, I love it all. Nah the hero doesn't have to be the cowboy. I love a story that catches me from the first page. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Sandy Sullivan said...

Thanks for all the great comments.

You all are the best!


Tabitha Shay said...

Well in my humble opinion, it's hard to find a better hero. Cowboys rock!
Good luck with the blog hop...

Christine said...

I love cowboys and I love romance so I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Beverly said...

Love a cowboy! I prefer my westerns to have cowboys be cowboys or ranchers or sheriff's, Texas Rangers are okay too!
Guess I'm not too picky! lol!

JoAnna said...

I love western romance. Nothing better than a cowboy! Thanks for the chance!
beckerjo at verizon dot net

Jennifer Mathis said...

Love cowboys
Thanks for the chance

Sandy Sullivan said...

Oh man. Such great responses.

I do love Texas Rangers too. I have a historical with one I haven't finished yet. I may have to drag that one out of the dusty closet.


Sandy Sullivan said...

And the winner's are......

JoAnna - beckerjo at verizon dot net

Jen Bernard - I need an email address

D'Ann -

Thank you to everyone who stopped by. I hope you enjoyed the hope and come by any time!