There is no doubt in my mind that romance readers love cowboys. The proof is in the numbers, and the sales of my three cowboy books (Rough Stock, Unridden and Bucked) have surpassed all of my personal records to date. But what I’d like to know is WHY?
I’ve written sexy computer geeks, firemen, and soldiers but the cowboys always do best with readers.
Can you put your finger on exactly why stories about cowboys make your heart rate speed? If you can, I want to know. I kind of have to know, actually, because I’m sitting on a few panels this Fall at the Authors After Dark romance reader convention in Secaucus, NJ in September and at Albacon in Albany, NJ in October. As an “expert” (and I use that term lightly) in this area, I will be imparting to other authors and readers WHY men in boots do it for you, my readers.
So leave your comments here, if you’d be so kind, about why you love reading the western/cowboy romance genre. And as an added incentive, for those commenters who want one, if you email me your snail mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org I will mail you back a “Looking for more than an 8 second ride? Let’s Buck!” fridge magnet as a thank you for helping me flesh out my panel discussions. In the interest of keeping my sanity, I will cut requests for this free magnet offer off on July 1st.
AND while you’re at it, hop over to Melissa Schroeder’s Random Thoughts blog today where I am a guest blogger. It’s military week there during her Summer of Love blog promotion and I’m writing about how I turn the real life mission details from my military muses’ deployments into fictional romance. Don’t get me wrong, cowboys may sell best, but my military series has always done really well also. Maybe it’s the boots we love, be they cowboy or combat. So over at Melissa’s blog I am asking for commenters to tell me why they love stories about military men. Yes, I’m on a ‘why we love military men’ panel at the reader conventions as well…
CONTEST: There on Melissa’s blog, to one randomly-selected lucky commenter, we are giving away a download of my now out of print Crossing the Line, a military romance I wrote in collaboration with my USMC consultant. The contest at Melissa’s runs from 7am today (June 3rd) until 7am tomorrow Eastern time.
So there you go. I’m asking to pick your brain and giving you a public forum to express your opinion about both cowboy and military romance. Love it? Hate it? Too much of it in the world? Not nearly enough? Is there something you want to see and haven’t? Tell me. I want to know.