Salute to the Modern Cowboy — and a Giveaway!

In the Old West, cowboys worked from dawn to dusk and sometimes beyond. Modern-day cowboys aren’t any different. Except our perceptions are skewed by Hollywood.

In the movies we don’t see triple-digit temperatures in the afternoons–we just see them riding with a single drop of perspiration zigzagging down their manly necks to some amazing theme music. On screen we don’t see the cowboy riding through subzero temps to reach the herd of cattle that will surely freeze if he doesn’t drive them to safer ground.

Cowboys will find better food for their herd while ignoring their own hunger pains. After all, they’re feeding America too. When the cattle industry amounts to 71-billion dollars in revenue, someone has to step up to the plate.

So despite cracked ribs from taking a fall from a spooked horse, the cowboy is out searching for that lost calf. (Can I get an AWWWW?)

Modern technology has given us an easier way to transport cattle. Yeah, we have better medications to treat a sick animal. But the essence of a cowboy’s job is the same. And he’s still driven by the same passion from days of old.

Now … the modern cowboy!

A muscular man in a cowboy hat

In my books, I try to show how hardworking these cowboys are. I give them injuries and hardships. They cry over their dead horses and sick calves. Of course there is plenty of man-chest and you might even see that Hollywood-like sweat zigzagging down a manly neck. Because I’m a modern girl, folks. And you like it, right?

Excerpt from SOMETHIN’ DIRTY now available from Samhain

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The instant he stepped into the barn, he smelled trouble. Fear and pain had their own odor. And the sickness mingled with it was a dead giveaway.

He yanked the chain overhead and lit the bare bulb in the center of the barn. It cast a thin glow over the stall where the heifer was on its side, eyes rolling wildly.

“Damn.” Griffin dropped to his knees in the hay and ran his hands over the cow. Her stomach rippled with the baby that was obviously trapped.

Launching back to his feet, his mind raced ahead. Get the chain and the homemade rig used to exert pressure. Phone’s in my back pocket in the event I need to call the vet.

No, he needed to call Ma to come sit with Lyric while he worked with the cow.

As this thought passed through his mind, his stomach clenched. His mother wasn’t in any shape to make a midnight drive to Needle’s Pass.

He slung the chain over his shoulder and lifted the metal rig he’d hand-crank to pull the calf. Then he fished in his pocket for his phone.

A few days ago he’d put Nola on speed-dial—in the event he needed her for an emergency, he’d told himself even as his groin ached with desire.

She answered on the fourth ring. Her throaty voice speared him with lust. Too easily he pictured her tousled hair and tank top slipping down one golden shoulder.

“Nola, it’s Griffin. Can you come up?”

“I—what? Griffin?”

He smiled at the confusion in her tone. Protectiveness surged in his chest. “Yeah…Griffin. I need to pull a calf. Can you sit with Lyric?”

She made a humming noise that caused his cock to jerk. “I guess I could.”

“I’ll give you double pay for the extra hours. And you can sleep as long as she’s sleeping.”

“All right. Just give me…” She paused, and he heard items being tossed around. “Give me half an hour.”

The cow’s body shuddered, and Griffin stretched his lips over his teeth in his own grimace. “Thanks, Nola.”

He hung up and kneeled before the cow again. He set up the rig, feeding the chain to the gear. When he cranked the handle, the chain would tighten. Now he just needed to reach inside the cow and find the calf’s leg.

First he ran his hands over the calf’s outline to detect the way it was laying. He’d done this often enough to know its front legs were bunched up and hindering its birth.

“Damn.” He yanked off his flannel shirt and moved to the back end of the cow. “You’re not gonna like me for this, but in the end, it’s what you need.”

Thanks for reading! One lucky commenter will win a signed paperback copy of HARD RIDIN’!

Em Petrova’s Cowboys:

Hard Ridin’


Somethin’ Dirty

Dallas Nights

Slick Rider

Spurred On

Stranded and Straddled

Double Dippin’

Outlaws of Love

Trail of Lust

Wild, Wild Hearts

Em Petrova

~hardworking heroes — in bed and out~

About empetrova

Em Petrova writes heroes who work hard in bed and out.
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42 Responses to Salute to the Modern Cowboy — and a Giveaway!

  1. Yolanda Gamble says:

    OMG ! I’m just “chomping at the bit” to read what happens next!!! You can really feel Griffin’s plight…you just bring him alive for us! Thank you for the wonderful excerpt! And hooray for our modern day cowboys! 🙂

  2. Natalija says:

    “Somethin’ Dirty” sounds great! Can I read it as a standalone or do I need to read the first there books?

  3. Lori Meehan says:

    I love cowboys and one of the reasons why is that they work do hard and love what they do.
    I loved the excerpt.

  4. Clare O'Beara says:

    I recently read ‘Badluck Way’ a memoir of a year on a ranch near Yellowstone. I was in no doubt that the fact of hiring the fewest possible ranch staff was responsible for the loss of cattle to wolves. As cattle were valuable the wolves then had to get shot. More ranch hands would have deterred the wolves from preying on cattle when the moose and deer got scarce in winter.

  5. lisa w says:

    Gotta ♥♥ a cowboy!

  6. Debbie Watson says:

    Would love to read Somethin Dirty!

  7. LorettaLynn says:

    Nice! This sound’s great and has already made it to my to read list. Can’t wait to read it.

  8. suzlyne says:

    I’ve been with my dad and the vet when they’ve had to pull a calf and it’s a tough situation. You definitely feel the emotion in this scene and then you leave us wanting to know what happens next! So good!

  9. This brings back memories of watching my mares foal (never had cattle). Love me those cowboys, always have, always will.

  10. Terri says:

    These cowboys have an investment in their herds……financial and emotional. I think it’s the same for anyone who works the land… have to respect it and it becomes part of you.

  11. Judy Petersen says:

    I love reading all your books. It’s better than calgon taking me away!

  12. Nancy M says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I just added Somethin Dirty to my TBR.

  13. wrongwaymichelle says:

    Now I need to know who is Lyric? His baby, I’m assuming and why is he single dad? As if the cowboy hook wasn’t enough!

  14. Susan T. says:

    Thanks for the except. Adding to my TBR. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Michelle Vasquez says:

    LOVED this book so much! Griffin is my book boyfriend for life! 🙂

  16. Ursa says:

    Can’t wait to read this! Cowboys….yummmmmmm!

  17. Angie Turner says:

    This really looks good! Thanks for the chance to win and For the opportunity to find another fascists p favorite new author!!

  18. Angie Turner says:

    Lol!!! FAVORITE NOT FASCIST author!!!!! Bwhahaha stupid auto correct! Lol!

  19. Kim Smith says:

    I want to see if the calf and cow are ok!

  20. Paula Farrell says:

    I recently found Em’s work and LOVED it! So now I am devouring as much as of it as possible! Can’t wait to read this one!!!!!!

  21. girlfromwva says:

    i really enjoy reading books written by Em! 🙂

  22. SallyJ says:

    Awesome, love me some cowboys!

  23. Raeline Peterson says:

    AHH love this cover . Book sounds sooo good .Thank you for chance.

  24. ajgreer1979 says:

    I think books are better when they have a bit of reality thrown in. I know a cowboys work is never done. Thank you

  25. Sue Cox says:

    I love a man who can work with his hands ! I’ll be looking for this book at my local book store. Great story – I really want to know how it turns out.

  26. Enikö says:

    New to me author, but will check your books out for sure. Thanks for sharing an excerpt and for the chance. Love me some cowboys 😀

  27. Jana Leah says:

    Enjoyed the post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Tiss says:

    That was an awesome book, really liked it. thanks Em.

  29. cmucha319 says:

    I really like that this is a stand alone story. More and more you find if you pick up a book, it is part of a series. Sometimes you want to read just one. Sounds good and thank you for the chance.
    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

  30. Shirley Long says:

    Cowboys are a different breed of men. They work hard, play hard and love hard. If you’re lucky enough to have your very own cowboy, then you know what I’m talking about. Once they love, they love deeply and forever. Old time cowboys, modern cowboys ~~ doesn’t really matter. They would give you the shirt off their back and turn around and say “thank you, ma’m”. BUT………..and this is a big but, the cowboy “wanna bes” make me ill. Here in Texas we call then “drug store cowboys. Don’t know the front end from the back of a horse, cow or any other animal. They try to walk the walk and talk the talk and only end looking totally foolish.Texas ladies can spot them from a mile away because there is absolutely no comparison with a true, hard working cowboy. That’s why cowboy books, like Something Dirty, are so very popular. Loved that book!! All of us want our very own “real” cowboy just like the ones you write about. We may not all have a cowboy at home, but we can still dream and fantasize about it. 🙂

  31. Ashley says:

    Love a good cowboy story. I agree with Shirley. 🙂

  32. Gail S says:

    Cowboys (deep sigh). Loved the excerpt and I can’t wait to Somethin’ Dirty. It’s on my TBR list. The list of never ending books. 😀 Have a good weekend.

  33. martha lawson says:

    This one sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  34. Barbara S says:

    There is nothing better than a cowboy story; they are just so hot!!! thanks for the giveaway; can’t wait to read your book!

  35. Love the video. It shows the real cowboy!!!

  36. Laura Bowles says:

    I have only just discovered you this year and I am so looking forward to reading all of your books. I prefer print of course

  37. wyndwhisper says:

    Hi Em,
    i love the cover of the new book, it’s gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i have a copy of Hard Ridin’ and have read it about a 1/2 dozen times i liked it so much. i keep reading it and each time i find something i missed before. 🙂 thanks for always having such great contests!

    tammy ramey

  38. Michelle says:

    Gotta love a cowboy!

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