Cowboys, Horses and Guns! Yee Haw!



by Becky McGraw, Contemporary Western Romance Author

As a western romance writer, I’m always looking for fresh plot ideas. When plotting out my new release Cowgirl Crazy, the second book in my Cowboy Way series, I stumbled upon an equine sport I didn’t even know existed. And I must be living under a rock, because cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest-growing equine sport in the United States! I’m sure I’m not the only one in the dark, so I thought I’d tell you a little about it.

Cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in accepted western attire, sometimes period attire, and tack, race their horse through one of several Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) approved courses, which they draw before the race.

The sport combines the skills of barrel racing with sharpshooting, basically. There are two different colors of balloons tied to flexible poles along the course. The rider must draw one six-shooter pistol from a holster, which is loaded with short-range blanks, but no projectile to attack the first color of balloons.   As the rider rounds a barrel, or gate, they must reholster the first pistol and draw the second to go back through the course to pick up the second color of balloons on a rundown to the finish line.  There are also mounted rifle competitors, but they are in a different class.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a timed event, just like barrel racing, and penalties are incurred for missing balloons, missing turns, shooting the wrong color balloon, or even if the rider loses his hat during the ride. A range master, certified by the CMSA oversees the event, and hands out those penalties. There are six levels of competitors, and athletes move up in the ranks by winning championships at their level.  It’s a very interesting sport, and I loved watching the videos I found on YouTube to get a feel for the sport.  You might check them out!

I hope you’ll also check out the HOT 18+ Excerpt from Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way)  and THE CONTEST FOR A SIGNED PAPERBACK below.  Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) is available on and Smashwords here:

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COWGIRL CRAZY (#2, Cowboy Way) by Becky McGraw


Cowboys are a different breed…
They work hard, play hard and love harder.
It’s all about the ride, until the right woman
makes them fall.

Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She’s not winning at barrel racing or in love. She’s spent ten years nursing a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than his little sister. When Twyla catches Ryan with yet another no-good buckle bunny, and calls him out, he tells her to get a life, and that is exactly what she decides to do. One that does not include a buckle-bunny-chasing cowboy with a bad attitude, or an overbearing older brother.

Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He’s winning every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city. Mostly so he can keep his best friend’s fiery little sister, and his desire for her, at bay. Since she grew those proud little breasts of hers, and mile-long legs, Ryan has had to fight his attraction to her. If her brother knew what he was thinking, he would kill Ryan, if her daddy didn’t first. Ryan valued the surrogate family the Taylor’s provided him with too much to ever go there with their youngest member.

His diversion techniques work like a charm, until one night he pushes her too far, and Twyla takes off. Ryan knows he has to find her quickly and apologize, or face his best friend’s wrath. He finds Twyla in Dallas and decides she’s definitely gone cowgirl crazy. He barely recognizes her, because his barrel-racing tomboy is wearing makeup that looks like it was put on with a putty knife and she’s working at a bar which borders on a cowgirl strip club. When she isn’t serving shots off of her stomach, she’s shaking her round ass for any man with a dollar to shove into the waistband of her barely-there shorts.

Twyla refuses to leave with him, and Ryan knows he better make his final arrangements, or come up with another way to convince her and fast.

HOT 18+ EXCERPT from Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) © Becky McGraw:

Ignoring her comment, and what had to be her obvious discomfort, Ryan stepped forward, leaned over her to balance his shot glass about two inches under her navel.  Heather always put it at the base of her ribcage, so a little would spill into her navel, but Ryan had put his lower.  Her muscles contracted there, as the cold glass touched her skin.  She thought about him licking her up to the glass, the amber liquid sloshed in the glass, and he frowned.

“No spilling, Twy, or there will be consequences.”  His eyes met hers and his pupils were dilated almost as large as the blue irises.  His breathing came in short spurts, and she could see his pulse pounding at the side of his throat.  The look on his handsome face said he would relish delivering those unknown consequences.  “By the time I’m done, I’ll really need that drink.”

A shiver worked itself up her body from her toes, and the glass wobbled again.  She gasped and contracted her muscles to steady it.  Agitation bristled through her.  “Why don’t you just have the damned shot then, and get on with this?”  That’s what she really wanted.

His hand clamped on her ankle, and he grinned.  “Patience is a virtue, darlin’.  Slow is not always a bad thing, and I’m about to teach you that, and a lot more.”  His voice was heavy with anticipation, and his sensual threat was punctuated by his tongue making a slow trip around his hot lips.  Her eyes followed it around and heat sizzled along her nerves to singe her at the apex of her thighs.  Maybe this is why all those bunnies she saw leaving his trailer were smiling.  They must have had the patience Ryan was talking about, and liked that Ryan was slow as a turtle in his lovemaking.  Twyla wasn’t sold on it yet, but decided to try to find the patience he asked her to have.  She huffed a breath then relaxed and uncurled her fists.

What the hell did she know about all this, anyway?  She was green as grass at this, he knew what he was doing.  Had done it many times.  Too many.

“Get on with it, then,” she grumbled, settling her focus on keeping that shot glass steady on her lower abdomen.  Ryan’s dark head appeared in her line of vision, and Twyla gasped.

His eyes met hers over the plane of her tummy, and were filled with mischief and purpose. His hot breath tickled her thighs when he warned, “Keep it still, Twyla.  Remember, no spilling.”

He slid his hands behind her calves, and under her thighs to hold her hands at her sides.  Turning his face, he planted a wet kiss on her inner thigh, before his mouth latched there and he sucked, while his tongue swirled on her skin.  Fire zipped up to her core, and Twyla whimpered.  The glass wobbled again and she knew then that she was in big trouble.

CONTEST:  Comment below and tell me why you love cowboys and cowboy stories, and I’ll pick a winner on August 1st to receive a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY of Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way)!  Good Luck! ❤

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Becky McGraw, Contemporary Western Romance Author
Author of the Amazon Bestselling Texas Trouble and Cowboy Way Series



Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She is originally from Louisiana, but resides in South Texas with her husband and dog Abby.

A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, a graphic artist, web designer and writer.  She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.

You can contact Becky McGraw at

About beckymcgraw

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw writes happily-ever-afters with heat, heart and humor. A Jill of many trades, Becky knows just enough about a variety of subjects to make her contemporary cowboy and romantic suspense novels diverse and entertaining. She resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-plus years, is the mother of three and grandmother of one. Becky is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Novelists, Inc. You can contact Becky McGraw here: Facebook: Website: Twitter: Email:
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20 Responses to Cowboys, Horses and Guns! Yee Haw!

  1. Tammy Faris says:

    I LOVE Cowboys because they are the ultimate woman’s dream. I mean, who doesn’t want a man with that need to protect and take care of what is his, those amazing manners that their mama’s drilled into them from babies, that sexy drawl and the fact that he’s calling you darlin’ and sugar? And let’s not forget that sexy wrangler ass and how he looks when he comes strutting up to you with his eyes sparkling and those boots kicking up dust….*le sigh* yeah….THAT’s just a little of why I love cowboys and WANT one and why I LOVE reading about them! LURVE your books, Becky!

  2. laineslite says:

    I believe that a cowboy is what made America the way it is. The true last pioneers. The American Cowboy is not really stereotypical because they are who and what made this country truly ours. It’s hard to explain but if you think Alpha male, 1800’s, migrating West, claiming land, cattle drives, rough early justice and the American Frontier to settle this expanding country and even eventual statehood it’s summed up in one word Cowboys. Not to mention rough, tough, sexy men on horses that are synonymous with romance these days. Cowboys are just awesome our lives are dedicated to many that built this country from the ground up. Jeans were made with a cowboy in mind. Wild West Frontier is what make and made a cowboy. Yahoo. Roll ’em up, move them out, Rawhide.

  3. Clare O'Beara says:

    As long as no-one and nothing is getting hurt, that sounds like a fun sport! Cowboys and cowgirls are a handy, tough, adaptable breed, working with nature and the land rather than against it.

  4. Debra price says:

    I love cowboys because I’m married to one, we live on a farm in Australia, I grew up watching John Wayne. They are the backbone of our countries, they are hard working, hard men but when you reach there hearts they are like jello, yumm. Xxxxxx

  5. Irma Jurejevčič says:

    I really don’t know what it is with cowboys – I’m from Slovenia 🙂 But I love to read books about them, I love horses, I love cowboy boots, accent, music – oh, I love it. There isn’t a thing that I wouldn’t like about them – wish I could live somewhere in Nashville or around…

  6. I love cowboys and country men. The usually have good morals and values, most often have a great work ethic and can be some of the sweetest gentleman around. They may be all tough and rough on the outside but are usually sweet, gentle and very loving on the inside.
    Stories about cowboys are all American to me. That is a big part of what people from outside the country associate with the USA. From the early settlers years to modern day cowboys. The stories are about hard working people who love the land and the people and communities around them.

  7. beckymcgraw says:

    Wow, you ladies are blowing me away with your insightful comments! Love them! ❤

  8. cct082073 says:

    I love cowboys for their Wrangler, Stetsons and boots, but I also love them got their morals, manners and family values. They’re hard-working men that never leave a job unfinished 😉
    I love reading about them because I imagine myself as the heroine. Sexy alpha-male with manners and a Southern drawl; every woman’s fantasy.

  9. zippykim314 says:

    Why I love cowboys? Most have a heart of gold and are sexy as hell! Cowboys know how to treat their women. Watch how they take care of their horses. They always make their horse priority when they spend the day on their back. I love how they rub their horse down after a good workout. Just imagining how they will rub you down after a good romp in the barn just makes me hot! Yes I’ve been there, and done that! Cowboy books have always been my favorite read. I also like a heroine that can give as good as she’s given by a cowboy! I love fast paced books that I can’t put down and Becky’s books just keep you begging for more!

  10. Eileen says:

    It’s the fantasy of a cowboy that draws me to their stories. From the hat down to the boots. They look sexy for one and look so natural too. Then its their morals, values and manners that set them apart as well. Just thinking about them makes me smile. 🙂

  11. Erica Smith says:

    Why I love cowboys, so many reason! Cowboys are strong, not afraid of hard work, they make a pair of jeans look so good. Hats. Cowboy hats are sexy. Their not afraid to get dirty! Cowboys help their neighbors, something you don’t see enough of anymore. A man on horseback with a hat shading his eyes makes me weak in the knees. Their hands, a pair of work roughened hands on your skin is hot!
    I’ve read about cowboys since I was a kid, there’s something about the cowboy saving the day and riding away that’s always been my favorite thing to read and watch. Becky McGraw’s books are the best of any current cowboy series I’ve read, they keep you wrapped up in the story from the first chapter and don’t let you go =)

  12. Tina Maynard says:

    I’m addicted to cowboys. I married a good ole country boy. (That’s a cowboy without the hat and boots.) But there is definitely something about a cowboy that draws you in. Maybe it’s the thought that they can handle and tame wild animals? Maybe it’s the possessive, protective nature they have? Whatever it is, I love them, especially the ones in Becky’s books!!! Keep on writing my friend! You’re the best!

  13. Joye says:

    I like cowboys and reading about them because they have a sense of commitment and purpose to their life. They also have honor and they respect women.

  14. Shirley Long says:

    Cowboys???? What’s not to love??? They’re the ultimate fantasy. But knowing them personally is one of life’s greatest pleasures. As a born and bred Texas girl, I’ve been around cowboys my entire life. Young, old~~handsome, not so handsome~~tall, short~~doesn’t really matter. Immediately you know when you meet a “real” cowboy instead of what we Texans call, a drug store cowboy. Real cowboys don’t have to tell you who or what they are, you realize it instantly. . They are, as my mama would say, the salt of the earth. They work hard and love harder. If you are fortunate enough to be loved by a real cowboy, you know what I’m talking about. Boots, Wrangler jeans, cowboy hats all part of a cowboy’s persona. But, it’s what’s on the inside that makes him a cowboy. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as hell in the bedroom. Or the barn. Or on horseback. Or ~~ well you get the picture!!

  15. Cheryl Lemon says:

    Becky – shold not read the excerpts at work, now I’m all worked up.

  16. Stephanie O. says:

    I love cowboys! I’m a country girl born & raised, my Dad was/still is a cowboy, and my favorite sporting event to watch is still a good rodeo! Cowboy romance stories simply combine my admiration for a nice Wrangler backside (Wrangler ratings!!), the polite cowboy persona (and just down-to-earth stability–among other things!), and the good gal getting the good guy!!

  17. cassie polla says:

    Love everything about them, from their hardworking bodies and work roughened hands, to their sexy hats and buns in chaps!!

  18. Cindy Hamilton says:

    Cowboys have a certain mystique to me, the swagger, boots and hat. Usually wears good fitting jeans which turns me on.

  19. Just wanted to say very best of luck to you with your new release, Becky! You know I love your cowboys!

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