I wanted to post this month about influencing the cowboy romance as a writer.
For me, it’s horse, country music, country music stars, the everyday cowboy on horseback, and those cover models who are real cowboys like Don Allen.
I got to meet Don this past weekend at Authors After Dark. Yes, we paid for him to be there as a muse for myself and Becky McGraw. He is the real deal, folks. He rides horses and everything.
Does riding horse make the cowboy? No, but it sure helps with the persona, right? I love to see guys on horseback with the cowboy hat, boots, jeans, and preferably no shirt. Just me, I guess.
Most of the time I can tell if a guy in a picture is the real deal. It’s just something about the way they were a cowboy hat. Real cowboys have them pulled down low over the brow, riding right on their forehead and ears. Guys who aren’t comfortable in a cowboy hat usually have the hat back on their heads a bit or it doesn’t fit right on their head. Drives me nuts!
What’s with the wife beater t-shirt? That’s so not cowboy! I have a Studs and Spurs cowboy calendar and I’m staring at the August cowboy. He’s in a wife beater t-shirt! Yeah, no, not in my world.
So anyway, what do you look for in a real cowboy on the cover of your romance novels?
I have a couple of pictures on my wall for inspiration and boy, let me tell you, they inspire! Jeremiah Young from Forever Kind of Cowboy is my favorite. I can’t post his picture here because it’s not mine to post, but boy howdy! And then there is my current work in progress inspiration, Joshua Young. He’s got that cocky little grin, gorgeous eyes and that hat pulled down low on his brow. YUMMY!!!
For those fans of the Young brothers, Joshua’s book should be out at the end of September. I’m shooting for that anyway and I’m about 34k into it right now. Title will be Kiss Me, Cowboy so watch for it everywhere!
Until next month
P.S. Leave me a comment on your favorite cowboy look and I’ll pick a winner tomorrow for a signed ebook copy of Make Mine a Cowboy, my Amazon Best Seller and the start of the Cowboy Dreamin’ series.