Take Me Home Country Roads By Amanda McIntyre

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Des Moines, Ia. which for me is about an hour drive from where I live here in the rural Heartland. I could take the interstate which would likely get me to where I’m going much faster–but, in my humble opinion, while fast has its merit–there is something about a slower pace that appeals to me. But I digress…

An unknown wilderness, the Midwest was what many used to think was as far west as a person might want to venture. (thanks to Lewis & Clark, the westward expansion illuminated our minds as much as the gold rush and the railway system.)

A little Heartland history–and I share this, because every time I drive this stretch of back road, with its gentle rolling hills, soft curves, and vistas of farmland and untouched land as far as the eye can see–it sparks my inspiration–my love of the strength, tenacity and ruggedness of the  people who long ago  settled here and started ranching and farming this area.

This little back road is called “White Pole Road” and has a rich history that outlines the tenacity of the People in our state. Before, there was an interstate, or highway system, it was decided  that a better way was needed for farmers to get there crops to the railway stations at eaither end of the state. Answering that call, its said that over 10,000 farmers built a stretch of road over 380 miles long in one hour. It connected the Council Bluffs and Davenport rail stations. It later would be come a part of the old Highway 6 that stretched from Cape Cod, Mass. to Long Beach, Ca.

Today its less traveled, many opting to take the interstate in effort to meet deadlines–some simply caught in the idea that faster is better.

But for me, with my fav road trip CD playing louder than normal (to cover the equally loud attempt at harmony on my part) I tool along this quiet  byway–immersed in its history, looking at the farms, and wondering if its their ancestors that once built this road that takes you through at least seven small towns.

It inspires me to think about the hard-working farmers, ranchers, the cowboys and cowgirls–if you will, that believed strongly in a way of life, giving back to the earth, growing something with their hands.

renegade_hearts_web-largeI love a good looking cowboy–there are few things more inspirational–but combined with a man who is hard-working, loyal to his woman and family, who is kind and can see others beyond himself–I, personally cannot think of a sexier hero than that.

AnAmandaMcIntyre_UnfinishedDreams_200pxd you’ll find that most of my heroes possess such qualities–The Kinnison Brothers (Rugged Hearts, Book I, Rustler’s Heart, Book II, Renegade Hearts, Book III) and Unfinished Dreams feature such men, and the equally strong “mustang” heroines that tame them.

What’s your idea of a sexy hero? Share a few attributes that in your mind make a hero (or heroine) sexy…I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time~


About Amanda McIntyre

Amanda McIntyre’s storytelling is a natural offshoot of her artistic creativity. A visual writer, living in the rich tapestry of the American heartland, her passion is telling character-driven stories with a penchant (okay, some call it a wicked obsession) for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations to see how they overcome the obstacles to their HEA. A bestselling author, her work is published internationally in Print, E-book, and Audio. She writes steamy contemporary and sizzling historical romance and truly believes, no matter what, love will always find a way. Learn more and get connected at www.amandamcintyresbooks.com
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6 Responses to Take Me Home Country Roads By Amanda McIntyre

  1. Ginger Robertson says:

    Good afternoon Amanda

    I enjoy reading what you love writing books about. Hard working cowboys or cowgirls. Also, hardworking whatever occupation be it an administrative assistant such as myself or military guy. Or as my sister Jennifer…folding bundles of laundry and getting them ready to go out for the day. Or Becky who works at a small church as the church secretary and so much more. Another brother and sister work at a warehouse(no ac in the summer) for a big chain drug store. I’m more of a reader of contemporary stories but like you I enjoy taking the backroads. For 20 years I went up and down I65 for work and I am so glad I no longer have to. I now live 5 minutes from my 3 sisters and less than 10 from my mom. I love it!

    Thank you for your time.

    • I love reading your thoughts, Ginger, I can picture everyone you’ve named in a small town. Having grown up in a small town (aka fishbowl) there is something to the sense of community I love to write about. When my dh and I moved back home after several years of schooling to begin our family,I can remember my Father -in-law saying, :Now if someone waves, you just wave back.” (IE; doesn’t matter if you know them, they’re just being neighborly) As I was driving White Pole road the other day, I received a number of waves from oncoming farmers and locals–even those out for a morning walk in the country with their dogs. Made me smile that people around here still do that. Its comforting in a way.

  2. Clare O'Beara says:

    Great story about the road, why not write it into a historical western?

    • Certainly is a thought, Clare! I’ve used local places as setting for a couple of my books–Unfinished Dreams (just out in its 3rd edition and soon in paperback) is one of those books.

  3. Michelle D says:

    A soft-spoken, commanding gentleman is my ideal hero. My husband and I always used to enjoy taking the back route when we went to the Bloomsburg fair in PA.

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