Good morning ladies and gentleman.
I say that because you never know when a guy will wander onto our page.
Anyway, I’m here this morning with serious a contemplation about cowboys. We on this blog write western romance and I hope readers think we are pretty good at it, but what crosses my mind is the cowboys we envision are handsome, build rugged, are a gentleman with the ladies, and good guys all the way around.
So, what draws you to cowboy romance?
Is the handsome guy on the cover with the cowboy hat, nice chest, and jeans? Is it the blurb on the back giving you a little insight into what makes them tick? Is the feisty heroine who stands up to him with her hands on her hips and fire in her eyes? Is it the setting we describe with the rolling hills, tall grasses, cattle in the distance, or the horses?
I would love to know because like you, I read western romance when I’m not writing as well. Some of my favorites are Desiree Holt, Lorelei James, Hildie McQueen, and many more.
One think that bugs me though are the photographers that think anyone can shoot a guy in a cowboy hat and make him a cowboy. Yeah, nope! They put a hat on him, some bespangle jeans, a pair of boots and call him a cowboy. They usually will use those soft, Toby Keith looking cowboy hats. I almost want to shake them and say, “That is not a cowboy hat!” Get a nice straw hat, a Stetson, or a Resistol hat. You can buy a straw one that looks nice for pretty cheap.
Then there are the jeans. Good grief don’t get me started on the jeans. Real cowboys do not wear bespangled jeans like those with crystals on the back pockets. Get a pair of Wranglers for crying out loud!
They don’t have to wear chaps, but those are really nice.
And last but not least are the boots. They don’t have to be fancy. In fact, we would rather they not be. Get some nice boots, scuff them up a little, get some dirt or mud on them and yeah, we are all there.
Shirt, eh we can do without them or not. No biggy really, but they must have a nice chest. Hair or not doesn’t really matter to me,
So there you have it. I will share some nice pictures I have of cowboys that I think are the epitome of a cowboy shot.
See y’all soon!