My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

It was a cold night in the Texas Panhandle, and I was a little girl going to the rodeo with my family. This was not a slicked up rodeo but a nitty-gritty rodeo out in the country with real cowboys, some of which were my older cousins. I remember sitting on one of my cousins’ laps. She already had children of her own but she helped warm me up on that chilly night as we watched the cowboys rope steers and ride bulls.

strongsilentcowboyMaybe that’s where my love of cowboys began. Because most of my cousins were many years older than me, I didn’t know them well and simply watched and admired them. My dad also raised me on John Wayne movies. My favorite movie growing up was True Grit. Just the opening song could get my blood pulsing.

As I grew up, I fell in love with country music. One day, I was driving around Dallas, to and from work, listening to Rodeo by Garth Brooks when a character came to me. He was wearing chaps and boots and he had a slight stutter. I immediately fell in love with Kirk and had to write his story, Strong, Silent Cowboy, which became my very first published book.

So began my writing career, which started with writing about cowboys. I love cowboys’ strength, ingenuity, traditions, and love for nature. I love that they are real men, with a bit of swagger, but also a touch of humility. They know God created the land and bow their heads to pray. I’m proud that I know real cowboys, and I’m blessed to have been able to write about them.

christmasinjulyChristmas in July was my second published book and a sequel to my first. This book features not only a cowboy but also a cowgirl–a barrel racer. These girls have courage and big hearts. Geena, a young widow, has more than her share but she also has a wall around her heart that the right cowboy is going to have to jump.

fortheloveofcody

Finally, my latest release, For the Love of Cody, is actually a re-release of my 5th book. It garnered the National Readers’ Choice Award when it was published. Since then, it went out of print but I gained the rights back to it and recently brought it out as a Kindle ebook. But now, it’s also available in paperback! You can click on the titles of my books to find out more about them.

So for a long while, my heroes have always been cowboys. Next year, I’m publishing a brand new cowboy story! Hope you’ll hang around until it’s ready.

So what about you? Do you love cowboys? Country music? Western movies?

Contest: For a copy of the paperback For the Love of Cody. At the end of this week, I’ll draw a name from those who leave a comment below for a winner.

9 thoughts on “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

  1. Melissa Brown

    I’d really love to read For the love of Cody. It sounds like the type of story I would like.

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  2. Tina Watson

    I love horseback riding, even though it has been YEARS since I’ve been riding.

    John Wayne is my favorite Cowboy Actor.

    I love Country Music and so does my 17 yr old son.

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    1. Leanna Ellis

      Thanks, Tina! Sounds like you’re raising your son right! ;) It’s been a long time since I’ve ridden horseback too. But I’m hoping to in a few weeks! I hope my backside survives. LOL!

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    1. Leanna Ellis

      Hi, Shirley! I hope you don’t mind that I moved your comment here but I thought maybe that’s where you meant it to be. :) Have a great day!

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  3. Jennifer Hansen

    I love reading stories about the Old West, cowboys, and horses. Cowboys are self-reliant, strong, brave, and often good story tellers. I’d love to read this book!

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    1. Leanna Ellis

      Jennifer, you’re right! They often are good storytellers and also good with poetry! So often they have a wry sense of humor too. Thanks for stopping by!

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