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Wildfire Creek

“Wildfire Creek” (Redemption Mountain, Book Two) by Shirleen Davies

Published on… 26 January 2015
Published as… Western Romance

Shirleen Davies’ Guest Post

The Appeal of Western Heroes

Today, we’re going to talk about a fun subject: what makes the western hero so very appealing.

If you’re a fan of my work, I assume you agree that cowboys have a certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes them irresistible as leading men and romantic figures. You’d be in good company: the cowboy is an American icon, personified by men like Sam Elliott, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Tom Selleck. Let’s try to put our collective finger on their appeal, shall we?

1. The obvious, raw sex appeal.

This one requires little explanation. Cowboys have swagger. They wear jeans and boots, they always seem to have the perfect level of five-o-clock shadow, they’re strong and tan from working outside, and the cowboy rocks that kindly loner image like no one else.

2. They can, and do, take care of business on their own.

He’s tough, determined, rugged, and resourceful. All those masculine traits, and he can still cook his own dinner, mend his own clothes, and tend to his own home (or camp). A cowboy is a man who does what needs to be done, period, and it’s not a matter of what he should or should not have to do by virtue of his gender.

3. They display kindness and sensitivity.

Cowboys are known as men of honor, integrity, and simple kindness. They have good manners when they pass through town, and they’re good with animals (especially their beloved horses). These traits aren’t rare or hidden, either: they’re basic components of the cowboy ethic.

4. They live on the fringes of society, but integrate with grace.

Cowboys aren’t necessarily used to the creature comforts of living in a town. They don’t expect or need a roof over their heads, a clean and comfortable bed, a hot bath and a shave, or a woman lying beside them at night. “Need” is the operative word, here: they don’t need these things, but when the chance to have them arises, cowboys receive hospitality with unparalleled class and grace.

5. They’re gentlemen, without the baggage.

This ties in to both number four and number two. Cowboys don’t need women to take care of their more domestic needs, and they aren’t totally used to a woman’s company. The combination means that cowboys don’t have the unflattering, cosmopolitan trait of believing that his needs are a woman’s problem, but they do hold the appealing attitude that women deserve the utmost kindness, gratitude, and respect.

Sexy, self-sufficient, sensitive, gracious, and chivalrous…what’s not to like?

About the Book

“A passionate story of rebuilding lives and working to find a place in the wild frontier during the years following the American Civil War. A rugged, heartwarming story of choices and love in the continuing saga of Redemption Mountain.”

Luke Pelletier is settling into his new life as a rancher and occasional Pinkerton Agent, leaving his past as an ex-Confederate major and Texas Ranger far behind. He wants nothing more than to work the ranch, charm the ladies, and live a life of carefree bachelorhood.

Ginny Sorensen has accepted her responsibility as the sole provider for herself and her younger sister. The desire to continue their journey to Oregon is crushed when the need for food and shelter keeps them in the growing frontier town of Splendor, Montana, forcing Ginny to accept work as a server in the local saloon.

Luke has never met a woman as lovely and unspoiled as Ginny. He longs to know her, yet fears his wild ways and unsettled nature aren’t what she deserves. She’s a girl you marry, but that is nowhere in Luke’s plans.

Complicating their tenuous friendship, a twist in circumstances forces Ginny closer to the man she most wants to avoid—the man who can destroy her dreams, and who’s captured her heart.

Believing his bachelor status firm, Luke moves from danger to adventure, never dreaming each step he takes brings him closer to his true destiny and a life much different from what he imagines.

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About the Author

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Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

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Shanna Hatfield is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Christmas Cowboy

“The Christmas Cowboy” by Shanna Hatfield

Published on… 18 September 2014
Published as… Western Romance, Holiday

Shanna Hatfield’s Guest Post

It Happened at the Airport

Shades of black randomly interspersed with hues of tan and gray surrounded me as I gazed over a sea of cowboy hats at the Las Vegas airport.

After working our way through the crowd, my husband, Captain Cavedweller, and I settled at our gate to wait for our flight. While he read the newspaper and jiggled his boot-covered foot impatiently, I observed those milling around. Like us, the cowboys prepared to depart after attending the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and many of the accompanying activities.

Each December, the city of Las Vegas takes on a country vibe as the rodeo comes to town, bringing with it hundreds of vendors, thousands of spectators, and a whole lot of fun. As we sat at the airport that morning, the idea for a story began churning in my head.

Since so many of the cowboys who compete professionally spend a good deal of time traveling, I began to wonder how many of them flew from one rodeo to the next. If they were flying, it made sense that they might meet a girl at an airport who turned their head.

I began jotting down notes for a story idea and by the time we reached home, The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance, Book 1) was born.

The sweet western romance tells the story of Tate Morgan, a successful saddle bronc rider, who falls in love with Kenzie Beckett, a corporate trainer he frequently runs into at the airport. Despite their mutual attraction, the relationship is going nowhere fast. Kenzie has sworn of men in general and good-looking, charming cowboys in particular. It doesn’t help that Tate is the most handsome, personable guy she’s ever met. If he hopes to win her heart, this Christmas cowboy is going to have to pull out all the stops.

The second book in the series, Wrestlin’ Christmas, highlights Tate’s friend Cort McGraw, a world champion steer wrestler. Sidelined with a major injury, Cort struggles to come to terms with the end of his career. Shanghaied by his sister and best friend, he finds himself on a run-down ranch with a worrisome, albeit gorgeous widow, and her silent, solemn son. Five minutes after Cort McGraw lands on her doorstep, K.C. Peters fights to keep a promise she made to herself to stay away from single, eligible men. When her neighbor said he knew just the person to help work her ranch for the winter, she never expected the handsome, brawny former rodeo star to fill the position.

While researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, I became aware of a great organization called the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Because I think it is a terrific cause, now through Dec. 24, I’ll donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from all my book sales to the JCCF.

About the Book

Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.

As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart.

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About the Author

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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

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Shirleen Davies is Visiting! [Character Interview]

Wilder Than the Rest

“Wilder Than the Rest” by Shirleen Davies (MacLarens of Fire Mountain #6)

Published on… 17 June 2014
Published as… Western Romance

Shirleen Davies’ Character Interview

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Pierce MacLaren: I’m Pierce MacLaren and my story is told in Wilder than the Rest, book six in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

The family ranch is in Fire Mountain, Arizona. My other, more exciting job is working as a Secret Service Agent through the U.S. Treasury Department. My skills are diverse and my love for adventure high.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Pierce MacLaren: My partner is Mollie Jamison, and she is a headstrong, obstinate agent who causes nothing but trouble. We’ve been assigned a new case that forces us into close proximity to solve a suspected crime. Much of the story takes place in 1870s San Francisco, a time when the town had a colorful reputation.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Pierce MacLaren: She’s a real pushy sort, always trying to get me to open up and explore how I feel, especially regarding my feelings for Mollie, whom I mostly just tolerate. I wish she’d leave me alone to my own mental ramblings, but I now accept that’s never going to happen.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Pierce MacLaren: It’s perfect for me. Lots of action, strong people, evil bad guys, and occasional visits from others in the MacLaren clan.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Pierce MacLaren: I do. It’s not often I get to live in a grand mansion, eat at fancy restaurants, and have the freedom to do just about anything I want. Plus, the story is a continuation of my family’s life and how we all came together.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Pierce MacLaren: Living half my life as an agent and the other half as a rancher is perfect—as long as I don’t have to continue with Mollie as my partner. I don’t have plans to change anything except return to Fire Mountain, and the ranch, at least until I’m given another assignment.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Pierce MacLaren: I’m not certain. You never know what will happen next, or what her plans are. Guess you’ll just have to keep in touch to find out.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Pierce MacLaren: That’s a fair question. The Australian actor, Liam Hemsworth, seems to fit the character’s personality. I’m a bit rough, very charming, and love to have fun. I believe these are traits Hemsworth could handle with little effort.

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About the Book

Pierce is a rough man, but happy in his new life as a Special Agent. Tasked with defending the rights of the federal government, Pierce is a cunning gunslinger always ready to tackle the next job. That is, until he finds out that his new job involves Mollie Jamison.

Mollie can be a lot to handle. Headstrong and independent, Mollie has chosen a life of danger and intrigue guaranteed to prove her liquor-loving father wrong. She will make something of herself, and no one, not even arrogant Pierce MacLaren, will stand in her way.

A secret mission brings them together, but will their attraction to each other prove deadly in their hunt for justice? The payoff for success is high, much higher than any assignment either has taken before. But will the damage to their hearts and souls be too much to bear? Can Pierce and Mollie find a way to overcome their misgivings and work together as one?

Read Wilder than the Rest, another heartening story of duty, honor, passion, and love in book six of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain.

About the Author

Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

Shirleen began her new series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain, with Tougher than the Rest, the story of the oldest brother, Niall MacLaren. Other books in the series include, Faster than the Rest, Harder than the Rest, Stronger than the Rest, and Deadlier than the Rest. Book six, Wilder than the Rest, is due for release in early summer, 2014. Her contemporary romance series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary, opened with book one, Second Summer. Book two, Hard Landing, released in April 2014, and book three, One More day, is scheduled to release in midsummer, 2014.

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