Wednesday, February 18
Cowboys Need Apply!
Alpha Males are autocratic, sometimes abrasive, large-and-in-charge men. They aren’t sensitive (at first), they don’t see both sides of any coin (at first) and they want things the way they want them and everyone else be damned (at first). That is a hard man to love, people. There are a million different types of Alpha males – businessmen, cowboys, doctors, sheiks, adventurers, pirates…the list goes on.
I’ve written (so far) cowboys (who doesn’t like a guy in tight jeans, driving a killer truck, right ladies?), reporters, a CEO, a photographer and a surfer (all of whom I call Cowboy). My next two heros are a park ranger and a construction worker...Cowboys, though, hold a special place in my heart. I love the sense of self, the sense of independence and the innate love for Mother Earth that a cowboy holds close to his heart.
A tight, worn pair of Levis doesn’t hurt, either.
Next week my Texas cowboys (and girls, obvs) get their very own box set. That's the cover up above..isn't is pretty? I am absolutely thrilled the books will be put together in one volume...and I'm just a little obsessed with the cover.
In my first book, What a Texas Girl Wants, Jackson is a reluctant cowboy – he was raised in Texas but ran away from it. He’s always loved the land, though, and that helps bring him back to Kathleen. My second book in the trilogy, What a Texas Girl Needs, stars Mat, a cowboy by choice. Born with a silver spoon of his own, he prefers the quiet life of a cowboy to the fast-paced life of the city. And my third cowboy? That would be Trick, from What a Texas Girl Dreams, and he's another cowboy by choice. Trick is a vet, so his love of animals carried through the book.
One other thing that sets Jackson and Mat and Trick apart: they’re ever so slightly not Alpha. Oh, they’re all about their-way-or-the-highway, take no prisoners. But they’re also a little bit over themselves. If no one notices Mat’s tricked out truck? No big deal – because it’s his. People don’t respect Jackson’s centerfold images or the Western art he’s now dabbling in? No big deal – because it’s his art, his vision and he gets it. Someone thinks because Trick spends a lot of time in a lab coat he's not a cowboy? Whatevs is his response.
So, tell me readers, do you like a traditional Alpha Male – they guy who wants the attention and gets it? Or the guy who gets the attention but is a little bit used to it…and so it doesn’t register quite as high on the radar?