Monday, July 1, 2019

Why I Write Cowboy Historicals by Laurie Kingery PLUS 2 GIVEAWAYS!

Please welcome Laurie Kingery to my blog today. Her and Louise Gouge have new LIH releases and will be sharing fun posts this week. They will each be giving away a copy of their book. Be sure to read on down to see how to enter in the giveaways!

WHY I LOVE WRITING COWBOY HISTORICALS

I started my writing career (writing as Laurie Grant) for the now defunct publisher Leisure and chose the early English and French medieval period as my era. Continuing with the former Warner publishing and then Harlequin Historicals, I continued with the medieval era, but I am a native Texan by birth, and that heritage began to appeal to me more and more. 

Why?  The American cowboy hero has all the chivalry of the knights of old with none of the title snobbery of medieval society.  He did not need to come from a castle – – often he came from nothing and his parents were no one of note. He might be illiterate, but that didn’t prevent him from being noble of character. Though somewhat idealized in our novels, admittedly,  the cowboy had a code of honor not unlike the knight, especially in regard to the treatment of ladies. They defended themselves and civilization, such as it was, from outlaws and savage Indians, much as the knights fought outlaws of that time, Vikings, and would-be invaders from other countries, and if one was fortunate, he might win the hand (and lands) of a fair lady who might of been higher in station than the knight had been. Thus he might have risen in status from a mere knight to a lord, such as a baron or earl. The American cowboy did not wear mail or armor as the medieval knight did, so he was obviously more vulnerable to the dangers of arrows and bullets. Both medieval and 1800’s America had more defined roles for men and women than what we are familiar with today, as most women, with the exception of teachers, storekeepers, and nurses remained in the home until marriage. 


I believe the hero of THE OUTLAW’S LADY,  Sandoval Parrish, has all the characteristics of the cowboy hero and medieval knight, though in the beginning of my story, heroine Tess Hennessy hardly sees him as chivalrous! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did writing it. 




GIVEAWAY:  Ask Laurie a question or tell us why you love reading about cowboys to enter in the giveaway.



24 comments:

  1. I have to agree that cowboys seem to be the heroes, loyal and noble without having a title or fortune. They always seemed to want justice and their code is to be admired!
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  2. I like to read about cowboys because we can dream of a handsome man on a beautiful horse riding in to save the day. 😂
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Lucy, sounds like a good daydream to me! We need more movies like that! “Tombstone” is my favorite!

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  3. I enjoy reading about cowboys because they are rugged while being a hero. There are some bad ones but the good ones always end up the 'winner' in my book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Wendy, I forgot to mention how rugged cowboys are—good addition!

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  5. I love stories about cowboys because I have always wanted to live where the cattle and horses seem to roam freely and those handsome cowboys take care of it all!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Betti, I agree. A cowboy’s life is a hard one but he is his own man.

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  6. I love reading about cowboys as they are hard working, loyal, and true. Men of honor and respect with tough exteriors and gentle hearts. I lived in Texas for four years and I miss seeing them!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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    1. Maryann, I have lived in Texas too. Wish I still did, but I have family there so I visit as often as I can. Love the scenery and the people.

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  7. Some of my earliest memories revolve around watching TV westerns with my daddy and this continued until I left home. We didn't have a color television until I was in high school so many of those memories are in b&w but that's ok because many of the heroes wore white cowboy hats and the bad guys wore black☺️ Thanks for being here and thanks for this giveaway!
    Connie
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    1. Connie, I used to love “Rawhide!” I can still sign the theme song (badly 🙄)

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  8. There's just something about a cowboy. I never get tired of reading about them. Thanks for the interview & giveaway.
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    1. Robbins, I’m sure glad you don’t get tired of reading about them! Thanks for commenting.

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  9. I enjoy reading about cowboys as they had determination, hard working and faith to encounter the unknown they might face. They were rugged and heros even though not recognized as heros. Thank you for sharing about your yearning to write cowboy stories. I've read other LI cowboy books and know this 2-in-1 book will be a winner.
    marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Marilyn, thank you so much for your nice comment. I hope you enjoy our book. Louise’s story is very enjoyable too.

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  10. I live on a ranch and have my whole life so I love to read about cowboys because I can relate! :)

    Happy reading, and Happy 4th!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
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    1. Amada, I envy your living on a ranch. Do you raise cattle? Horses?

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  12. It's been a while since I've read a good cowboy story. In some of the movies I've seen, they can be rough around the edges and uncomfortable around women! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  13. Connie, that’s right, many of them were rarely around women—at least ladies....��

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  14. I know there were plenty of not so nice cowboys but in romantic books the cowboys are always faithful, dependable and handsome! What's not to like! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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