Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cowboy Up!

This is a very exciting day--y'all should head on over to the Harlequin American continuity blog where we're celebrating the First Family of Rodeo, the Codys. Our terrific American writers are going to talk about the cowboy!
Yep, as much as I'm a small town girl from the Midwest (or maybe because I am), I love the American cowboy. I grew up watching reruns of John Wayne, Gary Cooper and all the other heroes and villians clothed in chaps and riding the range.
Put Jimmy Stewart in a cowboy hat, give him a horse to ride (his favorite "actor" horse was named Pie), and our entire perception of him changes. He's no longer saving the Bailey Building & Loan or talking to Harvey. He's saving the ranch and upholding justice.

So, is it the clothes that make the man? Not at all. Did anyone believe John Travolta was a cowboy, Urban or otherwise, just because he had the boots and hat? Not me. I want my cowboy honorable, dependable, loyal. I want him tough and yet ready to have a good time, preferably loving the heroine.
The cowboy is bone-deep American. Yum.

I'll be back next month after our RWA conference in Orlando, but right now, it's cowboy time! See y'all over there.

Megan Kelly


CC Coburn said...

Hi Megan,
What's not to love about a cowboy? Big, strong, incredibly capable men. Loners often, sometimes by choice, sometimes to protect their hearts.
I'm curently reading the first of the Cody series by Rebecca Winters and loving it - looking forward to them all!
Agree with you totally about Jimmy Stewart.
See you in Orlando!

Estella said...

I love cowboys!

Barbara White Daille said...

I love cowboys, too, and am moseying right on over to that blog!


Megan Kelly said...

Hey, Everyone! Sorry to be absent today; my Internet is wonky, my day job is crazy, I'm heading out of town to a speaking engagement tomorrow, and I'm working on revisions. Ai yi yi. I have both Cody books now, Rebecca's and Marin's. I can't wait, but revisions rule. :)

Gillian Layne said...

Love, love those cowboys! In movies, John Wayne and Sam Elliott rule.