Thursday, September 09, 2010


I love September for so many reasons. The kids are back in school. :) The weather starts getting cooler. Autumn, my favorite season, is getting closer. And this month, SINGLE DAD SHERIFF hits the shelves! As I blogged last month (still can’t believe that I actually remembered) this book is very special to me because one of my secondary characters totally stole my heart.

I can’t neglect my hero, though. And Sheriff Chance Drayton is quite the hero. I love a man in uniform and lawmen in particular. The first book I sold was about a small town deputy. That book, RETURN OF THE LAWMAN, was reissued last month in the Men in Uniform special series.

So let’s talk lawman heroes. I grew up watching westerns with my dad and probably saw every Gunsmoke episode ever aired, including the black and white ones. So Marshall Dillon is definitely a favorite of mine. Any movie with John Wayne as a lawman – especially Rio Bravo. Actually I think I loved that one so much because of Dean Martin. I love me some flawed heroes! My more recent lawmen heroes are everyone on Third Watch (still can’t believe they cancelled that series) and Mac and Danny on CSI:NY. I could actually go on and on because I have several more favorites, but I want to hear about yours now! I’ll grab a couple of winners from the comment section for autographed copies of my Citizens Police Academy series.

Happy September & Happy Reading!


Linda Henderson said...

Well, you've named some of mine. But I liked Jack Lord in Hawaii 50,loved the old NYDP Blue show,Erik Estrada from CHIPS, and definitely ones of my favorite movies to rewatch, Stakeout with Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez.

Virginia C said...

Hi, Lisa! I love this post--you are a lady after my own heart! That handsome gent on the cover of "Single Dad Sheriff" reminds me very much of one of my favorite lawmen--Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens from "Justified". Timothy Olyphant, who portrays "Raylan", bears a striking resemblance to your sheriff : )

My whole family loves westerns and crime stories. We love good guy lawmen! John Wayne will always stand head and shoulders above the rest--he has no equal! I also love James Garner : ) "Gunsmoke" set a standard for TV westerns, and no one outdid Marshall Dillon! I love the CSI and Law & Order franchises. Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Robert Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is a standout. I also love "Without a Trace"--a remarkable ensemble cast lead by the amazing Anthony LaPaglia! David Caruso on "CSI: Miami"--even his sunglasses are to be feared : )

Marcy said...

For me it would have to be David Caruso on NYPD Blue...don't much care for him on CSI Miami though...strange.

Laney4 said...

I hope you consider private detectives as "lawmen"!

I really enjoyed Hart to Hart with Robert Wagner (hubba hubba). Then there was Remington Steele with Pierce Brosnan (deep sigh). I even liked Mannix with Mike Connor and James Garner in The Rockford Files way back in the day (talk about flawed heroes).

Actual cop shows were Rock Hudson in McMillan & Wife (yowsers) and Michael Douglas in Streets of San Francisco.

Sure can tell I was a kid of the seventies and eighties!!!

Lisa Childs said...

Oooh, this is fun! I love all your lawmen, too! Especially Rockford and Remington Steele. Yup, a sucker for the flawed hero. Hart to Hart and MacMillan and Wife are favorites of mine, too. I love watching reruns of them. I've never seen Justified -- is that a cable only show?

Catherine McClain said...

LOL! Hi Lisa - I have a feeling you really enjoyed writing this series and I can't wait to read them.
Several of my favorite "lawman" types have already been mentioned here, but I have to also mention Maxwell Smart of the original Get Smart series.

Or Dragnet....can't miss mentioning the cop show that set the standard!

Estella said...

My favorites are Jack Web from Dragnet, James Arness as Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, John Wayne in Rio Bravo, and Erik Esteada in CHIPS.

chey said...

All my favs have been mentioned! Some of them I'd forgotten about 'til I just read their names here!

Lisa Childs said...

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog! It's been so much fun discussing lawmen!

Virginia C & Laney4 -- I drew your names as winners for the autographed set of Citizens Police Academy books. Please send me your addresses to email and I'll send out the books asap!

Thanks again!

Virginia C said...

Whoo-hoo! Love those lawmen : ) I emailed my info. Congrats Laney4 : )

Laney4 said...

I too have emailed my info. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lisa, and congrats to Virginia C too!