Saturday, July 25, is the National Day of the Cowboy — a day to honor the hardworking men and women who have become a symbol of the American West.
The sight of a cowboy in a pair of dusty boots with his hat settled just so on his head never fails to make me smile. My appreciation of cowboys and the western way of life came naturally, growing up as a horse-crazy girl on our farm in Eastern Oregon.
The fact my oldest brother spent weeks (and sometimes) months at a time working on remote ranches next door to the edge of nowhere only added to my fascination. He’d arrive home full of exciting tales of daring that made me sit up and take notice. Sometimes, he brought along a fellow cowpoke in need of a home-cooked meal and a few days of rest before they headed back to boonies.
As a little girl, I’d listen to them talk about a way of life that seemed to be all but disappearing. They always smelled like leather and horses and sunshine – a scent I still love to this day.
When I began writing sweet romances, it seemed quite natural to write about cowboys as the heroes. Some of my stories take place in historical settings, others are contemporary, but the common thread is that the men live by a code I always associate with cowboys (and if you wanted to compare it to the code of knights, I think you’d find some interesting similarities).
This year’s Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign will begin October 1 and run through December 24. You can read more about it right here on my website.
I hope you’ll join me today in celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy. Watch a western movie, read a book about a cowboy, go to a rodeo or visit a cowboy museum. However you spend the day, think about those hard-working folks who continue to be a wonderful symbol of the American West.
And while you’re here, enter for a chance to win a paperback (or digital) copy of Catching the Cowboy and some fun goodies! Just post a comment sharing your favorite cowboy (can be a real or fictional character!).
One randomly selected winner will be notified by, July 30 ,2020.