The Butt Riders tour continues right here with Shae Connor!!
Do you imagine blazing gun battles, bandits, and saloons with watered-down drinks when you think of cowboys and the West? We don’t. Our minds go right to horse shifters, bull shifters, were-leopards, urban wannabes, an interrupted journey along Route 66, a man of mystery named Dr. Feel-Good, and high noon at the edge of the galaxy! The fourth time’s the charm as the Butt-Thology authors saddle up, ride their men hard, and put ‘em away wet.Butt Riders on the Range…the bulls aren’t the only ones being grabbed by the horns!
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I Love A Good (Bad) Cowboy
By Shae Connor
I love reading stories about cowboys. Put a man in boots and put him on a horse, and I’m there for it. Bonus points for two—or more—cowboys.
What I can’t do is write cowboys. I’ve never ridden a horse (except childhood pony rides), much less spent time on a ranch. All I know about cowboys comes from the fiction I’ve read. I know I could research, but honestly, I’d rather spend that time reading someone else’s cowboy stories.
That’s why I wrote “Faux Cowboy”. The main character isn’t a cowboy at all. He just gets paid to play one. “Urban Cowboy” might have been just as accurate. There’s not a horse to be seen, though there’s certainly some riding going on.
For my blog tour post, I thought I’d share some of my favorite cowboy (and related) romances. This list is by no means all-inclusive! Please feel free to add your own in comments. ☺
Heart of Stone by Ari McKay I didn’t realize this was a historical when I first picked it up—those aren’t usually my thing—but in the end, it didn’t matter. It’s a well-drawn story of a cowboy who finds himself a sudden ranch owner, with a foreman who’s just his type, no matter how he tries to ignore it.
Lang Downs by Ariel Tachna I fangirl hard over this series. Though technically set on a sheep station rather than a cattle ranch—it IS Australia, after all—these stories have all the horse-riding, animal-herding, stoically hard-bodied men you could ask for.
Longhorns by Victor J. Banis Banis is one of the pioneers of gay fiction, particularly pulp fiction, and this Western is a prime example. It’s a fun and sexy ride.
Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell FBI agent meets ranch foreman and sparks fly. All the thumbs up from me.
Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan Super-hot, super-kinky, super-angsty romance. Check, check, and double-check!
The Real Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson Yes! I read M/F romance too! I gave the author a little help via Twitter, and in return, she sent me a copy of this book. Loved it.
Stories from the Range by Andrew Grey Andrew has a number of good series, several involving farms, ranches, and/or cowboys, but this is my favorite. Set in Wyoming, these stories tell the tales of men coming to terms with themselves and each other, and finding love in the process.
Whispering Pines Ranch series by SJD Peterson Book 1 of this series will break your heart, and you’ll need to read all five to fully heal it.
More about Shae Connor:
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s director of the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.
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