17 May '13

Authors After Dark 2013 : Sandy Sullivan -What do we like most about cowboy heroes?

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To me, there is just something about the way they carry themselves, treat their women and fill out a pair of Wranglers.


They always seemed to be tough when needed, but soft with their chosen mate, mother, sister or child. They can rope and brand cattle without regard to the rough job. It’s just part of who they are and what they do.


I love writing cowboys on a ranch or off although most of mine live on a ranch, work with cattle or horses and live the cowboy way of life. They are strong physically and mentally, but they may have a weakness or two including the woman they want to be with. I do torture my heroes some in my stories. They aren’t perfect by any means. Most of the time they are stubborn, pigheaded, a drinker, a playboy or some other flaw in their personality. It’s never easy for them to fall in love.


My newest series is called Cowboy Dreamin’. I know I dream of cowboys all the time so I figured it fit. The first book in the series is called Make Mine a Cowboy and it’s about a romance writer (go figure LOL) who runs out of gas on the back roads of Bandera Texas in the middle of a thunderstorm. She’s rescued by none other than her fantasy cowboy who is a real cowboy. She writes them for a living (kind of like me) and loves putting them into her erotic romance stories, but she never thought she’d run into her own personal cowboy. Mesa takes some time to stay on the guest ranch to absorb her own inspiration from the real cowboys. Joel thinks she’s cute, but a little strange.


So there is my take on romancing the cowboy. What’s your favorite thing about cowboy romance?


Mesa Arraguso writes about hot cowboys for a living. Being a romance writer has it perks and its drawbacks. She spends a lot of time alone in front of her computer, but she gets to fantasize about incredibly hot men wearing cowboy boots and Stetsons. While visiting San Antonio, Texas for a writer’s conference, she finds herself stranded on the back roads of Bandera only to be rescued by one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever encountered, be it fantasy or for real.

Joel Young is a cowboy. From the top of his Stetson to the tip of his dirty cowboy boots, he’s cowboy through and through. Along with rescuing women when they do silly things like running out of gas miles from town on a dirt road, he spends his days herding cattle, fixing fences and breaking horses.

Can one handsome cowboy and a city-girl from LA find common ground is the Hill Country long enough to see beyond a quick fling?

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Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of Nashville. County music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys so you’ll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots

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