Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Magic of the Western is Back... say yeehaw!

The magic of the Western is back, only bigger and better. Why? Because for one thing there’s a happily ever after ending. In the golden, shoot ‘em up days of the TV western, mostly the love interests would be killed off or die, or marry someone else other than the main characters. It was REALLY disappointing, I can tell ya. And, my heart hurt, a lot.

The Western Romance novel is better and bigger, now, because authors/aspiring authors have embraced the genre in every heat level. And, I mean *every* heat level, from sweet to xxx-erotic. Plus, paranormal authors are offering up their subgenre versions with werewolves, ghosts and vampires, just to give you a sampling.

Yep, pardner, a lot of readers are gobbling them up, and only wanting more to feast on. For example, Siren-BookStrand’s new line,
Menage Everlasting, is based on the lustful doings of cowboys in the West and the Old West. Already, the books are top sellers. Wild Rose Press has offered Western romances for several years now. Check out Celia Yeary, author of TEXAS BLUE, SHOWDOWN AT SOUTH FORK and ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS. Also, I’ve noticed Ellora’s Cave has jumped on board the Wild, Wild West train.

And, why not? Western heroes are definitely a natural as those alphas many of us love and can’t get enough of. They’re the type of *real* man many of us sigh over and fantasize about. Oh yeah, many of us ladies want to ride off into the sunset with our own rugged hero. After all, why should he be alone and lonely?

I cut my teeth on the first Western TV shows. I would race down on Saturday mornings as a little kid to watch Gene Autry and especially, his horse, Champion. I graduated to Roy Rogers and Trigger, the golden wonder horse. Dale Evans starred as his partner in getting the bad guys, riding her horse, Buttermilk. Now, that was women’s liberation before it came about. There was also, Fury, starring the *now in heaven* Peter Graves.

No, over the years, there weren’t many Western shows and movies I could resist. Some of my TV absolute faves ~ The Lone Ranger, Disney’s Zorro, Bonanza, The Virginian, Bat Masterson, The Texan, Rawhide and, of course! Wild, Wild West.

More recently, I think it was the early 90's, Bruce Campbell starred in an offbeat, highly imaginative Western, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. I loved that show and thought it was absolutely incredible in its scope and themes.

This post wouldn’t be complete, if I didn’t include western erotic romance author, Gem Sivad, and give a big WAHOOOO! Of congratulations to her for all of her success with INTIMATE STRANGERS, WOLF’S TENDER and A STAGED AFFAIR.

Her BREED TRUE has just earned two FIVE reviews, one from a review site that should know an exceptional western, Love Western Romances ~

According to Rose~

“Breed True starts off with a bang…after the initial explosion of activity, the author sets out to help the reader unravel Jewel’s life, one piece of the puzzle at a time.


Got Romance Reviews ~ Reviewer: Suki

“First I need to preface this review by saying how I rarely read western Romances, those few that I have read I haven’t enjoyed. That just changed.

Yep, this is also a self-serving blog since my own, BRANDED BY THE TEXANS, is due out in August 2010 ~ from Siren-BookStrand. I’ve always, always! Wanted to pen a Western with a happily ever after, where the heroine rules and is just as strong as the hero. I mean it’s been a huge ole itch that’s never gone away. As a running-around-the-neighborhood kid, I would wear my Annie Oakley Halloween costume, complete with pistol. Definitely, a foreshadowing of this story and all Western stories I’d like to write in the future.

Here’s an *unedited* snippet scene, where my heroine, Kylie, is feeling Wanted: Dead or Alive... and has just crossed the dimensional divide.

Heading outside, she surveyed her surroundings as she moved to her car. A tall broad-shouldered man in a tan Western suit, complete with bolo, gassed up what looked like a Caddy. Sidling in front of her pump, Kylie checked out the directions, then unscrewed her gas cap.

“Need some assistance, ma’am?” the Caddy Cowboy asked politely. He tipped his impressive cream-colored Stetson as Kylie met his gaze. “I can fill ‘er up in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”

Kylie blinked at the old phrase he’d used. “Thanks. I think I can handle it.”

“It’s, okay, ma’am, I’m not moving in on another man’s territory. Happily married myself.” He extended his hand flashing a wide gold band on his ring finger. “Mabel wouldn’t be happy if she knew I didn’t give you a hand.”

Kylie knew when she’d been defeated in a good way. She gave a nod and stepped back. “Thanks.” She was about to say her name again, but realized she shouldn’t be doing that anymore. In fact, she probably needed to decide on another name, and get used to it fast.

With smooth efficiency, he handled the nozzle gassing up her car. “There ya go, little lady. And don’t you worry, you’ll be married in no time.” He screwed her gas cap back on. “Come to Texas from the eastern states?” he asked.

Kylie’s brain felt like it spun, and she saw the image of whirling clothes inside a dryer. Where had that come from married in no time? Still, she’d better go with the flow. “I came from the east. Does it show a lot?”

“Yer accent, mostly. But we have a few ladies that make it across the border the way you have, lookin’ for a better life.”

Border? “I am looking for a better way of life.”

Turning on his boot heel, he tipped his hat again. “It’s right around the corner I’m bettin’, little lady.”




Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~


Savanna Kougar said...

Happy Trails!

Sandy Sullivan said...

Welcome to the westerns/cowboys, Savanna! You know me, cowboys all the way. God love those tight jeans, boots and ropes.

Sandy Sullivan
Cowboy Love
Wild Wyoming Nights
Wild Rodeo Nights
Wild Nevada Ride
Wild Rekindled Love

Larriane Wills said...

I couldn't agree more. I cut my western teeth on Louis LAmour. Could say he influenced me as far as my westerns go, though I concentrate more on the strength of the women than the men. Happy ever after though. I feel cheated if I read any book that doesn't end that way. Get all of that reality I need on the news. Larriane AKA Larion Wills, http://www.larriane.com

Savanna Kougar said...

Hey, Sandy, you do write those cowboys up right. Tight jeans, nothin' better. And, yep, lots of good uses for those ropes!

Savanna Kougar said...

Larrianne, I know what you mean about the HEA. And, I read some of Louis L'Amore. Always good, but, hey, I wanted my love story, dang it.
Personally, I think the strength of the women was left out in a lot of those TV Westerns. Then again, some of those ladies had strengths that aren't brought forth today.
I love strong heroines and strong heroes.

Cheryl said...

Hey Savanna,

Gem beat me out in the Eppies this year! LOL My book, Fire Eyes, lost out to her. But hey, I was just glad to be included in such good company in the finals!

I'm glad that the western has experienced such a resurgence. Celia Yeary is a dear friend of mine and I have enjoyed her books immensely!

Love Louis L'Amour too, and like you I believe the strength of the woman in the west was not explored thoroughly enough.

Great post! As of June I will be one of the Petticoats and Pistols fillies, so be sure to come over and see me over there!

Yeehaw and long live westerns!

Savanna Kougar said...

Cheryl, that's so cool! becoming one of the Petticoats and Pistols fillies. It's a fabulous blog with so many talented authors! I always become fascinated and learn so much. I don't get over there enough... yep, I'm actually writing, trying to get my next book done.

Long live the Western!

Gem Sivad said...

Savanna, what a wonderful post. I already love Kylie and I can't wait to read Branded.

Cheryl, I read Fire Eyes and didn't think Intimate Strangers had a chance in the competition. Talk about being in elite company, wow!

Savanna, I love your blog. Welcome to the world of western romance, cowgirl. ;)


Savanna Kougar said...

Oh, Gem, thanks!
In so many ways I'm a cowgirl at heart.

Cheryl said...

Hey Gem,

Thank you! That means a LOT!!! I feel the same way--there was some very stiff competition. Congratulations on your win!


Pat C. said...

Chalk up another vote for Mr. L'Amore. My dad was a big fan and I inherited his collection when he died. At some point I'll be joining the Western romance roundup. I'd actually started one when I got distracted by another project. This encourages me to get back to it.

Savanna Kougar said...

Pat, that would be so 'ride into the sunset' cool. Then we would both have our western titles displayed here.