I'm so excited. Today is launch day for my latest contemporary Western romance, Cowboy Crazy. It's about the West we all love--the West of horses, open spaces, and rodeo. Best of all, it's the West of my hottest cowboy hero yet, bull rider Lane Carrigan. Lane is an heir to the Carrigan Oil Corporation, but he's more interested in Wyoming's rough-riding past than its high-energy future. While his brother Eric runs the oil company, Lane takes care of the family's ranch.
As more and more open country gets taken up with Wyoming's energy boom, Lane vows that the Carrigan Ranch will never be developed. Much to his family's dismay, he makes his opinions public on the nightly news, and it's up to Sarah Landon, the company's hot-shot publicity manager, to change his mind.
Sarah's all about the future--mostly because she's running away from her past. She grew up in the tiny town of Two Shot, Wyoming, and she thinks a little progress is just what the old-fashioned community needs. As she introduces Lane to the realities of small-town life, he pushes her to recognize her roots. Along the way, secrets are revealed and opposites attract and ignite.
What brings Lane and Sarah together is a passion for small towns and their people, but while she wants the town to move forward, he wants it to stay quaint and old-fashioned.
I'm excited about this book because it gives readers the hot romance and high-energy story they're looking for while also showing them the real West. More than anything Cowboy Crazy is about change and community, and how to balance progress with a healthy respect for the past.
I thought I'd share some pictures I took on a recent trip through the state to show you the two sides of Wyoming. I'm glad our state contributes so much to the nation's energy needs, but I'm also glad we still have small towns that are still relatively untouched by the modern world.
Here's a Wyoming landmark: the town of Spotted Horse (population: 2):
And here's the Red Dawg Bar in Clearmont (population 115):
And to end the post, here's what those cowboys are really after (besides the perfect cowgirl companion): a nice healthy Black Angus grazing by the side of the road.