C – Cowboy Crazy

a to z challenge
a to z challenge

In the romance world there is crazy trends for cowboys. In my mind there are three types of cowboys.

Working Cowboy: This is a video from Zapata Texas – I like that a working cowboy will wear a pink shirt and pock-a-dot scarf.

Rodeo Cowboy (sometimes the same as the working sometimes, just rodeo)

Rodeo Cowboys at the Tejas Rodeo
Rodeo Cowboys at the Tejas Rodeo
a bull rider
a bull rider
Sterling Furr
Sterling Furr

Wannabe Cowboy along the lines of the Urban Cowboy, but some of them live in small towns)

These are the ones we might see on that sexy paper back – I have to say I have never seen a cowboy hang around horses and cattle without a shirt. When I Google cowboy I get a lot of these type of pictures and I found them funny. There was one and I can’t find it again – The guy is of course shirtless, with a rope over his shoulder and an English saddle in his hand…yes an English saddle!

Help! I've lost my shirt and horse.
Help! I’ve lost my shirt and horse.
Another poor cowboy not smart enough to keep his shirt or hourse
Another poor cowboy not smart enough to keep his shirt or horse
Oh good he found his horse, now if he can only locate that shirt.
Oh good he found his horse, now if he can only locate that shirt.

Even Nicholas Sparks has jumped on the cowboy bandwagon with his book The Longest Ride.  Ugh. I have boycotted Mr. Sparks ever since the movie Message in a Bottle. Killing people off and torturing them without giving the a happy ending is not romantic. He does not write romances. Okay rant over…what was I talking about? Oh yeah how we love cowboys.

I have to say The Longest Ride might force me to cross the Sparks picket line I set up for myself. I mean it has Scott Eastwood (yes the son of Clint) as a bull rider.

I love writing about cowboys myself and even have a bull rider in my future line up. They represent  down to earth honor and integrity along with hanging out with horses. What’s not to love? Both of my books have have cowboys on them..One to of them a Cowboy Preacher (Lone Star Holiday)

The love story of wild child Lorrie Ann Ortega and single father, Pastor John Levi
The love story of wild child Lorrie Ann Ortega and single father, Pastor John Levi

the other is the Texas Lawman (Lone Star Hero).

Second chance at love.
Second chance at love.

Here are some of my favorite cowboy pictures.

Kids and Cowboys
Kids and Cowboys
Photograph of operations and personnel at 44 Farms, near Cameron, TX
Photograph of operations and personnel at 44 Farms, near Cameron, TX
Jesse Wright in  Western Horseman Mag
Jesse Wright in Western Horseman Mag
Kenny Johannes Matador Ranch West Texas photo Matt Brockman
Kenny Johannes Matador Ranch West Texas photo Matt Brockman

Do you have a favorite cowboy? Do you love reading about cowboys?

A for Aging – 9 Sexy men over 50…Who is the 10th

The first day of the A to Z blog challenge is here!

I have been thinking about age…my Mr. Dark & Handsome just turned 50! What!? How could that  be – we are still so young, right? Everyone says that 50 is the new 30 and with Mr. D&H I think it might be true. As we age so are our favorite actors. Hey, that starts with an A also.  So I made a list of a few of my favorite aging actors that are taking a bite out of middle-age and making it a time to celebrate life. Aging is not a bad thing – it is either get older or die so I want to age with joy and pride. And if my Mr. D&H ages as these guys – well score for me. HAHA

# 1 One of my first TV crushes. He has loved and lost. After saying he would never marry again he has found love for the second time.

Pierce Brosnan Irish age 61
Pierce Brosnan Irish age 61
Pierce Brosnan  age 61
Pierce Brosnan age 61
Pierce Brosnan Irish age 61
Pierce Brosnan age 61 With his wife.

# 2 Denzel Washington, 60 – I think I fell in love with him in Glory. He seems so down to earth and grounded. A hard, gritty core surrounded by class and sophistication. What is not to love.

Denzel Washington, age 60
Denzel Washington, age 60
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Denzel Washington, age 60 One of the men Jolene loves

#3 George Clooney 53. The man who says he will never marries then when in his 50s falls hard. George is another one that had gotten better with age and you can’t have a list of sexy over 50 without him on it.

You can't have a list of older Sexy Men without George Clooney 53
You can’t have a list of older Sexy Men without George Clooney 53

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#4 Yes, Uncle Jesse is 51. He sings, makes music and has a silly side that is adorable. John Stamos is the image of classic Greek.

John Stamos age 51
John Stamos age 51
John Stamos age 51
John Stamos age 51
John Stamos age 51
John Stamos age 51

# 5 Robert Downey Jr has had a hard journey and is open an honest about past mistakes. We love the reformed bad boy, don’t we? He’s smart, funny and I imagine high maintenance to live with and love. But you can’t help but love him. Mr. Iron man just turned 50.

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Robert Downey Jr 50
Robert Downey Jr 50

#6 Angelina’s man, Brad Pitt is 53. Father of six has a gaze you can’t look away from and that jaw. I love a strong jaw. What do you think of the scruff with grey, Sexy/Not? I say yes.

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#7  Jon Bon Jovi 53 is still married to his high school sweetheart. They were married the same year Mr. D&H married me. (1989) I would think being being married to a star rocker could be a challenge but they seem to have made it work. Again with the jaw!

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#9 Fred Navarro

My hero
My hero
Enjoying Life.
Enjoying Life.

2014-football-1So I’m proud of my own hero – I think he can hold his own with the best of them.

So that leaves number 10 – I need your help. Who did I forget? Who would you put on the list?