Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Giddup Cowboy!

I love cowboys!  From the spur wearing, guns blazing cowboys of the old west to the wrangler wearing, truck driving cowboys of present day.  I love them all!  So when I come across new releases with cowboy heroes, I have to share. :)

The Last Renegade


As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine Berry is privy to almost everything that goes on in Bitter Springs, Wyoming—including the bloodshed plaguing its citizens. With all of the good men dying at the hands of a local rancher and his three sons, Raine hires a shootist to be the town's protector. But her handsome new employee is more than a hired hand; he's a man that keeps his guns close and his secrets closer.


After a chance encounter on a train, Kellen Coltrane travels to the Pennyroyal to carry out a dying man's last wish. But once he meets the hotel's fiery-haired proprietor, Coltrane finds himself assuming the role of the shootist's accomplice and agrees to protect Bitter Springs. And as he learns more about Raine's own
tragedy, Coltrane can't deny his growing desire for the courageous widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near.

Jo Goodman is a long time favorite author of mine.  She has written some wonderful historical romance with cowboy and non-cowboy heroes alike.  Her heroines are an eclectic group of women whose strengths are not always as obvious as the heroes.  The Last Renegade is set for release on September 4. 2012

Wild Texas Rose

Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her family's ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she's backed away from marriage three times without giving anyone reasons. Everyone thinks she is a coward, afraid of any adventure, including falling in love. She's never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now. 

Duncan McMurray, like Rose, was adopted into the family. As a Texas Ranger, he swears he'll never settle down and marry. He's been Rose's guardian angel since they were kids but for the first time in their lives he's the one who has caused her to be in danger. Somehow, he has to protect her from an outlaw gang determined to kill her without letting Rose know of the danger she's in. He's convinced that her heart can't take the stress if she knows...the only question is can his heart take the nearness of her.
When opposites collide the adventure begins...

Author Jodi Thomas is another long time favorite of mine.  Sadly, I've fallen behind on her Whispering Mountain series.  I must catch up!  Wild Texas Rose, book six in the series, is set for release on August 7, 2012.

Beauty and the Bounty Hunter

Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate: the one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She'll stop at nothing to find him.

Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, of disguise and of desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news she can’t ignore. The man she’s after has placed a bounty on her head. To get him before he gets her, she’ll have to team up with Alexi again. And just like before, the two of them together are nothing but trouble.

The name Lori Austin may not sound familiar but you might know this author under the name of Lori Handeland, author of the popular paranormal Nightcreatures series.  Handeland also wrote a number of Harlequin romances as well as her contributions to the Rock Creek Six series with author Linda Devlin aka Linda Winstead Jones.  I know I'm looking forward to reading about a female bounty hunter!  Beauty and the Bounty Hunter goes on sale October 2.



There was a time when Crow Hill, Texas’s notorious Dalton Gang ran wild. Now, as owners of the Dalton Ranch, their partnership in the rundown operation leaves little time for raising hell—except for the right women who can turn on the heat…

It’s been sixteen years since Dax Campbell set foot in Crow Hill—and sixteen years since Arwen Poole had a crush on him in high school. Unfortunately, setting her sights on this irresistible man again has stirred up a lot of unfulfilled desires in Arwen. A few nights in bed with Dax should get him out of her system once and for all. That’s all she wants. And for now, that’s all she needs.

But Dax is looking for something deeper in a woman. So they agree to an unconventional affair: for every no-strings sexual encounter Arwen craves, Dax gets to take her out for a night of romance. While both manage to hold up their end of the bargain, they’re growing closer than either of them can afford. Because Dax has a family secret that could drive him out of Crow Hill for good, and Arwen’s not letting him go without a fight…
Alison Kent writes hot and steamy romances and when you add in a sexy cowboy, I'm there!  Undeniable is the first in a new series being published under the Berkley Heat line so you can expect it to be smoking hot! Undeniable will be on sale October 2,

These are just a few of the upcoming full-length western releases.  Which ones are you looking forward to?


  1. Oh fantastic! Jo Goodman has a new one out!

    I've never been a huge Jodi Thomas fan. I have to be in just the right mood for the slow pace of them.

    And how interesting does the Lori Austin look?

    (Dare I tell you I already have Undeniable?)

  2. I have been waiting for that Jo Goodman cover and plot description! Oh man, that sounds really, really good.

    Also, really looking forward to the Lori Austin :)

  3. LOL Leslie! I've been hunting down the Goodman for ages! That one is definitely on my list, and of course so is the new one by Jodi Thomas. :) AND, you know how much I like Lori Handeland, so the Lori Austin is going in my list too! And hmm... Alison Kent... I might have to give her a second chance since this is a cowboy story. :)

  4. Lori ~ Oh, you've got Undeniable already? Lucky you! I have a feeling that series will be right up there with James' Rough Riders as a wonderful western contemp.

    Wendy ~ I hope the Lori Austin does well so we get even more westerns from her.

    Hils ~ I know you like Handeland so this should be a treat! And I think cowboys deserve a second chance. ;)

  5. Ooooh - thanks for the heads up on the Goodman book. I'll have to write that one down! I haven't read Jodi Thomas books for a while now. I was quite disappointed in one I read several years ago and she kind of slipped off my radar.
    And totally sweet on the one by Lori Austen. I LOVE all of the Rock Creek Six books and have been buying her other Western historicals since many are out as ebooks now.

    And a heads up in case you didn't notice. I don't know if you're a dedicated ereader or not, but I've picked up some long out of print Maureen McCade Westerns that have been reissued as ebooks. I almost clapped in glee when I found then a few days ago.

  6. Is Beauty and the Bounty Hunter with Kensington as a publisher? Love the cover of it, but not sure about the author. I didn't click with her paranormal series :(