I don’t know when it dawned on me that Western Romance wasn’t the same as Historical Western Romance. Just in case you’re not there yet, I’ll share what I know.
Regular ol’ Western Romance is Contemporary Romance in a Western setting. Cowboys and bull riders are so popular they get their own category set apart from the rest of Contemporary Romance. In fact, at Harlequin, you’ll find cowboys scattered over several imprints. I don’t have anything with Harlequin right now, so I’ll use them for my examples.
But, then, there’s also Historical Western Romance which is where you’ll find cowboys and cattle ranchers in the Historical division. http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65634&cid=191
Just in case that doesn’t quench your thirst for the Wild West, you can also plenty of all the above in the Inspirational line too. They have great cover art. http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=67498&cid=994
I’m totally okay with this, except for one thing. I have a story in my head about the founding of the Winterborn Ranch in Angel & the Cityboy. If that’s one of mine and it’s in a series, basically, with another story, but one’s a Contemporary Western and the other’s Historical, how the heck am I supposed to pitch that?
Oh, well. It’ll all come out in the wash, as they say down on the homestead. Yes, my family has a homestead, now that you mention it. Although, we’re not the original ones. We bought it.
In case you’re baffled by this fascination with the Old West where they were too tired or dirty most of the time to actually enjoy lovemaking, pop over and read this post- http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/2016/09/top-ten-reasons-to-love-a-cowboy/
Those reasons apply to cowgirls too.
Come to think of it, maybe the challenges which stand in a person’s way on the road to Happily Ever After is what makes it so sweet in the end. Ya think?
Hang in there, Blog Buds. Tomorrow’s Friday.