Thanks, Jane for inviting me to your blog. We both have a love of the West and its wide-open space. There’s something very special about that area and those wonderful men.
Out there, most of those growing up in the open areas have grown up with hard work. Farm/ranch life is not for the timid. Mother Nature can be a real bitch and they are used to coping with whatever lousy weather she tosses their way. They have learned at an early age to appreciate the good and stand up against the bad. It tends to make men out of boys.
The skills they learn fighting the elements and Nature, produce the qualities that women tend to admire. Most women want to believe their men will save them from a grizzly bear. The truth is very few men would survive hand to claw/teeth combat with a grizzly. But that country male is more apt to recognize the signs that a grizzly is nearby than that city-raised man, and that country male will immediately take preventative measures to safeguard his woman, his family, and himself.
There’s also a big difference in the muscles of a man who has tossed bales of hay most of his life from his city counterpart who visits the gym four days a week and plays racquetball on the other three. Give me those natural muscles. I’ll admit there are plenty of city men who get them through hard manual labor. But that man who does manual labor often has the same qualities as the man in the country. But the separator might surprise folks. That farmer or rancher has to be a businessman with the same mental skills as that suit in the high-rise building. It’s becoming a high tech field. Sons are going to the top engineering universities in this nation to study subjects pertaining to environment, geology, marketing, water reclamation, reproduction, nutrition, chemistry, botany, biology, and computer science.
The average rancher grabs his morning cup of java, sits at his computer to check the weather, market values, and any national or international news that might pertain to him. And those news events do affect market values. The odds are he’s not on horseback; he’s on an ATV, motorcycle, in his big pickup truck, or maybe in his helicopter.
But never dismiss what those farmers or ranchers did a hundred years ago. They were using the same skills back then. They might not have had the technology to help them, but they had to be able to look at the sky and predict the weather. They also had to be able to make split second decisions and instantly switch plans.
Were mistakes made? Of course! Look at the dust bowl or the crash of the stock market. Mistakes were made on both sides and through it all, some survived as though either event was barely a blip on the radar screen of life.
My historical novels have actively busted a few myths. Let’s start with the cowboy. They were cowboys because most of them were under age and often not much more than nine or ten years old. Cowpokes tended to be older men. How old? Maybe twenty-one to forty-eight. Mostly these were men with no skills beyond tending cattle. It was a living.
Truthfully, they were the dregs of society. Many had criminal records and some weren't exactly petty crimes. They could vanish into the west, start over, change their name, and no one would find them. Most couldn't read or write, but they didn't need many skills to chase bovines.
I like writing about ranches and those who own them. That combination of muscles and brains is what makes those men so attractive. But they don't do it alone. Even today, there are plenty of support people, from the technical support of the extension offices, to producer societies, and of course, the veterinarians who are there to help today’s ranchers. And never forget the bankers, insurance people, tractor folks, buyers, stockyards, and those who quietly stand on the sidelines ready with whatever the rancher needs. Ranching and farming is big business!
I started out writing contemporary westerns, but soon found myself writing historical westerns. I love writing both. And I promise the Diary of Clare Coleman is my big work in progress. But until then, you can enjoy A Rancher’s Woman, and my newest historical western, A Rancher’s Dream, which is available today.
A Rancher’s Dream
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Widowed and raising a young daughter by himself, Tiago has only one goal – to work a ranch of his own and build a future for his small family. When fate deposits a young woman in his path, he believes he has found the help he needs to care for his child as they journey to their new home in Creed’s Crossing.
On the run for her life, Ingrid needs to get as far away from Texas as she can. Her brother and father have been murdered, and those responsible would see her dead, too. Desperate, she accepts an offer to help Tiago with his daughter, but Ingrid’s past can destroy everything Tiago is working for. Worse – her very presence places him and his daughter in peril.
Amid secrets and danger, a single father and an orphaned woman on the run must fight all odds to fulfill A Rancher’s Dream.
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A Rancher's Woman
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Coddled and protected from the harsh realities of life, Malene runs away from a bad marriage by posing as a chaperone to her younger sister. A series of events soon prove she’s capable of standing on her own two feet. However, she’s not prepared to follow her heart and accept marriage from the one man who truly loves her.
Many Feathers' chance encounter with a blue-eyed blonde woman sets him on a path that lands him between the white man's ways and the traditions of his people. Determined to protect his people and prove his worthiness as a suitable husband to a white woman, he stakes claim to land and establishes a ranch. But there's one outlaw focused on destroying Many Feathers and everything he's trying to accomplish.
USA Today HEA Recommended Reads: The story starts in a blizzard, but the heat smouldering between the heroine and her Indian escort is better than any coal fire. I absolutely love the detail in Ayers' novel.