I love westerns of any kind–movies, tv shows, romance novels. And boy do I miss them. Good ones–like Dances with Wolves, (or my favorite movie of all time Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ) Anyone remember Rawhide? I’m dating myself, I know, but Clint Eastwood in that show . . . Hubba hubba! Speaking of gorgeous, is anyone else totally hooked on AMC’s Hell on Wheels?
What about Maggie Osborne’s THE WIVES OF BOWIE STONE, SILVER LININGS–pretty much any of them? I loved them all.
The very first book I wrote and sold–twenty years ago now–was a western. I’ve written several since. I have proposals for westerns that would keep me writing until the cows came home. (Ha.) But a few years back an idea for a story came to me, and kept coming to me, and wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER, the first book in my Once Upon a Time in the West series, w/a Lori Austin, was born. And strangely, the editor who loved it too was Maggie Osborne’s editor. When she told me that my books reminded her of Maggie’s, I cried.
I have never understood the death of the Western. What’s not to love? A time when men were men and so were the women. The western is a pure American art form.
I am very excited, as well, that BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER, has been nominated for a RITA Award by Romance Writers of America. The second book, AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND was released last week. In these books, the hero and the heroine are a bit different from the norm. For instance, the hero is the beauty and the heroine is the bounty hunter. I’ll let you guess who the “outlaw” is in Wonderland.
What’s your favorite western of all time?
I’ll be giving away a signed copy of BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER to one random commenter from today’s blog.
Lori Austin is the pseudonym for award winning author Lori Handeland, known for her paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. Under the Austin name, Lori writes sexy, adventurous western historical romance.
She is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance.
Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.