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Subject: Looking for a few good cowboys. . . (western romances)
Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:43 AM ET
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I've been stuck in REGENCY land for quite a while now . . . looking for a change of scenery.

What authors would you recommend for a good WESTERN romance read?


Love Jodi Thomas' books . . . have read 'em all.



Date Posted: 3/3/2010 9:08 AM ET
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Linda Lael Miller

Catherine Anderson

Diana Palmer (I know a lot of people have a very strong love/hate relationship with her books...lol - but she's not my cup of tea)

Sarah McCarty (her Promises and Hells Eight series are both westerns)


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 10:17 AM ET
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I second Linda Lael Miller.  LOVE her books.  Try the McKettrick series, then the Creeds trilogy.  She has a new McKettrick series called The McKettricks of Texas.  Tate is the first, then Garrett and Austin.  the last two will be out later this year.

You might want to try Rachel Lee and her Conard County series.  They aren't really cowboy or westerns per se, but set in the west in a rural area.  They are mystery/romances.  Read them in order as they each build on each other.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 10:32 AM ET
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I don't "do" alot of westerns/rural.  However, there are a few that I like alot. 

Susan Kay Law-early stuff.  Journey Home is a favorite.

Susan Macias(Susan Mallery) has one that's remained on my keeper shelf.  Fire in the Dark.  Like stories about "ugly" sisters and hot heros. 

Alexis Harrington-esp. Taste of Heaven.  I even wrote her about doing a follow-up-which she graciously declined.....

And Betsey-can I just say that your "sig" rocks  Been meaning to watch my Sharpe dvd's...must get to that...oh, the hardship;)

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 10:44 AM ET
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I highly recommend "Texas Destiny" by Lorraine Heath

"Cherish" by Catherine Anderson is another keeper!

Other good western authors for cowboy/ prairie/frontier western eras are : Maggie Osborne, Cheryl St. John, Carolyn Davidson,Jill Marie Landis, Jillian Hart and Madeline Baker.

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Stacey Kayne

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:20 PM ET
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Jodi Thomas

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 1:16 PM ET
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I was really into Cheryl St. John at one point. Carolyn Davidson is also good. My favorites were some of Maggie Osborne - The Wives of Bowie Stone,  The Promise of Jenny Jones, and Foxfire Bride.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:12 PM ET
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Judy Christenberry also a number of cowboy type books.


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:44 PM ET
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Oh, thanks Jan.  I finally got pictures of my favorite guys on there.  Sean Bean is just wonderful! Now I need a picture of Hugh Jackman, Jackie Chan, Andreas Lilja (red wing) and maybe another of Daniel Craig and Richard Armitage and life will be perfect(at least on PBS!)

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 4:22 PM ET
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Anne McAllister does a lot of cowboy/western books as does B. J. Daniels.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 5:55 PM ET
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I like the westerns of Lorraine Heath and just one from Johanna Lindsey - A HEART SO WILD (its an indian revenge story)

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:09 PM ET
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Jill Gregory has a few good ones too. "Cold Night,Warm Stranger"

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Date Posted: 3/4/2010 10:48 AM ET
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Elizabeth Lowell has some good western historicals. Also a few contemporary westerns. Her horse details are right on, too.

Date Posted: 3/5/2010 8:22 AM ET
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Lavyrle Spencer's Hummingbird is wonderful.

Date Posted: 3/5/2010 8:56 PM ET
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Heart of the West & The Outsider by Penelope Williamson.

Date Posted: 3/5/2010 9:54 PM ET
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I always forget about The Outsider, but ditto with Monica - it's great.  Heart of the West is also really, really good, but it's not one I could ever read again, which is part of the definition of keeper for me.  I second for most anything by Maggie Osborne.   There are a couple that I wasn't crazy about, but her books are mostly really great.  I usually recommend spacing them out because her fondness for tough, gritty heroines can get a little repetitious.  I also recommend Under the Desert Moon by Marsha Canham, The Bequest by Candice Proctor, and Maddie's Justice by Leslie LaFoy is actually one of her better books.  I know a lot of people are lukewarm about LaFoy & I usually agree, but that one is pretty decent.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 10:56 PM ET
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I, too, am falling into the Cowboy romances.  I just read Moresi, Kayne, and Avery based off of what I've read in this forum.


May I add....are there any recommendations for Historical Cowboy books?????  I can't get enough of them!

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 11:11 PM ET
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In addition to those already mentioned, I like Dana Ransom (historical) and Carolyn Brown (contemp).

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 9:40 AM ET
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Maggie Osborne, Carolyn Davidson, Linda Lael Miller, Marsha Canham.........I love Maggie Osborne's westerns.  The Best Man, Brides of Prairie Gold, , Prairie Moon,The Wives of Bowie Stone,  The Promise of Jenny Jones, and Foxfire Bride. are great novels and great romances.    

Jodi Thomas is my other favorite western keeper author.  My favorites of her books are the Wife Lottery Series.  All four books are great and really anything by her has been a good read.

EDA:   These authors all write historicals.  They may have some contemps but I haven't read them....

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Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:37 AM ET
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Most of the authors mentioned write contemporary cowboy/rancher stories and I enjoy those (Sarah McCarty and Linda Lael Miller are exceptions. They both write historicals). If you're looking for more historicals set in the American west, also try Diane Whiteside. Her Devil series is very, very good. Despite the names (Irish Devil, Southern Devil, Northern Devil, etc.), these are not paranormal stories, but rather erotic historicals (heat similar to McCarty's Promises series).


Date Posted: 5/16/2010 12:40 PM ET
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Pamela Morsi!

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 4:20 PM ET
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Have you tried the Love Inspired line of books?  There are some good Westerns in that series..

Ive also heard that Diana Palmer has some good western books.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:29 PM ET
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I also agree with all these..

maggie Osborne.......I have The promise of Jenny jones in my TBR pile , I might just bump it up to the top...lol ( I've enjoyed her others)

Cheryl St John.....I havent read anything by her i didnt like.  I have Prarie Wife on my keeper shelf

Madeline Baker...... good Indian stories

Jill Gregory......I have " Cold night, warm stranger" on my keeper also , so I totally agree on that one

Stacey Kayne...

carolyn Davidson...

Linda Lael Miller.....have read most of her historical.....have some of hers on my shelf

Lorraine Heath.....Sweet Lullaby  & Parting Gifts....both really good books

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Date Posted: 5/17/2010 10:42 AM ET
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I will have to add Jenna Kernan to my list of authors you should check out.  I loved Turner's Woman and have ordered several others.