We are happy to once again welcome Tara Lain to Sinfully. Today she is celebrating her upcoming release, Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, which will be available tomorrow, March 22. She’s also brought along an excerpt and a giveaway, so check out her guest post and leave a comment to enter.
The Worldwide Fascination with Cowboys
Hi! I’m so happy to be here at Sinfully today-- always one of my favorite places to visit. I’m Tara Lain and today I’m celebrating the imminent release of my new novel, Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, which comes out March 22 and is on pre-order now. This is my second cowboy romance. I wrote the first one after going to my publisher’s workshop and discussing how much readers love cowboys. That made sense to me since I love cowboys, but it took some nerve to write a cowboy book since I’m a city girl. Once I got into it, though, I adored it and definitely plan to write more cowboys and more bull riders! Interestingly though, not just Americans love cowboys. Here are some facts –
Germans adore cowboys thanks to the works of Karl May who wrote dozens of old west novels in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Interestingly, he never visited the American west so his stories are totally fictional but still wildly popular.
In 2015, French actor Pierre Brice passed away. He was most famous for his portrayal of May’s Native chief Winnetou in 11 movies based on May’s novels
The Japanese love western mythology, presumably because of its similarity to the samurai tradition. It’s appropriate that the Magnificent 7 was based on the 7 Samurai and conversely that Yojimbo was homage to the American western. Japanese films often combine both western and samurai elements.
Europe’s fascination with the American west can be directly attributed to Buffalo Bill Cody, the most famous man of his time, who toured his Wild West show through Europe in 1887, 1890 and 1902 and millions of Europeans flocked to his shows.
Spaghetti westerns are western films produced largely in Italy by directors such as Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Giulio Petroni and others. Clint Eastwood’s career really accelerated as a result of his classic spaghetti westerns, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
For romance lovers, the cowboy embodies so many heroic qualities – the man of few words who battles the forces of nature and man and wins. In my cowboy romance, Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, my hero, Danny, battles bucking bulls and hateful fathers to finally live the life he loves. I hope you love Danny and enjoy my new book!
“I want to see what’s ahead.” He coaxed Tramp into a trot and then a canter, and before Danny could even register it, he was in a full-on gallop.
“Shit!” Danny glanced at Grove, who looked worried. Danny frowned. “Should I go after him? He’s pretty sure in the saddle, but he doesn’t know the area.”
“Yes, please. He’s pissed, and he’s got a wicked temper. Plus he’s fond of biting off more than he can chew.”
Danny scrubbed the accompanying image of Laurie’s biting and chewing from his brain and took off after him at speed. Danny rode Star Gazer, a beautiful black Arabian who had lots of speed on Tramp, but Laurie had a head start.
Danny galloped down the path, looking for signs of Tramp ahead. Finally he saw the flick of her tail rounding a corner, and he turned Star Gazer into the rough and ran catty-corner to intercept Laurie. When Danny came up beside Tramp, Laurie rode easily, grinning and obviously having way too much fun. Danny waved him down. “Stop, damn it.”
Laurie gave him a pouty look but slowed Tramp to a trot. “What’s wrong?”
Laurie frowned and pulled up Tramp.
Danny waved a hand to the right. “There’s a little stream over there. Let her get a drink.” He walked Star Gazer through the trees to the trickle of water, so precious in drought-ridden California.
Laurie dismounted and dropped his reins, letting Tramp get her own water.
Danny did the same, and as Star Gazer walked to the stream, Danny turned on Laurie. “First, you don’t know this area. Going that fast, you could have hit barbed wire, or for that matter, the highway that comes up fast in a half mile. Second, Tramp isn’t an Arabian. Yes, she’s got some speed, but she’s older and not bred to gallop for that long.”
“I asked to ride the Palomino.” He crossed his arms.
“And you may get to if it’s okay with Rand, but you’ve got to respect the horses, and making them pay for your temper isn’t the way to do it.”
Laurie’s eyes widened a bit; then he stared at his boots. “Tramp seems more than willing to run.”
Danny stepped closer. “A quality of horses you should be aware of is that they don’t always act in their own best interests. The same can be said for some humans.” Breathe. “You shouldn’t be riding alone. Period.”
Laurie stepped closer and thrust his pretty face toward Danny. “Okay, simple. You can ride with me.”
“I’ve got work to do.”
“News flash.” Laurie took another step. “I am your work.”
One more step and they’d be nose-to-nose—or lips-to-lips. Danny stared at that mouth like it held the secrets of the universe. What would those lips taste like? Big cowboy in the sky, help me.
Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns
Series ~ Cowboys Don’t (Book 2)
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Release Date ~ 22nd March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch house on and enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.
Danny also hides a preference for beautiful femmes who like to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn. Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker.
Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend.
But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.
Meet Tara Lain
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!