Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop


Welcome to the Cowboys and Lawmen blog hop! I have a prize (keep reading)!


Grand Prize: At least a $75 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice. The winner will be chosen at random from comments containing email addresses, and will be announced on May 7. This is open to both US and international readers.
I'm cowboy bred and born. Cowboy to the bone! So this hop was a natural fit for me. I grew up on the back of a horse, literally. I was first placed on a horse when I was three years old. My parents supplied horses for two guest ranches in Phoenix during the winter months, and during the summers, ran horses out of the 140 year old Ouray Livery Barn in Ouray, Colorado. I guided dudes from childhood. Later, during the off-season, my dad worked on cattle ranches, and I tagged along every chance I got.

my dad gathering cows

My husband grew up on Army bases all over the world (don't call him an Army brat! He doesn't like it)! He spent his summers on his uncle's cattle ranch in Wyoming, until he moved to Colorado as a teen. He loves horses and cattle, and rides as often as his busy construction schedule permits. For a city boy, he's a good hand!

My husband on a picnic

My brother-in-law gathering cows a couple years ago

I have two unpublished books with lady sheriffs, but I have yet to write a male sheriff. My sole lawman is disgraced FBI agent, Jake Breton in Wild Horses.
I have several cowboy heros:
Cody Utah, an ex bull rider from A Cowboy to Keep.
Garret Pike, who craves a good woman in Sunny Days Ahead.
Derrick Garrison, a cowboy facing down a fire and crazed killer in Shot Through the Heart.
Cordero Ybarra, tortured and almost killed, healed by love in Vaquero.
JB Cooper who regains the town's respect in Cooper's Redemption.
Mike Malone, who runs a resort in Mesa, Arizona.
Go to for blurbs, then tell me which title you prefer in the comments here with your email. If you win, I'll send you a copy of the title you like!



  1. Great photos!

    Desert Heat sounds interesting!

  2. I love cowboys, too, D'Ann! And you write some great ones!

  3. I would love to read Cooper's Redemption since I haven't read that one yet! Love your other books, D~!! And love the pics! Your hubby sounds like an awesome man!


  4. The way you write about your life mirrors the stories of the West that drew Easterns to this part of the country so long ago. Sounds idyllic. Thanks for including pix!

    I'd love to win any of your books, D'Ann, but I've been in love with the blond (Mike?) in your Desert Heat cover for while, so that's the one I'd like if I win.

    Thanks for a fun contest!
    --She Likes It Irish

  5. I think Shot Through the Heart sounds like a read I could really get emotionally involved in. As I read about the murderous husband, I was getting that Miranda Lambert feeling. Enjoying the blog hop!
    AngelaDrake (at)webname (dot)com

  6. The silhouette of your husband looks a lot like you book cover. And you have a whole lot of blank page before your comments. I barely found them.
    Best of luck on your blog hop.

  7. Seeing as I already own and have read all your books I'm glad I don't have to choose which one sounds good because they're all fantastic.

  8. I'd love any of your books. They all sound wonderful!

  9. I love them all, but Wild Horses really speaks to me.

  10. Oh my, such tough choices Ms. D'Ann! That's not fair! If I have to choose though, I'd pick Vaquero!

  11. Hello D'Ann...glad I met you on this blog! Oh, I envy you your growing-up life on a ranch with horses. It has always fascinated me. My Dad's ranch in SoCal was raising cattle, not horses, and they used jeeps to ride around on. :-( Anyway, we always watched western movies and TV westerns when I was growing up...and then I graduated to western stories and romances. Just love anything, history too, about the old West (and some modern western stuff). If I were to be picked I'd like Wild Horses I think...although all of your books sound wonderful.

  12. Love your photos, D'Ann!

    I'd love Desert Heat!

  13. I love hearing your cowboy stories and stories about growing up in Colorado.

  14. A cowboy to Love,

  15. Vaquero

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  16. Those are great pictures of your family. Great blog. I envy you having been able to grow up on a ranch. I too am a Colorado native, but we only had a horse one summer when I was growing up. My uncle boarded one of his horses with us. We had to get rid of our horses when my Dad died. You're so lucky.

  17. Vaquero is my choice.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  18. My choice is Shot Through the Heart. It looks exciting.
    My email:

  19. Cowboys are sexy and you write them fantastically.

  20. I'll never tire of reading westerns. Especially romantic cowboys! Yee-Haw!!

    Sherifredricks @charter .net

  21. Hey D'Ann, what a wonderful post and the pictures are great. I love reading about places I have actually been. We stopped in Ouray many years ago and I just figured it was a small artsy town. What a surprise to read about some history there. We live on 54 acres in the middle of an 8000 acre cattle ranch. I even tried my hand at branding - ONCE! You must also be familiar with AZ as one of your stories is in Mesa.

    Again, great post and Please get my name in your drawing. Your books sound fabulous.

  22. Hi, D'Ann,

    What I love about your writing? It's the real deal. You write about what you know. For most Americans, the West is still the ideal and so we love cowboys and romantic stories about them.

  23. I enjoyed your pictures and your book covers are great, too!

  24. Great post, It must have been wonderful to grow up like that. Thanks for sharing a bit about you. Love your book covers btw and have added to my TBR :)
    Gladiator's Pen

  25. Growing up around horses must have provided great research for your books. Love the sound of Shot Through the Heart.

  26. Great blog! Love the pics! It looks gorgeous over there! Sorry I'm late dropping in today. It was at the top of my to-do list but life got in the way. I'd love to read Wild Horses. And I owe you a review! I'll get that up today. :) You know my e-mail. :)

    Cheryl "Cher" G

  27. I love cowboys.
    gsellwood(at) live(dot) ca

  28. D'Ann, I believe cowboys will always hold a special place in the hearts of romantics. The pics above look beautiful. As for the favorite title, I like "Wild Horses". I love horses and always have. They are so smart and so graceful (well most, lol).


  29. Oh the blurb sounds wonderful! One of my favorite childhood memories is of the trail ride we took through Yellowstone National Park. My aunt owns a horse farm. She's the cowgirl. My uncle, her hubs? LOL, well he claimed the name of her Stallion Star, was Trouble.



  30. I would love to read Shot Through the Heart or Wild Horses both of them sound great.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  31. Sounds like an interesting childhood. Thanks for sharing.

    ~~Emmly Jane
    ej (at) emmlyjane (dot) com

  32. Shot through the heart - very clever:)

  33. Howdy!

    Shot Through the Heart....who wouldn't love that title?

    Please enter me in your contest. Thanks.


  34. A Cowboy to Keep - I love a rodeo and a contemporary western read.


    Glad to meet a new author of books I like to read. I was born in Colorado and have been to Ouray many times. It is beautiful country.
    JWIsley at aol dot com

  36. I would enjoy reading DESERT HEAT if I win. I grew up in Mesa,AZ and I'm trying to think of a "resort" there that Mr. Malone would have been attached to. Enjoyed meeting you.

  37. I like Wild Horses, sounds good.


  38. Great photos! Ive always wanted to ride. It looks so freeing! Thanks for sharing! If i win, id love to have Wild Horses please. It sounds awesome! Thank you!

  39. You're heros are all yummy, whether they're cowboys or (disgraced) lawmen...but Cord is my favorite, I think. He'd loyal, strong and willing to fight for what he believes in...those are great qualities in a strong man, i think. :)

  40. The winner of Shot Through the Heart is Linda Carroll-Bradd! Thanks, everyone, for coming by!