Thursday, May 2, 2013

COWBOYS AND LAWMEN BLOG HOP



Welcome to the Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop!
Join nearly 50 authors as we share why we love Cowboys and Lawmen. Cowboys are known as bad-boys, but what happens when the bad-boy is also the law in town? What is it about these contradictions that make small town sheriffs, Texas Rangers and ex-outlaws-turned-lawmen so irresistible? Whether you write or love to read about the Wild West or modern day Montana, what do you love most about lawmen who are also cowboys? And what makes them so gosh-darn sexy?




Enter on this blog by leaving **your e-mail address in a comment** to win a Love Bear signed by Christi. For participating blogs where you can win more, as well as the Grand Prize, see below.



THE LAWMAN'S ENDURING ALLURE
Picture the Old West lawman, tall and lean, boots on his feet and cowboy hat on his head, a shiny badge on his vest and a sixgun holstered at his hip. What draws us, women and men, so unerringly to this icon? What is it that makes a lawman sexy? And if the Old West hero had sex appeal, does that same allure attach to today’s law enforcement officer?

I’ve already mentioned the Western lawman’s outfit: add chaps and the horse of the ranch cowboy and all women wearing low cut silk dresses instantly swoon. This lawman is legend, a hero who represents unyielding integrity and indomitable will. Exemplified by the small town sheriff, the historic lawman will always chase down the bad guys—alone if it comes to that. He lives by what he believes, and not by what he’s told. This is the hard riding loner who puts himself in danger to save the little frontier town, a man hurt by a woman whose image still resides in the depths of his heart. This man is as much an unattainable fantasy to the local ladies as that nearly forgotten woman is to him.

Fast forward 150 years. What characteristics of that iconic lawman survive? What makes today’s LEO sexy?

Cops of today personify strength. Their roots may be more military than Western, but they still wear the badge and carry a gun at their hip. The image of the loner is still there, along with the indomitability and strength. Look at today’s cop cars, big, heavy vehicles outfitted with black push bars and iron cages. Today's cops use automatic weapons. The use of force might be the last form of persuasion, but the reminders of an officer's power are unmistakable. In this age of fascination with BDSM, the modern uniformed police officer is the ultimate Dom.

And yet for all their modern armor, today’s police are as vulnerable to ambush as yesterday’s sheriff riding out alone on a horse. The danger for the ones upholding the law is as immediate as it always has been, and the fears of the one waiting at home for the return of the family LEO are just as real.



~~~TAKE A CHANCE ON LOVE~~~
~~~New sensual romance release from Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid Books~~~

In my new contemporary romance Take a Chance on Love, Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper Micah Taylor is instant fire starting material for businesswoman Chancie de Leur’s dormant sexual fantasies. But ten-year-old Jamie de Leur is determined to break up his mom’s budding romance with the lawman, and Micah questions whether any relationship with Chancie is worth dealing with the spoiled kid she’s raising. In a final showdown over Jamie breaking the law, Micah has to decide if he wants to be Chancie’s cop—or her family man.

Excerpt from Take a Chance on Love:

How much was Chancie willing to give up in order to please her son? “I don’t think Judy is the one I’d have trouble recognizing right now. Chancie, are you all right?”

She took a deep, shuddering breath. “Okay. The whole truth. I didn’t agree to Judy’s idea just for Jamie. I wanted to have time to be with you too. I didn’t want to be calling you from motel rooms and missing you all the time. And if you’re talking about giving up control, well, I’m going to have to start trusting somebody sometime so I thought I’d start with Judy.”

She’d been making plans. Micah felt hollow inside. Didn’t she see it wasn’t going to work out between the two of them? Or should he say among the three of them? How could they think they might have a future together when Jamie hated him?        

“There’s more.” Chancie continued, shuddering. Micah’s arm automatically tightened around her shoulders. “I’m not who you think I am,” Chancie said in a tiny voice.

All Micah’s cop instincts bristled. What did she mean? Did she have a secret identity, a criminal past? Was there something else hidden between them, holding them apart? Impossible. He damped down his suspicion. He knew Chancie de Leur better than she thought he did. He knew she could never be happy while Jamie was unhappy. She was turning her whole life around for a kid who appreciated none of her effort.

“Okay, I’ll bite,” he said. He lifted her chin. “If you’re not who I think you are, just who might you be?”

Author links:
Twitter @writerchristi 
Google+: Christi Williams

Buy links for Take a Chance on Love:
HTML or PDF download at Whiskey Creek Press
Kindle download at Amazon
Nook at Barnes & Noble


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Win more! For the list of participating blogs in this hop click here.

Grand Prize: $100 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. Enter here **with your e-mail address** in a comment.

Thank you all for entering! The winner of Micah's Love Bear is Shadow. Congratulations!


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fascinating parallels between the lawmen of yesteryear and the lawmen of today.

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Charlene Raddon said...

Take A Chance on Love looks very inviting.
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Angela Drake said...

Great excerpt!
I have made friends with many leos over the years... something that has gotten me out of jury duty several times. They don't think you're a good candidate if you've walked the late-night with the beat cop. LOL A couple were the strong silent type. Now my local chief... he just needs a woman to spoil him rotten hehe

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Tamara Hoffa said...

Looks good, cute teddy!
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bn100 said...

Nice excerpt. Thanks for participating

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Jean MP said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great story.
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ecocreham@aol.com said...

Think John Wayne would have been as sexy if he'd been one of the lawless!From all the reruns seems his badge and guns still appeal. Love the comparisons of yesterday and today! Keep writing.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Enjoyed the excerpt!
Enjoyed the post, too. :)

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Linda Carroll-Bradd said...

I agree with the comparison on vulnerability of lawmen today and in the past. Take a Chance on Love sounds intriguing.
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Janice Hougland said...

Hello, Christi, I'm so glad to "meet" you on this blog tour. I grew up reading, watching and listening to Old West history and stories...and still love them to this day. I have even grown to like the contemporary western stories, which brings me to your comparison between yesterday's sheriffs and marshals and today's policemen and FBI agents. There are a lot of similarities, but I think perhaps it is harder for the law enforcement today because our lives are no longer simple like in the Old West. There are layers of deceit and subterfuge and modern technology and huge distances that can occur between crimes. The things that remain the same are the bravery and codes of justice. It takes a very special person to choose a law enforcement career today. jdh2690@gmail.com

emmlyjane said...

Enjoyed your post today.

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

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good book.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

CBarton said...

I love a contemporary western read and the lawmen that are brought to life in them. I come from a law enforcement family, but, unfortunately, I didn't marry one. Really wish I had.

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Shadow said...

Great post! Your book sounds awesome! I cant wait to read it! Thank you for sharing!
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Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Loved the excerpt. Well done.

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