Rural Romance…. The eternal lure of cowboys….and men who work the land

Rural Romance  is the hot new genre that has taken the world by storm…readers are clamouring for more…but is this something new…

heath70_nReaders of all types have long been captivated by cowboys and horses… throw in a few bad guys, the exciting danger of a stage coach robbery or two….and a little rough justice…. and an author holds a reader in the palm of their hand….

What is it about the old  west… and the strong silent men of the land that has enchanted readers for generations?

Is it because there exists within each and every person, the basic instincts of our hunter – RTTP VIIgatherers forebears of prehistory?

Food and water… are the two basic necessities to sustain life… And who provides these necessities?

Men of the land….  The cowboys of the old west, the strong silent men who work in the Australian outback, and the women who work alongside them….the stoic men and women of the New Zealand high country…  these are the people who work tirelessly, and often greatly unappreciated,  to put food on the tables of the world.

These men…be they cowboys of the old west… taciturn squatters on outback runs…or stoic high country famers all have certain characteristics…

They work hard… and play harder… They don’t suffer fool, nor do they follow the common herd…They are men of strong character with often stronger opinions… and are not afraid to express them.

coromandel 029They play fair and will always fight for the underdog ….and it goes without saying, they are honest fair and hardworking…

But be warned…they are not forgiving of anyone who tries to steal what is theirs…be it their land, their animals or their women….

This is why I write rural romance… after a lifetime living on the land and mixing with these (mostly) honest and hardworking people I hold them and the values they hold dear in the highest esteem.

As many reviewers have commented …. I write meaty books, with great story lines about real people…

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Published on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013, under Latest News

21 Responses to “Rural Romance…. The eternal lure of cowboys….and men who work the land”

  1. I think you’re right. The rural hero somehow comes across as more manly and honorable. Maybe we’re just fed up with the metro-sexual man as hero. Seriously? Who wants a man who spends more time on his hair than you do? Give me a sexy cowboy any day! 🙂

    • Shirley says:

      Thanks for stopping by. And I quite agree with the modern men who are as waxed and groomed and as hairless as women… whatever happened to the sexy man with real hair on his chest?

      I am having such fun with my current hero. The heroine says to him…”I thought you were a Yeti. You know? Those hairy ape-like creatures that live at higher altitudes.”

      Hairless he certainly isn’t!

    • That is very true Janet, I quite agree with all that you have said thus

  2. Nicole Gillespie says:

    I definitely prefer the rough looking cowboy over a “pretty” boy any day lol! Thankyou for sharing Shirley:))

    • Shirley says:


      Thanks for stopping by. I too have always been a sucker for cowboys and men of the land…after all I did marry one of these men…LOL…

  3. Rob says:

    I wanted to be a cowboy when i was younger, just like all little boys..

    • Shirley says:

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I too wanted to be a cowboy, Rob, but mother nature had other ideas and I became a mother instead… but I used to dream… now I write down my dreams for other people to read.

  4. Steve Smiley says:

    I’m a fan of the wild west…and love western movies. I would most likely enjoy your books.

    • Shirley says:


      I too am a huge fan of cowboy books… Like all kids me and my brothers used to play cowboys… I so wanted to be a cowboy but mother nature had other ideas…But nowadays it’s great to see women featured as often as men in our enduring rural TV programme Country Calendar…

  5. Becki says:

    I have always loved to read about this sort of thing! I guess the cowboy image holds some kind of mystical allure because the heroes all seem to possess the manly traits that I most admire. lol

    • Shirley says:


      I too love to read about these men and the wide open spaces… after a lifetime living on the land I now live in a small country town…but it took some getting used to… I like men who are men, and not pretty boys who spend as much time (or more) time in a beauty parlour than I do…

      And cowboys do hold a mystical allure…

  6. I always loved old western type movies. There is nothing more rugged than a man that is old-fashioned and knows how to ride a horse.

    • Shirley says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Horses are still used a lot in New Zealand’s high country where there are far too many places too steep for quad bikes. There is nothing as compelling as a man on a horse….be still my beating heart.

  7. HMC says:

    Oh, I love the sound of this. I’m an Aussie, too and would love to read some of your work.

  8. Krystle says:

    OOHH, the call of the westerns. I love westerns as it takes me back to the good old days!

  9. steve says:

    Food and water are the only things you really need to survive.

    • Shirley says:

      Actually Steve…the basic needs are food, water and shelter… but you are so right, what do we need with all the trappings of civilization. Man has got so far away from these basic needs.

  10. At the library where I work, the rural romances keep flying off the shelves! It’s always hard to find one for a customer as they’re always out on loan. By far our most popular genre at the moment.

    • Shirley says:

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I’ve always loved books about men of the land and I’m so glad to see that I’m not alone. I’m so glad to have your knowledgeable opinion back this up.

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