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Guest Post and Giveaway: Cowboy Sayings Are the Best by Deborah Camp, Author of Solitary Horseman

Friday, August 26, 2016

Today, I'm hosting a guest post by Deborah Camp, author of the western historical romance, Solitary Horseman, as a part of the ongoing VBT. Hope you've enjoyed it as much as I did. I sure didn't know about these "cowboy sayings". ;)

Alongside this post, also find an excerpt for your enjoyment. Note that Solitary Horseman is free on Kindle Unlimited!!

Deborah Camp will award one randomly chosen winner a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card via rafflecopter
Cowboy Sayings Are the Best!

If you’re read any of my historical romances, you know that I have a “cowboy saying” at the beginning of each one. Cowboys are the best philosophers! They have a way of putting things in perspective, and I appreciate that.

For fun, let’s look at some of my favorites and their categories.

Women and Men
“A woman who intends to lean on her husband for support better be sure he stands on solid ground.”
“A fool and his money are soon married.”
“Allow no war parties in your bed.”
“A wedding ring should cut off the wearer’s circulation.”
“A lot of what a man knows, a woman knows better.”
“When a woman starts draggin’ a hoop, there’s always a man willin’ to step in it.”
“If a man thinks that a woman who can dog steers, ride broncs, and rope the wind is too much for him. he’s probably right.”

Common Sense
“You can’t be hurt by words you don’t say.”
“The more inches you give a man, the more he becomes a ruler.”
“If you get all wrapped up in yourself, you’ll find you make a pretty small package.”
“Be sure that the goin’ up is worth the comin’ down.”
“A drunken tongue tells what’s on a sober mind.”
“You can hatch chicks in the oven, but that don’t make them biscuits.”

Good Advice
“You can educate a fool, but you can’t make him think.”
“Don’t hang your hat on someone else’s peg.”
“It’s hard to put a foot in a shut mouth.”
“Just cause a man ain’t yet had a chance to steal, don’t make him honest.”
“Secrets are easy to hear and hard to keep.”
“It’s safer to have a good enemy than a bad friend.”
“You’ve got to control yourself before you can control your horse.”

See what I mean? I swear I could plot a book around most of these. Seasoned cowboys are men of few words, so when they say something it’s worth hearing and taking to heart.
Solitary Horseman
Deborah Camp
Published: August 1, 2016
The Civil War is over, but the battles continue.

Callum Latimer returned from the war to a life he didn’t want and with inner battle scars he can’t heal.

Banner Payne clutched desperately to the remaining shreds of the life she’d known, but she is losing her grip.

Brought together by bad luck and cruel twists of fate, Callum and Banner forge a partnership they hope will keep them afloat even as neighboring Texas ranchers go under and their land is snapped up by opportunists.

Fate smiles on them and Callum and Banner find the missing pieces of themselves in each other. Healing begins as their hearts are awakened. Now they must remain strong in their determination to forge a more peaceful existence and not be poisoned by the bitterness of a country still divided.
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An Excerpt from Solitary Horseman:

As long as he could remember, the Paynes were the family everyone in these parts shunned. His pa made noise about Otis Payne stealing cattle from him, but the bad blood between him and Otis went farther back than that – years before Callum was born. The Paynes had a good piece of land and had usually turned out a healthy herd of cattle, but they were a slovenly lot. The children had always looked unkempt. That probably had to do with them not having a mother to look after them. Alva had died when Banner was just a babe.

The war had taken two of her brothers, leaving only Hollis. Otis had died six months before the war ended. Callum had heard that Banner was running the Payne ranch, but he didn’t believe it. He figured Hollis was trying to be the boss and his cowhands were taking advantage of him. Stealing him blind, probably. That’s what he’d heard from Eller and from folks in town.

Leaning a shoulder against the porch post, Callum watched the horse and wagon make its way toward the house. Behind him, the hound growled. “No, Rowdy,” he commanded and the growl faded to whine.

The sun burned his eyes, making it difficult to discern any details of the Payne’s girl’s face. She reined the sway-backed horse in the shade of the house and Callum could finally see her bonnet and pretty dress. After she wrapped the reins around the brake, she turned toward him and a smile curved her pink lips as her gaze met his boldly, confidently.

Callum shifted his weight from one boot to the other as a bolt of awareness shot through him. Damn, she’d grown into a beauty, he thought, taking in her reddish brown hair and heart-shaped face. And those eyes – dark gold. The eyes of a tiger.

“’Afternoon to you, Misters Latimer.” Her voice had a husky quality, as pleasing as aged whiskey. “I bet you’re surprised to see me.”

“I don’t like surprises,” Seth said.

She swallowed and her smile faltered for a moment. Directing her full attention to Callum, she took in a breath that lifted her breasts and the white ruffles covering them. “Your herd looks profitable. Good, sound stock.”

“That’s what we’re aiming for,” Callum said, wondering what was going on under that blue bonnet. She was up to something – but what? “How’s the Payne herd?”

Her smile vanished and she shrugged. “Not what it should be. I’m missing some. It’s been a bad year for calves, but a good year for coyotes, wolves, and rustlers.”

“Your pappy stole cattle from me,” Seth said, repeating an oft-spouted accusation.

Banner’s gaze whipped to the older man’s frowning visage and Callum could almost feel her fighting back scalding words.

“Sir, my father is dead and can no longer defend himself.” She squared her shoulders. “And I’m not here to fight old battles. I have new ones to address. I’ll come right the point as I know you have work to attend to – as have I. Northerners are sniffing around our place and several have offered to buy me out.”

“Damn Yankees,” Seth groused and Rowdy growled as if in agreement.

Banner gave a sniff of contempt. “Of course, they want to pay half of what it’s worth.” She looked off into the distance and it seemed that a shadow passed over her face. “Looks like I’m going to have to sell. I don’t want the Yankees to prosper from what my family bled and died for, so I’m here to offer it to you.” Her gaze swept to Callum again. “I’ll sell it to you. All I ask is that you let Hollis stay on.”
About the Author:

Author of more than 45 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. She worked for a few years as a reporter for newspapers before becoming a freelance writer. Deborah's first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of the Author's Guild.

Lover of the west and the people who tried to tame it, Deborah likes to write about strong, independent women and the men who are their equals. She grew up on a diet of TV westerns which have served her well. Since she appreciates men with devilish twinkles in their eyes, she likes to mix laughter in with the love scenes in her books. Also widely published in non-fiction, she writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She is currently working on her next historical romance set in the wild, wonderful west.

Her books have been re-issued on Amazon for Kindle Direct and have attracted tens of thousands of new fans. For a list of them, visit her website.

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(Note: I received this guest post+promo+giveaway info from Goddess Fish Promotions. ~Punya)


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Anonymous said...

Very amusing post!


Deborah said...

Hello, everyone! Thank you for hosting. I hope you all get a giggle or two from the cowboy sayings. I like to sprinkle them through my books because they so succinctly bring an idea into focus. I hope you read my new book! Cheers.

Victoria Alexander said...

I enjoyed reading your post - thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

Great post!

Mary Preston said...

A great story line.

CJ said...

These quotes are fantastic! I really like this “It’s safer to have a good enemy than a bad friend.” and “A drunken tongue tells what’s on a sober mind.” No truer words have been said! Thank you for this guest post. Really enjoyed reading this! Happy Saturday to everyone! :D

Punya said...

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Best of luck to the ones who entered the giveaway. :)

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