Thursday, March 21, 2019

Curl Up with a Good Cowboy... read! THE GATE TO EDEN by @CathyMcDavid #GuestPost #Giveaway Basket @PrismBookTours

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The Gate to Eden
By Cathy McDavid
Historical Romance, Western
Audiobook, 10 Hours and 33 Minutes (also in Paperback and ebook)
January 12th 2019

Expert crackshot Maddie Campbell will do whatever it takes to survive in this female Robin-Hood-of-the-Old-West story - including evading bounty-hunter-for-hire Scott McSween who's intent on bringing her in.

Not your ordinary thief, widow and mother Maddie Campbell likes to think her wealthy victims are merely "donating" to herself and the hundreds of other widows and children left abandoned by the mining company after a devastating accident took the lives of their menfolk. Maddie's secret excursions are quite successful...until ruggedly handsome former lawman Scott McSween arrives in Eden to investigate the recent string of crimes.

Despite her efforts to throw him off track, they can't resist each other. He knows she's somehow involved and is determined to draw out all her secrets in the most exquisite ways - with soft caresses and passionate kisses. But when finally confronted with the truth - that Maddie is actually the thief he's been hired to hunt down and bring in - will Scott choose the woman he loves or his duty to the law?


Cowboys have long been a popular hero for genre fiction. I’ve given workshops in the past on the appeal of the cowboy hero and would ask the participants to call out words that describe him. I always hears ones like: strong, capable, loyal, protective, resourceful, determined, moral, honorable, brave, trustworthy, and, of course, handsome.

Writing western romances was a natural fit for me. I’ve always loved western movies and TV shows from the time I was a kid and grew up watching reruns like Bonanza, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, and The Rifleman. I still like westerns and wish there were more on TV. Did any of you happen to watch the new Kevin Costner show Yellowstone that aired recently? Despite a few minor complaints, I very much liked it.

Another reason writing westerns comes naturally is that I owned horses for most of my life. I’ve actually ridden in a stagecoach for three days along the original Butterfield Stage Route here in Arizona, rode a mule on a four-day trip through the Bradshaw Mountains, and covered almost every square inch of the Superstition Mountains, camping out near Indian ruins, on the edge of a precipice, and at the site of an abandoned mine. While I gave up keeping my own horses and mules a few years ago, I still get to play with them every week when I visit my son.

But back to why cowboy heroes are appealing, aside from all the reasons listed above. I think there’s a certain old-fashioned quality about him, one that gives the reader a sense of security and comfort. He’s also an escape for many readers from the type of man they usually meet. He tends to be uncomplicated, straightforward, and speaks plainly. He isn’t going to play games or send a break-up text or stand up a gal up without a darn good reason. While he’ll respect her ability to take care of herself, he’ll want to open doors for her and pay for dinner and carry her groceries inside.

He’s definitely an Alpha hero. Not the same kind of Alpha hero as a vampire or billionaire or Scottish warrior, so he may not be everyone’s taste. For me, however, it’s like my FaceBook page banner says: Curl Up With A Good Cowboy…Read!

About the Author

As a sophomore in high school, NY TimesUSA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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