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Leslie P. Garcia talks loving the cowboy legacy and how this is still seen in the Mounted Border Patrol of her novella in COWBOY UP 2 (featuring Sara Walter Ellwood)

In Cowboy in Waiting, Leslie P. Gracia introduces us to a different kind of cowboy–the Mounted Unit Border Patrol in Texas.  She shares a bit about what loving the legacy makes these mounted officers modern day cowboys…

 

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Cowboys have always been part and parcel of my life, though I grew up in rural Georgia riding in English saddles and infatuated with the hotbloods of the horse world—the Arabians and Thoroughbreds.

But before I could read Marguerite Henry and fall in love with Man O’ War and weep over Ana Sewell’s Black Beauty, I watched cowboys tear across the Western landscape on their stock horses—tough animals that could cut cattle or outrun the bad guys. Beautiful horses, like Dale Evans’ Buttermilk or that most beautiful of all, Roy Rogers’ Trigger. And as the horses caught my attention, so, too, did their dashing owners.

I might prefer Eastern horses, but only those legendary Western men—the cowboys who were stoic and honest and always fought for the right reasons—could capture my heart.

So I wrote, and still did, about cowboys. My story A Cowboy’s Heart in COWBOY UP was born when a modern version of the working cowboy, a mounted unit of the Border Patrol, rode unexpectedly up to the elementary school where I teach first grade.

And ironically, a repeat performance made me consider the beauty of how traditions and legends live on.

During our annual Career Day, our counselor mentioned that a couple of the Mounted Unit Border Patrol agents were participating, and invited me out to meet them. I couldn’t go, my first graders being in the middle of tests and high stakes assignments, so I sighed over the lost opportunity and worked on.

But that afternoon, my oldest granddaughter rushed in to tell me about the horses.Cowboy Up, Cowboy Up 2, Sara Walter Ellwood, Allison Merritt, Melissa Keir, Autumn Piper, D'Ann Lindun, Contemporary Western Romance, Boxed Set, Anthology, Novella, Cowboy Romance, Best Seller,

She told me the horses were—she struggled over the colors. “I think they told us they were …uhmm…boy and coral,” she decided at last.

I hid a smile and suggested she meant ‘bay’ for the ‘brown’ one. ‘Coral’ sort of stumped me for a moment, though. I thought of the ‘ugly’ roan my hero Gil rides for the Border Patrol, but then asked her if the agent might have said ‘sorrel’ instead of ‘coral.’

Her face lit up. “Sorrel! That’s it! He was sooo good looking—” She turned bright red, and I knew we weren’t talking about the horses anymore.

“They’re kind of like cowboys, aren’t they?” she added, clearly ready to fall into the legend herself.

In this modern age, there still are men working on cattle ranches, rodeo riders—a handful of men (and their women) who keep the truest version of the American cowboy alive.  We’re indebted to them, with their clear sense of values and hard work, their devotion to livestock and land, and the fabled love one finds with them.

And then, there are the spin-offs, like mounted law enforcement officers. The Border Patrol Mounted Unit here in Laredo rides mustangs they adopt, saving the horses from sale or slaughter. Most of the men are the product of local ranches, who take the job securing the border out of commitment to country and the need to preserve some part of their culture. I consider those men cowboys in just as real a sense as the men I worked with on a Texas dude ranch, forced to exchange cattle punching to wrangling dudes just to stay in the life they loved so dearly.

Cowboy in Waiting tells the story of one of these hybrid cowboys—riding for a living, but not ready to be ‘just’ a cowboy.

My granddaughter may forget her fascination with cowboys when the next heartbreakingly gorgeous speakers arrive at our school. Or she may carry the legacy forward, remembering someday the momentary crush she had on a real live cowboy.

But ultimately, the legacy survives, because who can forget the men who first made us care what color a horse was?

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Cowboy in Waiting

by

Leslie P. Garcia

Blurb:

She’d buried a hero. She wasn’t looking for another. But her cowboy in waiting was far from a hero…

Diana Salas Chester is a rancher’s daughter and a hero’s widow. There isn’t a lot she can’t do, from raising her daughter Gwen to facing down the loss of dream after dream. Then a birthday celebration goes wrong, and Diana winds up in Border Patrol Agent Ray Bennett’s bed. Not many of her acquaintances approve of Ray “Baby” Bennett. Is he just the cowboy she’s been waiting for?

Ray Bennett spent his life running away from the demands of his cowboy brothers and the ranching life. When he wakes up in bed with his Border Patrol partner’s sister, he doesn’t want the complications. But suddenly the choice isn’t his to make.

Excerpt:

Across from him, Di straightened in her chair. He looked her over appreciatively. The halter dress she wore plunged deeply, the icy blue contrasting with a smooth, even tan that went enticingly lower than he would have expected. Compassion headed toward desire. Hell, toward lust. Maybe if the night went suddenly better…

She tilted her head a little, then shook it. “You…what kind of car do you drive?” she asked abruptly.

“Yellow Corvette.” He waited for the gleam of appreciation.

“Then you’re the idiot in the yellow car!” She closed her fingers around her drink glass so hard he thought it might break, and gulped half the drink before slamming it down again.

“I will never forgive Rachel for this—this nightmare! My best friend? How could she set me up with some stupid, stuck-up, oversexed jerk in a yellow car? Damn you, Rachel!”

He gaped for a moment, then slowly closed his mouth. “Just one thing,” he asked. “Who’s Rachel?”

About Leslie Garcia:

Leslie P. García grew up lost among a crowd of six siblings and a menagerie that included more than twenty horses and ponies, uncounted dogs and cats, possums, raccoons—even a lion and monkeys. Then she moved to Texas, fell in love, was disowned—and embarked on her real adventures, raising 4 children, teaching hundreds, and loving 9 grandkids through forty years of marriage. The fabric of that colorful life has always been writing. In A Cowboy Heart, Leslie celebrates two of her passions—cowboys and the ever present chance at redemption in spite of past mistakes. Leslie loves hearing from readers and can be found all over cyber space, including these places:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest  |  E-mail: lesliegarcia2000-author@yahoo.com

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From the hell of lost love, can they find heaven together?

 

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She left town to chase her dreams… He stayed and ignored his… Can they find their dreams together?


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