Guest blogger: Rachael Johns
Lord knows the cowboy has ALWAYS been a popular hero in romance fiction, so it’s not surprising that one of the booming genres in Australia currently is RURAL ROMANCE. The spectrum of rural romance is broad with some books focusing more on rural features than the romance and vice versa. My books are most definitely romance and full at that end of the spectrum! One of the main characteristics (usually) of rural romance is a drop dead sexy farmer (our Australian equivalent of the cowboy hero).
Some women like vampires, some like historical rakes, and then there are us cowboy lovers!! I must admit the cowboy or farmer (whatever you want to call him) is one of my favourite type of heroes. There’s just something mouth-watering about a man who has a good body from hard manual labour rather than too much time at the local gym. He may not be clean-shaven or wearing catwalk fashion but it’s this ruggedness that’s part of his appeal.
My latest release Jilted (Mira, Australia) features a VERY sexy sheep and crop farmer called Flynn Quartermaine. Poor Flynn was left at the altar in front of the whole town, which I hope makes him immediately sympathetic.
Although rare in global romantic fiction, the Aussie farmer shares many of the same noble characteristics of the traditional cowboy hero.
- They are always really strong and hugely masculine—from their bulging muscles to their choice of clothing. In fact in Australia fiction, the farming heroes have almost got a uniform of their own—chambray shirts, Wrangler Jeans and Blundestone or RM Williams boots, and let’s not forget their faithful Akubra hat. They are not afraid of hard work—whether it’s mustering cattle, burning stubble, fixing fences, shearing sheep, driving temperamental tractors or wrangling a feisty woman J
- They are passionate about their land and won’t abide silly women who don’t appreciate this fact.
- They are fiercely loyal and protective of their friends and family.
- They know how to party and have been known to woo women into their swags under the stars at Rodeos, B&S Balls and other such events!
Like cowboys, farmers are true-blue heroes. So, if you’re a fan of the US cowboy, I think you might just like our Aussie brand of this appealing hero! And if you’d like to give one a try, I sincerely hope you’ll start your taste test with my farmer, Flynn Quartermaine in Jilted.
But before you run off, please answer the following question to go in the draw to win a copy of Jilted: Do you read rural romance or books featuring cowboy heroes? If so, please tell me your all-time favourite farmer/cowboy hero and the book you found them in. I could always do with more book recommendations! If you haven’t got a favourite cowboy but would still like to enter the contest, please tell me your favourite type of romance hero and why :) (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mary Hawkins.)
She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his …
After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.
But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.
Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.
When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?
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