When Cowboys Become CowMEN . . . by Cat Johnson

Saturday, November 28, 2015

When Cowboys Become CowMEN . . . by Cat Johnson

There are challenges when focusing on writing cowboy heroes. One for me was that for quite a few of my books I focused on bull riders. Like it or not, bull riding is a young men’s sport. It’s a sport where thirty is old and I’ve personally sat and ate with and  spoken to a pro bull rider, just thirty or so, on the eve of his retirement. It wasn’t easy for him, I could see that, but maintaining the level of performance needed to compete at the level he’d achieved was becoming harder and harder and sometimes it’s better to go out on top, and healthy, then stick around too long and pay the price physically. So I write elite professional bull riders, and I write them young, as they really are, but the problem is readers don’t want every book to be about twenty-somethings any more than I want to write every book about only young heroes and heroines. I’m in my forties, and it’s nice to sometimes write about cowboys and their ladies who are that age as well. The storyline in Midnight Wrangler afforded me the opportunity to do just that.


While the first and the third books in the Midnight Cowboys series focus on those rodeo cowboys in their twenties, book two focuses on their boss. A man who’s lived a good life, but who starts to realize he’s not done living—or loving—quite yet.Ranch owner and stock contractor Rohn Lerner was married for fifteen years until he lost his wife to cancer. That was five years ago, and though he’s thrown himself into running the ranch—and controlling the wild ranch hands who work for him—he knows something is missing. He wants a companion to eat with, and watch television with. And if he’s honest with himself he’d admit he wouldn’t mind sharing a bed with someone on a regular basis again either.

His three young ranch hands have their own ideas about how he can find a woman, but he doesn’t agree with any of them. The reader might enjoy Tyler’s attempts to fix up Rohn, but Rohn sure doesn’t. We can laugh at his disastrous blind date, and the even worse online dating site meet-up, but Rohn’s not laughing. Lucky for him I only torture him for a little while before he runs into Bonnie, his old high school sweetheart back to settle her father’s estate. She’s surprised to find Rohn is still there in town, and that the chemistry is still there between them as well.

Writing the character of Rohn gave me the chance to touch on subjects my readers face.

Loss. Loneliness. Even the aches and pains of getting a little older, like Rohn experiences after a life spent around stock and in the rodeo pushing the boundaries of what his body But I also got to write about hope and reunion, second chances and love, and that was the fun part. There are a couple of pretty major bumps along the road for Rohn and Bonnie, but I hope you’ll take the journey with them. ~Cat Johnson

Midnight Wrangler (Midnight Cowboys) by Cat Johnson

One Lonely Widower…
Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s

not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.


One Woman with a Secret…
Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.

One Night That Changes Everything…

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Author Cat Johnson Bio:A New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author, Cat Johnson is known for her creative marketing practices. Cat has sponsored bull-riding
cowboys, promoted romance using bologna and owns a collection of cowboy boots and camouflage for book signings. A fair number of her research consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living.
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