Oct 08

Sexy Cowboys, Rugged Lawmen: My Kind of Texas Heroes By Adrienne deWolfe

I’m thrilled to welcome another Love Historicals author to my blog, proud Texan, Adrienne deWolfe.

Adrienne deWolfe_AuthorGreat to be here, Anna. I absolutely love writing about Texas characters!

I don’t think any writer can live in Texas and not get caught up in the “romance” of the Old West. To this day, Texas legislators battle over water rights. CEOs wear cowboy boots at board meetings. Property owners get tax breaks if they graze livestock in their yards. Images of longhorns and bluebonnets dominate the walls of swanky hotels and shopping malls.

Just last week, while I was driving along a major Austin street — between skyscrapers — I had to slam on the brakes, because a rider in Western attire was fearlessly trotting two horses across my lane. (Actually, he kind of freaked me out.)

I want to ASSURE you that most Austin folks drive real cars – or real pickup trucks – in downtown traffic. Nevertheless, living in Texas is like living a part of history! It’s the perfect place for a Western Historical Romance author, like me.

My Wild Texas Nights series features two lawmen and a cowboy. Devil in Texas (Book 1, The Gunslinger & the Redheaded Sleuth) will feature an outlaw and his wily nemesis, a Lady Pinkerton, who must work together to stop a corrupt Texas Senator.

Researching Old West lawmen for my books was a hoot.   Texas Rangers are especially fascinating. I learned that they adhere to a VERY strict dress code:

  • They can only wear white or gray cowboy hats. (That’s right. No black Stetsons for the good guys.)
  • They MUST pin their badges over their hearts. (Many a Ranger’s noble tin star has stopped a bullet and saved a lawman.)
  • And — get this – modern-day Rangers still track and collar livestock rustlers! (Apparently, emu thefts have been on the rise in the Austin area.)

Now I know that rustling isn’t funny to modern-day ranchers, who lose hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars in livestock every year.   But the idea of emu-rustling makes me snicker: can you picture a big, brawny, pistol-packing Ranger, rounding up a giant bird that looks like an ostrich with orange eyes?

I get lots of email from folks about my Wild Texas Nights series. The biggest debate appears to be which of the heroes is more lovable. I probably shouldn’t confess that I have a favorite Rawlins brother. (I mean, they’re ALL children whom I slaved to give birth to, you know what I mean?) But one of them sings. AND cooks. AND has red hair.

600 by 900_Texas LoverSo I’m a goner for Wes Rawlins, the hero from TEXAS LOVER. Here are some of my favorite quips and quotes from the novel:


Wes (sitting astride his horse):  “Are you planning to shoot me?”
Rorie (her hands trembling on the revolver:)  “If I must.”
Wes:  “Then you’ll have to aim a bit higher, ma’am.”


Wes (speaking to 9-year-old Topher, who hates school:) “What’s wrong with history?”
Topher: “It’s about old dead people.”


“I knew it!” Rorie slammed the book closed. “You don’t need reading lessons!”
Undaunted, Wes sidled closer, his breaths warm and wicked by her ear. “Reading is powerful hard work.” His gaze trailed provocatively from her eyes to her lips. “Why don’t we rest for a spell?”
You can read more about Wes, Rorie and the whole Wild Texas Nights gang at http://WildTexasNights.com)

About Adrienne deWolfe

Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 bestselling author of action-packed Historical Romance novels, where feisty Heroines buck the conventions and true Heroes must be wickedly funny. Currently, she is writing the first book in her new Romantic Suspense series, The Gunslinger and the Redheaded Sleuth. For sneak peeks of her sassy ladies and sizzling rogues, visit http://ebookdiscovery.com.p8.hostingprod.com/AdrienneDeWolfe

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Websites: http://WildTexasNights.com

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  1. Jacqui Nelson

    Hi, Adrienne. Being a fellow Old West enthusiast and writer of my own Western tales, I found your post extra enjoyable. I also love that you’ve added so much suspense to your romances. Always seems like the perfect combination to me 🙂

    1. Adrienne deWolfe


      Writing about Texas has been the best way to learn about my adopted home! I have always written a great deal of action into my novels. My WILD TEXAS NIGHTS series is full of bank robberies, train robberies, shootouts, cross-country chases and other adventures, that you might expect to see in an Old West movie. I consider suspense a necessary ingredient for a satisfying read.

      Thank you for stopping by to comment! Hugs!

  2. Vicki Batman

    Hi, Adrienne! I’m a longtime Texan. My family goes back to The Revolution. But where I live, not as many horses or hats. The cowboys I know today ride 4 wheelers, were construction boots, and free gimme caps. Congratulations on your book.

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      Hi, Vicki! I didn’t know you were Texan! You have to let me know where you live.

      Yeah, to see a cowboys on a horse in downtown Austin was really pretty freaky. Since I live in a (writing) cave, I probably missed the news announcement that there was some sort of rodeo Parade going on in the city.

      Thanks for dropping by to comment! Hugs!

  3. Sydney

    Adrienne, so good to find you here. Love your Wild Texas Nights covers; they capture the flavor of your books so well. I’m off to rustle an emu.
    Keep writing your awesome stories.

  4. Adrienne deWolfe

    Howdy, Sydney! I have to confess, my publisher did a great job with my covers! I think my cover for TEXAS LOVER is my favorite in the series.

    So fess up! What are you going to do with that emu, once you rustle it? LOL!


  5. Judy Baker

    Great Post Adrienne, I have the Texas Outlaw, but haven’t had chance to read it yet. I’m looking forward to read it. Thanks for sharing your post.

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      Awesome, Judy! TEXAS OUTLAW probably has the most action adventure of the whole series! Let me know how you enjoy it! Hugs!

  6. Jacqueline Seewald

    I admit to being a lover of Western romances and glad to know that the genre continues to thrive. Wishing you much success.

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      It has been great to connect with you this way, Jackie.Since you love Western Romance, check out SHADY LADY, in the anthology, PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS, written by best-selling authors, including myself! Hugs X?

  7. Linda Andrews

    The series sounds wonderful and any man who cooks is definitely hero material:) Any plans for a book around emu rustling?

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      LOL, Linda! Actually, I think I will leave the emu rustling to my friend, Sydney, who commented above. As for cooking, Wes teaches nine-year-old Topher a secret family recipe in one of my favorite scenes in the book. I hope you’ll check it out (because it’s pretty darn funny, if I do say so myself!)

  8. Lana Williams

    Wonderful post, Adrienne! I too love stories full of adventure and suspense! Really looking forward to reading yours! Keep writing them!

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      Big hugs to you, Lana!Thank you for your support.

  9. Melissa Keir

    Great cover. It sounds like a wonderful story!!

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      Thanks for stopping by, Melissa. It’s always good to reconnect with you.

  10. Jacquie Biggar

    Hi Anna and Adrienne,
    It’s been a long held dream of mine to some day visit Texas, you brought it to life for me, 🙂 I could just see that handsome (of course) cowboy, BIG belt buckle, nice seat in the saddle riding down the street. Le sigh

    1. Adrienne deWolfe

      Oh, yeah! You have fine taste in men, Jacquie! and when you do get to Texas, you’ll have to look at me and Vicki Batman! Hugs!

  11. Sylvie Grayson

    Hi Adrienne,

    I”ve always read Westerns and your exceprts were great – very nice turn of phrase. Made me want to keep reading,

  12. Adrienne deWolfe

    Thanks for the kudos, Sylvie! Wes is one of my funnier heroes. I’ll share one more quip before I go: 🙂

    From TEXAS LOVER by Adrienne deWolfe:

    Rorie: “Since the door is locked, I can only assume you climbed through my bedroom window. If I were a man, I’d call you out for such effrontery!”

    Wes: “If you were a man, I wouldn’t have bothered.”

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