Interview and Giveaway: Joanne Kennedy – Cowboy Tough

1. Instead of the usual introduction tell me 3 silly things about yourself 🙂
JK: Let’s see… I am an absolute nut about birds, and seeing a new species can make my day (in Wyoming, I often have to settle for a new breed of chicken at the State Fair). I write about cowboys and love horses but ride incredibly badly (I fall off a lot). And I practically live on Dreyer’s Slow Churned Caramel Delight ice cream (no explanation needed!). 
2. Could you tell me about your new book Cowboy Tough?
JK: Cowboy Tough stars Mack Boyd, a rodeo cowboy who’s called home by his mother. She’s in financial trouble, and needs him to help turn their working cattle ranch into a dude ranch. Their first project: win a contract from Art Treks, Inc., a company that promotes painting tours of scenic locations. The ranch’s backcountry is scenic enough for any artist, but can they make the trip go smoothly? Artists are a lot harder to herd than cattle, but once he meets the talented artist who leads the group, Mack’s determined to make it work.
Cat Crandall just quit her steady job in advertising because she wants to travel and put her talent to use—but she was hoping to go to Italy or France, not Wyoming. Still, the scenery is attractive…and so is the wrangler!
3.  What made you want to read western romances?
JK: Living here in Wyoming is an inspiration. You can drive ten minutes in any direction and find spaces so vast you feel like the horizon is unreachable. It makes you want to get on a fast horse and just run (without falling off)! I wanted to give readers that feeling, and I also wanted to write about the people here. Cowboys have done their jobs the same way, with the same equipment and clothing, for over a century. They’re strong, determined men whose old-fashioned values are born out of the challenges they face every day.
4. Tell me why Mack is the cowboy to read about this month.
JK: Mack has a lot of the qualities you’d expect in a cowboy. He’s honest and straightforward, hardworking, and looks pretty danged good in Wranglers. But he’s also the father of a teenaged girl, and he’s a great dad. That’s a quality that drew me to my own cowboy; I loved the way he lit up when he talked about his daughter. I think being a caring father is one of the most attractive qualities a man can have.
5. Who would your perfect cowboy be?
JK: The one I live with every day! He’s a sky cowboy, not a horse cowboy – he flies jets. He’s the kindest and most compassionate man I know; a great dad and a wonderful husband. 
6. What’s up next for you?
JK: I’m working on a series, The Cowboys of Decker Ranch, about three men who were adopted as foster kids by the same rancher. He taught them about love and family, but they have a lot to learn about trust—and about women. 
All my previous books have been stand-alones, and I’ve been surprised how much fun it is to write a series. Creating my little towns and the surrounding ranches is way more fun when I know I’ll be coming back for the next book, and the next. Hopefully it’ll be fun for readers, too!
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit, and thanks for highlighting so many other great romance books! You’ve helped me discover lots of great reading material. I’ll be checking the comments all day long and answering any other questions readers might have.

Thank you so much Joanne 🙂
1 copy Cowboy Tough
1. US and Canada only
2. Ends March 4th
3. Just enter 🙂
She’s hardly a cowgirl…
Cat Crendall left a successful advertising job in New York to teach art workshops in the wild west.  The Boyd Ranch is hardly her dream destination, but if the outing’s a success, the company will send her to more exotic locations.
But once a cowboy…
Mack Boyd was in the middle of the best bronc-riding season of his life when his mother asked for help with an artists’ retreat at the ranch.  Mack might be able to ride a wild stallion to a standstill but he can’t say no to his family.
Cat and Mack are complete opposites…but when the ranch is threatened financially, can they set aside their differences and work together?
Joanne Kennedy’s lifelong fascination with Wyoming’s unique blend of past and present inspires her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings. In 2010 she was nominated for a RITA award for One Fine Cowboy. At various times, Joanne has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Her fascination with literature led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives with two dogs and a retired fighter pilot in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For more information, please visit and on Facebook.
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36 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway: Joanne Kennedy – Cowboy Tough

  1. Joanne Kennedy says:

    Good morning! Thank you, Book Girl, for the lovely interview, and thanks to readers for stopping by! I'll be dropping by all day to answer questions and cause trouble, so ask away – or just tell me what makes you choose a particular book off the romance rack/website.

  2. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings says:

    I grew up in Idaho and I have been to Wyoming many times, it is gorgeous and I know exactly what Joanne means about the wide open spaces. I miss it! I want one of those cowboys on the cover, please…..mmm Dreyer's slow churned Carmel Icecream. I want some. I haven't read a good cowboy book in a long time so this sounds like a good one to get me back into the genre! Thanks for sharing….oh and enter me, please!

  3. Anachronist says:

    ou can drive ten minutes in any direction and find spaces so vast you feel like the horizon is unreachable.Awww, I want to visit so badly now! And I love your earrings in this pic, Joanne! Great colour!

  4. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    Great interview! I agree, a guy who either is a great father, or seems like he wants to be is a very good sign. I confess I never was into cowboys before reading about Tucker in Unearthly, but now I'm very interested in meeting another fictional cowboy, especially one from Wyoming! 🙂

  5. Meghan says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and what a good interview. I think that this book sounds like something right up my alley. I love cowboys, myself. They're so physical and rough and tumble!mestith at gmail dot com

  6. Joanne Kennedy says:

    You are entered, Heidi! I love Wyoming, but I wouldn't mind living in Idaho. You have trees there! I cold use a good walk in the woods:)Now settle down with "Cowboy Tough" and a bowl of that ice cream, and all your cowboy dreams will be answered!

  7. Joanne Kennedy says:

    You're so right! Back when I had a chicken farm, I got a whole bunch of those chickens with unusual feathers and let them breed with each other. I got some wild-looking critters out of the mix! I loved spring, when all the new babies came.So it sounds like you're not sold on cowboys yet. Give mine a chance. Really, you'll like them:)

  8. Joanne Kennedy says:

    It is nice, Melliane. There are people who complain that we're too far from the city, that we don't have enough stores to shop in, and that "there's nothing here," but they're just not looking! Wyoming's tourism slogan is "Wyoming: Like No Place On Earth" and it's so true!

  9. Joanne Kennedy says:

    Kimba, it sounds like your daughter needs an intervention. We could start with canaries. Once she got used to those we could introduce her to some bluebirds, and gradually work our way up to chickens.I have a friend who is terrified not of all birds, but just of chickens. We never managed to "cure" her – she still says they creep her out!

  10. Joanne Kennedy says:

    I think Mack's your man, Lauren:)I still marvel at my husband's relationship with his kids. They're grown up now, of course, but they're truly best friends.I'm lucky to have all of them in my life.

  11. Joanne Kennedy says:

    Thanks, Naida. He might fly planes instead of riding horses, but he has the same attitude. I'd really like to write a romance about fighter pilots, but he refuses to help me. He says they're not romantic. But I know better!

  12. Darlene says:

    We have a lot of wide open spaces and a few cowboys out here in Alberta as well so I know that feeling of driving out in the country and seeing all that space and bright blue sky- it is great. I don't read a lot of cowboy books but I do enjoy a romantic comedy when I do pick one. Great interview today ladies!

  13. Joanne Kennedy says:

    Oh, Darlene, Alberta is beautiful! And besides, Corb Lund is there, one of my favorite cowboy singers:) If you like romantic comedy, you'll probably enjoy my books! This one or "Tall, Dark and Cowboy" might be good places to start!

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