Vivian Arend is hosting a Cowboy Countdown Contest and she’s popped in today to ask us to join her in getting ready for her latest release, Rocky Mountain Heat coming August 31st to Liquid Silver Books. And she’s got a question for us:

What’s the most ‘Country’ place you’ve ever visited?

Leah here:
When I think “country” I think cowboys. I think of stockyards and long horns. Of the slow drawls of the cowboys who wrangle the cattle wearing their ever-present cowboy hats. I think of saloons and bar fights and show downs in the dusty street outside. Where have I found all that? In the most country place I’ve ever visited — Fort Worth Texas.

Rocky Mountain Heat

Welcome to the Six Pack Ranch, where one sweet young thing plus the Coleman boys equals trouble with a capital T.

Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a blonde wearing a cowboy hat with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. Hell, he was the one that taught her to ride a horse and now all he can think about is riding her. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for his hands, and his heart. She may have considered Blake a big brother once but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s just what he’s been waiting for.

Add the complication of two sexy younger brothers who have suddenly noticed Jaxi and things heat up fast. Blake’s gonna have to decide if a little trouble is worth fighting for.

Answer the question in the comments to be entered to win the prize in the Cowboy Countdown. For more info you can also visit Where Dreams Become Reality.

Vivian Arend’s Cowboy Countdown Contest

39 thoughts on “Vivian Arend’s Cowboy Countdown Contest

  • August 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    El Paso, Texas. Its arid, tumble weeds everywhere, long horn cattle grazing, and…..guys and gals in cowboy boots and hats. That's country!

  • August 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Calgary, Alberta. Cowboys and cowgirls in their western outfits and eating alot of beef.

    Terri W.

  • August 21, 2009 at 2:18 am


    Hey Terri- the story starts in Calgary at the Stampede. 😉

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Hey Vivian!

    Well, the most country place I ever existed was in Kansas. I lived there for 5 years. There were a lot of cowboys out that way! I used to go to this bar up the road called Kickers! Of course, I wasn't old enough to go alone because I was a minor. I'd go with my sister :). In high school, you know how kids seperate themselves into groups and categories and all that, well one of them called themselves the Ropers! They wore shit-kickers and cowboy hats and drove big trucks and listened to country music!

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:08 am

    I don't think that I have ever been anywhere that there is a cowboy! I have been to Texas one time when I was 16, but I went to an Air Force Base to watch my cousin graduate. I need to take a trip and see what is out there in the great wide open!!

    Amy M

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:13 am

    I live in the country but there is no cowboy wearing cowboy boots and dusty trails or stampedes.
    Just lots of farm land.And a county fair here and there

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I have to admit that for my answer I was divided – I wanted to answer Calgary and its surrounding area, especially since they filmed Brokeback Mountain there. But when I was out there in 2006 I don't think I saw one person in a cowboy hat 🙁 So I had to go with Texas, as unCanadian as it was.

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:46 am

    I grew up in a place called Santee, CA. It was still a little country when I was young, at least in the boots and hats sense – – but by high school it had fallen to San Diego's urban sprawl. But I always knew people in Lakeside and Ramona that kept horses. I went to school in Iowa, more midwestern country-in-a-small-town way.
    As for visited? I've visited friends in towns in TX & AZ where a horse tied up downtown still wouldn't raise an eyebrow.

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I am a total city girl – maybe that's why I like cowboys so much! 😉

    When we go to the country, though, it is to Maine. Not too far from the ocean (which I also lurve, but does it qualify as country?), there are lakes and mountains and blue sky, and it totally restores my soul.

    In fact, I just had to leave there to come back to the DDJ (dreary day job 🙁 )

    Viv, I cannot wait to read this one! (Though I feel that way about all your work!)

    Congrats on the soon-to-be release,

  • August 21, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Texas would be my answer also. We were at a hotel one time and the Texas rangers were there, you talk about an interesting sight. I thought when we were in Colorado, I would have seen more boots and hats, but really didn't. I live in Louisiana and we have quite alot of cowboys, hats and boots, I live in a rural area and that comes with the territory.

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:02 am

    The most country place I have ever visited would have to be my home town in Upstate New York! LOL – Sounds silly but I am surrounded by farms and my best friend is crazy about horses! And we both drool over all the hard working cowboys of course.

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Hi everyone- loving the comments so far!

    hey Leah, I have to mention that the little bit of scenery on the cover of the book–it's from the area Brokeback Mountain was filmed.

    Trivia buffs rejoice!

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I was going to say Jonesville, La where the Bullriding champ Chris Shivers is from, but it would have to be the little backwoods community of Monterey where everyone wears cowboy boots and hats, farms, fishing, hunting, four wheel drives or four wheelers, guns in all the truck windows, Skoll circles on their pants pockets. Ghuuwwwuh! The only people who come here, live here or hunt here. This is not your romantic cowboy country but you did say 'most' country.

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Killeen, Texas. I was actually born at Fort Hood and my parents, my sister, and I went back there when I was in my late teens.

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I too would have to say Calgary. Way back in 1973 I went to the Calgary Stampede and saw plenty of cowboys for the rodeo. I guess I don't get out much, as I haven't seen one since!

  • August 21, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I haven't really been anywhere in my life, so I can't say. 🙂

  • August 21, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I have been to Texas, but not really to what I call cowboy country. I went on vaction to South Padre Island. But then had a couple of hot country bars, where some cowboys hung out.. It was lots of fun.. I always did love cowboys..
    Even though I watch the Calagary Stampede on TV, as I live in Ontario, I have never been. Always thought I would go one day.. There is still time…

    Your book looks like it will be a real winner and it is going on my tbr list for sure.

  • August 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I guess the closest I've been to the old west would be the Grand Canyon and I don't know that it counts. I've been a lot of places but not where cowboy garb is the norm, darn…..

    I love all cowboys, historical, western, contemporary, etc. Doesn't matter.

    dancealert (at) aol (dot) com

  • August 21, 2009 at 7:55 am

    And doesn't that book look good?Hey, did you guys know it's Western Week here in blogland? Perfect timing 🙂

    The most 'country' place I've been has to be the heartland of California. We drive through it every time we take the 5 up north to visit the in-laws. Those are some real ranchers there. Although I did pass through Albuquerque once….

  • August 21, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Actually, right in my own back yard it's pretty cowboy-like. Here in Nebraska we've got wide open spaces with lotsa beef cattle and horses.

  • August 21, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Eastern Oregon has large ranches, lots of cattle and horses, and cowboys.

  • August 21, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Clifton, Texas. It's primarily farm and ranch country with lots of cowboys who know exactly how to get in trouble. We still have the small town fairs.

    J. Hunter

  • August 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I lived in a small town called Airdrie, for about 4 years. It is 10 mins north of Calgary. I would say there! lol

    Can't wait Viv!

  • August 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I live in the middle of a farming county. but not too many cowboys but farmers a plenty…. LOL Viv I have to get my hands on your cowboys…. please feel free to send them my way….

  • August 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Des Moines, Iowa, cows, pigs, corn, more pigs, even more corn. (I grew up there) Lots of farmers, but not too many cowboys unless next door neighbors nephews came to visit…Rodeo bull riders…yummmmm

  • August 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Rodeo bullriders? Heck yeah, Molli, they count!

  • August 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Giggle at Natasha. I dove through Airdrie sooooo many times in my life!

    Wow ladies, you've got some pretty country places you've visited/lived. Thanks for dropping in today.

    See you out at my blog tomorrow for more…scenery? That's right, scenery.


  • August 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    When I was a youngun…1967 or so…my family lived in a very small town called North San Juan. It's off Hwy 49 about an hour+ north of Sacramento Ca in the (Gold Country). I went to a 2 room school and my best friend Loydell's family owned a small ranch. I'd spend weekends with her and she taught me to ride (without holding on to the saddle horn). On weekends we would ride to a huge ranch (about an hour away) where a rodeo was set up for practice. Ahhh, Those days were so fun!!!

    Love them cowboys!!!

    mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

  • August 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Ha…The most country place I've ever been may very well be Tennessee…Such hot cowboys and everyone had the greatest accent! 🙂

    rachie2004 @ yahoo (dot) com

  • August 21, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I went to Georgia once and met some very nice "country" gentlemen! Definetly the most country place I've ever been!

    lyoness2009 AT hot mail *dot* COM

  • August 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    South Georgia is pretty darn "country." It's beautiful, all those trees and farm fields. They even raise longhorns down there!

    I also went to a couple rodeos in New Jersey when I was a kid. Those were loads of fun!

    Otherwise I'd have to say Tombstone, AZ. My family went there on vacation once and I was so dorkily pleased to have my very own black and red duster and cowboy boots to wear. The atmosphere there is great and kind of spooky in places.

    It's tough to pick. I've been to plenty of places with a country feel 🙂

  • August 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I'd have to agree with Texas. Namely San Antonio. Everything was cowboy. Downtown big city still felt cowboy. Arizona was very much a Southwest flavor but more of a Hacienda style, wear a cowboy hat and have a rodeo style. Northern California, Oregon and Washington have the ranch areas with the horses and cowboy flavor out in the country but not really in the city like in Texas.

  • August 22, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Country in Australia is a little different. Sure we got cowboys but we call them Drovers. Anyone seen the movie Australia? Oh my, Hugh is one yummy Aussie.

  • August 22, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Oooh, Australia cowboys! Rhiancahill, Hugh is one yummy Aussie for sure! Be he playing a drover or a wolverine. *drool*

  • August 22, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I've been lucky enough to live most of my life in cowboy country! We had cowboys where I grew up in Arkansas. After my hubby joined the AF, we moved to Mountain Home, ID, after that a 6 year cowboy free stay in AK. Then we were lucky enough to move outside Rapid City, SD where there were cowboys like you wouldn't believe! We just moved to Clovis, NM, and there are cowboys as far as the eye can see! I am one LUCKY lady!

  • August 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I grew up in Kansas too, lived there for 17 years. We lived in a small college town. In the summers there wasn't much around but once school started the town doubled in size. I haven't been back for 28 years so my memory isn't the best (LOL) I only remember thinking that I couldn't wait to move to the big city!! :)Now I wish I could go back and live there!!

  • August 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Boy, I'm just a city girl! I'm not sure I remember visiting any place truly country… maybe during that one drive through parts of Nevada and Utah! There are still some "wide open spaces" there!

    Congrats, Vivian! Cowboys sure have their own appeal!


  • August 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I have to go with Calgary, Ab. for the Calgary Stampede and Medicine Hat, Ab. for cowboys anytime.

    at the Stampede you see cows, bulls, bull riding, steer wrestling, horses/barrel racing, cowboys with tight jeans/cowboy hats, the worn circle on the back pocket of jeans and a bulge there from the snuff box, dust from the animals.

    in Medicine Hat the cowboys wear their hats and boots all the time and there are rodeos all around and in the city.

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