What makes a hero? by Reece Butler
As Reece Butler I write erotic cowboy romance with a happily-ever-after. Cowboy Sandwich, Cowboy Double-Decker and the first in my historical Bride Train series, Barefoot Bride for Three.
When you look for a romance, what type of hero do you want to read about? Not men who sit in an office in front of a computer all day. That’s too much like real life.
No, we want to read about men who build things or feed, protect and defend us.
These men go out in all kinds of weather. They face nasty things head on so they can Get The Job Done.
They ride horses and drive tractors, cement mixers, and all sort of trucks, police and emergency vehicles. Add all the machines required by the men in all the types of our armed forces and I could fill a book.
I’d rather write a book about heroic men. As you can tell by my published books, my favorite heroes are cowboys. Tall cowboys with wide shoulders wearing snug jeans. I found a way to mix my love of cowboys and happily ever after with erotic romance.
Back in the Wild West there were a lot of heroic men. Just surviving in those days took efforts few of us city folk can understand. It was a hard life, and only hard men prospered. It was also a mainly bachelor existence. Montana Territory in the late 1860s had about a hundred men for every decent single woman.
Back East, sweethearts had lost fiancés and husbands, either in the war or to the gold fields. Many wanted a family or to escape the life set forth for them, but how?
The government wanted to settle the west but single men were too wild to create towns. The West needed the civilizing influence of women.
Hmmm, what if the government encouraged the two groups to meet? Trains already headed east full of cattle and gold. Why not fill the cars on the return trip with women seeking marriage? Call it a Bride Train and advertise the stops along the way. The women could search for a husband and, by the time the train reached the end of the track, it would be empty.
Well, not quite. A few women would arrive at the end of the line without finding a suitable man to marry. They’d be uppity, willing to chance danger in order to get what they want. Just the sort of heroine to suit my hard Western heroes.
Since I write erotic romance, my fictional town of Tanner’s Ford has many bachelors eager to marry. Because of the amount of work required to run a ranch, three men often share a partnership. When the adventurous Bride Train heroine marries one, is it fair to have the other two partners spend their nights alone?
What’s better than one hunky cowboy hero? Three, of course!
Visit Tanner’s Ford and see what happens when a barefoot bride-to-be gets locked up in the town jail!