Cowboy Boots, Not Just for Cowboys (w/Guest Kelsey Browning)

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotI am so excited today to welcome good friend and fellow Carina Press author Kelsey Browning as part of her Personal Assets Blog Tour. Kelsey writes sass kickin’ love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance.

Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.

Since Kelsey’s book isn’t out yet (release date Aug. 26th!), she’s sharing some book love by giving away a copy of Kat Latham’s contemporary rugby romance Knowing the Score to one lucky, randomly-selected commenter. We’ll be taking comments through midnight tonight, and Kelsey will post the winner’s name in the comment thread tomorrow.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Michelle Harlan for winning Knowing the Score by Kat Latham! 


Sass Kickin’ Love Stories.

Pssst...the book description is at the end of the post. Be sure to read it!

Pssst…the book description is at the end of the post. Be sure to read it!

I have to say, I’m totally in love with my author tagline. But I can’t take credit for it. I told my writing buds I wanted to use cowboy boots in my logo because—yeah—I’m kinda obsessed with them. Don’t get me started on my need (need, not want, no matter what my husband says…) for a pair of Lucchese boots.

So Nancy Naigle—who has a bit of a boot fetish too—hit on that fun tagline. If she’d been standing in the room with me at the time, I would’ve given her a big ole smooch. Pretty sure I did later. :-)

So why are my logo and tagline perfect for me as an author?

I’m a native Texas gal, raised not on a ranch, but on a few acres with a handful of cows, some rabbits, a duck or two, a goat my mom hated, and Blackjack, the horse that ran me under a 2X4 board. In case you’re wondering, I broke that sucker across my chest. Kelsey – 1. 2X4 − 0. Yeah – so I had a hospital stay afterward. Maybe I’d give the board a half point for that.

When I turned six years old, I received all kinds of prezzies, but my two faves were cap guns with a hip holster and a little denim bra and panty set. Really, what else does a well-dressed Texas woman need? One thing—cowboy boots. I’ve owned many pairs over the years depending on fashion at the time. Ropers. Apache Bay lace-up Ropers. A yummy pair of gray snakeskins for my eighteenth birthday. My currents—brown and red snip-toe Corrals and squared-toed Dan Posts. Now, I have my eye on a pair of Luccheses and one day, I WILL have a custom pair made by Lisa Sorrell in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

To many people, cowboy boots = cowboys. Okay, I get the logic. But in Texas, boots are a way of life regardless of whether or not you rope and ride every day. In my Texas Nights series none of the heroes are true cowboys, but each has a pair of boots in his closet. And my heroines? Yeah, they can go toe-to-toe with these men.

In Personal Assets (releasing August 26!), Cameron Wright, a mechanic and auto body specialist, wears a scuffed up pair of brown Tony Lamas. We never see Allie in boots in this book, but she likes classic lines so a pair of simple pair of Justin R-Toes are about her speed. As for the two of them together? Let’s just say that Cameron cleans up real good, but Allie likes a man who’s willing to get down and dirty.

Jamie Wright, a hotshot Houston attorney in Running the Red Light, on the other hand, is more a Lucchese or custom-boot man. He gets a run for his money in Roxanne Eberly, the owner of Red Light Lingerie, who sports a pair of manslayer-red roach killers.

The book I just finished writing, Problems in Paradise, features Beckworth Childress. Beck’s the chief deputy sheriff, native Texas boy and former NY financial wunderkind. His boots are an immaculate pair of ostrich skins while California-born Eden Durant wears a seven-year-old pair of Uggs. (Yes, we need to do something about that girl.)

Michael “Mac” McLaughlin is the hero of Designs to Die For. Mac’s a builder and master carpenter. For work, he wears a pair of steel-toe Justins. But after, when he’s trying to impress Ashton Davenport at the local watering hole? He pulls the shined and buffed, black Tony Lama brushed goat boots from his closet. Ashton, on the other hand, has a row of handcrafted Italian boots in colors ranging from eye-blinding fuchsia to pure white.

So the boot and kickin’ part of my tagline make sense now, but what about the sass?

I was one of those lucky writers who found her voice right out of the gate. And that voice is a combination of light snark and playfulness, laced with a good dose of Texas-isms. My word choices, combined with hot love scenes and tongue-in-cheek humor, are my trademarks.

I’m a plot-driven writer, so the characters—especially the women—bring the sass to Sass Kickin’. They tend to be long on attitude and quick with the comebacks. Amy Remus, from So Many Reads, said this about Allie Shelby in Personal Assets: “…[an] independent, sassy chick who is loyal and protective to those she loves. Isn’t that what all southern women have in common?” Oh yeah, that’s my idea of a sass kickin’ Texas gal. One worthy to wear a kick-sass pair of cowboy boots.

As a reader, do you get a sense of characters based on their clothes and footwear? Do cowboy boots always mean ranches and cowboys to you?


BlogTourBannerThanks, Kelsey!  And who doesn’t love a great pair of boots?  In addition to today’s book giveaway, Kelsey has a major blog tour prize of a bed lounger pillow via Rafflecopter.

Curious to learn more about the book?

Sex therapist Allie Shelby has the professional credentials, but she could use a bit more practical experience. Finding the right man to bring out her inner bad girl is tough in a population-challenged Texas town. So when sinfully sexy Cameron Wright rolls back into Shelbyville, Allie wastes no time inviting him to join her in some hands-on research. But while her personal life heats up, Allie’s business is about to crash and burn. And she has to convince Cameron that she’s one princess who’s not looking for a prince to ride to her rescue.

About Amy Atwell

Amy Atwell is a storyteller at heart. After fifteen years in professional theater, she turned from the stage to the page to write contemporary capers and historical tales that combine romance and adventure. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When not writing, she runs the online author communities WritingGIAM and Author E.M.S.
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21 Responses to Cowboy Boots, Not Just for Cowboys (w/Guest Kelsey Browning)

  1. Amy Atwell says:

    Welcome, Kelsey! I agree that footwear can tell a lot about character. I get a different feeling about a heroine who always wears high heels vs a heroine wearing Keds. Boots are my favorite choice on days when I want to convey to the world, “Don’t mess with me, because I’m not takin’ it today.” :grin:

    • Amy –

      Thanks a ton for having me at Magical Musings today!

      I agree that cowboy boots (and even other boots) convey a certain swagger. Being such a short gal myself, I can use all the swagger help I can get, so I like my boots with a little heel :-D. Definitely feel a little sassier when I have them on!

      Kels

  2. Amy says:

    Hi Kels – I know nothing about cowboy boots. I would have to look up all those types of boots you were talking about but I get the idea of it based on the emotion you put into. I think I owned one pair of cowboy boots in my day and living in central IL my whole life, I got them at Payless when I was a kid. I did give my daughter some pink one one time. I’ll have to find the picture and email it to you because she was also decked out in a pink cowboy hat. To answer your question – I do get an idea of characters by what they wear. If the author leaves that out I am a little lost and end up picturing them in something completely out of character – usually based on the cover. I do usually think of farms around here when I think of boots, though. But, I know it doesn’t have to be. Our children’s pastor at church always wheres boots. She is from San Antonio. :)
    Amy`s last blog was …Guest Post & Giveaway: FINDING OBSCURITY by Emma Shade

    • Oh, Amy – when you get a really good pair of boots, you’ll never go back. If they fit right, they’re super comfy. I took mine to RWA and although they aren’t Luccheses, they were way better than the heels I was otherwise wearing. And people complimented me like crazy. Win-win!

      I SO want to see your daughter in all pink. In fact, I should see if I can find a picture of me in that little denim panty/bra set (I was way cuter back then – LOL).

      Maybe I’ll do another post on Brain Candy showing off the exact boots I have in mind for each of my characters!

      Kels
      Kelsey Browning`s last blog was …10 Tips for Organizing Your Medicine Cabinet & Linen Closet – Organize Challenge Week #30 & 39

  3. Misty Evans says:

    Welcome Kels! So nice to have you join us and tell us about your tagline (Nancy’s so good at cute ideas!) and your upcoming release. Sounds fun and sassy. :)

    Best wishes on the release and I hope you’ll come back and join us again in the future!

  4. Michelle Harlan says:

    Good morning!
    I don’t think “cowboy or ranch” when I see boots, mostly because I see all sorts of people wearing boots every day. One of the perks of being a Texan! :)
    I love when authors describe the clothes, etc. that their characters wear. Definitely gives me more of a sense of who they are.
    I’m definitely a boot girl…but I like them to be super comfy. During the fall/winter here, I wear them darn near every day. My favorite pair is my Ariat Fat Baby Ostrich boots. If I could get away with it, I’d never take them off! Absolutely love how comfy they are!

  5. Hi Kelsey,

    My six year old niece loves cowboy boots because of Jesse in Toy Story 2. Not so much the hats, they mess up her hair.

    Mary Jo

  6. Kristin says:

    I was born and raised in Texas. In fact, I worked on a cattle ranch during the summers growing up so boots do not equal cowboy to me. I can spot a real cowboy at a hundred yards. How? I can’t say. It’s like the old saying; I can’t give you the definition of porn but I know it when I see it.

  7. Edie Ramer says:

    Kelsey, welcome to MM! What a great tagline! And your book sounds like so much fun.

    I don’t wear cowboy books, but my husband does sometimes, and they look great on him. I do think the way characters dress does show a lot about them. :)

  8. Cynthia Eden says:

    Your tagline definitely rocks!!

  9. Liz Kreger says:

    Hmm … seein’ a theme here. Boots, boots and more boots. Love it. Thanx for joining us here at MM, Kelsey. Love the way you’ve woven your love of boots into all of your books. Some may say a little obsessive, but hey, it makes the world go ’round and adds a lot of fun.

  10. Nancy Naigle says:

    I do love boots, and especially on my guys. Doesn’t always mean a cowboy or rancher…but it usually does come with a pair of jeans and when it comes to guys in denim and boots — I’m just that kind of girl!

  11. Joan Leacott says:

    Hey Kelsey and Amy! I know nothing at about cowboy boots. I don’t even think I can buy them here in Toronto. Pointe shoes on the other hand… Capezio, Freed, Angel. Sheesh, talk about extremes! :grin: Congratulations on your release and may your sales exceed your wildest sass kicking dreams!
    Joan Leacott`s last blog was …Cathy, meet Lauren…

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