Guest Author: Pamela S. Thibodeaux and Kyleigh’s Cowboy

My guest this month has been a previous visitor to the blog. Pamela S. Thibodeaux is an energetic member of the Authors Helping Authors support group. She’s always ready to retweet, share, and comment, so when she announced a new release of her own I gladly offered to host her here, especially since it’s a romance sub-genre I love to read. I’ll let her tell you about her book.


Kyleigh’s Cowboy began as a short story aimed for a popular women’s magazine. My rejection came with the info that “we don’t do cowboy stories.”

WHAT? Who doesn’t like cowboy stories? Evidently the editor of that magazine didn’t and naturally assumed her readers didn’t either. That’s my assumption anyway and we all know what “assume” stands for….

I still wonder if they had stats or polls or test markets or any kind of proof their millions of readers don’t like cowboy stories, because frankly that bumfuzzles me LOL!

Anyway, months of tinkering and piddling, the story, set in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (which I LOVE) developed and Kyleigh’s Cowboy was birthed.

Book Blurb: She’s attempting to start a new life. He’s roamed for more than a decade. Can they let go of the past and grab hold of the future?

Seven years after the death of her husband, Kyleigh Winters turned their old vacation home into a brand new guest ranch. Not willing to join the ranks of lonely women trolling the bars or online in search of a man, Kyleigh is sure if God wishes her to have another husband, He’ll send the perfect someone in His own time. But will she be open to the possibility of new love when He does?

Searching for a place that calls to his soul, Lance Stevens has been a roaming cowboy for ten years since retiring from the Marines. He finds that sanctuary the moment he drives through the Silver Star’s gate and meeting the lovely owner speaks to more than his soul. Will he open to the healing power of love?

Get Pamela Thibodeaux’s second chance romance novella today and see how love and faith conquers all.

Excerpt: In the days following Thanksgiving, the Silver Star transformed into a fairytale of lights, elves, and cowboy Santas. Decorated boughs and branches filled every nook and cranny of the buildings and lights draped the trees along the drive. Stockings—one for each employee— hung on the mantle above the huge fireplace in the lodge room. Mistletoe graced the entryways. Not wanting to get caught beneath a sprig, Lance peeked in the window before opening the door, then hurried through.

Although she hadn’t actually thrown herself at him, Elaina still made him nervous when they happened to be in the same space.

Kyleigh’s marketing efforts continued to pay off as seldom a day or week went by without at least a few guests. As they had at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day feasts would begin around 11 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m., followed by a hayride and caroling around the campfire. Today, though, he hoped to convince his boss to take a drive with him.

He hesitated a moment, leaned against the doorjamb and watched her designing ads for the upcoming festivities. Two computer monitors boasted graphics and text made to entice people into choosing to spend Christmas and/or New Year’s at the Silver Star. His heart swelled at the talent displayed before him. She’s definitely in her element, and brilliant at what she does. He waited to knock until after she took a breath and leaned back in her chair. She turned. His pulse skipped a thud at the smile she bestowed on him.

“Can I help you?”

Yeah, run away with me for a wild, passionate weekend. Heat climbed up his neck. Lance reeled in his wayward thoughts and cleared his throat. “I thought we’d take a drive to Lost Maples State Natural Area. I hear it’s beautiful, especially this time of year before winter sets in.” Before she could hesitate or make excuses he stepped forward and took her hand. “C’mon, we both could use the break. I’ve already cleared it with Mona and Robert,” he added, a grin tugging at his lips.

“Well, looks like I don’t have a lot of choice then.” The surprise and pleasure in her tone belied the severity of the words.

He reached down and caressed her cheek. “You always have a choice with me, but I’d really like you to come along.”

Her quick intake of breath did funny things to his insides. Lance allowed the sharp sweetness of emotions to envelop him.

“OK. I’ll change into hiking shoes, grab a jacket, and meet you at the truck.”

“Great. I’ll see you in a bit.”

Kyleigh’s Cowboy releases 10/18 but you can PreOrder it today for only 99cents!




Author Biography: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!

You can find Pamela online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Goodreads, and LinkedIn.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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18 Responses to Guest Author: Pamela S. Thibodeaux and Kyleigh’s Cowboy

  1. Hi, Patricia and Pamela!

    Congrats on the new release, Pam. I’m hooked and have pre-ordered my copy. I can’t wait to read this lovely story. This story brings to mind Josh Turner’s–LOVE him!–As Fast As I Could. Such a beautiful song. As, I’m sure, is this story.

    I enjoyed your excerpt. Loved this bit: “Not wanting to get caught beneath a sprig, Lance peeked in the window before opening the door, then hurried through.” LOL!

    I can tell this is going to be a 5* read.


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  2. Welcome to the blog, Pamela! This is all very nice. Congratulations!
    I love the idea of Authors Helping Authors!

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    • pamelasthibodeaux says:

      AHA is a great group Tonette and I’m always happy to help support fellow authors. Speaking of, THANKS for Your support!


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’ll never tire of “western” stories, having grown up when each TV network had several primetime western series and Hollywood was still cranking them out by the dozens. Furthermore, as a career librarian, I know there was a die-hard readership who LOVED the western novels we had.
    That said, I would assume western / cowboy romance — whether contemporary or “old west” — would have even a greater audience.

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    • pamelasthibodeaux says:

      Right, Jeff! I was (still am) a bit shocked and a lot surprised by that particular rejection LOL! I appreciate your sentiments on the subject and I, too LOVE westerns! THANKS for your support!

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  4. bbettis1hotmailcom says:

    Delightful excerpt, Pam. And yeah–who doesn’t like cowboy stores??? 🙂 Best of luck with your book.

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  5. Wow! What an excerpt, Pam. And I can’t believe the editor didn’t like cowboys. I grew up on Western shows.
    Congratulations on another book baby.

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  6. Carol James says:

    Great excerpt, Pam. Congratulations on your release.

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  7. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Congrats on your up coming release! Your excerpt was wonderful. I’m sure you’ll be successful with it.

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  8. Congratulations on your book! It sounds like a wonderful story. I do enjoy a good Western.

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  9. Wishing you well-deserved continued success with your writing.

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