Escape for the space adventure of your life and learn the rules along the way…
Join me in welcoming Heather Long to Carol Kittie Reviews. Heather has graciously answered this burning question for us,
What was your inspiration for Space Cowboy?
The short answer is my husband. Funnily enough, the long answer is my husband as well.
It began on a driving trip to Disney World, I kid you not about three—maybe four years ago. I was working on a Fevered Hearts book that trip and he said, “You know what would be cool. A real space cowboy—you know you could do future Fevered Hearts.”
I rolled my eyes and kept on working.
A few weeks later, he brought it up again. “Space cowboy, kind of like Firefly but not. You know, do it your way. He could have great adventures and there would be this like interstellar operator that he talks to but never meets.”
Yeah, I told him to take a walk—did he not see how many deadlines I had?
Christmastime rolls around, and I get a card, “You could always get me a Space Cowboy for Christmas.”
For the love of pete and money, I was ready to strangle him. I had a dozen different books in the queue to write. I did NOT have time for a new series. He kept bringing it up and he knew exactly what he was doing. He wanted to trigger my imagination. If he planted enough seeds and kept fertilizing it, they would grow.
I told him no.
Then he started in on my fans, and made the suggestion there and they got all excited. Many of them piled right on saying they’d love to see it, too.
Yeah, he wasn’t letting it go and as it turns out, what he did worked because I had an idea and the next time he brought it up, I said he had to have rules. Then we were talking about his rules and the people he would meet and when it would happen and well…all I can say is that he got his wish.
This Christmas, he’s getting a Space Cowboy Survival Guide for Christmas.
Don’t be a hero.
Heroes do shit for free and get themselves killed.
It’s a lose-lose proposition.
From his leather Stetson to his long coat and choice of weapons, Shaw Sullivan is just a space cowboy who lives by his own code. A loner by choice, he accepted the contract to conduct a stellar census under duress…it was the only way to save his family’s ranch.
Sullivan has four years to complete the mission, and he has zero intentions of letting anything get in his way least of all a desperate woman who wants to hire him to be a hero.
This novel is not a romance. It’s a wild, space romp with some rough and tumble characters who aren’t all that likable most days.
Release Day Tomorrow 12/13/2016
I received an ARC of this book from the author so it could be reviewed prior to release day.
Heather Long has done it again, this time with no sex, no romance just exceptional story telling.
Welcome to the future where Earth has colonies over several galaxies. As such they need a census of the inhabited planets and Shaw needing a way to save his family’s ranch in New Texas is just the person to do it. He does have contingency plans in case of his demise so no matter what his family won’t lose the ranch.
All was going right on schedule, traveling through space with only the computer ‘Zed’ for company which suited him just fine. His only other contact he has while on aboard the Gilly is the Earth Prime representative he reports to Jo Rayder. Jo also sends him books and videos to occupy his time while traveling between planets.
Then he reaches New Genesis, there he encounters Tika Anderson, a young beauty from New Athens with a bounty on her head, seeking passage on his ship. Even after hearing her tale he refuses her and continues with his mission, collecting data about the planet.
On his way back to his ship he is attacked by five men, this is a favorite scene.
Fighting for his breath, he pivoted fists raised to see the last assailant—the one who’d been strangling him—down and twitching as Miss Anderson struck him repeatedly with a cattle prod.
“Are you all right?” The too wide eyes promised him she wasn’t entirely comfortable with her participation. Shaw forgave her. Limping, he retrieved his pistol, the bent down to flip over one of his attackers.
He didn’t look remotely familiar. Patting him down, he pulled out an ID card. “Get his ID card,” he told Anderson, limping his way around until he’d collected the others.
By the time he joined her, she’d slid her cattle prod down into a slim handle and tucked it into her sleeve.
“Handy,” he commented, then checked the card she handed him. Squinting through his rapidly swelling eyes, he grunted. “Friends of yours?”
“Yes,” she admitted. “Though I think friends would be an extreme definition. That one over there is a bounty hunter named Johan Helios. I’ve seen him on New Athens.”
“Great.” He paused to give Johan Helios a good swift kick in the head, then tucked the ID cards into his duster. He’d turn them all into the local authorities. He touched a hand to his split and bleeding lip. Great. Hungry, tired, and now bleeding. He’d have to clean up before he could eat.
His left knee, one he’d dislocated in a riding accident in his teens, complained viciously, but he kept limping toward the port and the Gilly’s berthing. After a handful of steps, he didn’t hear Miss Anderson following him. Glancing back, he sighed. She was still staring at the downed men. Bounty hunters who apparently came after him because his little would-be passenger had probably either been following him or had been waiting to accost him at the port.
Guilt nibbled at his conscience, but he shoved it aside. He didn’t do guilt. She’d done him a solid when she’d taken out the one strangling him. So…he spat out the blood in his mouth before asking, “Are you coming?”
“I thought you said…” Disbelief filled her voice.
Turning, he continued his limping path. “Not asking you twice, princess.”
Two steps later, she hurried to join him. Great. She’d taken him up on the offer.
“I’ll take you as far as my next port. Clear?”
“Crystal, Captain. Thank you. You’re my…”
He lifted a finger. “Don’t say it. I don’t do that hero shit.”
“Of course, Captain. My lips are sealed.”
Yeah, he was already regretting it.
Heather Long. Space Cowboy Survival Guide (Kindle Locations 510-531). Kindle Edition.
This was the start of not only an uneasy friendship but also some unorthodox acquisitions of crew members as they travel across the universe. That plus more folks attempting to label him a hero, a label he really doesn’t want.
A delightful and suspenseful tale infused with action and wit. One everyone will enjoy!
5 Contented Purrs for Heather!
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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.
From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.
When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.