Cowboy Sweethearts

by Judy Goodspeed
Non-Fiction / Biography (212 pages) 49,000 words
6×9 Trim (black/white interior)
Print editions include over 80 illustrations
Published by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.

Read the true stories of eleven women who married prominent men of the rodeo. Some stayed at home to run ranches, work outside the home, and to raise children. Others went with their husbands on the rodeo circuit.  A few were rodeo participants, themselves. Get a glimpse of rodeo life from the days of camping in tents and sending telegrams to the age of traveling in luxury horse trailers with built-in living quarters and talking on cell phones. Read about: Vicki Herrera Adams, Margaret Hart Deakins, Jo Ramsey Decker, Decie Nowlin Goodspeed, Jackie Smith McEntire, Donna Chasity McSpadden, Cleo Crouch Rude, Linda Ament Russell, Nell Truitt Shaw, Michelle Smith West, Cassie Loegel Whitfield. Print editions include a Table of Contents, an illustrated appendix about rodeo events, over 80 black and white photographs and illustrations, plus an extensive index.

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“Readers will definitely enjoy this rodeo-ridin’ book filled with the real stories of eleven women who married prominent men of the rodeo. History buffs will eat up the descriptions of the lives they lived growing up, but the details about life on the professional rodeo circuit open a door to a way of life one can only imagine. Full of touching stories of adventure, romance, tragedies and triumphs, COWBOY SWEETHEARTS was written by the daughter of one of the women featured in the book. The story of Decie Nowlin Goodspeed is itself worth an entire book. Fans of Reba McEntire know she came from a rodeo family, but the story of Jackie Smith McEntire fills in the back story. Each story is unique, but all share in common a life built around rodeo, and what a life it was! Definitely a 5-star book!” ~ reviewed by Pat Kelley for Roserock Reviews [FIVE STARS]

“COWBOY SWEETHEARTS by Judy Goodspeed is a unique and well-written biography of eleven very different women touched by the world of American rodeo from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century. The stories are personal accounts, gathered by the author who knew all of these women and who grew up in the rodeo world. All of the women profiled were married to rodeo men. Each life story is presented with the journalistic flare of an author adept in collecting oral histories. It takes a true historian to plumb the watery depths in order to learn about what lies below the surface, and this author does a great job of showing the hidden world of the rodeo. Anyone with an interest in American rodeo should find this compilation of biographies fascinating. COWBOY SWEETHEARTS presents a soulful and heartfelt glimpse of the world of women associated with the rodeo.” ~ reviewed by Amber Sparks for Roserock Reviews [FIVE STARS]

“COWBOY SWEETHEARTS commemorates real life stories about the women of rodeo cowboys that give the reader a fascinating glimpse of behind the scene lives of prominent rodeo cowboy relationships as their men traveled the rodeo circuit… I recommend this book for cowboy romance enthusiasts, rodeo fans, Cowboy Hall of Fame historians, and horse lovers.” ~ Jewel Sample, author [FIVE STARS]

“COWBOY SWEETHEARTS is a page turner. The book is a collection of eleven biographies of women who are or once were involved with the rodeo scene… As a library director, I highly recommend this book for high school students and adult readers. It is well written and very interesting. The photographs of each of the women add much to the text.” ~ Desiree Webber of the City of Mustang Library (Mustang, OK) [FIVE STARS]

“This book was such an enjoyable read and a real treat to get a glimpse into the lives of these COWBOY SWEETHEARTS. These women were more than sweet. They were each in their own way smart, courageous, tough and accomplished. Judy Goodspeed gives us a look at an unforgettable group of  women who were loyal to their cowboys and children and very strong individuals each carving their path in the world of rodeos.” ~ Colleen Toy White [FIVE STARS]

“Get to know the world of the wives of rodeo cowboys, their ups and downs, their joys and pains. What a delightful journey through this slice of an unique American lifestyle!” ~ Sandy Shropshire of the Moore Public Library (Moore, OK) [FIVE STARS]


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