A little bit of Denver history by Gina Conkle

Posted by on July 26, 2018 in Cowboy Romance, Giveaway, History Thursday, print romance novels | 9 comments

Earlier this week, I shared the fun of attending Romance Writers of America’s national conference. This year I decided to do something different by getting up around sunrise and exploring the city on foot. I’m glad I did. 


I convinced my friend, Anne, who writes small town contemporary romance to explore downtown Denver with me. Early mornings were perfect: quiet, sunny, and full of interesting sites. Here are a few of them (with another giveaway at the end).



You’re shocked that we ran into a cowboy statue on our morning walk, right? LOL!! Cowboy romance is all the rage. So, is fantasy romance and contemporary romantic comedy. In my conversations with agents and editors, historical romance is going steady—no great spikes or dips—except for westerns. Cowboys are going strong in traditional romance publishing.

Hearing that made me think of Harlequin and Sourcebooks. Both publishers are very big into giving readers cowboy romance, be it historical or contemporary. At a Harlequin Marketing Meet and Greet event, I asked an executive (a male Vice President of something) about the appeal of a cowboy. He smiled and sorta stammered through his non-answer. I think he was overwhelmed being in a room full of women!




Here’s where my walk got interesting. Among the modern buildings sat The Navarre (close to the cowboy statue pictured at the top). The Navarre is now an art museum, but in the old west it was a brothel. History tells us there used to be tunnels underneath the building which enabled politicians to sneak into the house of ill repute without being seen by the public. Men! Gotta love ’em.




Colorado’s capitol building was beautiful in the morning sun. See those two buses at the bottom? Denver offers a bus line through the city’s downtown area. It was convenient, clean, and free. We had fun walking through the main streets. Many businesses had flower boxes lining their windows, and restaurants with outdoor dining featured small gardens. The city was really a nice, peaceful place. My author friends and I took advantage of Denver’s sidewalk dining. When we got tired of walking, we’d hop on one of those buses.


I highly recommend visiting Denver in the summer. 


In honor of Denver, cowboys, and romance I’m giving away* a print copy of Carolyn Brown’s The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride. 



*To get in the drawing, tell me in the comments below what is the appeal of a cowboy. Random winner will be drawn on Sunday, July 29th at noon ET from the comment section.


Happy Reading!





  1. They are sexy. Have you ever really looked at the way they walk? They way they talk is fun, too. Their rugged good looks, and well-honed bodies from the kind of work they do. I love watching them.

  2. Who doesn’t love a cowboy!? They ride horses, which is a favorite of mine & are very fit.

  3. I’ve never been to Denver but it looks like an amazing place to visit! About cowboys, I think it’s that homeyness, that boy-next-door, down to earth, hard-working thing that makes them so appealing 😉

  4. In addition to the boots and jeans, it is a cowboy’s work ethic, honor and manners that appeal to me.

  5. Boots and butt.

  6. There is an honest, down to earth air to the cowboy. The cowboy ethic of working hard, respecting women, caring and protecting those who need it runs deep out West.

  7. hardworking

  8. They are sexy, rugged, hard working and have “old west” manners. Their word is their bond and a handshake is all that’s needed. What’s not to love???

  9. And the winner is… Candy Briggs!!

    Look for an email from me today (Sunday). I will need your mailing address to get your book out to you.


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