Cowboy and the Cowboy Hat

Cowboy hat photo by Janice Seagraves

Cowboy and the cowboy hats

By Janice Seagraves

For those of you writing cowboy romance stories, don’t forget the cowboy hat. Whether it’s a Stetson, Indiana Jones, Sheplers, or Henschel, made out of straw or felt, a cowboy isn’t a cowboy without his hat.

Cowboy hats help the cowboy to dress up or dress down, and are occasionally tucked up under a form fitted plastic cover for those rainy days.

Have you ever seen how a cowboy use his hat to show emotion?

  • Flinging down his hat can show anger or a desire to start a fight or finish one.
  • Shoving the hat to the back of his head can show surprise. In this way you can see more of his face and his raised eyebrows.
  • Lowering the brim over his eyes can show annoyance.
  • Leaning back and hiding his face with his hat, he can show embarrassment, disassociation with what’s being said or a desire to take a nap.
  • Removing the hat, he can lean in for a kiss.

How to Make Your Book A Page Turner

How to make your book a page turner 

 by Janice Seagraves 


To make your book a page turner, you’ll need to hook your readers. 


Place a hook at the beginning and end of each chapter, so the reader won’t want to set your book down. 


A hook doesn’t have to be the middle of some crisis like a cliff hanger in the old serials where the hero is left literally hanging off a cliff. It can be something that leaves a question in the readers mind: Will she/he kiss/accept him/her. 


If your story is suspense, mystery or horror, don’t end the conflict until the very last page. Do the same thing if you’re writing romance, keep some unresolved question between your couple until the very last page. 


In that way you’re keeping the tension going. 


Remember you have to have tension to have a story. No tension, no story. 


Then your reader will be staggering into work the next day, saying, “I just read the best book. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t go to sleep until three in the morning.”

Sound-a-like Words

Sound-a-like words

By Janice Seagraves


Today my daughter and I were talking about sound-a-like words that  mess up a perfectly good sentence.

Ah—as in Ah, I just got that.

Aw—as in Aw, I’m disappointed.

Awe—as in I’m in Awe of the majestic mountains that surround the Yosemite valley.

Then there is:

There—over there by the car.

Their—is a possessive—That’s their car.

They’re— is a contraction of they are—They’re making a get-a-way in their car.


Yeah—I agree with you.

Yea—a vote.

Yay!—a cheer.

Don’t forget the possessives that don’t always have an apostrophe s (‘s):

Their—possessive of they—that’s their car.

Its—it’s is is a contraction while the possessive of it is its.


What other sound-a-like words can you think of?