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The Cowboy and The Vampire (The Cowboy and the Vampire #1)

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Reporter Lizzie Vaughan doesn’t realize it, but she has 2,000 years of royal Vampiric blood coursing through her veins. Neither she nor Tucker, her cowboy lover, has any idea that Julius, the leader of the undead, has a diabolical plan to reign over darkness for all eternity—with Lizzie at his side.

Lizzie battles for her life—and her soul—as she and Tucker find themselves

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Published October 1st 2010 by Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD. (first published May 8th 1999)
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Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Gothic vampire western romance with humour.....

Since the forth and final book in this series is due out in June I've decided to re-read the previous three and I'm so glad I did I'd forgotten just how funny these books are.
The problem with this book is categorising it, it's a romance, yes, a vampire book, yes, it has humour but it's not a comedy. I wasn't sure quite what to expect, from the title my original thought was "comedy" and yes like I said it has humour, it's a dry humour and while it's
This was one of my first vampire romance novels, way back when that genre was still in its fledgling state and only a handful of authors wrote that kind of stuff, and a book did not automatically have to be followed by dozens of sequels.

This book surely is no milestone in profound literature, but I remember that I enjoyed reading the combination of romance, action and lots of fun very much. Also, I was intrigued with the idea of combining a vampire story with the cowboy theme, something not done
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amyee
Tucker’s living the perfect cowboy life. Residing alone in his trailer with his dog, Rex, his horse, Snort, and some mischievous alpacas that refuse to stay on their own side of the fence, he feels as though he has it all. And then Lizzie arrives from New York City and throws everything he has ever known into utter chaos. Lizzie Vaughn is a reporter carrying a secret of her own, one buried so deep that not even she knows it exists. So when she is kidnapped by a group of vampires claiming she is ...more

Tough cowboy Tucker live on his ranch, with his dog and his horse. His comfortable life is changed when he meets a NYC reporter who wants to interview a 'real cowboy" She ends up reviewing him between the sheet and they begin an affair with her traveling to visit him on his ranch. The lust turns to love and so it begins.
There is one big crack in the romance, more than one. She is descended from a long line of vampires and is wanted by Mr. Big Bad Vampire for her monthly visitor. It seems that de
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire Lovers, Cowboy Lovers and Supernatural Mystery Junkies!
"The Cowboy and The Vampire" Weekend 2nd-4th of Dec 2011! With Review, Guest Blog, Co-author Interview and Giveaway! Find it here!

Living in a small town of LonePine Wyoming, Tucker has spent his life on the ranch in the company of his dog Rex and his horse Snort. Then he meets Lizzie, a reporter, in town doing a piece called “The Last Cowboy”, the New York City girl finally wins/wears him over and the two begin a long distance romance.

Lizzie’s putting finishing touches on her newest article on v
Ryan Dejonghe
This is one of the weirdest stories I have ever read. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman’s man-swallowing woman parts and talking tents. Instead, here we have rocket-launching, womb-sucking, Bible-bending, non-pointy-toothed vampires. And love. And cowboys. Depending on what you are looking for, that might be a good thing.

If I had to liken this book to a movie, it would either be to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, or maybe more appropriately, Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk to Dawn. That’s cool, rig
Jennifer (Books&Barks)
The Cowboy and the Vampire, written by the husband and wife team of Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall, is one of the most interesting takes on the vampire legend that I have read recently. First published several years ago, before the craze for all things supernatural really hit, The Cowboy and the Vampire has now been re-released and can hopefully pick up some of these new fans of the vampire genre. The novel mixes religion and vampire lore to create an enchanting world that combines the lonesome ...more
Andrea Guy
There are a lot of vampire novels out there. More then anyone should read, but this one is one of the best. It has a unique, slightly religious twist to the vampire myth, plus it has a totally awesome cowboy.

I love the vastly different way the two leads are written and the story is told from both Lizzie and Tucker's point of views. The parts of the story written from Tucker's point of view are absolutely hysterical.

I really love the way their relationship grew, and even though everything happene
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I was not at all sure what I was getting myself into when I read this book, the title of the book kinda made me stop and go hhmmm, I wonder what this will be like, but like the old saying goes "don't judge a book by it's cover". I was shocked into silence while reading this book, I could not believe a book with this title had me mesmerized to the point that I could not put it down. Now I know what your thinking, your all thinking "Oh Nattie, how could a book about a Vampire and a C ...more
Willow Brooks
Really quick.

Umm... I think this was a comedy. Not really sure but it is definitely a funny little adventure. So many reviews have already told this story. It's full of craziness. I love that dog, I think he was the most sane character in this book.

If you want a read for the entertainment value only then this book is for you. I will warn that this book does take bible scriptures and add on to them to include the vampire. It may make you say, "WTH!" If that makes you uncomfortable, I don't know
Sharon Hamilton
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great twist on a classic vampire story. The two voices of the main characters, written by both husband and wife writers, makes for a creative soup that was thoroughly enjoyable. I'd like to see how these two manage to live out the rest of their "existence" and hope the writers think about a series here.

There were so many favorite parts, and I don't want to give away any of the plot, so am unable to illustrate just one. But let's say that the vampires are different than you expect, and
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hysterically funny. Very unusual is a good word for it, just look at the cast of characters:

A reporter who ends up becoming a vampire.
A cowboy and his dog and horse.
An overweight vampire that remembers Jesus personally.
Your usual cast of mean, creepy vampires.

While it is a teen romance book, it's better than most in that it's not aimed at your typical teen. Don't confuse this with Twilight, folks. I don't recommend it for younger teens because there is some sexual content and viole
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This needs to be a movie. Hollywood: I command you to get on that right now!
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that from the very start I was hooked. I could picture Tucker and hear his voice as I read which usually takes a while.

Hays has taken two completely different themes, Cowboys and Vampires, and married them together in a very detailed and convincing way.

When Lizzie travels to Lonepine, Wyoming to do research and interview cowboys, she doesn't plan on falling for one. Tucker is very laid-back and although he finds
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I came across this book, I was intrigued by the title but honestly didn't have high hopes for the content since I avoid romance novels like the plague. However, I popped it into my beach bag and set out for a day on the sand.


I couldn't be happier with Mr. Hays creation of The Cowboy, Tucker. Lizzie and Tucker meet, fall in love and have sex (or vice versa). Then Lizzie gets kidnapped by vamps. Tucker is too late to save the day and Lizzie is turned. Now Tucker is in love with the
Alex Lamm
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a fun and fluid read this was! I read it in just a couple days and it looks like it has been to hell and back with me. A good sign.

Page one and I was already hooked.

The plot's structure is really what drew me in. Short chapters, back and forth and giving hints as to what may or may not happen. It gets you thinking and hungry for more and very involved. I had to keep reading because if I didn't I would probably find myself sneaking a few pages in the bathroom at work. Bad, I know. When
Hays, clark and Kathleen McFall

Wyoming cowboy Tucker falls in love with the least likely person: Lizzie Vaughan, a reporter from New York who disrupts his life by writing an article about him, pegging him as the last living cowboy. While researching a new story on vampires, Lizzie becomes frightened, and returns to Wyoming and the waiting arms of Tucker. But the vampires, convinced that she is their queen, track her down, kidnap her, and bring her back to New Yor
Jay Williams
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I expected. The writing is superb, the plot is truly imaginative, and the love story transcends everything I have read so far. I confess, I have always had a thing for vampire stories. However, this book is so much more than a vampire story. The origins of these vampires lie with the origins of Christianity, and the entire story is suffused with religious overtones. I wish I could think of a better title, because this title is accurate, but gives no clue to the incredible story ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, for-review
What's more different than a cowboy and a city girl? How about a cowboy and a city girl who happens to be a vampire queen? As incongruous as that sounds, the characters seem to make it work. As a city girl myself, I found Lizzie's sarcasm and attitude during her capture to be hilarious. The New York attitude shone through every word and gesture. Tucker was a bit of a stereotype, the broke cowboy, living in his trailer with nothing but a dog and his horse for company. Stereotypes aside though, I ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
The Cowboy and the Vampire is so far from the typical vampire tale that one might even consider it more of a spoof on the Romance or Horror genre rather than a serious attempt to present a truly “Darkly Romantic Mystery”. With a driven New York reporter and a lackadaisical true-blue cowboy from Wyoming, Hays and McFall have presented not only a unique twist to the usual vampiric lore, but also a wickedly creative slant on the origin of the vampire and their true purpose in the overall scheme of ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

To use the western vernacular that the cowboy-hero of this tale wears like a second skin, this dog should not hunt, but somehow, it does. It should buck the reader off like a ride on badly broken bronco. Instead, you stick with the tale until the bloody and bittersweet end. It's a compulsion. Lizzie and Tucker were mis-matched when she was just a New York magazine writer and he was the man she dubbed "The Last Cowboy."

By the end of the story, they should be
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review posted on my blog {Dive} Under the Cover

I quite enjoyed this book. I read this one to prepare myself to participate in the upcoming blog tour for the 2nd book. First of all I need to talk about the cover, it's pretty eye catching isn't it? Talk about a cover pulling you in to read a book, this one did that for me. The cover for the next book is just as good. I must confess that I never thought that I would enjoy a book with cowboy in the same title as vampire. It's just two things th
The Cowboy and the Vampire by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall is a 2014 Pumpjack Press publication. ( originally published in 1999)
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Journalist Elizabeth “Lizzie” Vaughn traveled to cowboy country way out in Wyoming to do a write up on the quintessential cowboy. When she targets Tucker as the object of her interview, she finds him to be the very epitome of a cowboy. He's a loner, doesn't talk much, is a bit crusty, likes peace and
Cheryl Cowtan
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The vampire genre has been thrilling readers since the 1700s, with few changes to the tropes of this horror category. Depending on the author, vampires have been presented as the undead (Bram Stroker’s Dracula 1897), as an alien species (Gustave Le Rouge's Le prisonnier de la planète Mars 1908), and as products of disease (Richard Matheson’s I am Legend 1954). In Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall’s The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance, the bloodsuckers are alive, but die each dawn as ...more
Ever wondered what would happen if a cowboy and a city girl got together? Sure it’s been done, but what if said city girl was the “daughter” of the most twisted, egocentric vampires ever? What starts out as lust between a contemporary cowboy who has fallen too many times off the raging bull and an over-eager reporter from New York City turns to love, but her father isn’t the type to let these young lovers be happy. Why, you ask? Because Dad wants his daughter’s blood for the power it holds.
Cocktails and Books
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
After witnessing what she believes is the public murder of 20 people, NYC reporter Elizabeth Vaughn she finds herself on the run from what she can only describe as insane people playing at being vampires. Feeling her life is in danger, Lizzie runs to the only place she feels safe, into the arms of her very own cowboy. Showing their resourcefulness, after all they haven’t survived for centuries by being dumb, the vampires manage to track Lizzie down to LonePine, Wyoming with orders to bring her b ...more
Alexis Neal
This book was much, much better than I expected. It's the sort of book you purchase from the clearance rack on a whim, figuring that it might be just terrible enough to be entertaining. But lo and behold, it's actually a decent book. The leading lady is a bit lacking in personality, it's true, but the titular cowboy and friends pack plenty of punch n the personality department--Tucker, his dad, his paramoid militia-crazed friend, and his loyal dog Rex all liven up the story and add an earthiness ...more
Erin Cole
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“…sexy, dark, witty, and nothing less.”

Embark on Tucker and Lizzie’s journey into the dark world of vampires, secret ancient heritage, and their fight to save humanity, with the help of a cowboy and his posse, which includes his peculiar father, weapon/conspiracy-savvy friend, and his faithful, canine companion, Rex.

What I enjoyed most about The Cowboy and the Vampire was the balance of genre—romance, mystery, horror, and comedy, all wrapped up in a delightful adventure that keeps the pages turn
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Tucker is by all accounts a rough and tumble guy. He likes the desolate wide open spaces of Wyoming and has no desire to ever be anywhere else. It mystifies him how he managed to fall for Lizzie as she is both a city girl AND a nosy reporter! Maybe he should blame his traitorous dog Rex as he seems to like her better than him now anyways... Or his horse Snort.... He took a shine to her also... It definitely can't be Fate! He's a cowboy an
From what I've read so far, this seems like it's right up my alley. I love a good piece of vampire fiction (guilty pleasures, in these dark, trying times of Twilight), and adding cowboys to the mix just seems to make it all the better.

WIP Review:

It sticks to some of the conventions of vampire mythology (they burn to a crisp in the sunlight, and religious objects can hurt them if belief is held by the person/vampire), and some things have been abandoned (such as garlic acting as a repellent). Wha
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I'm a writer, ex-poet, lapsed cowboy and whiskey enthusiast living in Portland, Oregon, with my lovely life, writing and backgammon partner Kathleen McFall.

We've written five books together so far:

Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road (Out now!)

The four-book Cowboy and Vampire Collection:

A Very Unusual Romance
Blood and Whiskey
Rough Trails and Shallow Graves
The Last Sunset (silver medalist, 2017 I
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