Galley Girl: Linda Lael Miller and the Rise of the Cowboy Romance Novel
Time Magazine, December 2, 2011
by Andrea Sachs
David Becker / ZUMA Press
Move over vampires! Alpha men are back with a vengeance in romance novels, and cowboys are helping lead the charge. There are contemporary cowboys, historical cowboys, erotic cowboys and even paranormal cowboys. Snicker at your own risk, ye of snooty literary tastes. Romance fiction, with $1.36 billion in sales in 2010, constitutes the largest share of the consumer book market; more than a quarter of all books sold are romances.
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