Music from Cowboy Karma (and a playlist!)

October 26, 2016

I love that country music tells stories.

I remember making a long solo drive down the 395 alongside the Eastern Sierras here in California. I was driving home from seeing a friend who lived in Mammoth Lakes. It was a beautiful late spring day, but there was still snow on the mountains and the skies were clear.

There's a long, long escarpment leading down from the mountains into Owens Valley. I was flipping through radio stations when I hit Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee." It's a song about a young troublemaker coming of age in the gentle company of a muddy river. I couldn't help singing along. That song, along with the many others that followed until the radio station faded away, kept me company on an otherwise lonely trip.

Music plays throughout the entire Cowboy Cocktail series. Classic country hums softly on busted-up radios in kitchens and trucks. It blasts out of jukeboxes in honkytonks and plays constantly in the hearts of my broken-hearted cowboys and cowgirls.

In Cowboy Karma, Lucky and Harmony have their reunion on the dance floor of the Silver Spur, the local honkytonk. For three hours, they dance together in a kind of vertical foreplay that leads to a hot night of lovemaking. Later on, there's music at Harmony's friend's house party, and music back at the Silver Spur when Lucky is drinking away his troubles. Harmony remembers music her mother used to love. There's a little road trip music, too.

Here are the songs and artists that I reference in Cowboy Karma...hope you enjoy the music!

At the Silver Spur
Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road"
Bellamy Brothers' "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body"
Brooks and Dunn's "Neon Moon"

At Annette Leblanc's house
Chubby Checker's "Limbo Rock"
Dirty Dozen Brass Band's "Ain't Nothin' But a Party"

At the Silver Spur, part two
Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart"
Tracy Byrd's "Watermelon Crawl"
Alan Jackson's "Good Time"
Brooks and Dunn's "Boot-Scootin' Boogie"
Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"

Harmony remembers her mom
Clint Black's "A Better Man"
Garth Brooks' "The Dance"

On the road to Arizona
Carrie Underwood's "Church Bells"
Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me" 

Here's a partial Spotify playlist...


Who needs luck when you can get Lucky?

Cowboy Cocktail, Book 4

When Harmony Santos’s boyfriend dumps her on her birthday, she doesn’t get mad. She gets lucky…with a mysterious cowboy whose bedroom eyes and rough edges bring out her inner bad girl. But when their one-night rodeo turns into more than a rebound, Harmony worries her heart hasn’t healed enough to take on someone new—even if that someone is as sweet as he is sexy.

 Tie-down roper Lucky Garcia can’t believe his good fortune. A shot at national finals and now this—his longtime crush, in his arms at last. The more time he spends with Harmony, the harder he falls for her. But financial demands and family responsibilities take him further and further away from her—as does his secret fear she hasn’t quite gotten over her dickhead ex. Behind closed doors, Lucky and Harmony are filthy perfection. But when reality comes knocking, the star-crossed lovers must decide: walk away intact, or risk it all for a chance at happiness.

Get ready for rope tricks, spanking, self-pleasure, and a smoking-hot cowboy who puts the big D in Dominant.


Lucky is a hard-working man, loving, caring and wears his heart on his sleeve. He's the perfect man. Definitely recommend.
—Goodreads review, 5/5

 “It was a very good story line, wonderful hot sexy scenes, and I truly enjoyed the couple...
Goodreads review, 5/5
"This was a fun read, Harmony is a likable, relatable figure, and Lucky is definitely book boyfriend material. I love the underdog aspect of the story. I enjoyed the love making, it propelled the story so well, the way it would for anyone starting a new and exciting relationship." 
Goodreads review, 5/5



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