Rangeland Romances Audiobook
Read by Roy Worley. Liner Notes by Will Murray
One of the most successful pulp magazines ever envisioned was Ranch Romances. Combining Wild West settings with the eternal struggle to snag a mate, it ran from the 1920s clear to the ‘70s. Naturally, other publishers jumped on the wagon train. Popular Publications did so in 1935 with Rangeland Romances. First editor Rogers Terrill described his approach this way:
“Over a year ago we started a new magazine with a new idea. We started a romance magazine in which the hero and heroine fight side by side, live an adventurous life together, experience hope and despair, defeat and success, and finally love together. We brought out a magazine that was true to life; that was about characters who really could have lived and done those things that the author writes about.”
In other words, Rangeland Romances wasn’t just another Cinderella love pulp. The formula—which succeeding editors tinkered with from time to time—worked like a charm. Rangeland Romances ran for a generation.
For our first Rangeland Romances audiobook, we’ve chosen to record the August, 1948 issue in its entirety. All seven stories. It’s a hoot.
Described as a novel of “Border Romance,” Marian O’Hearn’s “Fiesta Kisses are Sweetest” leads off the collection. It’s followed by a brace of fun frontier novelettes, Art Lawson’s “Cupid Rules the Roost” and Isabel Stewart Way’s “No Sirens Wanted.” Four sizzling short stories follow. “Salty but Susceptible,” “Petticoat-Corralin’ Hombre,” “I’m Claiming That Guy!” and “Gambling Gal.”
These are sweet yet salty stories of determined cowgirls navigating the complicated courtship rituals of ranches ranging from the Dakotas to the Southwest. Pistol-packin’ Doris Day in Annie Get Your Gun! gives you a good idea of the flavor of the festivities. High Noon, this ain’t!
Read by Roy Worley. Gary Cooper, he ain’t either.
Fiesta Kisses Are Sweetest
By Marian O’Hearn
Chapter 1: Cantina Meeting
Chapter 2: Gem-Studded Chain
Chapter 3: More Gentling for Nedra
Chapter 4: Good Night — and Good-by
Chapter 5: La Linda Mujer
Cupid Rules This Roost
By Art Lawson
Chapter 1: Luscious Miss Lamour
Chapter 2: Haunted Heart
Chapter 3: Enter the Singing Kid
No Sirens Wanted
By Isabel Stewart Way
Chapter 1: Snafued Blonde Charmer
Chapter 2: Ring in a Crystal Ball
Chapter 3: Brunette Doublecross
Salty But Susceptible
By Kenneth Fowler
By Cecilia Bartholomew
I’m Claiming That Guy!
By Thelma Knoles
By Ennen Reaves Hall
“Reading Rangeland Romances was great fun. Each story has layers of emotion and adventure and usually a creative twist of some kind.”
Roy Worley was born in Memphis, TN where he grew up. Storytelling became part and parcel of his childhood as he heard his grandfather tell many funny stories of life as a poor boy growing up in the Mississippi Delta. It was just natural that he would pick it up. His storytelling ability has been fine-tuned over a thirty-five year ministry as a preacher, both in the US and in South America.
Roy has narrated books via ACX.com that can be found on Amazon.com, iTunes and Audible.com. They range from works of fiction, to Christian theology to civil war history. He was sought out in 2012 by mystery author Chinle Miller to narrate her Bud Shumway series.