COWBOY

Bob Holt

Book Cover

GENRE

ROMANCE HISTORICAL FICTION DRAMA

    Core Theme

    LOVE, ACCEPTANCE

    TIME PERIOD

    1960s & '70s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    A THOUSAND ACRES, PLACES IN THE HEART

    CHARACTER LIST

    • JIM DAVIS: LEAD, EARNEST, HONORABLE.

    • TRISH WALLACE: LEAD, CUTE, FREE SPIRIT, AFRAID OF COMMITMENT.

    • BAINES DAVIS: GRUFF, UNAPPROACHABLE, JIM’S FATHER

    • JOHN HENRY DAVIS: HOMETOWN BOY, STRONG, MACHO, JIM’S OLDER BROTHER

    • JACK “POTTS” POTTER: WEALTHY AND WELL-MANNERED, JIM’S FRIEND FROM THE MILITARY

    • JOEL ZIPPEN: INTELLECTUAL, DEPENDABLE, JIM’S COLLEGE FRIEND

    • LINDA SUE: BEAUTIFUL, CRAFTY, LOVING, FORMER SCHOOLMATE, JIM’S SISTER-IN-LAW

    Logline

    Jim Davis grows up in a small Texas town where the most important people in one's life were his parents, pastor, teachers, and coach. When this cowboy meets a flower child while attend a liberal New England University, it turns both their worlds upside down as each other's values are sorely tested.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 55+,18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Texas, New England, New York

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Outskirts Press

    Year Published: 2018

    Starting Description

    The second son of a hard as nails Texas rancher, leaves home for the army. After his discharge, he attends a liberal New England college where his traditional values are severely challenged. There he is captivated by a flower child who guides him through the country's changing mores.

    Ending Description

    After she runs away and breaks his heart, he returns home and reconciles with his estranged father and brother. His girlfriend, who stayed in Boston because she feared any commitment, has a change of heart and shows up in Texas where his "Tinkerbell in blue jeans," agrees to marry her "cowboy."

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1-4787-9873-6

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse,Nudity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    Quest,Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: Jim Davis

    Age: 22

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Flexible,Heroic,Leader,Obedient,Patriotic,Funny,Romantic,Aspiring,Decisive,Empathetic,Honorable,Modest,Sexy

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Trish Wallace

    Age: 20

    Gender: Female

    Role: Tempter

    Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Adventurous,Sexy,Selfless,Romantic,Seductive,Unapologetic,Naive,Insecure,Flexible,Engaging,Empathetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Joel Richman

    Age: 22

    Gender: Male

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Aspiring,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Visionary,Funny,Leader,Educated,Flexible,Confident,Adventurous

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Baines Davis

    Age: 44

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Masculine,Uneducated,Religious,Blunt,Secretive,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

    Development Pitch

    "There is definitely one, if not a couple of movies in this novel. It's not only the story of these interesting characters in the sixties, but is also the story of the country." The late Myron (Mike) Weinblatt, President of NBC Entertainment and Showtime/The Movie Channel

    Brief

    When a Texas cowboy leaves enlisted life for a liberal New England college, he falls in love with a flower child who opens up his mind and challenges his heart.

    What We Liked

    - The well-crafted relationships between the characters and their emotional journey over a span of years makes this an engaging story.
    - The theme is timeless, accessible and will resonate with audiences, making it extremely marketable.
    - The strong character development makes this an ideal candidate for adaptation into a feature.
    - The evolving love story between Jim and Trish (not unlike Forrest Gump and Jenny) could be adapted successfully into a television miniseries.
    - Key points: Character driven; Expansive timeline; Explores universal values; Strong love story; Appealing characters.

    Synopsis

    Jim Davis grew up in Texas as the second son of Baines Davis, an erasable rancher. He has his heartbroken when his school crush moves away. Later, he breaks another’s heart when he ultimately rejects Linda Sue. To make Jim jealous, she ends up marrying his brother, John Henry. After leaving home for college, Baines calls Jim home and suggests that he drop out of school and enlist to fight in Vietnam. Always trying to please his father, Jim agrees.

    Jim enrolls in officer training where he meets Jack “Potts” Potter, who is from a wealthy military family. Jim and Potts quickly become best friends. As Jim moves through the ranks, he becomes close with a general and gets engaged to his daughter, Michelle. Jim soon realizes that he doesn’t want to continue on this path. He plans to leave the military and use money provided by the GI bill to finish college. Michelle is not supportive and they break off their engagement.

    Jim enrolls at a liberal college in Connecticut. He quickly finds a place to live with a group of roommates and he becomes good friends with doctoral student, Joel Zippen. During an encounter group, Jim meets a charming girl named Trish Wallace. The two soon become inseparable. Trish introduces him to marijuana and LSD. He misses a lot of classes because of his substance abuse. Jim falls in love with Trish, but she becomes skittish and gets back together with her old boyfriend Alec. When she nearly dies from bad drugs, Jim rescues her and saves her life.

    When she is well again, Jim wants to take her with him back to Texas. She makes an effort, but ultimately she can’t commit and moves back home with her parents in Boston. Jim goes back to Texas on his own, reconciles with his family and goes back to school to finish his degree. After some time away, Trish realizes that she is in love with Jim and ready to commit to him. She travels to Texas where she meets his family and consents to marry him.

    They plan to start their new life together as the book comes to an end.

    About The Author

    Bob Holt is an acclaimed storyteller, raconteur, sailboat skipper, and guitar picker living with his wife and friends in the Texas Hill Country. Educated at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, the Harvard of the High Plains, he is the product of every small-town west of the Trinity River. After a twenty-five-year business career in New York City, he returned home to discover the fatted calf had prematurely died of arteriosclerosis.