Davalynn Spencer can’t stop #lovingthecowboy. As the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, she writes romance for those who enjoy a Western tale with a rugged hero, both historical and contemporary. She holds the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction, teaches writing workshops, and plays the keyboard on her church worship team. When she’s not writing, teaching, or playing, she’s wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with Davalynn at https://davalynnspencer.com.
Award-winning author Davalynn Spencer has followed her love of writing from the national rodeo circuit and city crime beat to the college classroom and inspirational publication.
“I’ve always tried to put things into words—settings, emotions, circumstances,” Spencer says. “Telling the story is important to me—whether it’s fiction or nonfiction—and finding the right words to do so is an ongoing challenge as well as a rewarding experience. As Mark Twain said, ‘The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.’ Sometimes you want the blinding crash. Sometimes you want the bug.”
Spencer wrote a popular slice-of-life column for the Cañon City Daily Record newspaper in Colorado and for the Porterville Recorder in Porterville, California. She has 16 fiction titles to her credit, including her novel, Romancing the Widow, Book 3 of the Cañon City Chronicles which won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Inspirational Western Fiction. Her novella, “The Wrangler’s Woman” in Barbour’s The Cowboy’s Bride collection, landed a spot as both an ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller.
“I enjoy writing inspirational fiction because it deals with truth. Offering truth in a palatable manner encourages people to apply that truth in their own struggles. It creates a story they will remember, one that offers hope and redemption.
“I particularly like writing Western romance—cowboy love stories—not only because of my background but because people enjoy reading about the great American hero. A happy ending is guaranteed in the romance genre, and who doesn’t need a happy ending once in a while?”
Spencer’s nonfiction has appeared in Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and various periodicals such as Power for Living, The Quiet Hour, Standard, The Upper Room, American Cowboy, Prorodeo Sports News and Western Horseman.
She teaches writing workshops and speaks for women’s retreats and other special events. And she’s fairly certain her previous career as a rodeo journalist and crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at https://davalynnspencer.com.
Press Release for A Change of Scenery:
Colorado author releases fourth book in Cañon City series
Best-selling inspirational Western-romance author Davalynn Spencer announces the February 4, 2021 release of “A Change of Scenery,” Book 4 in the ever-popular Cañon City Chronicles series.
Set in Cañon City during its early silent-picture era in 1911, “A Change of Scenery” continues the saga of the Hutton family with Cale and Hugh Hutton who were introduced as children in Book 3, “Romancing the Widow.”
“I couldn’t let the Hutton family go,” Spencer said. “I couldn’t let the early years of Cañon City go, for it is truly a town from the Old West that happened to survive. The fact that it was Hollywood before Hollywood during the era of silent pictures makes it even more historically intriguing.”
Early movies, or “flickers,” serve as the backdrop to the Hutton brothers and make for some breathtaking scenes, staged and otherwise, when Ella Canaday shows up. She thinks life has cheated her out of everything she held dear, yet a certain Colorado cowboy convinces her otherwise. The woman who comes west with a movie crew for a change of scenery finds a change of heart as well.
“How many people have come to Cañon City for a visit and returned to live here?” Spencer said. “I know of several. The area is a well-kept secret – mild winters in comparison to the rest of the state. A small-town feel. Main Street lined with small businesses and individualized services owned by community-loving citizens.
“And some of the buildings lining that street have been here for a hundred and fifty years. That is one of the fun aspects of writing historical fiction set in Cañon City and the surrounding area. The St. Cloud Hotel features significantly in “A Change of Scenery.” However, in 1911 it was known as the Hotel Denton.”
Spencer is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and is a former Prorodeo Sports News journalist and Daily Record reporter and columnist. She speaks at writing workshops, seminars, and for local organizations, and is the author of 18 published titles. Her work has earned its way to the ECPA Fiction and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists and won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction.
Spencer’s books are available at various online and local retailers, through her website at www.davalynnspencer.com, or via the public libraries.
See my nonfiction credentials on the “About” page.
2021 Will Rogers Medallion for Western Romance, An Impossible Price
2021 American Fiction Awards, Western, An Impossible Price
2019 American Fiction Awards, Western winner for An Unexpected Redemption
2018 Readers Choice Award, Romance Writers of American | Faith, Hope & Love, Short Historical
2018 CSPA Award-winner for Romance
Three-time 2016 ECPA Bestseller
April 2016 Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller
2016 TARA – Winner of Inspirational Romance, unpublished
2015 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Best Inspirational Western Fiction
2015 Romance Writers of America Pages From the Heart – 2nd Place Contemporary Romance
2014 Holt Medallion Finalist
2014 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award – 2nd place
2014 Selah Award Finalist
“Passion to Persevere” – read here.
“The Author Behind the Story” – read here.
“Is it Faith or Is It Trust?” – read here.
“The Journey” – read the interview here.
Sometimes Life’s a Rodeo
Out of the House at Christmas
Always Before Me
Writing the Novella