Half A Cowboy – A Glimpse Behind the Story

Half a cowboy features a character who uses a cane largely for balance.  Its because of an injury he sustained years earlier.  He came to me because of two friends of mine who use canes to get around.  They are dear friends and amazing people.  And when they shared some of their stories with me about how difficult it can be to navigate the world with a cane, it made me angry.  Very angry.  A lot of the things we take for granted become harder if you need a cane.  For example you only have one hand free.  Or when they fly on a plane, the cane has to be stowed in the overhead.  That’s wonderful until you need to get up and have to call someone to get the cane so you can use the rest room.  Need i go on.    It boggles me how something as simple as requiring a cane and turned something we all take for granted into a nightmare.

It was thinking of them and some of the things they told me, that was the genesis of this story.  So this is for them.  If they read this, they will know who they are.  I love you guys and miss you so much.



Ever since his discharge from the military, injured veteran Ashton Covert has been running his family ranch—and running himself into the ground to prove he still can.

Ben Malton knows about running too. When he takes refuge in Ashton’s barn after an accident in a Wyoming blizzard, he’s thinking only of survival and escaping his abusive criminal ex, Dallas.

Ashton has never met a responsibility he wouldn’t try to shoulder. When he finds Ben half-frozen, he takes it upon himself to help. But deadly trouble follows Ben wherever he goes. He needs to continue on, except it may already be too late.

Working together brings Ben and Ashton close, kindling fires not even the Wyoming winter can douse. Something about Ben makes Ashton feel whole again. But before they can ride into the sunset together, they need to put an end to Dallas’s threats. Ben can make a stand, with Ashton’s help—only it turns out the real danger could be much closer to home.



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2 Responses to “Half A Cowboy – A Glimpse Behind the Story”

  1. Joyce Baker

    Hi Andrew,

    I am now using a cane and What your friends tell you is the beginning. Next comes the time two canes can be needed. I realized recently that over the past year as I unpacked from a move, I accomplished everything with one hand. One was needed for the cane. Taking one year to unpack and arrange the belongings gives the difference in time needed using a cane, and not.

    Then there are the people I see when out at the grocery and they walk leaning from side to side, limping as they walk. I wish that they knew how much better they would look using a came to enable them to walk upright and without the extreme limp.

    One more thing. Having a cane at hand is one of the most convenient things one can have. I use the cane to pull groceries off the shelves and into my shopping cart, I use it to reach back and pull my door closed as I am leaving the house and it can be used to push boxes, etc. Just saying.

    • Andrew Grey

      Thank you for the comment. I really appreciate it. Its really true and you’re right. Some things just take longer. My friend just says you get used to using one hand. Though sometimes its just a pain. Dominic’s father wielded his like an extension of his arm and sometimes like a weapon.


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