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Other novels called “Copper Mountain”

Pete’s comment that there are a bunch of steamy romances called COPPER MOUNTAIN made me laugh — and wonder just how many there might be, and what other novels might have that title.

Which, yes, I suppose I should have Googled before picking that title, but it’s all right, especially since my COPPER MOUNTAIN is part of a series.

Anyway, in case you are curious, there are a whole bunch of cowboy romances in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series, starting with this one:

Chelsea Collier wants nothing more than to save the old depot built by her railway baron ancestor and turn it into a museum—until it’s sold out from under her.

Jasper Flint made himself filthy rich in the Texas oil business by the age of 35. Now he wants a quieter life and building a microbrewery in Marietta, Montana is the perfect project.

Oh, one of THOSE male leads — young, handsome (I assume), no doubt witty, and also SUPER RICH. I always feel that is an unnecessary step too far in a romance. I’m generally inclined to say: pick three of the four, and if you’re going to ditch one, make it the Amazingly Rich trope because that is actually annoying as well as unnecessary.

The Copper Mountain Rodeo series actually includes romances by multiple authors, so no doubt the novels vary in many ways, but I expect they’re all along the same lines.

Then there is a series by Jeannie Watt called the 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo series, and ANOTHER series, this one by Sinclair Jayne, called the 79th Copper Mountain rodeo series. Ah, yes, I see that this is probably the same kind of multi-authored themed romance series

All the above probably explains why Pete saw so many Copper Mountain romances on Goodreads.

In addition, there’s this:

This one isn’t a romance, though, or at least not the same kind of romance. The description on Amazon:

Talented in business and the arts, Lera risks her life to escape an abusive husband so she can keep her unborn baby, find meaning in her life and win the man she should have married — a doctor who cannot remember his past. Romantic suspense set in Gunnison, Colorado.

I point to this one only to say that not EVERY other novel called Copper Mountain is a steamy cowboy romance.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cowboy romances, of course! But if I were pointing out one of those, I would be pointing to one that was heavy on the historical setting and light on the steam; eg, Softly Falling by Carla Kelly.

Come to think of it, maybe it’s about time for me to pick up another romance novel by Carla Kelly. Even though I don’t believe she’s written one called COPPER MOUNTAIN.

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9 Comments Other novels called “Copper Mountain”

  1. Pete Mack

    An exception to the old saw about telling a book by its cover. With the “Steamy Romance” genre, you definitely can tell. And this one is a prime example–I mean, you can’t even see the dude’s face!

  2. Rachel

    I’d say there’s a real trend today toward SEXY CHEST covers, except for all I know that’s been typical for fifty years, which would make it a genre-specific cover design, but not a trend.

    To be fair, I’ve read romances with covers just like that where the story itself was not really that steamy by current standards. I certainly prefer the protagonists of the novel to be clothed on the cover, though. Unless it’s, I don’t know, a lifeguard romance or something, and even then I’d prefer the models on the cover to have heads rather than be presented as disembodied body parts.

    These romance covers still beat the YA drowned girl covers, though.

  3. Evelyn M. Hill

    I’ve got three books out now (well, I will as of November) and all three have titles that have been used before or something similar. Sometimes that has caused problems.

    When my first book was translated into German I was so puffed up with pride. Hey, I was an international author! Whee!

    Then the book came out. The cover was my first clue that something was wrong. I’d written an historical Christian romance, but the German cover featured a couple wearing modern clothing. The woman’s hand was resting on the man’s backside.

    Turns out the publisher had mistakenly translated a book with a similar title instead. (Forgotten Fiancee instead of His Forgotten Fiancee. Understandable, but alas there went my claim to be an international author.)

    I trust there will be no romantic cowboys in your Copper Mountain? :)

  4. Maria

    There is also the Mistress of the Copper Mountain from Russian folklore. Appears in various tales collected (and reworked) by Pavel Bazhov. Are you familiar with them?

    Really impacted me as a child because my parents got me a collection of tales by Bazhov marketed as a children’s book, but actually only some of the stories were meant for children, the others were kind of dark, mysterious and sad.

    So the Mistress is a beautiful green-eyed maiden who wears a malachite dress but can appear as a lizard as well, has a kingdom under the mountain with trees made of jewels, lizard servants…

    Punishes bad men, rewards good men (but actually doesn’t bring much happiness to them).

  5. Rachel

    Maria, no, I’ve never heard of those stories — or of that particular bit of Russian folklore. They sound like something I might like, so perhaps I’ll look around … ah, I see there’s apparently no ebook edition. If you still have that collection in paper, you might not want to get rid of it too casually — the prices for used books are sky-high on Amazon.

    I know what you mean about reading stories meant for adults. When I was quite young, my grade school classroom had a collection of SF stories in the room library, as somebody evidently felt that if the collection was SF, it must be meant for tots. Stories in that collection included Arena by Frederick Brown, A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber, Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury … let me see … maybe that’s where I read The Cold Equations? Also a story by Philip K Dick called The Father Thing. Probably some others. Anyway, these were definitely not stories meant for children. They were a world more sophisticated and also much, much darker than any other stories I’d ever read up till then. Even this much later, I remember the impact of those stories.

  6. Elaine T

    Visits Maria’s site. ohmigoodness, there’s “Silvershod” I’ve only seen that in one other place ever! As a child it was a favorite of mine. Will explore more stories later, definitely.

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