Iâ€™ve just interviewed Neil Olafson, Marcus and Owen Shaw, all jean-wearing hero-protagonists. Matched with psychic triplets, Claire, Tempest and Leona, respectively, in AT THE EDGE, A STRANGERâ€™S TOUCH and FOR HER EYES ONLY, these men do wear their jeans right; they are also connected within the trilogy. The trilogyâ€™s story arc concluded with FOR HER EYES ONLY and is a perfect time for a masculine-style roundup:
Setting: Owen Shawâ€™s Lexington Kentucky horse ranch. At sunset, weâ€™re sitting on the spacious remodeled front porch of his home, overlooking fields of Kentucky bluegrass. There are six pairs of menâ€™s work boots with a whole lot of blue-jean covered legs attached to them resting on the railing in front of the men. At a strategic point (where I can enjoy the visual buffet), I begin the interview:
Cait: Thank you in advance for agreeing to this interview. If at any point youâ€™re uncomfortable, please let me know.
Neil: Glad to help.
Owen: (Nods in agreement)
Marcus (smiling) : Just keep it clean.
Cait: Agreed. Letâ€™s start with this: I was really disappointed in the latest Indiana Jones movie, rather Harrison Fordâ€™s trousers, his khakies, whatever. In previous movies, the leg cut seemed wider, more masculine. Everyone has aged a bit, but the closer trim of his pants leg didnâ€™t appeal to me. I canâ€™t remember the waistband on the others, but I donâ€™t think the pleated-waistband look suited him as well either. Any comments?
Neil (a Montana workman, who builds â€œteardropâ€ custommade campers) : He should have worn jeans. Theyâ€™re durable. You can wipe your knife blade on them and not worry about damaging them. A man always wipes his knife on his pants. I wear carpenter jeans sometimes. Looser fitâ€¦place to hang the hammer on the leg. But then, I wear bib overalls, too, and coveralls.
Cait: Good thought, and btw, I know that knife is used for absolutely everything. Letâ€™s expand the difference between bib overalls and coveralls, something you zip upâ€”you evidently do not need to wear jeans or other pants beneath the bib overalls, but coverallsâ€¦do you wear other pants beneath them?
Owen (smiling indulgently. Heâ€™s in investments and flips real estate): Cait, thatâ€™s like asking a man if he shaves before showering or after. Coveralls are just goodâ€¦cover, protecting your other clothing. Theyâ€™re a little warmer in hard winter or in bad wind chill conditions. You wear khakies in cold weather and youâ€™ll freeze yourâ€”sorryâ€”off.
Cait (laughing): Oh, I can follow that thought. But I like where this dialogue is going. Now â€˜wornâ€™ jeans, stonewashed, bleached, blue jeans, denims, wider leg, denim washed, what kind of jeans, belt or no belt, cuff or no cuff, pressed to a knife point or not? Letâ€™s freewheel this. Inquiring minds want to know.
Owen (nods): Okay, since you askedâ€¦. Iâ€™m opposed to that lightweight denim stuff thatâ€™s okay for women. Decorative patches are okay for women, too. In fact, I like them, if theyâ€™re in the right place, emphasizes the sway of their hips. If you have a good pair of Leviâ€™sÂ® or heavy duty denim, you can wear it until the knees give out. Then you can cut them off for swimming.
Neil: As a single guy on the prowl, I ironed my jeans for a night out. The rest of the time, I just shook them out good, smoothed them, and folded. A man should always have a good stack of folded, clean jeans. Women seemed to go for the sun-scent, not the fabric dryer stuff. Iâ€™m not much into menâ€™s scents, but I always hang my jeans on the lineâ€”well, sometimes they freeze stiff in Montanaâ€™s winter.
Owen: Agreed. Some guys donâ€™t know where to quit on scents. I ironed my jeans and shirts, too. Times were tough early on, and I learned a lot of iron-on patches and got pretty good with the whole patching thingâ€¦have a pretty nifty, well-stocked sewing basket, too. I had to do a lot of my sisterâ€™s stuff.
Marcus (Lake Michigan owner of Greystone Investments): Me, too. Sometimes I miss ironing. Itâ€™s good therapy. Iâ€™ve got a super iron nowâ€¦it practically fliesâ€¦not much on steamers. I like doing laundry, too. Tempest has the cutestâ€”never mind.
Neil and Owen grin at Marcus, who says: Okay, shut up. I slipped for a minute. You asked about waistband pleatsâ€”
Neil (laughing): Sure, change the subject.
Marcus: Lay offâ€¦.Waistband pleats are okay. I wear them sometimes, but they arenâ€™t for everyone.
Owen: Moving from the farm into business investment types, I had to study what works for me. I needed a business look. You have to be in shape, lean maybe, to wear pleats. An overweight guy wearing pleats, below a bulging gut, takes a lot away from his presentation. Sometimes the crotch almost reaches his knees. Not a good look.
Marcus: Thatâ€™s why I invested in an employee gym. I run a company where quality is sometimes presented by the sale employeeâ€™s look. If worn wrong, on the wrong body-type,pleats do nothing. Wrinkles in the crotch areaâ€”
Neil: Wrong all the way around. Some men think it emphasizes their packageâ€”excuse me, Cait.
Cait (rapidly taking notes): Iâ€™m fine. FWIW: women notice a lot about a manâ€™s â€˜packageâ€™ and his belt, wondering how it unhooks.
Marcus (smiles dreamily): Yeah, they do.
Cait: Onwardâ€¦.Belt or not?
Marcus: A belt makes a statement. No sans-belt slacks for me.
Owen: No righteous western man would go sans-belt.
Neil: Uh-huh. Belts and belt buckles do make a statement.
Cait: Personally, Iâ€™m fascinated with suspenders attached to beltless jeans. Verry sexy. Weâ€™ve got a lot of material here. Anything to add about jeans snaps, zippers or buttons?
Marcus (grins): With zippers, you have to pay attention.
Neil (shrugs): Iâ€™m a snap-man, myself. I like to leave my jeans waistband open after a shower. Less constriction, dries my skin faster.
Owen: When I had my first dress slacks fitted, I almost clobbered the right-or-left person doing the crotch fitting. You donâ€™t have to worry about that with jeans. What was that about suspenders and jeans?
Cait: Just a personal preference. Those thick red ones areâ€”mmâ€¦. So overall, belted jeans, pressed knife-sharp for a night out, in dark heavy denim, dried by sunlight, rank the highest?
All men nod and Cait says, Okay, thank you. Next time, weâ€™ll deal with hair styles. Or maybe undershorts?
The men stand, their expressions closed, and fold their arms over their chests. Taking the hint, Cait says, â€œOh. Okay. I really should go. Thank you.â€
Cait Londonâ€™s psychic triplet trilogy concludes with FOR HER EYES ONLY. Previous books: AT THE EDGE and A STRANGERâ€™S TOUCH. The author of almost 70 romance novels in different subgenre, she enjoys writing, painting, and photography. For more, visit CaitLondon.com or her blog at http://caitlondon.blogspot.com/
Okay, I think this is what’s happening with the “little pictures” next to the comments.
If you go to the blog and click the comment link at the bottom of the post, you get a new screen and also get the pictures by everone’s comment –if they have one. I don’t, so no picture for me.
However, if you checked the little box that sends you follow up emails notifying you of new comments AND you used the link provided in your email you are send to a different page. The post and all the comments are listed on one page –no little pictures by each comment.
That’s what I think is happening. If anyone knows for sure, let me know.
I’m off to take my son to the doctors. I’ll check in later.
See? Told you she was good 🙂
FWIW: I am registered.
FWIW2: I loved the heroes in my psychic triplet trilogy. Claire/Tempest/Leona were lucky to get these very individual guys who suited the sisters’ personalities.
Pictures by the post in the comment section?
I “think” those are the pictures you upload when you register for your google/blogger identity.
Let me check and see.
Um. How do we get our pictures beside our posts?
BTW, Marianne Donley took over this blog and she has been absolutely great.
Then, other than my own forementioned blogs, this may be my last guest blog for awhile as I have to settle down to writing. I’ve truly enjoyed all the promo/ad work on my psychic triplet trilogy.
If you haven’t visited my website, http://caitlondon.com, it is stocked with writer how-tos, but I wanted this OCC post to be on the fun side.
Nothing more entrancing than a hero’s jeans, ya know.
Hey! I love bootcuts myself, but some guys look really good in those long, lean jeans.
BTW, I've just posted that I'm blogging at my facebook.com page, which has more fall photos. That's at
Hey Cait! Love the blog and the guys discussions. Think my hubby would agree and I do love the way that man fills out a pair of jeans.
And Magdalena, he definitely has to have to boot cut jeans. Doesn’t matter if it is Sunday and cowboy boots or regular work boots, gotta have the boot cut.
Hm. I guess boot cut over straight leg is a foregone conclusion?
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