Guest Post on Knight on the Texas Plains

Texas Heroes Series
  Genre: Western / Historical / Romance
Date of Publication: August 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 352
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Duel McClain buries his wife and infant son, climbs in the saddle, and rides off. Locked in grief, he drifts from one Texas town to another as the months pass. He rides into a border town and gets in a card game in the saloon. On the last hand, the opponent across from him runs out of money. The man reaches down for a baby and plunks her in the center of the table. Whoever wins the pot, gets her too. After Duel wins with the Deadman’s Hand, he tries to give the baby back. But when the man tells him he’ll sell her, Duel keeps his prize.
On the way back to his home, he runs across a woman covered in blood. She only says her name is Jessie and the blood isn’t hers. The deep fear in her eyes touches Duel and he has to do something. He strikes a bargain—he’ll take her anywhere she wants to go in return for helping with the child.

Jessie sees honor, respect, and kindness in his eyes. And the moment she holds the baby in her arms, her heart melts. Once they reach Duel’s home, she confesses she killed her husband and tells him the law will come. Desperate to save her, he offers marriage and she accepts.

They settle in and love develops. But each day grows more tense. Lawmen are coming and they can’t stop them. Soon, she’ll face the hangman’s rope.

Praise for Knight on the Texas Plains:
“Broday (the Men of Legend series) has a knack for capturing the hesitations of both Duel and Jessie and unfurling a twisting plot without resorting to melodrama. Through carefully deployed flashbacks, she slowly exposes the horrors of Jessie’s marriage, culminating in a truly grisly image of depravity without overwhelming the tender love story. Fans of historical romances will be pleased.”  ~~ Publisher’s Weekly
“The instant a sweet baby girl, an abused woman, a stray dog, and a reluctant hero meet, readers are drawn into a tender and tough love story that touches many emotions and will have them believing in the healing power of love.”  ~~ Romantic Times 4 ½ Stars Top Pick!
“Broday’s latest is a tender romance to touch the heart.”  
~~ Bookpage
“This story is simply endearing, packed with powerful message of humanity and the true healing power of family and love!!” ~~ Addicted to Romance  
Throughout the well-paced story, there was suspense, tears, fear, revulsion, and no shortage of laughter and joy. I didn’t want the story to end.” ~~ Teresa on Goodreads

Inspiration for Knight on the Texas Plains Guest Post

by Author Linda Broday

I think every book has to be inspired by something or there’d be no reason to write it. That’s certainly true of this book and the inspiration may shock you. The story opens with a drifter named Duel McClain. He’s been a bounty hunter and owns some land but he’s lost his will to live. He drifts aimlessly from town to town not caring where he goes. He was married once to a beauty, but she died in childbirth along with their infant son. After shoveling the last bit of dirt on their grave, Duel climbs onto his horse without a backward look.

Then he rides into the border town of Cat Springs, ties his horse to the hitching rail, and goes into the saloon. The card table beckons and he sits down, half-heartedly playing poker. When the player across from him runs out of money, he reaches down and pulls a child from the floor. He plunks her down in the center of the table and announces that whoever wins the pot gets her too.

When I was a kid, we lived in a very poor part of town. A Hispanic couple and one girl, Juanita, lived next to us. We became playmates. One day she told me that she didn’t belong to them, that the man had won her in a poker game. I couldn’t believe it. Even though I was probably around nine years old, I couldn’t imagine such a thing. I told my mom and after she confronted the Hispanic woman; we learned it was true. Every bit of it.

I can’t remember what my mom did—if I even knew. I never saw cops next door so I don’t think she called them. Things continued as they were. We called the man Old Frank and he was the scariest person I’d ever seen. He was a falling down drunk every single day. He’d holler and throw rocks at us and once he chased Mom around the yard with a long knife, trying to kill her.

I don’t know what if anything was done about that either, but no cops came. Poor people like us were afraid to say much. Besides, my daddy was a bootlegger.

Juanita used to sob and tell me that one day she was going to find her real parents and ask them why they hadn’t loved her. My heart broke for her and I made a vow that one day I’d give her the happy ending that life denied her even if it was in fiction.

So Knight on the Texas Plains was born. This is my attempt to set things right for Juanita. Marley Rose in this book is her.

Duel McClain is barely able to find the energy to take care of himself. He doesn’t need a baby to care for. But when he tries to give Marley Rose back to her rotten father, the man says that he’ll sell her before dark. Unwilling to have that on his conscience, Duel tucks the babe in his arms and starts toward his land. Along the way, a woman covered in blood rides up to his campfire. He strikes a bargain with her. If she’ll help him get the baby home and teach him to care for her, he’ll take her anywhere she wants to go.

And so the story begins. Duel and Jessie love this baby with every fiber of their being. Marley becomes the glue that holds them together and makes them a family.

I never knew what happened to Juanita. One day she simply disappeared but I think she’d be happy to know she got a good life in fiction.

This is Book #1 of my Texas Heroes series. Book #2 – The Cowboy Who Came Calling comes out in Feb. Book #3 will arrive in May. and it’s Marley Rose’s story when she’s all grown up. She learns the family secret that she was won in a poker game. It devastates her and she feels her whole life has been one big lie. I think it’s the most powerful book I’ve ever written. I hope you try it.

Linda Broday, Historical Western Romance Author – I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 8 full length historical western romance novels, with another set to release 2017, and 10 short stories. Watching TV westerns during my youth fed my love of cowboys and the old West and they still do. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. At times, I can feel their ghosts lurking around every corner.
Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here. I love research and looking for little known tidbits to add realism to my stories. When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I confess to being a rock hound. I’ve been accused (and quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.



  August 15-24, 2017


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