Hi Linda and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, To Love a Texas Ranger!
What’s The Best Piece of Advice You’ve Ever Received and How It’s Impacted Your Writing?
I’m so excited to be here today to talk about my new release—To Love a Texas Ranger. This is book #1 of a brand new series called Men of Legend. For those who haven’t seen any promotion, I’m introducing the fictional Legend family who own a huge ranch in North Texas.
Tough-as-shoe-leather patriarch, Stoker Legend, obtained a small piece of land as payment for fighting for Texas independence. He’s added to the initial acreage until the ranch now covers six counties. He rides herd on his three sons—Sam, Houston and Luke.
This first book features Sam. He’s the youngest of the bunch and he loves being a Texas Ranger, which is a bone of contention between him and his father. Stoker wants him to help work the ranch, but Sam was born with an obsession to see what’s beyond the horizon. Cows don’t interest him. Running out outlaws and riff-raff from the state is his love. He has his hands pretty full though with the ruthless outlaw, Felix Bardo.
People ask me all the time what was the best piece of writing advice I ever received. Actually, it was two. Early on in my career, an award-winning author told me not to chase the market because it changes faster than I can write. But the second piece of advice really hit home—to write what I know.
I know Texas and I know about hard-working cowboys.
So, I put my pirate book under the bed and soon sent Knight On the Texas Plains to an editor. She snapped it up. This book is about a drifter who sits in on a poker game and walks out of the saloon with a baby that one of the men wagered. (By the way, Sourcebooks Casablanca is going to reissue this book next year and I’m thrilled.)
That book started me on a wonderful path. I’ve become a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author and have won a lot of writing awards. My stories have a genuine ring to them because I fill them with truth. I can insert little-known tidbits about Texas and about my cowboys that writers living elsewhere often don’t. Readers can tell.
Where I live here in the Texas Panhandle, it’s very common to see them. And I often go out to the Sanford Ranch that is only about twenty miles from here that my friend owns with her husband. I love spending the day watching the cowboys work and listening to the cattle lo. It’s very relaxing and it brings me back to my writing fresh.
I know about the vegetation in the different areas and the landscape that ranges from swamps in the eastern part of the state to the Gulf of Mexico and sandy beaches down south to the flat land up here in the high elevation. Research is easy.
You might notice that with the exception of my Men of Legend series, the rest of my stories are about men and women who have little other than a dream they hold close in their hearts. That’s because I lived in poverty growing up. I know what it’s like to be cold and hungry. What it’s like to want for something. I know these men and women like the back of my hand. I know how they think and feel, what they pray for at night. And what the loss of a dollar means.
Writing what I know has changed my life in such a profound way. I’m forever grateful to the author who gave me this advice.
I hope you enjoy TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER and my Legend family. Put your feet in the stirrups and ride along with Sam. You’d better hold on tight though because he won’t have time to come back and get you if you fall off. He’s running for his life.
Book #2 of this series—Houston’s story—releases in May 2017 followed by Luke’s in November.
Back Cover Copy: Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?
Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her—his life, his badge, his very soul—knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.
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A Ranger. A Cowboy. An Outlaw.
Men of Legend
The Texas Ranger
Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?
Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her-his life, his badge, his very soul-knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.
Meet the Author:
Linda Broday resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado. At a young age, she discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There’s something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up! A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She blogs regularly at www.PetticoatsandPistols.com.
Linda Broday’s website: http://lindabroday.com/