Spotlight & Giveaway: Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Posted August 15th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 69 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Linda Broday to HJ!

Hi Linda and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Knight on the Texas Plains!


What is your favorite scene from Knight on the Texas Plains and why?

There so many favorite scenes from this book that it’s almost impossible to pick one. My choice occurs months following Duel McClain’s and Jessie Foltry’s marriage. He marries her in order to hide her from the lawmen scouring the country, searching for her. There’s a large reward out for her capture for killing her husband.
But although they’ve been married all these weeks, Duel sleeps in the barn and Jessie in the house. She’s been through years of abuse and wears a brand on her shoulder, put there by the husband she killed. Duel gives her as much time as she needs in order to heal but their attraction makes it increasingly difficult. In this scene, Jessie thinks she’s finally ready to share a bed with him.
I like this one because it shows her immense strength and desire to overcome her past. Although she’s frightened to death to take this step, she yearns to be a real wife to Duel. She sees the honorable man he is and knows he’ll never hurt her, but it’s herself she’s unsure of.
The dark memories of her former life that fill her head often rise up and send her into a panic. Despite that, she’s willing to take a chance.

Here’s the scene:
Duel lifted his hat from the nail and twisted it around and around. “Suppose I’d better head for the barn.”

For the space of several heartbeats he stared at her. It was as if he wanted to say something, but the words wouldn’t come. Jessie wished for courage to speak her thoughts—to tell him how she felt—that she’d changed her mind about their sleeping arrangement.

“Duel, I didn’t thank you properly for the bonnet.” She strode across the room. “I’ve never seen a lovelier hat.”

Those weren’t the words she wanted to say. That his kiss stole her breath and melted her inside—that his courting art touched her in places no one ever had—that she loved being his wife. Those were things she couldn’t tell him.

“I’m proud you like it, Jess.”

He held her spellbound in his gaze. Time stood still while the smell of all that was Duel circled her head. An honest smell of a good man who was willing to work his fingers to the bone for a woman in trouble.

Before she could back out, she stood on tiptoe to kiss his deeply lined cheek.

“I’m a very lucky woman.” Her voice came out husky and soft.

“Shoot, we can do better than that.” He swept her up and lowered his head.

A current surged through her when his full, sensual lips met hers. And when her mouth parted softly in surprise, his tongue dipped inside.

“Oh, my,” she managed after he let her go. At that moment, she was more than pinkish-purple. Red-hot and sizzling fit her better. When she came to her senses, she realized she’d shamefully flung her arms around his neck. Hastily, she dropped them.

“I’m not apologizing for that, Jess.” An obstinate glint lodged in his stare.

“Not asking you to.” She felt equally determined.

“You’re a beautiful woman and…” He left the rest unsaid as he reached for the knob.

“Please.” She touched his arm. “Don’t go to the barn.”

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
This is Book #1 of my Texas Heroes series. Book #2 will release in Feb. 2018 with Book #3 in May. I hope you enjoy KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAINS.

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Book Info:

He’ll do whatever it takes
To keep them safe

Duel McClain has lost everything he’s ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he’ll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies…

Just as Duel swears his life can’t get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed…

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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 Visit her at
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69 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday”

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kermitsgirl…..Risk is pretty scary. It is for Jessie. She risked before and ended up a captive. That’s why I love this scene. She is willing to trust Duel with her very life. Thank you for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Barbara Bates……I’m glad this story has captured your interest. Duel’s life changes when he wins this baby. He is forced to live again. And Jessie is the woman ho can heal his heart. Thanks for stopping by.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Tonya ……..Jessie doesn’t know Duel is the right guy yet. She thinks he is but she thought Jeremiah Foltry was the right guy too but he terrorized her. Yet, she’s willing to take a risk with Duel. She had great faith and a lot of strength. Thank you for coming. Love you!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Mary Preston…..Exactly. Jessie isn’t entirely sure she can trust Duel. She took a risk with Jeremiah Foltry and he turned mean. Jessie thinks Duel is different but she has nothing but faith to go on. That’s why this scene s powerful. At least to me. Thanks for coming.

  1. Veda Funk

    I am still waiting for that right man, but the people that have found that person are willing to do whatever it takes to keep that person in their life. I believe it is a two way street, you both have to do anything to make that special person know they are special and worth fight for.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Veda……Great to see you over here! Thanks for coming. You are a wise, wise woman. It does take both and you have to fight for what you want. Someday Mr. Right will knock on your door. Love ad hugs.

  2. carol L

    It would depend on what I had to risk. So I don’t know. I loved the storyline and can’t wait to read it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • lindabroday

      Hi Carol L…..Sometimes, like Jessie, you risk pain and hurt. She’s been through so much already. Can she really trust again. That’s why I love this scene. She’s decided that Duel is worth the risk. The decision isn’t made lightly. If you get a chance to read this, I hope you like it.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Isisithe12th……Thank you for coming. I think, as in Jessie’s case, a person’s background plays a huge part in taking the risk. She’d already been bitterly betrayed once and deeply hurt. Deciding to risk it all again was difficult for her. In this case, she makes the right decision.

  3. Linda Farabaugh

    If you really want , and love the man your with; then yes, I would put aside my fears. To be with him. I have done it. I’ve moved to be with someone. I would do it again. If it feels right.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Linda Farabaugh…….Thank you for joining in the discussion. In the end, we all have to trust our gut and if it feels right, then go for it. Jessie did trust what her gut told her about Duel and she discovered a great love.

    • lindabroday

      Hi DHolcomb…Wow, great story. You did take a chance and it paid off big time. Good for you in finding your happily ever after! Risk=Reward. Hugs!

    • lindabroday

      Hi BN100…….Thank you for joining in the discussion. You’re right. Every situation is different and it would depend on how easily you can trust that you’re making the right decision.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Betul E……..Thank for coming. I’m glad to know you would be able to set aside your fears and reach for what you wanted so desperately. For Jessie, it wasn’t that easy. She’d been hurt so badly before and almost died at her previous husband’s hands. So trust was hard for her. But she did and she found a great love.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Lyn212…….Very good! You’re definitely a risk-taker. For Jessie, she truly wanted to but it took some time to let go of the pain she’d suffered in the past to trust again.

  4. laurieg72

    We’ve been married for 40 years. He’s still my best friend and true companion. I would risk all of our money, a move, what ever it takes to ensure his health and well being.

    Yes, I would try to be strong and set aside any fear.

    • lindabroday

      Hi LaurieG……I’m glad you came. And glad you found your happily ever after. Jessie finds hers too, but it wasn’t easy to take the risk after being hurt so badly before. Her wounds were deep. Stay strong!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Katae Sparks…….You know, you never really know until you’re faced with at situation. Then you have to just trust your feelings and what your gut is telling you. That’s what Jessie does. She’s really scared though because she’s been hurt so badly. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kathleen O…….I’m glad you weighed in on the discussion. At this point in the story, Jessie doesn’t know if she’s making the right decision but she’s willing to take a chance and that’s pretty powerful. Being almost killed by her previous husband, she’s very leery, even though she believes Duel is the kind, caring man he seems. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kim Hansen!! Great to see you, girl. You appear to be like Jessie–wanting to take that risk but afraid. In the end, she had to trust her gut. And she found a great love with Duel. His tender love and kindness helped heal her wounds.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Jodi…..Thanks for joining in the discussion. I like to think I’d be brave enough to not let the past define my future, but if I suffered abuse like Jessie, I don’t know. It would be hard. Duel had winning ways though. Who could resist such a man?

    • lindabroday

      Hi Marsha……Thanks for coming. You appear really sure and I like that. Still, sometimes there are circumstances that would much such a decision difficult.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Rita……..Great to see you. Jessie wants to be as sure as you are but she finds it difficult to really, fully trust any man after what she’s suffered. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Colleen…….There are a lot of old friends on here. Great to see you. The situation would really determine what you would risk. Then you’d have to trust in gut instinct and pray you made the right choice. That was Jessie in this scene. She didn’t really know if taking Duel to her bed was right but she wanted to believe he’d never hurt her. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Andrea……..Sometimes we all would. But often women like Jessie who’ve been so abused are fearful of taking a risk. She does though and finds a love for all time in Duel.

  5. Nancy Luebke

    Already did. At the age of 19, having never flown before, I stepped on that first plane and traveled half way around the world to Bangkok, Thailand to join my new husband in the Army. It took me 6 months by the time it was approved and got shots and passport, but I made it.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Nancy……Oh my goodness! You certainly was willing risk everything and it paid off for you. That’s wonderful! You were so young but you followed your heart. Thanks for coming.

  6. Kay Garrett

    After 34 for years of marriage to the man of my dreams, the one that still makes my heart go pitter patter, I would definitely do anything for him without question if at all possible or within my means. Even then I’d spend every penny I have to get it done if not able to do so myself. There is no sacrifice too big to make on my part, no fear to great to face or deed to hard to go if it meant saving him from one ounce of pain or trouble and I’d do it all without regret or looking back. After all that is what love and marriage is all about. <3

  7. Patricia Barraclough

    I have done it more than once. When I heard President Kennedy’s speech about the Peace Corps, I decided I was going to join. I was still in high school so had to finish that and 4 years of college first. I left 3 weeks after graduation. I had never really been away from home except for a few trips with college groups (I lived at home during college) and 2+ months of student teaching. I had 2 months of Peace Corps training then went to the other side of the world for 3 years. They did send me home for 30 days when I extended for the third year. Back then there were no cell phones or computers to keep in touch with home. Just letter writing and a 3 week or so delay in getting a letter after it was mailed. I loved every minute of it.
    When I returned, I married a high school friend who was in the Air Force. I was hoping for at least one overseas assignment, but we only got Stateside bases. We took advantage of every place we were stationed and enjoyed it.

    No need to enter my name in the giveaway. I have already read Knight On The Texas Plains and loved it.

  8. Laurajj

    Oh…I think it would really depend on the situation. I would not give up some things that are important to me….if its true love…I would not have to.

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