Spotlight & Giveaway: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday

Posted May 14th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 64 comments

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

Hi Linda  and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Heart of a Texas Cowboy!


What is your favorite scene from The Heart of a Texas Cowboy and Why?

I’m so excited to have The Heart of a Texas Cowboy finally out. This marriage of convenience story is full of danger, suspense and love between two strangers who are thrown together in order to save a woman’s reputation.
All Lara Boone asks for is a name for her child—nothing more.
Cattleman Houston Legend was betrayed once before by a woman who spoke of love only to discover everything was a lie. He’ll never let anyone else into his heart. Yet, when he sees Lara and holds the babe in his arms, he knows he’ll move heaven and earth to protect them.
A short time after their marriage, he sees that the only way to save his ranch is to drive two thousand of his cattle up the trail to Dodge City. When his cook quits two days before they leave, Lara steps in as a replacement. But within a few days out, he notices riders following them. Are they after the herd? Or do they have something more sinister in mind?
What he discovers leads to an all-out fight to save the woman he’s come to love.
My favorite scene is when Houston thinks the only way to protect Lara is to send her and the babe back to Texas with a family they cross paths with. Lara is boiling mad. Her place is with her husband, no matter what storms come. She finally realizes how much she loves him.
They’d talked about sending her little brother, Henry, back. But when Houston goes behind her back and makes arrangements for her too, she explodes.

Houston turned to Lara and spoke low. “I’m going to speak to the Ledbetters.”

“Okay. I’ll get ready to roll out.”

Still plagued by a nagging worry that this was the wisest course, Houston strode to the family’s tidy camp. Doubt crawled up his spine. If Yuma figured out that Henry and Lara were no longer with the trail drive, he’d go after the Ledbetters. And Houston wouldn’t be there to protect them. His father once told him that when faced with two bad solutions, take the one that left room for doubt. Houston knew for damn sure the danger that lay in front of them. The choice with the Ledbetter family had room for hope. With luck, they could slip past Yuma.

A few minutes later, Hiram agreed and said they’d make room not only for Henry, but Lara and the babe too. All that was left was telling his wife and Houston didn’t relish that chore.

Within minutes, he relayed the news as gently as he could. Big tears filled Henry’s eyes and his lip quivered. Houston felt like he’d kicked a homeless puppy. But what he had to tell Lara could possibly destroy everything they’d managed to build in their short marriage.

“NO! I won’t go. I’m staying.” The boy swiped angrily at the tears rolling down his face.

Lara put her arm around him. “I’m sorry, honey, but it’s too dangerous. I want you safe.”

“Go gather your things, Henry,” Houston said gently. When the boy moved toward the chuck wagon, Houston steeled himself and pulled his wife away from listening ears.

“Lara, the Ledbetters are taking you and Gracie as well. You’re all going back to Texas.”

Her green eyes blazed with fury. “That’s a dirty, lowdown trick. We never spoke about this. You went behind my back. All your big talk of trust and being partners was a bunch of hot air. And what about your promise to never force me to do anything? What about that?”

She lobbed the angry words like missiles. He winced, knowing she spoke the truth. He’d messed up, but dammit, he had to protect her.

“I only did it like this because I knew you wouldn’t want to go.” Houston reached out only to have her jerk away.

“You guessed right.” Anger darkened her eyes. “And you know what else? I’m not going.”

“Lara, listen to reason. It makes me crazy with worry to have you here. I need to focus on protecting the men and taking these cows to Dodge, and getting you and Angel away from danger. Don’t you see this is best? You’re a distraction I can’t afford.”

“A distraction?” Her voice rose. “Is that all I am to you?”

“You know it isn’t. That was a poor word choice. Try to be reasonable.” He reached for her again only to have to move back.

“Here’s some reason for you, cowboy.” She took a few steps then stalked back and jabbed his chest with a finger. “You need me. Who’ll feed the men, dig bullets out…dig graves.” Her voice quivered as a tear slid down her cheek. “Keep you warm at night? Who? I’m your wife and my place is at your side in peaceful times and in danger. I belong with you. We’re partners and….” she took a deep shuddering breath, “and damn you! I love you, Houston Legend.”

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.

The Cowboy
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met-a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband-or any man-after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs.

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




64 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday”

    • lindabroday

      Thanks for dropping by, Linda Romer! My heart just melts when two strangers call in love and make a life together. It takes more than a leap of faith that it’ll turn out. So much uncertainty. I hope you enjoy this.

  1. Rita Wray

    Love to see how the story plays out and they fall in love. Some of my favorite books have been marriage of convenience stories.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Rita Wray…….Marriage of convenience stories are my favorites too. My very first published book – Knight on the Texas Plains – was one and it’s remained very popular. Thanks for coming.

  2. Mary Preston

    Marriage of convenience stories are a great favorite. Love the fact that they are thrown together, have to work through issues to the final HEA.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Mary Preston……Couples either have to sink or swim when they marry without a foundation at all. It takes a lot of courage to marry someone you don’t know. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Monique D

    I like that they really get to know each other, it’s often less superficial. And this book looks terrific!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Monique D…….I think so too. Marrying without all the baggage of what they know about each other seems to give them a leg up. I’m glad my excerpt intrigues you. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the story. Thanks for coming.

  4. KermitsGirl

    I like the situations they’re forced into that create an intimacy that neither necessarily wants. It can create really sweet and really humorous reads.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kermitsgirl……I like those situations too. Houston and Lara fall in love very slowly but it’s a lasting kind of love. It first starts with trust and grows from there. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi DebbH236…..Thanks for coming by. I love having you. Yes, that dance is like doing the two-step. Houston and Lara are afraid of doing something wrong so they’re dancing around then colliding from time to time as they try to build a life. Have a great day.

  5. Diane Sallans

    it’s fun to read how the couple learns about each other and start to like & then love

    • lindabroday

      Hi Diane Sallans………….I’m really glad you dropped by. Marriage of convenience stories are lots of fun to write. Houston and Lara carefully reach out then draw back, afraid of hurting the other. They fall in love very slowly but it’s the kind of love that won’t fade.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Banana Cake……The slow journey to love allows couples to find common ground and see each other without feeling pressure to say and do things they don’t feel. Houston and Lara’s love is one that takes your breath away. Thanks for coming!

    • lindabroday

      Thanks for coming, Chey! You and I are on the same page. I love the slow journey to love and have them really get to know each other. Houston and Lara were thrust together without ever meeting and they slowly find such happiness in each other arms.

  6. Tonya Lucas

    I love how they begin to find one another and the slow building attraction they find, many I feel lose out on that when they fall in love 1st and then get to know one another.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Tonya…..Thank you so much for coming! I’m happy, happy to see you. I agree that some stories have the hero/heroine falling in love too fast. I prefer the slow build to a sizzling kind of love that takes your breath away. Hugs, sister friend!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Andrea……Respect and trust are two crucial things in a marriage of convenience. Couples have to build a firm foundation before they can put the rest of the house up. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Reading With Beth…..Each situation is different in marriage of convenience stories and I think that’s the big draw. They’re not cookie-cutter stories. Thanks for coming!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Glenda……Sometimes a “unwanted” marriage makes for the deepest relationship. Couples have to find their way and build on their foundation slowly. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. Angel

    Love seeing the two perfect strangers find love and overcome their shaky beginning. and find their happily ever after

    • lindabroday

      Hi Angel…….Thank you for coming. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog and learning about Houston and Lara. Their happily ever after was a slow journey but they finally make it happen because neither would give up.

    • lindabroday

      Hi LindaMoffitt……I’m so glad you dropped by and that you liked my blog. I hope my marriage of convenience story has piqued your interest. Have a wonderful day!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kathleen O…….Yes, if a baby or babies are involved I’m all in. I love how Houston fell in love with little Gracie in this book. That sweet baby totally wrapped him around her finger. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kim Hansen……That slow journey to love always makes for a good story. I’m a sucker for two people falling in love. Thanks for coming.

  8. Joanne B

    I like the idea of two strangers getting to know each other and falling in love, no matter all the problems that occur.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Joanne B……..Thanks for coming and reading my excerpt. Houston and Lara never gave up on each other and I loved that. They just kept working away until they got it right.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Amy Rickman…….I love that too. The meeting, seeing each other face to face, learning to trust. That’s the stuff of romance. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Teresa Williams

    That two people fall in love like that.This is my kind of book and I love the cover

    • lindabroday

      Hi Teresa Williams……..Love is always possible if you open your heart. Houston had his closed tight, not wanting to be hurt again. I’m so glad this book appeals to you and thank you for the compliment about the cover. I love it too. I’d sure like to steal him off of there! Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Jennifer M

    Not sure honestly. I suppose it’s just the fun of watching two strangers marry and then seeing how they progress to falling in love.

  11. BookLady

    The journey from marriage of convenience to falling in love with a happy ever after ending makes a very interesting story.

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