Spotlight & Giveaway: The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday

Posted January 29th, 2019 by in Blog, Spotlight / 68 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, The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

I’m so excited about this new release and launch of a new four-book series called Outlaw Mail Order Brides. I’ve always wanted to write stories about outlaws. I believe there were good ones (those who killed because they had little choice) and bad ones (who killed for sport and because they liked it.) There’s a clear difference.

The American Frontier was comprised with millions upon millions of acres of land with only a few hundred lawmen to keep order which led to men finding what justice they could for themselves. The result was usually who had the fastest gun.

The lines were often blurred between lawmen and outlaws with men switching back and forth to suit the situation. There are plenty of examples in history such as Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Pat Garrett, to name a few who were both. It just depended on the job that needed doing.

That’s where Clay Colby and this town of outlaws find themselves. They’ve killed but always because they had little choice except now they want to marry and settle down, raise a family. To do that, they needed wives so Clay begins writing Tally Shannon, a woman who escaped a lunatic asylum after her stepmother put her in there to get rid of her.

This series is a bleed-over from my Men of Legend with the Legend brothers making guest appearances. Luke gets the most time since he starts a private bride service for men and women living in the shadows. They send him their letters and he hand-delivers them.

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Tattoo removal is possible. It’s thought to have begun in ancient Egypt when slaves either bought their freedom or were given it. Medicine men developed a way to remove their tattoo with chemicals. It’s not without pain though and it did leave a scar. The smaller ones worked best. Tally Shannon has a small diamond-shaped tattoo on her cheek, put there to identify her as a patient in the Creedmore Lunatic Asylum, and the town doctor is successful at removing it. She’ll do anything to reclaim herself. No one owns her.
  • Prior to World War II, there was little oversight of mental asylums and families with money could pay to have them take a member that was unruly, uncooperative, or just plain too much trouble. Here are a few actual reasons for admission from 1864 to 1889: Immoral Life, Laziness, Deranged Masturbation, Novel Reading, Bad Habits and Political Excitement, Greediness, Business Nerves. Anything could be used for an excuse. Tally’s stepmother claimed that she preyed upon children and handed the supervisor a bag of money, telling him to make Tally’s life a living hell. That’s exactly what he did.
  • Children were also put in the asylum and one was a little blind girl named Violet. When she arrives unexpectedly with Tally, Clay is shocked at first then deeply touched and starts teaching her how to get around without help. He and the men rig up walking trails with ropes that take her from one part of town to the other. He had also once seen a blind man walking with a long piece of wood in front of him, tapping for obstructions in his path so Clay makes Violet one and teaches her how to use it. The girl finds a measure of independence which sometimes leads to trouble. He just wants her to have a good life and he loves her as though she was his own child. She becomes the darling of the town with everyone watching out for her safety.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned?

Book #2 of this series comes out in three months (April 30) –SAVING THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE. It’s about Clay’s friend Jack Bowdre and Nora Kane and is quite an exciting adventure. I hope you’re not scared of snakes!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: Print copy of The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday


To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Leave a comment with your thoughts on the book…

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Book Info:

When the West was wild
And man’s law favored the few
These extraordinary women could be found…in the heart of an outlaw.

Former outlaw Clay Colby is abuzz with his mail order bride’s expected arrival. He’s fought long and hard to drag Devil’s Crossing out of lawlessness…so when his homestead is set ablaze by a bitter rival, he’s heartbroken. There’s no woman in the world who’d stand by him now.

But Tally Shannon is no ordinary woman.

After escaping the psychiatric hospital in which she was wrongfully detained, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn’t mind that Clay’s home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it’s only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling…and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they built together—to his very last breath.

Buy Links: Amazon| Barnes & Noble| iBooks| Indiebound| Walmart

Meet the Author:

At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. After years of writing romance, it’s still tall rugged cowboys that spark her imagination. 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. She resides in the Texas Panhandle where she’s inspired every day.

68 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday”

    • lindabroday

      Hi Bonnie…..this story will definitely make you feel something. It has a lot of humor though to offset the darkness. But most of all, it has a deep love story running through it. Thanks for coming.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Bonnie….Thanks for coming. You know, I think this book has a little of everything. It’s not all dark by any means. There’s lots of humor to offset the serious part.

  1. Lynne Brigman

    I love books about cowboys. When it is outlaws it gives a bad boy vibe. Can’t wait to read this series ❤

    • lindabroday

      Hi Lynne……It’s so good of you to come. Outlaws were the original bad boys and they’re so much fun to write. They can explode into action one minute and be tender and sweet to their ladies the next. I just had so much fun with this book and the series.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Mary……I’m so happy you’re here and I’m excited to have this book finally out. It sat in my head for about two years. Clay and Tally have a wonderful story to tell. I just love this cover too. The colors are really vivid and I adore them dancing, which they do in the book with a large fire crackling close by.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Gemiinii90…..Glad you could make it, Betul. Thank you for the wonderful review you put up about this book. I deeply appreciated it and I was very happy that you love Clay and Tally.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Carol……Yes, it was scary back then if your family didn’t like you. They could sure make you disappear. I’m so glad it’s different now and we have laws governing them. I hope you get a chance to read the book. I’ll be giving some more copies on P&P. Good luck!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Connie…I’m so happy to see you. Westerns were a huge part of my life too. I loved watching those cowboys taking on the bad guys and winning. I learned from them the qualities I wanted to find in a man. I hope you enjoy the book. Good luck winning one.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Bewitching Brews……Thank you for the compliment on the cover. I just love it too. The colors are so vivid and the couple dancing catches my eye. I think it’s my best one. Good luck winning a copy.

  2. Kathy R

    What a special day celebrating the release of Linda Broday’s new book! What a gifted author she is for those of us who enjoy reading historical western romance! Am super excited!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Kathy R……Thank you for coming. I’m happy that you’re excited about this book. I do think you’ll love Clay and Tally and this outlaw town in the Texas Panhandle. I appreciate the kind words. I do try my best. Good luck winning a copy.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Rita……I’m so happy to have this book out. It sat in my head for a long time and now it sits in my heart. Clay and Tally have such a wonderful love story. I love the cover too. One of my best.

  3. lindabroday

    It’s so great to be here again on Harlequin Junkie! And on release day no less! It makes me very happy to be able to get the book in readers’ hands. Clay and Tally are such special characters and they’ve burrowed deep in my heart. Both are very wounded and afraid to trust and their marriage is pretty rocky until they open their hearts to love. Sometimes we never get a second chance at life.

  4. Kathy R

    Another opportunity to let my imagination grow with Linda Broday’s in a great historical western romance. Let the journey begin! Can’t wait!

    • lindabroday

      Hi Jana…..I thought the fun facts would be fun. I love sharing my research. I hope you get a chance to read the book. Maybe you’ll win one. Good luck!

  5. laurieg72

    Interesting I didn’t know that people were put in asylums to have them disappear because they were in the way. I like your idea of a town of outlaws looking for brides. I’m all for the marriage of convenience trope.

    • lindabroday

      Hi Laurie G…..Another name I recognize. Glad to see you. It was very scary in the days when asylums had no laws governing them. They could pretty much do as they wished. One woman told me that her great grandmother put her husband in one because it was cheaper than a divorce. I think you’ll love my outlaw town.

  6. EC (@ecdilaw)

    That history is written by the victors. That the underside of history is often ignored, unspoken, and unless there is a catastrophe, left unchanged until time either forgets them or resurfaced in the present.

    Thank you for writing a situation that needs to be explored and give it a He a for the lucky ones.

Please leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.