Tuesday, October 4, 2016

E.E. Burke's BEST OF THE WEST: Meet the Men of Legend, a new series from NYT Bestselling Author Linda Broday

Today, I'm delighted to welcome back New York Times Bestselling Author Linda Broday as my Best Of The West guest. 

Linda has been writing romance for a long while, and I love her heartfelt stories. I've been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this new series. After reading just a smidgen from the first book, I'm hooked! Nobody writes about Texas with more heart than Linda, and her heroes are the kind of men you hope your daughters marry. 

Here's Linda to tell you a little about the new series...
Hi, E.E., I’m so excited to be here again! I want to share my new release that starts this latest series called The Men of Legend. From the very first, this series reminded me of the TV show Bonanza. It just has that big “feel” about it. And the Legend family could well be the Cartwrights.

It’s about a tough-as-a-piece-of-shoe-leather patriarch named Stoker Legend and his three sons—Sam, Houston, and Luke. They own a 480,000 acre ranch called The Lone Star in North Texas. Sam is a Texas Ranger and TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER is his story. He and his father butt heads rather frequently over his choice of occupation. But Sam was born with an obsession to see what’s beyond the horizon and he makes no bones about it. Herding cows and eating dirt isn’t for him. Texas needed men to help make this raw land safe. He answered the call. I hope you’ll take this journey with me and meet these larger-than-life Legend men.
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 for 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.
Here's an excerpt...
Sam’s soothing touch on her hair was so gentle. For so long, she’d yearned to have someone care about her. Was this real or did he merely feel sorry for her?
Sierra opened her eyes and glanced up at his shadowed face. “I was eight the year my ornery brothers decided to play their prank. Sneaking behind, they picked me up. Swinging me by my feet, they hurled me into the icy water of Bear Creek Lake. I couldn’t swim. My heavy clothes dragged me down. I struggled to rise to the surface but the cold water numbed my arms and legs.”
She shuddered, remembering the blackness that closed around, holding her in the watery grave. “When I came to, I was on dry land with my father kneeling over me.”
William Hunt had only set aside preoccupation with his work and jumped to the rescue a handful of times. Mostly he’d been too self-absorbed to spare his frightened little girl a thought. The only attention he paid was in making sure he kept her hidden away...from people and life.
Then when he did, he’d only seen her as an object of scorn.
“Thank you for telling me. Everything is clearer now.” Sam’s soft breath ruffled the hair at her temples as he pressed his lips to her forehead. “Fear isn’t something logical you can set your mind against. It eats at you.”
Except she hadn’t told him the rest. She couldn’t. “It’s silly I know. I’m a grown woman and yet I act as though a foolish child.”
He brushed her face with his fingertips. “There’s nothing foolish about you.” His voice became husky. “And you’re far from being a child.”
“I wish I had your strength. You always seem calm and sure, even when facing danger.”
“You would be wrong, pretty lady.” A layer of velvet wrapped the hardness of Sam’s words. “Back at the cabin, facing Ford and his men, my hands trembled so bad I thought I’d drop my gun. And on the day of my hanging, until they slapped my horse’s flank, I had hope of escape. Once I had nothing but air beneath me and was…” His voice cracked.
How could she have made him relive that terrible time, and how could she have forgotten the horror he lived with? She needed to have her head examined. Maybe she’d spent too many years roaming the wil­derness to ever be civilized. She was like some wild animal that had to be taught not to bite.
The angry words her father had flung at her haunted her mind. You should’ve been the one to die.
Tears pricked the back of her eyes. Yes, it should’ve been her.
“Why did you stay so long in the mountains, Sierra?” he asked. “You were miserable.”
“I got stuck with no way out, and no place to go even if I had the freedom.”
“We do tend to get stuck sometimes.” Sam’s arm tightened around her. “Do you mind if I kiss you? I seem to have a great need for the taste of your lips.” His hoarse voice held a strange longing, almost as if he thought he didn’t have a right to ask.
“I’d like that.” Her words came out breathless and quiet. She wasn’t about to admit that her own needs made the yearning for him unbearable.
A smile curved his mouth. He gently cupped her jaw and brought her face toward him. Sierra held her breath as his lips touched hers. The slow kiss was like a caress, reminding her of the way the wind sighed through the tall pines—gentle and scented with nature’s fragrance. Sam’s lips, his tender touch, his gray eyes that saw past her failings, all blended, mixing with the night.
Warmth rushed over her, settling into the cold, frigid parts of her body where terror and despair dwelled. The heated flush swimming through her veins thawed a little of the ice gripping her. A quick­ening lurched in her stomach as the kiss sent jolts through her. Her heart fluttered wildly.
This kiss was different from those they’d briefly shared. This one shook her to her toes and seared into her memory. Excited tingles swept along each nerve ending as his scent mingled with wild sage, saddle leather…and the desperate hope in her heart.
She’d dreamed of finding such a man, but had long given up. Sam’s tender touch made her feel beautiful and desired. With him, she wasn’t the sad little girl with an absent father and a mother so locked in grief she would rather die than live.
With him, she was welcomed, embraced as some­one of value. And with him, she’d never be forgotten.
Sierra laid her hand on his chest, feeling the beat of his heart beneath her small palm. Sam Legend was scarred. So was she. But he was everything she wanted.


She’s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. Her books are often thought-provoking and full of rich historical detail. When she’s not writing, she reads for fun, delves into research, haunts museums and libraries, and indulges in rock collecting. She lives in the Texas Panhandle on land the Comanche, Apache, and Comancheros once roamed. Stories are so thick she can reach out and pluck them from the air.

Visit me at: www.LindaBroday.com
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Why are all your books set in Texas?
Early on, a bestselling author told me to write what I know. That’s why my pirate book is still under my bed. It stunk because I knew zero things about pirates. But I do know Texas and cowboys. I know the plants, trees, landscape and even more importantly how we think. Texans are unique. Most scoff and say we’re nothing but braggers who talk big and carry a pistol on our hip. I beg to differ. Texans are proud of our history. We know where we came from and we don’t mind sharing it. We’re all descendants of Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, William Travis, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett—all those early men who fought for the right to live free and independent. Their dream is in our blood. Texans feel they carry the torch for the rest of the world and maybe do in a lot of ways. I love our people’s determination to survive and make things better for everyone. Those are the characters in my books. They have this pride and determination embedded deep in their souls. My characters are these early settlers who paved the way for us. They don’t give up. They work until they achieve their goal. I love this state and I’m so proud to live here. Few other places display their state flag in their homes and yards? Texas isn’t just where I live—it’s inside me.

What do you think constitutes a strong Hero/Heroine?

I definitely think respect is a requirement. They must believe that they have what it takes inside to achieve their dream. They’ll probably get knocked down, maybe more than once, but they pick themselves up and try again. A true hero/heroine will never give up, not even in the face of death. They’ll fight with everything they have, even ride through hell and come out the other side. These people have unwavering values and certain rules they set deep down for themselves. They draw lines that they’ll never cross. They carry love for their country, their family, and for animals. They’re extremely loyal and hard working. These are the people I love reading about.

What is the best thing about starting a new series?

I love that it’s a clean slate. I get to create a new world and the people to occupy it. But what really intrigues me is uncovering their secrets. I often think I missed my calling. I should’ve been a detective. I love uncovering the things that make these people tick—learning their hopes and fears, secret dreams that fill their heads. I snoop until I find every last one. Almost always they have a few skeletons in the closet—lost loves, crime, passion, regret, or maybe secret babies. These emotions can be very powerful in fiction, as well as life. Secrets abound in TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER not only in the sons but the father as well. There’s turmoil and chaos, yet underneath you find deep love and commitment. Blood is thicker than water and when trouble comes, these brothers and their father stand united. Always.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to refill the well?

I’m a movie-holic. I love sitting in a dark theater and immersing myself in the magic happening onscreen. I don’t have to answer the phone, make dinner or even think. I turn everything off and watch the story unfolding on the screen. I always get ideas of some kind or another from watching movies. And I can feed my secret fantasies of carrying on a torrid love affair with the handsome guy on the screen. Which I do. A lot.

What is the hardest part of this career for you?

Social media, hands down. It’s not that I don’t like to do it, the problem is finding time. Another thing is finding something of interest to post. I lead the most boring life of anyone alive. I never do anything fun or interesting and I don’t take very many trips. I don’t have any pets, children or a garden. It’s a huge problem for me. I welcome any suggestions.

Who are some of your favorite TV and Movie fictional cowboys?

Good question. I tell you, my list would stretch from here to the sky. I grew up watching TV and movie cowboys and from them I developed a deep love for these men. At the top of my list (for now) would have to be Little Joe Cartwright (Michael Landon) because he’s most like Sam Legend in this series—both in looks and actions. Except Sam is lots taller. They both have the same code they set for themselves early on and they won’t break it. Clint Eastwood would have to be on here as well as Keven Costner. Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and John Wayne. And I can’t leave out Robert Duval. He plays a darn good cowboy.

Which of these Men of Legend brothers do you most relate to?

That would have to be Luke. Why? Because he grew up with very little, just like me. I, too, knew what it was like to go bed hungry and never having enough. I know how he thinks, how he feels and the resentment toward the Legend family is totally understandable. His story (book #3 which I’ve already finished) practically wrote itself. He was an interesting character. And you’ll get to read his story in November 2017.

What do you most like about Sam Legend and what do you least like?

I admire Sam’s commitment to his job. Being a Texas Ranger defines who he is. He has this driving need to make the land safe for settlers. And he wants to see justice done. This isn’t just a job with him—it is him. 

I least like his stubbornness. I swear, he’d argue with a fence post. I just wanted to shake him and get him to see that Sierra was his one true love. They had conflict, but they could work through that and somehow find a compromise. But he wouldn’t bend. Darn his hide!


Linda's question for our readers:
What theme would you like to see more of in historical western romances?

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Linda Broday said...

Hi Elisabeth, I'm so happy to be back here, sharing a new book and a new series. From the beginning I knew it would big and bold and so would the men. Sam is the Sam Elliott of the real West. He never backs down from anything or anyone. And the man on the cover is exactly him. That expression says, "Come on, give me your best shot but be ready to take what I unleash." I just love love it.

Thanks again for having me. It's always a pleasure. I want to invite everyone to a book launch party with Sharon Sala and the other Sourcebooks authors with releases this month. It's from 8 to 10 Eastern. https://www.facebook.com/events/1667112626937603/

Connie White said...

I love cowboys and all of my Western heroes to truly be willing to give their lives for the women they love and their families. Most of them do have this quality, but I love it when it is important to a plot. I also love to see unselfishness of heroes in all areas of their lives and a strong moral code and even a strong faith. A book does not have to be labeled as "Christian" to have heroes and heroines who have true faith whether that faith is there from the beginning or it quietly comes to them because of their experiences. I want realism without the author having to give crude or explicit details. I want the author to show how truly dangereous it was to even ordinary people living in those days where medical and modern technology and convenences had not advanced. I also want as much real history to intertwine with the stories as possible. I greatly admire authors who can do that well. This sounds like a great book and series. I look forward to reading each book. It's too bad we have to wait until Nov. 2017 to read Luke's story since you have written it already. It sounds like it will be wonderful as well.

Linda Broday said...

Oops, I was wrong about the time for the launch party. It starts at 9:00 Eastern.

Connie White said...


Linda Broday said...

Hi Connie, thanks for coming. I'm happy to see you. You have deep convictions as well and I totally relate. I think we all have rules we set down for ourselves, lines we won't cross, deep convictions that no one can change. So my characters do too. I think you'll love this series. Book #2 Heart of a Texas Cowboy releases in May, then Luke's in November. Right now I'm calling his book The Texas Outlaw's Bride. Maybe I'll get to keep it. Have a great day and come to the FB launch party tonight that begins at 9:00 Eastern. Lots of free stuff. https://www.facebook.com/events/1667112626937603/

Linda Broday said...

Yes, Connie. Today.

Linda Broday said...

Sorry for repeating all the FB book launch party info. I didn't see your previous comment.

Connie White said...

I'm so sorry I have appointments today. I will try to drop in. The link you gave didn't work for me, but I will go to your FB to find the details. Your books are some of my favorite.

Connie White said...

I'm so sorry I have appointments today. I will try to drop in. The link you gave didn't work for me, but I will go to your FB to find the details. Your books are some of my favorite.

Connie White said...

That's ok. I don't know if I can wait to see who wins your books. I love the except so much that I want to buy it now!

Charlene Raddon said...

Hey, Linda. Looks like a fab book. Can't wait to read it. I'm on deadline and working like a fiend. Good luck.

Connie White said...

That's ok. I don't know if I can wait to see who wins your books. I love the except so much that I want to buy it now!

Linda Broday said...

Connie, I'm also giving about books over on my website blog. More changes to win one. http://lindabroday.com/blog/

Linda Broday said...

Hi Charlene, thanks for coming. It'll be there when you get time. Good luck on making your deadline. I know how that feels. Love you, lady.

teresa fordice said...

I love your cowboy books and can't wait to get my hands on this new series!! Have been a faithful reader for many years!! Woo Hoo! And released on my birthday to boot!!

Judy Tucker said...

How about the hero straightens out a young wannabe bad boy. He then turns around and finds the right gal.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Linda! Well, you made me laugh with that comment about your pirate book still being under your bed. I have one like that, too. ARRRGH! LOL

Love your stories, as I've said before about a million times, and I can't wait to get started on this new series of yours. Sam sounds like my kind of guy! But then, all your heroes are "my kind of guy"!

I'm like you--social media is the hardest thing for me--I enjoy most of it but there are parts of it that, being "technically challenged", I don't enjoy. And don't understand well.

Best of luck with this new series. I look forward to every story!

Linda Broday said...

Hi Teresa Fordice, thank you so much for coming. I'm very touched that you like what I write. My cowboys are very special to me and I'm glad they are to you too. These Legend brothers will steal their way into your heart. Each one is wounded and looking for redemption. Very special ladies will help them find it. Love abounds in the midst of danger!

Linda Broday said...

Thank you for coming, Teresa. I'm touched by your comment. Yes, on your special day. Happy Birthday to you! Hugs!

Diane Blaser said...

I enjoy reading about a widowed young mother with children who is struggling to make ends meet and needs a hero. Thanks Linda and Elisabeth!

glenda said...

Sometimes when you are most broken, when you need saving most Heavens salvation falls in your lap such is Sam Legend when Sierra falls into his lap even when that salvation needs saving herself. Sierra is on the run from horrible Outlaws when she literally falls in Texas Ranger Sam Legends lap and he will stop at nothing to save her for in doing so he will saves himself with the help of a brother he doesn't know exist. The adventure sets off to the safety of his family ranch. This books starts off with a bang and ends with a bang. More twist and turns than a run away roller coaster Linda Broday keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last sentence. I cannot wait to read the other Legend Brothers books

Colleen C. said...

Enjoyed reading the Q&A! Congrats on this latest release! I love all different themes in books... just enjoy seeing what tale comes to life and following along the characters' journey.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Judy, thank you for coming. I love bad boys! Luke, a brother in this story, is one. I ached for him. And I'm contracted to write a whole series about outlaws, the first of which will release in 2018. You have a great day and keep looking for bad boys.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Cheryl, thanks for coming. Glad I could make you laugh. Yeah, maybe we all wrote a pirate story. They were sure the rage back in the 70s and 80s. Western romances were practically non-existant. Gypsy stories were really big too and I read a ton of those. Never wrote one though.

I'm glad my new book draws you. We have the same tastes and I think we even write a little alike. :-) Your stories have always been keepers. I think you have an even more authentic western voice than I do.

Have a good day, my friend!

Linda Broday said...

Hi Diane.....thank you so much for coming! I'm happy to see you. I really love books about a young widow with children too. I wrote a short story about this very theme called The Telegraph Tree. It won an award and an online western magazine called Saddlebag Dispatches picked it up back in spring. I intend to put some of my short stories into a collection and self-publish--when I have time--if I have time. Ha!

Linda Broday said...

Hi Glenda....Thanks for coming! So glad to see you. Thank you so much for that beautiful review. Sometimes we all get a little broken and have to have help recovering. Sam's help came through Sierra. She was exactly what he needed.

Love you, lady!

Linda Broday said...

Hi Colleen....Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like my Q&A. I tend to let down my hair a little when I do those. I guess that's the purpose. Sounds like you're pretty easy to please when it comes to books. Just give you a handsome hero and a pretty lady to love him and you're all set. I hope you enjoy my new one.

Have a wonderful day!

Alisa Boisclair said...

Thanks for posting the excerpt. Loved it. And the Q&A. With a swoon worthy name like Sam Legend, I can definitely envision Sam Elliott.

Winning a copy would be so awesome.

bn100 said...


Jan Schliesman said...

Great having you on the blog, Linda. Loved the excerpt!

Mary Preston said...

A genre I always enjoy. Marriage of convenience would translate well.

Beverly Wells said...

Linda, I so look forward to reading Sam's story--the other upcoming 2 also of course. Couldn't help but be pulled right into the story with that intriguing excerpt. Wishing you all the best with this series. As far as what kinds of upcoming topics? I love the reverse sometimes--rough, tough guy down and out on luck and everything else and it takes a mighty strong, determined and daring woman to turn him and his life around. Oh yeah.

Rita said...

I like enemies to lovers.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Alisa, I'm glad you came. I'm also glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Yes, Sam Legend is every bit the man Sam Elliott is. They share the same gritty toughness and never back down from trouble. Good luck winning a copy of it!

Linda Broday said...

Hi BN100, thanks for coming. It sounds like you're not very particular when it comes to western romances. Good luck in the drawing.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Jan, thank you for stopping by. I'm glad the excerpt caught your fancy. Sam knew he had to kiss Sierra or he'd die and she was everything he thought she'd be.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Mary, It just so happens that Book #2 of this series - Heart of a Texas Cowboy - that comes out in May is a marriage of convenience one. You're going to really love it. Houston Legend finds himself caught and offering his name to a woman in need. Frankly, I think it might be better than this one. My editor seems to think so.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Beverly, thanks for coming. Glad you liked the excerpt. I love the kind of story about the down and out guy. Yes, it takes a very strong woman to understand and love him.

Linda Broday said...

Hi Rita.....Thank you for stopping by. Great to see you. Those enemies to lovers provides great conflict. I love stories that have lots of conflict. Good luck in the drawing.