Tuesday, August 8, 2017

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Meet a Knight on the Texas Plains

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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back a dear friend and amazingly talented writer, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author LINDA BRODAY.

Linda's chart-topping novel, A Knight On The Texas Plains was recently re-released with a gorgeous new cover. If you haven't read it yet, DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

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…

Here's an excerpt:

Jessie couldn’t bear Duel’s stricken look, to know that she’d caused it.
“Open your eyes, darlin’.” His gentle tone could have tamed the wildest, meanest maverick.
She wiped her tears and braced herself. Yet strangely, the amber lights held nothing frightening. What shone forth was something poets had expressed for centuries in sonnets of love and adoration.
“I feel unworthy of you.” This time a tremble appeared in his deep voice.
“You still want me? After everything I’ve told you?” She prayed for a miracle.
“Jess, you’re not an animal to be turned out or sold.” Duel kissed her tenderly.
“You’re not disappointed? I know how much you want a son.”
“Darlin’, I promised to stand by you in sickness and in health, for better or worse, until death do us part. I didn’t vow to do all that just until I changed my mind. Besides, what you told me only makes me love you more.”
Unless her hearing had suddenly gone bad, he’d just declared his love for her. “You love me?”
“Is that so hard to believe? Of course, I love you.”
“But Annie?”
“That part of my life is over. I loved her once. That was then, this is now. You’re my wife, and I’m damn proud for you to wear my name.” He peered at her sternly, his gruff addition erasing all doubt. “One more thing. I wed you because I wanted you, lady, not because I felt pity or that you needed a protector.”
“Thank you.” The words came out no louder than a whisper. Her gratitude ran deep, making the simple state­ment seem inadequate for the deep emotion she felt.
A little later, languid peace wound its way through Jessie. Their lovemaking session had left her totally exhausted, but in a good way.
Snoring softly beside her, his arms holding her safe, Duel exhibited the same contentment. The harsh lines of his fea­tures seemed softer, meshing with his sensitive inner spirit. He’d shown uncommon compassion for her this night. Despite the driving urges she knew he battled, he’d respected her fears and let her go at her own pace.
Overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness, she caressed his cheek. How she loved this man, her knight of the Texas Plains. His tender lovemaking made her feel like more than a fairy-tale princess in a storybook.
The toasty flush inside made her feel the most beautiful woman in the world.

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Meet Linda


I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of full length historical western romance novels and short stories. Watching TV westerns during my youth fed my love of cowboys and the old West and they still do. 
I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed and I can feel their ghosts lurking around each corner. Texas is rich in history and I often get lost when I go exploring it, looking for little known tidbits to add realism to my stories. I might as well confess that quite often I make a nuisance of myself at museums and libraries.

Here's where you can find Linda:

Facebook Author Page:  http://www.facebook.com/lindabrodayauthor 

Q & A

E.E. Who would you cast to play your characters in a movie version of your book?

Linda: Scott Eastwood for Duel McClain. He’d be perfect with his steely gaze and handsome profile. Scott just has “the look” of a man who’d have plenty of grit yet be tender beneath that rough exterior. Jessie Foltry would have to be played by Natalie Portman. She has this amazing strength wrapped in beauty.

E.E.: What book do you wish you “could’ve” written?

Linda: The Outsider by Penelope Williamson. This book is amazing in how it portrays a realistic view of frontier times and the various types of people who lived back then. What I really admire most is how Williamson handled the character Johnny Cain and the contrast of his violent past with the gentle Amish culture. And her writing is just beautiful. That story is a classic and will stand the test of time.

E.E.: If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Linda: Cloning. Oh man, if I could clone myself that would be amazing! I would have one of me do nothing but social media, one to run my errands, one to cook and clean, and leave me to do nothing but write. That would be absolute heaven. Come on, folks, make this a reality now!

E.E.: What is your most interesting quirk?

Linda: I can’t start a book until I turn to the back and read the last page. I have this compulsion to know how it ends and if the characters get their HEA. I’m really impatient that way. Give me satisfied characters at the end and I’m all set to dive into the story. Or maybe I’m just weird. I also can’t stand to have a plastic shower curtain touch my bare legs.

E.E.: What three things would you take to a desert island?

Linda: Coffee is a must! I wouldn’t last two days without a cup of the stuff.
A good book. Again, two days with a book to read and I’m stir crazy.
Pen and Paper. I’d have to have something to jot my story on and banana leaves really wouldn’t do too well.

E.E.: What is the last great book you read and why was it unforgettable?

Linda: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is such a gripping historical romance about the power of love. It’s about a woman who was sold to a pedophile at the age of eight and introduced to a dark world from which there was no escape. And then Michael Hosea entered her life and wouldn’t leave. I loved how Rivers showed that no matter how bad your circumstances or what you’ve had to do to stay alive, God loves you. With His help, you can rise above anything. This book was very powerful.

E.E.: What do you have coming next?

Linda: I have lots in the pipeline. For starters:
October – Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms anthology with Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Margaret Brownley, Ana Schmidt, and Amy Sandas.
November – To Love a Texas Outlaw – Book #3 Men of Legend
February 2018 – The Cowboy Who Came Calling (a re-issue of a 2003 book) and #2 of Texas Heroes series.
May 2018 – Book #3 – conclusion of Texas Heroes – Title undetermined

I don't know about you all, but I can't wait for the next Linda Broday novel! Linda is one of those gifted writers whose books transport you back to the west of old, and whose heroes find a permanent place in your heart.

Today, Linda is giving away three copies of her latest release, a $10 Amazon gift card and a pair of boot earrings! Thank you, Linda, for your generosity.

Enter the raffle below, and don't forget to leave a comment:

What kind of man would you conjure as your own personal knight? 

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36 comments:

  1. Elisabeth, thank you so much for having me back. I always enjoy coming and hanging out. GLIAS has such a warm, welcoming spirit that embraces me. Knight on the Texas Plains is a good fit here. What can be better than a broken cowboy, a babe no one wants, and a hunted woman. They really do come together well to make a family.

    Much love and hugs!

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    1. I'm so thrilled to introduce this book to new readers. If they haven't read it, they are in for a real treat. Readers, get ready to have your heartstrings pulled!

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  2. This is such an awesome book by Linda Broday I am currently reading and it is sooooo good

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    1. Hi Glenda, thanks for coming. I'm glad you're liking Knight. Duel McClain was an uncommon hero. That book still occupies a big place in my heart.

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  3. Hi, Elisabeth! Thank you for featuring my awesome sister on your blog today. I will share everywhere!! Great interview, Linda.

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Jan. That thing about quirks. You know wrinkles is my biggest one. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Linda is pretty awesome, and so are you, Jan! Thanks for helping us spread the word!

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    1. Hi Pam....Thanks for dropping by. You need this book. I hope you registered for the drawing. If so, good luck!

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  5. I'm reading this book for the 2nd time. Truly a book that everyone should read and also a perfect book to give away to friends to read. Linda in exceptional at covering topics that truly touch her readers profoundly.

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    1. Hi Miss Tonya....Thank you for the glowing words. They touched my heart as does your friendship.

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  6. That's a tough question but one of your cowboys sounds like a good start ;)

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    1. Hi MsAwesome.....Thank you for the compliment. A knight should be compassionate and kind above all else. I don't think I've written a story with a cowboy who wasn't. Good luck in the drawing!

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  7. E.E. my friend. How are ya? I LOVE Linda. And I LOVE Linda's books. As I stated in a comment in FB: her books show "How The West Was RUN". I agree with ya, Linda, about the shower curtain. lol! I need those boot earrings to go with my new boots! :-)

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    1. OH...my own personal Knight would be intelligent, witty, and have a lot of patience. My Knight is my husband. He helps me with everything as I'm disabled and have a lot of health probs. You know what I mean, Linda.

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    2. Hi Meljprincess.....You make me laugh. Yes, indeed, you need these boot earrings to match those Texas cowboy boots I'm going to steal. Better hold onto them. Much love and huge hugs! Love you, lady.

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    3. Mel, yes you do have your own personal knight. He's more than shown his tenderness and love.

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  8. Hmmm, kind, protective, fun, loves animals and makes me smile...

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    1. Hi Colleen......Thanks for coming. You know exactly what knights and cowboys should be like. Love you, lady!

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  9. I am currently reading this book, and it is great, what ever happen to good manners, I look at my husband and think why can't you be like duel or his brother, you big jerk, lol can't wait to give you my review

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    1. Hi Unknown, I'm so glad you came and I'm very happy that you're enjoying the book. Maybe you should let your husband read it. Ha! He'll come around.

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  10. My personal Knight would have to be kind, loving, and supportative of my love of everything I aspire to do. He would be strong, sexy, and have a stubborn streak that would melt away just for me. He would have to be just like my husband because I already have the perfect Knight. Loved this question. Love both of you ladies.

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    1. Miss Tonya....You have your knight. Rob is definitely your perfect one. I've never seen a man who loves his wife more than Rob. I see it in his eyes when he looks at you. Makes my heart melt.

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    2. Thanks, Stephanie! I'm glad you liked it.

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  11. Linda- you just made me cry, yes he's pretty special.

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    1. That's for sure, Tonya. He puts your welfare above his every single day.

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  12. A man who is kind, caring, loyal with a great sense of humor.

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    1. Hi Rita Wray.....I agree. That kind of man is a true hero, a knight on the Texas Plains. Good luck in the drawing!

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    1. Hi Stephanie.....Yes, ma'am. A good hero should have a great sense of humor. Duel really does in this book.

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  14. I would love a man that would be accepting to the Rsd that i have and that soon i won;t be around and he would be fine with that. He would be caring and help me walk and to fill my meds,also take me out for rides to a lot of places i have not been as he would have a car that ran with no excuses and he would call in my med and fill them. He would also help me on a bad pain day and realize it is a day that i can barely move and he would take over like it was nothing. On top of all of this still love me for me and not get mad at me that I can;t do a lot of things. pegy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com Also that he can be funny during the down days. When I can';t see the light and he can and is funny and helping .

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    1. That is a true knight, Peggy. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

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    2. Hi PTClayton.....I do pray that you have such a hero in your life. Much love and gentle hugs, lady.

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  15. I don't need to conjure my own personal knight. I married him 32 years ago. I was 19 and he was 23. I have been truly blessed!

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