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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.”
“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.
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
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Broday/e/B001JRXWB2
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?