KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAINS
Texas Heroes Series
Genre: Western / Historical / Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: August 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 352
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Duel McClain buries his wife and infant son, climbs in the saddle, and rides off. Locked in grief, he drifts from one Texas town to another as the months pass. He rides into a border town and gets in a card game in the saloon. On the last hand, the opponent across from him runs out of money. The man reaches down for a baby and plunks her in the center of the table. Whoever wins the pot, gets her too. After Duel wins with the Deadman’s Hand, he tries to give the baby back. But when the man tells him he’ll sell her, Duel keeps his prize.
On the way back to his home, he runs across a woman covered in blood. She only says her name is Jessie and the blood isn’t hers. The deep fear in her eyes touches Duel and he has to do something. He strikes a bargain—he’ll take her anywhere she wants to go in return for helping with the child.
Jessie sees honor, respect, and kindness in his eyes. And the moment she holds the baby in her arms, her heart melts. Once they reach Duel’s home, she confesses she killed her husband and tells him the law will come. Desperate to save her, he offers marriage and she accepts.
They settle in and love develops. But each day grows more tense. Lawmen are coming and they can’t stop them. Soon, she’ll face the hangman’s rope.
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Praise for Knight on the Texas Plains:
“Broday (the Men of Legend series) has a knack for capturing the hesitations of both Duel and Jessie and unfurling a twisting plot without resorting to melodrama. Through carefully deployed flashbacks, she slowly exposes the horrors of Jessie’s marriage, culminating in a truly grisly image of depravity without overwhelming the tender love story. Fans of historical romances will be pleased.” ~~ Publisher’s Weekly
“The instant a sweet baby girl, an abused woman, a stray dog, and a reluctant hero meet, readers are drawn into a tender and tough love story that touches many emotions and will have them believing in the healing power of love.” ~~ Romantic Times 4 ½ Stars Top Pick!
“Broday’s latest is a tender romance to touch the heart.”
“This story is simply endearing, packed with powerful message of humanity and the true healing power of family and love!!” ~~ Addicted to Romance
“Throughout the well-paced story, there was suspense, tears, fear, revulsion, and no shortage of laughter and joy. I didn’t want the story to end.” ~~ Teresa on Goodreads
Author Interview – Linda Broday
Message from the author: I’m so excited to have Knight on the Texas Plains in the hands of readers again. It first came out in 2002, long before blogs and much of the Internet even. The book never really got its due. It’s a story very near my heart and I think you’ll like it.
What was your inspiration for writing this book?
A true event in my childhood provided the need to tell this story about a down-and-out cowboy who wins a baby in a poker game. When I was around eight or nine years old, my playmate named Juanita told me that she was won in a poker game by the man and woman she lived with. When I told my mom, she asked the woman and she confirmed it. This bothered me so badly. Even though I was young, I still knew that it was horribly wrong. Juanita would cry and say that one day she was going to find her real parents and ask them why they couldn’t love her. I promised myself that I would somehow give her the happy ending that life denied her even if it was in fiction.
Romance gets a lot of flak from critics who think it’s all fluff. What are your thoughts about that?
You know, people have never taken romance seriously even though it outsells all other genres. I think the problem stems from the very first when romance began to really take off. Publishers thought they had to put steamy covers on their books in order to sell. The general public formed the wrong impression that romance was only about sex and never gave it much of a chance. First perceptions are extremely difficult to change, but I do think we’re making progress. Covers today don’t show the male model dominating over the female and there’s more focus on the meat of the story.
What character qualities do your heroes/heroines must have?
I want my men to be tough yet gentle, to treat everyone fairly, to show kindness and honor. Most importantly, he has to respect women and never be condescending. My ladies need to be smart, show caring and compassion, and be able to take care of themselves. My lady’s not going to stand around waiting for a man to come along and rescue her.
What is one thing that readers can be assured to get in every one of your books?
A happy ending. Sure, I put my characters through very bad situations when it seems as though all is lost, but they do come through, and there’s a happy future ahead by the end of the book. Maybe not perfect but as good as it can be and the hero and heroine are satisfied.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
The realism. I want readers to “feel” like they’re right back in the 1800s, fighting those bad guys—living and loving amid all the problems and heartache. I want them to taste, smell, see, and feel everything my characters do. My stories are gritty and I don’t pull back from tough issues of the time. Life was hard and I try to show that without going to the extreme.
Broday, Historical Western Romance Author I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 8 full length historical western romance novels, with another set to release 2017, and 10 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. At times, I can feel their ghosts lurking around every corner. Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here. I love research and looking for little known tidbits to add realism to my stories. When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I confess to being a rock hound. I’ve been accused (and quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.
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