Knight on the Texas Plains Coming!

I think every book has to be inspired by something or there’d be no reason to write it. That’s certainly true of this book and the inspiration may shock you. This is a story about a cowboy who’s lost everything and aimlessly drifts from town to town. Then he rides into Cat Springs, ties his horse to the hitching rail, and goes inside. He sits down a card table and half-heartedly plays poker. When the player across the table runs out of money, he reaches for a child on the floor and plunks her down on the money in the center of the table. Whoever wins the pot, gets the baby.

When I was a kid, we lived in a very poor part of town. A Hispanic couple lived next to us with one girl, Juanita, and I became friends with her. One day she told me that she didn’t belong to them, that the man had won her in a poker game. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t imagine such a thing. But I told my mom and after she confronted the wife, we found out it was true.

I can’t remember what my mom did–if I even knew. I don’t know if she called the cops or not, but I do know things continued as they were. We called the man Old Frank and he was falling down drunk every day of his life. He’d holler and throw rocks at us and once he chased Mom around the yard with a long knife, trying to kill her. I don’t know what if anything was done about that either but no policemen ever came to take him away.

Juanita used to cry and tell me that one day she was going to find her real parents and ask them why they didn’t love her. I knew I had to give her the happy ending that life denied her even if it was fictional.

So this is my attempt. Marley Rose is Juanita.

Duel McClain is barely able to take care of himself. He doesn’t need a baby to care for. When he tries to give Marley Rose back to her rotten father, the man says that he’ll sell her before dark. Unwilling to have that on his conscience, Duel tucks the babe next to him and and starts toward his farm. Along the way, a woman covered in blood rides up to his campfire.

And so the story starts. Duel and Jessie love this baby and she means everything to them. The book releases in two weeks on August 1st and is available for pr-eorder now online.

Publisher’s Weekly has this to say ~~  “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.”

Romantic Times gave it 4 1/2 Stars and Top Pick! ~~ “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. Beauty and warmth spring from the pages as the quiet strength and grace of the characters capture readers’ heart and bring that deep sigh they crave.”

What has inspired you in life? 

I’m giving away three copies of the book. Comment to enter the drawing.


Knight on the Texas Plains Coming! — 36 Comments

    • Hi Linda Walker! Thanks for coming over. I’ve entered you in the drawing.

  1. When I was little, we lived across the street from two Native Americans, an older brother and sister, to whom we paid our rent. For a little girl, it was kind of scary to go to their house and hand them the rent envelope because inside was always dark, the curtains were drawn and the “stuffy” smell of the interior seemed to come out the door each week I took the envelope to them. Connie would always answer the door, small iron rollers in her fine, mousy brown hair and some of her front teeth were missing. I hardly ever saw “Gruby” as he was an alchoholic and he walked, mostly at night, the railroad tracks that ran in front of both our houses. As I grew, I paid more attention to the whisperings of the neighborhood about “those Indians” and how “shameful” it was to have them “here.” I believe they were the impetus, and my inspiration, to research the plight of a people so inhumanely ostracized for centuries and write the stories I know to be truthful. Today I do all I can to help the native peoples in a variety of ways. Reading about your story of Duel and Jessie reminded me of my Connie and Gruby.

    • Hi Alice…..Oh my goodness! I feel so sorry for them. To be outcasts like that with no friends would kill a person’s soul. Yes, we treated them so badly. I’m glad you’re trying to set the record straight in your own way. I think every effort helps a cause.

      Love you, lady! I’ve entered you in the drawing.

  2. Oh Linda, soooo many things have inspired me in life. But what I remember from my childhood and has followed me throughout my life is when I was about 8 or 9 I had a best friend. He was an Indian boy named Chad. To this day I believe he and I were somehow meant to be in each others lives, but we got separated as children. I don’t know how to find him. I don’t remember his last name. I only have 1 picture of him and me as children. But I think about him all the time. Not in a romantic way, just in a friendly way. He used to inspire me to be better as a young kid. I was pretty hard to handle. He would always talk me out of a tantrum or keep me calm. I just remember him as being such a good person and he is one of the reasons I have such a fascination with Indian novels.

    • Ooooh, and I forgot to mention that I’m SOOOOOOOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK!!! Love you dearly, you beautiful lady! <3

      • I know you’ll like this one. It’s a timeless story and I’m very happy to have it in print again.

        Love you dearly, too.

    • Hi Dale……Oh how sad. I wonder if he remembers and thinks of you. I hope so. He sounds like a good kid. Thank you for treating him well. Even to this day there is still a stigma attached to Native Americans. We’re a very intolerant society.

      Good luck in the drawing, my dear! Love you!

  3. Good morning Linda from Wyoming!!!! What has inspired me? I would have to say my faith in God and The will to make my life peaceful & happy. I’m a recovering alcoholic, I have been sober for 17 years in September. When I decided to get sober God was my savior and I feel I have stayed sober for him more than anyone. I made a pact with him if he would help me through this time I would remain sober. He’s never let me down. Praise him.
    Linda I am so glad this book is being Re-issued and all your fans are getting to read it. Love you my sweet sister friend and constant warrior in keeping me grounded.

      • Thank you Stephanie. We both are very strong ladies. It must be the SHS fight sing!! Lol

    • Hi Miss Tonya! Wyoming traveler! God is indeed yours and my inspiration. I know I couldn’t write these story without Him. He makes it and everything else possible. I’m glad this book is coming out in print again too. It’s been a long, long time.

      Have a great time. I love you dearly!

    • Hi Cheryl Lucas…….It’s so good to see you! Thank you for coming. I’ve put your name in the drawing and I’m wishing you a whole lot of good luck!

  4. Linda you have inspired me and I am not just saying that to try and win a book from you although yes I would dearly love an autographed copy of this book to add to my other books of yours on my bookshelf but Seriously you amaze me how you handle your MS. I hope and pray I one day can have The positivity dealing with fibromyalgia you have with your illness. I love you dearly and treasure your friendship sweet lady

    • Hi Glenda……Thank you for coming. I believe this is the first time anyone has ever said I inspire them. That’s very touching and I’m so happy that I do. I learned a long time ago that complaining only wastes time and you still have the same problem when you get through. I can’t say that I never complain but I try very hard to stay positive and keep going. I treasure your love and friendship as well. It was such a treat meeting you, your girls and your cousin in Atlanta in May. I’ll always remember that.

      May the Gods be with you in this drawing. Much love and hugs!

  5. I have to say it is my daddy. He felt called to preach when he was about age 30, married with three kids. He moved his family from Northern Montana to Idaho to go to school. He worked a fulltime job, while going to school pretty much fulltime. He also worked as night watchman and in the summer would let us kids come with him on his rounds. He always said, nothing is worth doing if you don’t do it right the first time, and do it well. He also helped my mother with canning, cooking, whatever had to be done. He worked fulltime until he was 79 years old. He said he was a Jack of all trades, a master of none. But he was a master at showing everyone around him his faith in God. His also said if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I never heard him say anything bad about anyone, including bosses that treated him horrible. I muss him so very much. But know that someday u will see him in heaven.

    • Hi Veda…….How sweet that your daddy inspired you. It sounds like he was a very special man and full of so much wisdom. I know you must miss him very much.

      Love you, lady!

  6. My mother inspired me, I grew up in an abusive home. She also drank… I guess her way of coping. But we moved to Kentucky after her and my dad divorced. Then she quit drinking. Went to every A.A. meeting. She was sober 18 years. When she passed of Renal Kidney Failure… I can’t wait to read this book.

    • Hi Tonya Cherry…….I love that mother inspired you. She sounds like a lovely woman who had all she could handle in life. I’m glad she found the strength to quit drinking. I applaud anyone who can do that.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing! Good luck! Love you much!

  7. There have been many things in life that has inspired me. You and Tonya Lucas inspired me with that very first book sent to me to show me that I could concentrate and read again after decades of not reading much. You continue to inspire me by being a MS WARRIOR that pushed through the issues with MS and still gone after your dream of writing. You both inspire me to keep on reading. May God bless you both as you have blessed me with books and friendship.

    • Hi Stephanie……….Your post brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy that I can inspire you to keep pushing for what you want. Nothing in life will be handed us. We have to reach out for it and be determined to get it. I’m glad I sent that first book to you and that you found your love for stories greater than your MS pain. Books hold magical powers. 🙂

      Good luck in the drawing, my dear. Love you.

    • Stephanie- you are an amazing Ms warrior, you & Linda both. You both show me how strong and resilant a person can be & to not let a disease, or anything else stand in the way of finding happiness and living a wonderful life. Love you both.

    • Hi Kate Joy…….I’m so glad you stopped by and I’m glad you’re drawn to Knight on the Texas Plains. Good luck in winning an early copy! 🙂 Hugs!

  8. I took care of my younger brother for 14 years after he was paralyzed from the chest down. The Doctors told us, when he came out of surgery, that he wouldn’t live 2 years. He worked so hard to stay alive. There was nothing more inspiring than watching him live as “normally” as he could.

    • Hi Marla…….I’m so glad you came. Your brother sounds amazing! It’s that strong will to live that keeps us fighting. It’s just not in our natures to give up.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  9. Linda, my Mother inspired me to always do my best, never give up & walk in someone’s shoes before you criticize.
    Also my husband, he helps me stay healthy & believe in myself. I would love to win a copy of your new book,
    Knight on the Texas Plains. You always spike your readers interest with your subjects & how they handle the stories you write for them. I will put this book on my TBR list… have got my attention just from the info you have given in this email on this book.

    • Hi Lois……Mothers are like that. Or they used to be. They taught their kids how to have compassion and kindness. I do think you’ll like this story. It’s simple but the message is so clear. I’m glad it caught your attention.

      Good luck in the drawing.

  10. My mother was my hero. I grew up in an abusive home. Both parents were alcoholics. But after they divorced my mom, got sober. She had 18yrs sober when she passed of Renal Kidney Failure.