Texas Redemption and War

I don’t think anyone can dispute the fact the bloody Civil War left a dark, permanent stain on our past. It tore apart families and ripped a great divide in our nation. To be truthful, I’m not sure we’ve fully recovered. In many ways the north and south are still divided and resentment runs deep.

The events following the last gunshot probably bore a lot of blame for the resentment. The Union army immediately swept in, gloating in their victory, and hell bent on making the losing side pay for their uprising.

They placed all the Southern states under military occupation, arresting dissenters and hanging them. They built stockades where hundreds were kept until trial—both former soldiers and businessmen who aided the Confederacy. No one escaped their wrath.

And they hunted down special people who fought with the Rebs—spies, commanders and overseers of the Union captives.

This is the climate of Texas Redemption—when people were living under military occupation. It was a dangerous time and angry people trusted no one. Although the town of Redemption was only 20 miles from one of these actual stockades in Jefferson, Brodie Yates thought he’d be safe in the dark swamps. And he was until Zeke Vallens came looking for Laurel and found Brodie. He wastes little time turning Brodie in.

Another thing to directly come out of the war was outlaws. Men returned home from the fighting to find everything gone—land, farms, families. They were angry and resentful. The only thing they how to do was fight and lot of them had become extremely good at it.

Jesse James and his gang sprang up along with the Daltons, the Youngers, Clay Allision, and many others. They all had fought for the South and they were tired of losing. For once, they’d take back some of what they’d lost.

I’ve just started the first book of a new series that you’re gonna love. I don’t want to give away too much this early. I’ll just give you three hints—a town of outlaws, Tally Shannon and the women of Deliverance Canyon, and an underground mail order bride service.

A little about my next release on May 2nd, THE HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY…Houston Legend has to drive a large herd of longhorns north to Dodge City to save the Lone Star Ranch. He hires a mysterious man by the name of Clay Colby as his head drover and not once did Houston regret his decision. I hope you fall in love with Clay because book 1 of this brand new series will be about him.

I’ll have author copies of The Heart of a Texas Cowboy in April and will give away quite a few to visitors who come to read my blogs.

So why do you think it is that we adore outlaws and fantasize about that life? Do you share my views that some were really good men at heart? Or maybe it’s our admiration of those who dared to step outside of the law and did things we might yearn to do–if we had the courage? I’d like your opinion.


Texas Redemption and War — 14 Comments

  1. Hello Linda- what an intriguing blog and question. Outlaws?? Hum?? I think we fall in love with them because they are somewhat a mystery to us women. They intrigue us due to their rough exterior and somehow we want to not really tame them from others, but tame them just for ourselves. Their dangerous dispositions drive us crazy and create a euphoric romantic desire that sparks danger, adventure, and the need for us to feel protected solely by them. I can’t wait to meet Clay Colby, he sounds really mysterious. Houston was wonderful in To Love A Texas Ranger, I can’t wait to see the real Houston in The Heart Of Texas Cowboy. I’m excited about the women of Deliverance Canyon… they grabbed my heart when you introduced them to us. You have a great day of writing. Love you my sister friend.

    • Hi Miss Tonya…….I’m glad you found my post interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by and drawn to outlaws. They’re just bigger than life and they don’t hesitate in taking chances. I think we often cling too much to the safe and secure. They step outside the box and do what needs doing, regardless of the danger. I think Houston’s book will really cement your love of this Men of Legend series. And then it continues on with the new one. More of the Legends and more of the people I introduce in them. Win, win!

      Love you sister friend!

      • Linda- Yes I can’t wait to truly meet Houston. Outlaws are bigger than life and just like Jan said about outlaw music I grew up listening to that and it still my favorite music. I remember we would be at the deer lease or out Camping and we always had the eight track player going & that usually had Willie and Waylon. The good ole days. I’m like you give me an outlaw anytime and I am a pretty satisfied lady. As the song says “Ladies love Outlaws…”!!!!!

        • sheesh… I think Tonya explained it better than me.

          And girl, I swooned reading the “need for us to feel protected solely by them”. I need an outlaw book now. lol

          • It’s a coming, Michelle. November will come pretty fast. You’ll fall in love with Luke Weston who refuses to claim the Legend name until he can do it with honor. You’ll ache for him because he wants it so bad.

  2. I think it could be a case-by-case situation, but on the whole, I think the outlaws of that time period were, as you say, tired of losing and they knew how to fight. Our daddy had a respect and fascination for the outlaws and looking back, I think it was because he’d lost so much and wished he could be like them. I loved Tonya’s comment. 🙂 In the music world, when Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Kris labeled their music as Outlaw Country, it catapulted them to the top of the charts. They were playing the same music, but they’d given it a name and people identified with it. Great blog and I hope everyone is reading and enjoying Texas Redemption. There is so much history in this book and not the kind you can read in the text books. Great blog, sister.

    • Hi Jan……Yes, Daddy really was fascinated by outlaws. I think he admired them for doing what he wanted but couldn’t. He’d been so poor and never really rose much higher during his lifetime. Breaks my heart. Yes, the outlaw music certainly became popular. But I think it was a little edgier and the subject matter a little more daring. The artists knew what sold and took a chance.

      Love you, sister!

  3. I would like to think that there is good in even the worst outlaw, but know that for some all there is inside is pure evil. I do enjoy reading about the bad boy, actually turning out to be a really good person.

    • Hi Veda……Thanks for coming. I know what you mean. Some outlaws don’t have any goodness inside. They just love being mean and hurting people. But there are the good ones who have compassion and kindness. Those are the ones I like writing about.

      Hugs, dear friend!

  4. Such a tease, lady!! Looking forward to not only Heart of a Texas Cowboy, but the thought of an underground mail order bride service???? Goodness! 🙂

    So, why do I adore outlaws?
    In general speaking terms (because there’s always evil in this world that’s manifested in a variety of things and the evil is not attractive), I think outlaws started out misguided or let their emotions get the better of them (like coming home from war and not being able to handle their experiences and loss at any level), but deep down, they have good intentions. Maybe they just needed to feed their family and the thrill/ease of robbing provided more instant results than working a job/farm/ranch/etc, if they had one they hadn’t lost.

    But I think it’s the mix of danger, intrigue, power/strength that draw me. But even more so, the depth of feelings – because as a wanted man, you never know when you’ll meet your last day, so you maybe tend to take less for granted and live a life with less regrets (if you keep/find a family or reason to live, even if it’s not convenient). Or maybe it’s because I like to fix what’s broken and an outlaw tends to be broken. 🙂

    • Hi Michelle……I’m glad I tempt you Heart of a Texas Cowboy. This marriage of convenience story will touch your heart. I agree with your assessment of outlaws. The ones who got caught up in things in trying to get justice are good and decent and kind underneath the rough exterior. Those men never find a thrill in what they do. The real outlaw Clay Allison stated that he never killed anyone who didn’t need killing. And those he sent to a grave were evil men. Clay like so many others just longed for a chance to straighten out but some never get that chance. Clay didn’t and he really tried. I show this clearly in Heart of a Texas Cowboy with Clay Colby and Luke Weston.

      Love you, lady!

      • You melt me, lady! You truly do.

        And by “thrill” I didn’t mean they enjoyed the act of killing or purposely sought it out all the time…. I was thinking more like comparing some actions (robbing stagecoaches/payrolls/banks) to the adrenaline high/thrill they got from being in war. Coming home from the high intensity living in war to the ho-drums of normal life is almost a culture shock and not everyone can adjust well. So when you’ve lost everything and are used to that adrenaline kick, you may be more vulnerable to doing things you know are ultimately not right, but yet, kind of are just in trying to take back what belonged to you. Make sense? 🙂

        But yes – I believe that so many weren’t getting a thrill out of killing people — I believe they truly did struggle with it, even when it was someone who was truly evil and it was better for everyone if that evil was removed. It’s still the fact they took a life, that marks you deep down.

        I also think that outlaws are attractive, especially if they do have that truly good soul under the rough, misguided outer shell, because they have this inner strength that shines through, making them willing to bend and even break rules and stand up for the ultimate good, even if it’s against society’s “norms”. Like, the man who ends up killing a person while protecting his family…. or the Robin Hood type persona – taking from the rich/evil ones to provide for the poor.

        • Absolutely, Michelle. I think it would’ve taken a whole longer to tame the West if not for men who stood up against evil and rid the world of it. Law was basically non-existent back then which left justice up to the good, decent outlaws. Men who didn’t back down and gave their all for people and causes they believed in.

          Hugs and have a blessed day!

  5. Hi Linda – I think Michelle R. is on the right track about the outlaws. Men who came back from the Civil War & were so use to killing & coming back to nothing left of their homes or families. Some turned to a life of evil trying to out run what they experienced. Yes, I am fascinated by them. Some were really good men at heart who had to start over & they turned to the outlaw life. Yes, they had a lot of courage to do this. Sometimes, I pull for them & pray that some have a soft spot in their hearts for others. Linda, you weave amazing stories for us to read…Clay, Luke, Cooper, Rand, Brett, Brodie & more keep us coming back for more. Would love ARC of your new book, The Heart of a Texas Cowboy. Your reader always…….