The Lawless Indian Territory

I’m so excited to have THE HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY out in one week. This is Book #2 Men of Legend and features Houston Legend and I think it’s my best novel yet.

Houston is hard at work on the ranch books one Monday when his father comes in and announces that he gambled away ½ of the Lone Star Ranch. Over 200,000 acres is gone just like that in one hand of cards.

But…Houston can get it back for them. All he has to do is marry the daughter of the new owner and give her baby a name.

Despite anger and resentment toward his father, he does. And so this marriage of convenience story is off and running and he settles into a tenuous relationship with Lara Boone–a woman he’d never met.

Two weeks following the ceremony, he decides to take a large herd of longhorns up the Great Western Trail to Dodge City where he can get triple the money. At the last minute, his cook quits and Lara steps into the job.

This story is full of danger and suspense with an unfolding love story woven throughout. They’re beset by a group of outlaws in Indian Territory and the outcome appears uncertain.

Most of the story is set in Indian Territory. So what exactly was it?

Its wild, untamed land that eventually became Oklahoma. The federal government set the land aside for the five civilized native tribes to live on—Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole. The only law other than Indian was a handful of U.S. Marshals, but they were stretched mighty thin.

Indian Territory became a place to hide for outlaws, train robbers, and murderers. They could ride into the neighboring states, commit their crimes, and ride back to safety. And they did that for a lot of years until Oklahoma became a state in 1907.

Until it became a state, Judge Isaac Parker ruled over this territory. He in turn appointed a few U.S. Marshals to try to curb the lawlessness but it was far more land than the marshals could cover. Outlaws ran roughshod over them.

So when Houston and his drovers find themselves fighting to stay alive, there was no law to help them. They were completely on their own.

I hope you’ll give this book a try. I’m very happy with the reviews it’s getting. Book #3 To Marry a Texas Outlaw comes out in November with a thrilling conclusion of the series.

My question….what is it about marriage of convenience stories that draw you? I’m giving away a copy of the book to two people who post a comment on this blog.  

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About LindaBroday

I'm a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of western historical romance. I love stories of the old West and the people who once lived there. I haunt libraries and museums and can hang out in them for hours. To tell all the stories that are in my head would take a lifetime.


The Lawless Indian Territory — 15 Comments

  1. To me, it is the reasons for the marriage, what do both people get out of the contract. And what causes them to ultimately love the person they ended up marrying.
    Looking forward to reading this book.

    • Hi Veda…….I hope you’re doing well this Monday morning. I agree about the reasons for the marriage being the draw. Usually, the union is something that means a great deal to one of the parties and if they don’t get it, it means they’ll suffer, be in danger, or maybe won’t survive. It might that something will end. I just know I love stories where two people take a chance and it turns out to the best thing for them.

      Have a wonderful day. I hope I get my books soon so I can mail them.

  2. Good morning Linda- what draws me to a story of a marriage of convenience? I believe it’s the way they each get to know one another’s good and bad flaws. The build up of their personalities as they discover each other. Then the moment one or both start you have feelings for the other as they become usually friends first. That first time they kiss, or hug, or even touch one another and feel the sparks beginning that they didn’t know were present. Although with marriage of convenience most think aren’t true loves, but mere business like arrangements, can often become a Love deeper than either had planned. God truly has a way of helping couples become soul mates. I love when they think they are as incompatible as 2 people can be, but just one spark begins to open their eyes to the other’s true heart, that neither one seen coming. You have a wonderful Monday, my sister friend.

    • Good morning, Tonya……I love your answer! You hit on the truth. I like that uncertainty of whether or not this arrangement will work out. God does have a hand in it most definitely.

      Have a wonderful day and a great week, sister friend! 🙂

  3. I think it is the way that the couple find something they never expected to find. The little surprises along the way like the first time they share a smile or linger over a touch. Love slowly unfolds like a gift.

    • Good morning, Cheryl C……..Thanks for coming. I love seeing you. Yes, absolutely. It’s the unexpected as well as uncertainty that makes this a popular theme.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing, dear friend. Lots of luck!

  4. I think Veda hit the nail on the head. It’s more of a contract with details for each party of the contract to fulfill. In the case of Houston and Lara, he did the noble thing to save the ranch, but it turned out to be more noble and unselfish than that. Readers are going to love this part of the story!

    • Hi Jan…….Absolutely. Houston didn’t know lay ahead, but he wanted to do the right thing because it’s in his DNA. Even though he wished like hell it wasn’t. He sure ends up with far more than he ever thought. I agree about readers liking this.

      Love you, sister. See you on Thursday!

  5. Hi, Linda — Great post as always and I’m excited about Houston and Lara’s story. I think Tonya’s answer is a good one and is how I’d describe why I am drawn to marriage-of-convenience stories. People are naturally curious about other people. As a reader of these kind of stories where the hero and heroine are brought together for some important, yet bordering on dire, reason, I am curious how this couple will act and react with each other. I love taking their journey with them; first noticing each other’s idiosyncrasies; becoming comfortable with each other’s company; the attraction those characters recognize until they can no longer resist the love they have for one another. All this makes a wonderful read!

    • Hi Alice……I’m happy to see you. Tonya does a lot of thinking about her stories and she comes up with some great answers. Good luck in the drawing!

  6. I think I am drawn to marriage of convenience stories because of the tension. They always seem to be fighting to keep the distance and neither one wants to be the first to admit they want more or feel more. It’s complex and intriguing.

    • Hi Tiffany…….Thanks for stopping by. There certainly is a lot of tension in these types of stories. And uncertainty. Will they or won’t they find the love they want?

      Good luck in the drawing!

  7. I love marriage of convenience stories but not sure why. Maybe the tension between the two in the beginning but most of the time the tension goes away and everything is fine and lets face it there is usually a good reason for them to get married if the first place. Sorry I haven’t been blogging much lately but I am having a lot of gallbladder issues and will be having surgery this Wednesday. Its called getting rid of a troublemaker. I have made three trips to Louisville which is a town 2 hours away trying to get the large gallstones out of my duck and they finally got them this last trip so I have to get my gallbladder removed. Take care.

    • Quilt Lady- I’ll be praying for you a safe surgery and a speedy recovery. You’ll feel so much better when you get that mean ole troublemaker gone.

    • Hi Quilt Lady…….I’m so sorry to hear about your health issues. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this trying time. I’m glad they they got the stones out of your duct so they can operate. Take care, my dear friend. You’re entered in the drawing.