Release Day!

There is nothing more exciting to an author than the day a new book releases to the world. And, today is that day for Linda Broday!

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Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.
The MEN of LEGEND

The Cowboy
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met-a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband-or any man-after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs.

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Praise for Forever His Texas Bride:

“Broday’s Westerns always captivate.” -RT Book Reviews 4 stars

“Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery.” —Addicted to Romance for Forever His Texas Bride

These Legend men are bigger than life! If you love historical western romance, you’ll love each book of this Legend series!!

See all of Linda Broday’s books here!

eBook Bargain .99!!

I love supporting other authors and helping spread the word about promotions they have going on. So, today I’m supporting an amazing author of Western Historical Romance, who also happens to be my sister! I love all of the characters who make up the Men of Legend series.

They are blood. They are brothers.

They are LEGENDS…

Stoker Legend — Tough patriarch who runs the huge Lone Star Ranch and keeps his sons in line.

Houston — The one most like his father. He only wants to be a rancher.

Sam — A Texas Ranger who has no desire for ranch life.

Luke — An outlaw who never knew who his father’s name until his mother lay on her deathbed. 

Linda Broday’s first book in the Men of Legend series, To Love A Texas Ranger is filled with plenty of action and adventure. Unforgettable characters like rugged Texas Ranger, Sam Legend, and beautiful Sierra Hunt will steal your heart and set you on the course to follow this three-book series. And, it is only 99 cents!

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BLURB: 

Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her-his life, his badge, his very soul-knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.

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Here is what one reader had to say: “Linda Broday’s books are intriguing yet easy to read. She paints vivid pictures with words while maintaining historical accuracy. Her writing is richly romantic and vividly entertaining. I highly recommend any and all of her books. She is my favorite western romance author.”

Pick up To Love A Texas Ranger at the ridiculously low price of .99!!

Not one, Not two, but THREE!

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Author Linda Broday has THREE books up for pre-order. She is one busy writer and she inspires me!

Linda Broday’s Line-up

This year has barely begun and I’m racing around like some crazy chicken, flopping its wings. I have four books available for preorder. YIKES! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is what I’ve worked so hard for and I’m going to savor every second. They’re all available for PREORDER.

Coming May 2, 2017

THE HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY – #2 Men of Legend

Three Brothers. One Oath.

No Compromises.

The MEN of LEGEND

The Cowboy

One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

 

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs to claim.

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Coming August 1, 2017

KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAINS — (#1 Texas Heroes series) Reissue of a 2002 book

He’ll do whatever it takes

To keep them safe

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…

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Coming October 3, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY’S ARMS – anthology with Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas

Stay toasty this holiday season with heart-warming tales of the Wild West! This Western Christmas anthology features bestselling authors including: Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Anna Schmidt, Margaret Brownley, and Amy Sandas. Each story features rugged cowboys, the women who’ve lassoed their hearts…and the Christmas miracles that bring them together.

My story is: The Christmas Stranger

Sidalee King rescues a drifter from the snow and takes him home. She helps Hank Destry learn the meaning of Christmas and how to open his heart again.

A lonely old woman, Hank’s irrestible dog, and a collection of quirky characters celebrate Christmas with the Legend family on the Lone Star Ranch.

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Coming November 7, 2017

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TO MARRY A TEXAS OUTLAW – #3 Men of Legend

Outlaw Luke Weston is surviving by his wits. On the run with a price on his head for a murder he didn’t commit, the last thing Luke needs is more trouble. But when he stumbles upon a young woman who has clearly been kidnapped, he’ll find he’s willing to face any odds if it means keeping the delicate beauty safe.

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Author Linda Broday Featured on USA Today!

Some of my readers may know and some may not know that Linda Broday is my sister. When she called and told me she was going to be a featured author on USA Today’s Happy Ever After, I jumped for joy!

She has a new release, Texas Redemption, which is a historical romance set in deep East Texas where Cypress trees grow so tall you can’t see the tops and where Alligator swish through the dark waters.

Originally released in 2005, Linda was thrilled when Sourcebooks chose to re-issue it.

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This book is special to me for two reasons. First and foremost, it’s a great story about two men (brothers) who both love the same woman. Secondly, she wrote it shortly after she was diagnosed with MS and then lost her husband.

She inspires me because she never gives up! When the doctors told her that she had MS, she quickly tagged it “Mighty Spirit,” and that truly describes her.

Here is the link to the USA Today feature.

Back Cover Blurb for Texas Redemption:

Desperate to escape her dark past, Laurel James agrees to wed the mayor of a small East Texas town. With him, life will be quiet, respectable. Safe. It should be everything she ever wanted.

And it is. Until Shenandoah rides back into town.

Shenandoah never thought he would find the woman he’s loved and lost…and he certainly never dreamed she’d be pledged to his brother. He knows he should step aside—he has nothing to offer a woman like Laurel James—but the moment their eyes meet, Shenandoah is lost. He can only find peace in her arms…but can redemption be more than a dream for a man who has known nothing but war?

Intrigued? Linda is doing a Goodreads Giveaway until February 19th. Click here to enter.

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JAN’s TOP TEN Best Books for 2016

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Because I have read SO many fantastic books this year, I want to share with you the ones I enjoyed the most. Almost ALL of the amazing books on this list were written by Indie Authors!

#1     Pennies From Burger Heaven by Marcy McKay     Pennies-from-Burger-Heaven-3D-2-259x300

I had no trouble choosing the #1 book of the year for me. For months after I’d finished reading this one, it continued to haunt me. That, my friends, is the sign of a great story!

It is a gripping tale of an eleven-year-old homeless girl, Copper Penny who has lived on the streets with her mother for years. Their “home” is in the cemetery under an Angel statue. Copper awakes one morning to find her mother gone. She can’t find her anywhere and her search takes her into some scary, dangerous and gritty situations. You can read my full review here.

#2    To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday                  texas-ranger-final

I didn’t choose this book to sit at #2 because Linda Broday is my sister. I chose it because it is such a HUGE story and the introduction to the Men of Legend Series. Stoker Legend has two sons (as far as he knows) and all he ever wanted was for them to help him run one of the largest ranches in Texas, The Lonestar Ranch. But, Sam Legend, has other desires and wants no roots. He is a hard-as-nails Texas Ranger but, a gang of outlaws hangs him and leaves him for dead. After a mysterious man saves his life, he is forced to return to the Lonestar to recuperate. What happens along the way will have you on the edge of your seat! You can read my full review here.

#3     Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D’Chae                          Shadow of the Drill

This is not a genre I normally read, but I was certainly glad I stepped out of my norm and picked up this book. The characters lingered with me long after I’d finished reading the last page. I couldn’t put it down as the story unfolded. Decker, The Drill, is hardened, tough and ruthless. He’s taken on the role of judge, juror and executioner and is on a mission to get revenge for an injustice that won’t stop haunting him. You can read my full review here.

#4      A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair                      AThousandYesteryears_hires

I love character driven stories and this book by Mae Clair fits that description. When Eve Parrish returns to Point Pleasant to settle her aunt’s estate, she is in for more than one surprise. The story is based around a tragic bridge collapse that had happened when Eve was just a child. Many lives were lost including her father’s and her best friend. To cope with the loss, Eve’s mother moved them away and this is the first time she’s returned since the tragedy. I will tell you that this book has everything – romance, strong characters, paranormal, murder and a mythical creature. You can read my full review here.

#5       Lodestone Book 1 (Witch Hunt) by Wendy Scott     Lodestone

I  love paranormal books and was drawn into this one from page one. I couldn’t stop until I reached the end, and even then, I wanted it to continue. I hope that Wendy Scott is writing a sequel to this book…I will be watching for it. Sabrina has been at the ‘Healing School’ since she was a very small child. She finds herself thrown into chaos at her graduation when she learns she is the direct descendant of Lauren, a woman who is considered evil. She is given a diary, written in Lauren’s own hand, along with a sliver of stone, and is told she must leave the school. Now it is up to Sabrina to unravel the mystery surrounding Lauren’s Order and end its reign of terror. You can read my full review here.

#6       Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks                                          A+ Jazz Baby 2 Front Cover

This is a coming-of-age story about Emily Ann “Baby” Teagarten, who can sing. She has one dream and that is to be on the big stage singing Jazz. When she loses both of her parents within a few short months, the man who takes her under his wing seems to be the answer to her dream. But, as we continue through the story, we see the selfish motives of everyone who claims to want to help her. This is another character-driven book and the tragedies that “Baby” had to endure were heart-wrenching to say the least. You can read my full review here.

#7    Daydream’s Daughter/Nighmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules  daydreams-daughter-cover 

This is a story of unimaginable abuse which eventually leads to murder. My heart broke for this young girl who suffered so much. There seemed to be no escape for her even in adulthood. As the story unfolds, Nonnie takes us inside scenarios that are unfortunately, all too common and all too real in life. You can read my full review here

#8     His Revenge by John Howell                                            his-revenge-resized        

This is the second book in the John Cannon series and again, is not my normal genre to read. However, I loved this book. It is gripping, full of adventure, danger and a high stakes game that can bring this country to its knees. John Cannon, the main character, stumbles into this story simply by chance and where it takes him will keep you on the edge of your seat! You can read my full review here.   

#9     Jem by Michelle Abbott                                                 jem     

The scars of abuse run deep from childhood to adulthood and Jem carries those scars physically and mentally. All he’s known is hatred and pain except for one, his angel, whose kindness he could never forget. He’s tough and determined not to take any crap from anyone. When his “angel” shows up in the oceanside town where he lives, how can he let her know that he’s never forgotten? This is a gripping romance with plenty of hardcore action to keep you turning the pages. You can read my full review here

#10    Novy’s Son – The Selfish Genius by Karen Ingalls     NOVY'S SON     

I gave this story a five star review and believe that every young man, as they come of age, should be required to read it. Murray Clark, the selfish genius, is destined to be a victim his entire life because he never takes responsibility for his own actions. Karen Ingalls takes us through nine decades with Murray’s story and she does it in such a way that the reader never loses interest. She refers to the “Iron John” philosophy throughout the book which turns out to be a story written by Robert Ely as a sort of guide book on how to be a man. Novy’s Son is a MUST READ for all young men!  You can read my full review here.

I cannot end this list of amazing books without mentioning one more.

Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings (Author Tools Book 1) by Nicholas Rossis   

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This book is an invaluable resource and reference book for all writers. Because of the way our brains are wired, readers empathize more strongly if you don’t name the emotion you are trying to describe. As soon as you name an emotion, readers go into thinking mode. And when they think about an emotion, they distance themselves from feeling it.

A great way to show anger, fear, indifference, and the whole range of emotions that characterize the human experience, is through beats. These action snippets that pepper dialogue can help describe a wide range of emotions, while avoiding lazy writing. The power of beats lies in their innate ability to create richer, more immediate, deeper writing.

This book includes hundreds of examples that you can use for your inspiration, so that you, too, can harness this technique to easily convert your writing into palpable feelings.

Well, there you have it. I enjoyed these and many more books throughout the year and all but two of these authors I discovered through the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! It pays to belong! 

Of course, I’d be thrilled if you’d check out my own books and you can find them all here!

Or visit my website for more information!

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#BookReview – To Love A Texas Ranger

TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER

THE MEN OF LEGEND SERIES

BY LINDA BRODAY

USA TODAY AND NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

BOOK REVIEW – 5 STARS!

When Texas Ranger, Sam Legend, is forced to return home to his father’s giant Texas ranch to recuperate from a brush with death, he has no idea who is shadowing him. Nor, does he know that a beautiful and desperate woman will fall into his lap on the train. Sierra Hunt is fleeing for her life when a sudden lurch of the train lands her on top of a stranger. But, the bloody hand print she leaves on Sam’s chest springs him into action.

The plot thickens when the man shadowing him turns out to be an outlaw brother whom he never knew existed. Luke Weston joins forces with Sam to help Sierra Hunt escape the grips of men who are convinced she holds the key to buried treasure.

Sam is forced to question everything he is sure he understands about life, from his career to the part where he’s vowed to never love again.  Sierra finds herself faced with a haunted past and must find forgiveness and redemption.

This introduction to the bigger-than-life Legend family is filled with mystery, suspense and of course a huge helping of romance. If you love the old West, love stories with suspense and plot twists, you’ll love the beginning of the Men of Legend Series by Linda Broday!

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Author, Linda Broday is not only a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, but she also happens to be my sister. I couldn’t be more proud of her for the way she has woven together this tale about men with personalities and grit as big as the state of Texas!

I can promise that you won’t be disappointed with any book by Linda Broday. She has established herself as a writing force in the world of Historical Romance.

For more about Linda, visit her Website

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Why #FREE doesn’t work anymore

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I recently touted another author’s books here on my blog and offered one for free to a lucky person who left a comment. The only person who commented was the author who I hosted.

Now, it wasn’t because these aren’t good stories. They are! I’ve read them all. And, they were written by a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author. So, why did no one have any interest in a free book?

I pondered on that and here’s what I came up with about why FREE doesn’t work anymore.

  1. Every author is more than willing to give away a free book in hopes of a review.
  2. Most everyone who loves to read has a To-Be-Read list a mile long (I know I do)
  3. What good does it do to download another free book in a genre you don’t normally read, when you already have ten in your favorite genre waiting for your attention?
  4. There are thousands upon thousands of free books on Amazon.
  5. Let’s face it. We are bombarded from every direction and have developed a certain numbness to it all.

So, I thought about what does work, and here’s an example. I belong to a book club called the Rave Reviews Book Club and they have regular Blog Talk Radio interviews with Indie Authors. This morning, I had a chance to listen in to one author’s interview and it was so intriguing, that I turned off the radio show and downloaded her book, My Wounded Soldier by Diane Munier. 

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Now, I ask myself, “When are you going to have time to read this one?”

Good question. Between working thirty hours per week, writing my own stories, this blog, a blog for the Texas Musicians Museum, Proofreading for the Tx Assoc of Authors, submitting articles to two different music magazines, supporting my fellow #RRBC members and squeezing in time for some live music and playing with the grandkids, I don’t know the answer. All I know is that the story was so compelling I had to get it and it WILL move to the top of my TBR list. Sorry, everyone else who has to wait longer for a review from me.

I’d love to hear your own theories about why #FREE isn’t an effective marketing tool anymore. Or, why you think it is.

 

Romancing The West

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Linda Broday, writes stories that are guaranteed to take your breath away!

In her most recent series, The Bachelors of Battle Creek, she writes about strong characters who stand up for what they believe in, keep those they love safe and have honor as only men of the old west had.

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ONLINE_3DCover_TexasMailOrderBrideRancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel—until Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach claiming to be his mail order bride. She’s everything he thought he’d never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.

But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word…especially now that demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear.

Book #1 THE BACHELORS OF BATTLE CREEK series

January 2015 Sourcebooks Publishing

 TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE                    

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Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small scared boy hiding on his ranch, he can’t help but open his home to the desperate runaways.

Callie needs this safe haven—maybe the outlaw on her trail won’t find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her fears, he knows he’ll risk everything—his land, his name and his heart to keep her safe.

Book #2 THE BACHELORS OF BATTLE CREEK series

May 2015 Sourcebooks Publishing

 

FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE

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She was a pickpocket and he a half-breed.

All his life Brett has straddled two worlds, only finding peace with his beloved wild mustangs. But after he’s arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart beneath the layers of hurt and fear and refuses to leave without her. He’ll do anything to keep her safe…and make her his.

Book #3 THE BACHELORS OF BATTLE CREEK series

December 2015 Sourcebooks Publishing

If you love all things “old west”, you’ll love the three books which comprise this series. Order all three as a bundle package from Amazon and save $$!! 

“Linda Broday’s books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read.” -Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

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Breathtaking Romance and Edge-0f-Your-Seat Suspense!

NY TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, LINDA BRODAY, HAS DONE IT AGAIN WITH FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE!

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Anyone who has found themselves the “outsider” in life looked down upon for a social status or color of skin, will enjoy this romantic suspenseful tale by Linda Broday. Brett Liberty, an Indian half-breed knows all-to-well, the hate many people carry for him simply because of the color of his skin. When he meets beautiful red-haired Rayna Harper, a lowly bone-picker’s daughter, in the most unlikely of circumstances, he finds someone as judged and ostracized by society as himself.

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An old Indian man stumbles up on Brett’s horse ranch, near death’s door, and little does Brett know the trouble that follows him. Not only the elderly Indian, who desperately needs medical attention, but an aging nun and passel of Comanche Indian orphans are delivered to his doorstep. And who else, but beautiful spirited Rayna to help take care of them as the threat of smallpox set off an avalanche of events?
The suspense and sheer danger they face as they attempt to fight off a hate-ridden army of men determined to destroy the orphans and everyone who stands in their way keeps you on the edge of your seat. Through it all, Brett and Rayna find the love and acceptance they both crave.
There is never a dull moment in this story and I love the way it unfolds with the many multi-dimensional characters that make up this last book of the Bachelors of Battle Creek series. If you enjoy historical romances, this one won’t disappoint. Linda Broday writes in a way that sweeps you up into the story with the characters. You laugh, cry, struggle and triumph along with them.

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