Left Foot, Right Foot by Linda Broday

LindaBroday2Do you remember what it was like to put your foot into the wrong shoe? Young children do this all the time. I still remember how uncomfortable it felt. But did you know that up until as late as 1850 shoemakers didn’t differentiate between the left and the right? They made both shoes straight with no curve to them. I can only imagine how awful they were to wear.

Change came with the invention of sewing machines and machinery for making shoes and finally they were able to produce left and right ones.

In FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE that released yesterday, Rayna Harper has such an issue with her shoes. In the beginning chapters, she makes Brett Liberty promise to give her his moccasins when they hang him for being a half-breed. Then later in the story, he buys her first pair of women’s shoes and she treasures them so much she carries them back to the boardinghouse. She won’t wear them because she doesn’t want to get them dirty. Until then, all she has are a pair of too large men’s brogans with their cracked dry leather and a hole in the sole.

ForeverTexasBridemedEach of the two previous books were special and came from the deepest part of my heart, but I’ve saved the best for last with this third and final book of the series. Brett Liberty’s story goes to the very core of who I am and what I stand for. Being a half-breed was the worst thing for a man in the 1800s because he straddled two worlds with neither claiming him. In this story, Brett faces pure hatred to the point that others want him dead. He’s never been with a woman, never known the softness of a woman’s touch or the feel of her lips on his. But when he meets pickpocket Rayna Harper in the jail cell next to him, he finds a kindred spirit. The brush of her hand is almost unbearable in its tenderness and when she curls up beside him on the narrow bunk, she curls up inside his heart. This is a story of never giving up hope and reaching for a forbidden love that others are bent on denying. It’s about how through compassion you can change people’s belief’s. Brett’s and Rayna’s deep love binds them together like a strip of the toughest rawhide and won’t let them go.

In this excerpt, Rayna thinks Brett bought her the new shoes and some new dresses because he pities her. That he sees her as a shivering mutt left by the side of the road. That makes her so mad.

Here’s the excerpt:

Her chin rose. “I understand everything now. You said you took me from the jail because you saw someone worth saving. I can save myself. I don’t need you. You’re no better than those tambourine bangers always preaching that I’m bound for hell.”

Taking a deep, shuddering breath, she continued, her voice barely louder than a whisper. “You consider it your duty to care for the poor, pitiful bone-picker’s daughter.” Her lips trembled. “I can manage on my own. You can keep your pity and the fancy clothes and shoes.” She whirled and ran toward the house.

Rayna had gotten only a few steps when Brett caught her arm, halting her progress. His dark eyes glittered like stones. “Pity? Is that what you think? Lady, the last thing I feel is pity. Good God! I said what I did just now because I don’t want false pretenses between us. You deserve honesty.”

shoe3What she deserved…how about a handful of broken dreams and empty hopes? Nothing ever changed—hope and despair just repeated in one endless cycle. Over and over and over again.

She jerked free. Plopping down on the porch steps, she untied her kid leather boots and hurled one at him. He caught it with ease. Infuriated, she threw the second one. She muttered an oath when he made a left-handed catch, his dark brows knitted.

Shooting the buttery-soft footwear as well as the man holding them a glare, she raced into the house and up the stairs. By the time she made it to her room, the burning behind her eyes materialized. Silent tears trickled down her cheeks. She swept the purchases of that morning onto the floor and curled up on the bed.

She had to get out of Battle Creek. But how would she be able to leave when her heart desperately wanted to stay?

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I’m a big movie fan and, when I’m writing, I see everything unfolding in my mind like I’m watching a movie. What was the last movie you went to see and how did you like it? I’m giving a copy of FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE to one person who leaves a comment.

 

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Linda Broday
I live in the Texas Panhandle where we love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!
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31 Comments

  1. We saw Bridge of Spies this past weekend. Loved it and plan to buy the Blu-ray.

    Enjoyed the excerpt from Brett’s story. On my very soon TBR list.

    1. Hi Alisa…….I loved Bridge of Spies! Oh my goodness, it was full of suspense and Tom Hanks was at his absolute best. I think he’s one of the most talented actors of our generation and I watch everything he’s in. I’m going to buy it too.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt of Forever His Texas Bride. This story really had to be told. The underlying message of tolerance and acceptance of others no matter their skin color, religion or social status is a timely one. I do hope you’ll enjoy it.

      I hope you enjoy some of that good Florida sunshine!

  2. I watched “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” I enjoyed it and am hoping to watch the other two this week.

    1. Good Morning, Faith………..You know I’ve never seen The Hobbit, but I hear it’s really good. I think I may have to rectify that soon. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the other two Hobbit movies.

  3. The last movie I went to see in the theater was The War Room. I loved it and I am patiently waiting for it to come out on DVD. It is such a powerful story.

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway Linda. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Good Morning, Cindy……..Thank you for stopping by. I always smile when I see your name. I didn’t get to see The War Room but a dear friend of mine did and she raved about it. I’m going to have to catch it on DVD. Sunday afternoons here are usually movie day for me and a group of friends. There’s something magical in sitting in a darkened theater and watching a story unfold on the big screen.

      Have a wonderful day and Good Luck in the drawing!

  4. The Monument Men. I found it fascinating! I’d never heard about these brave men who risked their lives to recover the lost art stolen by Hitler.

    1. Good Morning, Laurie G………Thank you for coming and talking about movies. I didn’t get to see The Monuments Men but I heard lots of good things about it. I love George Clooney and Matt Damon and they always do stellar work. I’m going to have to find this and watch it.

      Have a wonderful day and Good Luck in the drawing!

  5. We went to see the latest Bond movie, Spectre, a couple weekends ago. It was good but there have been better Bond movies.

    1. Good Morning, Glenda…….Thank you for coming. I love having you drop by. I haven’t seen this latest Bond flick, but I LOVED Skyfall! That was an amazing film. I think Daniel Craig was at his best in that one. And the fabulous Adele singing the title track just added to the enjoyment.

      Wishing you a fun day and good luck in the drawing!

  6. I am not a movie or tv person but last year for my birthday my son took me to see the Disney movie Maleficent. The special effects were magnificent.

    1. Good Morning Deanne……..Thank you so much for coming by. You can never go wrong with a Disney movie. They’re have a great story to tell. Since you don’t watch much TV or go to the movies I’m assuming you spend most of your time reading for enjoyment. Nothing at all wrong with that! I grew up without a TV so books became my obsession. I’ll always be grateful for that.

      Have a great day and good luck in the drawing!

  7. to be honest I don’t go to the movies very often,,i wait for the DVD but this summer I took my two oldest grandsons to see hotel transcelvania it was a cute movie and they had not seen it before and had a good time just watching them laugh

  8. We saw Spectre last night. It was your typical James Bond movie with car chases, pretty girls, a villain, and lots of action. It was fun to watch, and I love Daniel Craig.

    1. Good Morning, Cheryl……..Always good to see you. I haven’t seen Spectre yet but I hear it’s pretty typical of Bond movies. Daniel Craig is awesome and he sure is nice to look at. I always enjoy him. My favorite Bond movie is SKYFALL. That one blew me away. I can’t wait to see this one.

      Have a great day and good luck in the drawing!

  9. For me a great book plays in my head like a movie! I love when an author’s words create such a strong pic in my head that I can see it! As for the last movie I saw… well it would have to be on DVD… It has been quite a while since I went to a movie theatre… I tend to enjoy reading more!

    1. Hi Colleen……..I’m so happy you could join me today. Always a treat. I’ve never heard a reader say this before so I don’t know if every reader does see the events in a book like a movie but that’s pretty wonderful. I’m glad you do. Hey, I never put down anyone for reading. Ha! 🙂 Books are very special.

      Good luck in the drawing, my friend!

  10. I watch all movies on dvd. Those adapted from a book plays out in my mind.

    1. It’s more fun to read because my imagination is greater. Some I have like movies some I have not.

    2. Hi Kim……thank you for coming over. Sounds like you’re not much of a movie person. That’s perfectly okay though. Reading is much more enjoyable. Good luck in the drawing!

  11. Oh man, I don’t recall the last movie I saw, except I know it was a kids one. We usually only go during the free kids ones that show. Haha! Love the excerpt!

    1. Hi Susan……Thank you for stopping by. Good to see you. It sounds like you don’t go to the movies much. But those kids ones are really special. They’re very entertaining.

      I’m glad you enjoyed my excerpt. Rayna had such a time with shoes and I think it’s very appropriate that she is barefoot on the cover. Good luck in the drawing!

  12. I hardly ever go to movies. It’s either TV or DVD for me. I just watched -again- on DVD one of my favourite movies, Apollo 13.

    1. Hi Minna……Wow, it’s great to see you. Thank you for stopping by. Sometimes it’s just hard getting dressed and going to the theater. Much easier staying home and watching a DVD or TV in your pajamas. Ha! Apollo 13 was a memorable one. I loved that movie and it’s even better that it was true.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  13. Wonderful post, Linda. Your book sounds great! Loved the excerpt and the story concept.

    The last movie I went to see was Bridge of Spies (like someone else mentioned.) It was a fascinating slice of history made into a movie. Tom Hanks has come so far in his career! I feel like “I knew him when…” back when he was on that silly TV sitcom where he rented a room at the YWCA as a girl because nothing in town was affordable otherwise. That was before he started making movies.

    1. Hi Kathryn……I’m glad you enjoyed my post and the excerpt. I don’t usually include an excerpt because it tends to make my blogs too long but I threw one in anyway this time since it had to do with shoes.

      Bridge of Spies was excellent and because I remembered the event (although not all about it) that made it even better. Tom Hanks is and always has been my favorite actor. I watch everything he’s in. Oh yes, I remember that TV sitcom where he and another man dressed up as girls so they could stay at the YWCA because there was nowhere else to live. They really got into some messes. Tom has come a long way from that.

  14. Hi, Linda. I didn’t know about shoes being the same! The last movie I saw was Mockingjay 2 – The Hunger Games. I loved it as I did all the books.

    1. Hi Catslady……..Thank you so much for coming by and thank you for coming over to Casablanca Authors yesterday. That was a surprise. I thought the tidbit about shoes was very interesting. I can’t imagine wearing shoes that were the same. It would be awfully uncomfortable.

      I haven’t seen Mockingjay but my sister went to see it and said it was really good.

      Good luck in the drawing, dear friend!

  15. Yes, I was seeing the movie in my head as I was reading that excerpt.
    I haven’t been to the movies in ages. A friend invited me to see War Room-so glad I did. A very encouraging movie.
    BTW, I love the new do. You look great.

    1. Hi Rosie……..I’m so glad you came by and thanks for the compliment on my hair. I FINALLY found a hairdresser who knew how to give me what I’d wanted for years.

      A friend of mine saw War Room and raved about it. I haven’t watched it yet but I plan to. Good luck in the drawing!

  16. Can’t wait to get it and read it.

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