Today we welcome Jill Marie Landis back to Wildflower Junction! Jill Marie is the NYT extended and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She’s the winner of the RWA Rita Award, the Golden Heart and Golden Medallion and a seven time Rita Finalist. She lives in Hawaii with her husband where she spends her days writing when she’s not sunning or dancing the hula.
What did it take to be a lawmen in the Old West? The requirements were slim to none. The local butcher wold do, but everyday citizens often proved too amiable to do much good, or too busy holding down their day jobs to be effective. Sometimes, much as they wanted to uphold the law, they simply didn’t have the disposition. Wild western towns that required a firm hand to back up the badge sometimes resorted to hiring a known gunman, figuring he knew how best to handle men of his ilk. All they could do was hope he could keep shady characters who threatened the hard won peace in line.
THE ACCIDENTAL LAWMAN, my latest release from Steeple Hill, is a western romance about a man who is a most unlikely hero and sheriff. Hank Larson isn’t a lawman by trade. He’s a writer. He’s educated, intelligent, and should have known better than to let the townsfolk of Glory, Texas, railroad him into the job of sheriff. But Hank is also a man of honor and though he didn’t want the position, he ends up with it and is sworn to do his duty and uphold the law.
Hank foolishly thought he could start a newspaper in a town where there is no news. A town as quiet as Mayberry. Nothing much ever happens in Glory, at least that’s what everyone assured him–no headline making events, anyway. Of course, the day he walked into the bank to see about a loan and ended up foiling a robbery wasn’t a day like any other.
That’s the day he literally ran into Amelia Hawthorne, the town healer and apothecary. When the gunman intent on cleaning out the bank trips over the two of them, Hank wrestled him into submission. The situation gets carried away and despite his protests, the good folk of Glory decide Hank is just the man to be their first sheriff.
Amelia is just the kind of woman who can heal Hank’s wounded heart–a heart full of grief after the death of his late wife. It’s not long before Hank sees the fine qualities in Miss Hawthorne, but when he begins to fall for Amelia, complications set in. He might not be a man of faith, but he’s a man of his word. He’s sworn to bring in the outlaw gang terrorizing the county, even though Amelia’s brother is one of them. He promises her that he’ll do all he can to bring her brother in without harming him–but is it a promise he can keep?
THE ACCIDENTAL LAWMAN is a story of love despite the odds, of commitment, honor, of promises made, and above all, the power of forgiveness. The tale is set in the town of Glory, Texas, the fictional town where I also set last year’s release, HOMECOMING. A few of the characters from the first book make a cameo in THE ACCIDENTAL LAWMAN. If you haven’t read HOMECOMING, you can still order a copy from your local bookseller or Amazon. com.
It was great to be here at Petticoats and Pistols again. I can’t believe a year has come and gone already. it seems I just penned my last blog for this great gathering of Western writers. Good luck to the readers and the Petticoat gals. Thank you so much for letting me say my piece again!
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