A Texas Christmas Comes to Wildflower Junction


I’m bubbling over with early holiday cheer. Our fifth anthology A TEXAS CHRISTMAS released on October 1st. And as it is with every book release I never take a deep breath until I read some reviews. I’m happy to say that the reviews for this book have been exceptional. It’s on track to outsell all of our previous ones. So, I’ve begun to relax. Sort of.

Until we found out the anthology hit the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!!

Oh my dear Lord, this has to be one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me!

I, along with fellow Filly sister Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace, can now claim the distinction of being called New York Times bestselling authors. Jodi Thomas has been one since heck was a pup and he’s a grown dog now so it’s old hat for her.

Anyway, I’m still pinching myself at this dream come true.

My story in A TEXAS CHRISTMAS is called “The Christmas Bell.” It’s a story of the powerful magic of Christmas and love that can heal all wounds.

Banker’s daughter Tess Whitgrove has been to Boston to bring back a Christmas bell to Kasota Springs, Texas. But a horrible blizzard has trapped the train in the middle of nowhere. Rancher Sloan Sullivan rides to the rescue, bringing supplies that are desperately needed.

The only problem is that Tess and Sloan haven’t seen eye to eye for quite some time so the meeting is rather awkward. If not for the fact that the passengers consist of four little orphans, a pregnant woman, and a very ill man, Tess would’ve told him what he could do with his supplies.

Forced to accept his help is a bitter pill to swallow. But then the magic of the season kicks in and before long they’re working together to save the passengers and finding that love and forgiveness can come when you least expect it.

My story brought the subject of Christmas bells to mind. Since gift-giving was pretty sparce in the Old West, people embraced bells to give the holiday special meaning. Nearly every town had a bell that was customarily rung on all important occasions as well as Christmas Day.

East Hampton, Connecticut was once known as Bell Town because 30 bell manufacturers called the place home. Today, Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company is the remaining bell maker in East Hampton and the oldest one in the U.S. They’ve been in business since 1832. For 179 years they’ve consistently made bells of all kinds: bicycle, door bells, dinner bells, Salvation Army bells, wedding and anniversary bells, jingle bells, and you name it. If a bell is needed Bevin Brothers can make it.

The most famous bell of all is the Liberty Bell. It was first rung on July 8, 1776 to summon the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

It was last rung in February 1846 in honor of George Washington’s birthday. A big crack appeared and made the bell unringable. Ever since it’s been kept in a place of reverence.

I’m giving away two copies of A TEXAS CHRISTMAS today. Just leave a comment to get your name in the Stetson.

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans 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!

42 thoughts on “A Texas Christmas Comes to Wildflower Junction”

  1. Congratulations,,,,Christmas Books are my fave to read,read them all year long just to keep that feeling going

  2. WOW NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST! What an honor!!

    Your story, A Christmas Bell, sounds very emotional and rewarding. I’m glad that Sloan and Tess learn to curb their differences and work together to have a nice Christmas for the orphans and the other train passengers.

    I loved the info on bells. I never thought about who actually made them. Bevin Bells very interesting.

    Thanks for sharing all of your exciting news!!

    johnslake at usa dot com

  3. Awesome news, Linda, about the NYT Bestseller list! Congratulations!

    A TEXAS CHRISTMAS is already uploaded on the Kindle and I can’t wait to read these stories. They all sound wonderful. I love Christmas bells and one of my favorite Christmas carols has always been “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”


  4. Fabulous news about the NYT list, Linda! You’ll be able to put “NY TImes Bestselling Author” with your name forever. What a well-earned honor.
    Love your heartwarming story.

  5. Congratulations Linda! I have enjoyed all of your anthologies and know this one will be wonderful, especially with Christmas stories.

  6. How exciting, congratulations! I love Christmas stories, it is my birthday so it is extra special to me. It sounds like a great book.

  7. Congratulations, Linda and Phyliss. New York Times Best Selling Authors!!! That has such a pretty ring to it! And I am so happy for you. Hope you are celebrating big time!

  8. Morning, ladies! I’m just sipping on some coffee and trying to get warm. It’s a little cool here in Texas this morning. Yes, making the NY Times bestseller list is exciting stuff. Our editor at Kensington was maybe more excited than we were. But the best part about the whole deal is sharing the news with all our readers. Readers are who keep us in business. And we’ve been so fortunate to have such a following. Thank you all so much!!

    Kirsten, thank you for already putting A TEXAS CHRISTMAS on your Kindle. I hope you like it.

  9. So thrilled for you, Linda! I’ve loved all the anthologies and can’t wait to read this one. I already picked up my copy, but I’m trying to be good and save it for the holiday. We have a rule in our house that there is no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, and book reading tends to follow. But I plan on taking it with me to my mom’s house so that the day after the turkey is consumed, I can break it open! Who needs Black Friday sales when I can have a Texas Christmas. 🙂

  10. Christmas stories are always such a joy and when you add in the western setting, you will have a winner every time!


  11. I love Christmas stories, and yours sounds just wonderful.. Putting aside animosty to accept help is a the best thing to do at holiday or other times for that matter.
    I would love to win this book.. I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
    Would love to read the other stories too..

  12. Congrats on making the NYT list! I am adding this book to my list of Christmas books to read this year. It is a tradition of mine to read nothing but Christmas stories in the weeks preceding Christmas. I especially like reading historicals for the simple, heartfelt holiday customs.

  13. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (primal scream of joy!)

  14. Congrats on hitting the New York Times best selling list, this is just awesome! I can see why you ladies are fabulous authors.

    I love reading Christmas stories and I really want to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing your book with us today.

  15. Karen W……..glad you’ve already bought a copy. Yes, A Texas Christmas can indeed beat Black Friday sales! Too funny. At least you don’t have to get up before the crack of dawn to enjoy it. And it saves lots of money too. Of course, you may have to pay a little more for those Christmas gifts. But, I say go for it!

  16. All these congrats are making my head swim. As if it wasn’t already swimming anyway. 🙂 This all seems like a dream to me. I guess because I’ve waited so long for the distinction. I just hope this is the first of many times.

  17. Oh, that is wonderful – big congratulations. This is the perfect time (and perfect book) to start my Christmas reading!

  18. I love anthologies and I love Christmas so having two together is fabulous! This looks like a great one! Another plus is that it is in Texas & involves cowboys! I love the cover! Would love to win it!

  19. Congratulations on making the NY Times Best Seller List. Well deserved. The books in this series have all been enjoyable, as I am sure this one will be. There is something special about holiday stories. I have so many keepers from the Christmas books I buy and try to reread as many as possible each year.

    Again, Congratulations. I look forward to reading it.

  20. Thanks, Linda, for a great post! I’m so looking forward to learning more about the history of bells; particularly since the Christmas bell is so important to both of our stories in “A Texas Christmas”. Enjoyable post.

    And, thank you to each and every reader and “Filly” who congratulated us on hitting the New York Times bestseller list. We’re thrilled and I think we’re all still on cloud nine.

    For those who don’t know, three of us are from the same town in the Texas Panhandle and Linda only lives a little over ninety miles south of us; so four of us his NYTimes on the same day, making it even more special for us. Again thank you and I hope you really enjoy the book.

    Mary, you’re too funny and such a joy in our lives!

    Hugs to all, Phyliss

  21. I won this book on the Hunk contest and I received it last Friday. I will read it after I read The Lone Rancher by Carol Finch. I want to thank Phyliss Miranda for the book. I cannot find an email address for her so I hope she is reading these comments. Again, thank you very much!

  22. Never thought much about bells but enjoyed your comments about them today. Would love to read your book. Thanks for the info.

  23. Congratulations on being named to the NYT
    Bestseller list! WooHoo!! Congratulations
    also to Miz Phyliss, Miz DeWanna & Miz Jodi!
    I love Christmas stories and anthologies!!

    Pat Cochran

  24. Congratulations Linda! I have enjoyed all of your books. I look forward to reading this one. I really loved “Knight on the Texas Plains

    I do love Xmas stories

  25. WOW..so exciting and it could not have gone to a more deserving author. I am so very, very happy for you. I can not wait until you deliver the book to me in person tomorrow. Hope you don’t get lost in these huge West Texas sandstorms…

  26. Thanks for the kind words, Sherry. I’m so glad you liked Knight on the Texas Plains.

    Tretha, yes that sandstorm was something for the history books. Glad it’s not like that every day. Too scary. And yes, I plan on hand delivering your copy of A Texas Christmas tomorrow.

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