Be My Texas Valentine


I trust that Santa brought you lots of goodies and that you had a safe and happy New Year’s.

Now that we have the holidays out of the way I’m proud and happy to share that our sixth anthology, BE MY TEXAS VALENTINE, with Phyliss Miranda, Jodi Thomas, DeWanna Pace, and myself hits bookstores this week. Already we’ve gotten some great reviews.

My story is called CUPID’S ARROW. Rue Ann Spencer, the daughter of a high-powered Texas senator, has come home from a ladies finishing school. She’s busy planning her wedding to Theodore Greeley, her father’s hand-picked groom for her. The last person she wants to run into is rancher Logan Cutter. But as the fickle hand of fate would have it, that’s exactly who she plows into as she’s leaving the dressmaker’s shop.

Logan Spencer never knew why Rue Ann suddenly up and left town. One minute they’re planning their life together and the next he’s left high and dry with no explanation. He thought he had her out of his system….until he finds her unexpectedly in his arms. Looking into her beautiful green eyes he knows he’ll never be content with anyone else, not even if he lives to be a hundred.

Two matchmaking spinster sisters, a stray dog that’s looking for someone to love, and a sudden storm that traps Rue Ann and Logan gives Cupid a little extra help and gets everyone sorted out and with the ones they’re supposed to be with.

I hope all four of these stories reminds you how special Valentine’s Day is when you’re with the one you love.

Now here’s a short excerpt:

Rue Ann Spencer stepped from Mrs. Fitzhugh’s Dress Shop where she was being fitted for her wedding gown into the blinding afternoon sunlight.

She quickly raised her hand to shield her eyes but it wasn’t soon enough to keep her from plowing into the solid wall of a man’s body.

His quick grasp kept her on her feet.

“Pardon me.  I didn’t see….”  She stared up into the liquid brown eyes of none other than Logan Cutter.  Her words trailed as she suddenly lost the ability to form coherent thought.  Her blood chilled.  Why did she have to run into the one person who still had the ability to drive a knife straight into her heart?

That’s why she’d stayed far away from Texas and Shiloh for three years.  She’d never forgive him for what he’d done.

“I heard you were back in town, Rue Ann.”  Logan’s deep growl indicated he wasn’t thrilled with the encounter either.  “And I also hear congratulations are in order on your upcoming nuptials.”

“Thank you, Mr. Cutter,” she replied stiffly.  “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a million things to do to prepare for my wedding. Valentine’s Day will be here-”

“In exactly two weeks and five days,” he finished for her.

Shocked that he knew to the day how long before she’d become someone else’s wife, she gathered her shredded composure and turned in the direction of Whipple’s Dry Goods.  Refusing to give Cutter the satisfaction of knowing how deeply he’d affected her, she moved on, keeping her gaze glued to the sidewalk, never once glancing back.

Trembling, Rue Ann opened the door of the dry goods store and hurried inside.  Thankfully, Mr. Whipple had his hands full with the spinster Barlow sisters.

Rue Ann headed for a dark corner and, there sagging against a shelf of men’s hats, she blinked back sudden tears and gave herself a stern talking to.

She would not shed one more tear on that man. Logan Cutter wasn’t worth it.

This is going to be our last anthology for a while. We’ve decided to work on our own individual projects.

Do you have a favorite Valentine memory you’d like to share? I’m giving away a copy of the book to two people who leave a comment.

Click on the cover to order from Amazon.

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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!

40 thoughts on “Be My Texas Valentine”

  1. I love you ladies anthologies so I would love to read this one. I will miss them. I read A Texas just a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it so I must have this one also.

  2. My favorite Valentine memory was the year my husband led me to believe that he had forgotten it was Valentine’s Day and surprised me with roses, diamond earrings and a teddy bear.
    Love the cover to the anthology.

  3. Thanks, Cathy!

    Thanks, Quilt Lady……..Thanks for the compliment about A TEXAS CHRISTMAS. I hope this one will be as well received.

    Oh, CrystalBG……..that is a very special memory. I know you’ll cherish it forever. Can’t go wrong with diamonds, roses, and teddy bears. Wow, girl!

  4. What a delightful story, Linda. Rue Ann and Logan’s collision shoots off romantic sparks everyone will love.

    Here’s wishing you another well-deserved bestseller. And wishing all you ladies out there happy Valentine memories.

  5. Linda, Love the sound of this story, and already love the characters just from the scene. Can’t wait to read this!

  6. Hope your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were wonderful. Best wishes for a terrific 2012.

    I am glad to see another anthology come out in this series. I have really enjoyed them. I finished the Christmas one and am looking forward to the next one. Will miss them while you all take your break. That’s OK, we’ll still get good stories from you all, just in longer form.

    The memory that stands out the most, is not very romantic. My husband was at Squadron Officers’ School in Montgomery, AL which is a 3 month temporary assignment and very busy. I went with him, but we didn’t see much of each other because their schedules were very full. Our daughter was just over a year old and I was due in February. We looked at his schedule when we got there in January and Valentine weekend was the only 3 day break they had. I jokingly said that was when the baby had to be born.
    Valentine night we went out to dinner. I was so big there was no room for my belly on my lap. (The doctor thought my due date was off by a month or I was carrying twins. Nope, just lots of fluid so the baby could swim laps.) The line was terribly long, and our 15 month old daughter got her fingers caught in a door at the restaurant and was lucky not to loose them. I ordered a nice shrimp dinner and only managed to eat one or two. There just wasn’t any room for more because my stomach was so compressed. Definitely my most memorable if not the most pleasant Valentine’s Day I ever spent. My water broke the next morning and our second daughter was born on the 15th. With 30+ years perspective it brings a smile. Not so much then.

    I hope the release of BE MY TEXAS VALENTINE goes well. I’ll be looking for it.

  7. The anthology looks great!
    Sadly, Valentine’s Day is not a big thing where I’m living, so no memories there. It is getting more popular and more commercialized.

  8. Hi Mary………glad you liked the scene I posted. I hope it’ll help motivate readers to give this book a try. I’m a little sad too that we decided not to do any more of these. But life is ever-changing and we wanted to focus on our own separate books. Hopefully, we’ll all have new contracts to announce in the near future. Have a great day!

  9. Hi Kirsten…….I see I’ve piqued your interest. Very good. This story was so much fun to write. I’d never written matchmaking spinster sisters before this and I think it gave the story a little extra spark. Hope you enjoy it.

  10. Hi Winnie…….glad you enjoyed my post and the short excerpt. Hope you enjoy A Texas Christmas when you get to it. The good thing about books is that they patiently wait until you have time for them. Have a wonderful day!

  11. My fav Valentine memory was getting my first flowers in junior high… they were delivered to me in class and till this day make me smile with the memory.

  12. Hi Patricia B……….what a nice memory. I’m sure you were miserable though being so near your time. My goodness! Your daughter was almost a Valentine baby anyway.

    Thanks for the best wishes and I’m really glad you enjoyed A Texas Christmas. I hope you like this one as well. I’m a little sad too to take a break from these anthologies. But it’s onward and upward. I’m working really hard on an inspirational western romance. I love the ease with which the story is unfolding. Hopefully, I’ll have a new contract to announce soon. That would be great.

    Have a wonderful day!

  13. Hi ClaudiaGC…….I’m glad you enjoyed my blog about the book. Sorry you don’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day where you are. Maybe one day you will. It’s a pretty big thing here in the States. I always enjoy it because I have such fond memories from when my husband was alive.

    Have a good day!

  14. Hi Colleen…….what a neat Valentine memory. Flowers are very special and can make a woman feel so pretty and loved. I mostly get candy which suits me fine. I have a horrible sweet tooth. I can barely go one day without eating some. And now you know my shameful secret. Hope you have a good day!

  15. I can understand that you want to work on individual projects Linda, but I sure am going to miss those anthologies. I have all of them and loved each book and each story, especially A Texas Christmas. I am really looking forward to Be My Texas Valentine.

  16. Hey Linda, I can’t WAIT for this. I treated myself to A Texas Christmas during the holidays, and wow, was it ever a treat. Love you too, Phyliss!

    Best wishes for much success again in reaching that Best Seller list another time! oxox

  17. Morning, Linda. Can’t miss dropping in and adding my two cents. Great post, and of course, you know how much I love Rue Ann’s and Cutter’s story. Ladies, you are all in for a heartwarming surprise when you read it.

    We are all sad that we won’t be doing any more anthologies for a while, but are thrilled with each of our individual projects that we’re involved in. We might not have any short story collections, but we ain’t going anywhere gals!

    Although this isn’t my blog, I wish to thank each of you for your support with our six anthologies, and I’ll be blogging in Linda’s spot in two weeks, so she can go on a cruise. I’ll be telling you all more about “Be My Texas Valentine”. Hugs, Phyliss

  18. I am really looking forward to reading BE MY TEXAS VALENTINE!

    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory really takes place or at least starts about 51 years ago. It was my first Valentine’s Day with a boy friend. He was waiting for me after school with a very large box of chocolates. On top was a glass plate filled with spritz cookies with a red rose made from foam by his mother. At the time it never occurred to me that he had to have skipped school in order to be waiting for me at that time. He lived in a town about 10 miles away.

    The story continues about 10 years ago when he once again showed up at school (I work as a para at our local school] with a plate of spritz cookies with a live red rose on top. He had found the recipe and made the cookies himself.
    When I arrived home the kitchen was spotless.I Love that man!

  19. Hi Lori D……..thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad you loved our stories. I hope this one won’t disappoint either. Yes, I’m a little sad that we don’t have any more anthologies in the works but at the same time we’re excited that we might have full length books available before too long. Personally, I hope to be able to announce a contract soon.

  20. Hi Tanya……..I’m so glad you enjoyed A Texas Christmas. We’d always wanted to do a Christmas book and finally got our chance. I hope you’ll also enjoy Be My Texas Valentine. It would sure be icing on the cake if we made the NY Times list with this one too.

    Wishing you lots of success with your own stories!

  21. Hi Phyliss……..thanks for coming over. This blog was as much yours as mine. I haven’t told you often enough but I’m thrilled that I got to work with you on these anthologies. And no, we’re not going anywhere. We have lots more books in us that needs to come out. I really liked your Valentine story. I thought it was very well written. Maybe we’ll even do some more anthologies one of these days, having a good time and laughing like crazy.

  22. Oh, Connie……..what a guy! No wonder you fell in love him and still are. He’s such a romantic and knows the ways to a woman’s heart. That’s so sweet. I hope you know how special that is.

    Thanks for coming by. Have a great day!

  23. Hi Linda, I can’t wait to read your Valentine Story. I know that it will be good as always. I will miss the short stories.
    This is my most unforgetable Valentine memory. When my husband and I were 9th graders we were selected as king and queen of the church youth valentine banquet. His mom made him buy me a box of candy and he also took me to the banquet. I was dating another boy so he took him with us too! My husband and I did not start dating until several years later.

  24. Hi Tretha……..what a neat story. As a boy your husband was so sweet. And as a man he’s so caring. He has a huge heart. When I think of love between married couples you’re what comes to mind.

    I’ll bring you a book as soon as I get some. Our publisher is behind on getting them to us. I do hope you’ll like it.

  25. At our house Valentines Day has always been more fun than romantic. We make valentine sugar cookies and of course paper valentines. In recent years I’ve made some of the candy I didn’t get made for Christmas like homemade caramels or hand dipped chocolates. It seems like there’s always way too much to do at Christmas so why not extend the fun of candy and cookie making to another holiday.

  26. Hi Hilltop Farmwife…….sounds like you have the right idea. I say make candy and cookies anytime you take a notion. I sure don’t mind eating it. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  27. I’ll sure will miss the anthologies. They’ve been great. I can’t wait to get my hands on this and read it.

  28. Recieved my preordered hard copy early, not usual for Australia, Yah!(ordered it from the book depository in UK, )and read the book in two nights between festive season engagements.
    The electronic version, also preordered, just hit my kindle yesterday. These anthologies are keepers so I preorder them hard copies as well a the more usual electronic versions.
    Once again a very enjoyable anthology!! Keep it up! Please!
    Cheers Rosheen

  29. Opps helps if you read the bottom of the post after the exerpt. Thank for these anthologies they will be missed.
    Cheers Rosheen

  30. Hi, Linda! Happy New Year : ) I love those wonderful anthologies from you four lovely and talented ladies! “Be My Texas Valentine” sounds like a wonderful sweet treat!

    I do have a special Valentine’s Day story about my mother and stepfather. This story has a bittersweet ending, but real love is not always pretty. However, I will always believe that you don’t really star to live until you love someone more than you love your own life. My stepfather was a very sweet, kind man who had never had much happiness in his life until he met my mother. He was a Korean War vet and struggled with alcoholism. I have never seen anyone love another human being as much as he loved Mama. He stopped drinking “cold turkey” so that he could be with Mama, and so that my family would approve of him. He was such a good soul. Their time together was very short. They only had one Valentine’s day as a couple. He asked me what to get Mama, and I told him that she didn’t really like the candy and roses bit. We put our heads together and came up with the perfect gift. Two nice used bicycles. A blue one for her and a red one for him. Mama didn’t drive, but she loved to ride a bike. The two of them used to ride all over the place–always together. They were only married for a little over nine months when he passed away. I didn’t think that Mama would get over the loss. The only time that I ever saw her truly happy was the time that she had with my stepfather. I still have those two bicycles. They sit sided by side in my garage–always together.

  31. Rosheen…….that’s great! I know you folks in Australia have a hard time getting books from the States. For it to arrive so soon is amazing. The book is just beginning to make it’s way to bookstores here. And you’ve already read it! How cool. I’m so glad you liked it. We had lots of fun writing those stories. I wish you lots of reading pleasure throughout 2012!

  32. Kathleen…….bless you for ordering the Kindle version. I do hope you’ll like the book. That’s the neat thing about e-format. You don’t have to wait for the book to come through the mail.

    Wishing you a wonderful evening!

  33. Virginia…….your story deeply touched my heart. I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very special man with a heart of gold. I’m glad he and your mother had a few happy months together. It’s the quality not the quantity that is important in life and it sounds like he and your mother were so much in love. Always keep that memory in a safe place. Thank you for sharing it. Take care of those bicycles.

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