Kindle New Release

 

What always strikes me most about stories of the old West are the poor down-trodden men and women who struck out across this vast country with little more than the clothes on their back. Nothing but big dreams and a promise for a better tomorrow provided the strength to weather the tough times. With grit and determination most carved out a good life for themselves.

These types of people are lots more interesting than the ones who have lots of money and little hardship. I guess I like the struggle and the making of something from nothing. And maybe it’s the fact that I, too, came from such humble beginnings.

While I’ve written stories about both rich and poor, my heart has always been with the less fortunate.

One of my very favorite characters was Glory Day in THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING that’s just been re-released as an e-book. Glory shoulders the responsibility of providing for her mother and two sisters after her father was wrongly convicted of murder and sent to prison. In addition to managing their small farm, she does the hunting and seeing that they don’t go hungry. But then one day she begins to have problems with her eyesight and the confidence that she’s capable of doing whatever needs done is severely shaken. If she can’t see, she can’t kill meat for the table. Panic sets in.

Then a cowboy with a heart of gold enters her life after she accidentally shoots him.

Luke McClain seems the answer to a prayer. He wastes no time in taking up the slack. In fact a little too well and has Glory seeing red. She doesn’t want him taking completely over and making her feel like she’s an invalid. Sparks fly and when the dust settles she finds out she’s attracted to the man who can fix anything. But of course, as all good heroines do, she doesn’t let him know. It would simply go to his head and that was too swelled to start with.

I had so much fun writing this story. It originally came out in 2003 by Dorchester Publishing and won the National Readers’ Choice Award.

EXCERPT:

For an instant Glory seemed about to hand him his head on a platter.  Then almost shyly, she accepted his grip and dismounted.

“Pure luck, McClain.”

He suspicioned she tucked that shyness behind the gruff exterior because it was easier than dealing with other emotions.  Ones that scared the living daylights out of her.  And him, too.

Glory untied the legs of two large gobblers and let them fall to the ground.

“Nice shot,” Luke said, examining them.  “Punkin might have a point after all when she claimed you could shoot whatever you aimed for.  Now, I’m not sure filling my leg full of lead was all that accidental.  Could be-”

“Could be you talk too much.”  She probably meant the flippant tone as a warning.  “As you said, you can’t believe everything that bratty sister of mine says.”

Luke should’ve let sleeping dogs lie, but he couldn’t help stirring the boiling pot.  Even if he got scalded.  Manure for brains his father had said many a time.

“Like the part about you never having a beau?  Or never lettin’ a gentleman call on you?  Or is it the part about never been kissed that’s bunched your tail feathers in a wad?”

A shocked gasp filled the space.  “Mr. McClain.  That’s my business.  What right….?”

Before he realized his intentions, he slid his hand beneath her hair.  With a tug on the back of her neck, he pulled her against him.  Glory trembled under his touch, a fragile leaf in a storm’s path.

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This e-book as well as my other release REDEMPTION is available for $2.99. Click HERE to buy.

Which types of stories bring you more satisfaction…the ones that feature the poor and downtrodden or ones where the characters have everything their hearts desire? I’m giving away one copy of this today in e-form to two people who leave a comment.

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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!
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31 thoughts on “Kindle New Release”

  1. Hi Linda, great post! I think I get more satisfaction out of the poor and downtrodden stories the stories of the rich that have everything. I am a person that had to work hard for everything I own and I that made me a better person. Not sure how I would have came out if everything was handed to me.

    The Cowboy Who Came Calling sounds really good and I would love to read it.

  2. Hi Linda!

    With all the great stories coming out from the Fillies I need a week with no distractions and endless reading. :o) THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING is in my TBR folder on my kindle and I look forward to reading about Luke and Glory.

    I tend to like stories in the middle road, I guess. I enjoy stories of people who work hard and succeed. The level of that success can vary, and doesn’t have to be financial.

  3. Delicious excerpt, Linda. I love Glory’s name and her spunk. And the idea of her losing her vision is something I’ve never read before.
    I guess I like a mix of poor vs. privileged characters. A formerly wealthy one who falls on tough times, or a struggler who finds herself suddenly rich and has a hard time adjusting would appeal to me.
    But the rich lords and ladies aren’t usually on my list.
    🙂

  4. Good morning, Quilt Lady…….thank you for stopping by and sharing. I, too, have had to work very hard to get where I am. I was born in tent in the 1940’s because we didn’t have a house. And a tent was an improvement for my parents. They were homeless prior to the tent. But we’re all hard workers and have persevered. My parents are gone now but I still remember the love they showered on us kids. That’s what’s important.

    I do hope you’ll like Luke and Glory’s story in The Cowboy Who Came Calling.

  5. Good Morning, Pageturner……..I’m glad you stopped by to chat and share your opinion. Sometimes a story of wealthy characters can give us a nice break from our everyday lives. We can dream and fantasize about what it would be like to have it all. But that doesn’t mean the wealthy have problem-free lives. They don’t. Their problems are just a different sort.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  6. Hi Kirsten………Thank you for purchasing The Cowboy Who Came Calling. I do hope you’ll like the story. I was stunned and overjoyed when it won the National Readers’ Choice Award. The story came from my heart. I laughed and cried right along with my characters as I put it all down in my word processor. Ah, the joys of writing. It’s very fulfilling.

    Something can be said for taking the middle road. You’re probably satisfied with just about anything you read. And isn’t it just too funny that our TBR piles can be just as tall on an e-reader as they are in paper books? If my Kindle books were paper they’d be toppling over just like the other.

    Have a great day. I hope you find some good books to read.

  7. Morning, Elizabeth………Writing a character who loses her vision was extremely difficult. But, oh what reward. I became totally immersed in Glory’s character and was very satisfied at the way the story turned out. Who knows? Maybe you’ll write a vision-impaired character one of these days. I know you can do it. You’re so talented.

    You know, in my earlier years I loved to read about rich English lords and their ladies. But I’m more seasoned by life now and my preferences have changed. And western romance came along and the rest is history.

    Hope your day is full of sunshine and laughter.

  8. Morning, CrystalGB……….I’m glad you stopped by to comment and weigh in on the poor versus rich issue. I’m finding more readers prefer to read about struggling settlers than those who are handed everything. I think there’s more of a richness and depth to the stories of struggle and perseverance.

    Hope your day is rosy and bright.

  9. Hi, Linda. I love your premise. In fact, I just clicked on your link and bought it. 🙂 It sounds like a winner.

    I love stories where the characters are men and women of integrity with hard-working spirits. The size of their bank account doesn’t really matter as long as those character traits are genuine. But I admit, I do root a little harder for the down-and-outers who have a chance to finally escape their hardship.

  10. Good Morning, Karen W……….Thank you so much for buying Cowboy. I hope you’ll like it. It’s set not too awfully far from you in Santa Anna and Coleman.

    I agree with you. A character who has integrity and honor will always get my vote. But, there’s a part of me that finds such joy in someone who overcomes against the odds. That’s something I know a little about.

    Wishing you a wonderful day!

  11. Oh Glory and Luke sound like they have a great story to tell! I am glad for re-releases… gives us the chance to read books we have missed before… as for which type of story I prefer… I do really enjoy when every character has the chance at happiness and good things come into their lives no matter what they had or did not have before.

  12. I’m a HUGE underdog fan. I always liked the least popular Beatle, Monkee, Cartwright, Hardy Boy, Wizard in Harry Potter. You name it. I picked him.
    Burger King over McDonalds
    Pepsi over Coke

    It’s knee jerk by this point.

    The book sounds great.

  13. Hi Linda, congrats on the re-release! I love that e-books can live forever! I like underdog stories at times but not too depressing, but then again, I don’t identify with those that have it all or easy either LOL. I guess I can take anything as long as I know a HEA is on its way.

  14. Hi Colleen, our P&P cheerleader! You always seem so happy. Glad you enjoyed my post and that you like what you see about COWBOY. Yes, e-books are wonderful in that they give a reader a chance to read something they missed when it was in print.

    I take it you just like books, no matter if the characters are rich or poor, tall or short, or plump or skinny. That’s the way it should be. A non-discriminating reader. 🙂

  15. Hi Mary………I think what that means is that you must have a soft heart. I’m glad of that because you write the most amazingly wonderful characters who are the same way. And I hope you continue to do so for a long time to come.

  16. Hi Tanya……..thanks for the congrats. You know, there’s comfort of sorts in knowing that I’ve left something permanent for generations that come after me. When I was on my cruise to the Caribbean and toured those Mayan ruins I saw something there that really struck home. High up at the top of one of the high walls there was a red hand print that was left by one of the builders. He wanted to leave his mark so people would know he’d been there and worked on the pyramids. But the thing is he painted over the hand print after he made it and it wasn’t seen until the paint had washed away after all these decades. It’s kinda that way with our books. Who knows who will discover us years and years down the road.

  17. Hello Fillies! Long time no see (I’ve been MIA for a very long time I know)

    Trying to get back to visiting blogs I’ve missed and I’ve missed you ladies dearly!

    I definitely prefer the poor and downtrodden, unless the ones who have “everything” realize and learn that they don’t really have everything- that the most important things are not possessions or people they can control. If they learn and grow, that makes a huge difference, but usually I like to see the ones who are down and out find success in life and love. I’m definitely adding this to my Kindle list of books to get soon! 😉

    Taryn

  18. Hi Taryn Raye……..Oh my gosh, it’s been forever since I’ve seen your name on a comment! This is wonderful. I’m glad the book is teasing you.

    And thanks for sharing your opinion. I agree with everything you said. There’s something extremely satisfying to have a character struggle and struggle before they finally achieve their dream. It’s just like real life. I know myself that the things I have to really work for mean the most to me.

    I hope we see more of you around here, lady!

  19. Ms. Linda, I will read about both groups, but I
    lean just a bit more toward the underdog! The one
    who has to work hard for his/her daily sustenance.
    I look forward to reading this book, it sounds
    great!

    Pat Cochran

  20. I’m going to try to swing by more often. I hit a snag where my writing was concerned and kind of dropped out of sight for a bit. Plus I’ve been working on getting ready for my first book to come out (in just a few weeks) and working on more.

    The fillies sure have grown since I was here last! I can’t wait to learn more about the names and faces I’m not as familiar with!

  21. You know what? I think that I like both. Depends on my mood at the time but I know that if I pick up or download a book with your name on it I will enjoy it!

  22. Hi Linda, I’ve written both types of heroes and heroines, but I think the underdog is my favorite because they can go nowhere but up. I like the “got everything in life” hero or heroine also because they are typically seriously flawed internally instead of externally. I enjoyed rereading “The Cowboy Who Came Calling”; and of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say how much I love your e-book cover! Big hugs and keep those stories coming, precious friend.

  23. Hi Pat………thanks for the comment. It’s always a pleasure to see you here. There seem to be a lot of readers who root for the underdog. And I can see why. We long for the deep satisfaction that comes in seeing a person succeed despite the odds.

    Hope you have a wonderful day, Miss Pat.

  24. Taryn…….I’m glad you’re over the snag in your writing. We look forward to seeing you visit us again. Yes, the Fillies have grown. Most of us only blog one day a month now. We’re so busy with our writing and careers we can’t devote more to P&P than that.

  25. Oh, Connie………thank you so much for the compliment! It deeply touched my heart. This right here is the reason I write. This is what gives me the greatest joy and fulfillment.

    May the rest of your day be filled with much happiness. 🙂

  26. Hi Phyliss………glad you could take a minute and visit P&P. I’m glad you liked The Cowboy Who Came Calling. That means a lot coming from you. Yes, the cover is really special, thanks to your granddaughter Emma. She has exceptional talent and really outdid herself with this cover.

    Wishing you a lot of luck with your writing class tonight.

  27. One thing I have found in life as well as in fiction is that those who “have everything” often have empty lives. I like stories with richly drawn characters and good plots. The social status of the main characters isn’t that important. No matter what it is, they can face trials and hardships as well as reversals of fortune. A good story is just that, whether it takes place in a castle or a cabin.

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