Love a Texas Ranger smallerI’m so excited! TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER is out and just waiting for you to read it! This is book #1 of my new Men of Legend series. It’s about a family – a father and his three sons – who live on a huge North Texas ranch called the Lone Star. For those who remember the western TV series Bonanza it’ll seem like going home. Instead of the Cartwrights this is the Legend family and they’re bigger-than-life.

Stoker Legend is a tough rancher who carved his name in blood on the Texas landscape. The ranch began as land given to him for fighting in the Texas War of Independence but now it’s grown to 480,000 acres and it’s a lot harder to hold onto.

His sons Sam, Houston, and Luke learned to have the same kind of steel in their backbone and they don’t back—from anything or anyone. Sam left the ranch as soon as he was able though which is a bone of contention between him and his father. Houston is most like Stoker and wants only to ranch. It’s in his blood. No one knows about Luke, not even Stoker, until this book. This illegitimate son turns their lives upside down. Luke is also an outlaw. Being a lawman, Sam feels a duty to arrest him and would if Stoker hadn’t stopped him.

So you see, conflict oozes from the pages of this story.

to-love-a-texas-ranger6In TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER, Sam is incapacitated and can’t do his job so his captain sends him home to recover. He boards a train and is immediately launched into saving Sierra Hunt, a pretty young woman who is running from outlaws. If he can just get her to the Lone Star, she’ll be safe. But two hundred miles stand between them. A mysterious gunslinger, joins them in the mad dash and at times only seconds separate them all from death.

And of course, with this being a romance, Sam falls in love with Sierra. But he won’t give up his job and the need to keep moving. Sierra has always dreamed of having a house one day where she can put down strong roots and she won’t give it up—not even for Sam Legend.

BLOG ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE IN BLANCHARD-1910Sierra is a schoolteacher so once she reaches the Lone Star, she teaches the ranch families’ children. On a ranch of this size, there are about 30-40 children. The Lone Star is so remote that Stoker Legend built a small town so the families wouldn’t have to travel so far to a town. They have a mercantile, telegraph, doctor, blacksmith, and a school.

Strangely enough, there were ranch schools back then. There was no excuse for ignorance so they taught them everything they needed to know in order to make it in the world. The schools consisted of one-room with the various grades all combined. The ranch owner paid the teacher a salary and furnished a place to live. It was a setup that greatly benefited everyone.

Pick up a copy of this book and ride along with Sam and the Legends. Stick your feet in the stirrups and hang on tight because if you fall off, Sam’s too busy chasing outlaws and saving Sierra to come back and get you.

Four lucky people will win a copy– choice of format. Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

If you like a book brimming with juicy secrets, this one is for you. What are you most drawn to in western romance? I really like stories that contain a lot of juicy secrets. And boy do I mean juicy!

Book #2 – HEART OF A TEXAS COWBOY comes out in May 2017 followed by the 3rd one in November.

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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!

36 thoughts on “TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER Book Release!”

  1. Hi Linda! Congratulations on your new release. I love the cover and the story sounds wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Cindy W.

    • Good Morning, Cindy…….Thank you for coming. I loved writing this Men of Legend series. The Legend family snuck into my heart and there’s no way of getting them out. They are all larger than life men who never back down from anyone or anything. This book is about the youngest one, Sam, who wants nothing to do with ranching. He can’t think of anything more boring than waking up in the same place every single day. Sierra Hunt has been dragged all over the place and dreams of having a little house with a white picket fence around it. And she’s not giving that up–not even for Sam.

      You have a blessed day and good luck!

  2. Linda- Congratulations on your new series, I know everyone will be so engrossed in this Texas family, they will not be able to stand the waiting we must endure while waiting for the 2nd book. But it’s a good wait. So excited about this new release for you. Congratulations again, this is my favorite book by you now. And I d loved everyone of yours so far, but this one was really special to me.
    Love you my sweet sister friend. ???

    • Good Morning, Miss Tonya……I’m really glad to see you. I think you may be right. I’m hoping readers will really come to love this family. They argue but underneath it all they have a deep love for each other and stand side by side in a fight. This series reminded me so much of Bonanza and the Cartwrights. I was really happy to give Sam a strong woman to love. She stood her ground and came away the winner! I love her!

      You have a blessed day, sister friend!

    • Good Morning, Estella……Thanks for coming. I’m so glad you stopped by to enter my contest. I think you’ll really like this book and series. I had lots of story to tell and this series is going to bleed over into the next one.

      Have a wonderful day, sweet lady!

    • Good Morning, Janine……..Thank for the congrats. I think you’ll like this one. It reminded me so much of the TV series Bonanza.

      Have a smiling kind of day!

    • Good Morning, Debra G……..I agree with you. I need that element of deep suspense and danger. That’s what keeps me turning the pages. And that’s what this book has. In fact, it starts on the first page and sends you galloping. I put poor Sam through the wringer.

      Have a blessed day and good luck!

  3. Hi, Linda! Happy congrats on the new release!

    I love western romances. What attracts me most in a western is the hero and his strength in body, mind, and character.

    • Hi Cheryl C…….You know, I couldn’t have a new book release without you. Just wouldn’t be right. I hope you enjoy this one. It’s my best yet.

      Hugs and good luck!

  4. I like variety in my reading… one day it could be a second chance story, another a bit of suspense, maybe a secret baby, or amnesia… I love to see what is out there to grab my attention! Congrats on your release! 🙂

    • Hi Colleen…….Thanks for coming. I know what you mean about variety. I need to mix my reading up too. I need something that really grabs me. Appreciate the congrats.

      Hugs and good luck!

    • Hi Kim…….Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like these Men of Legend. They’re a great bunch of cowboys. I think you might even fall in love with their dad, Stoker. He’s something else.

      Hugs and good luck!

  5. I did not know about ranch schools! Very interesting and nice to know they cared about the children. As for western romances I adore the hardworking heroes in them and the suspense and danger that usually comes with westerns!

    • Hi Susan P…….I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. Yes, some ranches were like small towns and a great many of them had schools. They didn’t want their kids to grow up ignorant. Ha!

      Have a blessed day and good luck!

  6. Linda, this is a wonderful story and I love Sam’s and Sierra’s relationship, especially Sam’s, who is a Texas Ranger. Oops, hope I’m not giving away all of the secrets. I really, really enjoyed the first Men of Legend book and look forward to the release of the others, along with your short story. So all of you who haven’t gotten Linda’s book yet, I promise you’ll love it. Take care Sister Filly and friend, Phyliss

    • Hi Phyliss…..Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate it. Thank you for critiquing and bringing me food, making sure I take my medicine. Griping at me when I get too tired. You’re the best!

      Love you,

  7. Linda, oh, be still my heart! I can’t wait to spend LOTS of time in this wonderful new world you’ve created. I am so ready to hunker down with this fantastic read. Best wishes and congratulations! xoxox

    • Hi Tanya…..And what a world it is. This ranch, this family really did remind me so much of Bonanza. They all have such huge personalities. And they have disagreements but underneath it all lies an unbreakable bond. They are truly family.

      I hope you enjoy!

  8. Hi, Linda! This definitely sounds like another winner! I love western romances! It all goes back to all of those westerns I watched on television in my younger days making western romances one of my favorite genres. Looking forward to reading To Love a Texas Ranger!

    • Hi Dali……Thank you for coming by. Loved your comment. You sound like me. Those old westerns sure filled my young life with dreams and hopes that one day my own cowboy would ride into my life. And he did. I hope you enjoy this book!

  9. Congratulations, Linda. I am glad your first Men Of Legend book is out so everyone can enjoy it. Things have been so crazy the past few months, I haven’t been able to do much reading. Two big projects will finish this week, and we are running away (well, driving away) to have some time to relax. I need to dig through the mess on my pool table to find this book and a few others to take with me. TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER is first on my list to read. I can’t wait.
    I hope the release is a big success.

    • Hi Patricia…..Thanks for coming over. I really appreciate it. I’m glad you’re taking a little time to relax. You deserve it. Your volunteer work keeps you running non-stop. And now there’s Hurricane Matthew and I’m wondering if they’ll call you in to work. That monster will cause lots of problems. So grateful it won’t go inland too far.

      Enjoy the book. I hope my Legend men keep you thoroughly entertained.

  10. Congratulations on your new, much anticipated book release. Great to hear it’s a series! I’ll put the next two books on the to-buy list that I keep.

    What do I like about western romance? I love the idea of wide open spaces with room to move and breathe, the idea of new beginnings the West brought to so many real people as it does now in many stories, but I also really love those can-do cowboys who seem to be able to figure out a way to handle whatever is thrown at them or comes their way. I also like an open nature setting over a congested, society one that often demands conformity.

    When I lived in Scotland, I learned that many Europeans call Americans “Yanks” if they’re thinking about colonial type days, but more often we’re called “Cowboys” because American society is so much looser and open than those much older countries. Political cartoons sometimes have western gun belts in them somewhere.

    I have a favorite saying comparing the UK to the US. First, remember that from the tippy top of Scotland to the very bottom of Cornwall, the UK is an island about 1000 miles in length. So the saying goes: To the Brits, 300 miles is a long distance while its a short distance for Americans, while to Americans 300 years is a long time while to Brits it’s recent history.

    It goes back to why I like westerns: we’re still an open society, and I hope we can stay that way. Reading western romances keep that alive and kicking for me.

    • I forgot to add that all of the UK is about 57% of California. Texas is about three times larger in area. Scotland by itself is slightly smaller than Maine. Just FYI for fun (I hope). It’s what I meant about o-p-e-n spaces. 🙂

    • Hi Eliza…..Thanks for coming. I love when you visit and share something interesting. Love your saying and it’s really the truth. Westerns fill the bill in a lot of ways–all of them good. I hope you enjoy this one.

    • Hi Melanie……Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you’re right about it being a winner. I loved this story and the story people so much. I’m afraid others won’t see what I do.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  11. Hi Linda, congrats on your new release! I can’t wait to read it. I am sorry I missed this post but I haven’t been on line much lately. I have been so busy trying to get thing done around here that I haven’t had time for blogging.I just finished putting finish on our building outside along with the back porch, so much to do and so little time. Since the weather is nice I am trying to get the outside work done and then start on the inside. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Hi Quilt Lady…..It’s not a party unless you’re here. I’m so glad you came. Sounds like you’re working like those ants getting ready for winter. I don’t blame you though. Fresh air is good and it’s steadily becoming cooler. It’s supposed to get down close to freezing tomorrow night here in the Texas panhandle. I’m so ready for winter! I hope you like this book and my Legend men. They really are some of the best to ride into my dreams.

  12. Linda, Looks like you have written another great book, To Love A Texas Ranger & series, The Men of Legend. Sam sounds like my kind of juicy & secret cowboy with a surprise brother, Luke that helps him & Sierra out…….Wow! can’t wait to read this one.
    Thanks for the contest, Linda.

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