A Cowboy Will Soon Come to Call!

Sometimes events in my life inspire a story. That was certainly true with Knight on the Texas Plains and my little playmate who’d been won in a poker game. And now again with THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING (Book #2 Texas Heroes series.)

When I wrote this story in 2002, I was locked in a battle to keep my eyesight. I’d been diagnosed with MS and the disease was determined to steal my vision no matter what doctors did. Each day found a drop in the things I could see. Then, I woke one morning unable to see anything but shapes and shadows. My neurologist put me in the hospital, gave me bags of steroids, and was able to bring much of it back. Although I still struggle with eyesight, I can do almost everything I want today.

In The Cowboy Who Came Calling, Glory Day is slowly going blind and this terrifies her. She’s the sole support of her younger sisters and her mother. If she doesn’t hunt, they don’t eat. To make matters worse, the bank is trying to take their farm.

On the trail of a wanted outlaw, Glory shoots former Texas Ranger Luke McClain then has to take him home with her and fix him up. She desperately needs the reward money to pay the bank and try to get her father out of prison before she loses all her vision. Luke desperately needs the outlaw as well in order to clear his name and get his job with the Texas Rangers back. But the outlaw Mad Dog Perkins slips away.

As Luke recuperates in the Day household, he sees all the things in bad need of repair and begins to make himself useful as soon as he’s able. Glory sees his help as pity and it gets under her skin so she starts calling him Mr. Fixer. But her deep irritation comes from attraction to him. He won’t want a blind wife.

The Cowboy Who Came Calling is in the vein of Little Women and Glory reminds me so much of Jo March. She’s embodied with such courage and strength. The book is a reissue and releases Feb. 6.

I have a Goodreads Giveaway going until release day. Here’s the link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35023957-the-cowboy-who-came-calling

(You have to have a Goodreads account or the giveaway won’t show.)

More News!!

The e-book version of Knight on the Texas Plains (Book #1 of this Texas Heroes series) is on sale for $1.99 until Monday, January 22nd on all outlets. Click HERE for the Amazon link.

Book #3 Texas Heroes — To Catch a Texas Star — releases July 2018.

My question:

Can you tell by maybe added depth when a story is inspired by an event in a writer’s life? Do you enjoy stories a little better when you know they came from an author’s life?

Two people who comment will win a copy of my handy-dandy 2018 calendar.


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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!

45 thoughts on “A Cowboy Will Soon Come to Call!”

  1. Linda- I’m so excited to read this book again.
    To answer your question, I believe when an author has experienced something in their lives, when They incorporate it in their book it definitely shows. I read a wonderful book by Natasza Waters a few weeks ago that just blew me away. She herself suffers from the disease the main character has. Truly an emotional book. Plus the added bonus is when you’ve expetienced something you have first hand knowledge, not just book research.
    I’m so happy you didn’t lose your eyesight. Love you Sister friend.

    • Good morning, Tonya….I’m glad you’re excited to read it again. I did make a subtle changes and softened Glory just a bit. Sourcebooks wouldn’t let me make any big changes though and I regret that I couldn’t. I think you’ll (hopefully) love it even more. These characters appear very briefly toward the end of To Catch a Texas Star with some big news.

      Praying you get over that flu. Love you, sister friend.

    • OH!!! I’ve read that book by Natasza Waters — His Perfect Imperfection. There definitely is something deeper that flows through the pages – a more intimate connection – when the author writes from an intensely personal experience like that. I have faith that we’ll find the same kind of emotions and connections with Linda’s Glory!

  2. The insight from having been there and the intimate knowledge of disease places words on the pages that hold true without effort. The strain and pain become self evident. Research may help polish it up for the reader, but the emotion is what rings true. Readers get that. Readers can empathize with the author’s truth within the story and characters.
    Its like a new author vs a seasoned author. You can just tell.

    • Good morning, Jerri……..I’m so happy you stopped by. I totally agree with you about the emotion. I think the fact that I was terrified bled over into Glory. And I didn’t have near the problems of taking care of her mother and sisters that she did. Which I’m thankful for. I hope you like this book.

      Much love and hugs!

  3. I agree with Jerri, the emotion will always come through. I haven’t read this but just put it on my TRL. Thank you for sharing this. I’m happy to hear you got your eyesight back. 🙂
    Carol Luciano

    • Good morning, Carol……I’m glad you enjoyed my post and reading about my personal struggles. I’ve held back from doing that but I felt certain in finally opening up. Thank you for your caring words.

      Have a blessed day filled with love!

    • Good morning, Caryl…….I’m glad you liked my post. True life is difficult to write about and it forces you to go places you might not want to go. But it does add so much to a story in my opinion.

      Have a blessed day!

  4. I am so happy you kept your eye sight and able to share you knowledge in your story. MS has taken a childhood friend of mine at a young age and my best friend growing up has it. She is an amazing godly woman who will brighten up any room. She has tried many experimental drugs over the years and had her up and downs. Like you she makes the best of it and shares. To me I can’t wait to read this book then pass it onto her to read. God bless each and ever one of you who are able to share your experiences and help enlighten the rest of the world. Many hugs my friend!!!

    • Good morning, Kristi……It’s great seeing you. MS is such a debilitating disease and often ravages our bodies in many ways. I laugh when I say this, but I never know when I get up in the morning which part of me doesn’t want to work. But you know, there are far worse things to have and I feel blessed that I’m able to keep going and doing almost everything I want. I get kinda angry when people get into the “pity me” mode. That doesn’t solve one thing. Good grief, get busy on something and count your blessings!

      Love and big hugs, dear friend.

  5. Linda great post and I can’t wait to read this book. I am so happy that they were able to save you eye sight because that is one thing we really need. I would hate to loose my sight. My sister has lost the sight in one of her eyes due to a stroke in the eye but she can still see in the other eye but does have problems, she still read some though. Take care.

    • Good morning, Quilt Lady……I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I love your enthusiasm for this book. I do think you’ll enjoy it. I’m sorry about your sister. Yes, eyesight is very precious. Sounds like she doesn’t let her loss keep her from living. Bless her.

      Much love and big hugs!

  6. I’m dying to read this book. I know what your talking about with MS and vision. It’s very scary. I see an opthlamogist on a regular basis hoping if things start looking off in my eyes when can get ahead of it!

    • Good morning, Steph…….I know your struggles with MS and raising your girls. There is something very empowering in soldiering through. I found a strength I didn’t know I had. And I discovered that nothing will stop me from living life to the fullest. Vision problems is definitely something MS people have to cope with among other things. I’m proud of you for keeping on with life, living it the best you can, and not feeling sorry for yourself. Give thanks that you don’t have anything worse.

      Much love and tender hugs, warrior buddy!

  7. You are as courageous as your heroines, Linda. Your own story of perseverance is such a blessing. So thankful you are seeing well and writing stories that help your readers see the word through a cowboy’s eyes. 🙂

    • Good morning, Karen……Thank you for the hug, but I don’t really see myself as anything special. I’m an immensely determined person and determined not to let life get me down. Everyone has trials and some are bigger than others, but it’s handling them and not letting them defeat you that makes all the difference. I’m sure trying to write stories that bring cowboys and their ladies to life. I just wish I had more talent in getting the stories on paper like they are in my head.

      Have a blessed day full of love!

  8. I think the fact that you experienced it yourself and know how it feels. You can bring it out in words how the heroine feels better than anyone. I myself have eye site problems and would totally relate to her. I’m legally blind without my glasses and with them I’m still have eye site problems. I would love to read your book. Thank you for the chance.

    • Good morning, Charlene……Thank you for coming. I’m sorry about your eyesight but I applaud you for keeping on with life. I’m counting blessings that you can see with corrective lenses. That’s wonderful! I’m not giving away books until next month because I don’t have any yet, but I’ll let you know.

      Much love and hugs!

  9. I love that a story involves actual events from ones life. It adds depth and a deeper interest in the story being told. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post, MissLinda. I hope you have a great day.

    • Good morning, Miss Melanie…….I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I certainly hope that the emotion I felt with my vision loss translates into Glory’s character. I guess we’ll see when the book releases on Feb. 6th.

      Have a blessed and wonderful day! Sending love and hugs.

  10. Linda, I think it goes both ways. An author writes with deep passion and authenticity when she or he writes from direct personal experience, but part of being a writer also means you can channel somebody else’s pain. Or take pain from our own pasts and change the situation for our characters, but draw on the emotion we’ve experienced.
    Kathy Bailey

    • Good morning, Kathy…….You are absolutely right. Writers do that all the time and it’s an amazing talent. I wish I could do it better. Putting emotion into words is very difficult sometimes.

      Have a blessed day!

  11. Your experience and health adds another dimension to the story which is authentic and emotional. When you experience something as traumatic and profound writing about this experience is unforgettable and meaningful. I have had many health concerns and serious medical issues for the past 6 years. It changed my life dramatically. Your writing would give me great pleasure. Wishing you wonderful health and happiness.

    • Good morning, Anne…..I’m glad you liked my post. It sounds like you can certainly relate. I’m sorry you have to struggle so. But you know, God has a plan for us. We owe it to ourselves and our faith to keep trying and to make the best of each day. I see that for myself so clearly. Until it’s time to lay down, I’ll keep on going. I’ll be giving away some copies of The Cowboy Who Came Calling next month so be watching.

      Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  12. Yes it is a little more fun when it’s inspired by an authors life. Glad the doc was able to restore your sight.

    • Good morning, Kim…….Thanks for coming and for your kind words. I think I still would’ve written even if I’d gone blind. Back then, I looked into voice recorders and programs where I could keep writing.

      Have a wonderful and blessed day!

  13. Linda, I really loved that story when I read it, and I admit, I did wonder what prompted that particular problem in Glory’s life–but it was so perfect for what had to be done in the story–I didn’t know it was because of personal experience then, but now that I DO know it, I can see why it made such an impression on me at the time. I think when we incorporate personal experiences, fears, hopes, and accomplishments in our stories it shows through in a big way, and your story did that!

    A calendar! How wonderful! I think that is GREAT! Love you, and so sorry I missed you when you all were here. :(((( XOXO

    • Good morning, Cheryl……I’m glad you enjoyed The Cowboy Who Came Calling and now you know the story behind the story. 🙂 Yes, I too am sorry we couldn’t get together last Friday. You know, I really believe that we will one day. We’ve just gotta keep trying. I had fun putting my calendar together and selecting and showing off my book covers. 🙂

      Love and hugs!

  14. When life has unknown health problems thrown at you which you can conquer as you have done with your determination and strength it is admirable and wonderful. When you bring this to your books it is so important and gives me hope.

    • Hi Ellie……..I’m glad my stories provide hope and maybe give readers strength to overcome whatever it is they’re going through. Thank you for your kind words. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and clinging to faith to see me though. I don’t think I’m very special though.

      Love and hugs!

  15. Oh, my, what a story rife with conflict! Gotta get this one, Linda. You are such a fighter and a true inspiration. (I’m with Cheryl–what a great idea to have a calendar!!!)

    • Hi, Pam…….I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Luke McClain and Glory Day have a ton of conflict and both fought love tooth and nail. I love these characters and they still occupy a place in my heart. The calendars…..they’re easy to make through Vistaprint but a little pricey. I’ll bet you could print them out yourself and take them to Office Depot to get bound for a lot cheaper. I may look into doing that next year. Microsoft might have a calendar app.

      Love you, lady!

  16. Your beautiful post is inspiring and filled with emotions which we face when we have this confrontation with life. In books I want to see reality and life since trials and tribulations of this type take place and we cannot hide from these tough times. Illness is not unknown to me as I have had to deal with many life threatening diseases and this has made me appreciate each day with good health.

    • Hi Annie………I’m happy you enjoyed my post. No, we can’t hide from trials, that’s for sure. It sounds like you’ve been severely tested at times. I pray they’re smoothing out. Learning to deeply, and fully, appreciate each day provides so much peace to our souls. I think we yearn for realism in books and hoping to see some nugget that will help us.

      Have a blessed day, dear lady!

  17. I love books that are based on authors personal experiences it gives a more realistic touch. I so am excited for this book

    • Hi Glenda……Then you’re in for a whole lot of realism, lady! This book gets down to the nitty gritty. I’ll be sending out copies when I get my author freebies. 🙂

      Much love, dear friend!

  18. squeee!!! This book sounds amazing (as you can tell by all the lovin’ you’ve been gettin’ from me lately) – and I wonder if Duel’s gonna have to step up his game to keep #1 spot in my heart or if his brother will take his place! eeek!!! I wouldn’t want to be there to see those two go at it! …..wait…. um, YEAH I would! haha!

    As far as when an author makes themselves even more vulnerable and pours something so deeply personal into their heroine (or any character) there’s always this stronger pull, this deeper connection, this emotional intensity that can bond the reader to the story and possibly/probably even to the author as well. It’s scary putting something that intimate out there for the public, but what bravery is behind that as well. And faith knowing that somewhere, somehow, someone needs to have that connection. And you’re the conduit for it. What an honor both ways.

    So… did I answer the question? Haha! Oh well! 🙂 Love and hugs, sweet friend!

    • Good morning, Miss Michelle R…….I’m happy to see you so excited! I think you’ll love Luke but I’m not sure if he’s strong enough to knock Duel off the perch. Ha! You put into words very well what I struggle to say. I think in a way I am a conduit between a reader and a powerful message in a story. I never know what a reader is going through but my prayer is that my words help someone. It is quite an honor to get that review or email letting me know how my story touched someone. Yes, you answered the question very well!!

      Love and big Texas hugs!

  19. I am so glad your doctor was able to restore most of your sight. Most of us don’t realize how much it means to us until something happens to endanger it and we are threatened with its loss. I am still trying to regain my eyesight in one eye (detached retina). Not as bad as loss of sight in both eyes, but still frightening. When reading an excerpt from THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING, the turkey hunting scene definitely had the feel of reality. It was the voice of someone who had been there. The frustration of focusing and then having everything change with no warning. Blinking and trying desperately to get things back into focus and not having any luck. The fear that it won’t get better and will continue to get worse. Worrying just how much worse it will get. We are so lucky today to have medical treatment that can in many cases help restore at least some of our sight.
    I feel it does make a big difference if the author has experienced something or been to the places and events described in a book. I have several authors whose books I enjoy who have very obviously been to the places their books are set. In several of their books set in places I have been, their descriptions were spot on. It adds something to a book when you know exactly where a character is standing or what the atmosphere is because you have have been there. There is an authenticity that comes through even if the reader has not been to the area or experienced what is happening.
    I look forward to reading Glory and Luke’s story. No need to enter my name in the giveaway.

    • Hi Patricia B……….I know you struggle with your eye problem a lot and I understand. Our vision is so precious and yet we take it for granted that it’ll always be there. When it’s not, it throws us into turmoil. I pray your eye gets better and better. You should like Glory and Luke’s story. (I swear, I’m going to have to quit using that name. I’m wearing it out. In all fairness though, I had no idea that Sourcebooks would re-release this book when I came up with Luke Legend in the proposal for Men of Legend.)

      I’m sure you’re buried in either snow or ice. Stay warm! Love you bunches.

  20. Yes, it is very apparent when an author uses an experience or a personal emotion in their writing. A story that might be good is suddenly great when these are included!

    • Hi Connie………I’m glad you stopped by to comment. I’m glad that readers can tell when a writer inserts something very personal into their stories. I always wondered.

      Have a great week and stay warm!

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