A Deal Made in Texas by Michelle Major

Thanks so much for having me here today. I’m really excited to be a part of Petticoats & Pistols.

I was taking a tiny break from writing recently and checking out Facebook (not procrastinating at all!). A trailer for a new Netflix movie caught my eye and I wanted to share because it was so intriguing.

Have you heard of ‘The Highwaymen’? It releases at the end of this month and stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson – which might be enough of a recommendation right there. They play two former Texas Rangers who are hired to track down the infamous duo, Bonnie and Clyde.

I’m familiar with Bonnie and Clyde but admit that some of that comes from the old Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway movie, which somewhat romanticized their violent crime spree. What I found so fascinating about the new movie is the contrast between the ‘newfangled’ innovations in law enforcement – it was the early 1930s and the FBI was now a part of things along with air surveillance and more modern technological advances. But the governor of Texas calls on the ‘cowboys’ to bring in the bad guys when everything else fails.

There’s something really special about the lore of the western lawman. To me, that history is what makes western romance so captivating – even when it’s contemporary. There’s the spirit of self-reliance coupled with a huge sense of community – those two things make a perfect backdrop for characters finding their way to love.

Which is why I’ve been honored to be part of the Fortunes of Texas continuity for the past several years. Writing is such solitary work most of the time so it’s fun—and sometimes challenging—to bounce ideas around with other authors and make sure character development and plotlines work together. Because all of us see the outline for each of the six books, I really enjoy reading the books when they release to see how each author has made the story their own.

In 2019 readers meet ‘The Lost Fortunes’ – and the miniseries kicked off with my hero, Gavin Fortunado, in A Deal Made in Texas. He is tired of his family’s matchmaking ways and embarks on a pretend engagement with longtime friend Christine Briscoe. But their feelings become real all too quickly and it was so fun to write the two of them struggling not to fall in love when they’re perfect for each other.



 I’ll be giving away 2 print copies of A Deal Made in Texas (US only). To win, tell me your favorite western movie or TV show.

I have a feeling ‘The Highwaymen’ might end up on my list of faves.


Here’s a little more about A Deal Made in Texas:

It’s like a page ripped from her diary when Christine Briscoe finds herself dancing with Gavin Fortunado at his sister’s wedding. It’s like a scene from her dreams when the flirtatious attorney asks her to be his—pretend—girlfriend. But there is nothing make-believe about the sparks between the quiet office manager and the sexy Fortune scion. Considering Gavin’s reputation, she might be heading for heartbreak. Or maybe, just maybe, straight down the aisle!

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24 thoughts on “A Deal Made in Texas by Michelle Major”

  1. Love Kevin Cosner. So that’s probably why I love the movie Wyatt Earp. A Deal Made In Texas sounds like a wonderful read.

  2. I love Kevin Costner, I’m really loving his new show Yellowstone. I can wait for the 2nd season.
    One of my favorite movies is Return To Snowy Mountsin. When I was little I loved the tv show Fury.
    On my 1st date I ever went on we went to see Silverado, but if I have to choose a western movie I always gravitate back too, it’s McClintock with John Wayne.
    On a side note I’m a distant cousin to Bonnie on my dad’s side. Something like my great grandmother and Bonnie’s mom were sisters or something like that. I’ll have to ask my dad again. Also where I live up here in Hugoton, KS now it has been recently discovered that Bonnie and Clyde lived here for s while and ran a restaurant while they were hiding.

    Clyde reportedly worked in a farmer’s field and Bonnie ran a café on Main Street called Jewel’s Café, where locals theorize the couple ran a bootlegging operation.

    When Bonnie and Clyde were killed in 1934, the FBI found receipts from Jewel’s Café in their car.

    Neal Gillespie, former economic development director for the county, said his grandparents were neighbors of Bonnie and Clyde, who lived in the country outside of Hugoton.

    Once his grandfather “ran them off for stealing gas,” so it wasn’t all roses – but other than that, the two lived a fairly nondescript life in Hugoton, he said.
    Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/state/article211448649.html#storylink=cpy

    • That’s too cool to have all that history associated to your family as well as have Bonnie and Clyde be a part of the history where you live!

  3. I had no idea this was coming to Netflix. I’ll definitely check it out. I’d have to say my favorite western would be Hell On Wheels. Even tho that was a series, it’s still my favorite. The main character Cullen Bohannon was exactly how I had pictured one of the main characters in one of my favorite books.

    I am looking forward to reading your book. It sounds fantastic!

    • You are a new author to me. Would love to read your books!
      I enjoy westerns with Clint Eastwood in them.

  4. Hi, Michelle. It’s nice meeting you, and I look forward to reading your books. My favorite Western movie is Shane, and my favorite Western TV show is Gunsmoke. My kind of heroes!

  5. Welcome Michelle. Interesting post today. I really loved Bonanza and the Rifleman because of family, heart, hard work, lessons learned during tough and growing up times and fun happy times. Both of these movies spoke a lot to me enhancing my own family life growing up.

  6. The Highwaymen looks great! One of my favorite cowboy movies happens to have Woody in it. The Cowboy Way is a fun and quirky movie!

  7. I can’t wait to watch The Highwaymen! Kevin Costner is a favorite of mine! I love all of John Wayne’s westerns. He was one of a kind in my book!

  8. I think The Highwaymen might make it on our to-watch list, too! I loved all the Westerns, movies and TV, and still watch when I can find them. Wagon Train and The Rifleman were two of my favorites.

  9. The Man from Snowy River and Return to Snowy River are in my top five westerns. Also enjoyed the Lonesome Dove series. Thanks for your blog I enjoyed reading it.

  10. My favorite tv westerns were Rawhide and The Virginian. There have been too many good western movies to pick just one. I love the humor in Silverado and Maverick (the movie). All those made for tv movies with Sam Elliot and Tom Selleck, great viewing.

  11. The most recent favorite was Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. It was a show our whole family enjoyed. We followed it its entire run and hated to see it finish. Sadly, there are few western movies or TV shows anymore. We miss them.

  12. I love any that has Kevin Costner in it. Also always loved watching Bonanza when I was growing up. Still watch it sometimes.

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