Cover Reveal and a Giveaway


Sometimes a book creates a life of its own and the author simply goes along for the ride. That’s the case with my January release, The Mail Order Bride’s Secret (Book #3 Outlaw Mail Order Brides.) Outlaw Tait Trinity finds himself the guardian to twin nephews and a four-year-old niece. He doesn’t want the job but it seems he’s the last resort.

What did a wanted man with a price on his head do with three children?

He takes his friend’s advice and sends for a mail order bride and she can’t come soon enough.

Yet, when Melanie Dunbar arrives with a whiskey flask in her pocket and a secret agenda, the woman gambler is anything but childrearing material.

This is the biggest gamble of her life and it’s anyone’s guess how it turns out.

I got the inspiration for this story from the old western series Paradise that starred Lee Horsley. That series was fresh and different. If memory serves, there were four children and they were a bit older. But Ethan Cord shares a lot of similarities with Tait Trinity. Both have a violent past and an unsure future with the law breathing down their necks.

Although married life gets off to a rocky start, Melanie is committed to making it work—at least until she gets the stolen money to save her sister. She just didn’t count on the children worming their way into her heart and falling in love with her handsome husband.

Plans have a way of changing for both Tait and Melanie.

This story has a lot of twists and turns and just when you think you have it all figured out, it takes off in a new direction. I think readers will love this story of love, redemption, and hope.

This book releases on January 28, 2020 and is available for preorder. The fourth and final book of this series will come out later in the year.



Question: What do you think about secrets? Are there any good ones?

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to someone who comments.

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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!

67 thoughts on “Cover Reveal and a Giveaway”

  1. There can be good secrets–if it’s done without malice and for the greater good.

    I remember Paradise and enjoying it at the time.

    • Good morning, Denise! You’re so right. Often we have to keep secrets to keep from hurting another person. Those are the good kind. Paradise left such a strong impression on me. I always wanted to write a story about a wanted man having to take on the care of some nieces or nephews. I had such fun with this.

      • I’ve had so many secrets that were bad in my life that I don’t like them. If its for a surprise for a person like a baby shower or birthday I’m fine with it.

        Thank you so very much for the giveaway gift. I received it and haven’t had the chance to let you know.

        I love the excerpt, it sounds wonderful.
        I don’t know how I manage to put my comment on someone else’s comment. Sorry about that.

  2. I think there can be good secrets.

    So love the cover. Can’t wait to read.

    What’s next after this series?

    • Hi Alisa! Thanks for coming over! Secrets can be both good and bad. It depends on the reason for keeping them. I love this cover too. It took my breath away when I first saw it. Next after this series ends is one featuring some of the children of the Lone Star as adults. Right now, I’m writing Gracie’s story and it’s a doozy. She’s such a feisty character.

    • Hi Estella! Thanks for coming. I’ve had a secret that I’ve kept since I was a teenager and I have no intention of ever telling. But we keep secrets for different reasons and for various lengths of time.

  3. Secrets can be good or bad depends on what it is. Some secrets are better off being kept to one self but there are others that need to be told to someone.

    Love your cover here and the books sounds awesome.

    • Hi Quilt Lady! I’m so happy to see you. I think you may be right about secrets. I know people who keep secrets and die never telling a soul. My mom had a dark secret that she took with her to the grave. I guess it doesn’t matter when it’s all said and done.

  4. Welcome and congratulations on your newest book.
    Yes some secrets can be ok.
    Some can be destructive even harmful.
    I think this is one reason forgiveness and love are so important.

    • Hi Melanie! Thank you for the compliment and for coming to read my post. I just adore this cover. The colors are magnificent and the models are perfect. I agree about Tait Trinity and I think he has the most gripping tale of any of the previous books. Those kids really prove to be quite a handful too.

  5. yes there can be good secrets esp like now around the holidays – but many times between 2 people not always a good thing!

    • Hi Teresa! Thank you for coming. You are so right on both counts. Some secrets are destructive and can tear down a relationship. Such as Melanie’s. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Good morning Linda- secrets?? Well they have their purpose, I guess, If the secret revealed would hurt someone, then maybe it’s best if they don’t know about it then.
    But for the most part secrets are not good kept from loved ones on general.
    In Mel’s case she would have Been better to tell Tait, but then your book might have only been a few chapters. Ha Ha! So I Am so happy with how you wrote this masterful story. It’s so so grand and phenomenal!

    • Hi Miss Tonya…..Melanie really thought she’d be in a and out without forming bonds. Little did she suspect that Tait and those kids would manage to get inside her heart. Then she was caught. I’m really glad you enjoyed this story. 🙂 Have a beautiful day!

  7. Good Morning I think we keep secrets with good intentions although they can bite in the end. Have a good day.

  8. I think there can be good secrets, but you have to be careful and make sure that no one ends up hurt. I’m excited about this book! I have your first two books in this series!

    • Hi Joy! I’m so happy you stopped by and that you’re excited about Tait and Melanie’s book. Since you’ve read the first two in the series, you’re all set. I hate hurtful secrets and in that case it’s better to never tell. I have several that I plan to keep to myself forever because they would hurt someone. I hope you get a chance to read The Mail Order Bride’s Secret and if you do, I wish you happy reading. 🙂

    • Hi Jess! Thanks for coming. I’m so happy to see you. I wish I could say I’ve read your book but I just haven’t had a moment. I will though. I guess you’re probably decorating and making your home all beautiful for those kiddos. Thanks about the story idea. This storyline is different from any I’ve ever written. It’s far from straightforward. Merry Christmas!

  9. I do think there can be good secrets–like Christmas surprises and the magic of Santa with a young child. Tis the season for secrets in our house!

    P.S.–I remember watching Paradise after the kids I babysat went to bed. 🙂

    • Hi Carrie! I’m so happy you came by. Paradise was amazing and it’s stuck with me after all these years. I’ve always wanted to write a story along those lines. Yep, secrets abound! Have a beautiful day.

  10. Good morning. There are secrets that should be kept. If it would hurt someone, have no constructive purpose for the person, I find no reason in telling that secret. The old “what others think of you is none of your business” comes to mind. Rumors often should be kept as secrets until facts are know. Of course, there are many kinds of secrets that should be let out of the bag because they’ll only cause harm if discovered later.

    I’m almost half was in this ARC and I’m absolutely loving it!

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with all whom you love and things that make you happy!

    • Hi Stephanie! Oh yay! I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying Melanie and Tait and those kids. Never a dull moment with those twins. I have some destructive secrets that I never plan to tell another living soul. There is no reason to say anything. I’ll let my family believe whatever they will. You have a blessed day, my dear! Love you!

  11. I’m not too sure about secrets. I believe in keeping confidences but secrets sometimes are more hard to bare. When our daughter was five years old she held a Christmas secret that I had bought dad a shotgun for Christmas. Well, that secret came out as soon as her dad bribed her with a candy cane. In fairness to a five year old, I shouldn’t have shared that secret ?.

    Merry Christmas Linda Broday and to Petticoats and Pistols authors! Everyday I check to read your blog. It’s wonderful to read your stories and be on the receiving end of new friendships!

    • Hi dearet Kathy! I’m very happy you’re reading and enjoying having early access to the book. No, I don’t think sharing a secret with a five year old was a good idea. HaHa! Wishing you a very Merry and Bright Christmas!

  12. I think there can be good secrets. Like a surprise . Or even keeping a secret to keep someone from hurt. But in my experience, most secrets are bad..

    • Hi Tonya Cherry! Wow, it’s great seeing you. I hope you’re doing okay. I agree with your assessment of secrets. I kept two secrets for a very long time and they’ll go with me to my grave. Have a lovely and blessed day, my friend.

    • Hi Karen! I’ve wanted to write a story along the lines of Paradise for a long time and finally made it. I loved that show! It was very different from the others. This adventure is a doozy. I’ve never written a book like this and I worried that readers might hate Melanie. So far reviews have been great. This cover made me cry when I first saw it. It’s so beautiful and the people are perfect.

  13. Paradise was captivating and special. I miss those shows since they are rare. A secret sometimes has to be kept or it can be damaging.

  14. Linda that looks like such a wonderful story! (OF COURSE, it’s YOURS!) LOL I can’t wait to read it. I don’t know how you get so much done–but I’m sure glad you do it! Love you, my friend, and I want to wish you the biggest congratulations ever with these stories–such a different “take” on things and I love that. And Lee Horsley…my goodness, I had forgotten him until you mentioned his name…so glad you did! LOL

    • Hi Cheryl! Yes, Lee Horsley was such an iconic outlaw hero who was always trying to go straight but the men who kept coming for him wouldn’t let him. Loved his big heart. Tait Trinity is just like that too. I don’t know how I keep putting books out either. They just keep coming. Love you, Filly sister.

  15. Great cover! I think that the only good secrets are those that are more in the nature of a surprise, something happy. Otherwise secrets seem to get distorted and misunderstood and someone feels deceived or left out. Of course, that’s for real life. This sounds like another wonderful story. I love the Outlaw Mail Order Bride series! And I had forgotten all about paradise and Lee Horsely. Loved it. Happy Holidays to you!

    • Hi Sally! Some secrets can be happy ones, little surprises that put joy in our lives. I’m so glad you like the mail order bride series and this is another that adds to the outlaw town of Hope’s Crossing. It seems you and a few others are remembering Paradise. Such a great show with a lot of heart. Merry Christmas, sweet lady!

  16. This sounds sooo good!! I think the only good secrets are ones that we usually keep at Christmas, like what we bought for someone, or what someone else is doing to surprise someone. Good things like that. Other secrets aren’t good, and can only tear things up. Sometimes you can recover, other times you can’t.

  17. Secrets can be good and bad. If not telling could put someone in danger, it needs to come out. I personally haven’t given up a secret if I was told not to say anything, and it wasn’t going to hurt anyone by not saying anything.

    • Hi Veda! I’m so happy you came to talk about secrets. We’ve had quite a discussion. Thank you so much for your review of this book. Tait, Melanie, and the kids have quite a story. Thank you for liking it.

  18. Linda, no doubt, everyone of your readers will love this story. It’s fantastic and know they’ll enjoy it. You’re a fantastic writer and it’s always good to step a little out of the norm to see what happens. Secrets? Hum. I think we all have them. Many we keep to ourselves for various reasons, while others are only shared with our closest of friends who we trust and love. Glad we kicked off the morning with a concert from the Crocket Middle School Honors Orchestra.

  19. Hi Phyliss! Thank you for dropping by, dear friend. Yes, we got to start the day off with some great Christmas music. Those kids were awesome. Love you, Filly sister!

  20. This book sounds like a very good read, I would love to read it. I love the cover, it is beautiful. I think there are some good secrets as long as they aren’t harmful.

  21. I have enjoyed this series so much. I just read Rebel and Travis’ story, and I am so glad that they managed to get a happy ending.

    For the most part, secrets really bug me in a story. I want to yell at the character to just tell him/her the secret. Of course, I know that some secrets are kept with good intentions, but I believe that there needs to be honesty and trust in a relationship.

  22. I tend to find it hard to keep secrets, and often find it frustrating when characters hide important parts of themselves from each other. I guess it seems akin to lying, though that might be an exaggeration. A lot of it comes down to motivation, but overall, it is difficult to build trust without truth. And sometimes, yes, the whole truth.

    • I like to think that I can keep a confidence. Secrets can be malicious but there are circumstances when they are kept out if love and concern.

  23. I am glad to hear there will be four books in this series. I do not want to leave Hope’s Crossing and these characters anytime soon. There are some secrets like surprise parties or gifts that are just fine. Big things that are important and could change things or hurt someone are very different. It is best to be as honest as you can be.

  24. Linda- Love the cover. Can’t wait to read your new book. You always write a interesting story to keep us wondering what’s coming next. Thank You, for all your wonderful books. Happy Holidays!!!

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