The Outlaw’s Daughter & Giveaway

He may be a Texas Ranger, but he only has eyes for the outlaw’s beautiful daughter…

I’m happy to announce that my new book has just been released!  This is book three in my Haywire Brides series, but each book stands alone. 

I’m giving away a book today to one of you.  So be sure to leave a comment!

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Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May’s late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he’s here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero…and his beautiful young widow isn’t too happy to see some lawman out to tarnish her family’s newly spotless reputation.

Ellie-May’s shaken by her encounter with the Ranger. Having grown up an outlaw’s daughter, she’ll do anything to keep her children safe—and if that means hardening her heart against the handsome lawman’s smiles, then so be it. Because she knows Matt isn’t about to give up his search. He’s out to redeem himself and find proof that Ellie-May’s husband wasn’t the saint everyone claims…even if it means losing the love neither expected to discover along the way.

Ellie-May has lived all her life in the shadow of her outlaw father.  Do you think a parent’s reputation has the same impact today as it did in the 1800s?

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Margaret has published more than 46 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and two-time Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set--where else?--in the Old West! She has written for a day time soap and is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

57 thoughts on “The Outlaw’s Daughter & Giveaway”

  1. I do believe that parents truly influence their children today as they did back then. But I also think children understand good from bad and if they have a moral conscience then they usually choose the good path to follow. Your book sounds grand.

  2. I do think a parent’s reputation affects the child today. However, they can move much more easily

  3. I think a parent’s reputation can affect children. But, I also think they have a greater ability to overcome a negative reputation.

    By the way, I love the premise of your The Outlaw’s Daughter.

  4. Yes the reputation can be tarnished by anyone but very hard to restore as well – my Mom always said :Your reputation is yours to lose! Thanks!

  5. I think it was very hard to break away from a parent’s reputation back in the 1800’s. There was so much “little mindness”. You were stuck, on matter how much good you did! The ol’ “the apple doesn’t fall from far from the tree” mentality!!! I think the only way was to go far away and perhaps change your name! Now, it’s a little harder because of social media, background checks, etc. The world is so “small” – harder to hide! Your book looks like a lot of fun!

    • Hi Valri,you’re right, it’s harder to hide, today. The children of some those old western outlaws, moved and changed names. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is a curious saying. Many of those early outlaws, including Jesse James, were preacher sons.

  6. This sounds like a really fun story that I would enjoy. I think children still have trouble breaking away from their parents’ reputations, especially now with social media and information being a web search away.

  7. Congrats on this latest release!
    I do believe a parent’s rep can still cause an impact on oneself.

  8. Welcome today. Pretty cover. And the book sounds wonderful.
    Yes I do believe that the parents reputation falls on the kids still today.
    I saw this with my three brothers. The youngest totally stepped away from dad and went his own way. He became a man of honesty and integrity and he put others first. He became a man to be proud of. But the other two became just like dad and honestly that was not a good reputation to have. Everything was the opposite of what my younger brother built for himself. So yes, I do believe that that reputations go down the line. Sigh. Blessings

  9. Sounds like a great book! I recently purchased book two in the series. 🙂
    I definitely agree a parent’s reputation affects the child, especially in a small town or if they are a public figure. Look forward to reading your newest release!

  10. Yes, a reputation is so important to maintain whether in the 1800’s or today. My husband’s dad was a drunk and drug abuser. My dad was a pastor. One reputation was passed on, the other not. Love your books Margaret. Always good to read about forthcoming books.

  11. I feel a parent’s reputation can affect a child – but they can also overcome it and let it NOT affect them. I know many who have overcome the reputation of their parents and turned out to be amazing people!

  12. I believe a parent’s reputation can affect a child. It’s up the to child to determine how they will live regardless of their’s parents reputation.

  13. I do think a parent’s reputation can influence their children. It’s part of the legacy they leave behind. I don’t think most people would know what it is, unless they were in the spotlight alot, like politically, sports figures, movie, royalty,something like that.

    • Hi Trudy, I’ve noticed that the children of sports figures, movie and royalty often have a bad time living in the shadow of their illustrious parents. So it’s not just bad reputations that are hard to live down.

      • Yes!! I find it so sad!! I almost cried when I heard the phrase “an heir and a spare” in regard to William and Harry, and then to William’s children. I couldn’t stand to live in a fishbowl!! And, it seems celebrities and others do.

  14. If a child has strong principles then he can overcome a bad reputation. Many have started over in life and triumphed.

  15. A parent’s reputation has less influence in this day and age since adults are able to transform themselves.

    • That’s interesting, Laini. Most thought it would be harder, today, because of social media. But you could be right; there are more resources today, so could be a help.

  16. A parent’s reputation does not have the same impact today as it did in the 1800’s because the standards of society, the church, and the family have changed. Thankfully, the Lord can help anyone overcome the hard things that life hands out and have a new heart for a new start.

    • Hi Glenda, my son was convinced he was judged more harshly in English because his mother was a writer. I told him I flunked eighth grade English and that made him feel better. Runs in the family.

  17. Wow! Huge Congrats, Margaret. I love this cover and the title! Very eye-catching. This is totally awesome, dear friend. I think a parent’s reputation played a bigger part back in times past. The feelings everyone had for the parent was transferred to the child. In these times I don’t see that as much. The world is too large and it’s easy for things to get lost. I can’t wait to read this.

  18. Sadly, yes. In some ways even more with Facebook, Twitter, email, and how fast news and rumor spreads, it is hard to keep secrets or family connections quiet, whether the information is true or false. If your family isn’t well known, you might be able to move far enough away so no one makes the connection. It is really too bad. You should be able to prove who you are separate from the glory or shame of relatives, not be judged by what they did or are.

    THE OUTLAW’S DAUGHTER sounds good and I am sure I will enjoy it as much as the other of your books I have read.

    Stay safe and healthy.

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