There’s a New Cowboy in Texas!


  • cowboy learning how to start over
  • fiery young woman with the heart to save him
  • A past neither can escape, and
  • A future worthy of any Christmas miracle.

There’s a new cowboy in the Texas Panhandle and he’s definitely NOT looking for love in A COWBOY CHRISTMAS LEGEND. Nope. That’s the furthest thing from Sam II’s mind. He’s happy being alone where he doesn’t have to face the ghosts of the past and indulging a new passion of forging knives. Working with hot steel and making something beautiful from it is a lot better than having to deal with nosey people and all their questions.

But his neighbor’s daughter Cheyenne Ronan is having none of that. Especially with Christmas approaching. No one should be alone.

Having returned from a year away, she’s curious about Sam and wonders what he’d look like beneath all that hair and long beard. Why is he so different from his famous ranching family? Why did he cut himself off from everyone and choose to live in isolation?

When he discovers a sick woman and her children stranded in the snow, he’s forced to ask for Cheyenne’s help. Together they’re determined to bring cheer to the little family. And as they work toward that goal, they discover their own Christmas miracle.

Forging knives is an ancient skill learned from as far back as cave man days. Knives are the third oldest weapon behind rocks and clubs and there’s a lot that goes into the process. I love watching Forged in Fire on the History Channel and seeing the intricacies of the profession.

The steel has to be at the right temperature. Too hot and it turns to liquid. Too cold and it splits as the layers of steel separate. It’s like making love to a woman in a lot of ways. She has to be just the right temperature.

And then after getting the steel in the shape you want, there’s the tempering or hardening process and honing the blade to a razor sharp edge. With no modern tools, it takes Sam about a week to make a knife and that’s if everything goes well. Sometimes they’re ornate and unusual along with the functional ones.

His knives are much sought after and his reputation is growing, much to his dismay, because it means he has to talk to people when they come calling.

A COWBOY CHRISTMAS LEGEND releases September 28th and it’s the second of my Lone Star Legends series. For an excerpt click HERE.

Sometimes I look at my hectic life and wish I lived in some remote place far from everyone. No cell phone. No outside contact. But after the covid isolation of last year and spending much of it in isolation, I know I couldn’t be a recluse for any length of time.

How about you? Could you be a hermit and never see family and friends? Or have a grocery store or doctor nearby? I don’t have any copies of this book yet so I’m giving away a $15 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!

92 thoughts on “There’s a New Cowboy in Texas!”

  1. I’m a homebody, but I don’t think I could be a complete hermit.

    Congratulations on your upcoming release!

    • Good morning, Denise! I’m more like you. I love staying home and having my things around me with family nearby but I couldn’t live completely alone as enticing as that seems sometimes. I need people and interaction with others. Have a wonderful day.

  2. I couldn’t be a complete hermit, as I need groceries and medical care, but I definitely no longer like crowds of people. Being alone here on my little patch of Texas with my family suits me well 99% of the time. Your book sounds really good. My cousin knows a lady who was featured on the Forged With Fire show once; it’s quite interesting to watch her work.

    • Good morning, Sherry! Thanks for coming. I think this pandemic as changed us in ways we’re still figuring out. I definitely don’t like crowds. They make me nervous. I didn’t that much before this but I’m worse now. Still, I need a few friends and family I can see when I feel the urge. How interesting about the lady on Forged in Fire. There have been a few women try it and one even advanced to the final two but didn’t win. I’ve always noticed a lot of younger guys on there still in their teens. Some have been very good. I’ve become quite addicted to that show. Have a lovely day.

    • Hi Minna! How wonderful to see you. If you’re like me, you need people to be close enough so you can see them when you want but to go months and years without human interaction would drive me insane. It’s strange but I noticed during the lockdown last year that my creativity was at an all time low and I think it was because I didn’t have that human connection. Ideas often spring from being with others. Have a lovely day!

  3. For the last year and a half, I have pretty much been a partial hermit, with not seeing family or friends. But I do need the grocery store and places to get take out dinners.

    • Good morning, Janine! I’m happy to see you. I cannot imagine being without a grocery store, doctors, or a pharmacy. My head can’t wrap around that. I would be a failure at living off the land. Enjoy your day and find some happiness.

  4. I live in the middle of 500 acres in southern Kansas. Love people, but I can go days without seeing them. I have never been bored and no one has ever called me boring.

    • Good morning, Dee! I’m so glad you stopped by. I imagine your spread keeps you very busy. It’s nice that you have people when you take a notion. Ranchers and farmers tend to be solitary people yet most love the occasional dance or trip to town. Thank you so much for coming.

  5. I too can go without seeing people for days – but need my family close – why we travel the 2 hours to see 2 of our 3 kids and their kids!

    • Good morning, Teresa! I certainly agree. I’m so glad I now live in the same town where I go see them when I choose. It’s so nice to share a meal with someone. I’ve missed that since my husband died. When I feel really lonely, I can drive across town. Love you much.

  6. I can’t wait for A Cowboy Christmas Legend to come out.

    Meanwhile, I thrive on being able to go out and about and see people. I think I was wither if I had to live as a hermit.

    • Hi Alisa, I can’t wait to get this book in readers’ hands. I think this one is a sure winner. It’ll be here soon though. Please don’t let yourself wither. That’s a good word for how I felt all last year, even though it was necessary. I can’t live that way though. Much love.

    • Thank you so much, Kathleen! I’m so happy to show this cover off. I hear you about withering. I sure don’t want that and would never survive long under those conditions. Blessings and love.

  7. I can go about a week without seeing my friends, as long as we text, and I’ve gone longer than that without seeing my family or texting them. I can go about a week or week and a half without going to the grocery store. So, not really a hermit, but definitely not out and about all the time, either!

    • Hi Trudy, I’m so happy to see you. Nope, you’re not a hermit and I don’t think you’d be a candidate for living on top of a mountain. These dangerous times call for us to be safe and you’re practicing good sense. Best wishes for a beautiful day.

  8. No I couldn’t be a hermit all the time. I need to be around some family sometime. Now I can go for a while that way but not for to long of time. I think my husband could be a total hermit though, as long as he has a tv and a recliner he is happy. I can go for days without seeing anyone but after a while it starts to bother me.

    • Good morning, Quilt Lady. I’m glad you stopped by. I think all men are pretty much that way. At least all the ones I’ve seen. They’re not much for moving away from that recliner and TV. But women are social and need some sort of outside interaction. Much love and blessings.

    • Hi, Emma! Great to see you. I’m glad the Legend series in its many forms have satisfied you. This one is quite different and full of holiday warmth. Love you, lady.

    • Hi Cathy! It’s always great to see you. There’s quite a difference in being a hermit and being a homebody. I love my home and having my own things around me but I need people close enough to reach out when I want. Sometimes I need to hear another human voice. Have a beautiful day.

    • Hi Anne! Great to have you stop by. Our health often won’t allow us to withdraw completely. I’m glad you have it available. Something to be grateful for. Have a wonderful day.

  9. I am usually home except when I go for my daily walks so it wouldn’t bother me except for replenishing food and the library,.

    • Hi Laini, thanks for coming. Yes, we need the necessities… libraries and food!! We can’t exist completely alone. Even small interactions are like food for our souls. Have a wonderful day and keep reading,

  10. All last year we were experiencing a form of being a hermit. I did go to the grocery store and drug store but aside from that rarely encountered anyone. I can handle that as long as I have what I believe are necessities.

    • Hi Ruth! Thanks for stopping by. I agree about the isolation of last year. That’s where I really learned a lot about myself and I’m not nearly as much an introvert as I thought I was. I cannot go without hearing another human voice or feel a touch and that came as a surprise. We have to have some contact even a limited amount. In that Tom Hanks movie Castaway, loneliness got to him so badly he drew a face on the soccer ball and named him Wilson then carried on conversations with it. That was a lesson in psychology. Have a lovely day.

  11. Not entering (because I already preordered it) but that cover is gorgeous and the story sounds fantastic. I’m pretty much a hermit as it is, but I would miss having a grocery store nearby. 🙂


    • Good morning, Kari! Thank you so much for preordering the book. I do hope it fills your heart with warmth and Christmas cheer. When I think of true hermits it reminds me of that quote, “No man is an island.” We cannot survive for long without others in some way. We need some human interaction or I think we’d go mad. I learned that about myself last year during the forced isolation. There were days that put me at a very low point. And without even limited social interactions, my creativity floundered. It’s great to have a Walmart! Ha! I hope you’re settling in well, Filly sister. Great to have you here.

  12. Being a hermit doesn’t bother me a bit but basic amenities are important such as having doctors close by and grocery stores.

  13. What a gorgeous cover! And my kind of Hero! Can’t wait to read A Cowboy Christmas Legend. Congratulations, Linda. I’ve always been a homebody. I don’t need to be out and about and always doing something. But I could never be a complete hermit either.

    • Hi Sharon Sparks! I’m so happy to see you. You’ve been reading my books for a long time. I feel blessed to know you. I hope this book brings all the warmth and good feelings of Christmas. I agree with you totally. We need people in some limited capacity. Have a lovely day and many blessings.

  14. Just pre-ordered my copy, Linda. I love a recluse drawn out by love. Can’t wait to read it! Oh, and my daughter got me hooked on Forged in Fire. Blade smithing is an amazing craft. So much can go wrong, but a well hewn blade is a thing of beauty.

    • Hi Karen, thank you so much for preordering this book. I hope you like it. Good for your daughter. More and women are getting drawn to Forged in Fire. I just love the passion and skill some of those contestants have. I’ve noticed a lot of teenage boys on there and sometimes there’s a woman. It’s not just for guys. I really admire people who can do that. Love you, Filly sister.

  15. Linda, this story sounds amazing–I can’t wait to read it, either. I think, usually guys seem to be able to go longer than women do without having to socialize. Since my two sisters were so much older than I was, I was raised practically as an only child, so I did spend a lot of time alone and learned to occupy myself with music, coloring, reading, and so on. Once I started school, I had a lot of friends who lived nearby, and we played a LOT but still, I had alone time and I really needed that and still do. To this day there are times when I just want to be left to my own devices — I don’t like big crowds. I went to a large family wedding a couple of months ago and though it was good to see family members I hadn’t seen in a long time, I missed being home in my own little world. Interesting question, and you’ve got me thinking now. LOL

    Congratulations on your new release! It looks wonderful and I LOVE that cover! Hugs, my dear one!

    • Hi Cheryl, I think we all learned things about ourselves when we were locked down last year. I was pretty much a loner like you growing up and didn’t have or need a lot of friends. I was content to play by myself and never have liked big crowds. I’ve often thought about that quote about no man is an island unto himself and I think that is so true. We all need people, even that limited contact. Case in point Tom Hanks in Castaway when he painted a face on his soccer ball and named it Wilson. It was a way to survive the isolationism and a lesson in psychology. Thank you for the congrats about the book. I just love this cover. It’s one the prettiest I’ve gotten. Love you, lady.

  16. As someone else said – I am a big homebody and love being by myself. Though nothing much changed for us (hubby worked from home and we homeschool) I adored the quieter and simpler life that came during the state shutdown of quarantine. I’m not quite sure I’d last long as a hermit, though, since I do enjoy convenience of grocery items available when I need them.

    • Hi Susan, thanks for coming and sharing your thoughts! Last year reminded me a lot of how it was in the 1800s when neighbors lived miles away and you never saw them. But I saw first hand how hard the forced isolationism was on the elderly living alone. So many of my friends in the retirement community where I was living suffered horribly. Those teetering on the edge were pushed over. Broke my heart. I don’t think we were meant to live totally alone with no one. We need to hear a human voice and feel a human touch occasionally. There at that place, they locked us in our apartments and delivered food like in a prison. That broke a lot of people’s spirits. Not anything I want to repeat. Have a blessed day.

  17. Good morning Linda- As I get older, I’m finding out that I could be a hermit. I was such an active-spirited, talkative girl growing up, but as I get older I just want to be left alone. Crazy & so far from what I used to be. However, I couldn’t go w/ out my family and a few close friends. But I am finding that just knowing they are only a phone call away, as I’m many many miles from family, is comfort enough.
    I can’t wait to read this new book from you!
    I’m truly loving Taylor’s, as you know, when I’m reading a great book I tend to slow down and savor every word. Thank you again for all you do for me. Love you Sister Friend.

    • Dearest Tonya, you’re such a joy to me. I think we all learned things about ourselves last year. I certainly did. I know I would not survive living on top of a mountain. Even with a phone. I need to see people, not only hear them. And I need that human touch. That craving got me in a mess. Thank God that’s over and done. Onward and upward. I hope you enjoy this Christmas book. Sam and Cheyenne have quite a story. And Taylor…I’m so happy that you’re liking Down Range and share my assessment that it’s changing the landscape of thrillers. But he said from the very first that he was not going to write a typical thriller where the reader doesn’t cares about the hero, doesn’t develop a deep connection with him/her. And boy does he deliver. Garrett Kohl is someone you really care about. You root for him all the way. Much love and big hugs!

  18. No way I could be a compete hermit with having to take care of both of my parents who both need a caregiver(s) and more.
    The closest grocery store is 25+ miles away so need to go there although inconvenient. As for doctor well Our pcp is 5+ miles away and a real doctor is 25+ miles away so no way I could be a complete hermit.

    • Hi Crystal, you certainly have a full plate as a caregiver with nothing nearby that you need. That’s tough. I pray you find it a bit easier. Life is just hard and sometimes takes everything we have to get through it. Blessings and love.

  19. Good morning, Linda. First thing, please don’t enter me in the giveaway. I recently won a prize from you and I have pre-ordered A Cowboy Christmas Legend. Sounds like another story I will love.
    I couldn’t be a hermit without friends and family but staying at home most of the time except for essential trips out since the pandemic began has confirmed that I was definitely ready to retire and lead a quiet, boring 🙂 life. And that I do enjoy my “me” time each day. Plenty of books to read, a beautiful pond to sit next to, groceries can be ordered for pickup. Without social media to keep in touch with extended family it would be difficult and I look forward to some trips when it’s safer but quiet works for me.
    Have a wonderful week. Can’t wait for the release!

    • Hi Sally, I’m so happy to see you. Thank you for preordering my Christmas book. It seems weird that I’ve written so many books but this is my first Christmas one. It was fun and very rewarding and I hope you like it. Your quiet, slower life sounds great and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Sounds like you might’ve been ready for a change anyway. Keep being safe and getting through this. We have to use our good sense. Blessings and love, sweet lady.

    • Thank you, Miss Colleen. I’ll have some books to give away next month. I can’t wait for readers to have this book available. I need family too. And that need multiplies the years I put on. Blessings and love, dear friend.

    • Hi Caryl! I’m so glad you came by. Thank you for the compliment on the cover. I appreciate that. Maybe one day you’ll get your wish and find out about hermits. Blessings and love.

  20. I could be without everyone for awhile but I couldn’t do it full time. Always wanted to go back to the late 1800’s I think that would be awesome..

    • Hi Sharon! It’s wonderful to see you. I’m with you on going back to the 1800s. What a simple time. I don’t think I’d miss the complexities of this day and age. Big hugs!

  21. When I worked full time, there were days I dreamed of being a hermit, like Howard Hughes! Lol But, then, people would tell me how they didn’t know how they could’ve gotten through such a terrible time and situation in their lives without my help and I felt that I was doing God’s will. Then, there were my husband and 3 daughters! Now, also three sons in love, and 5 grandchildren plus a grand son in love! So, I could never be a hermit now!! I’m so blessed to get to see them grow up and be all God intended them to be!!

    • Nice to see you, Lana. I think you must be a blessing to everyone. It would be a shame to miss out on what God intended for you. Your strength is much needed so try to stick around. Love and hugs.

    • Hi Connie Lee! Thanks for coming. I think being a hermit permanently would get old in a hurry. We’re social creatures and need others too much. Sending blessings and love.

  22. I think we all got a chance to experience it with the lockdown that happened. It was nice for awhile but grew to not enjoy seeing friends and families! Congrats on your upcoming release, sounds good!

    • Hi Teresa, I totally agree. I got so tired of that lockdown and not being able to be with family and friends. I sure wouldn’t want it all the time so forget being a hermit. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  23. This last year showed me that I can be happy staying home but I do need to be around people after awhile. I think being too much of a recluse wouldn’t be good mentally, but if you ventured out for church weekly or something it’d probably be doable. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Hi Megan, nice to see you. I agree that being a recluse is not good mentally. I learned about myself from last year. I have to see people on occasion. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  24. Hi, Congratulations on your new book, it sounds very intriguing and the book cover is Stunning, I Love it!! I am pretty much and introvert and I love,love to be a homebody, but as far as being a hermit, I could not do that at all. I love to be at home with the things that I need and the things that I love, so there is no way I could be a hermit. Thank you for the chance. Have a great day and a great week.

    • Thank you for coming, Alicia, and thanks for the compliment on my cover. It is really so pretty. Nothing wrong with being a homebody. It’s safe. But get out occasionally and be with friends and family. Much love.

  25. Hi, Miss Linda. I’m so excited to get this book in the series. I’ve preordered three copies and can hardly wait to read it from front to back! Take care and I love and miss you, friend. P

    • Hi Phyliss! It’s great to see you. Thank you so much for ordering the book. I appreciate that. I’ll put aside a copy to give you as always. I do think it’s a good story. It’s funny that I worried so much about that beginning but my editor never said a word. Hey, I miss you too and can’t wait for us to get together again. It’ll probably be in September. Love you bunches.

  26. Hi Linda

    I could live as a recluse, but I would not want to because I would get bored with just my company over time. I like being alone because I have so many hobbies. But, once in a while, I need a trip to my favorite Mexican restaurant or the Dairy Queen with friends. I can’t wait to start your new book. But, three weeks of company will delay my reading. Love you!

    • Thank you for coming, Dearest Kathy. A little alone time is good but then I need other people. I wouldn’t make it being a hermit. The book will keep. I know you’ve had your brother and I hope you enjoy every minute with him. Love you so much.

  27. I had to smile at your description of Sam II. It fits our son to a T, and he is a blacksmith and a woodworker among other things. He works construction so has had little time lately to work in our forge. My husband also dabbles in it, but just basic stuff. A blacksmith is a specialist and it takes a lot of skill and practice to be able to produce the type of blades seen on Forged in Fire. Our son has made several knives and tomahawks (and pipe tomahawks), but hasn’t done any in a while. The last things he made were railings, hinges, etc. I am hoping he can get back in the forge soon because I have a few small projects for him.

    As for becoming a hermit, the past year or so certainly proved I could do it to a degree. As long as I had access to medical care and occasional visits from family, there are no issues. I have enough books to last more than a few years including those I would love to reread. I have craft projects to work on and a garden that has suffered from neglect. Things were opening up until recently and I discovered I had no real desire to go out much. TN, like Texas and Florida, has done little all along to mitigate the issues related to COVID. It is almost worse now than ever. So I will gladly stay in my little vaccinated bubble.

    The weather has been so crazy lately one never knows what to expect. After no real rain for well over a week, we are having flood warnings and a tornado watch thanks to Fred. The farmers desperately needed the rain as did the rest of us. I am waiting to see how many calls we will get with Red Cross for flooding and sheltering. Right now the tornado warnings are on the NC side of the mountains and I hope they stay there.

    Congratulations on A COWBOY CHRISTMAS LEGEND. It sounds wonderful holiday read. I hope you are staying cool and dry. Take good care of yourself and stay safe and healthy.

    • Hi Pat! Thanks for coming. How very interesting about your son and husband! Wow! I’m impressed. That takes lots of dedication and practice. Not to mention very costly. I’m sure that forge and other equipment costs big bucks. About Covid….I’ve been following the Florida mess. I don’t know educated people could be so stupid. All it takes is using your own common sense. The Texas governor who is just as bad has now come down with the virus. I’m wondering if this will make him change any of his policies and mandates. We all have to be as careful as we can. I plan on getting the booster as soon as it becomes available. And the one after that and the one after….. It goes on and on. Thanks for the congrats about this book. I’m glad to it into readers’ hands soon. Love you dearly.

  28. Congrats on the upcoming release! I like the festive cover. I don’t want to live in a congested area, but I do want to live where there is shopping, entertainment, doctors offices, etc. within a short driving distance. I also have to be close to my family.

    • Hi Cheryl! Great to have you drop by. I appreciate the congrats and compliment on the book. This cover is so pretty and I’m still pinching myself. I’m staying close to home too (or as much as I can.) Much love, dear friend.

  29. I think before I became disabled that I would be okay being a hermit. We only go out of the house for doctor’s appointments and groceries. At this time, I will not be able to be away from doctors. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

    • Hi Debbie! Thank you for coming over to read my post. I appreciate that. We all need to stick close to doctors and grocery stores it seems. Pretty much my situation too. Much love.

  30. I’m also disabled and I’m in my late 60’s. I have had to learn to rely on my children to go out and do the shopping. My children are “grown up” now and I’m so blessed that they care for their father and I. They do all of the shopping and take us to all of the places we need to go to. Like so many people, Covid has made us much more careful these days.

    • Hi Nancy, thanks for coming. It’s wonderful that you have your children’s help. Try to get some sunshine and feel the breeze on your face. Sit and give thanks to God for still having life. I’ve learned to be much more grateful. Much love and blessings.

  31. Welcome today. Congrats on your new book. Yes I could live alone or with my husband and go to town once a week.

  32. Hi Linda, Looking forward to reading your new book when it comes out. Yes, I could be a hermit. With the Covid last year it seemed like we were. We didn’t go out at all & took drives around the country. We had groceries delivered. Stay safe.

    • Hi Lois! How wonderful to see you! I really mean that. It’s always nice. We have to be somewhat of a hermit these days. Keep safe and healthy. Hope you enjoy the Christmas book. Love and hugs.

  33. During the pandemic I learned that I can stay home more than I used to, that I don’t have to go somewhere almost every day. But I am thankful that I can go for necessities when needed even if it’s for curbside pickup and/or drive thru pharmacy.
    I don’t think I could live the complete life of a hermit. I would probably go stark raving mad!
    Linda I love this excerpt and blog and will get my preorder for the Christmas book done real soon.

    • Dearest Ruth, thanks for coming. I hope you’re staying cool and healthy. I hate this virus!! It’s robbing us of so much pleasure. I came close to losing my sanity last year, way too close for comfort and I never want to do that again. I fear we’ve lost the window of opportunity to get rid of it and now we’re stuck with some form of it permanently. I’m glad the excerpt tickled your fancy. I hope you like the book. I’ll be giving away from copies next month. Love you, lady.

  34. Congratulations on this upcoming release, sister!! I know everyone is going to love this story. I could never be a hermit. I am way to social and COVID showed me just how much I need people.

    • Hi Jan! Great to see you. It’s very hard to stay isolated after the forced months last year. I don’t want to go back to that. Is there a happy medium? I’m being proactive and have gotten both my shots. I plan on getting the booster. And I use hand sanitizer. I won’t be a hermit again. Unless I have no choice. See you soon, sister!!

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