It’s Game Day – with Laura Drake!

John Wayne is featured in my living room at least once a day, because my husband is a HUGE fan! I don’t watch (I have to write!) but I know many of these from sheer repetition (I have to eat sometime, right?)

All you have to do is guess the movie the quote came from to win one of my Western romances, set in the world of professional bull riding. I’ll send one each to two people who get them all right (or comes the closest) NO GOOGLING!

I’ll give you a hint:  There’s only one quote from each movie.


  1.  ‘Monsewer, words are what men live by
  2. ‘Somebody outa belt you in the mouth…but I won’t, I won’t, the hell I won’t
  3. Fill your hands you son-of-a-bitch
  4. Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let’s go! We’re burnin’ daylight!
  5. I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.
  6. “You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake. You can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you EVER call me Daddy again, I’ll finish this fight.”
  7.  “Baby sister, I was born game, and I mean to go out that way. That shows you know more about the Lord and His Good Book than you know about men. I was proud to tell my deputy’s wife that I shot his killers.”
  8. “I guess you can’t break out of prison and into society in the same week.”
  9. “Next time you shoot somebody, don’t go near ’em till you’re sure they’re dead’’
  10. They’re famous – but they’re just a little bit dead. They were hung.

Good luck!

Okay, these are the prizes in the offing!

Left with only nightmares and an ugly physical scar, Aubrey Madison is on the road looking for a new life with more freedom. On a whim she answers an ad for a groom on a Colorado ranch. The job gives her plenty of hard work and a quiet place to heal – and it also introduces her to hot, old-school rancher Max Jameson. Max has been raising cattle and breaking horses for all his life, just like his father did before him. Now he’s faced with the fact that those skills are not enough to keep the land in the family. Bree has an idea to save the ranch, but can she risk getting attached to the land and the cowboy who comes with it?

Army medic Katya Smith is unable to get past the experience of losing a fellow soldier. She can’t go back to her unit until she can keep from melting down, so she takes a job as a medic for the pro bull riding circuit in an effort to recover her mojo. She doesn’t expect to become attached to the sport or the riders, especially the king rider of them all, Cam Cahill. Cam is a two-time world champion, but those years have taken a toll. It is time to retire, but he can’t imagine himself off the circuit. Katya does wonderful things for his body, but he is not certain he is ready for the things she does for his heart. She has made it plain this is a temp job, but if he could get her to stay, he can see a whole new future.

It’s GAME DAY with a Cowboy Word Search

Howdy! Glad to see you at the corral for today’s word search. I’m also doing a giveaway for a Hold Your Horses T-shirt and a copy of Big City Cowboy, the first book I sold. All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

To give you a topic to comment on and because we all can use a Monday morning pick me up, I’m starting off with a photo of the cowboy who inspired me to write Big City Cowboy. Our guide on a horseback ride in Estes Park, Colorado, when we arrived, a man from NYC was trying to talk this Colorado cowboy into modeling. Would you believe he had no idea why people would ask him that and why they wouldn’t take no for an answer. (My reaction–Had he looked in a mirror lately?!) What reason can you think of that would leave a cowboy leave his ranch for the Big Apple to model? Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway.


Now for the word search. Find these words related to cowboys. To play, click here.

Have fun!

It’s Game Day With Linda Broday!


Hey, It’s Game Day, Everyone!!

Games are such fun and keep us young. When I was growing up, a favorite time was when our family all gathered around the kitchen table and playing a board game called Aggravation. It’s similar to Sorry. We loved it so much, my dad made the board of wood. It kept us entertained for hours. I can still hear my mom’s laughter even though she’s been gone for years. Such special times.

Today, we’re going to play FILL In The Blanks. My sentences need completing. Use any words from the bottom to fill in the blanks and you can make them plural or singular. If you want to get really creative, you can insert anything of your own . Let’s make these really funny. I need to laugh.

I’m giving a $10 Amazon gift card. Everyone who comments will be entered in the drawing.


“Reach for the ___________ or I’ll blow _________ on your ___________,” Black Bart growled.

Grapes     Coconut     Watermelon      Dandelions      Paper towels       Kleenex      Cow Snot      Moon Pies    Ceiling    Bicycle     Gravel      Cookie Dough     Dictionary      Debit card      Blood      Pickles    Library Card      Dishwasher    Pencils    Romance Novel

Good Luck, everyone!

Game Time! Word Scramble! Free Paperback Give-Away!


Welcome to Game Day!  Are you ready to unscramble some letters and see how many words you can make?  Wanna have a contest and see who can make the most words?

It is also possible that 3 of those words make a title of one of my books.  Can you tell which one it is?

The give-away, however, isn’t dependent on how many words you can make or even telling me which book title is in this scramble.  It’s based solely on coming to the blog and leaving a comment.  The paperback I’ll be giving away is the book, SENECA SURRENDER.

So, you ready?  Here goes!  Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve enjoyed the game.  I’ll post not only who wins the book, but also will post who discovered the most words.





March Game Day Winners

We have our winners!

What clever readers we have at Petticoats & Pistols! I loved reading through the acrostic poems everyone entered. So many lovely spring images.

In fact, the entries were so fabulous, that I couldn’t pick just one. So I selected two winners:

rkkoppen (Rachael) wins her choice of book along with the book nerd socks.

Cheryl C also wins her choice of book.

Here are the two winning acrostics:

#1 – This one just made me grin. So cute!

Somewhere, probably Rhode Island, new gardeners read every anthology describing seedlings. – Rachael

#2 – This one I could really relate to emotionally.


so I can now…


from Cheryl C.

May you all enjoy a plethora of marvelous spring reads!

Game Day – March

I’m a Word Nerd, and as such, I love playing word games. Words with Friends, Boggle with Friends, UpWords, Taboo, Scattegories, Bananagrams, Scrabble. I even keep a crossword puzzle by my place at the table, so I always have some word fun to work on.

So for our Game Day today, I thought we could stretch our Word Nerd muscles and with some acrostics.

To play, create a poem or sentence where each word starts with the first letters of the two words below.


You can use both words or just one. This is for fun, so we’re going light on the rules. Your sentence or poem should explore a place or experience that fits the theme of Spring Reads.

For example, I pictured taking a walk through beautiful spring blossoms.


Enter your acrostic in the comments to be entered to win a Spring Reads Prize of fun reader socks and the winner’s choice of one of my three most recent books.
Have fun!

February Game Day!

Happy Game Day! 

For today’s shenanigans, I thought it would be fun to do a “would you rather” game.  Since some of us are so tired of winter, and others are maybe wishing for a little snow, the theme is snowy vs. the beach! 

Just share your answers below for a chance to win a $10 Bath and Body Works gift card! One winner will be notified before noon February 23. 


As for me, here are my answers: 

Carriage Ride

Hot Chocolate


Snow Ice Cream

Ride Horseback in the Snow

Build a Snowman

Beach Resort

No skiing for me – I’ll go back to the fireplace with a good book! 

Water Balloon Fight

Go Sledding