You know, I feel very fortunate that I live in this great state. My love for it goes bone deep. It’s more than just a location—it’s in my heart and soul. Rich history oozes from every crevice. There’s not one spot of ground that something didn’t happen on.
- My number one favorite thing is educating those who don’t live here about our heroes and the battles they fought to be free. Each time I include a historical detail in one of my stories, I picture a reader in another state or abroad who doesn’t know what it was like to settle this raw land. I feel history is also being lost with this younger generation. Keeping the past alive is important to me. A society needs to know where we came from.
- Next to that is portraying the real cowboys—the men who rode the range from sunup to sundown in every kind of weather imaginable. They had such strong ethics and the code they lived by was one we should adapt today. Those men were tough and saw that justice was done or died trying. Them and other men who settled here weren’t afraid of a fight and could hold their own against anyone. I create my characters based on their principles and courage. Every person who settled felt a driving need to contribute and do their part.
- I especially love showing the gritty realism of the time period and to not sugar coat it. The outlaw element they had to run out, the crime that flourished due to lack of lawmen—men who would kill at the drop of a hat. The realistic look at the work involved to carve out a home on the frontier. Men, women, and children, when they were old enough, worked every second in helping to make life better. It took backbreaking work to plow, plant, ranch, keep a store, raise a family. Danger was all around them. If not the outlaws and bad men it was the rattlesnakes, wildcats, and horrible accidents that could do a man in. Even something as mundane as stepping on a nail could end in death. Doctors were as are few and far between as lawmen, or more so. There were no easy fixes to anything.
- I enjoy showing the landscape of Texas. We have swamps, desert, coastal, and the rugged hill country—just about anything you could want except snow-covered, forested mountains. Our vegetation is pretty unique though. We have so many rivers and streams and the variety of wildflowers is endless. The American Indians and the settlers both knew what plants to use for what illness. Which was a mighty good thing, considering the lack of doctors.
- Another thing to consider is the vastness of the state. It’s simply difficult to imagine. Texas is 268,597 square miles. It takes twelve hours now to drive across from east to west. In Frontier days, they could only make about twenty-five miles a day by wagon and forty by horseback. Just think how long that would take. How about a month or more?
The details I put in each book I write are a combination of everything. KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAINS is one of the stories I’m most proud of. I got the inspiration for it from a childhood friend who once told me she was won in a poker game—and it turned out to be true. I vowed to give her a happy ending—even if it was in fiction.
Title: Knight on the Texas Plains
Author: Linda Broday
Series: Texas Heroes, #1
Pub Date: August 1, 2017
He’ll do whatever it takes
To keep them safe
Duel McClain has lost everything he’s ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he’ll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies…
Just as Duel swears his life can’t get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed…
At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There’s something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She resides in the Texas Panhandle and is inspired every day.
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