Gunsmoke and Lace – New Release! Linda Broday

I am sure everyone who is a regular reader of my blog knows Linda Broday is my sister. But, I can tell you in ALL honesty that even if she wasn’t my sister, I’d want to tell you about this collection of short stories!

If you’d like to read the BLURB, click HERE

Gunsmoke and Lace

I figured the best way to tell you about it is to post my 5 star review here.


Linda Broday is well-known for the historical romance novels she’s been publishing for two decades. And, now she’s put together a collection of short stories set in the same historical time-period (1800s), in Texas.

The first two stories in the collection carry the same theme. Widows trying to carve out a living in a land that is harsh and unforgiving. Both are desperate, lonely and determined to survive. But that is where the similarities end.

In the first story, a young woman left alone with an infant to care for saves her sanity by tying notes to a scrawny tree. She needs to matter. She needs to let someone know she lived. Imagine her surprise when she finds a note tied to the tree that isn’t hers. With no one for miles around, she is baffled. I won’t spoil this story by telling you who has tied the notes or what happens. I’ll just say that she mattered more than she could imagine.

In the second story, the widow is completely alone with the nearest neighbor six miles away. Angry that her husband died, she has nowhere to go. While she desperately tries to survive the silence and loneliness, she is forced to ward off the unwanted attention of an evil suitor intent on having her. When a man stumbles onto her property carrying his saddle, gun hanging low on his hip, she doesn’t know whether to shoot or hide. I love the plot in this story. The backstory and history make it believable and real.

With the third story, it takes a completely different turn with a bounty hunter just one kill away from gaining his dream, and two small children seeking justice and revenge. The way the story weaves them together is heartwarming and satisfying.

The fourth and final story in this collection brings about a bit of humor when one man short on brains attempts various schemes to hold onto his land that the bank is closing in on. With the help of his lifetime friend, Logan, Wade achieves his goal but in the most unexpected way.

If you like variety, action, romance, and characters that come to life, you’ll love these short stories.

Available in both eBook and Print.


About Linda Broday:


Linda is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance.  She has been a “writer in training” her whole life. Many nights long after the house grew dark and everyone else was asleep, she’d lie beneath the covers and read by flashlight until she either reached the end of her book or her eyes got too heavy to see the words.

Cowboys have always fascinated her so it’s no wonder that she loves to write about them and their ladies and the struggles they endure in trying to carve out a small place to call home. It took some awfully tough men and women to settle this great country of ours.

Western romance is her passion. Humble roots and the love of family have become focal points in her stories. She strives to bring characters to life on the printed page.

For more, visit Linda’s Website:

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31 thoughts on “Gunsmoke and Lace – New Release! Linda Broday

  1. Oooohh. These sound so good and I’m not usually a fan of romance. I love the time frame that connects the stories as well as the descriptions, Jan. Your review is an awesome hook. Great luck to your Linda! What a talented family!

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    1. Awesome, Tina! I just know you will love these stories. They don’t take long to read (the wonders of short stories!). Thank you for stopping by and for picking up the book. Hugs!

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  2. Linda tells amazing stories and I’m sure this collection is going to be an excellent read from start to finish. I checked out the blurb too, and the story with the children sounds especially interesting. On my TBR, ladies!

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  3. It is my pleasure to share these stories, sister. As I said at the beginning of the post, I’d share them, even if you weren’t my sister. I admire your talent and your tenacity. Sometimes that Smith stubbornness comes in handy. 🙂 I hope lots of people pick up your book today and leave reviews. I love you!

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  4. Jan , thank you so much for sharing my little book with your fans! As you know, this first self-publishing effort has been anything but smooth and I don’t know if I’ll try it again. It’s so very different from traditional and navigating all the new processes and steps was anything but easy. I think I’m too old for this. We’ll see. Thank you for listening to me whine and telling me it would all be okay. You should’ve slapped me good.

    Thank you for walking beside me on this earthly journey. It makes everything better. Love you more than words can say.

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    1. Good morning, Gwen! I’m glad you like the cover. I think it’s just gorgeous. I’m an earthy colors person. If you give the book a try, I hope you enjoy the stories. I’m pretty proud of my first self-publishing effort. 🙂


    1. Good morning, Teagen! Thanks for the well wishes. I’m happy to share my celebration with you. I just love this cover and I’m glad you do too. If you try the book, I hope you like the stories.

      Big hugs back! Jan and I are both huggers. 🙂

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  5. I absolutely loved these short stories! Inspirational, heart-warming characters that embodied the true Texas drive we tend to have as Texans. Yet another ☆☆☆☆☆ for Linda Broday one of my favorite authors that characters and stories truly do come to life off the pages!

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    1. Good morning, Stephanie! I’m so happy you came and that you enjoyed my little stories. I do try to bring everything I write to life because they are alive inside me.
      Love you dearly, sweet lady!


  6. Good morning Jan- oh I loved this book. Lindy truly wrote an amazing short story collection with beautiful inspiritation in each story.
    I’m so glad she decided to share these amazing stories with us.
    You have a great day Jan, love and Hugs!!

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    1. Good morning, Tonya! I’m so happy you loved these stories. It’s amazing to me where they come from and except for two I can’t really say. The Telegraph Tree came after hearing a lecture about pioneer women at West Texas A&M. It came like a streak of lightning and I knew I had to write it. Moon Dog Night came while I was on a massage table. I couldn’t wait to get home and start it.

      You have a great day, sister friend! Love and great big hugs!

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  7. Historical romance novels used to be one of my favorite genres, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a short story collection before. I will be adding to my Kindle for sure!

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