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!

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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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eBook Bargain .99!!

I love supporting other authors and helping spread the word about promotions they have going on. So, today I’m supporting an amazing author of Western Historical Romance, who also happens to be my sister! I love all of the characters who make up the Men of Legend series.

They are blood. They are brothers.

They are LEGENDS…

Stoker Legend — Tough patriarch who runs the huge Lone Star Ranch and keeps his sons in line.

Houston — The one most like his father. He only wants to be a rancher.

Sam — A Texas Ranger who has no desire for ranch life.

Luke — An outlaw who never knew who his father’s name until his mother lay on her deathbed. 

Linda Broday’s first book in the Men of Legend series, To Love A Texas Ranger is filled with plenty of action and adventure. Unforgettable characters like rugged Texas Ranger, Sam Legend, and beautiful Sierra Hunt will steal your heart and set you on the course to follow this three-book series. And, it is only 99 cents!



Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her-his life, his badge, his very soul-knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.


Here is what one reader had to say: “Linda Broday’s books are intriguing yet easy to read. She paints vivid pictures with words while maintaining historical accuracy. Her writing is richly romantic and vividly entertaining. I highly recommend any and all of her books. She is my favorite western romance author.”

Pick up To Love A Texas Ranger at the ridiculously low price of .99!!

The Last Cowboy Song


“This is the last cowboy song, the end of a hundred year waltz. Voices sound sad as they’re singing along, another piece of America’s lost…..” by Ed Bruce
Link to YouTube Video

I was listening to Willie’s Roadhouse the other day on Sirius XM radio when this song started to play. It brought tears to my eyes, but more than that, it made me think about how the historical genre of writing, plays a huge role in allowing us to hold on to a way of life that is now in the past.
I love reading stories about wars over fences with many believing there should be no fences at all. Gun battles in the middle of the street when a man had broken his word, and always a lovely lady waiting in the wings to take care of her rugged cowboy. It was truly a time when things were more black and white and a much simpler way of life.
There is no doubt life was hard back then. Even the simplest of chores became difficult tasks, such as washing the family’s clothes or building a fire to cook a meal. And yet, we are drawn back to that time.
We travel many miles to stay in bed and breakfast inns far removed from civilization and although they have modern conveniences, we feel as though we’ve taken a step back in time.
The words of the song go on to say, “Remington showed us how he looked on canvas and Louis L’Amour has told us his tale…”


A Charles Russell Painting

We’ve been given poignant glimpses into this piece of American history through the eyes of the famous painter, Frederic Remington as well as Charles Russell and the photography of John C H Grabill. Then came Louis L’Amour who made the Wild West come alive again through his stories. He brought famous cowboys blazing their way across the frontier into our living rooms and into our heart. He gave new life to forgotten tales and adventures.

Remington 1

A Remington Painting


A Pioneer Farm Home in Kansas – Photo by John CH Gabrill

More words of the song. “The Old Chisolm Trail is covered in concrete now and they truck ‘em to market in fifty foot rigs. They blow by his marker never slowing to read, like living and dying was all he did…”


I love to stop and read historical markers. I’m always amazed at the events that took place on any particular piece of ground. In our daily rush of life, we can pass right by without taking time to stop, reflect and pay tribute to the ones that dedicated their entire lives to settling the country that we take so much for granted.
As you can see, this song touched me deeply and served as a reminder of a past time that is dying or gone. Yet, we can keep it alive through stories and songs.
“This is the last cowboy song, the end of a hundred year waltz….”

Can I have this dance