RELEASE WEEK: TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER

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When Sam Legend sauntered across the page during the writing of TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER, my heart stopped, I swallowed hard, and I knew I had hit pay dirt. He’s everything a hero needs. He’s tall, dark and dangerous, a man you don’t want to mess with. Sam doesn’t quit. It may take him a while to even the score, but it will be evened, make no mistake about that. He had a good teacher in his father, Stoker Legend. Stoker came to Texas with his three brothers to fight in the war for independence. Stoker was the only one to make it through alive. To show appreciation for his service, General Sam Houston gave him five hundred acres of land in North Texas. Stoker turned that five hundred into a 480,000 acre ranch called The Lone Star. That land is his sons’ legacy.

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I’m so happy to have Sam sitting across from me. Let me tell you—it’s really difficult to carry on a conversation. I keep losing my train of thought. I’ve never met a man like him. He’s all muscle—all six foot three inches of him! And when he turns those gray eyes on me, I almost swallow my tongue. It’s hard to form a thought with him staring at me. But, here goes…………….

Me: Sam, in Texas in 1877, being a Texas Ranger takes nerves of steel and a will of iron. Did you ever face danger and think you weren’t going to get out alive?

Sam leans forward and stares into my eyes. His voice is gravelly and he puts a hand to the scar around his throat. “I had more than one occasion to doubt the chances of survival. The last time it happened some rustlers got the jump on me and hung me. I’ll never forget that feeling as long as I live. I counted my heartbeats until darkness closed in. I couldn’t breathe or swallow. I had nothing under my feet. I tell you, I thought I was done for. By all rights, I should be dead.”

Me: How horrible! If you don’t mind me asking, how did you make it to see another sunrise?

Sam sinks back into the chair and stretches out his long legs. “An outlaw with a price on his head named Luke Weston cut me down in time. Imagine my surprise that he turned out to be my brother. Heck, even Pa didn’t know Luke existed. I’d been chasing him nigh onto a year, trying to catch him. Luke was a wily one.”

Me: I heard your captain sent you home to get your head on straight. That must’ve been

Sam glances up with a wry smile and I was struck by his clear blue eyes. “It hurt, that’s what it did. My captain had lost faith in my abilities to perform my job. Said I was a danger to me and my fellow rangers.” He sighed. “That was a bad time and I was at my lowest. A Legend never failed to measure up—until then. I felt like I brought disgrace to the name.”

Me: But it turned out all right. You met Sierra Hunt.

Sam’s gaze softened at the mention of her name. “God, I love that woman. As beautiful as she is smart and she could sure kiss. Course I was a jackass and too dumb to see that compromise didn’t mean I had to give up everything. She taught me a lot and thank goodness she never gave up on me. That woman is the main reason I get up in the mornings. I can’t wait to spend it with her.

Me: She didn’t have an easy life from what I hear.

Sam swore under his breath. “Her father tried his damnedest to destroy her. He forced her to live in those mountains far away from people and civilization. She had no friends. Not even a home. He dragged the whole family from pillar to post. They lived in caves and whatever they could find. Sierra, her brothers and mother had to scrounge for food because he failed to provide. He told Sierra he wished she was dead. I always wished I’d meet up with him one day and make him sorry he did that. But he died before I got to him. I reckon that’s for the best.”

Me: I hear you have a special bond with your brothers. Tell me how deep it goes.

Sam nodded: This says it all right here: We are blood. We are brothers. We are Legends. I would lay down my life in a heartbeat for them and they’d do the same for me. Can’t get much deeper than that.

Me: What was that saying you have? The one about legends.

Sam’s smile deepened the wrinkles at the corner of his eyes. I think I know the one you’re talking about. Some legends are born, some are made, and some are created by destiny. I love that and it’s really true. Us boys are all three.

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Me: What about your father? How do you feel about Stoker?

Sam chuckled softly. “He’s Lord almighty tough but there’s no one I’d rather have next to me during good times and bad. Even though we butt heads a lot, I love that old man. He’s tough for a reason and he made Houston and me the same way. The reason why he started our lessons at an early age was because he knew he wouldn’t always be there to protect us so he wanted us able to survive anything on our own.”

Me: Okay, I’m about done. Just tell me how Sierra changed your life and turned you from your wild ways.

Sam cocked his head to one side. “Has she been talking to you and telling you things?” He laughed. “That woman taught me that settling down didn’t have to mean totally changing my life. I discovered I gained far more than I ever lost. She’s a pretty good teacher and can lay down the law if she needs to. Sierra took me firmly in hand and made me see that life wasn’t worth two cents if she wasn’t in it.” His voice became hoarse. “I love that woman with everything I have. When they lay her in the ground, you’ll find me right beside her. I can’t breathe without her. Sometimes when we’re lying in bed, I pull her close and give thanks to the dear Lord for leading me to her.”

Thanks, Sam. This was fun. Maybe I’ll pick your brain again sometime. TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER is finally out this week. Pick up a copy and meet the Legend family. Ride along with Sam as he chases outlaws and falls head-over-heels in love.

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I’m giving away three copies of the book. Just tell me why you like reading a series.

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RELEASE WEEK: TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER — 18 Comments

  1. Unbelievable that the time has finally arrived to be able to read more than an excerpt. Why, do I want to read more?, to know what shall be.

    • Hi Cathy…..thanks for coming! I’m really glad to see you. Yes, the time is here. Excitement is in the air. I know you’re going to love this story. It’s packed to the brim. One of the biggest stories I’ve ever written. These are such amazing characters.

      Good luck in winning a book!

  2. I can’t wait to meet Sam and read his story.

    One of the reasons I enjoy series is that you meet new friends while catching up with old ones.

    • Hi Alisa……YAY! It’s here. FINALLY! I think Sam will steal your heart along with his brothers. Each one has a big story to tell. That’s why I love series too. I don’t have to say goodbye to them after one book.

      Good luck and have a great day!

  3. Linda you write the most amazing heart gripping books I’ve ever read. I love reading series because each book has certain important characters that start to fall in love with, that carry over to the next book, characters that we want to know better. Series gives us the feeling of becoming part of a family or an adventure and as the series grow with each book we start to begin to feel they are our family as well. So proud of this new series you’re bringing us and I can’t wait to see what The Men Of Legend have in store for us readers.
    Love all your books and series, I know this series will be your best work, yet.

    • Good morning, Tonya……Thanks for coming. Yes, series really let you get to know the characters more as you meet new ones. I’m glad Men of Legend is going to keep going for a while in some capacity. It’s definitely going to bleed over into the next one I’m contracted for and my editor is already wanting even more of the Legend family. But just wait until you read Houston’s story. My editor says that one is even better than Sam’s book. It’ll really tug at your heart and make you mad as hell too.

      Have a wonderful day, sister friend!

  4. I like reading more of the story of previous characters. I really need to get lost in one of your books right now. My house flooded last week, and my husband and I have to move out of our house for a month! It’s been crazy trying to pack up our house in just a few days!

    By the way, I hope this book is a great success for you. You write wonderful western romances.

    • Hi Cheryl C…….Thank you for stopping by to help me celebrate this release. I can help you escape. This story will keep you guessing and I dare say you’ll be on the edge of your seat more than once. These Legend men will steal your heart. Thank you for the good wishes and kind words.

      Don’t work too hard packing. I hate to move!

  5. So thrilled for you to get to release this story to the world!! I love to read series because I get personally involved with the characters and want to see what happens next in their lives. It’s as if I become a part of the family. 🙂 Great story and I just know everyone is going to fall in love with Sam and Sierra!

    • Hi Jan……I always love it when my sister comes. It means a lot to me because I know how very busy you always are. I can’t wait for next month when you come to visit me. I’m glad the Legend men became family to you. They sure did me and I’m thrilled that they’re bleeding over into the next two series.

      Have a good time at the music festival!

  6. Loved your interview with Sam Legend, Linda! I enjoyed meeting him, getting to know what makes him “tick.” I really like meeting all the characters within a series because each of the characters comes to the story with baggage, causing them to act and react in different ways, and they make me realize that they may be no different than I am. 🙂 As a reader, the characters I meet in a series lend substance to the stories, I think, and their family situations are just as real as mine. They become my friends and family…

    • Hi Alice…..Thank you for coming. I’m glad you enjoyed Sam’s interview. I reveal a lot about the story from his answers. I really don’t think I’ll ever write a stand alone book again. I love the space to develop the complexities of families. And I hate to say goodbye to them. They’re a part of my life.

      I hope you’ll like these Men of Legend! In Texas some legends are born, some are made, and some are created by destiny.

    • Hi Bn100…..Thanks for stopping by. I’ve missed you. I hope you like this series.

  7. I love cowboys and you have been a favorite author for many years = a good series is worth waiting for!! Thanks! and released on my Birthday to boot!!

    • Hi Teresa……So happy to see you over here. Thank you for the kind words. I’m so thankful to you for a reader. I hope your birthday was just fabulous and packed with fun! You don’t have all that long to wait for Book #2. It’ll come out in May followed by the 3rd one in November. PLUS, I’ve written a short story that will be in a Sourcebooks Christmas anthology for next October.

  8. I love reading your books. It doesn’t matter weather it is a series or stand a lone book. With series you do find out about other characters in the books and sometime you just don’t want the story to end.

    • Hi Quilt Lady, Thanks for coming. Thank you for liking my books. Your comments touch me. I hope I never disappoint you. I have lots more in store for you ahead. It’s gonna be fun!