Five Things Readers Might Not Know About Me by Linda Broday – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Linda Broday who is celebrating the release of Knight on the Texas Plains, the first book in the Texas Heroes series. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book (US only).

Five Things Readers Might Not Know About Me

Some authors really don’t enjoy sharing personal things and you can include me in that bunch. But, I’m about to really open up so get ready. You’re about to learn Linda Broday’s secrets.

1. My grandfather was a moonshiner. He practiced the art for a long time…and got caught. He spent some time in jail around 1918. My dad was only 5 years old at the time. My grandmother used to tell the story how on Saturday she’d dress the kids up in their Sunday best, hitch up the wagon and drive into town. One by one, she’d lift each kid up to the bars to talk to their father. Then she’d go back home and wait for the next Saturday. I think he served about 6 months. But even so he continued making moonshine.

2. I’m a teensy-weensy bit OCD. I’m not proud of it but it is what it is. I really, really can’t stand wrinkles in the bed. When I was young and my little sister used to sleep with me, I’d wake her up in the middle of the night to make the bed. Then, we’d crawl back under the covers and sleep. I’m a lot better now. I still don’t like wrinkles but I can tolerate them better. I’ve given the heroine of my May 2018 release the same flaw. You’ll like her. She’s a great person. Kinda like me.

3. I’m an occasional wine drinker and, when I do imbibe, it’s white Moscato. That stuff is so good. And bring me a margarita on the rocks from time to time and I’m a happy camper. The rest of it you can keep.

4. I love the ocean and wish I lived near the water, not 672 miles inland. Whenever I get a chance to go, I stand for hours smelling the air and listening to the waves. A deep peace seeps into my soul and I feel as though I’ve come home. The ocean is such a special place for me.

5. I’ve been homeless twice in my life. The first time I was very young and I lived in a tent with my parents and three siblings. That should tell you how poor we were. I was about five or six when we moved into a real house. The second time was following the 1979 tornado in Wichita Falls where we lived. Going through that and barely surviving is a story for another time. The worse was in the year following when we didn’t have a home and bounced around from relative to relative with no place to put my things. I felt so lost and alone.

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…

About the Author: 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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  1. Tonya Lucas says:

    Good morning Linda- Congrats on your newest release, I absolutely loved and adored Knight On The Texas Plains, such a heartwarming book that weaved its way into my heart years ago and has remained. I’m so excited this book is reaching a whole new audience now. Wow!!! I loved reading new things about your life, some I knew and others were surprising. We must be sisters becauce, I’m the same way about wrinkles in my sheets. If I had to choose one thing that annoys me with Rob, that is it. I remake the bed everyday and put it back to rights, I love smooth taut sheets when I sleep. He’s a tosser & me.. well I’ll sleep in the same position all night.. 99% of the time. You continue to have an amazing release week my sister friend.
    Love you Dearly: Tonya

    • Hi Miss Tonya….Thanks for coming over. I didn’t know we shared the same quirky thing about sheets. I just can’t sleep on top of wrinkles and when I used to be in the hospital a lot when I was first diagnosed with MS, I really had a hard time. Hospital beds are horrible and there’s no way you can keep the sheets taut.

      Thank you for your help and support in getting the word out about each new release. I’m truly blessed to have you in my corner. Love you too.

  2. Dale Stewart says:

    Oh my, what an amazing life you have lived my sweet friend. I didn’t know any of that. My heart aches for the heartache you have gone through but as we all know, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And it’s all come full circle now, you are the most deserving person I know of to reap the benefits all the good fortune to come your way. (Did that come out right) lol 😂 Anyway you know what I mean. What I’m trying to say is you deserve all good things in your life because that’s what you put out.
    And I can’t wait to read this amazing story! I know I’m going to love it!

    I love you dearly. Have a wonderful release week! 😘

    • Hi, Dale……Wow, this is great! Thank you for coming. You know, we all have hard times. They don’t make me unique–maybe just stronger for having gone through them. I’ve had an amazing life and I’m not about to complain. I hope you enjoy this story and that it finds a place in your heart.

      Love and hugs!

  3. Veda Funk says:

    I love learning more about you. I also live the smell if the ocean, so come visit down here to Houston and I will go to the Gulf with you to enjoy the ocean smells. When I lived in CA during my teen years, then again as an adult I spent a lit if time walking the beach and enjoying the ocean.
    Wrinkled sheets don’t bother me, but I love the smell if sheets that have dried outside. My mother always hung her clothes up outside. And growing up clean sheets were put on our beds every Saturday morning. Then every sat evening, after out showers, and prayers, she would put use to bed, then give us some bread, right out of the oven with butter and sugar. Once we moved from Idaho in 1966, she quit doing this, but I can still smell the clean sheets, warm bread, then feeling the sugar that dropped off the bread in the sheets until it finally got brushed off. I asked here once did she think about the sugar in out beds? And no she hadn’t thought of that. So my pet peeve is crumbs in my bed, hate it.

    • Hi Veda…….I’m so glad to see you, lady. Yes, the ocean always makes me feel as though God is in the heavens and all’s right with the world. Nothing like an ocean breeze and the salty air. Talk about good sleeping. And there’s nothing like sheets dried on a clothes line, smelling of sunshine. Oh, your mother loved you and your siblings so much. Good heavens, I sure wouldn’t do well with crumbs in my bed!

      Love and hugs!

  4. Debra Guyette says:

    I enjoyed your post and have seen a few others. I really want to read this one now.

    • Hi Debra…….It’s great to have you. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and letting me open up just a bit. Hey, maybe you’ll win a copy of the book. I’ll say a prayer. Much love and hugs!

  5. Glenda Kinard says:

    Congrats on this the release of Knight on the Texas Plains look forward to reading.

  6. elaine hathaway says:

    Good Morning, This was a great little tid bit about you. I am reading your book knight on the Texas plains. So far it is very good. I can relate to you as I was once homeless also. my kids were 5 and 1 and we lost our apartment you See my husband had a serious gambling problem, he is much better now it was so bad i remember I would give my daughter a bowl of cereal and i would take the milk and give it to my son to drink. we slept in our car or at rest stops, even going to family and staying a night here or there, it was rough. we even lived in a extended stay hotel until we had enough money to get a place.

    • Hi Elaine…….Your comment breaks my heart. I’m so sorry you had to go through such a hard time. But you know, these trials only make us stronger and I’m not going to complain about mine. But what makes your worse is your little children. I’m sure it really bothered you that you couldn’t see to them properly. I suspect, you didn’t eat at all, but gave everything you had to them. Yes, we do share homelessness. I’m glad those days are behind you and me too.

      Much love and hugs!

  7. Kim Hansen says:

    Thanks for sharing

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