The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday – Spotlight and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Linda Broday who is celebrating today’s release of The Cowboy Who Came Calling, the second book in her Texas Heroes series. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post to win a copy of the first book in the series, Knight on the Texas Plains.

He’ll do what it takes
To win
Her heart

Glory Day may be losing her vision, but that doesn’t mean she’ll ever stop fighting. Determined to provide for her struggling family, she confronts an outlaw with a price on his head. But when a mysterious cowboy gets between her and her target, Glory accidentally shoots him instead. Flustered, she has no option but to take the handsome stranger home to treat his wounds.

Former Texas Ranger Luke McClain didn’t plan to fall in love, but there’s no denying the strength of Glory’s will or the sweetness of her heart. But Glory’s been burned before, and Luke will have to reach into the depths of his own battered soul to convince her to take a chance…

And trust that love is worth fighting for.

Enjoy an Excerpt

A light touch on Glory’s shoulder gave her a start. The hand surely belonged to Luke, for only he could loosen this flurry inside. She blinked several times, cursing the inability to see what he held. At last the item came into view.

A toothbrush. A real one.

Glory whirled. Every well-planned, scathing remark vanished, not even the mere footprint of one remained in her head. She cradled the treasure with wonder.

“You hankered for one of these the first time I saw you in the emporium. I also recall how you had to bite your tongue to keep from giving those girls their comeuppance.” Quiet challenge lay beneath Luke’s words. He dared her to refuse something she so desired. If she could.

Moral indignation that had burned so hotly before deserted her. “I thought you didn’t notice me that day. You appeared quite taken with the…other patrons.”

“Oh, I noticed.”

In a Monday that held more twists and turns than a dog’s hind leg, his barely audible reply and intent stare added yet more bewilderment. Why did he have to go and make her forget her outrage? Awfully difficult to harbor a grudge when he seemed intent on filling her head with hope.

She stared at the object in her palm, afraid it would fade into thin air as the genie in the Arabian Nights had. Fairy tales were for children, not grown women who knew better. McClain couldn’t be Aladdin—unless he whipped out a magic carpet. This night she wouldn’t rule out anything.

“Say something, Glory.” Hope gave her a sharp poke.

Patience grinned. “If you wanna kiss him, we’ll hide our eyes.”

Hell’s bells! If she didn’t die of mortification, it would be a sheer miracle.

“I know you want to,” Patience crowed. “Leastways that’s what you wrote in your private book.”

“What kind of woman would pass up a kiss?” Luke raised her chin with the lightest of nudges.

Her legs threatened to buckle. Powerless in the spell of his gaze, she marveled at the rakish curve of his mouth. The essence of him wrapped around, over, and inside her as she gladly stepped onto his magic carpet.

One more kiss wouldn’t hurt anything.

A sudden scurry of feet seemed in the distance. Glory’s ears pounded. His frenzied heartbeat jumped through the fabric of his shirt. She sank into the curve of his arm because he stole her will to step back.

The kiss that began with tender softness deepened. She shuddered under his caress, a piece of clay in the hands of a master.

Her feverish skin throbbed with some strange need she didn’t comprehend. She only knew if she died in his arms this second, she would depart the world in a state of bliss.

When he lifted his head at last, she would have fallen without his steadying support. She rested her face on his broad chest for a moment to still the dizzying whirl.

“Thank you.” His murmur came faint as a breeze through willows. His ragged breath ruffled her hair.

A few seconds later, she remembered where they stood and the liberties she’d allowed. Never before had she been so carefree. Or so warm. “Good heavens!” She patted her hair, giving the room a sweeping glance, relieved to find it empty. “I don’t know what came over me.”

“Whatever it was, I hope it remembers the way back.”

She groaned inwardly and lowered her eyes before he saw the answer. For the cost of a handful of wind she would stand before the preacher with him.

Darn him and his magic carpet!

Fact remained, no amount of wishing could erase the truth. Her father left…and so had her mother, though each in a different way. At the end of the day, she could put faith only in herself.
What hand of fate had flung him into her life? The man seemed to take extraordinary liberty in assaulting her with his presence at every turn—with no intention of staying.

“I need to ask where you got the money to pay off our note—and buy all this.” The pain inside made her voice sound cold.

“Will it matter?”

Glory wished for things that could never be. To stifle yearnings that swept her along like a dandelion in a sudden gust would take more will than she possibly had. And even more impossible…blocking the knowledge that she could forgive all else as long as he promised to never leave. She gripped the toothbrush. “I must know.”

“In my own time.” He brushed her cheek lightly with a fingertip.

Only after she could do a sight more than melt did she dare raise her eyes. “You’ve involved us in whatever it is you do.”

“Fair enough. First tell me what you were doing with your esteemed Dr. Dalton.”

Anger put her on familiar ground. She rested her hands on her hips and jutted her chin defiantly. Magic carpet rides were for damsels without obligations and those who could afford to daydream. “He’s not my anything. And I don’t have to justify it. Don’t let us keep you from wherever it is you need to mosey on to.”

“Fire and damnation! I’m trying to help.”

About the Author:At a young age, LINDA BRODAY discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. After years of writing romance, it’s still tall rugged cowboys that spark her imagination. 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. She resides in the Texas Panhandle where she’s inspired every day.

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Comments

  1. Tonya Lucas says:

    What a wonderful review. Linda is my favorite author, she can write a book that will stay with you forever. Her stories stand the test of time.
    Thank for showcasing Linda, she’s truly an inspiring Lady with a heart of gold.

    • Thank you so much for traveling this journey with me, Tonya. It gets mighty lonely sometimes. Your words thrill my heart and keep me writing these stories I know you and other readers are waiting on. Book #3 of this series – To Catch a Texas Star – will be worth the wait. Marley Rose finally discovers the secret Duel and Jessie have kept …..and she finds a great love in the bargain. Roan Penny shows her a love like she’s never known.

  2. Thank you for spotlighting me, Long and Short Reviews! I’m so excited about this re-release and getting it back into readers’ hands. It’s inspired by a time in my life when I, too, was losing my vision. Doctors couldn’t stop the progression and it got down to where I only saw shapes and shadows before we began the climb up and I regained enough of my vision to be able to do most of what I wanted. Glory is me. I was able to transfer all my fears, insecurities, and struggles to her.

    I hope readers will try it and then read Book #3 of the Texas Heroes series when it releases this July.

  3. Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo says:

    Another great read by Linda Broday that won’t disappoint. You’ll love Glory Day, the eldest sister of a struggling family that is being shunned my their hometown after her father was sent to prison for murder. Glory is one of three sisters and the daughter of a woman that seems to have lost her mind and her will to live after her husband was sent to prison. Glory has taken to wearing britches to take on the role as man of the family. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders as she spends night and day taking care of her family, the farm and trying to find a way to get her dad out of prison. Just when she finds what could be the answer to her problems an unknown cowboy gets in her way and she accidently shoots him. She has no option but to take the stranger home with her to care for his wound.

    That Cowboy is former Texas Ranger Luke McClain. Luke’s out to clear his name and is hot on the trail of Mad Dog Perkins when he realizes that someone is trying to get to Perkins before he does. In the struggle of who’s going to collar Perkins, Perkins ends up getting away. In the following days Luke not only starts to pull together a plan to help Glory Day and the Day family he finds that he’s in love with Glory. Glory won’t settle for a man that only pities her and her situation.

    These characters will find a way into your heart as you go on their journey that has lies, secrets, murders, mystery and true love. You can never go wrong with a Linda Broday book!

    • Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo says:

      I just wanted to throw in my review with yours which was a great review! Linda’s a wonderful author and a great great lady!!

  4. Tonya Lucas says:

    Here’s my review for this awesome book:
    The Cowboy Who Came Calling has it all, mystery, romance, and an inspirational message.
    Every time I pick up a Linda Broday book, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have her phenomenal books to grace my life. Books that definitely stand the test of time.
    Ms. Broday has the ability to transport her readers back into the old West with stories that are heartwarming, edge of your seat drama with true to life dilemmas, that her readers relate too.
    Glory’s one tough lady and her only goal is to protect those she loves, her family.
    But can she, when she’s near losing the most valuable commodity that allows her to provide for them?
    Luke wants his name cleared, to forget about the woman who holds his heart, she’s not his to have and hold, she belongs to another.
    He’s lost and searching, trying to right wrongs bestowed on him. Fate has lead him into Glory’s path, but can these two find it in their hearts to trust one another or is fate just playing a game on their hearts?
    “Glory knew if she dared give him half a chance, Luke’d taker her heart and run. But not before he destroyed the tattered remains of her dignity.”
    As Glory faces her scariest reality she is giving one piece of advise from a humbled caring soul, which changes everything.
    “Only still waters will let you see a picture of the sky. You can’t see if it’s Storming, you know.”
    This is one of the most heartfelt and touching books I have ever read, truly will make you stop and think.

  5. Glenda D Kinard says:

    Once again Linda Broday brings this reader’s heart to happy tears I can never sing this author’s praise enough!!! Not only does she bring me such joy with her books but I thank God in Heaven my life paths crossed hers. Her characters not only encompass the written page they leap from it into your heart and so Luke McLain and Glory Day along with her family have nestled a place in my heart. This book is not one to be missed I am definitely counting down the days to when I once get to feast my eyes upon her written pages again

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