Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride (Mail Order Bride #1) by Linda Broday

Mail Order Bride, #1

Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Number of Pages: 384 pages


When the West was wild, and man's law favored the few, extraordinary women could be found...in the heart of an outlaw.
Outlaw Clay Colby is tired of living one step in front of the law and wants to see his dream of having a wife, a family, to give his life meaning. So far, he’s been rejected twice, and he won’t try again if this one doesn’t work out. But hope fills him that Tally Shannon will see his heart and help him finish this town where once stood an outlaw hideout. On the day when she’s supposed to arrive, a bitter enemy sets fire to the buildings he’d fought to erect and he’s back with nothing to show for his efforts. There's no woman in the world who'd stand by him now.
But Talley Shannon is no ordinary woman.
After escaping the living hell of the Creedmore Insane Asylum into which she was thrust to die, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn't mind that Clay's home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it's only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling, intent on stealing her happiness, her very life...and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they forged—to his very last breath.

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Luke glanced at the wagon piled high with Tally’s things. “Before I unload, you two go somewhere and talk. Clay, if either of you want to call off this wedding, I’ll take Tally and Violet back home.”

“I’ll do as you ask but I don’t need to think about it.” Clay lifted his head. “I want them, both of them.”

Tally left Violet with Josie and followed Clay into his dugout. She liked the strong set of his jaw and broad shoulders. He gave the impression that wouldn’t give under a heavy load. The two-inch scar down his face and the revolver swinging from his lean hip suggested he’d seen trouble too many times to count. His dark hair sported a few silver stands at the temples and curled possessively over his collarless shirt like a gunslinger’s hand around his gun.

She scanned the dim interior of the dugout, not caring that it was part of the hillside. She loved the scent of the earth and the safety of Devil’s Crossing represented. A stack of uncut leather laid in a corner, and pink and yellow flowers on the table added an unexpected homey feel. This outlaw was already surprising her in a lot of ways.

“How old is the child?” His deep voice washed over her.

“Eight. She’s small for her age.”

“Have you tried teaching her to get around by herself some?”

“A bit but not enough. And all those lessons are now good here where everything is new.”

“It’s important. I want to make sure she knows the layout because here you never know when trouble will come. I’d like to work with her, unless you object.”

“Violet has this strong distrust of men but with time it’ll get better.” Tally motioned to the leather. “What do you make?”

“Saddles, harnesses, boots, you name it.” Clay flicked her a nervous smile. “I know this doesn’t look like much, but it’s only temporary. As soon as I can, you’ll have a real house.”

Her mouth tried to turn up in a return smile but her nerves wouldn’t let it. She sat at the table in the chair he pulled out for her. “Don’t say anything you don’t mean. I’ve been lied to enough.”

Clay Colby stood at the window, the sunlight casting a shadow across his rugged features. “Look, Tally Shannon, I never waste words and what I say you can count on. I want something better for you and already have the land picked out.”

That statement dispelled some of her fear. “What do you expect of me, Clay?”

“I dream of building a town here—proper, with establishments and a stage line. True, the men here are outlaws, but they’re as determined as I am to mend their ways. Tally, I want far more than a six-shooter and notoriety. I want to thrive instead of only existing.” He paused as though fearing he’d revealed too much too soon. “I can’t do it alone. You can help turn this dream into reality. I expect you to sleep beside me, to share whatever comes our way, raise our children.”

His sincerity rattled something deep inside her. She could almost imagine a life with him.

“What are you wanted for, Clay?” she asked quietly.

With a heavy sigh, he pulled out the other chair and sat down. “Murder. Get one thing clear—I didn’t choose this life, it chose me. I dispense justice when there’s none to be had and I’m not sorry for it. Even so, I yearn for the day when there is no need for guns.”

He continued, “You might as well know that twice now I’ve tried to settle down and marry. But once the women found out what being married to me entailed, they changed their minds and I was left nursing hurt pride. All I’m asking for is one chance to show you the man I can become.”

Tally was silent, watching his eyes. Eyes didn’t lie. Clay Colby was the kind of man who’d still be standing when all others were lying on the ground.
"Broday’s earthy, no-nonsense characters fit the rugged setting perfectly, and it’s a pleasure to watch these two lonely, cynical souls forge a powerful, passionate partnership." – Book Page

Clay and Tally’s story will captivate the historical western lover in us all. Linda Broday has earned her way into the coveted title of “Queen of Texas Historical Romance.” -- Tonya, Goodreads reviewer

If love is your interest, do not miss this book. I could not put it down it was so compelling.Cricket, Goodreads reviewer

Trying to put this book down at times was like trying to get off of a high-speed roller coaster -- the kind with twists, turns, and even loops; it's just impossible.Glenda, Goodreads reviewer
I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical western romance novels and short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed, and at times if the breeze is just right, I can hear their voices whispering in the wind. Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here where cowboys are still caretakers of the land. I’m inspired every day by their immense dedication and love for the wide open spaces.

When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I’ve also been accused (quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic unfold on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.

FIRST PRIZE: Signed Copy of The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride +  $25 Amazon gift card
TWO WINNERS: Signed Copies of the book.
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  1. Thank you for having me, Heather, and for spotlighting my new release. I'm so excited about his book and the outlaw series. Outlaws were the original bad boys and I just love writing about them. Often their desire for justice led them to become wanted men. It wasn't that they loved killing, it was more that they had to. Clay was such a man. He took no joy in killing--it was something he was forced into. He and Tally Shannon will live in my heart forever. I hope readers will give this book a try.

    1. You are very welcome <3 This sounds like it's going to be an amazing series!

  2. This is an amazing blog on your book Linda. I’m so glad that everyone is LOVING Clay and Tally’s story. Your talent amazes me.