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A COWBOY OF LEGEND by Linda Broday - Hell's Half Acre

It is a pure delight when I get to welcome another author to visit Tales & Tidings. Linda Broday writes immensely entertaining historical western romance novels, and her newest release, A Cowboy of Legend, will no doubt live up to her . . . legend (Sorry, couldn't help it.). Let's Join Linda now in Hell's Half Acre. What's that, you might wonder? Well, read on to find out.

Hells' Half Acre

Thank you so much for having me, MK. This is such a treat. I’ve long admired your work and like that we share a huge love for the old West.

There were a few places in the Old West that became famous for their wicked, dangerous ways that only the most daring of men sought out—Tascosa, Texas; Dodge City, Kansas; Deadwood, South Dakota; Bodie, California to name a few. But one section of Fort Worth, Texas called Hell’s Half Acre was one of the worst.

Many often referred to this area as the Bloody Third Ward due to the heavy amount of violence. Actually, it was a several block radius in the lower end of town where saloons, bordellos, gambling houses and the like operated. It’s a place where outlaws and gunslingers hid out. Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch frequented the area as well as Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, and Sam Bass.

But finally, Fort Worth’s citizens demanded something be done and in 1889 they elected Sheriff Jim Courtright. He put a serious dent in the Acre, but it still took until 1920 and several subsequent sheriffs to clean it up.

This is the setting for A Cowboy of Legend.

Deacon Brannock owns a struggling saloon called the Three Deuces and if he can just hang on, he has big plans for his future. Unfortunately, Grace Legend and marchers with the Temperance Society descends beating drums and carrying signs, determined to shut him down.

As you can imagine with their differing views, Deacon and Grace clash from the start, both convinced they’re right. Tempers run high. Even so, Grace can’t deny her attraction.

Add in a group of homeless kids, a monkey named Jesse James, and a really bad villain and you have a story that just might keep you reading all night.

Both passionate people, Deacon and Grace hold secrets—lots of secrets. Some deadly.

Who is Deacon Brannock? There’s no record of him in the state of Texas.

And who’s writing those inflammatory articles in the Fort Worth Gazette under the name Sam Valentine?

A new generation of Legends are itching to make their mark.

You can find an excerpt at:

A Cowboy of Legend released on April 27, 2021. This the first of a new series called Lone Star Legends. Then Book 2 – A Cowboy Christmas Legend – will be out in September so watch for that.

Scroll down for a question and a book giveaway!

A Cowboy of Legend

It's time for a new generation to become Legend.

Deacon Brannock is determined to make a name for himself and the saloon he's worked his whole life to afford. He was prepared for life in the Wild West, but he hadn't counted on Grace Legend...

Grace has always fought hard for what she believes in, and after her best friend is killed at the hands of her drunk and angry husband, that includes keeping alcohol out of her town. When the owner of the new saloon turns out to be a kind and considerate man, she can't help but wonder if they could have a future together...if they weren't on opposite sides of every issue.

Content Rating: Sensual with some graphic scenes.


Book Giveaway + a Question from Linda

If you could travel back in time to any place in the world, where would it be and why? For me, I’d choose the mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1890. It was an exciting place but not as rough as some.

Linda is generously giving away two copies of A Cowboy of Legend!

Two winners will be chosen after the giveaway closes to entries on May 10, 2021. Winner's choice of e-book or print. Enter via the form below, and earn a bonus entry by answering the question in the comments.


About Linda

Author Linda Broday

I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 30 full length western romance novels and short stories. Watching TV westerns during my youth fed a love of cowboys and the old West and they still do. Here in the Texas Panhandle I can often hear the voices of American Indians, Comancheros, and early cowboys whispering in the breeze. My stories focus on family life and you’ll find children in almost all of my books.

You can find me at:

And if you’re looking for a complete (printable) list of my books, come to:

Question from Linda:

If you could travel back in time to any place in the world, where would it be and why? For me, I’d choose the mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1890. It was an exciting place but not as rough as some.


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