Monday, October 3, 2016


Hi everyone. I'm so excited to finally have this book out! It's the first in my new Men of Legend series. It's about a family whose last name is Legend and they live on a huge ranch called the Lone Star. The patriarch is Stoker and his three sons--Sam, Houston, and Luke. Sam is a Texas Ranger, Houston a rancher like his father, and Luke is an outlaw.

I knew I had a great series when these brothers strode onto the page as bold as you please.

The story opens with Sam facing a bunch of cattle rustlers who are intent on taking his life. Left with injuries, he boards a train to head to the ranch to recover when he crosses paths with a desperate woman. They end up running for their lives along with a mysterious stranger from the train. Sam knows if he can just get her to the ranch, she'll be safe. But the outlaws have other plans for Sierra.

In one scene, Sam and Sierra are forced to cross the swollen Brazos River and almost die in the attempt. The contents of Sam's saddlebags get them warm.

I’ve always been curious about the items cowboys carried in their saddlebags. In the movies, it often seems that they hold everything except a kitchen stove. Those men pull out exactly what they need--things that would've been impossible. But I wondered just what did they actually put in them.

  • ·       Food such as jerky and hardtack when unable to build a fire
  • ·       Matches
  • ·       One or two Tin Plates
  • ·       Extra Ammunition
  • ·       A Curry Comb and Brush
  • ·       Picket Pin to stake their horse at night
  • ·       A Horseshoe and nails
  • ·       A Change of Clothes
  • ·       Other Small Personal Items—maybe a book or paper & pencil
  • ·       A  small amount of grain or oats for their horse

A gunnysack tied to the pommel and hanging off the side would hold things like a small coffeepot and coffee, a small skillet, a jar of lard, or more of the contents listed above. They either hung a canteen off the side or stuck it in the saddlebags if they had room. Although, they were careful not to load down the horse too much or they couldn’t travel far without stopping to rest. For long distances, the cowboy usually had a pack horse along to carry all this and more.

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A Ranger. A Cowboy. An Outlaw.
Men of Legend

Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

The Texas Ranger

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her—his life, his badge, his very soul—knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.

What do you think about life on the trail and living out of saddlebags? Do you think you could’ve gotten everything you needed into them?



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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Shana! Releases are such a crazy time but I'm glad it's out.