Lauren Linwood’s Texas Ranger

Today my guest is Lauren Linwood, who seems to have a character eager to speak for himself! I’ll let her tell you about it.

One of the best things an author gets to do is create characters and the worlds they inhabit. For my latest western historical romance, I mined gold for the first time from my native Texan roots and invented an 1870s Texas Ranger named Noah Daniel Webster. Noah can be the strong and silent type when required, but he also loves to chat. I’m turning things over to him!

Badge-150x150 Author's Blog Historical Romance Hey, everyone. Noah Daniel Webster here. Now don’t go snickering about my name. Mama was quite an educated lady, and she admired the dictionary of Noah Webster and the oratory skills of Daniel Webster. She thought she was doing me a favor by gifting me with the names of these two wonderful gents, but let me tell you—I fought a few fights over this moniker. And won ‘em, of course.

I’m proud to be a Texas Ranger. We’re charged in keeping Texas safe, whether from the roaming Comanche, cattle rustlers, horse thieves, or bank robbers. Texas is a beautiful place, but it’s like a wild stallion that needs to be tamed. I aim to keep the peace.

I’ll let you in on a secret—my daddy is an outlaw, pure and simple. Daddy got killed during his last job, and I’ve been charged to bring in his partner in crime, Famous Sam McShan. Sam’s an Irish charmer I’ve known since I was knee-high, and his wanted posters are peppered from here to California. I figured out how to track him. His daughter Jenny traveled from her Boston school to meet up with him here in Texas. I figured I’d locate her daddy through her and finally bring Sam to justice.

The trouble I’m in now? I’m a sworn bachelor, dedicated to serving the glorious State of Texas—and I’ve fallen head over heels with that little spitfire schoolmarm. What’s a lawman to do?BalladBeauty600-200x300 Author's Blog Historical Romance

About Noah’s Book:

After ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has no idea that he’s become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and rendezvous with him in Nevada.

Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam’s longtime partner in crime. When Pete is killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny’s escort across the dangerous prairie, using her to track her outlaw father’s location.

As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny’s love for him. Should the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah makes will change their lives forever.


Noah watched Jenny McShanahan turn and walk up the street toward him, a determined look set on her lovely features. He’d been slumped against a hitching post for an hour, waiting for the two o’clock stage to arrive. He’d been wary, too, sure that Sam McShan would meet his only daughter when she arrived in Apple Blossom.

Thank God for his connections at the telegraph company. It had been his most solid lead up till now. Everything else sure dried up.

Just then she passed him, still walking down the middle of the street. He wondered where she was going. He also wondered if she realized she’d left her case.

Noah tipped his hat and called out to her. “Ma’am?”

She turned, a puzzled look on her face.

“You left your valise.” He pointed to the lone satchel sitting in the middle of the road.

It surprised him when the corners of her mouth turned up slightly. “So I did.” She looked him up and down, and he almost blushed. “Thank you, sir. Perhaps I’ll retrieve it . . . and what’s left of my brain, as well.”

She started back toward the case. He moved quickly and stepped in front of her. “I’ll get it, ma’am.” He ambled along and picked it up and returned it to her.

“If you’ll tell me where you’re headed, I’ll make sure you and your bag get there.”

He watched her think this over, and then she nodded. “Thank you, sir. I’m headed to the local hotel.”

She took off in long strides despite her tight skirt. He studied her carefully from the back as he followed her to her destination. She was tall and thin, with the tiniest waist he’d ever seen. He was sure his hands could easily span it with room to spare. Her hat was slightly askew, revealing thick, honey blond hair twisted up in some womanly way.

But he longed for a glimpse from the front again. She had the most enticing eyes he’d ever seen on a woman, a striking moss green, with long, thick lashes surrounding them. A man could get lost in those eyes. Or her mouth. Her lips were a soft rose and looked good enough to lick.

Now where had that come from?


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About Lauren:

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage Linwood-IMG_4199-4x5-web-240x300 Author's Blog Historical Romance hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.

A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

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7 thoughts on “Lauren Linwood’s Texas Ranger

  1. Thank you, Caroline, for letting Noah & me stop by to visit with your blog readers!

  2. Your story concept sounds exciting and different, and I enjoyed your excerpt. I also live in your area, in Ft. Worth, and am currently writing a possible pilot script set in Ft. Worth after the Civil War. I taught high school history and English for three years right after college until I went to LA in the late 80’s to write TV scripts. After 3 yrs. and some success, I came home to help with my mother who was dying of cancer. I fully intended on returning to LA when I met and married a man I went to high school with, and we decided to stay in Texas. Our oldest two are in college now, so I have just started back to writing the kind of show I want to see. It will only be by the good Lord’s grace if I get it read and picked up by a production company. However, I am enjoying the experience of writing again and may try making it into a romance. I want to pick up your book to read when I take my breaks from writing. I love writing and reading about our great state, and I am excited you are from the Metroplex.

      • There are 2. DARA meets in Richardson (just NW of Dallas) and NTRWA meets in Colleyville (closer to Ft. Worth!).

    • Connie – Can’t believe we’re so close to each other! I also taught US History (and English when I first started out). I really enjoyed the Civil War era and would encourage you to write this story. I was going to teach by day and write by night, but I got sidetracked, as well. Sometimes I think bringing our life experiences to the table really make a difference in writing. I know Ben Affleck & Matt Damon’s Green Light Project helped review and get screenwriters a boost. I recently read something about them starting this up again. You might want to look into that as a place to pitch. And with the amazing writing on cable today, that might be why Fate held you back till now! I say go for it!!

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