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.
Targeted Age Group:: historical romance readers of any age
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’m a native Texan and have enjoyed reading about the Texas Rangers over the years. No, not the baseball team, but the group of lawmen that tamed Texas and continue to make it safe today. I decided that it was time to feature a Texas Ranger as one of my historical heroes.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I had to decide why Noah became a Texas Ranger in the first place. It came to me that he would be the polar opposite of his father–Pistol Pet, a famous outlaw. I created the team of Pistol Pete and Famous Sam, partners in crime. Noah would know his father was an outlaw, but I thought a fun twist would be for my heroine Jenny to have no idea that her father was Famous Sam.
Jenny entered the post office, glad to be out of the afternoon glare. As her eyes adjusted to the dim interior, the postmaster greeted her.
“Good afternoon, ma’am. What brings you through Fort Griffin? You need some writing paper or stamps? Have you stopped for supplies?”
“Good afternoon, sir. I am looking to send a telegram to Boston.”
“’Fraid a letter will have to suffice. Fort Griffin is the end of the world, so to speak. The fact we get mail delivery at all is a minor miracle.”
“I suppose I will jot a brief note then.” She glanced around and spied the high counter designed for that purpose.
“Let me get paper and pen for you. I’ll be right back.”
She leaned against the counter, which was pushed against a wall. She glanced up at the notices that filled every inch of wall space. Her eyes traveled quickly over the many announcements and handbills. Then she spotted the poster.
Her father’s face stared back at her.
She gripped the counter for support. Surely she was mistaken. It was a wanted poster for an outlaw. The list of crimes proved too numerous to read, but she got the gist of it as her eyes skimmed its contents.
She looked back up at the face that stared out at her. He had aged since she’d last seen him, but he was still a handsome man. The Irish mischief she remembered so plainly had been captured by the artist’s sketch.
Her eyes went to the bold letters above the picture.
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: FAMOUS SAM MCSHAN, THE ROBIN HOOD OF THE WEST.
She grew lightheaded as the room swirled violently. Darkness rushed up and enveloped her.
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