Thursday, May 2, 2013

Welcome to the Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop

My first perception of lawmen in the old west was from the television show Gunsmoke. Marshal Dillion always got his man and Miss Kitty was always there to help and pour him a drink. As a girl I often wondered what I would be if I lived in the old west--a farmer's wife or a dance hall girl like Miss Kitty. Of course I didn't have a clue what girls in saloons did.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Marshal and a Sheriff? I have and while writing My Heart Will Find Yours, I decided it was time to find out. A sheriff is an elected official of the county, and a marshal is an appointed officer, either federal or state. A marshal covered a large territory and deputy marshals were placed under his command. A town could also appoint a Marshall and often deputized men to form a posse.

Typically, a sheriff would want o keep his constituents happy. And on occasion wealthy ranchers helped someone get elected and expected favors in return. How many movies have we seen where the town sheriff was in the pockets of the guys trying to take small landowner's land, tear down fences or run off homesteaders? Who did the town call on if the sheriff was crooked. A state or federal marshal.

Here is a blurb of the short time travel in PDF Format, A Marshal of Her Own. I'll be giving away a copy to one person who comments and leaves their email address.


Despite rumors of “strange doings” at a cabin in Fredericksburg, investigative reporter Dessa Wade books the cottage from which lawyer, Charity Dawson, disappeared in 2008. Dessa is intent on solving the mystery. Instead, she is caught in the mystery that surrounds the cabin and finds herself in 1890 in a shootout between the Faraday Gang and a US Marshal.

Marshal Cole Jeffers doesn’t believe Miss Wade is a time traveler. He admits she’s innocent of being an outlaw, but thinks she knows more about the gang than she’s telling. When she’s kidnapped by Zeke Faraday, Cole is determined to rescue her. He’s longed for a woman of his own, and Dessa Wade just might be the one—if she’ll commit to the past.

Excerpt:


Dessa stood still and watched as they conversed. Something stank to high heaven about this entire situation.Why were the cops chasing robbers on horseback? It’s not like Fredericksburg was that isolated. She glanced at the captured men. The boy moaned, and she made a step to go over and help him. The Marshal spun, and the expression in his eye froze her in place.

 “He needs first aid.”

 “He’s fine. The Doc will tend to him when we get to the jail.”

“You could at least call 911 and let them patch him up for you.” She nodded to the man lying so still with his eyes closed. “Your other prisoner doesn’t look so good. He’s going to die on you if you don’t start CPR or get him some help.”

“Lady, no one is going to hear a yell from out here. Never heard of any 911 or CPR.” He propped the hand not holding the shotgun on his hip and threw her a disgusted look. “Are you blind? That man is dead, shot through the heart.”

Her head swam for a moment, and she struggled not to give in to the sensation and faint. She drew in deep gulps of air. “Well...well..., what about the coroner and the meat wagon, not to mention the CSI folks? If you don’t get them to record the scene, how are you going to cover your butt? The authorities might say you shot him in cold blood.”

He looked at her like she’d sprouted an extra head. “I don’t know what the hell you are talking about woman. No one will question my authority. I’m the law in this county. Now, be quiet, or I’m going to gag you.”

A Marshal of Her Own is available now at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and other online book stores. It is the sequel to A Law of Her Own available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.com and other online book stores. A Love of His Own, the third story in the Prairie, Texas series, and is also available at the above stores.

Visit me on May 4th on Sweethearts of the West where I'll be posting about "Tumbleweed Wagons" and the "Three Guardians".

My newest time travel is Birdie's Nest. It's available at 


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Good luck and Happy Reading and Writing!

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com



30 comments:

  1. I remember all the westerns on TV. I loved watching them
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, I did too, Debby. Especially Maverick, Wagon Train, and Bonanza. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I love little tidbits like that. I never knew there was a difference between marshals and sheriffs. Go figure. ;)

    oncerfan@yahoo.com

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    1. Well, I didn't get into the differences in their duties but they had a multitude of jobs. The good ones didn't sit with their feet on their desks.

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  3. Oh boy, do I ever love this blog! I read just about everything I can get my hands on re Western Romance. I grew up on a ranch-farm in Southern Cal and read all sorts of western stories and watched all the western TV shows and movies back then. Today, I still watch those same TV shows and movies on AMC and Encore TV and love every minute of them. I appreciate your mention of the difference between sheriffs and marshals...a new tidbit for me. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Life was so much simpler back then, wasn't it Janice? The old westerns are the best and classics. Remember High Noon?

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  4. Hi Miss Linda. So happy you brought us a time travel western romance. yay! Thanks for the education on sheriff vs marshall. Nice to know. Country Blessings! Angela

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    1. Hi Angela and thanks for the country blessings! They're the best kind!

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  5. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  6. Enjoyed the post, glad to find out the difference between a sheriff and a marshall. Was a fan of Gunsmoke and Marshall Dillon.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. Can't imagine anyone not liking Marshal Dillion, Jean. Enjoyed Festus too.

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  7. Enjoyed your post. Time travel stories are a favorite of mine. :)

    Love the book cover for Birdie's Nest, too!

    kmnbooks at yahoo dot com

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    1. They are mine too, Karen! Thanks for stopping by, Karen!

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  8. The definition between sheriff and marshal was helpful. And the time travel sounds wonderful. l.carrollbradd(at)gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Linda! The time travel was loads of fun to write.

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  9. I always wondered what the difference was too. Thanks for sharing!
    sugerlady@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Tamara. I wondered also. Isn't the internet wonderful?

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  10. I had never really thought about the difference between the two. It's been a long time since I've read a good time travel book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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    1. I hope you'll check mine out, Sherry!

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  11. I forgot about Miss Kitty. Thanks for the memory. I love the cover for "Birdie's Nest" BTW.

    Thanks for a great post.

    ~~Emmly Jane
    ej (at) emmly jane (dot) com

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    1. Yeah, Miss Kitty was something else. Thank you, I love it too!

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  12. How appropriate is this, flipping channels and find Dances with Wolves on the t.v.. I love the cowboys and lawmen of all kinds.

    cmucha319(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I do too, CBarton. I wonder why we're so intrigued with that time period? I love Dances with Wolves and that very first movie Kevin Costner was in--can't remember the name, but he was the youngest brother in the family and rather wild. Oh well....

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  13. Huh. I didnt know that. Ive always wondered. Thank for sharing and being apart of this awesome hop!
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  14. I love the desert photo on your website...it brings back memories of when I lived in Arizona. Enjoyed visiting today.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! I love the desert also. We lived in Fort Stockton, TX for awhile and often drove down to Presidio. Beautiful country. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Include me in your contest. I've read some of your books and like them a lot.
    JWIsley at aol dot com

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    1. You're in, Joye! I'm pleased you've read my work. Hope you'll read more!

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