You might wonder how the town in A Match Made in Texas got its name. Prior to 1883, there was no standard time. A person traveling from the East Coast to the West might have passed through more than a hundred time zones. This wasn’t a problem when traveling in a slow-moving covered wagon, but was a real pain when speeding along in a train.
The town jeweler usually determined the time. However, Two-Time had two jewelers and they both insisted they alone had the right time. This was the basis of a feud that practically tore the town apart. (You’ll have to read the first book in the series, Left at the Altar, to find out how the feud was resolved.)
The number of doctors and lawyers say a lot about a town’s reputation, and Two-Time has plenty of both. No fewer than four attorneys occupy offices on Jackleg Row (a derogatory named given to the street housing the town’s lawyers). However, a disturbing number of clashes are still battled out at twenty paces, keeping all three doctors in fine Kentucky whiskey and Cuban cigars.
A railroad runs the length of the town, along with a string of saloons. A dirt street separates the rows of adobe and brick buildings, each with false wooden fronts. Two-Time has a general store, bakery, gun shop, butcher, post office and barber. It also has the Lockwood Watch and Clockworks shop, which belongs to the heroine’s father.
This rooting-tooting town also had something you won’t find in any other Old West town; it has a lady sheriff and her name is Amanda Lockwood. This lady sheriff means business and takes guff from no one. So, if you plan on visiting, you better mind your manners or you could land in the hoosegow.
“Are you’re askin’ if your virtue is safe with me?”
She blushed, but refused to back down. The man didn’t mince words and neither would she. “Well, is it?”
“Safe as you want it to be,” he said finally.
—From Margaret’s new book, A Match Made in Texas
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times and CBA best-selling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single woman can change the course of history:
There’s a new sheriff in town.
Amanda Lockwood gets more than she bargained for when she’s elected Two-Time Texas’s first female sheriff. Anxious to prove herself, she sets out to stop crime in its tracks—taking down wanted man Rick Barrett in the process. But there’s something special about the charming outlaw. Common sense says he must be guilty…but her heart keeps telling her otherwise.
So what’s a sheriff to do? Gather an all-female posse and ride to save the day.
Things sure don’t look good for Rick. If he doesn’t convince the pretty sheriff to let him go, he’ll soon be pushing up daisies. But his plan to woo her to his side backfires when he’s the one who falls head over heels. Now he must choose between freedom or saving the woman he loves…and the clock is ticking.
Who knew A Match Made in Texas could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?