Author Guest Post
A Hero - A Texas Ranger
By Margaret Daley
I'm a visual person and when I write, I visualize my plot. So when I began planning my first book in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series, it was important that I selected the right male to be cast in the role of Wyatt Sheridan in Saving Hope. Then I remembered seeing Australia with Hugh Jackman and I knew he was perfect to be my Texas Ranger.
He embodied everything I wanted: hunky, well built, handsome, rugged looking, confident, protective - an alpha male.
On top of those qualities he looked good on a horse.
Cowboys are popular in romance books for a reason. Modern day cowboys remind us of our past when the Wild West was conquered (risk takers, fighters, protective, sometimes loners). I sometimes think of them as American's knights. But it isn't just cowboys that give that persona but so do police officers, firefighters and men in the military. Their job is to protect the public - to keep evil at bay.
When I began thinking about my second hero in the series for Shattered Silence, I saw the commercials for Vegas with Dennis Quaid. I thought a young Dennis would be perfect for Cody Jackson, my Texas Ranger in Shattered Silence.
There is something about a man in a uniform that is sexy, appealing - whether a firefighter, police officer or in the military. To me their uniform is like a knight's armor.
A uniform commands our attention. Draws our attention to the man wearing it.
With my series about the Men of the Texas Rangers, I got to combine the lure of the cowboy and a police officer. Texas Rangers are the state police for Texas. There are only a few of them (around 140) to cover a big state. They do have a uniform they wear that reflects their origins for the Wild West (when they were formed in the nineteenth century in Texas) and their police duties.
A Texas Ranger's uniform is slacks (tan, dark blue, black or brown), dress shirt (light solid color, often white), a conservative tie, boots, cowboy hat (usually, tan, ivory or white) and their silver star worn on their shirt over their heart. There can be slight variations depending on the captain of the company. They wear the silver star badge over their heart.
My series is about the modern day version of the Texas Rangers. I have four books in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series. Saving Hope came out in March 2012. Shattered Silence came out in October 2012, Scorned Justice will be out in March 2013 and Severed Trust in October 2013.
About The Author
Her latest book is the Christian fiction suspense Shattered Silence, about a series of murders that seem like a hate crime, but things aren’t what they appear.
Margaret Daley's Shattered Silence Virtual Book Tour Page On Pump Up Your Book!
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback - 336 pages / Kindle - 764 KB / Nook - 1 MB
Genre: Christian Fiction - Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: Shattered Silence: Men of the Texas Rangers Series - Book 2
BARNES & NOBLE
ABINGDON PRESS - PUBLISHER
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders.
While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. Fighting their attraction, Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area. What they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?
My Book Review:
After the death of his ex-wife, Texas Ranger Cody Jackson and his fifteen year old son Kyle moved from Houston to Durango. He wanted to get his son away from the dangers of the city and out of the influential clutches of his step-father, who belongs to a white-supremacist group currently under investigation. Unfortunately some of the step-father's bigoted racial influences has rubbed off on Kyle, causing him trouble at school. Cody also moved to Durango to help find the person who was responsible for the shooting of his mentor, Texas Ranger Al Garcia, who was forced into retirement.
Liliana Rodriguez is a Detective with the Durango Police Department. Liliana is no stranger to trouble, she grew up in an abusive household, and her sister Elena is continuing the vicious cycle of staying in an abusive marriage.
When a serial killer targets illegal Mexican immigrants in Durango, Cody and Liliana are partnered together to investigate the murders. As they work together to solve the murder cases and a case involving a smuggling ring, there is an attraction that builds between them even though they try to fight it. With tensions building in the community between Americans and Mexicans, and the struggle to deal with their own personal issues, can Cody and Liliana solve the cases and find love among the tension and violence?
Shattered Silence is a suspense thriller that packs a powerful punch. Mixing murder, racism, bigotry, bullying, and domestic violence with a healthy dose of romance, faith and inspiration, author Margaret Daley weaves another spellbinding tale in the second book of the Men of the Texas Rangers Series. While this book may be part of a series, each book has new characters and can stand alone. Written in the third person narrative with alternating perspectives by Cody and Liliana, this riveting story has a lot of subplots that will keep you engaged and guessing what will happen next.
Rich in details, vivid descriptions and intriguing subplots; with characters that are realistic and complex; and with dialogue and interactions that are engaging, Shattered Silence is an exciting story full of romance, suspense and thrilling twists and turns that make this one heck of an entertaining read!
Shattered Silence is part of a series of books that combines romance and suspense with social issues and Christian inspiration and faith that will engage and entertain readers from beginning to end, and keep you yearning for more.
RATING: 4 STARS ****