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Six Years With the Texas Ranger

First published in 1921, Gillett’s now classic account of his six years of service depicts with freshness and authenticity how the Rangers maintained law and order on the frontier—and occasionally dispensed summary justice. From the Mason County War to the Horrell-Higgins feud, the capture of Sam Bass, and the pursuit of Victorio’s rebellious Apaches, Gillett saw the kind of action that established the Rangers’ enduring reputation for effectiveness.

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Three Years Among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, Texas Ranger

“Half a dozen Indians sprung upon me, some holding down my arms, others my legs, another astride my body with his hand upon my throat.”

Only Nelson Lee and three of his cowboy companions survived the brutal assault that had come upon them during the night.

Their fate was not to be killed instantly but instead to go through the process of being tortured to death in tribal rituals at a later date.

But Nelson Lee did not die.

Instead he survived his ordeal and went on to spend three years with the Comanches, being sold as a slave between various Comanche warriors, from Big Wolf to Spotted Leopard and finally to Rolling Thunder who he was eventually able to escape from.

His record of that time provides a fascinating insight into life with the Comanche tribe in the mid-19th century.

Prior to being captured Nelson Lee had been a Texas Ranger who had served under John Hays and had fought against Native Americans during the Indian Wars, but never before had he come in such close contact with how they lived and their customs.

Walter Prescott Webb stated that “there is no better description of the life of the Texas Rangers than that of Nelson Lee.” Another scholar stated “His experiences in captivity are of vivid interest, and afford a most minute and detailed account of the manners and customs of the tribe.”

Other historians have been less convinced about the validity of some of Lee’s claims, but even if some of the tales told within the memoir are rather tall it remains a captivating book of life on the Texan frontier amongst the Comanches.

Nelson Lee’s book Three Years Among the Comanches was published in New York in 1859 after Lee had escaped captivity.

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Lincoln, Texas Short Stores and Tall Tales

Lincoln, Texas is like the town you grew up in, if you grew up in a small town in America. You knew the people around you. Some of them, you knew too well. Others were mysterious to you. Others still came and went almost unnoticed in your small circle. Life in Lincoln, Texas always finds a way to keep on going, even when the tales grow dark and ominous.

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Jerry Hall’s Tall Tales: Mick Jagger’s Longtime Love: From Texas to the top! Supermodel, Jet Set Star!

Jerry Hall’s Tall Tales: Mick Jagger’s Longtime Love: From Texas to the top! Supermodel, Jet Set Star!

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Lady: The Story of Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Johnson

“Why, she’s as purty as a lady bird,” said nursemaid Alice Tittle as she gently rocked the newborn. And Lady Bird it was for Claudia Alta Taylor, later more popularly known as Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the president of the United States. This biographical sketch for young adults is a combination of facts and direct quotes taken from printed interviews and oral histories. The author relates Mrs. Johnson’s early life, her leaving home in northeast Texas at Karnack, her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson, her family life, her years in Washington as the wife of a senator and later the president, the political campaigns, and finally the influence she exerted on the environmental movement, especially her work with wildflower preservation and restoration. The First Lady continues to make her home in Central Texas, mostly in Austin and the beloved hill country at the LBJ Ranch, where she served as hostess for dignitaries from around the world while Mr. Johnson was president.

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Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson

Presents a biography of Claudia (Lady Bird) Johnson

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To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend Book 1)

“Linda Broday’s books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas on Texas Mail Order Bride

A Ranger. A Cowboy. An Outlaw.
Men of Legend

The Texas Ranger
Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her-his life, his badge, his very soul-knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.

Praise for Forever His Texas Bride:
“Broday’s Westerns always captivate.” -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“One of the best historical western authors.” -Fresh Fiction
“Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery.” -Addicted to Romance

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The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend)

Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.
The MEN of LEGEND

The Cowboy
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met-a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband-or any man-after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs.

Praise for Forever His Texas Bride:

“Broday’s Westerns always captivate.” -RT Book Reviews 4 stars

“Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery.” ―Addicted to Romance for Forever His Texas Bride

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Little Known Tales in Texas History

There is so much about Texas that few people know. Who knows about the lawless Horrell Brothers, who feuded for years with “Pink” Higgins. What is the oldest town in Texas? Read about the Jaybird-Woodpecker War, or about the Texas Enchanted Rock. Then there was the fence-cutting war along with the usual Texas favorites, the Alamo, Cattleman Charles Goodnight, Texas’ First Navy, and the San Elizario Salt War. If that not enough, you can learn more about Pirate Jean Lafitte.

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Rangers and Pioneers of Texas

Andrew Jackson Sowell (June 27, 1815 – January 4, 1883) was a lifelong soldier and farmer in the 19th-century. He was a participant in the Texas Revolution and a survivor of the siege of the Alamo. He continued his service during the years of the Republic of Texas, in the Mexican American War, and the Civil War. He was a frontier defender, early Texas Ranger, and a friend and scout with Kit Carson.

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