posted on September 10, 2014 by Margaret Daley

A Hero–a Texas Ranger

By Margaret Daley

Hugh JackmanI’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.

AustraliaCowboys are popular in romance books for a reason. Modern day cowboys remind us of our past when the Wild West was conquered by those cowboys (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.

Dennis QuaidWhen 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.

An Office and a GentlemanIt 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 from the Wild West (when they were formed in the nineteenth century in Texas) and their police duties.

Margaret and RangerA 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 sight variations depending on the captain of the company. They wear their silver star badge over their heart.

Ranger BadgeMy 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 , Shattered SilenceScorned Justice and Severed Trust .

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Saving Hope

Shattered Silence

Scorned Justice

Severed Trust

Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.

Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

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