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Sandra Cox’s Newest Western: TumbleStar

I can’t wait to read this book! Sandra Cox has become one of my favorite Western authors. She fills the stories with strong-but-flawed characters, believable Old West settings, lots of atmosphere, fast-moving plots, and everything else I like in great Westerns. I’m so glad this book arrives on my Kindle today soon!

Warning. Besides hand-tooled boots, content contains: a big-hearted, hasty-tempered cowboy, a homeless young woman, an orphaned little girl and a wild white stallion.


Coop Malloy receives a telegram that his sister and brother-in-law have died and Kallie, his ten-year-old niece, is on her way to Texas to live with him.

Still reeling from the loss of his sister, he receives another shock when his childhood friend Randa Lockhart steps off the stage with Kallie. He’s stunned to see that the little pigtailed nuisance that tagged after him and his best friend years ago has turned into a beautiful young woman.

Randa and Kallie have barely settled in when Coop finds buffalo hunter Marvin Doolin beating the local blacksmith within an inch of his life for laming his horse. Coop steps in and when the buffalo hunter tries to kill him, he shoots him. Now Doolin’s four brothers are out to even the score.

When they go after Randa, they cross the line. They’re about to find out that’s there’s nothing Coop won’t do, and no one he won’t track down to protect the two females that have burrowed hard and fast into his heart.


A May sun beat hot on Cooper Malloy’s shoulders. He hooked a dusty boot heel on the wooden sidewalk and pulled a creased telegram out of his pocket. The paper, torn in spots from handling, crackled as he unfolded it and read it again. Your sister, Patsy Mae, and her husband have passed. Stop. Your niece, Kalinda Raine, arriving on stage, May 16, 1880. Stop. Sincerely, Montgomery Smith, Attorney-at-Law.

His breath whistled past the lump in his throat. A hot kernel of grief had lodged in his heart when he’d received the telegram a week ago and showed no signs of leaving. What the hell had happened? Even though they’d been married eleven years both Patsy and George were young, Patsy twenty-eight, George—his childhood best friend—thirty. They’d grown up together in St. Louie. He and George had raised all kinds of hell till he’d got an itch to go west and George fell in love with Patsy.

Thundering hooves and a cloud of dust tore him from his painful reverie. He straightened as the stage pulled into the small town of Mobeetie, Texas.

“Whoa, there,” the black-bearded, wiry driver called out, bringing his team to a stomping, snorting halt. The door swung back against the side of the coach with a thump. A thin, little man hopped out and offered his hand to a lovely young woman with honey-colored hair and doe-brown eyes, her skirt rustling as she descended.  Cooper’s gaze coasted past her looking eagerly for his ten-year-old niece.


Sandra is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and several cats in sunny North Carolina.

Besides western and western romance, Sandra also writes time-travel, paranormal and regency romance, young adult fantasy and non-fiction. She is a category bestselling Amazon author, Eppie finalist and Golden Ankh Award winner.

Book details

release 10/14/19

Pre-order or Order here.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, In the Footsteps of Giants, Winter 2021. 

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  7. I remember you sharing your love of westerns, Jacqui. I can tell you’re excited for this new one. Sandra sounds like she’s successfully playing with a lot of genres. I’m sure she’s delighted having you as a fan! I’m looking forward to your review. 😀

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  8. Congratulations, Sandra! I enjoyed the excerpt and hope to read it in the not-too-distant future! I’ve been meaning to read one of your books, and this looks intriguing!

    Thanks for featuring Sandra’s book, Jacqui. I love westerns, but haven’t read one in too long. I finished reading your “Survival of the Fittest” last night. I absolutely loved it! I’ve been down with a nasty cold, so I was able to read it pretty quickly. I think Homo erectus is a fascinating species, because it was long-lived and widespread; but also because I sympathized with a young boy whose fossil evidence indicated he had a serious abscessed tooth and could not have survived without the help and care of other People. There are so many things I enjoyed about your book ~ one of the highlights was how important their sense of smell was in communication and in reading their environment. I will definitely read more of your books. I am intrigued that you wrote a book with Lucy as the main character. A diorama featuring her stood outside the fossil lab at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and I used to look at her and wonder about her life.
    It’s awesome that you wrote about her!

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    • You have just made my day, Louise. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. That tooth–back then, there was no way to deal with a rotten or infected tooth. It did kill them, as I found when researching several of the partial skeletons that have been found. It’s interesting to know they just had to tolerate it, day after day, knowing the pain would never end. They were tough people!


  9. Hi Jacqui and Sandra – it does sound like a soul tearing read … while one can so easily get hooked into westerns – I’m sure I’d enjoy it … good luck – cheers Hilary

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