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From the Author

The book you hold has had many adventures on the road to publication.

It started in hospital while recovering from surgery. I wrote the first draft, in long hand, as a novelette. Back home, I put my History degree to work and dig some serious research while transcribing the manuscript to a Commodore Plus4.

Orphaned by obsolete technology, the original manuscript clung to life as a printout from a dying dot-matrix printer. When it finally made it into a workable file, it had to wait while I had a couple of kids and took care of my sister and father. Meanwhile I collected far more information on Texas, guns, riding, and the price of beans and ammunition than you would ever want to see in a novel.

The trail has been rocky and full of obstacles but, I hope you will agree, worth the journey.

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To my sister Joanne (1961-2003) who taught me that life is too short not to do what you love.


I would like to thank Amanda and her red pen; John for insisting the story should be a novel; Janet for rescuing the lone viable copy; Frances for cleaning up the resulting digital copy and nagging me to keeping working on it; Nancy, the most constructive nitpicker on the planet; Melodie for point me in the right direction; Cheryl and Imajin Books for being the right direction.

To my daughter Kate, son Sam and nieces Sophie and Claire, thank you for your patience and enthusiastic support.

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  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (May 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00501H6YM
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kenna McKinnon on June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Alison Bruce has crafted a steamy tale of the old West that takes us out of the ordinary and into a rollicking world of romance and adventure. As a young woman who masquerades as a boy, the plucky Marly's identity is finally revealed as she finds true love with stand-up dude Texas Ranger Jase Strachan.

This is an historical Western romance in a style that reminds me of Hemingway. Although the descriptions are colorful and accurate, there are no wasted words here as the characters are developed through dialogue and action. The old West comes to life! Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on June 27, 2011
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A good old-fashioned western romance novel. The west is still barely settled, the Civil War not long over, and Marly Landers is on the trail of the man who conned the townspeople out of their money. Marly feels a personal responsibility for this event, so he is heading off to El Paso from the small town of Cherryville, Kansas to collect the money and see that justice is served. Dressed in hand-me-downs of oversize shirt, pants, boots, worn droopy hat, and oilskin duster, he looks like a young teen trying to beat the odds of solitary wandering in the deserts and mountains as he tracks the culprit, Charlie Meese.

In the meantime, Texas Ranger Jason (Jase) Strachan is on the trail of a confidence man who has cheated some high powered people in Austin. He is currently in Dog Flats, about as small and desolate a town as it sounds. As he's finishing a beer, our protagonist Marly arrives, looking for work to pay for a room for the night, a meal, breakfast and a packaged lunch. He offers to do anything from mucking out to waiting tables, even cooking. Jase has seen this boy on his past few stops and is very interested in him because he's discovered they are both trailing the same man. He's seen him work at every stop. Jase knows Marly has been traveling on foot for most of the way from town to town. He is taken with Marly's tenacity and is interested in why they are after the same man. Of course, he's not going to get into that part of it yet. Not sharing his own business in El Paso, he does mention his destination and suggests they travel together. Jase will supply horse and tack, and the boy will work for him.

In Abilene they get Marly a horse and saddle, but he has never been on a horse and definitely not a mulish one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wendy E. Thomas on June 1, 2011
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Marly Landers, in Under a Texas Star is a tough as nails, smart as a tack young woman who shines brightly with her grit and compassion. She is the type of character you want to continue reading about even after the story ends.

Trailing from one dusty town to another in pursuit of a criminal fugitive was a job for a bounty hunter with a good horse and a small arsenal. It was tough work for a slim boy of small build, few means and fewer possessions'tougher still when the boy wasn't a boy at all, but a girl.

Shortly after the civil war, when a con artist steals money from her town, Marly - disguised as a boy - decides to become a bounty hunter and track him down. Seduced by the con's charms, she feels it is her duty to restore what has been taken. She is soon joined in her quest by Texas Ranger Strachan and they work together to find the trickster. Marley continues the masquerade from town to town oftentimes coming close to having her secret discovered but each time managing to hold her own. She laments that if she had been born a boy she wouldn't be in this current situation in the first place. If she had been born a boy, she might have been able to protect her mother who was killed by Rebel soldiers and wouldn't have needed protection by being sent to live with an Aunt that she didn't particularly like.

Soon however, based on observations of being boyish comes naturally to Marly. Her deception is aided by the fact that no one expects a young woman to be travelling on her own dressed as a boy. The important thing is that no man sees her as a woman and takes advantage of her and although she doesn't think Jase Strachan would ever do such a thing, Marly can't and won't let her guard down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lornwal on October 23, 2012
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Alison Bruce has written a charming Western, filled with appealing, fully-developed characters and settings so well-populated and historically accurate that we can just about taste the dust. Character development is emphasized, and we come to know Marly, Jase, and the inhabitants of Fortuna very well. There is a mystery Jase and Marly must solve and a journey they must make together. They also must figure out what to do with their growing love for one another, complicated - sometimes humorously, sometimes quite poignantly - by the fact that Marly has convinced everyone she is a boy.

UNDER A TEXAS STAR has some elements in common with TRUE GRIT, but it is a unique and imaginative story in its own right. It's wonderful to read a book that takes the time to really explore its characters. I'm very happy to recommend this novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IngaKS on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
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This is a second Western Romance I was reading. I received the book for reviewing directly from the author and I am very glad for the possibility to read and review Under a Texas Star. I was fascinated by the title of the book at first and when I read the book blurb, I was hooked! Under a Texas Star was well written with a solid plot and interesting characters. Alison Bruce's writing style made it very easy and enjoyable to read!

Regarding the plot:

Meet Jase Strachan, a Texas Ranger who is after a con man Charlie Meeks. Jase has got the order to catch the con man and on his road he meets a young guy Marly Landers who draws Jace's attention. Jace finds out that the boy is also headed to El Paso and offers to take Marly under his protection.

On their way to El Paso they are forced to stay in Fortuna to solve a murder case. What Marly does not know is that Jace has realized who she really is - a disguised woman seeking for her own revenge. In El Paso it's getting more and more difficult for Marly to hide from others that she is a woman. Marly starts to get more and more attached to ace and people in Fortuna and due to the disguise she is seen like a suitable "future-husband-to-be" for a young lady from Fortuna. Besides that both Jace and Marly get attracted to each other and they have to be very careful for not showing it, because it would not be proper thing for Texas Ranger to travel together with a young woman.

The settings on the road and in Fortuna were really well described, the details of ranchers' and rangers' life were interesting and the writing was very figurative in that sense, that it created living images while reading. I loved the city of Fortuna with its differences and morals.
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