Thursday, November 30, 2017

My Hero: The Texas Rangers By Margaret Daley

My Hero: The Texas Rangers
By Margaret Daley

I have written three books in the Lone Star Justice Series for Love Inspired Suspense. The last one, Texas Ranger Showdown, will be out in April 2018.  I also wrote four book in my Abingdon series called the Men of the Texas Ranger. What a group!

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the baseball team in Dallas called the Texas Rangers. I’m talking about the oldest state organization of law enforcement officers. Sam Austin formed the first version of the Texas Rangers in 1823. The word “rangers” was coined because these men ranged over the land they protected and guarded.

Through the early years the Texas Rangers, one of the main duties of the group was to protect the people against Indians. Then after the Civil War in 1874 the organization was divided into six companies with 75 men and usually a captain. Their duties were partly a soldier and partly a police officer. By the 1900s the organization totally focused on enforcing the law. A Texas Ranger was called in when the case was too risky for the local agency.

Today there are 172 Texas Rangers who served the state in many investigative capacities. They are part of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Texas Rangers’ headquarters is in Austin. There are six companies: Company “A” headquartered in Houston, Company “B” in Garland, Company “C” in Lubbock, Company “D” in Weslaco, Company “E” in El Paso, and Company “F” in Waco/San Antonio. The companies were adjusted recently.

The Texas Rangers handle the usual kind of cases like murder, assault, robbery and kidnapping, but they are also tasked with investigating threats against the governor and other state and federal officials. I used some of these crimes for the stories in my series: Lone Star Justice (High-Risk Reunion and Lone Star Christmas Rescue).


Lone Star Christmas Rescue blurb:
A baby's frantic cries lead Texas Ranger Drake Jackson to an injured woman in Big Bend Park, the infant by her side. But "Kay" has no idea who she is or what happened. All she seems sure of is that she's in terrible danger. When someone comes after her—determined to snatch the child—Drake takes her and little Kaleb to his family's ranch to protect them. But with the attackers circling closer as Christmas approaches, the guarded ranger knows they won't be safe there for long. Vowing to uncover her identity and catch her attacker, Drake plans to give mother and child the holiday they deserve…safe by his side forever.


My newest release in the Lone Star Justice series is my November book, Lone Star Christmas Rescue available at: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo and Google Play

12 comments:

  1. Margaret, thanks for sharing information about the Texas Rangers! Heroes all! Loved reading the blurb for Christmas Rescue. Can't wait to read. I always love your stories.

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  3. Margaret, as a Texan, I'm proud of the work the Rangers do. Thanks for sharing your Ranger story.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the history of the Texas Rangers. For this non-Texan, I loved hearing about their roots.

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  5. Love this history. I admire the Rangers so much. Send one Ranger and get the job done! I’ve enjoyed reading several of your Texas Ranger books, Margaret!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the history of the Texax Rangers.

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  7. Gotta love those cowboy rangers!

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  8. I really enjoyed meeting some of them when I researched my first Texas Ranger book.

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  9. Interesting information. The book looks great!

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  10. Great info on the Rangers. I enjoy your books.

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