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In this touching eBook novella, a prequel to Molly O'Keefe's Crazy Thing Called Love, a young woman swept up by first love is ready to say "I do"--until challenges arise during the holiday season. Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas--that is, if Maddy's family doesn't throw a wrench in their plans. Her parents are more than a little reluctant to give their blessing to the impending nuptials. After all, Maddy's barely out of high school and Billy's a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn't care about Billy's rough past--all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy's mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
When 62 orphans and abandoned children leave New York City on a train headed out West, they have no idea what to expect. Will they get separated from their friends or siblings? Will their new families love them? Will a family even pick them at all? Future events are wilder than any of them could imagine -- ranging from kidnappings and whippings to stowing away on wagon trains, from starting orphanages of their own to serving as missionaries to the Apaches. No matter what, their paths are being watched by someone who cares about and carefully plans all their tomorrows.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The newest Cupid, Texas romance, from the author of The First Love Cookie Club and the Jubilee, Texas novels . . . Football star Pierce Hollister has fame, fortune, and beautiful women wholl do anything for him . . . whether he asks them to or not. But when it all comes crashing down, Pierce finds himself back home, running the ranch inCupid, Texas, wondering how it all went wrong. But one thing is right: Lace Bettingfield. The formerplain-Jane has turned into a luscious knockout--trouble is, she wont even give him the time of day no matterhow many passes he makes. Being in love with your older brothers best friend is awkward enough, and Pierce was the cause of Laces most embarrassing high school moment ever when her secret letter to him declaring her love landed right on the front page of the school newspaper Pierce is still as stubborn, sexy, and arrogant as ever . . . but Lace is about to see that things arent always as they seem . . . especially whenit comes to love.
The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.
Rancher Austin Cade rides into Liberty looking for his old comrades, the James-Younger gang. He needs their help tracking down the horse thief who's stolen his prized mare. In town, the former gunfighter is reunited with Darcy, the first girl he ever kissed-and never forgot. Young widow Darcy Branson owns a shop full of fashionable ladies' attire, but continues to wear mourning black so she won't forget her role in her husband's death. Austin stirs a passion inside her that has long been dormant, but can Darcy learn to believe in Austin-and love-enough to let go of her tragic past?Time is rapidly running out. . . As a cousin to Jesse James, Darcy has attracted unwanted attention, thanks to her rumored association with the gang. Soon Austin and Darcy are faced with confronting not only their growing desire, but danger in the form of a deadly bounty hunter. . . 22,500 words
He was the spark; she was the flame . . . Baptiste Lightbody had found the beautiful young girl named Maggie in Missouri Territory. From the moment they met, they became two parts of the same spirit, joined in flesh and soul with an underlying fire. Shunned by a world that called him a half-breed and her a witch, they struck out together into the wilderness after the same fierce dream: a paradise of their own. But ahead of them lay dangers that could take Maggie away forever: brutal river pirates, rampaging Indian renegades, and a secret that followed them into the virgin forest. And soon they would both face a test that could break their hearts--or join them in a love that would become a legend on the untamed American frontier.
He'll be hers...one way or another! After years of rebellion, Lexy Worthington just did the unthinkable-she asked her father for a job. Now she's been roped into finding a rodeo star for a promotional calendar. Bareback bronc rider Will Tanner is perfect. He's under contract, his career is in decline, plus he's a grade A hottie. And Lexy will drag him to Houston even if she has to hog-tie him herself. Tanner isn't making it easy. He'll do whatever it takes to distract Lexy from her mission-even if it means playing hot 'n' dirty. Now the road trip from hell has turned into a sizzling sexcapade. But this time, Tanner may have found the one ride he won't be able to walk away from....
TROUBLE HAS ARRIVEDElisa Cardoso longs for passion in her life. Though she'd much rather spend her days photographing the stunning Wyoming landscape, food photography is a lucrative, if uninspiring, way to pay her bills. But when her next assignment brings her face to face with sexy restaurant owner Brody McDermott, Elisa can't deny the delicious effect he has on her. From the minute Brody sees Elisa, he's dying to unleash her inner bad girl. He knows there's more to the sophisticated photographer than meets the eye. Now getting the sexy shutterbug into his bed is on his menu, but when she starts making her way into his heart-big problem. Love has been tricky for Brody, and he's not too eager to try his luck again. But when a golden opportunity means Elisa may be leaving Trouble for good, can Brody find the courage to grab on to love . . . before it slips away?
When the infamous Texas Rangers look for the perfect man for Company Z--a special new task force--there seems to be only one choice. He has to be cougar-fast, Texas-tough, and able to handle any situation. Although Alvin Cap Fog has never fought in lawless West Texas, from his first pistol draw he rivals his legendary grandfather Dusty Fog. First U. S. publication.
APACHES ON THE WARPATH The Apaches were the meanest bunch of Indians around. They would do anything for a fight During a raid, they captured a white woman and made her their slave. It was up to the cavalry to put an end to the Apache menace and to rescue the woman. A big, gripping novel of the Southwest ... a blazing chapter from the annals of cavalry life on the frontier.
Before he rode a black stallion, young Yakima Henry was a scout for the Arizona cavalry outpost Fort Hell, so named for its unforgiving desert locale and the many fearsome dangers that were all but routine.... When Chiricahua Apaches attack a stagecoach bound for Fort Hell, Yakima Henry and fellow scout Seth Barksdale rush to defend it--only to discover that one of the fallen Apache is a blond-haired, blue-eyed white boy. This is shocking news to the fort's commanding officer, Colonel Ephraim Alexander. Years ago, his family was kidnapped during an Apache attack, and his desperate search was cut short by orders to evacuate. If this white Apache warrior is his son, can his wife and daughter still be alive? The colonel charges Yakima and Seth to lead a search party. Riding as far as the forbidding Shadow Montañas in Mexico, they come up against a ruthless warrior queen--a beautiful blond white woman with cornflower blue eyes. Can this unlikely leader of the fierce Winter Wolf People and a pack of ex-Confederate desperadoes actually be the colonel's long-lost daughter? As bullets fly and blood paints the desert red, Yakima and Seth grow ever more determined to find the truth. FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!
Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack is on the trail of a gang of Yuma jailbreakers led by the blood-thirsty Suela Soto, and he's leaving a trail of death and destruction. The pursuit will bring Sam up against one of the most infamous criminal gangs ever to pull a heist in the West-the Hole in the Wall Gang. . .
When Lassiter and his best pal Borling were framed for the murder of a card shark, everyone reckoned they'd swing at the end of a rope. But the jury gave them twenty-five years hard time in the roughest prison in the West. That's when Lassiter and Borling decided to break out-only to be double-crossed when freedom was a moment away. Lassiter got solitary confinement. His pardner got a back full of lead. Now all Lassiter lived for was brutal revenge.
THE GREATEST WESTERN WRITER OF THE 21ST CENTURYSmoke Jensen never wanted to kill, but fate had other plans, and the Mountain Man has left plenty of blood, tears and fury in his wake. Angus MacDougal, the father of one of Smoke's victims, wants revenge. Riding up to Big Rock, Colorado, MacDougal has decided that killing Smoke won't be enough. He intends to bring him back to Pueblo and hang him before a crowd. It's a bloodthirsty plan that might have worked, except for a beautiful young woman, and the small knife she slips into Smoke's hand.Suddenly Smoke is on the run in the Colorado wilderness with no gun, no supplies, and twenty armed men in pursuit. Once, a man named Preacher taught Smoke how to survive in this wilderness. Now, as a brutal winter bears down, the Mountain Man will use those lessons well--not only to fight his way out alive, but also for vengeance of his own...
THE GREATEST WESTERN WRITER OF THE 21ST CENTURY Smoke Jensen never wanted to kill, but fate had other plans, and the Mountain Man has left plenty of blood, tears and fury in his wake. Angus MacDougal, the father of one of Smoke's victims, wants revenge. Riding up to Big Rock, Colorado, MacDougal has decided that killing Smoke won't be enough. He intends to bring him back to Pueblo and hang him before a crowd. It's a bloodthirsty plan that might have worked, except for a beautiful young woman, and the small knife she slips into Smoke's hand. Suddenly Smoke is on the run in the Colorado wilderness with no gun, no supplies, and twenty armed men in pursuit. Once, a man named Preacher taught Smoke how to survive in this wilderness. Now, as a brutal winter bears down, the Mountain Man will use those lessons well-not only to fight his way out alive, but also for vengeance of his own. . .
A regiment was needed but they sent only one man, Hugh Kinzie, scout for the United States Army. Hugh saddled his dun and rode west. He found the party of men and women ambushed by Red Sleeves, the maniacal chief who hated the white man more than he feared death itself. Hugh counted on one thing to get them out--his old, battered, still-deadly rifle.
"Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop. " --New York Times bestselling author Jodi ThomasRide into an unforgettable tale of valiant courage and bloody conflict from the Western Heritage and Spur award--winning author Dusty Richards. . . They've Crossed The Line. . . Chet Byrnes has his hands full taking care of his family and running his ranching operation in Arizona Territory. But he still takes his responsibilities as a deputy U. S. marshal very seriously. Bandits have been crossing the border, cutting a bloody swath of mayhem--stealing horses, robbing banks, and murdering innocent folk--then high-tailing it back to safety in Mexico. For The Last TimeThe chief U. S. marshal asks Chet to lead a secret task force to stop the raids and round up the border bandits--dead or alive. But the bandits fight back--putting a five-hundred-dollar bounty on Chet's head. Now he's got bushwhackers to deal with, and when he's led into an ambush, it's kill or be killed in a life-or-death showdown. . . "Dusty Richards writes. . . with the flavor of the real West. " --Elmer Kelton
"Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop." --New York Times bestselling author Jodi ThomasRide into an unforgettable tale of valiant courage and bloody conflict from the Western Heritage and Spur award--winning author Dusty Richards. . .They've Crossed The Line. . .Chet Byrnes has his hands full taking care of his family and running his ranching operation in Arizona Territory. But he still takes his responsibilities as a deputy U.S. marshal very seriously. Bandits have been crossing the border, cutting a bloody swath of mayhem--stealing horses, robbing banks, and murdering innocent folk--then high-tailing it back to safety in Mexico. For The Last TimeThe chief U.S. marshal asks Chet to lead a secret task force to stop the raids and round up the border bandits--dead or alive. But the bandits fight back--putting a five-hundred-dollar bounty on Chet's head. Now he's got bushwhackers to deal with, and when he's led into an ambush, it's kill or be killed in a life-or-death showdown. . ."Dusty Richards writes. . .with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer Kelton
A BATTLE FOR GLORY- Noble of spirit but recklessly proud, Ghonkaba, grandson of Renno, the great Iroquois Sachem, faces the final test of his bravery. Raging with a thirst for vengeance against the Englishman who stole the beautiful white woman he loves, yet sworn to honor the Seneca alliance with the British, the defiant young warrior finds the fate of a continent rests on his mighty shoulders. For as the crack of a rifle signals the start of war with the hated French, only Ghonkaba and his fierce fighting band can turn the bloody carnage of certain defeat into a victory for freedom. THE MAKING OF A LEGEND - The daring rescue of a dusky, passionate Indian maid and a thrilling act of heroism in battle mark Ghonkaba as the true inheritor of the special destiny born with Renno, the White Indian. And from the powerful Manitous, protectors of the Seneca, now comes a stunning personal message--a mysterious circling hawk destined to lead the Iroquois nation to their greatest triumph ever in this new and glorious land.
From the acclaimed author of The Hell Bent Kid: The story of a brave woman fighting to protect her land in the midst of a deadly range war Amelia Rankin owns nearly two hundred thousand acres of Texas rangeland. When her husband died, she inherited the vast holdings--and with them, a world of trouble. When Amelia decides to fence off a portion of her land and allow farmers to tend it, she raises the ire of a powerful cattleman who would rather shed blood than see west Texas taken over by homesteaders. The men who work for Amelia vow to stand by her, but when tensions run this high, one spark of violence could set the whole prairie ablaze. Before she knows it, Amelia and her allies are fighting a battle whose outcome will determine the future of the Southwest. From master storyteller Charles O. Locke, Amelia Rankin is an unforgettable tale of passion, violence, and pride.
In American by Blood, three U.S. Army scouts leading an infantry column arrive a day late to join Custer at the Little Bighorn. They come upon the ruins of th Seventh Cavalry, a trail of blood and corpses defiled by wild dogs and swarms of flies. It is a scene that will haunt these three young men in vivid and irrevocable ways. With the loss at Little Bighorn, their mission to find and help clear the land of the Indian tribes ineluctably becomes one of vengeance as well. They journey into limitless wilderness after their prey, skirmishing in the dense forests and the high plains. The scouting party consists of James H. Bradley, who discovers that war is as much a test of the heart as it is of his ideals; William Gentle, who finds himself torn between his desire to emulate the older soldiers and his fascination with the Indians they hunt; and August Huebner, who wishes to see an America beyond that which he knows and escape the slums of the newly industrialized East. Gus Huebner was the author's great-great-grandfather, who in 1875 left New Jersey to join the army int he West. Family myth has it that he arrived a day late to the Battle of Little Bighorn. From these scant biographical details, Andrew Huebner has imagined a rich and powerful novel of the American West. American by Blood unforgettably combines epic storytelling and evocations of awe-inspiring natural beauty with a shattering repudiation of some of our nation's most central myths.
Buck Horne was shot in front of 20,000 fans awaiting his comeback in the world's largest rodeo. Ellery Queen was one of them. But after a month of investigation, he was as baffled as everyone else.
"[Lock's fiction] shimmers with glorious language, fluid rhythms, and complex insights. " --NPR "[Lock] is one of the most interesting writers out there. " --Reader's Digest "Lock writes some of the most deceptively beautiful sentences in contemporary fiction. Beneath their clarity are layers of cultural and literary references, profound questions about loyalty, race, the possibility of social progress, and the nature of truth. " --Shelf Awareness In this panoramic tale of Manifest Destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. Propelled westward from his Brooklyn neighborhood and the killing fields of the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he befriends Walt Whitman, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln's funeral train, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer. When he comes face-to-face with Crazy Horse, his life will be spared but his dreams haunted for the rest of his days. By turns elegiac and comic, American Meteor is a novel of adventure, ideas, and mourning: a unique vision of America's fabulous and murderous history. Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage, radio, and screenplays. His recent works of fiction include Love Among the Particles, a Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year, and The Boy in His Winter, a re-envisioning of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition hailed for "mak[ing] Huck and Jim so real you expect to get messages from them on your iPhone. " He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
The definitive volume in Jakes's bestselling series finds the Kent family reaching to finally embrace its legacy--and its futureIn the final installment of the Kent Family Chronicles, the remaining Kents seek to fulfill Philip Kent's original American dream. As Gideon Kent's health deteriorates, he fears for the future of his family. Their dynasty, now in ruins, stands as a tarnished symbol of all the Kents have lost in the unstable years of war and expansion. It falls to young Will to bring the family together--a task of epic scope. Only expert storyteller John Jakes could craft such a gripping finale to this beloved family saga, bringing the Kents' drama--and the nineteenth century in America--to its riveting conclusion. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Determined to find her family's murderers, fifteen-year-old Clementine Webb vows to hunt them down, one by one. Texas Ranger Lucius Dodge tries to talk some sense into the little lady. Trading lead with stone- cold killers is men's work. At least it's what Lucius always thought- until darling Clementine shows her aim is true.
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