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When her father dies suddenly, 15-year-old Lexie McDonald is left an orphan in the Wyoming territory. Her brother, Callum, is on the run, accused of a crime he didn't commit, and plans are in place to send Lexie to live with an aunt in New York City. Rather than be separated from her beloved horse Cougar, Lexie disguises herself as a boy and sets out along the dangerous Pony Express trail to find Callum and clear his name.
The town of Labyrinth is like home to Clint Adams and when the Castiglione gang grabs property rights and starts strong-arming citizens, Clint decides its time to clean house.
Under the guidance of veteran cowboy Jack Lomas, young rodeo rider Clay Tory has slowly but steadily risen in the ranks. Everything is coming together for this unlikely partnership. But the two are thrown like a greenhorn from a bronco when suspicious mishaps begin to befall Clay's fellow riders. When the two start digging for answers, Clay is viciously attacked, almost crippling his rodeo career forever. It turns out that some very powerful people from Las Vegas are trying to fix the contest in their favor--and they want Clay and Jack out of commission. But they're about to find out that the one thing a rodeo man will never do is stay down....
When a lady gambler wins half interest in a Missouri riverboat, the captain fears he may lose his heart in the bargain.
The families Jensen and MacCallister are two of the most legendary clans in frontier fiction. Now, the USA Today bestselling authors of A Lone Star Christmas bring them together once more--in a gripping tale of tragedy, survival, love, betrayal, and maybe even a miracle... Three days before Christmas, Matt Jensen is traveling the Denver and Pacific railway when an avalanche slams down onto the train, trapping it in desolate Trout Creek Pass. But it wasn't an act of nature that caused the accident; it was a gang of outlaws attempting to rescue their leader, who is being taken to Red Cliff to be hanged. As Smoke Jensen and Duff MacCallister frantically try to make their way to the scene, Matt struggles to save the survivors, among them a beautiful young woman with a dark past, a merchant seaman turned rancher, and a senator with his very ill young daughter. Starving under a bitter, driving snow in the brutal, unforgiving Rocky Mountains, and surrounded by armed and desperate outlaws, Matt still dreams of making it home for Christmas. But unless fate lends a hand, nobody will.
The families Jensen and MacCallister are two of the most legendary clans in frontier fiction. Now, the USA Today bestselling authors of A Lone Star Christmas bring them together once more--in a gripping tale of tragedy, survival, love, betrayal, and maybe even a miracle. . . Three days before Christmas, Matt Jensen is traveling the Denver and Pacific railway when an avalanche slams down onto the train, trapping it in desolate Trout Creek Pass. But it wasn't an act of nature that caused the accident; it was a gang of outlaws attempting to rescue their leader, who is being taken to Red Cliff to be hanged. As Smoke Jensen and Duff MacCallister frantically try to make their way to the scene, Matt struggles to save the survivors, among them a beautiful young woman with a dark past, a merchant seaman turned rancher, and a senator with his very ill young daughter. Starving under a bitter, driving snow in the brutal, unforgiving Rocky Mountains, and surrounded by armed and desperate outlaws, Matt still dreams of making it home for Christmas. But unless fate lends a hand, nobody will.
With a broken-down truck, miles to go and little money, single mother Melanie Hunter needs help. It comes in the handsome form of rancher Gabe Davidson. He'll pay for the three-week repair job and provide lodging for her and her boy-if she'll take coordinating the town barbecue off his busy hands. Melanie accepts, figuring she'll soon be on her way to her new life. But as she gets to know the kind townspeople-and the hardworking cowboy her son adores-she realizes she's found her home. Now if only her Rocky Mountain hero will ask her to stay.
Terry Mullane was on the trail of two soldiers who'd vanished in wartime, making off with a fortune in Army gold. One was Terry's father, whom some called a dead hero. Others called him a traitor and a thief, living a life of luxury in a Mexican hideaway. Saddled up solo to cross the Continental Divide, Terry meant to uncover his father's mysterious fate and clear his family name. But everyone who could help him was dead or running scared.
From the saloon to the cattle trail, gunslinging outlaws to ferocious Indians, The Rough Guide to Westerns is the ultimate companion to the genre that has, since the birth of cinema, fed our fascination with the Wild West. The origins: How the myth of the West was shaped as much by entertainers like Buffalo Bill and James Fenimore Cooper as by real-life figures like Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid, The history: From the silent era, through 50s box-office domination, to spaghetti and 21st-century Westerns, The canon: 50 essential Westerns, including Stagecoach, Once Upon A Time In The West, High Noon and The Searchers, The icons: Profiles of legends such as John Wayne, John Ford, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood and Gary Cooper, And the rest: Westerns from around the world, archetypal characters, iconic locations, and the best books, magazines and websites.
From the teeming city of Chicago to the rugged Badlands of the Dakotas, from the majestic Rocky Mountains to California's Gold Coast, the Royal Coach rolls proudly across the frontier. Count Wilhelm von Schiller and his lovely sister Cristiana embark upon a grand adventure with a host of compelling characters. In their specially built Concord coach they traverse this new and savage land, where death lurks at every bend--and rides with them in their own traveling party. A novel as big and beautiful as the untamed frontier, ROYAL COACH will thrill the millions of readers of the bestselling STAGECOACH series with a new tale of danger and romance in the Wild West.
This book follows the trails established by the Spanish between the 1500s and the 1800s in the southeast, the southwest, and along the California coast. Includes bibliographical references and index.
In book 1 of this steamy new contemporary Western romance series by two blockbuster authors, a cowboy and a woman on the run take a stand and fight for love. Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she's made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen. Zeke doesn't challenge Carlin's terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she's a woman in trouble. Problem is, he's so blindsided by his attraction to her he can't think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications--but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.
Where does an outlaw go when he's ready to turn straight? For Wyatt Yarbro, reformed rustler and train robber, Stone Creek is his place of redemption. And lovely Sarah Tamlin is the perfect angel to help him clean up his act....But Sarah keeps a dark secret behind her prim and proper facade, even as her heart is lost to charming, sexy Wyatt. When a vengeful enemy prepares to unleash havoc on the peaceful town, Wyatt and Sarah will discover that they can't hide from the past. To win the fight, they must believe in something they never trusted before-the hope of tomorrow.
In these 11 essays, all originally published in "The New York Review of Books", McMurtry brings his unique narrative gift and dry humor to a variety of western topics.
TREACHERY Spies, blackmail, and the shocking abduction of two beautiful women threaten to destroy Renno, the White Indian, in the eyes of his people.
From the days when the Seneca first roamed a virgin continent, the manitous--powerful spirits of the Indian nations--warned of danger. Now the prophecy comes to pass. Voodoo drums beat in the exotic isle of St. Domingue, and the evil has spread to America. A witch's charms and potions lure RENNO's innocent son, LITTLE HAWK. And Renno's beautiful daughter, RENNA, claims her destiny of horror, pride, and courage. POWER OF LOVE--President Thomas Jefferson knows the name and skill of Renno. To this proud sachem now comes a difficult duty: to save the Louisiana Territory for America... and to allow his sweet daughter to follow her heart. As Renno heeds his vision quest to travel a path of battle, Renna must follow her trail of desire and honor--to become a woman who chooses not tears but a totem of love, not surrender but a tomahawk of blood.
For all the moons of his manhood, REMNO, the white Indian, has ruled the Seneca with his might and wisdom. Then comes a day when the sun turns dark...a day when his people betray him and the bidding of the manitous. Decreeing that the magnificent shaman El-i-chi has broken a tribal taboo by marrying his precious Rose, the matrons cast her out. Now Renno must choose between his nation and the brother to whom he owes his love and life. Honor as unbreakable as steel decrees Renno's path--a dangerous road into the white man's treacherous world for a proud chieftain and the son whose birthright is only a bitter memory.
Bruce must take care of the ranch while his father is in the hospital, but money is scarce. His hopes are set on winning the Cowboy Race, a race over 4 miles of rough terrain testing the endurance and speed of the horse.
TWO MEN Sheriff Oglesby wore a star and six gun, and he liked people always polite and a little careful around him. Sam Hook was a stubborn old man who just liked living easy with himself. He ran his spread according to his own notions, and now the town was fixing to hang him for being different." ONE FIGHT Oglesby knew that his tin star was the only thing between the mob and old Sam's life. And the star itself was just a hunk of potmetal, unless there-was a man behind it. who could turn it into steel or gold or silver. It took Sam Hook to teach him that a man with no choice is a man who can work magic.
Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned-out wagon. And it doesn't take long before he realizes the woman the townsfolk call "cursed" is hiding secrets too dangerous to face alone. Isabella may look feminine and unassuming, but she's hell in a bodice with gunslinging skills to match any man's. But though she knows not to give Sam her heart as readily as she offers him her lush body, Isabella is certain she sees in Sam what he can barely glimpse in himself--a virtuous man dropped deep into a hard country bent on breaking him. A man who, under it all, craves a passionate woman willing to risk everything. . .
As Mexico seethed with turmoil, American convict Wolf Bixler awaited the hangman's noose in a stinking prison south of the border. Then, unexpectedly, he was offered a chance to escape with his life. Only a hard case like Bixler could lead the children of President Tejada across hundreds of miles of savage wilderness to safety in San Antonio. If he succeeded, he'd collect a fortune in gold. But rebels and road agents stood in his way--as did U.S. Marshal Stu Jarrell, who had sworn to capture Bixler alive if possible, dead if necessary. And even if Bixler did make it to San Antonio with his charges, gun trouble awaited him there--more than even he, a man who lived by and for violence, had ever bargained for.
Peter Lundy has two joys in life: the rugged western plains where he has grown up and San Domingo, a Medicine Hat Stallion. The Indians believe such a horse is sacred--that neither bullet nor arrow can harm its rider. As they explore the prairie together, a bond forms between Peter and San Domingo that can never be broken. But Peter's father, Jethro Lundy, knows only one love: bargaining. He trades San Domingo for a thoroughbred. How can Peter ever forgive his father? His only choice is to leave home forever!
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