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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!
All Wild Bill Hickok wanted as he set out for Santa Fe was a place to lie low for a while, to get away from the fame and notoriety that followed him wherever he went. But fame wasn't the only thing that stuck to Wild Bill like glue. He'd made a lot of enemies over the years. And one of them, Frank Tutt, had waited a good long time to taste sweet revenge.
The sixth book in the Stagecoach series is the story of the stage owner's daughter finding her life at risk in the hands of her fiance who is a wanted man. WHEN HE LED THE WESTBOUND STAGE OUT OF KANSAS, CLAY, CHIEF FIELD AGENT OF THE HANLON STAGE LINE, HAD NO IDEA HOW THIS TRIP WOULD TEST HIS SKILLS AS A TROUBLESHOOTER.
Her idea of paradise is a country farmhouse with lots of kids and a dog. All he wants is his ranch, his horses-and to be left alone.When the Denver bank Bailey Chancellor works for transfers her to the small mountain town of Ferguson, Colorado, she eagerly accepts. Now she can have a country home, and maybe the children she's always wanted.The townspeople view Bailey as tough because of her banking policies, but neighbor Trent Murdock sees a softer side, and he can't help responding. Up to a point, that is. Trent lost his little girl, Sarah, a year before Bailey moved to town. Then his marriage fell apart. The last thing he wants is to feel vulnerable again.How does a city girl with a country heart get a stubborn cowboy to love her?
In 1864 the frontier cavalry had been entered to fight in the War Between the States, and the able-bodied men had enlisted to join the cause.
"The Savage Breed unfolds with a rush in a time and place rarely visited by the average Western writer. Randy Denmon takes the reader down a suspenseful trail to a near forgotten period in this rousing story of war, love and revenge. " --True West Magazine Across The River. . . And Into Hell Travis Ross and Chase McAlister were infamous Indian hunters, scouts and Texas Rangers turned ranchers. In a war of independence, they fought against desperate odds. Travis lost a woman, the daughter of a proud Mexican rancher, and both made the kind of enemies that never go away. Now, a new war is brewing and the two friends are looking across the Rio Grande, knowing what they left behind, facing a chance to settle scores, recapture what they lost, and many more ways to die. . . A decade after they fought for Texas, Travis and Chase plunge into the brutal madness of the Mexican American War. And amidst the fighting and suffering, they discover how much has changed, what has stayed the same, and that in a furious fight for survival, theyve made the most dangerous enemy of all. . . a murderer fighting on their own side. . . "An impressive debut--a colorful, action-filled novel. " --Elmer Kelton, five-time Spur Winner on The Lawless Frontier
Solnit offers a first-person account of her expeditions in California and Nevada, focusing on the politics and history of the Nevada Test Site and Yosemite National Park. She explores the connections between the political history of the West and its cultural history, which has been obscured by the reality of the violent past. Solnit weaves the story of the Danns, two Western Shoshone sisters who have fought the US government in an effort to reclaim their ancestral lands, into her narrative.
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyIn a blockbuster new series, America's leading Western writer captures the most violent chapter in frontier history--in the saga of a Yankee with a rifle, an outlaw with a grudge, and a little slice of hell called. . . Savage TexasFor renegades and pioneers, there is no place like Texas--as long as you have a gun and the guts to use it. Now, the Civil War is over. Carpetbaggers and scalawags rule Austin. Soldiers return to pillaged homes. Longhorns roam the wilds and the state is in chaos. Especially in a town called Hangtree. Sam Heller and Johnny Cross are Hangtree's newest citizens: Heller is a former Yankee soldier, a deadly shot, and a believer in right from wrong. Cross is a gun for hire with dark dreams of wealth and power--at any cost. Hangtree, with its rich grazing land and nearby mineral deposits, soon erupts in murderous violence. By fate and by choice, these two strangers will find themselves on opposite sides of the law. And Hangtree will soon erupt in murderous violence
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyThe novels of William Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone have set the standard for hard-hitting Western fiction. In his new series, this master storyteller trains his sights on Texas--and the men and women who sowed their sweat and blood into the land. A Good Day To DieIn Hangtree, Texas, any day could be your last. For on the heels of the Civil War, Hangtree is drawing gamblers, fast women and faster gunmen. Amidst the brawls and shooting, the land-grabbing and card-sharking, two men barely hold the boomtown together: Yankee Sam Heller and Texan Johnny Cross. Heller and Cross can't stand the sight of each other. And Hangtree needs them more than ever. A Comanche named Red Hand leads a horde of warriors on a horrific path of bloodshed and destruction, with Hangtree sitting right in Red Hand's path. For a town bitterly divided, for Heller and Cross, the time has come to unite and stand shoulder to shoulder--and fight, live or die for their little slice of heaven called Hangtree.
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyA Yankee and an outlaw have become unlikely partners in a tough Texas town. In the blockbuster new series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone, Sam Heller and Johnny Cross face a stampede of danger--ignited by one pretty little woman. . . Angel Of DeathWhen a lovely lady steps off a dusty stagecoach in Hangtree, the hardest heart skips a beat--and Sam Heller falls hard for her. What Hangtree doesn't know, however, is that Julia Pepperday isn't who she pretends to be. She is the daughter of the late Black Ear Skinner, a notorious outlaw who wanted his only child to have all the advantages in life and sent her back east. Black Ear Skinner's apple hasn't fallen far from the tree, though. Julia has turned her back on the fancy boarding school and set her sights on Hangtree, because that's where Sam Heller has built a hard-earned fortune. Backed by her late father's gang, Julia is out to separate Sam from his money and destroy Hangtree in the process. But while Sam and Hangtree have lost their heads, Johnny Cross has kept his--and he's getting ready for war. . .
Pamela White needed a man she could trust, not this handsome drifter whose dusty boots and skill with a gun told her he was on the run. But with her father away from the ranch, and Pamela's nearest neighbor encroaching on her territory, she really could use some help. She hoped that this stranger was more honorable than most, because the feel of his intense gaze on her body was beginning to make her wonder what it would be like to kiss him. Slade Morgan wanted to keep his past just that--behind him. In fact, his strongest desire was merely to buy a new horse and head straight to California. But once he set eyes on that dark haired spitfire who was running the Bar Double B Ranch, all thoughts of leaving vanished from his mind.
The night before his thirteenth birthday, Billy Christmas runs away from home in stodgy St. Louis and rides off to the Wild West, where he becomes Scrib, letter writer for lovelorn cowboys and wild-eyed outlaws. Here is Scrib's own story, told in bubbling prose and babbling epistles, an ambling tale set in 1863, as Scrib travels his rounds on his horse Gabe, befriending all and running into deadly danger along the way. This is probably the funniest, most outrageous cowboy story you will ever read. With the cleverness of Mark Twain at his best, the hilarity of a Mel Brooks movie, and the fast-moving speed of a train wreck, this is the Old West as it may not have been -- but should have!
New Mexico in the late 19th century and the conflicts between the pioneering ranchers and the farmers.
Benjamin Fox's father was legendary Confederate General John Fox, the Southern hero still in uniform in 1865, rode into Richmond and robbed the Atlanta bank. Then "The Fox" fled Richmond, leaving his wife and infant son behind, and became one of the West's most notorious outlaws. In the summer of 1882, young Benjamin set out from Richmond to find his father. Nothing had prepared him for the ways and wiles of ruthless bounty hunters. And he never thought that one day his search would bring him face to face with the truth about the Fox ...
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