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Former soldier and rodeo rider Zachary McClure's war injuries are far deeper than physical. Skeptical that anyone can reach the dark place in his soul, he visits an Albuquerque equine therapy ranch with no expectations. How can horses possibly mend his physical and emotional injuries when nothing-and no one-else has? He finds the answer when he meets Sophie Powell, an ex-army medic with a sunny smile, gentle touch and a determination to help others through horse therapy. But behind her big hopes and cheerful attitude lurks pain-and Zachary is just the man to change that. He can make Sophie's dreams a reality. . . ;and she may be the woman to heal this wounded hero's heart.
To win his father's ranch, a hard-living cowboy settles down and takes a wife -- another man's wife! The youngest McKettrick brother, Jeb, is the wild one who never could stay out of trouble. And trouble is what he gets when he proposes to Chloe Wakefield. No sooner had he and the pretty schoolteacher tied the knot than Jeb discovers she's already married! After a major dustup with Chloe in a Tombstone barroom, an irate Jeb hightails it back to the Triple M Ranch, certain that his chances of winning the spread in a marriage race with his brothers are dashed. Now Chloe has come to Indian Rock, hoping to find her beloved uncle John and a much-needed teaching post. But when she unexpectedly crosses paths with Jeb, her rage -- and passion -- flare even stronger than back in Tombstone. Chloe never intended to mislead Jeb about her previous marriage to a scoundrel of a man. But when she finds out Jeb needs a bride and a baby in order to inherit the Triple M, she is livid. Learning to trust will be the hardest part of this mixed-up marriage -- until a stagecoach robbery and the return of a dangerous stranger prove to Jeb and Chloe that they need each other to love and honor as long as they both shall live.
"One of the stories I tell myself when I am trying to fall asleep is that I have tried. I've tagged along after myself in the pages of my own modern Western, and every few years is another chapter to the story. The myth of the cowboy. I chased a dream and it kicked me in the teeth. Yet I find myself falling for it again and again." Across the rugged and beautiful landscape of the contemporary American West, Tom Groneberg paints an unsparing portrait of his flawed, funny, and sometimes triumphant efforts to become a cowboy. It is a classic tale: a young man, facing a future he doesn't want to claim, has an inspiration -- Go West. Leaving behind his friends and family, Groneberg follows his heart and heads to a resort town in the Colorado Rockies, where he earns his spurs as a wrangler leading tourists on horseback. Like an old saddle blanket, the tale unfolds, revealing the clean threads of a new story. Groneberg moves to Montana, working for wages at a number of ranches before getting a chance to become the owner of a sprawling ranch, fifteen square miles of grass and sky. In lean but passionate prose, Groneberg demystifies the image of cowboy as celluloid hero and introduces us to the tough and kindhearted men who teach him how to be a real cowboy, the woman who teaches him how to love, and their son, who teaches him how to be a man. The Secret Life of Cowboys is both a coming-of-age story as stunning as the land itself and a revealing look at America's last frontier.
Kathleen O'Malley Stallworth a mail order bride? Not likely! But the Lord works in mysterious ways. Her parents and siblings died in the great Chicago fire; her husband was killed by a mugger; now her fabulously wealthy in-laws have taken her daughter Megan from her, claiming she's not fit to be a mother. In a newspaper ad for a mail order bride, Kathleen sees a chance to seek revenge on the Stallworth family. Instead, her westward adventure transforms her world and restores her faith. She returns to Chicago to fight for Megan but soon discovers God has prepared a victory she could never have imagined.
Seeking a Felicitous Space on the Frontier: The Progression of the Modern American Woman in O. E. Rolvaag, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Willa Catherby Lance Weldy
This monograph seeks to reconstruct the culture of the pioneer woman as presented in O. E. Rolvaag's Giants in the Earth, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, and Willa Cather's My Antonia. Essentially, the textual analyses show the pioneer woman's evolving and dynamic reaction to both felicitous space and the open spaces of the western frontier as she progresses from completely loathing to totally embracing vast spaces. The texts discussed demonstrate the genesis and growth of the modem American, independent woman who successfully negotiated the volatile topics of gender and space.
RENNO, namesake of the legendary White Indian, explodes in a deadly rage as the renegade soldier who murdered his father, now abducts his beloved and makes her a captive of twisted passion. Blood boiling, Renno plunges deep into the virgin forests of young America to a kill-or-be-killed confrontation with a treacherous enemy and with an Indian nation of outcasts and outlaws-the Seminole, a people so fierce they fight against any odds, so dangerous their yellow and red warpaint is an omen of death unless Renno can make them allies instead of executioners. BROTHERHOOD OF HEROES-Survival on the Tennessee frontier depends on peace between the Seneca, Cherokee, and the brave pioneers carving a nation from the wilderness. But the white man's rifles are loaded, the Indian war bows ready, as hatred paves the way to battle. Guided by the sacred Manitous, Renno alone can stop a massacre and form a new union of fighting men...a new hope for brotherhood in this magnificent young country.
Within the locket hanging near her heart is the secret that's broken it. A life of peace and seclusion as the unknown Miss Denison. It's what Grace longed for even before her father banished her from Washington, D.C. She just may have found it in Lordsburg, New Mexico--the small railroad town where people hide until the world stops looking. A place to send black sheep, skeletons in the closet, rebellious sons ... and wayward daughters whose secrets could ruin a father's precious political career. Yet Grace's cherished anonymity is soon lost when she gets caught in the middle of a huge ruckus. And her life is anything but peaceful thanks to an ornery pet at her boarding house, a precocious young Mexican boy, and a cowboy who makes her want to run to him and from him at the same time. When he learns the secret within her locket, will he break her heart too?
General James Wilkinson is a notorious scoundrel--treasonous and corrupt. Yet as an American commander on the Southwest frontier, he wields power with a deadly grip. That is, until he falls under the lascivious thrall of the witch Melisande of New Orleans. Through her manipulations, Wilkinson plots to exterminate once and for all RENNO, the White Indian. THE LEGACY--Meanwhile, young Little Hawk has been selected for President Jefferson's prestigious new military academy at West Point. There, despite excelling in every field, he struggles in the terrible grip of prejudice. In the Southland, the young Mingo warrior White Blanket, a fervent follower of Tecumseh, joins a new Indian Gnion to fight the white man, as the tumultuous young United States tests its newfound strength by annexing the Louisiana Territory and waging a faraway war with the Barbary pirates....
The choice between his promise to aid a friend and his place as Sachem of the Seneca will divide Renno, the legendary White Indian, like an arrow in his heart. His blood brother, the huge black Jamaican named Mingo, is imprisoned by slavers. Although unrest is spreading like a plague among the Five Tribes, Renno must follow the mandate of the sacred manitou and travel to wild, mysterious Africa to rescue the giant man. This will be a journey not of distance but of the soul, for the lesson of Africa will be a brutal truth...and a battle to the death. THE PRIDE--Every inch a warrior king, Renno has superb fighting skills that are unequaled, whether he strikes with his deadly stiletto, or the English longbow, or the Indian war club. But now the gods send a living weapon to fight at Renno's side--a ferocious jungle cat. The startling partnership of man and beast may blaze a trail to victory...and freedom for all enslaved mankind.
THE BELLS OF FREEDOM RING OUT ACROSS AMERICA-AND THE WHITE INDIAN SERIES EXPLODES WITH THRILLING NEW ADVENTURES AND FIERY PASSIONS IN SENECA! AN ACT OF DEFIANCE- Fierce warrior of the Seneca, Ghonkaba, grandson of Renno the White Indian, feels his blood run hot with a lust for battle as America revolts against the hated British. But the Seneca refuse to break their traditional alliance with England to join the colonists' fight. His noble heart burning, Ghonkaba realizes that the only chance for freedom is to become a traitor to his heritage and his loved ones to follow the patriots' star-spangled banner into a long and dangerous war. A MARK OF HONOR- Only the superb scouting skills of Ghonkaba and a lithesome Indian girl can lead General Washington's troops to safety in a series of thrilling escapes from the Redcoats' guns. Then Ghonkaba, guided by the Manitous, sacred spirits of the Indian, is plunged into a daring plan to cross the Delaware that is destined to stun the world with a triumphant victory for a nation struggling to be born.
When petite, onyx-haired Cameron Madrid refused to share her ranch's water supply, Hunter Kingston was furious. The two families had always had cause to feud, but this year of drought was no time for spite. The arrogant, handsome landholder considered asserting his rights at gunpoint--then decided instead to win her with searing kisses and weaken her will with slow caresses. Only when he'd taken all he wanted would he leave the icy beauty and punish her for daring to challenge his authority! Ever since she was a little girl, spirited and proud Cameron had learned of the wrongs the wealthy Kingstons had perpetrated on her family... and all she had ever dreamed of was getting even. But the night strong, dark Hunter showed up at her door, the innocent miss was caught off guard. His deep, masculine voice made her want to hold him close, his strong, tanned hands made her yearn to feel his touch. In the back of her mind she swore she'd never let him use her stream, but now all she could think of was his lips crushing hers, her soft flesh pressed against the firm muscles of his chest-and succumbing to feverish rapture beneath the September moon.
A fantastic Western romp by one of America's finest writers.
Todd Fortune lives at the bottom of the Deadwood gulch in the shadow of both the majestic Black Hills and his father's towering legacy. Todd must prove himself to be both a committed husband and a courageous frontiersman as he struggles to find his own identity.
Billjohn Finley, a young, honest Indian agent, forged an uneasy truce between the US. Government and a band of Apache in southwest Arizona. But when two white men turn up dead, the angry townsfolk of Picture City think the Apache have broken the treaty. Yet Finley knows the Apache chief to be a man of his word. Someone else must be responsible for the deaths, and Finley's got a good idea where to look... There's a tall, dark stranger in town, and he rode in wearing the dead men's clothes.
Orphaned at an early age when their parents were brutally killed, Emilio and Nina Juarez made a life for themselves by stealing and selling horses on the open market. Emilio permanently embraced the lawless lifestyle but Nina wanted nothing more than a permanent, peaceful law-abiding existence.
JACK SCHAEFER'S MEMORABLE NOVEL--A MAGNIFICENT AND ENDURING STORY ABOUT AMERICA'S OLD WEST.
Skye Fargo is placed into servitude by Captain Strang when he tries to help a Hawaiian beauty escape the captain's advances. They sail to Hawaii amid many adventures.
When Elizabeth Bradley arrived on the stagecoach in Shawnee, she had little idea of what life in the West would be like. She'd come from her home in Virginia to work as the housekeeper of the widowed Tim Ryan, a prosperous rancher. But Ryan was caught in a deadly senseless conflict between ranchers and squatters. And the proud Sioux Indians were gearing up for an all-out war against the whites. When Ryan's rival, George Bigelow, began to court her, she found herself falling in love with Ryan instead. But Bigelow wasn't the type to take no for an answer. He'd rid the land of squatters and Indians alike--and then make Elizabeth marry him...if she survived the bloodshed.
The Silver Dollar Ranch, near Tombstone, Arizona Rancher Wyatt Earp Bodine is a third-generation rancher here--and he's also the local sheriff. But he's never had a case like this before! Someone's left a skeleton in Boot Hill, Tombstone's famous graveyard. An old skeleton. The person who happens to find it is forensic investigator Caro Hartlan--which seems more than a coincidence. Needless to say, she offers to help the handsome sheriff figure out who done it--and why. Their search uncovers a trail of betrayal and deceit, a trail that leads them to an old crime buried deep in Tombstone's past. A trail that leads to kisses as well as clues--and to love as well as lies.
This book profiles a dozen women whose courage went beyond what the authors call the "usual, everyday" variety required in the early days of the American West. It includes US and Mexican women who provide differing views of the battle of the Alamo. The title stems from the story of Buffalo Soldier Cathy Williams, who served in the US military in the 1860s disguised as a man, but later wore a yellow ribbon to show pride in her gender. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Sheep Queen is a Western epic in miniature, the story of Emma Russell Sweringen, known as the Sheep Queen of Idaho; the daughter who disappointed her; the grandson who adored her; and the granddaughter, given up for adoption, who spent nearly half her life finding her way back to her family.
SHERIDAN WAS A PEACEFUL TOWN UNTIL THE STAGE ROLLED IN The next day the banker was shot at his desk by a bullet from a Lightning Colt. Trouble was, all four stagecoach passengers carried Colts--and one of them was a mighty pretty woman. Town marshal Joe Fogarty's got his hands full. When the pretty woman turns out to be a Pinkerton lady, and the traveling peddlers turn out to be counterfeiters, all hell breaks loose. And before the bushwhacking and kidnapping and shooting stop, Fogarty will know a lot more about outlaws--and pretty women who carry pistols in their purses.
Seven years ago Lucas Blaylock let his dark family history cost him a future with Miranda Ward. Now the independent Montana cowgirl needs him to help find her missing sister. This time Lucas won't let Miranda down. This time he can't walk away. Miranda has never forgiven Lucas for leaving her at the altar. But with her sister's life at stake, she must once again put her trust in the seductive lawman. As danger trails them into treacherous territory, Miranda has no defense against her powerful feelings for Lucas.
Chance Calder is in Texas searching for information that leads him to being shot. He loses his memory and while getting it back has to pretend he is dead. With a man that saves his life, they return to the triple C to sort out the mystery.
Outlaw Roy Blanton's raised his four boys in the family business since they were half-pints. That is, until U . S. Deputy Marshal Casey Dixon had hot-headed Billy, the youngest, hanged for shooting a policeman. Now the Blantons have vengeance on their minds. . .
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