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From the masters of frontier fiction comes a holiday tale set in the very heart of America--a Western saga of courageous souls coming together, with a little help from the Jensen family. . . In the fall of 1873, a wagon train of immigrants sets off from Kansas City, Missouri, bound for the Montana Territory. Leading the group is newly elected wagonmaster Jamie Ian MacCallister, a giant of a man and frontier legend who swears he can get them there by Christmas--come hell or high snow drifts. . . Plagued by brutally harsh storms and rugged terrain, outlaws and hostile Indians, the journey will be the greatest challenge these pioneers will ever face. But when things look nearly hopeless, help arrives in the form of two unlikely saviors: an old mountain man known as Preacher and legendary frontiersman Smoke Jensen. Two hard-willed men who believe in the settlers' dreams with all their hearts--and who will get them to their destination by Christmas. Even if it takes a miracle. . .
The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father...until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody-including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions-such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.
Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises...like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it-as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets-like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way-unravel, with unforeseen results?
The Civil War changed many things for many men, and Jonathan Trask was no exception. Returning home after two painful years in a Yankee hospital and prison camp, he found his mother dead, his father a hopeless drunk, their once-prosperous ranch a shambles, and the girl he loved married to his brother! A lesser man might have given up in despair, but these setbacks merely tempered the steel in Jonathan's character. He suppressed his personal problems by devoting his full energies to rebuilding the ranch. Within a few years his success was acknowledged throughout Texas and his name was spoken with respect and fear. But Jonathan's empire had a fatal flaw and as his wealth and power grew, so did the seeds of self-destruction. BITTER GRASS is an exciting western of a dynamic man destroying himself through the misuse of power. Note from T. V. Olsen Author Frontier historians, professional and amateur, will recognize BITTER GRASS as being in large part a highly fictionalized account of the career of Isom Prentice "Print" Olive, a real-life pioneer cattleman of Texas and Nebraska. With a few exceptionsmost notably Alex McKennathe key characters are drawn from life to one degree or another, as is much of the narrative. However, because my characterization of actual personalities is imaginary, because many of the events are either fictitious or based only slightly on fact, and because the chronological sprawl of a single career has been here compressed into a ten-year period, I have assigned fictional names to most places and all but a handful of historical persons mentioned (i.e., McCoy, Hickok, Shanghai Pierce). While the vigorous and violent public (but not private) life of the real "Print" Olive is paralleled very closely by that of the fictional Jonathan "Buck" Trask, no aspect of this book should be regarded as the author's opinion of "how it might have been." BITTER GRASS is a novel, not a speculative work. Both fact and speculationand two diametrically opposed viewpoints on the character of "Print" Olive are abundantly presented in Harry E. Chrisman's THE LADDER OF RIVERS and Man Sandoz' THE CATTLEMEN, to which I refer the curious reader.
A SURVIVOR Jesse Wilder survived the horrors of Shiloh. He survived the hell of a Yankee prison camp and the shame of volunteering for the Union Army of the West-the only way to escape certain death in the camp. But when the war ended and he came home to Tennessee, word of his "treachery" preceded him, and Jesse found himself shunned by his neighbors and disinherited by his father. And so, like many survivors of the Confederacy, Jesse drifted west. In El Paso his drifting stopped. There he met Cullen Floyd, who ran weapons across the border to the Juaristas in Mexico. Cullen needed another gun against the marauding Apaches and the murderous banditos. Jesse needed a job. Before he knew it, Jesse was caught up in another desperate struggle, this time against the trained mercenaries of the Emperor Maximilian. But Jesse might have pushed his luck too far-this was one battle he might not survive.
Tom Allred, Little Wolf's brother by blood, devoted his life to the United States Army. Under George Armstrong Custer, he fought the Sioux and Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn. But because of his decision to help the notorious Cheyenne warrior, Little Wolf, escape, he is cashiered out of the army. Now making his way as a trapper, he has a confrontation with an army patrol, killing a sergeant in the action. Now he is a fugitive, and is hunted by the army as well as an infamous bounty hunter.
In the summer of 1893, Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer and his brother Otto (a.k.a. "Big Red") find themselves down and out in San Francisco. Though cowpokes by training, the brothers are devotees of the late, great Sherlock Holmes and his trademark method of "deducifying." But when they set out to land jobs as professional detectives, they land themselves in hot water, instead. First their friend Dr. Chan mysteriously takes a potshot at them, fatally wounding Big Red's new hat. Then a secretive young woman from their past pops up and convinces them that Chan's in trouble -- and they're just the men to get him out of it. Unfortunately, they're too late: By the time they track Chan down again, he's dead. The police call it a suicide. Old Red calls that a lie. When he and his brother set out to prove it, they put themselves on a collision course with shady S.F.P.D. cops, brutal Barbary Coast hoodlums and the deadly Chinatown tongs. Before long, all sides are in a race to uncover the secret that could rock the city. And their only clue to what's actually going on is the enigmatic, exotic and extremely difficult to find "Black Dove."
When old-timer scout Jason Coles ended the rampage of renegade Cheyenne Stone Hand, he quit tracking outlaws for the army for good. Settling down with his wife and newborn baby, Coles plans to spend the rest of his days on his ranch raising horses. But that dream is savagely torn from him as his ranch is burned to the ground, and his family is abducted by the bloodthirsty Cheyenne Little Claw, out to avenge the death of Stone Hand! With the lives of his family at stake, Coles must once again strap on his revolvers to hunt a merciless killer!
Texas was a rough land for the settlers to tame. Droughts hit hard, and Indians threatened everything the newcomers had-everything they hoped to build. Then came the real test of the settlers' strength-an Indian raid that saw their wives and children captured and enslaved by the savage Comanche tribe. Now the men had to find a way to get their families back-without leaving their scalps on the tip of an Indian war stick!
Deadwood, South Dakota, held a special place in the pantheon of frontier hellholes. Even to a man like Wild Bill Hickok, that was the toughest town in the West, a town where only the strongest and most daring could survive. But that's exactly where Wild Bill had to go, whether he liked it or not. He was sent by the Pinkerton Agency to investigate a dangerous situation going on there. Three Pinkerton men had already been Killed when they went up against the Regulators and Bill was determined not to be the fourth.
Paul Manning has just found out that his love has betrayed him. Broken-hearted, he finds himself in a trading post where a woman is in distress and under-handed dealings seem to be going on.
The epic struggle for survival in America's untamed West. BLACK POWDER For the brave and the strong there was freedom to be found in the majestic Rocky Mountains-freedom that renegades would steal for a few pieces of gold. When mountain man Nathaniel King and his family were threatened by a band of bloodthirsty slavers, they faced enemies like none they'd ever battled. But the sun hadn't risen on the day when the mighty Nate King would let his kin be taken captive without a fight to the death. TRAIL'S END Daring frontiersmen like Nate King risked everything to carve a new world from the savage wilderness, and they were no strangers to danger. So when some friendly Crows asked Nate to help them rescue a missing girl from a band of murderous Lakota warriors, he set off on a journey that would take him to the end of the trail-and possibly the end of his life.
Seven men. Seven killers. Five already dead. Struck down by the bloody hand of vengeance. Herne's vengeance. Only two remain alive. The Stanwyck twins, Mark and Luke. And they think they're safe behind the thick walls of the lofty mansion called Mount Abora. Protected by an army of hired guns. Protected by the fierce, dominant love of their mother. Protected by the thick drifts of snow and ice in the High Sierras. But they weren't reckoning on Herne's cussedness and his bitter determination to finish his quest in blood. Their blood. And they certainly weren't reckoning on his teaming up with the albino, Whitey Coburn....
A collection of short stories as they appeared in magazines in the early 1900's. These stories chronicle life experiences among the Black Feet Indians. The scholarly notes by the editor, David Andrews discuss the author and his legacy.
While her father and brother pan for gold, 14-year-old Erika Nagy works for the wife of their greedy landlord, Hart Latham. She forms a deep bond with Arany, a sorrel filly Latham plans to sell. Arany leads Erika to an amazing discovery, but Latham suspects what she has found and wants it for himself. A book in the Saddle the Wind series.
Even among the toughest hardcases in the West, Abilene, Kansas, was known as pure hell on earth, a wide-open wild town that was reined in only briefly-when Wild Bill Hickok was its sheriff. Ever since he rode out of Abilene, Wild Bill had never wanted to go back. But now he had to. A lot of people were dying fast there. The Kansas Pacific Railroad was laying track where somebody obviously didn't want it, and bullets were flying thick and furious. The Pinkerton Agency needed their best operative to get to the bottom of it and that meant only one man-Wild Bill. But as hard as it was for Wild Bill to go back, he knew there was a bigger challenge ahead of him-staying alive once he got there.
When a killer winter storm traps a pack of murderous bank robbers in Dodge, they take hostages and try to wait it out. But Marshall Dillon and his deputies aren't so patient when it comes to justice.
With 'Blood and Gold' we meet eighteen-year-old Dusty Hannah, a young cowpuncher whose boss trusts Dusty to take $30,000 of his gold across the Red River, not an easy task.
Praise for Blood and Thunder: "Kit Carson's role in the conquest of the Navajo during and after the Civil War remains one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the history of the American West. Hampton Sides portrays Carson in the larger context of the conquest of the entire West, including his frequent and often lethal encounters with hostile Native Americans. Unusually, Sides gives full voice to Indian leaders themselves about their trials and tribulations in their dealings with the whites. Here is a national hero on the level of Daniel Boone, presented with all of his flaws and virtues, in the context of American people's belief that it was their Manifest Destiny to occupy the entire West." --Howard Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University and editor of The New Encyclopedia of the American West. "The story of the American West has seldom been told with such intimacy and immediacy. Legendary figures like Kit Carson leap to life and history moves at a pulse-pounding pace--sweeping the reader along with it. Hampton Sides is a terrific storyteller." --Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt. "Hampton Sides doesn't just write a book, he transports the reader to another time and place. With his keen sense of drama and his crackling writing style, this master storyteller has bequeathed us a majestic history of the Old West." --James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys. "Blood and Thunder is a big-hearted book whose subject is as expansive as they come. Hampton Sides tackles it with naked pleasure and narrative cunning: In his telling, the vast saga of America's westward push has a logical center. The dusty town of Santa Fe becomes the nexus around which swirl the fortunes and strategies of a mixed set of serious overachievers, from Kit Carson, the original mountain man, to James K. Polk, the enigmatic president whose achievements, in the dreaded name of Manifest Destiny, were almost biblical in scope. Sides is alive to the exuberance and alert to the tragedy of the taking of the West." --Russell Shorto, author of Island at the Center of the World. "For a huge percentage of us immigrant Americans (those whose ancestors arrived after 1492), Hampton Sides fills a gaping hole in our knowledge of American history--a vivid account of how 'The New Men' swept away the thriving civilizations of the Native Americans in their conquest of the West." --Tony Hillerman. A Magnificent History of How the West Was Really Won--a Sweeping Tale of Shame and Glory. In the fall of 1846 the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true--if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies. As Narbona gazed down on the battlements and cannons of a mighty fort the invaders had built, he realized his foes had been vanquished--but what did the arrival of these "New Men" portend for the Navajo? Narbona could not have known that "The Army of the West," in the midst of the longest march in American military history, was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self-righteous ideology now known as "Manifest Destiny."
The Western frontier is full of dangerous men. But no one is more dangerous than a man with nothing left to lose... Joe Moss continues the search for his wife Fiona--on the run for a murder she couldn't possibly have committed. But Joe must first evade capture by the powerful Peabody family, owners of the Comstock Lode, who will stop at nothing to see him and his wife dead.
Matt Bodini and his blood brother Sam Two Wolves work together to keep a large rancher from taking Inian Lands. The story takes place during the battle at the Little Big Horn.
The Greatest Western Writers Of The 21st CenturyYoung Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves. One is a rancher's son. The other a Half Breed outcast. To kill one you'd have to kill them both. And that would take an army--and a whole lot of luck. . . A Hundred Ways To Kill. . . And Twice As Many Ways To DieHeading west to San Diego some honest pilgrims paid ten men good money to keep their wagon train safe. Soon word comes to Tombstone, where Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves are wearing out their welcome gambling with Wyatt Earp. The wagon train's guards turned against their charges and headed off to Mexico with six young pioneer girls captive. Everyone knows the tortures of the damned that await the girls in the hellholes south of the border. But only Matt and Sam will do something about it. But it's going to take more than their bravery and shooting skills to rescue those girls from the merciless white slavers. On the way to Mexico Matt and Sam ride into a war party of Apaches. They'll be facing outlaws and furious Apaches at the same time. For two blood brothers, the idea is to rescue those girls and blast their way North to freedom--no matter how many bullets it takes, or how many guns are shooting back. . .
The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyYoung Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves became blood brothers on the day the rancher's son saved the half breed's life, forging a bond no one could ever break. As years passed, a legend grew of the half breed and the white man who rode together--and when the situation demands, kill together. In Arizona Territory, you can't keep trouble from coming, but when it does, you don't have to offer it a chair. And trouble always comes. When Matt and Sam are ambushed by a violent gang led by the scurrilous Zack Jardine, who has his own reasons for wanting the blood brothers dead, Matt is badly wounded. After leaving Matt in a Navajo village to get patched up, Sam rides off hot on the trail of the Jardine Gang. Sam finds the cutthroats selling guns to the Indians, a move that will likely explode into an all-out tribal war. Outnumbered and outgunned, the blood brothers aim to settle Zack Jardine's hash once and for all--with a little luck, a lot of bullets, and the courage to shoot true.
Young Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves became blood brothers on the day the rancher's son saved the half breed's life, forging a bond no one could ever break. As years passed, a legend grew of the half breed and the white man who rode together--and pulled iron faster than anyone in the West. . . A madman and a killer, Preacher Joshua Shade is on a long journey to Yuma Prison and a date with the hangman. But Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves doubt that Shade will ever keep that date. The outlaw has a legion of fanatical, bloodthirsty followers. Matt and Sam are shadowing Shade's convoy--just in case. . . The blood brothers are dead right--and wrong as hell. When the time comes, Shade is sprung, a beautiful young woman is taken with him, and it's up to Matt and Sam to hunt them to a heavily guarded hideout. But they don't know that the case of Joshua Shade reaches into the highest level of the federal government . . . Or that they're now facing a deadly trap designed to kill anyone in pursuit--no matter how far you've come, or how fast you draw your gun. . .
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