Rain drove relentlessly outside, a cruel foreshadow to what was yet to come and simultaneously, what had passed.
Bran would have enjoyed this, Flora thought wistfully, staring out the window of the cabin and into the storm. It was the tail end of summer, the days still quite warm but the evenings hinting of what was ahead in only a few short weeks.
The cursed winter which inevitably brought nothing but strife to the Kinrade family. Every year, a member seemed to die in the bitter cold until there was no one left to remember what anguish the season caused.
Bran is gone. Everyone is gone now, claimed by the merciless mountains. I will not befall the same fate. My family would not want this for me. They did not want this for themselves.
A strand of thick, red hair fell from the loose braid at the base of her neck, covering a blue-grey eye but Flora did not bother to brush it aside or straighten her appearance. What was the point? There was no one there but the lone hound who, too, had lost his companion in the relentless winter, nearly at the same time that Bran had passed.
Would she ever find anyone to love again?
One man and his gun...
The day that Rod Strang rides into town is a fateful day for Orde Clemmins, foreman of the Star and Bar Ranch.
This mysterious newcomer is the spitting image of Luke Strang - a man Clemmins and his cronies drove to his death many years ago.
Rod is in fact the son of the late Luke Strang, who has returned to Arizona to claim his inheritance.
But he soon realises that big trouble is brewing here in the desert-edge ranges.
Claybury and Gillman are crooks hiring gunmen from all over the country, and are preparing to incite a full out range-war.
But Strang has seen too many innocents murdered to simply stand back and watch justice be undone.
He decides he will do whatever he can to save the fate of the Star and Bar ranch.
But up against wild and vicious gunhands, does Strang stand a chance?
As a lone man with a lonesome gun, he'll need more than just luck on his side...
Set during the gun slinging days of the west, The Lonesome Gun is a rip-roaring western adventure that could stand alongside the likes of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour.
Praise for A A Glynn
'A classic story of adventure and courage in the Old West.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.
Anthony Arthur Glynn was born in Manchester in 1929, and had a disrupted wartime childhood, including enduring the Luftwaffe's blitzing of the city in 1940 and 1941. Drawn to art and writing from an early age, be quickly became interested in all kinds of books and devoured popular fiction. He started work as a textile designer in Manchester at sixteen and studied the subject at Manchester Regional College of Art in the evenings. After two years' National Service in the army, he became a reporter on a weekly newspaper in Cheshire during his early twenties. Since retiring, he frequently visits the US, researching authentic backgrounds for new Western novels. His other western adventures include, Sixgun Showdown, Guns Across Red River and The Lonesome Gun.
Copper Creek Series - Book Three
One Memory That Couldn't Be Forgotten or Forgiven... The winter of 1880 had closed in on the town of Copper Creek, blanketing the Missouri countryside in a sparkling expanse of white. The stillness of the season afforded Ruth Randolph the opportunity to reflect on the drastic upheaval in her life since her husband's passing that summer. But then, nothing much in Copper Creek had remained the same, since more than one secret had been exposed because of Michael Randolph's death.
Infidelity, intrigue, deception and mistaken identity had all been revealed in the light of truth. Yet, Ruth couldn't have been happier. After a long period of grief, she had finally made peace with the past. But when a letter arrives from her estranged father, Caleb Vance, a grudge left unresolved for more than twenty years forces Ruth to relive the darkest hour of her youth.
Once caught between an arranged marriage and a passionate romance, Ruth made her choice at the point of a gun and nearly died for defying her father's will. Since that day, nothing but animosity had existed between them. Determined she could never forget her father's injustice or forgive his cruelty, Ruth's initial rejection of his attempts at reconciliation unwittingly draw her into his deadly struggle for revenge with the man responsible for their rift.
Coming to realize how grossly mistaken she's been, Ruth's desperate attempt to spare her father and save the town from financial ruin leaves her life hanging in the balance. As a result, the path of a single bullet from a notorious gunfighter's pistol becomes her only hope to prevent the cruel events of the past from happening again.
Just when she thought her future was settled, Loretta learned that her new husband was only trying to spite his parents for their controlling nature and was not at all interested in having a wife. For three years she endured his neglect and forced poverty until her presence was requested by the high and mighty in-laws. To her shock, she learned some disturbing news that put her in a sticky situation.
Living a long way from any family, she was forced to direct her own path taking her even farther from the security of loved ones. Just as she was about to plant roots, she heard from her absent husband with a threat to find her if she didn't return the money his parents paid her to disappear.
Again she was uprooted and went even farther west into territory where it would be difficult to find her.
When Ryan and Tessa Monroe perish in their home's blazing inferno their three sons, long estranged from each other, return to Tucson for the funeral. Differences continue to divide them until two spent bullets, revealed in the hand of the undertaker, brings them to the shocking realization that their parents were murdered and the fire set to cover it.
While the brothers search for who would murder two beloved, elderly store owners, a long-buried history emerges painting a picture of a past they never knew existed; a past that boils down to one man and his obsession for revenge.
During their hunt for the murderer, the brothers come to realize that blood is thicker than the petty differences that have divided their past as the quest for the justice owed their parents rebuilds the bonds between them.
In a rollicking combination of "Catcher in the Rye" and "Little Big Man," Ride with Charlie Hobbs as he leaves the farm, finds himself in bordellos, saloons, stage robberies, and more in this coming of age story.
Enjoy exciting western action and romance in each book of the Travess Blood trilogy, including:
Clint Travess, Sheriff of Trenton County, is a man plagued by guilt and tormented by his longing for another man's wife. Determined to lead an upstanding life, he buries his own desires beneath his duty to uphold the law.
Then Troy Travess, the brother Clint arrested years ago, is released from prison. Troy has vowed revenge, and when a string of unsolved murders accompanies his arrival back in Trenton, Clint is torn between his responsibilities as sheriff and regret over lost chances with his brother.
Determined to protect his town--and the woman he loves but cannot have--Clint must catch the killer before time runs out. But if Troy turns out to be the man he's hunting, can Clint bring his own flesh and blood to justice?
Sick of killing, Clint quits as Trenton's sheriff and buys a small farm, hoping for a peaceful life with his wife and family. But his farm borders a portion of Circle G Ranch, and its greedy new owner is determined to grab Clint's land for his own nefarious reasons--by fair means or foul.
Forced to confront this steadily encroaching danger, Clint has two choices: sell his farm to the rancher and leave Trenton, or become a lawman again and fight for his town, his family and their Travess Land. But pinning on his badge means breaking his promise to the woman he loves. If he chooses to fight, will she leave him?
When Clint Travess discovers a mother lode on his Montana homestead, the news draws gold-hungry men who'll do almost anything--legal or not--for the precious treasure in Double Heart Mine.
While some men are willing to work as miners for a share of the gold, others set their sights on something far more lucrative. The powerful syndicate that owns Circle G Ranch--the Baltimore Cattle Company--conspires to grab Clint's entire gold mine by any means necessary, including murder.
Suspicious accidents ...
A young deputy takes to the vengeance trail after bandits who murdered his father, along the way partnering with a mysterious gunslinger who seems to know more about their prey than he is letting on. In the bloody traditions of the spaghetti westerns genre, Day of the Dollar is a tale with lots of action and a high body count.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS IN THE OLD WEST!!! Jasper is a geek working for the Barnes & Sons circus. When a mysterious benefactor suddenly frees him from his old life, he finds himself on an insane quest to kill the most dangerous man alive, the outlaw Gordon Naught. But what he finds at the end of the murder trail will change him forever.
Along the way, Jasper meets several characters whom one would not expect to meet in the old west. From homosexual dwarfs to black Indians, savage pimps and vengeful Mormons, THE DEAD KID is a decidedly different sort of western, a novel that is based on myth more than fact.
Five years in jail as the victim of a frame-up is a long time for Russ Enderby who was jailed on a rustling charge at a neighbour's spread. But it gives him time to wonder who wants him out of the way - and why.
Russ returns home after his release determined to find the answers but soon sees the changes that time has brought to this home. His father is dead and the girl he had planned to marry is now promised to Cole Dexter. Added to this, Russ has lost all credibility and friendship in his town as people believe him to be a lowlife criminal. His only relationship remaining intact is with Sheriff Walt Redfern who pledges to help Russ discover the man behind his frame up.
As Russ doggedly searches for the truth, passions boil, murders occur and the climax flames into hectic gunplay.
Praise for Clinton Spurr
'A classic gun-toting adventure that will transport you straight back to the old west' - bestselling author Tom Casey
Clinton Spurr (1928), is one of fifty pseudonyms for British author, Donald S. Rowland, who was born in Norfolk, England. Rowland is married with three children, and previously had a variety of jobs, including film projectionist and Senior Clerk and Local Government Officer. It was only in 1964 that he dedicated his time to writing full-time and has since written a variety of novels, from science-fiction to westerns.
The Wolf Hunters - After managing to survive an attack by a pack of wolfs Roderick Drew becomes close friend with Wabigoon. Determined to earn some money to help his mother, young Rod travels to Canada to hunt and trap with his new friend. When Rod and Wabi get together with Mukoki, an old Indian guide and Wabi's cousin, three companions are ready to turn their faces to the adventures that await them in the great North.
The Gold Hunters is the sequel of the story of friendship and discovery in the wilds of North America, between Roderick Drew, Wabigoon and Mukoki. After tracking and rescuing a kidnapped Indian princess three friends start the search of a gold mine, following a treasure map they found in the hand of a skeleton, a map that caused two Frenchmen to kill each other many years ago.
James Oliver Curwood (1878-1927) was an American action-adventure writer and conservationist. His adventure writing followed in the tradition of Jack London. Like London, Curwood set many of his works in the wilds of the Great White North. He often took trips to the Canadian northwest which provided the inspiration for his wilderness adventure stories. At least eighteen movies have been based on or inspired by Curwood's novels and short stories.
Ride along with three unforgettable women on adventures of faith and courage in the wild lands of 1800's Texas. History, faith and romance.
Books 1-3. Clean, Christian fiction with romantic elements.
Book 1: The River Girl's Song
Zillia Bright never dreamed she'd be orphaned at sixteen and left to care for her baby brother and Papa's farm. With only a mule and a hundred year old shotgun , she must fight to protect what's hers. Countless dangers lurk on the Bastrop, Texas riverside. Zillia must rely on the help of her best friends, Soonie and Wylder, to hold her world together. With Zillia's struggles come unexpected miracles, and proof that God might just listen to the prayers of a river girl.
Book 2: The Comanche Girl's Prayer
Nineteen-year-old Soonie Eckhart follows God's call on her heart, traveling to an illegal Comanche and Kiowa settlement in North Texas to become a teacher for the children in hiding.
Despite her Comanche roots, she finds many in the group, including a volatile young man named Lone Warrior, refuse to accept her.
After a chance encounter in the hills with a band of dangerous men, Soonie must draw on the deepest parts of her faith and courage to survive.
Book 3: The Saloon Girl's Journey
Weary of the saloon girl life -- and tired of being slapped around -- Darla North decides to start over and let her new-found faith lead her. A friend sends her to Downs House, a place for 'unfortunate women.' Darla is offered a home -- if she can behave herself.
Old habits are hard to break, but Darla is desperate to prove to everyone that she's changed, especially Ethan Downs, the owner's sensitive and sweet son. But when Darla's past threatens to catch up with her, she must decide to face the truth... or run away again.
Clean and wholesome, faith-based inspirational Christian western frontier fiction with romantic elements.
If you enjoy Janette Oke and Tracie Pederson, you will love The Texas Women of Spirit series, which follows three ...
Wintering in Montana is a challenge for this first-time ranching family that is bursting at the seams with the addition of two orphan children and a newborn, not to mention the new baby on the way. Chin-high snow proves to be a problem for this family, especially now that their temporary outhouse has filled up. Now what should they do? And will their home ever be peaceful, now that the new girl, Rosie, has arrived, since she likes neither Easterners, nor Southerners? And why is the family being invited over to the Crooked M Ranch for Christmas? Now that Edie's baby is soon to be born, she is no longer able to accompany the family to town. But what will happen if the baby decides to come early, when Clare is not around? One breath of fresh air remains: they are in God's hand.
Knox defends his own.
Space is a deadly business, a truth Knox has experienced first hand. That's why he's so protective of his ship and family. So when pirates plunder an impoverished town--a town that's earned Knox's guarded friendship--he's going to do something about it.
Knox knows the pillagers will be back for more, so his town needs protection from any and all pirates, for years to come. Only one way to do that. His friends need shields to keep their town and children safe, and Knox will get those shields. Even if he has to steal them.
Knox devises a carefully crafted plan and hires the perfect crew. He'll "borrow" from Caravan Suppliers -- the Goliath of space shipping -- a company that can afford to lose an expensive shield generator. No one will know he was there. Unfortunately, no plan survives contact with the enemy.
Caravan Suppliers has a dirty slave habit, and they'll kill to keep it secret. When Knox stumbles onto it, he endangers his crew and his family. Will this mission cost Knox more than he's willing to pay?
From debut author Marjorie King, Maverick Gambit is the first book in the Maverick Universe. With a layered galaxy full of rich characters, twists, and space battles, it's perfect for fans of Timothy Zahn and Isaac Asimov. Scroll up and get your copy today!