One afternoon, far out on the sun-baked waste of sage, we made camp near a clump of withered pinyon trees. The cold desert wind came down upon us with the sudden darkness. Even the Mormons, who were finding the trail for us across the drifting sands, forgot to sing and pray at sundown. We huddled round the campfire, a tired and silent little group. When out of the lonely, melancholy night some wandering Navajos stole like shadows to our fire, we hailed their advent with delight. They were good-natured Indians, willing to barter a blanket or bracelet; and one of them, a tall, gaunt fellow, with the bearing of a chief, could speak a little English.
"How," said he, in a deep chest voice.
"Hello, Noddlecoddy," greeted Jim Emmett, the Mormon guide.
"Ugh!" answered the Indian.
"Big paleface -- Buffalo Jones -- -big chief -- buffalo man," introduced Emmett, indicating Jones.
"How." The Navajo spoke with dignity, and extended a friendly hand.
"Jones big white chief -- rope buffalo -- tie up ...
In nineteenth century America, while the potato blight ravages Ireland and the California Gold Rush beckons dreamers from around the world, two Irish immigrants must face the greatest challenge of their lives: each other.
New York City, 1849--After her father is murdered, eighteen-year-old heiress Evelyn Brennan can't imagine her life getting any worse... until she's forced into an arranged marriage with the man she despises most, the reckless gambler Lucius Flynn. Though they grew up together, a painful childhood memory stands between them, and now Evelyn has reason to believe Lucius might be responsible for her father's death.
Flush with Evelyn's dowry and hungry for adventure, Lucius makes arrangements to drag his headstrong bride along the quickest but deadliest road to the gold fields of California -- the Panama Route--and she sets out to make him suffer every step of the way. But when a dark and mysterious Australian outlaw captures Evelyn's attention, Lucius begins to ...
Books 4 -6 in the series that critics describe as a superb collection of heart-warming, humorous, romantic stories full of adventure which show strong women in difficult situations.
Westward Destiny: Book 4
When Jamie meets Luke, Luke is bowled over by the beauty with the emerald green eyes and auburn hair, but is instantly tongue-tied. Jamie is not sure how they're going to develop a relationship when he can barely talk to her, but she sets out to seduce the handsome man with the soulful brown eyes.A game of cat and mouse ensues and Jamie finds out that marrying Luke is easy, but capturing his heart is going to be harder than she anticipates.
Westward Fortune: Book 5
Lacey Reagan is an abused woman who escapes her violent father by answering a mail-order-bride advertisement. Joe Dwyer is the gallant playboy who rescues her.Their marriage is simply an arrangement -- or is it? A romance begins, but tragedy strikes and they have to decide if it will stay just business or if they can ...
He was a small child when his family crossed the Great Plains in an oxcart on their way to California. His father was killed by Indians after rescuing baby Peggy Sue who had been grabbed by the savages. Little Big Jim grew up on a ranch in Carmel Valley where he learned what it meant to be a man from his Uncle Buck. But then one day, while they were in Monterey picking up supplies for the ranch, the boy was knocked unconscious and shanghaied. Little Big Jim woke up on a clipper ship on its way to South America. His adventures continued as he was forced to seek treasure at a hidden temple high in the Andes. Would Little Big Jim ever get back to California? Would he ever see his family and Peggy Sue again? Maybe, but he wasn't done with his adventures.