John Augustus Sutter came to the wide and wild California country to build an empire. At his side was Morgan Beck, out to stake his own claim at the confluence of two powerful rivers, the Sacramento and the American. While the two adventurers follow new fortunes westward, the ill-fated Donner Party is mired in the grip of frozen death high in the Sierra Nevadas. Suddenly, Sutter and Beck are torn between the hot winds of revolution, and the desparate pleas of the trappe..
Eastward, as far as the eye could see, stretched the Great Plains. Westward rose the Rockies, snow-capped peaks of grandeur. In the middle flowed a mighty river - silent, glistening, and turbulent - the bloodline of a wide and wild land. Three hard, tough men staked their claims on its potent shores; Jake Stonecipher, pioneer merchant, seeking his fortune, yet finding a war. Will Burke, a mountain man as savage as the wilderness itself. And Francisco Serrano, determined to ca..
“I would give my life for my children, but I wouldn’t give myself.” So said Edna Pontellier to her friend one summer as they sat beside the sea. It was the summer she learned to swim, fell in love, and awoke to the reality of her empty role in a loveless marriage. But she was a good wife. Edna dutifully returned home to the prison of her well-ordered life in New Orleans. Although close friends offered advice, the search for herself was a journey she must mak..
The Big Island Posse's setting is the late 1880s on the Island of Hawaii near the Parker Ranch. Through several quirks of fate, two young cowpunchers from the Badlands of the Dakotas, along with the beautiful women in their lives, are plunged into this ranching world. They move from Theodore Roosevelt's defunct Maltese Cross Ranch on the Little Missouri to the Paniola Ranch on the Big Island. The men, Val and Lincoln, along with their Dakota horses, Big Enough and Wir..
When U.S. Deputy Marshal Merlin Fanshaw mistakenly kills an innocent boy during a bank robbery in Miles City, Montana, he abandons his career as a lawman and rides out into a vast and sparsely settled region known as The Big Open. Hired as a cowhand by ranch woman Billie Hart, Merlin is soon drawn into a deepening conflict between Billie and a ruthless cattleman who will stop at nothing to possess her ranch. When violence threatens, Merlin takes a stand, and exorcises the gho..
It is the end of the year 1882 in Progress County in the Montana Territory, when young Merlin Fanshaw finds himself caught between the competing agendas of a ruthless outlaw, two very different lawmen, and one pretty girl. Thus begins the fast-paced adventure of Merlin, the Bodacious Kid, as he deals with gold, greed, and gunfire. But there is more to this story, within its pages and beneath the sweeping movement of its plot lies a deft and subtle examination of such unchangi..
Through a harsh land of mesquite and prickly pear, scattered oaks and carpets of stubborn grass, the Brazos River wound its way south to the Gulf of Mexico. To its banks came settlers from across America, daring men and women who dreamed of owning ranches and farms, building homes for their families, and one day establishing a United States republic in Mexican-held Texas. Among them were Jon Tallman, a wanderer and adventurer with hidden motives and a tragic past; Nancy Staff..
During the frontier days, North Dakota was considered the land of opportunity by hardy pioneers eager to settle on 160 free acres offered by the government. All they had to do was prove up on the land for three years and it was theirs. The Morgan family found proving up was no simple task. The prairie they experienced was a killer - hot and dry in the summer, numbing cold in the winter, torrential rains that turned their sod house into a dripping muddy mess, tornadoes, prairi..
LEGEND OF THE WILDERNESS
Christopher “Kit” Carson was a true American legend: He could shoot a man at 200 yards, trap and hunt better than the most skilled Indian, and follow any trail – even in the dead of night. His courage and strength as an Indian fighter earned him respect throughout the West. But all of his skills were put to the test when he got caught up in a manhunt no one wanted him to make. The beautiful daughter of a Missouri colonel had been ..
When the rest of the West was already won...the mountains remained unspoiled and deadly. The men and women who tamed this savage land were tough, lawless and, when necessary, as mean as the traps they carried. They lived by a private code of proud honor and swift justice. Burly, Isaac Beard was the living embodiment of that mountain code. To survive, he fought his way to a safe haven near Spirit Lake in the Colorado upcountry, forged an alliance with the untamed Ute Indians a..
Haunting, majestic, powerful, the Columbia River flowed down from the rugged Rockies, through the deep, forbidden forests, and across the open plain. Along its banks, bold, strong men of ambition and enterprise sought their fortune. It was a time and a place where the fur trade could make you wealthy...or get you killed. The race to riches along the Columbia rapids was cutthroat, and for every trader and trapper, there was a hired gun or assassin. Into this land of adventure ..
Darby Buckingham becomes the unwilling owner of a herd of twelve dirty and disagreeable camels. Deciding to go into the freight business, Darby is faced with unfriendly Paiutes, scorching desert and steep, impassable trails. Add to that the horrors contrived by the murderous band of a competitor, an ugly giant known as Big Bert Jasper, and you have all the makings of an exciting story. The Derby Man will be hard pressed to come out ahead on this caper. Anything can happen in ..
Tye was on his way back to Fort Clark from San Antonio where he had spent his honeymoon when he heard of more Apache trouble. A young buck, Grey Owl, was leading several young Apaches and raising bloody hell along the Border. Upon his arrival back at Fort Clark, he would be scouting for a large patrol pursuing the Apaches. While in pursuit, he finds the Apaches he is tracking has been joined by another group of warriors. With the number of warriors that Grey Owl has with him ..
Bronco Wade and old Curly hightail it out of Texas when blamed for the deaths of three of rancher Sladek's sons. Fifteen years later, Bronco and Curly discover a trail herd they are following belongs to the deadly Sladeks. At the same time, they cannot turn away because Curly's long-lost daughter Charity, reared as a Sladek, is with the herd. Marauding Arapaho and ruthless gunhands keep Curly from his daughter, until the violent conclusion.