The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures—they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza.
The Californios: A NovelBantam #ad - Now, on the edge of financial ruin, Eileen hopes Sean can help them find a way out. The rumor is that her late husband found gold in the wild and haunted California hills, but the only clue to its whereabouts lies with an ancient, enigmatic Indian. Captain sean mulkerin comes home from the sea to find his family home in jeopardy.
After the death of his father, sean’s determined mother, Eileen, took it upon herself to run the sprawling Rancho Malibu—until a fire destroyed her hard-earned profits. When sean and eileen set forth to retrace his father’s footsteps, greedy neighbors, they know they are in search of a questionable treasure—with creditors, and ruthless gunmen watching every move they make.
The Californios: A Novel #ad - . Before they reach their destination, mother and son will test both the limits of their faith and the laws of nature as they seek salvation in a landscape where reality can blur like sand and sky in a desert mirage.
The Lonesome Gods: An Epic Novel of the California DesertBantam #ad - Johannes verne was soon to be rescued by outlaws, but no one could save him from the lasting memory of his grandfather’s eyes, full of impenetrable hatred. I am johannes Verne, and I am not afraid. This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather.
Raised in part by indians, then befriended by a mysterious woman, Johannes grew up to become a rugged adventurer and an educated man. But even now, strengthened by the love of a golden-haired girl and well on his way to making a fortune in bustling early-day Los Angeles, the past may rise up to threaten his future once more.
The Lonesome Gods: An Epic Novel of the California Desert #ad - . And this time only the ancient gods of the desert can save him.
The Cherokee Trail: A NovelBantam #ad - If that wasn’t enough, she also has to protect herself from the man who murdered her husband—and is coming for Mary next. After firing the previous station manager with the aid of a bullwhip, she must track down stolen horses, care for a wayward boy, and defend against Indians. With the help of an irish maid and a mysterious stranger, Mary faces challenges that even the men eagerly anticipating her failure would have a difficult time overcoming.
Raised on a virginia plantation, respect her workers, she learned how to care for livestock, and keep good books. But after her husband is killed, Mary must provide for her young daughter by running a stage coach station on the Cherokee Trail. A woman ahead of her time, Mary Breydon knew how to get things done.
The Burning Hills: A NovelBantam #ad - Trace, intrigued by maria’s grit and determination, can’t help trying to peel back her layers—but his attraction makes her a target. And if that doesn’t kill them, the Apaches will. Strong and proud, maria Cristina has also suffered at the hands of Sutton and his men. The experience has left her hostile and defiant.
He wakes to find a beautiful woman gently nursing him back to health. But if he convinces her to go with him, Trace and Maria will have to survive a heat-blasted, waterless desert. If he escapes, Maria will have to face them alone. Sutton’s men are watching and waiting for Trace to show himself. Wounded, trace jordan is near collapse when he descends from the heat of the desert into a cool, and escaping a violent feud with the men of Bob Sutton’s ranch, dehydrated, secluded canyon.
Chancy: A NovelBantam #ad - Now, drunken mob outside and time running out, locked in a jail cell with an angry, he must somehow find a way to prove his innocence. He had a cattle drive to finish and a profit to make. But the gun had a history. He was an orphan from the hills of Tennessee and he hadn’t eaten in three days. The dead man left a pistol on the ground.
With the front of his stomach making friends with the back, he was in no position to let an opportunity slip by unnoticed. And when chancy defended his new herd of cattle with a shotgun, he didn’t miss. Another killing had taken place and Chancy would never know the truth until it was too late. Chancy needed a spare and, after stowing it in his bedroll, forgot about it.
Dark Canyon: A NovelBantam #ad - Outnumbered and facing a lynching party, Riley is surprised when his old friends return to lend him a hand. He worked hard and built a cabin, gathered a herd of cattle, and fell in love with Marie Shattuck. But when he is confronted with false accusations of rustling and murder, Riley is forced to defend his new law-abiding way of life.
But that shouldn’t be a problem. But how can they help him and keep themselves out of jail? With the local marshal already suspicious of Riley, the Coburn gang will have to plan well and move fast. Their reputation was built by doing just that. When gaylord riley walked away from the Coburn gang, he had money and a dream.
The Empty Land: A NovelBantam #ad - For thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain, wild animals, and an occasional native hunter. On the other are men who want law and order but are ready to use a noose to achieve their ends. Between them stand matt coburn and Dick Felton: one a hardened realist, the other an idealist trying to dig a fortune from the muddy hillside.
And on the seventh it could disappear, consumed by the flames of lawlessness and violence. On one side are those who understand only brute force. For as the two unlikely allies confront corruption, betrayal, and murder in an attempt to tame a town where the discovery of gold can mean either the fortune of a lifetime or a sentence of death, they realize that any move could be their last.
The Empty Land: A Novel #ad - Outnumbered and outgunned, Felton and Coburn can’t afford to be outmaneuvered. Then a trapper found a chunk of gold, and everything changed overnight. In six days a town called Confusion appeared.
Hanging Woman Creek: A NovelBantam #ad - Barnabus pike is no gunfighter and not much of a street fighter. Then they cross paths with a hardworking Irish immigrant and his beautiful, spirited sister, who've been burned off their land. Now they're looking to survive a brutal winter in a remote Montana line shack, collect their pay, and settle down for good.
They've both taken their share of hard knocks. Eddie holt is a black boxer in a white man's world. It's a fight pike and holt don't want, don't need, and don't dare turn their backs on—especially when one of the perpetrators might be one of Pike's old friends. Hunted like animals across the frozen countryside, Pike and Holt will risk everything—including their reputations, their dreams—and their lives.
The Iron Marshal: A NovelBantam #ad - He landed in a small kansas town that had big dreams, no name, and the need for an honest lawman. Tom figured that a knuckle-and-skull man from Five Points would be perfect for the job. He didn’t know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it.
He was a tough enforcer for a New York gang. Tom had himself stuck in the middle of the feud before sunset on his first day in town. All he could do was hope that his years on the Bowery had left him with the smarts he needed to keep himself alive. But when young tom shanaghy made one too many enemies, he skipped town on a fast-moving freight.
Where the Long Grass Blows: A NovelBantam #ad - The entire valley is against him, and everyone is ready to shoot on sight. Suspicious after witnessing a secret meeting between the riders of warring ranches, Bill begins noticing other dubious behavior: Why is Levitt’s fiancée, Dixie Venable, acting more like a hostage than a willing bride-to-be?Canavan doesn’t have much time to figure out what’s going on.
Bill canavan rode into the valley with a dream to start his own ranch. Levitt is an unscrupulous businessman who has been accumulating cattle at an alarming rate. But when he managed to stake claims on the three best water holes, the other ranchers turned against him. No one is more determined to see Canavan dead than Star Levitt.