A psychologist, English teacher, small engine mechanic, welder, farmer, carpenter, public health worker, and milkman: these are jobs D.T. Gray has held. But writing is where he found his voice. As the gunfighter struggled to overcome his handicap for his place in the world, so, also, his author struggled with bipolar disorder to find his place in life. His audience will benefit from his experience.
In a country ravaged by the horrors of a brutal civil war, there were countless families torn apart by conflict and violence. This is the story of one ordinary man driven by loss to extraordinary acts and circumstances. Simon James Sublette lost his entire family during the Civil War. He dreams of coming home and settling into a quiet, peaceful life on his family farm—until those dreams are shattered by a stray bullet. Forever scarred, inside and out, he abandons all he knows and loves. He sets out on a lonely journey, wandering the West in a desperate quest for peace and order. But with each passing day, serenity still eludes him and his heart grows ever heavier. Torn by grief and fighting off hopelessness, he finds beauty in a more poetic way of life. He develops the unusual trait of speaking in rhyme, especially when provoked. This trait earns him the name “The Rhymer,” and he becomes a fearless gunfighter who has no equal when it comes to killing. The Rhymer is a hero for women and children everywhere—and a nightmare straight from hell for those evil men in need of killing.
Straight-laced Emily is building a new life for herself breeding horses with her father on his cattle ranch in Jackson, California. However, she’s angry, and hiding dark secrets about her failed marriage. When she finds herself in gunfighter, Garrett Stones arms she’s even angrier. Garrett Stone rode into town with a saddlebag of secrets he is hiding from everyone in Jackson. As far as everyone knows he’s a famous gunfighter, hired to guard Gold shipments for the Kennedy Mine, and has a desire to play Poker. However, when Garrett is forced to take in his late sisters two children he and Emily are just barely on speaking terms. Garrett unknowingly by reputation foils a kidnapping attempt and in turn is ambushed by six of Kennedy’s men. Emily’s father, Jed Thomas decides to hide Garrett at their vast cattle ranch forcing both of them to face their physical attraction and desire for one another. Jed has also been keeping a secret from his two children for some time now and when it is revealed it could blow the family apart. Gunfighters Gold is a true western romance with an Old South Flare, set in the Gold Rush town of Jackson Ca. in the 1860’s. This book will have you laughing one moment, crying the next, with plenty of intrigue, action and romance to keep you turning the pages.
John Wesley Hardin was the son of a Methodist minister who named his second boy after the founder of his church. The Reverend wanted Wes to become a man of faith; along the way the Preacherman's son drifted. By the time Wes was 15 he shot and killed 4 men. These deaths were the gateway to a killing spree that lasted ten years. Not a serial killer the majority of Hardin's shootings were carried out in the old west tradition; the man with the fastest draw wins. By the time Hardin was 25 he had killed 42 men. Wes' life story reads like an old fashioned, page turning murder mystery. The action takes place immediately after the Civil War during the Reconstruction period. He was the most wanted man in the state; Texas Rangers, local Sheriffs, Union Soldiers and numerous bounty hunters frantically looked for John Wesley Hardin. If you enjoy a thriller Preacherman's Son will not disappoint. My heartfelt wish is you will enjoy reading my historical novel as much as I did penning the words.
As winter sets in and work is scarce in 1870âs Wyoming, cowhand Rusty Stewart sets out in search of his sister Ruthann, the only family he has left. Heâs heard she settled in Texas. When two outlaws attempt to rob the saloon where he stops for a meal, Rusty protects himselfâand kills a man. Though he vows never to kill again, the word spreads and one tinhorn gunslinger after another comes to Canyon City to find if he is faster than the âCanyon Kid,â as Rusty is now dubbed. What they find is death. But how long before one shows up who is faster than Rusty?
This courageous rodeo star is one lethal attraction… Rodeo rider Tucker Lawrence lives for risk—even after seeing his best friend die in a rodeo accident. But there's no chance in hell he's going to let FBI agent Sydney Maxwell tackle treacherous Texas Hill Country alone to find her missing sister. Even if the pretty profiler is putting his guarded heart in danger… With her sister in the hands of a serial killer, Sydney will break all the rules she has to. Tucker is as reckless as he is charming, but his trail savvy and courage are invaluable as they run her quarry to ground. Still, Sydney can't afford to gamble that the irresistible passion flaring between them is anything but an adrenaline rush. Or that they'll survive long enough for real love…
After both opponents turn over three shot glasses of Hennessy, the Lincoln girl challenges Mattie to a game of Russian roulette. A mistake, at this moment Mattie is maniacal, she clicks her trigger two times in a row. Modern Day Cowboy is about the angry romance of a young girl not long out of high school. The experience of first love in the internet age of availability. Trying to figure out the rest of her life is hard enough, now tragedy strikes. Someone set up a row of domino’s and by accident Mattie touched the first one. Now all she can do is watch. Some kind of declaration of war from some unseen enemy. The ensuing conflicts redistributes her morality as the paradigm between right and wrong shifts. Secrets from her mothers past may hold the key.
SUMMARY This is a western love story. It is the tale of a man named Jake who, defeated and disillusioned by the horrors of the War Between the States, heads west with his brother to create a better life. However, his refusal to back down from confrontation, which served him well in war, leads to a life of violence. Through his skill with firearms and the quickness of his reflexes, he acquires a reputation as a dangerous foe. When a writer publishes a fictitious account of his exploits, everyone sees a cold-bloodied killer and no one, except his brother, sees a man of honor trying to come to terms with what he has done and who he is. Only through the love of a woman and her understanding of the demons that drive him does he begin to put his life back together again and find, among the constant battles for survival, a life worth living.
Amid the backdrop of World War II, race riots, and police corruption, a white police officer in Phoenix, Arizona, guns down an on-duty, black cop from his same department. The communitys residents pick sides, and while the second trial ends in an acquittal, the battle isnt over. The detective, Frenchy Navarre, returns to duty but is shot dead when he encounters Officer Joe Davis, the slain officers partner. This is just one of the fascinating tales told by Gordon A. Hunsaker, who also recalls: Surviving his youth on the streets of Los Angeles Fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War A series of stories that cops normally only tell each other Piloting helicopters and airplanes while on the job Battling his toughest opponent cancer And much more! This compilation of musings, observations, and police lore is insightful, thought- provoking and, at times, just darn spooky. Any Arizona resident, law enforcement officer or lover of history will be thrilled to enter the exciting world of Gunfights & Gunfighters.
From the Preface:On the frontier, says conventional wisdom, a structured society did not exist and social control was largely absent; law enforcement and the criminal justice system had limited, if any, influence; and danger--both from man and from the elements--was ever present. This view of the frontier is projected by motion pictures, television, popular literature, and most scholarly histories. But was the frontier really all that violent? What was the nature of the violence that did occur? Were frontier towns more violent that cities in the East? Has America inherited a violent way of life from the frontier? Was the frontier more violent than the United States is today? This book attempts to answer these questions and others about violence and lawlessness on the frontier and do so in a new way. Whereas most authors have drawn their conclusions about frontier violence from the exploits of a few notorious badmen and outlaws and from some of the more famous incidents and conflicts, I have chosen to focus on two towns that I think were typical of the frontier--the mining frontier specifically--and to investigate all forms of violence and lawlessness that occurred in and around those towns.
Elizabeth Carver is in a whole heap of trouble. Raised as a tomboy on her father's ranch in 1886 Colorado, she is criticized by the women and ridiculed by the men for not acting like a lady. Beth learned to shoot when she was twelve and ten years later she's mighty good at it. When the bank in town is robbed, she intervenes, wounding two of the outlaws. In doing so, she unleashes a storm that will engulf her and change her life. In revenge, the outlaws raid her family's ranch, ste
The legend of Bat Masterson as the heroic sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas, began in 1881 when an acquaintance duped a New York Sun reporter into writing Masterson up as a man-killing gunfighter. That he later moved to New York City to write a widely followed sports column for eighteen years is one of history’s great ironies, as Robert K. DeArment relates in this engaging new book. William Barclay “Bat” Masterson spent the first half of his adult life in the West, planting the seeds for his later legend as he moved from Texas to Kansas and then Colorado. In Denver his gambling habit and combative nature drew him to the still-developing sport of prizefighting. Masterson attended almost every important match in the United States from the 1880s to 1921, first as a professional gambler betting on the bouts, and later as a promoter and referee. Ultimately, Bat stumbled into writing about the sport. In Gunfighter in Gotham, DeArment tells how Bat Masterson built a second career from a column in the New York Morning Telegraph. Bat’s articles not only covered sports but also reflected his outspoken opinions on war, crime, politics, and a changing society. As his renown as a boxing expert grew, his opinions were picked up by other newspaper editors and reprinted throughout the country and abroad. He counted President Theodore Roosevelt among his friends and readers. This follow-up to DeArment’s definitive biography of the Old West legend narrates the final chapter of Masterson’s storied life. Far removed from the sweeping western plains and dusty cowtown streets of his younger days, Bat Masterson, in New York City, became “a ham reporter,” as he called himself, “a Broadway guy.”
Joseph G. Rosa's vivid and expertly written tale of this violent time combines contemporary accounts with meticulous historical research and an unjaundiced appraisal of the facts. Telling the story of every major gunfighter, peace officer, and outlaw of the West, Rosa places them within the context of a violent frontier and the coming of law and order. Complementing the text are twenty-seven outstanding color spreads featuring firearms from the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum (Los Angeles) and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody). Many of the spreads contain guns owned and used by such well-known individuals as Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin, Frank James, and Harvey Logan.
T'Gan His world is ripped apart when he finds out who he really is: The last hope for Sadat in a time when great Evil rules the land. He is guided by the Lady, a spiritual leader and a legend whispered among the oppressed in Sadat. She has traveled through many lands in search of Etlasen. Her duty would be to protect him until it was time for him to realize his purpose. Minkos From his birth he has known who he was and who he would become. He thought he knew what it meant to be Gidat. That was until Etevun walked among them challenging everything he knew and transforming him into the man that history would know as Etfirsen. Two young men on journeys in very different times and yet forever linked by one purpose. Both face unimaginable evil which comes in the form of men and Beast and fueled by an Evil rage that lurks just beyond sight.