As war overtakes the frontier, Emma’s family farmstead is attacked by Dakota-Sioux warriors; on that same prairie, Oenikika desperately tries to hold on to her calling as a healer and follow the orders of her father, Chief Little Crow. When the war is over and revenge-fueled war trials begin, each young woman is faced with an impossible choice. In a swiftly changing world, both Emma and Oenikika must look deep within and fight for the truth of their convictions—even as horror and injustice unfolds all around them.
Inspired by the true story of the thirty-eight Dakota-Sioux men hanged in Minnesota in 1862—the largest mass execution in US history—Dovetails in Tall Grass is a powerful tale of two young women connected by the fate of one man.
Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West is John Layne's inaugural novel set in the Old West packed with family drama, action, and adventure. In this, Book One of the Luxton Danner Series, author John Layne tells the story of Joel Thornton and his daughter Elizabeth, as they seek frontier justice with legendary U.S. Deputy Marshall, Ben Chance.
Joel Thornton is a retired U.S. Deputy Marshal now living a quiet rancher's life. Days after welcoming his daughter Elizabeth home, a fugitive seeking revenge attacks his ranch. Badly wounded trying to protect his home and save his daughter, Thornton sends his daughter on a dangerous mission to find help from the only man he trusts to save his beloved family and ranch.
Fans of Western Fiction novels are in for a treat with Layne's crisp, strong prose and cinematic style.
Fredericka is the daughter of a White plantation owner and his Black house slave. Horace is a literate slave-companion to the son of a New York hotel baron.
This first book in the Pocket Full of Seeds Trilogy follows their flight for freedom through nineteenth-century America. It was a time when runaway slaves were hunted, steamships sailed around the Horn to San Francisco, horse-tugged boats navigated the Erie Canal, a midnight tsunami struck Buffalo, Mormons sought a new Zion, and wagon trains lumbered across a continent littered with unmarked graves.
Most of all, this is a story driven by an unquenchable thirst for libertas.
In Stone Roses, Linda Neal Reising captures the soul of a time and place that too many of our history textbooks try to ignore. And she does it through a series of captivating “snapshots” of the lives of extraordinary women who were almost forgotten.
With a keen, and sometimes humorous, eye on an often difficult and dark period, Reising makes these views of late 19th century Oklahoma Territory, and the women who helped make it, absolutely panoramic. This book is a treasure of preservation, and it should serve as one of the new textbooks of the times.
—Nathan Brown, Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate & Author of A Hundred Years
Linda Neal Reising’s Stone Roses not only resurrects voices of resilient women from Oklahoma’s past, it also gives them a platform to speak down the decades to younger generations. In gorgeous, sometimes heartbreaking lines, we—all peoples—are reminded that we’re descendants of heroic women. And, we need to be reminded, to garner a modicum of their gumption for use when facing our own struggles.
—Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Poet Laureate 2017–2020 & Author of What I Learned at the War
The Feudist: A Novel of the Pleasant Valley War is both a traditional Western—tense, authentic, fast-paced—and an anti-Western that tells the story of what was perhaps the bloodiest range war in US history, Arizona’s 1880s Pleasant Valley War. The narrator—a small-time rancher named Ben Holcomb who reflects back on his adolescent experiences—begins the story as a stockboy in Globe City, Arizona. Bored with his job, he agrees to become an apprentice cowboy. His journey to his employer’s ranch leads him into a smoldering range war. Over the next year, he rides with a charismatic trickster; a Texas “colonel” and his idealist daughter; a polygamous Mormon elder with a teenaged wife; and a winsome, mixed-race cowboy who is deeply embroiled in the feud.
The laws of survival always trump the rules of etiquette.
Every age has its iconic blonde bombshell. In the 1880s, it’s Baby Doe, America’s original gold digger. At a time when genteel ladies could politely starve to death, Baby Doe seeks her fortune the best way she knows how—marrying a rich man. She joins the rush to the Colorado silver bonanza and meets millionaire mine owner Horace Tabor. Baby Doe enjoys the high life as his paramour, but Tabor’s wife and his business manager plot to get rid of the new girl. Baby Doe, however, has schemes of her own to upend Horace’s old relationships and become the one and only Mrs. Tabor.
But fate sweeps in and avalanches Baby Doe’s dreams. What price will she pay for becoming The Mrs. Tabor?
Based on a true story, The Mrs. Tabor seduces with a scandalous tale of love and fortunes found and lost.
Montana, 1890. Lainie set out to find her father. She didn't expect he'd be a killer. She escapes his murderous intent and finds refuge in Idaho's panhandle on a farm with its own tragic story.
There, she meets Jake, a young widower and father drowning in grief, and Miss Jayne, an early settler of the land who is emotionally raw from a disabling injury.
Harsh challenges fill their days as each comes to terms with personal battles and the upheaval nature brings to the land and the farm. Always at the back of their minds is the man—the murderer—intent on killing Lainie.
Will unexpected discoveries heal the brokenness of grief? Will layers of trust foster love? What new paths lie in the shadow of wildflowers?
The frontier of Idaho's Camas Prairie, with its backdrop of rolling hills and jagged cliffs, provides a rich setting for this multilayered novel where personal identity evolves in the face of tragedy, hope stands on the horizon, and resiliency is bolstered by grace.
Sara’s husband was a disappointment in life, but she had to admit he was a handsome corpse.
Climb aboard an 1856 Dallas-bound wagon train and join a plucky female protagonist for the journey of a lifetime in Laurie Moore-Moore’s richly entertaining new book, Gone to Dallas,The Storekeeper 1856-1861. Far from your average historical novel or western, Gone to Dallas is a compelling tale of migration, betrayal, death and dreams—peppered with real people, places, and events. With a cast of interesting characters and more bumps and hazards than a wagon trail, Gone to Dallas tells the unforgettable story of a formidable frontier woman in the context of true Texas history.