New Arrivals · Western Fiction

September 8, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cowboy charm school

September 7, 2018
Brownley, Margaret, author.
©2018
370 pages ; 17 cm.
"Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man. Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way."--Page 4 of cover.

Wind River lawman

August 24, 2018
McKenna, Lindsay, 1946-
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
312 pages ; 18 cm.
"After serving as a Navy medic, Dawson Callahan is back in the States and ready to start over. Leaving his native Texas, he heads for the wide open spaces of Wyoming, where he finds work as a wrangler. True, he'll mainly be wrangling chickens—and wrangling Sarah Carter's granny, who's still spry, but in need of a little caregiving. But ranch work is ranch work, and it's hard to turn down a job offer from the beautiful Sheriff Carter—especially when she deputizes him as one of her lawmen. Sarah loves her grandmother, but with her law enforcement career keeping her busy, they could both use some help from a strong, steady man. And policing Lincoln County has only gotten tougher since a merciless drug lord arrived in the area. When Sarah takes a bullet on the job, it's Dawson who comes to her rescue—and though they both thought they left war behind in Afghanistan, they'll do whatever it takes to protect what's theirs, even if it means facing down traumas they’ve buried for years. Because love isn’t for the faint of heart..."--Back cover.

Whiskey when we're dry

August 16, 2018
Larison, John, author.
©2018
387 pages ; 24 cm
Facing starvation and worse when she is orphaned on her family's 1885 homestead, seventeen-year-old sharpshooter Jessilyn Harney cuts off her hair and disguises herself as a boy to journey across the mountains in search of her outlaw brother.

Springfield 1880

August 14, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
364 pages ; 22 cm
Captain Jed Foster is more than a thief. He's a traitor. With a handful of murderous rogues, he's run off with four wagons containing new Springfield 1880 rifles, bayonets, and ammunition meant to resupply the troops at Fort Bowie in Arizona Territory. Foster plans to sell the weapons to the highest bidder whether it's Apaches, Mexican revolutionaries, or Confederate veterans who still dream of destroying the Union. But that's the least of Foster's problems. His junior officer, Lieutenant Grant Holden, is coming after him. If Holden can't bring the renegade to justice, he'll face court-martial for losing the wagons. If he's caught crossing the Mexican border, the U.S. Army will deny knowledge of the mission. Holden can't do it alone. With the help of an ornery ex-sergeant known as "Hard Rock" Masterson and fiery guerrilla fighter Soledad, the young lieutenant will have to face off with war chiefs, banditos, and cutthroat outlaws.

The edge of hell

August 13, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2014
312 pages ; 17 cm
A beautiful woman, a powerful Mexican rancher, and an exotic new breed of cattle come to John Slaughter's San Bernardino Valley ranch, along with the prospect of making a small fortune. While Slaughter's men are out keeping the peace in Tombstone, an act of betrayal turns up the heat under his own roof, and a killer is stalking Slaughter's wealthy Mexican guest. Indians suddenly savagely attack Slaughter's ranch, but it is only the first shot in a bigger, blazing Arizona bloodbath. The real enemy is coming next: armed to the teeth, driven by vengeance, and deep into a killing spree that only John Slaughter alone can stop. --Amazon.

Legion of fire

August 13, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
vi, 361 pages ; 18 cm
When Luke Jensen traps fugitive Ben Craddock in Arapaho Springs, he's ready to collect on his bounty. But the job's not done--not by a long shot. A raid by a savage gang known as the Legion of Fire has left the peaceful settlement looted, burned to the ground, and the ashes scoured for female hostages--including the marshal's daughter. For Luke this is more than a hunt. It's now a rescue. And with Craddock busted out of jail and thrown in with the gang, it's also revenge. Wrangling a small posse, Luke heads for the Legion's hideout in the Kansas badlands. Outnumbered, they can't risk an ambush. Instead, it's going to take cutthroat cunning for the outlaws of the Legion of Fire to go down in flames--one by one.

Texas destiny

August 13, 2018
Heath, Lorraine, author.
©1997
365 pages ; 17 cm.
Amelia Carson is a mail-order bride. She has come to Texas to marry Dallas, the ranch owner she has corresponded with for a year. But a broken leg (and fate) requires Dallas to send his brother, Houston, to meet Amelia in his place. Physically and emotionally scarred by the war, Houston doesn't believe he will ever find love. When he falls in love with his brother's betrothed, he never expects her to return his feelings. Together they discover that without honor, love is meaningless.

Texas glory

August 13, 2018
Heath, Lorraine, author.
©1998
372 pages ; 17 cm.
Cordelia McQueen is little more than a prisoner in her father's house until he barters her off to a stranger in exchange for land and water rights. Now in a new place and married to a man as big and bold as untamed Texas, Cordelia prepares to live within her husband's shadow and help him achieve his goals. Dallas has one driving ambition: to put West Texas on the map. Convinced he's too harsh a man to be loved, he expects nothing except a son from his shy wife. But with each passing day, Dallas discovers a woman of immense hidden courage and fortitude. He is determined to give her his heart, even if it means letting her go to achieve her own dreams and find her own glory.

Texas Ranger

August 2, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2018
337, 9 pages ; 24 cm
Includes an excerpt from Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen (pages 3-9 at end of work).
"Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far--from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene--and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates follows the Ranger creed--never to surrender--into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive."--provided by publisher.

True-blue cowboy

July 30, 2018
Richardson, Sara (Romance fiction writer), author.
New York : Forever, 2018.
xii, 427 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes novella: Saved by the cowboy / A.J. Pine.
"Can this cowboy be tamed? Everly Brooks is finally living her dream. Renting a farm in Topaz Falls, Colorado, is the perfect antidote to her high-stress life back in San Francisco. It's the ideal place to raise chickens, grow veggies, and run her farm-to-table restaurant. There's just one problem: her new landlord. Mateo Torres is a handsome-as-hell bronc rider who oozes charm, melts hearts-and plans to kick Everly off the farm. Mateo has dreams, too. He'd bought that land as an investment, so he could take care of his mom and sisters, which means Everly has to go. Unfortunately for him, this former big-city girl is just as stubborn as the broncs he rides. When his trailer floods and forces him to move into Everly's farmhouse, things between them really start to heat up. Sure, living under the same roof might not be the best way to settle their dispute over the land. But when two rivals share everything-from heated words to scorching kisses-it's definitely the hottest."--Back cover.

To catch a Texas star

July 11, 2018
Broday, Linda, author.
©2018
340 pages ; 18 cm
A gentle, beautiful woman with a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy everything she knows saves the son of a notorious outlaw, who yearns to make his life count, when he is left badly injured.

Red waters rising

July 11, 2018
Gilman, Laura Anne, author.
New York : Saga, [2018]
350 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
In the last novel of The Devil's West trilogy, Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, and Gabriel ride through the magical land of the Territory to root out evil by the way of mad magicians, ghosts, and twisted animal spirits. As Isobel and Gabriel travel to the southern edge of the Territory, they arrive in the free city of Red Stick. Tensions are running high as the homesteading population grows, crowding the native lands, and suspicions rise across the river from an American fort. But there is a sickness running through Red Stick and Isobel begins to find her authority challenged. She'll be abandoned, betrayed, and forced to stand her ground as the Devil's left hand in this thrilling conclusion to The Devil's West Trilogy.

Long road to Abilene

June 26, 2018
Vaughan, Robert, 1937- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2018.
339 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"LONG ROAD TO ABILENE, is a classic hero's journey, a western adventure that exemplifies the struggles, the defeats, and the victories that personify the history of the American West. After surviving the bloody battle of Franklin and the hell of a Yankee prison camp, Cade McCall comes home to the woman he loves only to find that she, believing him dead, has married his brother. With nothing left to keep him in Tennessee, Cade journeys to New Orleans where an encounter with a beautiful woman leads to being shanghaied for an unexpected adventure at sea. Returning to Texas, he signs on to drive a herd of cattle to Abilene, where he is drawn into a classic showdown of good versus evil, and a surprising reunion with an old enemy "-- Provided by publisher.

The legend of Perley Gates : a Perley Gates Western

June 26, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
447 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"From bestselling authors William W. and J.A. Johnstone comes the fiery saga of Perley Gates, a legend born out of the brutality and violence of the American West. He's the son of a cattle rancher. A restless young dreamer who, under normal circumstances, would follow in his father's footsteps. Normal, however, is not his style. Like his famous grandfather and namesake Perley Gates--a hell-raising mountain man with a heavenly name--young Perley wants adventure, excitement, and freedom. And like his grandfather before him, he will find his dream--in the untamed wilds of a lawless frontier. That dream though might just become a nighmare. After his father's death, Perley strikes out on his own. His first order of business is to track down the grandfather whose name he shares. When he crosses into Oklahoma Territory, young Perley discovers that the trail is full of dead ends--and near-death encounters. Hostile Indians, wanted outlaws, and bloodthirsty killers are just a few of the dangers waiting for him. And the closer he gets to finding the original Perley Gates, the closer he comes to meeting his Maker at the fabled gates they're named for. "-- Provided by publisher.

Slate Creek : journey to the white clouds

June 26, 2018
Swenson, Wallace J., author.
©2017
457 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

A touch of flame

June 7, 2018
Goodman, Jo, 1953- author.
New York : Jove, [2018]
401 pages ; 18 cm
"Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse is like no physician Ben Madison has ever met--she's a woman. As the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado, Ben is tasked with welcoming Ridley to the community. But while Ben might be tempted by the new doc's charms, getting the town to accept a big-city, female doctor is no easy feat. To earn their trust she'll have to prove herself and Ben determines to help her...even if she's the most stubborn woman he's ever met. When the husband of one of Ridley's patients threatens her, forbidding Ridley from treating his wife or children, all of Ben's protective instincts kick in. Ridley has come to rely on Ben's steady presence and the delicious tension that simmers just below the surface of their easy friendship--but as much as she trusts that his warnings to steer clear of Jeremiah Salt are sincere, she's never been one to back down from a challenge and she refuses to abandon her patient. But sticking to your guns can earn you trouble in the rough terrain of the Wild West and danger threatens Ridley from unexpected places, forcing Ben to confront his deepest fear in order to save the woman he loves."--Back cover

The gunslinger's vow

June 1, 2018
Sandas, Amy, author.
©2018
408 pages ; 17 cm
"Runaway brides"--Cover.
Alexandra Brighton spent the last five years in Boston, erasing all evidence of the wild frontier girl she used to be. Before she settles, she's determined to visit her childhood home one final time. But when she finds herself stranded far from civilization, she has no choice but to trust her safety to the tall, dark and decidedly dangerous bounty hunter, Malcolm Kincaid. Now that Malcolm finally has the location of his brother's killer, he has no intention of wasting time protecting a pampered Eastern lady. But something about Alexandra speaks to the heart he long thought frozen--and her slow transformation from proper miss to wild-eyed beauty leaves him shaken. By the time they reach Montana, Malcolm must decide if seeking justice for past wrongs is worth losing a future with the woman he never expected to need.

The devil to pay

June 1, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, [2018]
345 pages ; 18 cm.
"It begins with a simple act of kindness--and ends in a shocking night of violence. A homeless family shows up on Kate Kerrigan's doorstep, seeking refuge from a vengeful rancher's wrath. Seeing their desperation -- and fear -- the West Texas matriarch welcomes the family into her home. But her charity turns out to be an invitation to disaster. First, the rancher and his henchmen come gunning for her houseguests. They break into Kate's mansion. They shoot her butler, brutalize her staff, and try to force themselves on Kate. Then the real slaughter begins. When the smoke clears, Kate vows to send these murderous bastards straight to hell. Even if she has to dance with the devil himself..."--Page 4 of cover.

Die by the gun

May 31, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
284 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The Chuckwagon Trail.
After completing a successful cattle drive as the chuckwagon cook, Dewey "Mac" McKenzie signs up for another one on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, deep in New Mexico Territory. Pursued by a gang of ruthless killers hired by his enemies, with an ornery trail boss and the cattle owner's spoiled son as his crew mate, Mac sets off on a route overrun with kill-crazy rustlers and bloodthirsty Comanche. When the owner's son is kidnapped, the courageous cook has no choice but to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Evil never sleeps

May 31, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
330 pages ; 17 cm.
"He's the most notorious cattle rustler in all of Texas. His name--Jebediah Cotton--strikes fear into the hearts of every rancher in the territory. So it's more than a little strange that someone would shoot Cotton's youngest son in the back. Whoever did it is either a coward, a fool, or a crazy man. Whoever did it must die. Even if he's a U.S. deputy marshal named Will Tanner...So begins not one, but two of the deadliest manhunts in frontier history. As Will Tanner sets off into Oklahoma Territory in pursuit of godless bank robber named Parson McCoy, Jebediah Cotton sends his five remaining sons and cold-blooded brother-in-law after him. Will has no idea he's being stalked. But when there are this many players in the game, a U.S. deputy marshal has two choices: kill them all or die trying..."--Page 4 of cover

Give-a-Damn Jones

May 16, 2018
Pronzini, Bill, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Give-a-Damn Jones, an itinerant typographer, arrives in the small Montana town of Box Elder. The town is rife with tensions related to a convict's efforts to prove his innocence, a cattleman's demand for respect, a snooping editor, and a feud between a dentist and a blacksmith. Jones keeps finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time-- but this time, he may be the hero that this town needs.

The chuckwagon trail

April 24, 2018
Johnstone, William W, author.
©2017
379 pages ; 18 cm
Framed for murder, Dewey "Mac" McKenzie flees New Orleans to become a chuck-wagon cook on a cattle drive and learns that the drive's trail boss plans to double-cross the herd's owner and steal the money the herd brings in.

Ride the savage land

April 23, 2018
Johnstone, William W, author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
vi, 378 pages ; 18 cm.
When they agree to escort five mail order brides to San Angelo, Texas, Ace and Chance Jensen must defend the ladies against a defrauded outlaw, a crazy ex-husband, Comanche kidnappers, and a clan of woman-hungry backwoodsmen.

A dying note

April 17, 2018
Parker, Ann, 1952- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 23 cm
Saloon owner Inez Stannert has relocated to the former boomtown, San Francisco, where she invests in a music store. The body of a young musician washes up in the filthy Mission Creek canal, and Inez finds herself involved in the investigation.

Devils unto dust

April 11, 2018
Berquist, Emma, author.
©2018
488 pages ; 22 cm
"The desert claims everything in the end"--Dust jacket.
"This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of 'Westworld' and 'The Walking Dead' reading late into the night. A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people-- shakes-- attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes."--Amazon.com.

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