New Arrivals · Western Fiction

March 5, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dead time

March 4, 2020
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2020
393 pages ; 18 cm
"Doing time in Texas is no picnic. But getting sent to The Walls in Huntsville is a fate worse than hanging. If the guards don't kill you, the prisoners will. And if it weren't for the fact that the man who framed Hank Fallon and murdered his family could be inside The Walls, Hank would never step one foot in that heinous helltrap--let alone go undercover as an inmate. But this isn't just another assignment. This is his chance for revenge ... Inside The Walls, Hank quickly discovers who's boss--as well as judge, jury, and executioner. The only relief from the gang fights and guard beatings is a prison work program that allows inmates to leave The Walls to work for plantation owner J.J. Justice. Hank figures it can't be any worse than jail. But it is. Seems that Justice is ordering the men to commit robberies and murders. He's stockpiling weapons. Building an army. And planning to restart the Civil War--all in the name of Justice . . ."--Amazon.

Shot to hell

March 4, 2020
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2020
347 pages ; 17 cm
"They say that home is where the heart is. And no one knows that better than Perley Gates. After helping the lovely Miss Emma Slocum reunite with her sister's family in Bison Gap, Perley can't wait to rejoin his own kin at the Triple-G Ranch. No sooner does Perley settle in when he receives an alarming telegram from Bison Gap. Emma's brother-in-law has been murdered. Her sister wants justice. And Perley is their only hope to get it . . . Perley can't refuse a family in need. So he saddles up with his salty cowhand Possum Smith and heads to Bison Gap. He notices that the town's new sheriff is acting suspicious -- and likely in cahoots with the local gang of deadly outlaws. In no time at all there's a target on Perley's back -- and the vicious gang leader is calling all the shots. Justice may be hard to find in a town this wicked. But vengeance is swift--straight out of the Gates ..."--Provided by publisher.

A good day for a massacre

February 28, 2020
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2020.
348 pages ; 22 cm.
Life on the straight and narrow is easier said than done for a pair of crooks like Jimmy Slash Braddock and Melvin Pecos Kid Baker. But these reprobates are doing their damnedest to make an honest go of it. They've managed to safely deliver a church organ to a mountain parish when their sometime employer, Chief U.S. Marshal Luther T. "Bleed-'m-So" Bledsoe-- recruits them to pick up a shipment of gold in the time town of Tin Cup in the Sawatch Mountains. Their wagon will be a decoy while the real shipment takes a less-traveled road. The plan is foolproof.... --Provided by publisher.

Gunpowder express

February 13, 2020
Cogburn, Brett, author.
©2020
362 pages ; 17 cm
"Vulture City is home to a prosperous gold mine and every bad man in the Arizona Territory knows it. Nearly every stagecoach attempting to deliver the gold to the railroad at Maricopa has been ambushed on the trail - a trail known as the Gunpowder Express for the bullet-riddled bodies along the way. With gold piling up and a lack of volunteers to transport it, the mine owner hires Newt 'Widowmaker' Jones to ride shotgun on the next stage. Foolhardy and desperate for money, Newt joins three other guards - and a passenger, Jenny Silks, a stubborn firebrand with her own stake in seeing the delivery through. But waiting on the Gunpowder Express is Irish Jack O'Harrigan and his band of outlaws. There's not a soul alive he wouldn't think twice about putting six feet under. But he's never traded lead with the man known as Widowmaker..." -- Provided by publisher.

Hired guns

February 5, 2020
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2020
392 pages ; 17 cm
"It's the kind of job Luke Jensen hates. A millionaire mine owner is willing to pay $5,000 to the man who captures the half-breed outlaw Tom Eagle. Normally, Luke would turn down an offer like this - it smacks too much of being a hired gun. But when the millionaire tells him that Eagle is responsible for killing his son, Luke agrees to take on the job. Which means he'll have to take the road to hell itself - aka Hard Rock, Montana... Hard Rock is supposed to be a ghost town. But when Luke arrives, the ghosts are alive and well - and gunning for his hide. They're a gang of actual hired guns - the kind of soulless killers Luke despises - and they're trying to collect the bounty, too. Luke barely makes it out of town alive when he runs in to the only man who can save him. The man he's been hired to hunt. The notorious Tom Eagle..."--Page 4 of cover

Preacher's frenzy

February 4, 2020
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2020.
vi, 362 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Bloody trail of the mountain man.
"There are two kinds of traps in the Old West. One is the kind that Preacher and his buddy, Charlie, use to catch a mountain-load of fur pelts. The other is the kind that Charlie steps into a trap set by a low-life gambler and his seductive partner in crime to swindle Charlie out of his fur money. Preacher hates to see a good friend get robbed. So he sets off after the grifters on a riverboat bound for New Orleans. First, he infiltrates the criminal underworld of the French Quarter. Then, he's enslaved on a pirate ship heading straight to hell. Now there's only one way out for Preacher. Start a mutiny. Take over the ship. Then return to New Orleans to reunite Charlie with his money - and not to get butchered in the process."--Publisher description.

The mail order bride's secret

February 3, 2020
Broday, Linda, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2020]
344 pages ; 18 cm
"When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity's doorstep, he knows he can't help them--a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can't bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail order bride he'd been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers. Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She's rough and tumble...and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she'll have to betray her new husband. There's only one problem--the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister...or the man she loves" --Back cover.

Westering women : a novel

January 30, 2020
Dallas, Sandra, author.
©2020
327 pages ; 22 cm
"It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees the postings soliciting 'eligible women' to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter and several painful secrets, she has nothing to lose. So she joins forty-three other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous 2,000-mile journey west. None of them are prepared for the hardships they face on the trek through the high plains, mountains, and deserts, or for the triumphs of finding strengths they did not know they possessed. And not all will make it. As Maggie gets to know the other women, she soon discovers that she's not the only one looking to leave dark secrets behind. And when her past catches up with her, it becomes clear a band of sisters will do whatever it takes to protect one of their own"-- Provided by publisher.

Hang him twice

January 22, 2020
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
392 pages ; 18 cm.
Accidental outlaw Dooley Monahan unexpectedly finds himself first the owner of a silver mine in the lawless boomtown of Leadville, Colorado, and then the town's marshal, which forces him into the crossfire between two rival gangs.

The major's daughter

December 23, 2019
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea), author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory craving adventure after living society life. When she comes across outlaw Frisco Smith, his dreams to obtain a piece of property on the Unassigned Lands are persuasive. When the gun sounds, they find themselves battling over a claim-and both dig in their heels"-- Provided by publisher.

The outlaw's heart

December 19, 2019
Sandas, Amy. author.
©2019
314 pages ; 18 cm
"Desperate to escape an unhappy marriage, Boston socialite Evelyn Perkins flees west in hopes of losing herself to the dusty frontier. But when her train is boarded by outlaws, Evelyn is taken for ransom. Despite her terror, Evelyn fears being returned to her husband more. Refusing to co-operate, she becomes the responsibility of a man whose steady gaze threatens to pierce her brave façade and reach the wounded heart within. Gabriel Sloan has his orders, but the haunting shadows in the pretty young woman's eyes spark an intense protective instinct he can't deny. Every look, every touch brings them closer together. He would do anything to protect her, but dangerous men are on their trail, and soon the two must face Evelyn's darkest nightmare - or risk losing the unexpected joy they've found forever..."--Publisher.

Wish upon a cowboy

December 19, 2019
Marts, Jennie, author.
©2019
377 pages ; 18 cm
"Hot on the ice and tall in the saddle... Rancher and hockey coach Logan Rivers' attempts to hire a housekeeper are hindered by women more interested in marriage than meal-planning. So when snarky Harper Evans arrives with zero romantic interest in him, he couldn't be happier. But as he gets to know her, he finds himself hungering for more than her cooking. Down-on-her-luck single mom Harper Evans came to Colorado with one goal: to find her son and bring him home. Temporary work for a local rancher seems perfect, but to keep the job she has to deny her feelings for the hot cowboy who's heating up her kitchen. Logan's secret learning disability has caused a financial mistake that could cost him everything. With the holidays approaching and a storm closing in, he and Harper have to save his ranch and fight for her son. But can Harper trust the cowboy who is offering her both a home - and his heart?"--provided by publisher.

Tangled up in Christmas

December 19, 2019
Jones, Lisa Renee, author.
Fort Collins, CO: Entangled Publishing, 2019.
510 pages ; 17 cm
Tangled up in Christmas -- Santa, Baby.
"I haven't been back to Sweetwater, Texas, in years but somehow, here I am back where it all started. I'm still trying to figure out how. And of course, I don't even make it out of the airport before I run into my ex -the entire reason why I left Sweetwater in the first place. Horse wrangler Roarke Frost's shoulders are just as broad as I remember, that crooked smile of his still in place, and my heart is melting like chocolate in the sizzling Texas sun. Stupid heart. But worse, we're supposed to play nice together to pull off a Christmas festival in record time, which is the key to launching my new business. Now we’re working side by side to save injured animals, setting up a bid-on-a-cowboy auction, and he's pushing for a second chance. But I know he's still keeping a secret that could tear us apart if I give him an inch. I'll definitely need to dodge the spiked eggnog if I want to stay tangled up in Christmas, and not tangled up in Roarke again." --Amazon.com.

Bound for glory

December 18, 2019
LeSue, Tess, author.
New York : Jove, 2019.
viii, 374 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from the author's Bound for Eden (pages 365-374).
Nathaniel has many names. They call him Deathrider, White Wolf, the Plague of the West. He's the ice-eyed killer of the plains; the ghost of the trail; the restless spirit who haunts the frontier from California to Missouri, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. They say he moves silently through the night and changes form to run with the wolves. Or so the rumors go.... Ava Archer wouldn't know. She's never seen him. But that doesn't stop her from writing about him. After more than a dozen dime novels about the Plague of the West, she thinks she probably knows him better than he knows himself--even if she wouldn't recognize him on the street. Nathaniel is ready to put the rumors about him to bed by confronting A. A. Archer. But he never could have predicted that she wouldn't be at all what he expected, but rather a sexy redheaded woman with sloe-dark eyes who could slay a man at fifty paces. And she's not looking to play fair.

Restless rancher

December 17, 2019
Ryan, Jennifer, 1973- author.
©2019
374 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from Tough Talking Cowboy.
"One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up--in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him? Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she--who'd been raised by her mother at Nevada's notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch--only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring. But then Austin's powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love..." -- Amazon.

Ride the high lonesome

December 13, 2019
Bittner, Rosanne, 1945- author.
©2019
309 pages ; 18 cm.
"1869. When Kate Winters is left stranded and defenseless in outlaw country, she knows there's little chance she'll make it out alive, until she stumbles across a ruthless gang hanging a cowboy for his cattle. She waits until the outlaws are gone, desperate enough to claim the dead man's horse to make her escape, only to realize he's not dead after all. Those outlaws should have made damn sure Luke Bowden was good and gone. Now he vows he'll have his revenge no matter the cost. But they're miles away from the nearest town, and the woman who saved his hide won't survive the ride back. He owes her his life--he owes her everything--and it doesn't take long before he's faced with a terrible choice: stand by Kate, or claim his revenge?"--Provided by publisher.

Bloody trail of the mountain man

December 6, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
vi, 376 pages ; 17 cm
Johnstone Country. Mountain Man Justice. If theres one thing Smoke Jensen hates, is a man who fights dirty. And no one fights dirtier than a politician. Especially a lying, cheating, no-good grifter like Senator Rex Underhill. Luckily, with another election coming up, this senatorial snake in the grass has some serious competition: Smokes old friend, Sheriff Monte Carson. Carson's an honest man, and he's got Smokes full support. But Underhills got support, too: a squad of hired guns ready to hit the campaign trail--and stain it red with blood . . . Swapping bullets for ballots, Underhills henchman make it all too clear that Sheriff Carson is not just a candidate on the rise, hes a target on the run. But with Smokes grassroots support--and lightning-fast trigger--he manages to stay alive in the race. That is, until Carsons righteous campaign takes a near-fatal turn when the Senator Underhill tricks his opponents, traps them in a mine, and literally buries the sheriffs political ambitions. When the going gets tough, Smoke gets even. When this game turns deadly, it's winner kills all . . . Live Free. Read Hard.

Born to be a cowboy

December 6, 2019
Ryan, R. C., 1937- author.
©2019
428 pages ; 17 cm
Includes a bonus story: Cowboy to the rescue by A.J. Pine.
"Western romance"--spine.
Born to be a cowboy / R.C. Ryan -- Cowboy to the rescue / A.J. Pine.
After running wild in his youth, Finn Monroe is now on the other side of the law as the local attorney. Between his practice and working at his family's ranch, his days aren't as exciting as they used to be--until Jessica Blair steps into his office. Gorgeous and determined, Jessie has a hunch her aunt is in trouble, and Finn is her last hope. As someone who relies on facts rather than feelings, Finn is skeptical. But it can't hurt to do a little digging. Jessie knows her aunt, and there is no way she would disappear on an "extended honeymoon" after hastily marrying a smooth-talking cowboy. Something is wrong, and Jessie is going to find out what. As soon as she and Finn start poking around, it becomes clear someone is willing to go to great lengths to keep them from the truth. But as the danger grows, so does their attraction. With both their lives on the line, Finn will discover just how far he'll go to keep Jessie safe.

Yuma prison crashout

December 6, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
361 pages ; 17 cm
"To clear his name, former deputy marshal Hank Fallon must go undercover in Yuma Territorial Prison, befriend a criminal mastermind and join him on the biggest breakout in American history to learn where he stashed a fortune in stolen money."--Publisher description.

Bendigo Shafter : a novel

December 5, 2019
L'Amour, Louis, 1908-1988, author.
©1979
x, 480 pages : map ; 18 cm.
"Includes bonus material"--Cover.
"At what point does a group of strangers become a community? When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed. Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the destructive lure of gold. Through these brutally demanding experiences, young Bendigo is forged into a man. But when he travels to New York to reclaim the love of Ninon, his childhood sweetheart, Bendigo is faced with new challenges. Will hard-edged instincts, honed from years in the mountains, serve him in the big city? Does Ninon's heart belong to the lights and glamour of the theater? And if his destiny deems it so, will he be willing to leave the community he toiled so long and hard to build?"--Back cover.

A cowboy for Christmas

November 7, 2019
Richardson, Sara (Romance fiction writer), author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
396 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes novella: A cowboy's Christmas eve by R.C. Ryan.
A cowboy for Christmas / Sara Richardson -- A cowboy's Christmas eve / R.C. Ryan.
"A COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS EVE: Even a wild blizzard can't keep cowboy Colin Malloy from spending Christmas with Dr. Anita Cross."--Provided by publisher.

Bullets don't argue

November 7, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
346 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Have brides, will travel.--Pages [331]-346
"Once every year, Perley Gates and his brothers lead the Triple-G crew on its annual cattle drive. It's a treacherous journey along the Great Western Trail, with a herd of two-thousand cows on one side and many opportunities for trouble on the other. This year, trouble shows up in the form of a beautiful young woman, her little baby, and her bizarre traveling companion--a colorful old cuss who goes by the name of Possom Smith. They're heading to a settlement called Butcher Bottom, and risking their necks to get there. Perley--being the gentleman he is--offers to escort the trio to their destination. But there are a few minor details they "forgot" to tell Perley..." --Publisher.

When to call a cowboy

October 30, 2019
Faver, June, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2019]
346 pages ; 18 cm.
"Beau Garrett may look rough around the edges, but under that exterior beats a heart of gold--a heart that was broken when his high school sweetheart disappeared days before graduation. Years have passed, but Beau's never forgotten the fiery-haired girl who left him high and dry. Dixie Moore has her reasons for being angry with Beau. When a family emergency calls Dixie back to her hometown, she brings with her an explosive secret that could divide them for good--if the culprit behind a recent crime spree doesn't get her first"--Back cover.

Hope's highest mountain

October 23, 2019
Beller, Misty M., author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
316 pages ; 22 cm.
"In 1886, Ingrid Chastain is en route to deliver vaccines to a Montana mining town when an accident leaves her alone and injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man, she's hesitant to trust him, but the journey ahead will change their lives." --Provided by publisher.

Full throttle : stories

October 18, 2019
Hill, Joe, author.
©2019
480 pages ; 24 cm
Throttle / with Stephen King -- Dark carousel -- Wolverton Station -- By the silver water of Lake Champlain -- Faun -- Late returns -- All I care about is you -- Thumbprint -- The devil on the staircase -- Twittering from the circus of the dead -- Mums -- In the tall grass / with Stephen King -- You are released.
"In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including "In The Tall Grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in "Faun." A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in "Late Returns." In "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain," two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water's edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality, and other horrors that lurk in the water's shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in "Throttle," co-written with Stephen King. Featuring two previously unpublished stories, and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best"-- Provided by publisher.

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