Gun Wages by Alan David

Crick Bender’s father never agreed with guns. Crick Bender’s father was a good man. But everything changed when he was shot dead whilst holding an empty shotgun.Crick had his revenge, but it wasn’t enough. He’s on a mission to clean up any town that will pay him and this time that town is Juniper Creek – where Jake Riley and his gang have taken the place over.With no Sheriff around, Juniper Creek is under Riley’s thumb, but when Frank Miller calls Crick in, Riley’s days are soon to be numbered.Living under the alias Tom East, Crick sure picked a bad time to run into an old friend – let alone two of them.Bullets soon see to Shotgun Joe, but it’s another ghost from the past, Adabelle, who might bring more trouble.And then there’s Frank Miller’s daughter, Pearl.Crick falls instantly for the beautiful Pearl, but are their worlds too far apart for them to ever come together? Can Crick save the town, take down Jake Riley and get the girl?It’s looking less likely by the day. Praise for Alan David’A classic of the genre.’ – Tom Kasey, bestselling author of Trade Off.Alan David is a prolific writer of over 500 novels in a wide range of genres, from classic westerns, to historical thrillers. Pioneering Press is an imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We publish new and classic westerns by authors from the US and the UK.Follow us on Twitter: @PioneeringPressGoodreads: www.goodreads.com/PioneeringPress

Author: Alan David

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Raven and the Wolf (The Walking Stick Book 1) by Kathy Love Cowen

“A charming, deftly crafted narrative propelled by strong characters.” —Kirkus Review“A debut novel about a supernaturally gifted young Cherokee woman who goes on a journey, by foot, from Oklahoma to Texas after the destruction of her home.As the story opens, 20-year-old Chewahnih Walkingstick gazes down upon her ransacked village. It’s just been burned to the ground by raiders who brutally slaughtered or kidnapped her fellow clan members; she only escaped the devastation because she was off collecting special plants for her mother. Even her beloved mustang pony, Running Moon, has disappeared. Chewahnih, a “sensitive” who’s able to spiritually connect with animals, tries to make it to Texas before winter sets with her three constant animal companions—Turtle, her friend; Mother Raven, her guide; and Father Wolf, her protector. Although the young woman is frightened and desperate, she’s also feisty and courageous. Along the way, she meets a stranger named Isaac Nicholson. The handsome, cantankerous man is also a Cherokee and recently retired from the Army. He was orphaned young and became a loner by nature; he’s skeptical about Native American tradition and ritual after spending most of his life in the white man’s world. Now, he’s “tired of riding, tired of fighting, and just plain tired.” This engaging, mystical novel is part adventure story, part love story, but most of all, it’s a tribute to the strength of Cherokee character and culture. The author, [. . .] delivers a tale that’s rich in imagery and character development. She handles the two main characters’ fortuitous meeting in a humorous and tender way, moving back and forth between Chewahnih’s and Isaac’s separate quests until they encounter each other on the trail to the Red River. (Isaac serendipitously acquires Running Moon, who hears Chewahnih singing and becomes frantic to reach her.) It also offers impressive details on how to survive in the wild [. . .] An abundance of warmly portrayed secondary characters gives the story even greater breadth.” —Kirkus Review

Author: Kathy Love Cowen

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Taking the High Road Box Set 1-4 by Morris Fenris

A young girl in Chantal Beauchene’s position is to be envied by her peers. Apparently she has everything: quiet beauty, intelligence, charm, surpassing musical talent, and a loving, wealthy family.Yet, there is a downside. Because of her slight accent, and her shyness, school mates not only tease but bully; and an almost unnoticeable physical deformity from babyhood holds her back from easily making friends. Also, there’s the whole teenaged angst thing, familiar to every parent.When handsome older man Jamie Redeker, spying the opportunity of a lifetime, comes along to flatter and cajole, she is young enough and naïve enough to fall for his line.The kidnapping plot he proposes achieves all he had hoped for, and the two make their escape with a backpack full of cash and a wallet full of forged credentials.At first their relationship works well enough, although Jamie is beginning to show a predilection for fast cars and fancy living. When Chantal attains her eighteenth birthday, he takes her to Las Vegas for a hasty wedding. There, he discovers an additional taste for gambling and drinking that bodes ill for their future.The ransom money has been all but used up, thanks to Jamie; and Chantal is forced into employment as a night club pianist in order to pay the bills. Much as she would like to make this union a success, Jamie is descending more and more deeply into a darker side that she cannot understand. Or accept. Not to mention that, forced by circumstances, she has left childhood behind for a rather frightening, shaky maturity.All her efforts at a rewarding partnership end the night he stumbles home in an alcoholic daze, only to attack and assault her. Finished, he disappears, leaving her broken and bleeding in their rented apartment.Chantal must somehow find her way out of this mess. But every road to escape seems blocked—by her husband.When life itself feels hopeless, in what way can Fate possibly intervene?

Author: Morris Fenris

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Raven and the Wolf (The Walking Stick Book 1) by Kathy Love Cowen

“A charming, deftly crafted narrative propelled by strong characters.” —Kirkus Review“A debut novel about a supernaturally gifted young Cherokee woman who goes on a journey, by foot, from Oklahoma to Texas after the destruction of her home.As the story opens, 20-year-old Chewahnih Walkingstick gazes down upon her ransacked village. It’s just been burned to the ground by raiders who brutally slaughtered or kidnapped her fellow clan members; she only escaped the devastation because she was off collecting special plants for her mother. Even her beloved mustang pony, Running Moon, has disappeared. Chewahnih, a “sensitive” who’s able to spiritually connect with animals, tries to make it to Texas before winter sets with her three constant animal companions—Turtle, her friend; Mother Raven, her guide; and Father Wolf, her protector. Although the young woman is frightened and desperate, she’s also feisty and courageous. Along the way, she meets a stranger named Isaac Nicholson. The handsome, cantankerous man is also a Cherokee and recently retired from the Army. He was orphaned young and became a loner by nature; he’s skeptical about Native American tradition and ritual after spending most of his life in the white man’s world. Now, he’s “tired of riding, tired of fighting, and just plain tired.” This engaging, mystical novel is part adventure story, part love story, but most of all, it’s a tribute to the strength of Cherokee character and culture. The author, [. . .] delivers a tale that’s rich in imagery and character development. She handles the two main characters’ fortuitous meeting in a humorous and tender way, moving back and forth between Chewahnih’s and Isaac’s separate quests until they encounter each other on the trail to the Red River. (Isaac serendipitously acquires Running Moon, who hears Chewahnih singing and becomes frantic to reach her.) It also offers impressive details on how to survive in the wild [. . .] An abundance of warmly portrayed secondary characters gives the story even greater breadth.” —Kirkus Review

Author: Kathy Love Cowen

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Taking the High Road Box Set 1-4 by Morris Fenris

A young girl in Chantal Beauchene’s position is to be envied by her peers. Apparently she has everything: quiet beauty, intelligence, charm, surpassing musical talent, and a loving, wealthy family.Yet, there is a downside. Because of her slight accent, and her shyness, school mates not only tease but bully; and an almost unnoticeable physical deformity from babyhood holds her back from easily making friends. Also, there’s the whole teenaged angst thing, familiar to every parent.When handsome older man Jamie Redeker, spying the opportunity of a lifetime, comes along to flatter and cajole, she is young enough and naïve enough to fall for his line.The kidnapping plot he proposes achieves all he had hoped for, and the two make their escape with a backpack full of cash and a wallet full of forged credentials.At first their relationship works well enough, although Jamie is beginning to show a predilection for fast cars and fancy living. When Chantal attains her eighteenth birthday, he takes her to Las Vegas for a hasty wedding. There, he discovers an additional taste for gambling and drinking that bodes ill for their future.The ransom money has been all but used up, thanks to Jamie; and Chantal is forced into employment as a night club pianist in order to pay the bills. Much as she would like to make this union a success, Jamie is descending more and more deeply into a darker side that she cannot understand. Or accept. Not to mention that, forced by circumstances, she has left childhood behind for a rather frightening, shaky maturity.All her efforts at a rewarding partnership end the night he stumbles home in an alcoholic daze, only to attack and assault her. Finished, he disappears, leaving her broken and bleeding in their rented apartment.Chantal must somehow find her way out of this mess. But every road to escape seems blocked—by her husband.When life itself feels hopeless, in what way can Fate possibly intervene?

Author: Morris Fenris

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews