Avalon Editions
Avalon Books serviced the library market, so check your local library for hardcover copies of these novels. These are all out of print now, but they are all now available as e-books. And I revised, expanded, and enhanced the stories for e-book publication. So get the e-book, not the hardcover, for an even more satisfying read.

Cover design by Paula Thomson
McHenry's Last Shoot-Out, Avalon Books, 1992.

"Fed up with the harsh existence of the Arizona desert, Jason McHenry sells his ranch and boards a stagecoach bound for Chicago. His fellow passengers include a city slicker and his pretty daughter, a cavalry officer, and a rumpled salesman, and McHenry would just as soon ignore them all. But these virtual strangers are about to become the most important people in his life.

When the stage approaches a desert outpost station, an ominous trail of smoke suggests that Apaches may have gotten there ahead of them. The brutally battered body of the station manager confirms their worst suspicions. Turning back for help might be as dangerous as going on alone - a wrong move could mean instantaneous death - and so the travelers forge on ahead. Soon, though, they have more than just Indians to contend with. McHenry must stare Fate right in the eye, and it makes him see his life in a whole new light. What he discovers surprises him. But it may be too late for him to put his newfound knowledge to use . . . ."

BTW, this has got to be about the worst cover I've ever seen on a Western. But the more books of mine Avalon published, the better the covers got.

Now available as an e-book, freshly revised and enhanced and renamed Canyon Treasure.


Cover illustration by Keith Murray
Cover design by Paula Thomson
A Tin Star for Braddock, Avalon Books, 1992.

"When Clay Braddock rides into Green Valley for a cool drink, the last idea he's keen on is being marshal. The town's got a surly barkeep and a heavy drought. It's anything but green and it's a long way from Montana, where he's headed.

But when a couple of ugly gunfighters steal Clay's horse and provisions, he's headed nowhere but the mayor's office. The marshal is indisposed - or disposed, rather - in the Green Valley cemetery. And Mayor Richards has just nominated a successor: Clay Braddock.

Clay can find no better way to rein in the horse thieves, so he takes the post. But there's more than that to his new job: After Earl Davis's murder, the Davis and McIntyre ranches started a full-scale range war, and the dry spell isn't improving anyone's civility. As Marshal Braddock, Clay can't exactly ride on through as planned. Pretty Sally Anderson has guaranteed that.

Clay's new tin star may have been cut from the bottom of a rusty old can, but it's worth a heavy load of human life. . . ."

Now available as an e-book, freshly revised and enhanced.


Cover illustration by Alan Kearin
Cover design by Gordon Haber
Blood on the Wind River Mountains, Avalon Books, 1993.

"U.S. Deputy Marshal Ward Stockton's search for the outlaw Casey Waite and his gang takes the lawman through the savagely beautiful Wind River Mountains in the Wyoming Territory. When he discovers merchant Osborne Chatterton about to be hanged, Stockton kills two of the man's captors, but lets the third, a teenaged boy, get away. The marshal then learns that one of the dead men was a member of Waite's gang and that the gang's after Chatterton's daughter, Sylvia.

After several daring attempts to outwit the outlaws and rescue Sylvia, Stockton - along with his Indian partner, Rap - finally corners the gang in what turns out to be a very dramatic showdown. But there's an even bigger surprise in store for the marshal after meeting the spirited Sylvia. . . . "

Now available as an e-book, freshly revised and enhanced.


Cover illustration by Alan Kearin
Cover design by Gordon Haber
Winter Kill, Avalon Books, 1994.

"Even though Matt Jenner is a heap younger than scrappy Caleb Miller, the two cowpokes are more than just partners. After the twosome is duped by a crooked lawman into bringing a load of gold through treacherous frontier country, they realize just what good friends they are.

Matt and Caleb must risk their lives and their freedom in order to prove they are not murdering thieves. And everyone seems to be after the gold - even the people Matt and Caleb are trying to protect. Then the two men must figure out the secrets of two attractive women and an abandoned stagecoach.

Will the two friends lose their hearts and their lives in their attempt to prove their innocence?"

Amazon review, March 28, 2000: A Great Book. This book has everything! From action to mystery and suspense to danger. This book literally had me up until 3 am reading. I definitely recommend it.

Now available as an e-book, freshly revised and enhanced.


Cover illustration by Ken Spencer
Cover design by Gordon Haber

Last Boat to Fort Benton, Avalon Books, 1994.

"The Civil War is in its final days, but Confederate Colonel Thaddius Kingsley has no intention of giving up the fight. Pretending to be former soldiers heading to Fort Benton in search of gold, Kingsley, his men, and his fiery daughter Rebecca board Captain Zachary Cole's Union steamboat the West Wind.

Along the way, the group encounters more than just the usual twists and turns of the mighty river. Kingsley and his cohorts attempt to hijack Cole's steamboat, leading to a series of skirmishes. And all the while, the Indians watch from the bluff, waiting for revenge."

Now available as an e-book, freshly revised and enhanced.

 


Cover illustration by Ken Spencer
Cover design by Gordon Haber

Last Stage to Laramie, Avalon Books, 1995.

"The passengers on the stage to Laramie might never reach Laramie, much to the dismay of the stage-line's owner and operator, Hank Weatherstone. Of course, it is not Hank's fault that they've run into some trouble. Okay, so he might have suspected that the prisoner traveling with the marshal might have some gunslinging cohorts. And yes, he might have had an inkling that a band of outlaws would try to steal the cargo of gold. After all, he did hire a guard. But really, how was Hank to know that his lovely young female passenger would be pursued by a persistent beau and her protective father? Or that the gambler aboard had cheated several men who would angrily demand compensation?

Despite all that he doesn't know, Hank is sure about one thing- if he has anything to do with it, this trip to Laramie will definitely not be the last."

Amazon review, October 5, 2015: Too long to quote; click here.

Now available as an e-book, freshly revised and enhanced.

 


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