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BANDITA BONITA AND BILLY THE KID
The Scourge of New Mexico
By Nicole Maddalo Dixon

A young woman in the Wild West wages her own personal war for freedom and a desperate attempt to stay close to the man she loves, Billy the Kid, in 1877.

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In this sequel to Bandita Bonita, Romancing Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County War is far from over and William H. Bonney is now the most wanted, notorious outlaw in the New Mexico Territory. Elucia Howard, now christened with the celebrated moniker, Lucy “Lucky Lu” Howard, has settled into her new role as the Kid’s notorious outlaw sweetheart. With Billy condemned to death as a murderer, Lucy stands by him in his fight to clear his name, and with the few remaining Regulators, they embark on a journey that places Billy deeper within the clutches of the crooked law they had tried to destroy. Includes Readers Guide.

Nicole Maddalo Dixon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, Wallace. Her first book, Bandita Bonita, Romancing Billy the Kid, was also published by Sunstone Press.


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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-133-7
218 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-472-6
218 pp.,$4.99


BEYOND HIS MERCY
A Civil War Novel
By Johnny Neil Smith and Susan Cruce Smith

"A deftly written, entertaining, and ultimately thought provoking read, 'Beyond His Mercy' is unreservedly recommended..." --The Midwest Book Review

The American Civil War claimed and destroyed lives, stealing fathers and sons from those they loved. The horror caused many returning to cry out for death. They carried the festering scars of battle and were unable to overcome the torment of their souls. This is the story of Thomas Wilson, a soldier who returns home haunted by the destruction and devastation he both witnessed and caused. Although his regiment respects and reveres him as a sharpshooter, each man he has killed condemns him to a life of terrifying dreams and troubled days where forgiveness can never be obtained. Neither the love of his family nor the affection of a woman with sparkling dark eyes and soft black hair can chase his war demons away, for he is beyond mercy. Includes Readers Guide.

As a child Johnny Neil Smith often sat at his grandparents’ fireplace listening to stories of their parents’ struggles while pioneering south Mississippi in the eighteen hundreds. Now a retired educator with an ardent interest in early American history, Smith weaves the stories he heard as a child into all his novels. In Beyond His Mercy, he tells the story of his great-great grandfather, Lott Williams, who located the children of his murdered son-in-law and deceased daughter who lived in Cass County, Texas, and who then brought his grandchildren to live with him in Mississippi. In all of Smith’s writings, he captures the emotions behind the events that were passed down to him from his grandparents. His wife, Susan Cruce Smith, also a retired educator, takes his stories and brings them to life by adding spiritual meaning, literary style, and a woman’s perspective. They are also the authors of Beyond the Storm, and Johnny Neil is the author of Hillcountry Warriors and Unconquered, all from Sunstone Press.

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Hardcover:
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ISBN: 978-1-63293-232-7
280 pp.,$28.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-187-0
280 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-523-5
280 pp.,$4.99


BEYOND THE STORM
A Novel of a Mother’s Faith and Her Son’s Trials
By Johnny Neil Smith and Susan Cruce Smith

The year was 1864. The freezing winds off Lake Michigan swept across the snow laden grounds and through the cracks of a building that held Southern prisoners in Camp Douglas, Illinois. Huddled with the other prisoners, John mulled over the reasons he had enlisted, even after his father had forbidden it. He knew the only real reason was to protect his best friend Frankie, who had enlisted first but never even bothered to show up at the station when the recruits left for war. Shivering, he wondered if he would ever see his family again or especially the girl he had loved since childhood. John realized that nothing but an act of God could deliver him from this hell on earth. Includes Readers Guide.

Johnny Neil Smith, a retired educator in Mississippi and Georgia, taught Mississippi, Georgia, American and World History. Smith has written three previous novels, Hillcountry Warriors which received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Unconquered which was a finalist in the Georgia Writer Association’s Author of the Year, and Beyond His Mercy with Susan Cruce Smith. Four of his great grandfathers served in the Confederate Army, and he has long been fascinated with the Civil War. His knowledge of that war and Federal prison Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois has made Beyond the Storm true to the times. The main character, John Wilson, was named after his grandfather and many of the accounts of battle and prison life relate to his great grandfather, Joseph Williams, who lost an arm in the battle for Atlanta and was sent to Camp Douglas. Susan Cruce Smith, also a retired educator, has given the book a woman’s perspective and added many of the Biblical and scriptural insights.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-233-4
250 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-560-0
250 pp.,$4.99


BILLY OLD, ARIZONA RANGER
A Historical Novel Based on a True Story
By Geff Moyer

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In this historical novel, Billy Old and Jeff Kidder were Arizona Rangers at the turn of the twentieth century and best friends. In 1908, while acting in the line of duty, Kidder was murdered by five crooked Mexican policemen. No charges were filed against his killers. They were quietly skirted away to various locations throughout the county of Sonora, Mexico, a vast, desolate area covering nearly twenty thousand square miles. In 1909, shady politics in the Territory of Arizona brought about the disbanding of the Rangers, leaving many to drift into obscurity and some into degradation. In that same year Billy Old vanished into Sonora to find and kill the men responsible for his friend’s death. He returned close to two years later with that deed accomplished.

During Billy’s search of hundreds of sleazy Sonora whorehouses and cantinas he experiences many exciting, humorous, and tragic encounters. There’s a bloody and deadly confrontation with four scalp hunters; a mystical meeting with an old, dying Hopi Indian; an attack by the legendary “Red Ghost” of the southwest; a sorrowful meeting with a past fellow Ranger; cannibal Indians from East Texas; renegade Apaches; flushing toilets; the wonders of ether; Dancing Devils—fifty-foot high swirling dust funnels that can blind an animal; and a whore named Abbie Crutchfield who proves vital to Billy’s quest. And then there’s his horse Orion and a mule named Captain, all a part of a critically changing time in the American Southwest.

Includes Historical Background and Readers Guide.

Geff Moyer is a published playwright and retired high school theater and creative writing instructor. His play scripts have been produced by hundreds of schools and theaters across the country, including Canada, Greece, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This is his first novel. He and his wife Cathy have three sons and two granddaughters and live in the Kansas City area.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-139-9
270 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-476-4
270 pp.,$4.99


CRISIS GAME
A Novel of the Cold War
By Craig Eisendrath

"A FLAT-OUR ROCKET RIDE..."

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They once had power--all four of them--and they enjoyed it. Now, in the heat of the Vietnam conflict, they're on the fringes of government, relegated to participating in a war game, trying out moves that mimic reality rather than making policy. Yet, they tell themselves, this game is important. It will help the government avoid a false step that could launch nuclear terror.

The crisis they must deal with is a Chinese Communist thrust into Thailand and a Soviet attempt to take over Iran. But the four players-a former assistant secretary of state and Strategic Air Command pilot, a former effete ambassador, a philandering law professor, and a corrupt former U.S. senator-desperately want this game to be real, and they play it as if it were.

Soon they're obsessed, as their wives begin to realize. Each move becomes a personal commitment, not just an exercise. Reality and game-playing blur. Before long, these four members of the State Department team are deep in conflict with a more aggressive team from the Defense Department. As they continue to explore their strategies, they reveal their deepest secrets and ambitions, and in the end they have to face the fact that they are real human beings--not just players in a game.

CRAIG EISENDRATH served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, working in the area of outer space and nuclear disarmament. With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he became a college dean and then head of the state humanities council in Pennsylvania. Today, he is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and the author of several books on international affairs, including The Phantom Defense: America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion. Eisendrath also writes plays, most recently The Angel of History, which tells the dramatic story of a resistance fighter against the Nazis and her heroic attempt to rescue a famous philosopher.

PRAISE FOR CRISIS GAME:

Steve Zettler, author of The Second Man and Double Identity says: "Crisis Game is a flat-out rocket ride; giving new and intensified meaning to both crisis and game. When does the crisis end and the game begin? More crucial, when does the game end and the crisis begin? Eisendrath's style is thoroughly engrossing. Characters seemingly leap from the pages, struggling to match wits and backbone with the best and the brightest; but unable, or more likely, unwilling to escape from either the game or the crisis they have created. How cold was the Cold War...? You're about to find out."

Cordelia Frances Biddle, author of Beneath the Wind reports: "Craig Eisendrath shows us insider Washington in a dangerously isolationist mode where global politics become 'games' enacted by players with nothing to lose. Reading Eisendrath's tale of the Cold War, one wonders what lessons--if any--our present leaders have learned."

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Hardcover:
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-332-0
192 pp.,$24.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-333-7
192 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-966-0
192 pp.,$9.99


DESIRE IN DEADWOOD
A Novel
By Lynn Eldridge

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Aces and eights, the dead man's hand. That thought shoots through Bolton River just before Wild Bill Hickok falls dead in the Number 10 Saloon. Then a bullet slams into Bolt and takes a toll. In 1876 Dakota Territory, Deadwood is the most devilish and delightful, wildest and wickedest town on the frontier. Tansy Wiley, with a cloudy past, is hiding behind the name Jigger Crown, and fears Bolton is tracking her. Jigger rescues the handsome stranger from the saloon next door as chaos erupts. There to capture her or not, Bolt wants this sexy adventuress. Afraid to run and afraid not to, Tansy decides to escape. A battle of wills ignites between the beloved barkeep and this mystery man in an isolated and violent Black Hills gulch. Longing and lust, tension and mistrust run rampant amidst a serial killer on the loose and a Texas rancher vowing to settle a score. The deck is stacked against Bolt and Tansy who fight to survive this town soaked in blood, whiskey and corruption.

Includes Historical Background and Readers Guide. Cover artwork by Nicholas Eldridge.

Lynn Eldridge is a former president of the West Virginia Chapter of Romance Writers of America and earned an honorable mention in their Golden Heart Contest. Lynn is the author of a series of historical and contemporary romance novels. She currently is the Director of Clinical Services and a licensed clinical therapist in an outpatient behavioral health facility in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-169-6
256 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-499-3
256 pp.,$4.99


THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND
A Novel of Old Montana and the Creation of Yellowstone Park
By Robert C. Bartsch

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From tyrannized foreign lands, broken armies, ruined dreams and religious persecution they came, allured by the freedom of an untrammeled land and gold in the gulches. Here a man could strike it rich, then lose it all to murdering highwaymen or find his scalp decorating a warrior’s shield. Follow this group, almost a family, in their quests for fame and fortune over a decade long quest to explore the trapper’s world of boiling rivers and glass mountains—the world of the great Jim Bridger that finally led to the quest to preserve its wonders for unborn generations. Historical novels generally herald the lives of heroes with superhuman feats and success beyond wildest imagination. The characters of this novel came early to the goldfields, led danger-filled, extraordinary lives on the frontier, but only Jake Smith and Jay Cooke attained the gold ring of Eldorado. Even Bill Fairweather, the snake charmer and discoverer of Alder Gulch had empty pockets when he was found shot to death in his San Francisco hotel room. But these courageous pioneers left future generations something of immense value: Yellowstone National Park. This debut work is a historically authentic storyline brought to life and instilled with the atmosphere and geography of old Montana. Relive those freewheeling days in this last vast wilderness and the most harrowing survival ordeal of the Great American West.

Robert C. Bartsch is a retired veterinary pathologist who lives and plays most of the year near Yellowstone Park with his wife Marjorie. Writing an historical novel about an area he knows and loves has been a long term dream.

“In this novel, Robert Bartsch mixes the creation of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, into the larger, deeper, and wilder history of Montana: mountain men, gold prospectors, business tycoons, and explorers, lynch mobs, an Indian massacre, and a grueling survival ordeal in the wilderness all swirl and bubble like one of Yellowstone’s geyser basins.” (Dayton Duncan, author of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Seed of the Future, and four other books on the American West)

“This story details the trials and triumphs that both plagued and rewarded early seekers of fame, fortune, and prosperity in the 1860s frontier landscape of Montana and Wyoming. Filled with daring explorations of the frontier wilderness, dangerous encounters with Indians, rugged American individualism, mining booms and busts, banking and financial shenanigans, vigilante justice, and an illicit love affair, this novel will capture and seize your imagination with unrelenting western frontier spirit, Montana’s promising gold rush days, and a host of impulses that would lead to the creation of America’s Wonderland: Yellowstone National Park.” (Elizabeth Watry, Western historian and author of Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park)

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-079-8
504 pp.,$28.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-398-9
504 pp.,$4.99


EL CASADOR (THE HUNTER)
A Novel
By Richard M. Lienau

It is Easter in the mountain village of San Blas in the territory of New Mexico shortly after the Mexican War. The secret auto-flagellant society of Penitentes is conducting its annual faux crucifixion ceremony. Six armed men, “gringos,” invade the village and the religious ceremony. The Cristo and an old man are killed, a young girl is raped, and the faux Christ’s young wife is kidnapped and violated. Quasi-outcast Severino, brother of the dead Cristo, who returns from scouting for the U.S. Army, alone, chases the outlaws and deals out revenge one by one.

Richard M. Lienau, with a background in electronics and computer technology, holds more than twenty U.S. Patents. He has written several novels, including Night Run, The Maltho-Rose Plot, Holy Ghost, The Truchas Light, Legacy of The Light and Gavilan, the last four from Sunstone Press, along with a number of screen plays, short stories and articles. He lives in San Miguel County, New Mexico.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-177-8
120 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-513-6
120 pp.,$4.99


ESPRIT DE CORPS
A Novel Inspired by Actual Events
By Connie Bertelsen Young with Herbert H. Roebuck

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Will Brown, a small town boy from West Virginia, an inexperienced youth who gets cold feet when he’s with his childhood sweetheart and cringes at confrontations with loud mouthed bullies, dreams of joining the Marines so he can become the man he longs to be. Sidesplitting antics include Will’s first experience in a rowdy Southern bar, training his uncooperative hound dog, a traumatic night at the dance, a wedding, recruitment and survival techniques as Will is molded into a Marine. Along with laughter, it’s a sober reminder of the horrifying price paid for war. While in the trenches of enemy territory, Will’s life is changed as he endures hardships far away from home and watches brave men give their lives to rescue others. Although a fictional tale, readers will find details about the Marine Corps’ strenuous and excellent training at Parris Island, Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton during the sixties, and the Marines’ incredible fortitude required throughout the War in Vietnam.

Herbert H. Roebuck had an outstanding career in the U.S. Marine Corps including service in Vietnam. He was born in 1928 in Tampa, Florida. His many experiences over the years inspired this book. He has received recognition for recruiting over 931 Marines. Herbert’s experiences in the Marine Corps and his creative ideas inspired Connie Bertelsen Young to write Esprit de Corps. Her first book, Signs of the Time was published in 2013. She has also written a humor column called “Valley Gal” for two San Joaquin Valley, California newspapers and many of her stories and articles have been published in various books and magazines.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-094-1
140 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-435-1
140 pp.,$4.99


THE FIRST CONQUISTADOR
A Novel
By Robert L. Foster

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In the early 1500s, twenty-four year old Spanish Captain Luis Escudero is already a legend in Spain’s professional army, living and fighting in her battles, gambling his life on the slim chance that one day he’ll have enough money to travel to that strange new world Christopher Columbus discovered just twenty five years ago. There he will build a ranch, leave the army and live in peace. Destiny takes a hand and Luis’ gamble might just pay off if he can stay alive long enough. King Carlos offers him command of a top secret expedition with orders to explore Mexico’s Aztec empire and determine whether wild rumors of vast piles of gold and silver are true or just wild delusions of drunken sailors. Spain needs a quick infusion of gold to stave off a financial crisis. “No European has ever set foot in that barbaric empire and crawled back to civilization alive,” King Carlos tells Luis. “It’ll be an enormous challenge. You’ll be outnumbered thousands to one—but if you and your men somehow manage to survive, return and verify there is gold, I’ll dispatch Hernando Cortez and his conquistadors to seize it and ship it back to Spain!” Captain Luis Escudero and his battle hardened mercenaries, the first Europeans to enter Mexico, set sail for the Aztec empire and this strange, mysterious adventure begins. Will the Aztecs allow foreign invaders to peacefully explore their historic land? Not if the Aztec army commander has anything to say about it.

Robert L. Foster is a member of Western Writers of America and has written many western articles for national magazines. He is a retired college professor and also the author of The Mutilators from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-081-1
254 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-401-6
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HIGH SKIES AND FAT HORSES
A Novel of War and Human Imperfection
By William J. Wallisch

“There’s a little of the Appo Kid in all of us.”

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When Air Force Captain Norm Whitman gets his orders to a remote island off the southern coast of Korea he finds himself working for Major Dubbs, who already hates his guts. But it only takes a day for Whitman to team up with his fellow site mates: An alcoholic chaplain (Father Paul); the irreverent site medic (Sergeant Goldman); a fellow captain (Andy Packer, nickname “Oyster”), made constantly miserable by his Korean “Yobo” girl friend (Adja); and a group of Korean officers dedicated to both their military mission and serious partying. The creed for survival: “It’s your mind or your liver!” Curiously flawed and alcoholic, Whitman carries his Catholic guilt from brothels to brawls. A group of Irish priest missionaries and other assorted characters who fly in and out from bases all over East Asia join in the rice-wine driven mayhem that drives base commander Dubbs up the wall. The good times end when Whitman must deal with the murder of one of his closest site mates, the Korean police, and his own shock at how suddenly life can turn ugly. On the heels of tragedy, Whitman is selected for an assignment just as surreal: Train and accompany his Korean counterparts for a top-secret mission to Vietnam. What happens in the war zone will prove to be his day of reckoning.

William J. Wallisch is a retired professor of English who’s been a life-long collector of military character sketches and tall tales. He’s filled many notebooks with “war stories” penned during his own twenty-three years of active duty service. Typical of his essays on military heroism is “In the Belly of the Whale,” published in War, Literature, and the Arts. His University of Southern California doctoral dissertation was a study of “The Integration of Women into the United States Air Force Academy.” This first novel was originally a collection of short stories, taken from what he refers to as his “dark notebook.” Though set in Korea and Vietnam, it amalgamates a variety of characters and tales, gathered from many assignments around the world. When asked if the story is a memoir, Bill replies, “No, but there’s a little of the Appo Kid in all of us.” He divides his time between Colorado Springs and Leadville, Colorado.

Includes Readers Guide

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-022-4
366 pp.,$26.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-319-4
366 pp.,$4.99


HOPI TEA
A Murder Mystery
By Kent F. Jacobs

“Kent Jacobs delivers a story with a rapid-fire pace that mixes murder, mystery, and interesting tidbits of New Mexico history that is sure to entertain.” —Michael McGarrity

“Jacobs is first-rate, delivering the reader effortlessly to war-era Fort Stanton and Lincoln, conceiving the perfect setting for suspense, betrayal and murder.” —Andrew J. Wulf, PhD, Executive Director, New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors

A mysterious murder faces border patrol agent Tracker Dodds as he assumes control of the first Prisoner of War camp in the United States under a mandate from the Department of Justice. It’s a hot summer day in 1942 when he enters Fort Stanton and he is shocked to discover a brutally scalped German inmate floating in its Olympic-sized swimming pool.

A river separates the camp from a state-of-the-art tuberculosis hospital in this alpine back country of southern New Mexico which adjoins the massive Mescalero Apache reservation. Could the scalping have been done by someone from the reservation? Or was the murderer another distressed German seaman? The camp is packed with German sailors. Did a bystander see the chance to silence his blackmailer?

Though the camp is remote and cut off from civilization, every soul involved feels the crushing destruction of a world at war. And the mysterious murder facing Tracker Dodds is just an example.

Includes Readers Guide.

Kent Jacobs is a graduate of Northwestern University College of Medicine with a specialty post-graduate diploma from the University of Colorado College of Medicine. His interest in writing began during his early years as a full-time academician. He is also the author of The Turned Field and Zuni Stew, both from Sunstone Press and he lives with his wife, professional painter Sallie Ritter in southern New Mexico. They received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, the state’s highest award in the arts.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-206-8
178 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-534-1
178 pp.,$4.99


THE LAST OF OUR KIND
Third in the Buenaventura Series
By Gerald W. McFarland

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Don Carlos Buenaventura, the protagonist of The Last of Our Kind, is a powerful brujo living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a remote settlement on the edge of Spain’s North American empire. The year is 1706. Comanche war parties are boldly conducting raids nearby, French traders and soldiers are aggressively expanding toward New Mexico from the Great Plains, and agents of the Spanish Inquisition have arrived in search of a brujo suspected of being in Santa Fe. That brujo is Don Carlos, respected citizen under the name of Don Alfonso Cabeza de Vaca, his true identity known only to a small coterie of friends. Given the many dangers that threaten the town, will he be able to bring his powers to bear and still keep his brujo identity secret? When his mortal enemy, a sorcerer with formidable powers, arrives on the scene in the midst of these troubles, how will Don Carlos figure out a way to deal with him? Includes Readers Guide.

A native Californian, Gerald W. McFarland received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his doctorate in U.S. history from Columbia University. He taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for forty-four years. During that time he published four books in his field. He received many honors, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The Colonial Dames of America cited his book, A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West, as one of the three best books in American history published in 1985. Since his retirement, he has turned to writing fiction and is the author of two previous novels in the Buenaventura Series, The Brujo’s Way and What the Owl Saw. He and his wife live in rural Western Massachusetts.

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Website: http://www.geraldwmcfarland.com

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-085-9
374 pp.,$26.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-420-7
374 pp.,$9.99


MEDICINE WOMAN'S REVENGE
The Life and Times of an Apache Woman
By Bud Shapard

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In 1866, a Chiricahua Apache girl, Dah-zhonne, was eleven years old when a Mexican army unit attacked and decimated her band’s village. The horrible affair changed her life forever and she swore vengeance on the Mexican colonel, Lorenzo Garcia, who led the attack. Orphaned in the massacre, Dah-zhonne was rescued by American troops and adopted by an army surgeon, Jack Morgan. Morgan and his wife, Mary, soon moved to Philadelphia with the Indian girl they renamed Jada Morgan. Jada lived the upscale life of a wealthy young woman; apprenticed in Dr. Morgan’s medical practice; and received her MD degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. After two failed love affairs, she returned to the Southwest and became involved in a series of thrilling but sometimes dangerous adventures. Forced into Mexico by tribal dissidents where she was captured by Garcia, the man who killed her parents years earlier, she faces a lifetime as the colonel’s sex slave. But Jada escapes with six other women, and this daring breakout brings more unexpected dangers than they imagined. Includes Readers Guide.

Association with a Chiricahua Apache family for 19 years gives Bud Shapard an exceptional insight into Apache history and culture. His background in Indian history and culture was honed as the Research Services Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. After his retirement to the North Carolina mountains in 1988, he spent his time writing. His first book, Chief Loco: Apache Peacemaker (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010), was the winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award for a Multi-cultural Subject.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-097-2
254 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-441-2
254 pp.,$4.99


MOUNTAIN LION CHARLIE
A Novel
By Barend Van Kimball

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Mountain Lion Charlie was a real person. Those few who were fortunate to know him and those who heard hand-me-down tales romanced his deeds unnecessarily. Charlie’s truths are more than sufficient. A mountain of a man, his life began in the late eighteen hundreds and extended through almost three quarters of the twentieth century. His is far different from the typical mountain man tales. There is little typicalness in Charlie’s story. Born in the wilderness, raised in the wilderness like no other, he became truly one with its wild inhabitants, his beloved mountains and above all their spirit. His personal unique existence abounded in adventure. A walking legend in elusive solitude that from the continent-long Rockies to the majestic High Sierra, inhospitable deserts and badlands to inaccessible mountain tops he mysteriously came and went, rarely retracing his steps. Stride for stride, mile by mile no man’s moccasin prints ever trekked more land or blazed new trails. This is his story, from birth to his disappearance.

Barend Van Kimball has spent decades trekking the Eastern Sierra mountain ranges. He was the first white man invited into the Big Pine sweat lodge and taught arrowhead making at the Paiute educational center. Prior to the 1970s he attended graduate school at Pepperdine University and was employed as a human factor engineer in Los Angeles before settling in Bishop, California, the permanent home for him, his wife and his eight children. Love of the great outdoors, the Sierras and the White Mountains are his most endearing pastimes. Owen’s River trout and the occasional mule deer grace his table. He is also the author of Tuck and Nip from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-068-2
298 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-399-6
298 pp.,$4.99


NO PRETTY PICTURE
Maud Hawk Wright and Villa’s Raid on Columbus
By Michael Archie Hays

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A testament to strength and determination, Maud Hawk Wright recounts the true story of a young American woman who is kidnapped from her ranch in Chihuahua during the Mexican Revolution by Villista raiders. The raiders force her and her husband off their land, leaving their infant child with a hired hand, and shortly afterward, murdering her husband.

Bereft and grieving, Maud is taken to Pancho Villa’s encampment in the mountains, peopled by hundreds of revolutionaries, preparing for action. To her surprise, Maud is chosen to ride with Villa and four hundred of his soldiers to the north. Enduring a brutal nine-day trek through the mountains of northern Mexico with Villa and his small army, Maud witnesses the violent mania of Villa and his officers and learns the stories of people who follow him.

During the ride, Maud learns that she will become a participant in Villa’s grandiose plan to invade the United States. Before dawn of the ninth day of Maud’s captivity, she finds herself riding as a member of Villa’s army as it crosses the border to attack a small border town, Columbus, New Mexico. What happens is surprising.

Includes Readers Guide.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-102-3
134 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-463-4
134 pp.,$4.99


THE PAIN AND THE SORROW
A Moreno Valley, New Mexico Territory Historical Novel
By Loretta Miles Tollefson

Based on the true story of the 1860s New Mexico Territory teenager who was married to serial killer Charles Kennedy.

“…a vivid, pull-no-punches trip to the 1860s ‘Wild West’” —Historical Novel Review, November 1, 2017

It’s 1867 in New Mexico Territory. A log cabin huddles at the base of a lonely mountain pass east of Taos. Travelers who stop to rest and eat here should be careful how they look at the teenager who serves their food. Her husband, Charles Kennedy, is subject to jealous rages. At least, he says that’s why he kills and then robs the unwary. And then a baby is born. How can she raise a child in such circumstances? When Gregoria finally gets up the courage to go for help, she discovers that frontier justice can be as ugly as the actions it seeks to punish. This historical novel is based on the true story of the 1860s New Mexico Territory teenager who was married to serial killer Charles Kennedy. Includes Readers Guide.

Loretta Miles Tollefson grew up in the American West in a mountainside log cabin built by her grandfather. She holds two Master of Arts degrees from the University of New Mexico. She lives in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains, where she seeks to accurately transform historical data about the region into fiction. She is the author of three poetry collections, two novels, and two collections of historical micro-fiction.

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PETER BECOMES A TRAIL MAN
The Story of a Boy’s Journey on the Santa Fe Trail
By William Chapin Carson

In the early 1850s, twelve-year-old Peter Blair’s mother has died and his father has gone to Santa Fe to seek his fortune. Left in St. Louis, a friend has agreed to care for Peter. Before long his father’s acquaintance “Uncle” Seth goes back to St. Louis to check on Peter. But Peter is lonely and persuades his new uncle to take him to Santa Fe to be with his father. On the way, Uncle Seth leads their wagon train through an Indian attack, desertion by greenhorns, a buffalo stampede, a violent storm, and many other hardships. When Peter finally reaches his destination, he finds that his father is no longer in Santa Fe. Now he must go on yet another journey—one that almost proves fatal.

William Chapin Carson comes from a St. Louis family steeped in the history of that city and New Mexico. His great, great grandfather, William Carr Lane, was elected the first Mayor of St. Louis in 1823 and appointed the second Territorial Governor of New Mexico in 1852 by President Millard Fillmore. The journal he kept on his six-week trip from St. Louis to Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Trail forms the basis of Peter Becomes a Trail Man. Carson received a B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1950 and a M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1956. From 1950 to 1954 he served in the Air Force as a navigator on B-29 and RB-36 aircraft. He and his wife, Georgia, lived in Santa Fe for twenty-six years. The greater part of his career was involved with many aspects of education and early in 1998 Bill and Georgia initiated a program in a Santa Fe public elementary school to assist students from backgrounds of poverty. It has now grown to become the New Mexico affiliate of the national Communities in Schools organization assisting hundreds of students in ten schools. When the Carsons retired from active participation in 2017, the state legislature recognized their success and the mayor of Santa Fe designated March fourth as Bill and Georgia Carson Day. Carson is also the author of He Moved West with America, The Life and Times of Wm. Carr Lane: 1789-1863.

Cover artwork by Pat Oliphant. Pat Oliphant, now retired was one of the leading political cartoonists in the United States for decades. His work was syndicated in hundreds of newspapers and recognized through a wide range of prestigious awards. He has lived in Santa Fe for many years.

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REMEMBER THE PASSION
A Novel
By Lynn Eldridge

Blaze Bowie and his brother Shade are not only on the verge of losing their Louisiana plantation and timberland but are accused of causing a local woman’s death. Refusing to give up their birthright without a fight, Blaze hopes to find cousin Jim Bowie in Texas along with a long lost, secret key to saving the land. With foreclosure threatened and bullets flying, the brothers ride out with Davy Crockett and his Tennessee Mounted Volunteers to the Alamo.

Noelle Charbonnez, barely surviving in a tiny hut near the Alamo, promises her dying mother she will return to her estranged grandmother in Natchez. If the rumor is true that old friend Jim Bowie, who once lived across the Mississippi River from them, is now in Texas, Mama wants Noelle to ask him to take her home. Noelle mistrusts all Bowies and vows never to befriend much less travel anywhere with anyone named Bowie.

When handsome Blaze meets beautiful Noelle, worlds collide and clash. Bodies soon sizzle while hearts begin to dream. They must not only conquer old grudges and face new fears, but battle the siege of the Alamo, confront the Napoleon of the West, meet up with the Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army, search for the Pirate of the Gulf, and find the long lost, secret key if they are to always love and laugh.

Includes Historical Background and Readers Guide. Cover artwork by Nicholas Eldridge.

Lynn Eldridge is a former president of the West Virginia Chapter of Romance Writers of America and earned an honorable mention in their Golden Heart Contest. Lynn is the author of a series of historical and contemporary romance novels including Desire in Deadwood from Sunstone Press. She is a licensed clinical therapist in Charleston, West Virginia.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-212-9
328 pp.,$24.95

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RETURN OF MONTEZUMA
A Novel
By Clarence W. Dawson

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The year is 1934 and drug-addicted Pedro Montoya thinks he is the reincarnation of Montezuma. With this conviction, he sets out to reverse the course of Mexican history. Believing his sister is Marina, the Indian princess who bore the illegitimate son of the Spanish conquerer Cortés, Pedro imprisons her and her lover who he thinks is Cortés and threatens to kill them if they don’t “re-conceive” their son Martín. He is convinced that Martín, sided by the war god Huitzilopochtli, will annihilate the Spaniards this time. This bizarre fantasy of suspense, youthful love, and history is set in the American Southwest, where enchantment and sensuality often prove to be reality.

Clarence W. Dawson, author of numerous magazine articles and Sunday newspaper features, is the author of two other novels, Desert Vendetta and Beebuzzards Atop the Carcass. Born in Louisiana, Dawson spent most of his life in Texas, where he taught high school Spanish, English, and journalism. While teaching the latter subject, he was proclaimed Texas’ Journalism Teacher of the Year and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Quill. He holds BA and MA degrees from Hardin-Simmons University.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-162-3
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STEIN HOUSE
A German Family Saga
By Myra Hargrave McIlvain

“A wonderful slice of history that animates mid-19th century Texas.” —Kirkus Reviews

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After three long months at sea, Helga Heinrich and her four children sail into the thriving Indianola seaport on the Texas coast in 1853 to begin their new life. They are determined to overcome the memory and haunting legacy of Max, her husband and their papa, who drowned in a drunken leap from the dock as their ship pulled away from the German port.

Helga is anxious to be reunited with her sister Amelia, and she’s grateful her wealthy brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Stein, fulfills his part of the bargain that brought the family to the new world, even without Max to run Stein Mercantile. Helga takes charge of Stein’s massive boarding house overlooking the road to Texas’ interior and the fickle waves of Matagorda Bay.

A woman of strong passions, Helga operates Stein House for boarders of all stripes whose involvement in the rigors of a town on the edge of frontier influences and molds all their lives—the cruelties of yellow fever and slavery, the wrenching choices of Civil War and Reconstruction, murder, alcoholism, and the devastation wrought by the hurricane of 1886.

Myra Hargrave McIlvain is an award-winning author whose books, both fiction and nonfiction, tell the story of Texas. She believes we capture the essence of our history through the lives of the people who populated the land. McIlvain has written Texas historical markers and travel articles for newspapers and magazines such as Texas Highways. She lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. She is also the author of Texas Tales from Sunstone Press as well as The Doctor’s Wife and a series of Texas Auto Trails.

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THE TRAIL OF THE SILVER HORSESHOES
Stories of the American West
By Jiri Cernik

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This collection of stories describes events or episodes in the life of a varied group of individuals during the most dramatic period of American history—the settlement of the American West. The reader will witness the hardship and suffering of the Donner-Reed Party; the heroism of Portugee Phillips, the messenger bringing news of the Fetterman Massacre; the tragic events connected to Major John W. Powell's exploration of the Grand Canyon; and the disastrous effort of the Minnesota Sioux to drive the white interlopers from their traditional hunting grounds. There is a glimpse of the rough and tumble life in the gold rush towns of Alaska and Colorado, a failed attempt at a robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, and the violent death of Jack Slade, a former manager of a stage coach station in Julesburg, Colorado, mentioned in Mark Twain's book, Roughing It. Historical notes at the end of the tales provide the reader with actual facts and broader context in which these events took place.

Jiri Cernik was born in Jicin, Czechoslovakia and immigrated to the United States in 1967 where he earned an MA in German language and literature at George Washington University. He has worked at the Foreign Service Institute, Educational Bureau of the U.S. Department of State as the Language Training Supervisor of Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Greek sections. In addition to his work in the field of linguistics and language pedagogy he has pursued his interest in American history, particularly the settlement of the American West. He has traveled extensively throughout all states west of the Mississippi and is the author of several novels, stories and non-fiction works dealing with this area and people who settled it. Two, published in the Czech Republic, are The Wild West and With a Tomahawk Against the Muskets, a two-volume detailed history of the Indian Wars covering the time period 1621–1890. He is retired and lives with his wife in Needmore, Pennsylvania where for many years they have raised and showed Morgan horses.

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