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Heaven Is a Long Way Off

Heaven Is a Long Way Off Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781466803329
Release 2007-08-28
Pages 304
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Sam Morgan, once a young runaway from Philadelphia, now a seasoned fur trapper and mountain man, faces the most daunting task of his adventuresome life. It is 1827 and he, together with the trapping brigade commanded by Jedediah Smith, has been expelled from Mexican California. To his unending sorrow, Meadowlark, Sam's beloved Indian wife, has died in childbirth and he has been forced to abandon his infant daughter, Esperanza. Now, Sam is determined to reclaim his baby and take her to Meadowlark's village on the Wind River of Wyoming. In Santa Fe, Sam meets a beautiful widow known as Dona Paloma and the two become lovers. Then, after the herd of horses belonging to Sam and his companions are sold for a healthy profit, he returns to California to reunite with his daughter only to learn she has been taken captive in an Indian raid. Sam's desperate mission to rescue his daughter, their escape in a frail craft down a rampaging river, and their long trek to Santa Fe, is a harrowing tale told by a master of the historical novel. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Dancing with the Golden Bear

Dancing with the Golden Bear Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781504033107
Release 2016-02-23
Pages 165
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On a daring journey through the unforgiving landscape of the desert Southwest, a fearless adventurer faces his harshest test yet When the legendary, Bible-toting mountain man Jedediah Smith puts together a brigade of fur trappers for a trip into the uncharted territory of Mexican California, Sam Morgan eagerly joins up, bringing his Crow Indian wife, Meadowlark, along for the adventure. Captain Smith hopes to find the Buenaventura, a mighty river believed to connect the Great Salt Lake to California, but when the river proves to be a myth, the expedition becomes a test of sheer will. Struggling through the Mojave Desert, the starving trappers must rely on the kindness of Indian tribes willing to share their food. When Sam and his companions finally reach the San Gabriel Mission in southern California, they are greeted with suspicion by the Mexican government and are forced to flee back into the desert. To make matters worse, Meadowlark endures a life-threatening childbirth. Heading for the safety and comfort of the mission at Monterey, Sam recognizes the poignant truth of something his mentor, Hannibal McKye, said long ago: “Life is like a golden bear. It’s magnificent, it’s beautiful, and it bites.”

So Wild a Dream

So Wild a Dream Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781504033084
Release 2016-02-23
Pages 165
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Winner of the Spur Award: A Pennsylvania farm boy embarks on the adventure of a lifetime in this gripping saga of the wilds far beyond the American frontier and the men and women who explored it In 1822, Sam Morgan dreams of following in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. When he steals away on a flatboat headed west, Sam’s epic journey begins. Along the way, he meets a cast of unforgettable characters, including Capt. William Clark himself and fur traders Jedediah Smith and Irish Tom Fitzpatrick, real-life mountain men well on their way to becoming American legends. The Indian tribes living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains have much to teach Sam. In the Ree villages, he comes face-to-face with treachery and death. And while among the Crows, he falls in love with a woman named Meadowlark. From the Bois Brulés, Snakes, and Pawnees, he learns native crafts, lore, and mysticism. But Sam’s best teacher is hard-won experience. On a grueling seven-hundred-mile trek, alone and on foot, across the Great Plains to Fort Atkinson on the Missouri River, he endures a devastating prairie fire and comes to grips with the price of survival. Awarded the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers prize for best novel, So Wild a Dream is a vivid portrait of the brave souls who sought their destiny in the American wilderness.

Dreams Beneath Your Feet

Dreams Beneath Your Feet Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781504033138
Release 2016-02-23
Pages 165
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A fateful encounter on the Oregon Trail places a fur trapper and his friends and family in grave danger in this captivating conclusion to Western Writers Hall of Fame author Win Blevins’s epic frontier saga In 1840, the fur trade that brought Sam Morgan west from Pennsylvania and into the orbit of such legendary historical figures as Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, and Irish Tom Fitzpatrick has dried up. In search of a new home where his Indian daughter will be accepted, Sam journeys with Esperanza from Wyoming’s Wind River to California. Accompanied by Ezperanza’s uncle, Flat Dog, and mountain man Hannibal MacKye, Sam and his daughter encounter fierce storms and forbidding terrain on the trip west. At Fort Hall, they meet Lei Palua, a terrified woman who has just escaped the clutches of a gang of killers led by Kanaka Boy, a psychopath wreaking havoc on the tribal villages of the Pacific Northwest. Little does Sam know that by taking Lei Palua in, he risks not only his own life, but Esperanza’s as well. The Golden State may be Sam’s paradise, but reaching it will be a desperate struggle. Dreams Beneath Your Feet is a rousing tale of adventure and a moving tribute to the courage, resourcefulness, and commitment of America’s mountain men.

Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781504033091
Release 2016-02-23
Pages 165
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A restless young explorer pursues adventure, fortune, and love in this rousing tale based on the real mountain men who claimed their destinies in the great American wilderness After leaving Pennsylvania for the Rocky Mountains and beyond, Sam Morgan joins a brigade of trappers seeking adventure and dollars in the booming fur trade of the 1820s. But Sam yearns for more than wealth—he dreams of Meadowlark, the Crow Indian woman who taught him to love. When his companions set a course for the Wind River country and Meadowlark’s village, Sam will have one more chance to win his heart’s desire. First, however, he must survive the arduous journey and all the dangers it entails, from cruel winter storms to debilitating illnesses. Sam learns to hunt buffalo and track beaver, and battles fierce warriors of the Pawnee, Lakota, and Blackfeet tribes. Held captive by the Sioux, he makes a daring escape, and faces his most difficult challenge yet when Meadowlark’s family demands that he perform a great deed to prove himself worthy of her love. Rich in historical detail, Beauty for Ashes continues Sam Morgan’s epic quest to discover his true nature in the beautiful and harsh landscape of the mountain West.

A Long and Winding Road

A Long and Winding Road Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781504033121
Release 2016-02-23
Pages 165
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The penultimate chapter in this Spur Award–winning series of historical adventure novels features the vibrant culture of 1820s Santa Fe, a daring rescue mission, and a cast of unforgettable characters drawn from the ranks of America’s great mountain men and explorers In the decade since Sam Morgan left Pennsylvania for the vast wilderness beyond the Rocky Mountains, he’s become a fearless and resourceful fur trapper, befriending such historical notables as Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and Irish Tom Fitzpatrick. Sam and his friends celebrate a double wedding in Santa Fe, but shortly after the ceremony, Navajo raiders kidnap the two brides. Accompanied by his hothead son, Tomás, and trapper Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacajawea, Sam sets out to rescue his adopted daughters. But his heart is heavy: His vibrant lover, Doña Paloma, is dying of cancer and wants to travel alone to the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The rescue mission takes Sam deep into Navajo, Ute, and Blackfeet Indian territory as he battles a corrupt Mexican governor, manipulative tribal chiefs, murderous raiders, and treacherous companions. When he finally reaches the captive girls, he meets a trapper called Pegleg Smith—and the surprise of a lifetime.

Beauty for Ashes and Heaven Is a Long Way Off

Beauty for Ashes and Heaven Is a Long Way Off Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9780765386625
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 624
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In the saga of the Old West, no figure was more legendary than the Mountain Man-the trapper-explorer who blazed the trails across the Rocky Mountains and opened the vast country between the Missouri frontier and the Pacific Ocean. Beauty for Ashes and Heaven is a Long Way Off follows Sam Morgan, a Pennsylvania boy who ran away from home and joined a party of fur trappers in the Rocky Mountains. Filled with action, danger, and romance, this is a memorable story of a boy who becomes a man by necessity in the cruel, beautiful, unexplored wilderness of the Old West. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Carry the Wind

Carry the Wind Author Terry C. Johnston
ISBN-10 9780553255720
Release 1997-01
Pages 704
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Fleeing an unhappy romance in the St. Louis of 1831, Josiah Paddock has to learn how to survive in the savage Rocky Mountain wilderness, his teachers, the Indians, mountain men, and the trapper and old-timer, Titus Bass

Shirt on His Back

Shirt on His Back Author Barbara Hambly
ISBN-10 9781780100180
Release 2011-10-01
Pages 256
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The new 'Benjamin January' novel from the best-selling author - Abishag Shaw is seeking vengeance for his brother's murder - and Benjamin January is seeking money after his bank crashes. Far beyond the frontier, in the depths of the Rocky Mountains, both are to be found at the great Rendezvous of the Mountain Men: a month-long orgy of cheap booze, shooting-matches, tall tales and cut-throat trading. But at the rendezvous, the discovery of a corpse opens the door to hints of a greater plot, of madness and wholesale murder . . .

American Cowboy

American Cowboy Author
Release 2007-05
Pages 120
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Published for devotees of the cowboy and the West, American Cowboy covers all aspects of the Western lifestyle, delivering the best in entertainment, personalities, travel, rodeo action, human interest, art, poetry, fashion, food, horsemanship, history, and every other facet of Western culture. With stunning photography and you-are-there reportage, American Cowboy immerses readers in the cowboy life and the magic that is the great American West.

The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven Author Ursula K Le Guin
ISBN-10 9781626812628
Release 2014-04-22
Pages 158
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For the first time in eBook edition comes a science fiction classic that is at once eerie and prescient, wildly entertaining and ferociously intelligent. Winner of the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and one of the most acclaimed writers in science fiction, Ursula Le Guin’s classic novel The Lathe of Heaven imagines a world in which one man’s dreams can change all of our realities. In a world beset by climate instability and overpopulation, George Orr discovers that his dreams have the power to alter reality. Upon waking, the world he knew has become a strange, barely recognizable place, where only George has the clear memory of how it was before. He seeks counseling from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately understands how powerful a weapon George wields. Soon, George is a pawn in Haber’s dangerous game, where the fate of humanity grows more imperiled with every waking hour. As relevant to our current world as it was when it won the Locus Award, Ursula Le Guin’s novel is a true classic, at once eerie and prescient, wildly entertaining and ferociously intelligent.

Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider Author Cornelia Funke
ISBN-10 9781909489141
Release 2013-10-03
Pages 332
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Brave young dragon Firedrake and his orphan friend Ben start a perilous journey to the legendary Rim of Heaven. But close behind is a heartless monster who aches to destroy the very last dragons on earth...


RavenShadow Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781504012645
Release 2015-06-16
Pages 453
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From a two-time Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Writer of the Year, this tale of lost faith and crowning redemption follows one American Indian’s spirit journey to heal his past and claim his future Before he was born, Joseph Blue Crow was chosen to carry the sacred ways of the Sioux. But instead of walking the good Red Road of his people, he put his feet on the white man’s road of basketball and booze, women and the blues. Haunted by the loss of his Lakota heritage and the inexplicable suicide of the woman he loves, Blue sinks into alcoholism and despair. He soon finds himself on the precipice of oblivion, a train roaring toward his car on the railroad tracks. Only his best friend’s words can save him: “You got to go on the mountain.” Blue’s journey takes him on a tortuous path, guided by a shaman and a spirit bird under whose wing lies the shadow of the past. He relives the massacre of Wounded Knee, standing beside his family and his people as they fall under fire of guns and cannons. Blue seeks redemption and healing through the course of this extraordinary story.

The Journal of a Mountain Man

The Journal of a Mountain Man Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 069220380X
Release 2014-12-09
Pages 386
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James Clyman, a literate man in a wild world, was able to set down his extraordinary experiences for posterity. He was a keen and meticulous observer, and his adventures are the stuff of legends. A member of Jedediah Smith's first brigade, Clyman was there when the South Pass was discovered, opening the inter-mountain West. Crossing the country during the great migration of 1846, Clyman encountered the Donner party and gave them sound advice, which they tragically ignored. A few other adventures: He sewed Jim Bridger's ear back on after a grizzly bear attack; explored the Green Valley and the Salt Lake Basin; alone and weary, he walked 600 miles to Fort Atkinson. (Still one of the West's most remarkable tales of survival.) He also kept Bill Sublette from freezing to death en route. Clyman crossed twice to the Pacific and ended up settling in the Napa Valley, raising his family, and writing down his adventures. In his own heartfelt and exciting words, James Clyman gives us his experiences in the heyday of the American fur trade, and during the peak of exploration and immigration to Oregon and California. A must-read for everyone who loves the West.

The Rock Child

The Rock Child Author Win Blevins
ISBN-10 9781497649859
Release 2015-06-16
Pages 480
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From Win Blevins, two-time recipient of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Writer of the Year Award, a dazzling tour de force packed with drama, humor, and the lore of American Indians and Tibetan Buddhists An unlikely trio comprised of the Shoshone Indian Asie, a musical savant who has been accepted into the Church of Latter-day Saints; Sun Moon, a Tibetan nun kidnapped in Asia and forced into prostitution in America; and the renowned soldier, explorer, and translator Sir Richard Burton flees from the Utah Territory to California in 1862. The Destroying Angel of the Mormon Church, Porter Rockwell, seeking vengeance against Asie and Sun Moon, pursues them relentlessly. The journey is jam-packed with unforgettable incidents and colorful characters, including a fledgling journalist named Mark Twain. Along the way, Asie discovers why he was named the Rock Child, what it means to be a man of color in America, and how to find the spiritual path that will nurture his soul.

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness Author Ursula K. Le Guin
ISBN-10 9780143111597
Release 2016
Pages 288
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The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary's mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose--and change--their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Exploring questions of psychology, society, and human emotion in an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of science fiction.

How to Live a Life of Adventure

How to Live a Life of Adventure Author Frosty Wooldridge
ISBN-10 9781463420291
Release 2011-11-11
Pages 380
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Praise for—How to Live a Life of Adventure “After reading the first 20 chapters, I was ready to tackle a grizzly bear, wrestle a sea lion and climb Mount Everest. Not only does Wooldridge inspire you to live a maximum life, he shows you how to do it. I loved the adventures between every instructional chapter. I appreciated how thorough he was with references, key points and guides.” Roger Hamilton, teacher “I am a tomboy. I travel and play sports. I’m also bold and sassy. This book addresses women who love to try everything once, twice and more. Wooldridge covers everything women need to know about traveling, mountain climbing, rafting, horseback riding, backpacking and much more.” Sarah Gingrich, rodeo cowgirl “Emile Zola said, "I'm here to live out loud!" Those words reflect the spirited life and writings of Frosty Wooldridge. His book reminds us that whether we trek high into the mountains or bike up hills closer to home, adventure awaits around the bend. I recommend this book for aspiring travelers as well as armchair explorers. He shows you how to make your dreams come true.” Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior “Hands down! This is the best adventure book I have ever read with stories from all over the world. But wait! Wooldridge shows you “how” to go adventuring to make your own stories and fill your own scrapbook with memories. It’s excellent in every way!” Paul Margeletta, father, weekend warrior “This book is extraordinary. The information is so valuable that it should be read daily for inspiration and guidance. I had to stop myself from underlining every sentence in the book. I want to buy this life-changing book as a gift for everyone I know, especially my kids.” Susan Scollozi, housewife, traveler “Half way through the concepts and practices in this profound book, I realized that the author may have meant to show readers how to live a life of adventure, but it occurred to me that this book shows anyone how to lead a very happy and successful life on a day to day basis. His concepts support mental, emotional, educational and spiritual health. Every adult and kid in America needs to read this book. It’s that good.” Arthur Daniels, teacher How the book will benefit you! • You will discover your strengths, self-confidence and passions • You may engage methodical steps for moving into your own fulfilling adventure-filled life • You will build steadfast convictions and personal empowerment • You will find others to share your adventures • You will discover which kinds of adventures excite you • Check lists for men and women for every kind of adventure • You will never look back with regrets