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Novel, She Was Sheriff by Melody Groves
 
 

SHE WAS SHERIFF

Published by Five Star Publishing

All she wanted — a gold band. What she got — a tin star. Maud Overstreet figured she'd grow up, get married, have a house with a white picket fence and more kids than she could count. After thirty-five years, she still hopes it will happen. Now, in 1872, Dry Creek's town council offers her the job of replacement sheriff; she accepts — with trepidation. Badge now pinned on her frilly blouse, for the first time, she enters a saloon, tastes whiskey, learns to shoot, to drive a stagecoach, to arrest people. The discovery of gold brings unsavory characters, including the notorious James Mooney Gang. Impending bank robbery rumors spread. Maud enlists the help of Mayor Seth Critoli, but it's all on her to save Dry Creek from disaster.

"A light-hearted look at a woman who gets a job nobody else wants and makes it her own. Maud is a spunky, likeable heroine who comes into her own . . . as the town's protector of law and order."
Anne Hillerman, NY Times Bestselling Author

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The Colton Brothers Saga
 
The Colton Brothers Saga: Border Ambush
 
 
 

The Colton Brothers Saga: Border Ambush

Published by La Frontera Publishing

Finalist, 2009 New Mexico Book Award

Robbed and beaten by outlaws, stagecoach guard James Colton vows justice and recovery of his grandfather's watch. Determined to find his heirloom, James hunts the outlaws, only to face an immoral sheriff who gives him no choice but to shoot.

"The action never flags, and Groves has surely found her true calling...her cast of characters, their habits and idiosyncrasies is distinctly rich and right-on. A rip-snorting adventure yarn." —Albuquerque Journal review, October '09

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The Colton Brothers Saga: Sonoran Rage
 
 
 

The Colton Brothers Saga: Sonoran Rage

Published by La Frontera Publishing

Stranded in the rugged Sonoran Desert, stagecoach drivers James Colton and older brother, Trace, are captured by warring Apaches. Tortured and driven to the breaking point, James is used as a bargaining chip by the great Apache Chief Cochise. James will die if Trace canīt win freedom for Cochiseīs brother, imprisoned by the Army. Trace rushes to negotiate a trade, but the Army has other plans - attack Cochise and his warriors at Apache Pass.

"Groves gives us the true flavor of the west as it was; the privation of dire situations and the honor and will of the individual."
ReadingNewMexico review, June '09

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The Colton Brothers Saga: Arizona War
 
 
 

The Colton Brothers Saga: Arizona War

Published by La Frontera Publishing

Winner, 2008 New Mexico Book Award

Thrown into the fringes of the Civil War, western style, former stagecoach shotgun guard James Colton, along with youngest brother Andy, join the Union Army. In Arizona, they participate in the westernmost battle of the Civil War as well as the Second Battle of Apache Pass.

"Melody Groves writes about the Southwestern frontier with real authority; a scholarīs grasp of history, a keen sense of the land, and a well-honed edge for action thatīll get your blood boiling. Historical fiction at its best."
Johnny Boggs, Western author

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The Colton Brothers Saga: Kansas Bleeds

 
 

The Colton Brothers Saga: Kansas Bleeds

Published by Five Star Publishing

Finalist, 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

Luke Colton resolutely believes two things: slaves are crucial to the South's well-being, and states must be allowed to make their own laws. Unfortunately, no one else in his family agrees. Luke rides with Confederate guerilla leader Quantrill, confident they will make a difference. Too late, his realizes his mistakes.

Kansas Bleeds is a fast-paced historical novel set in Civil War Kansas pitting family values against personal ideals. The "Brothers War" places brother against brother, father against son. And for the Colton Family, there is no escape.

   "In Kansas Bleeds, Melody Groves has written a compelling and engaging novel of the events surrounding Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas. A novel about hard choices and bad decisions, Kansas Bleeds is a pleasure to read."
Thomas Cobb, award-winning author of Crazy Heart and With Blood in Their Eyes

   ". . . wartime coming-of-age story . . . a solid entry . . . attentive to borderlands history as well as the interior life of young Luke, who learns with bitterness that one's family always comes first."
Booklist

   "Kansas Bleeds is a rare combination of rough-and-tumble cowboy antics and fine writing . . .  Peppered with humor and laced with tension, this Colton brothers' Western is as fine as they get."
Judith Avila, award-winning author of Code Talker

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Non-Fiction:
 
Butterfield's Byways: America's First Overland Mail Route Across the West
 
 
 

Butterfield's Byways: America's First Overland Mail Route Across the West

Published by The History Press; 2014   $19.99

Finalist, 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

Awarded Runner Up for the 2015 Zia Award
by New Mexico Press Women.


"A great book for the US history buff in your family. The Butterfield route was the Route 66 of the 1800's. Very detailed. A great read and hard to put down. If you are one of those folks that wonders, "how did they do that," you'll love this book." - Amazon Reviewer

John Butterfield's mail service connected the East and West Coasts in one of the great entrepreneurial and pioneering stories of the American West. This book takes you on a cross-country trip from Missouri to California, and all points in between, as the author recounts the Butterfield Stage Line's amazing odyssey.

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Hoist a Cold One! Historic Bars of the Southwest
 
 
 

Hoist a Cold One! Historic Bars of the Southwest

Published by University of New Mexico Press; 2011   $25

Winner, 2011 New Mexico Book Award

This lively travelogue features bars of the Old West--bars that visitors can still "belly up to" for a cold one. It looks at the wooden front and back bars which date to the 1880s. Over 200 photos.


"For anyone who loves old bars -- the institutions or the physical back bars -- this is a must-have book. The beautiful photos of the antique bars are unmatched by any book or web site I have ever found, and the breezy history associated with the towns and bars makes it a pleasure for anyone interested in American West history."
Amazon reviewer

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Ropes, Reins and Rawhide: All About Rodeo
 
 
 

Ropes, Reins and Rawhide: All About Rodeo

Published by University of New Mexico Press; 2006   $20

Heart pounding, blood pumping, the cowboy nods, chute gate opens, and his world begins. Eight seconds of adrenaline rush. The animal under him bucks and twists. The buzzer sounds, the cowboy dismounts, tips his hat to a cheering crowd, and nods at his proud fellow riders. Just another day at the office. This book explains the ins and outs and yes, ups and downs, of this exhilarating, extreme sport called rodeo.

"Loaded with lots of great b&w photos, this is a fine book for the beginning rodeo fan, the occasional attendee who'd like to learn more, or just the curious. Because it is put together so well, it would also make a great gift."
Amazon reviewer

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