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Now available:  The Goddess of War


Dennis McCown's new book, The Goddess of War: A True Story of Passion, Betrayal, and Murder in the Old West, was recently published by Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The first major book on John Wesley Hardin published outside of Texas, The Goddess of War focuses on those around Hardin, especially Helen Beulah Mrose, the "goddess" of the title. The book investigates several areas of interest to WWHA members: Hardin's trip to Arizona, his third "marriage,"Dennis McCown the writing of John Wesley Hardin's autobiography, and the fight over his estate. The mystery of Helen Beulah Mrose's role in the Hardin story is thoroughly explored, as well as where she came from and where she went afterwards. The 342-page book is thoroughly researched and contains a comprehensive index, bibliography, notes, and two appendices. There are more than 30 illustrations, many never published before.


Available by order from your local bookstore or online from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Colorado's Landmark Hotels


Linda R. Wommack takes readers on a tour of the thirty historic hotels in Colorado that have achieved the prestigious preservation listing from one or more of the following: the National Register of Historic Places, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 'Landmark' designation by Colorado Preservation, Inc., or as city or county historic properties.


All but three of the hotels are at least one hundred years old, and all are all in operation today.


Colorado's Landmark Hotels includes a CD with songs by award-winning singer/songwriter Jon Chandler.


Available for pre-order now from Filter Press books.

John Wesley Hardin Bio - Order Soon!


The University of North Texas Press publication of A Lawless Breed: John Wesley Hardin, Texas Reconstruction, and Violence in the Wild West by WWHA members Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown is nearly out of print in its first edition hard cover release.

The book is in excess of 500 pages with 83 illustrations (some never before published) and three maps. It has a foreword by Leon C. Metz. Order your hard cover copy today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other popular booksellers while supplies last.  The soft cover edition is due for release in 2014.

Bob Younger Historical Fiction


Marley BrantIn the Shadow by Marley Brant is based on the turbulent and fascinating life of Bob Younger, the sixth of the Younger brothers of Missouri. Bob comes of age during the tempestuous years of the Missouri-Kansas Border War, the subsequent War Between the States and the volatile years that hammer Confederate soldiers and sympathizers after the storm. Bob's post-War inability to free himself from the reputation of his older brothers cause him to make decisions that impact his life and those he loves in ways even he never anticipates.


From the author:  After eight non-fiction books, this is my first historical fiction book. In the Shadow is the story of the intricate life of Bob Younger, the youngest of the Missouri outlaws.  This is the first ever long novel to feature the Youngers and it was exciting to give voice to these unique and powerful characters. The book is a bit controversial as the Younger story has never been presented this way, but this is a novel so it is my interpretation of how I see their history. I’ve spent over thirty years researching the Youngers so I have very strong ideas about who I think they were as individuals. I may be right, I may not.


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McLaurys Sell Out at the Roundup


Paul Johnson's newly-released book, The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary (University of North Texas Press [July 30, 2012], 416 pages), sold all its copies at the Prescott Roundup but can be ordered now at Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble.  Click the links below and order your copy today!


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Bob Paul Biography Now Available


WWHA member John Boessenecker's new biography, When Law Was in the Holster: The Frontier Life of Bob Paul, has been released.


Here is what the publisher says of the new book:  "One of the great lawmen of the Old West, Bob Paul (1830–1901) cast a giant shadow across the frontiers of California and Arizona Territory for nearly fifty years.  Today he is remembered mainly for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the stirring events surrounding the famous 1881 gunfight near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  This long-overdue biography fills crucial gaps in Paul’s story and recounts a life of almost constant adventure."


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