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Easy Pickings and The First Dance

Easy Pickings and The First Dance

Two Classic Novels by One of America's Great Western Storytellers

Richard S. Wheeler

Forge Books

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From six-time Spur Award-winning author, Richard S. Wheeler, two tales of strength in the face of adversity- Easy Pickings and The First Dance at one low price.

Easy Pickings
Life hasn’t always been easy for March and Kermit McPhee, but things are finally looking up. March has given birth to a healthy son, and Kermit is blasting his way along a good seam of ore in their small gold mine. Then Kermit is crushed by a cave-in.

Within days of his death, the crooks of Marysville, Montana, are at March’s door, eager to get their hands on the mine. Her refusal sets off a terrible chain of events. March’s baby boy is killed, her home burned to the ground. Terrified and threatened, targeted by the wealthy and powerful, March fights back every way she can. Still, she must ask herself whether it is worth it; whether a gold mine, or wealth of any sort, should be defended at such a price.

The First Dance
Miles City, Montana, 1885. Barnaby Skye's mixed-blood son, Dirk, marries a Métis girl, Therese, but his position as a civilian translator for the US Army threatens to shatter their union. When Dirk is forced to serve in the brutal campaign between Montana's disgruntled cattle ranchers and the native Métis people, a distraught Therese flees—on their wedding night.

Though they have been torn apart, Therese and Dirk share a powerful bond and a common cause: the desire to help the displaced Métis find a home. Their love pulls them toward reconciliation and new hope for Therese's people.

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From six-time Spur Award-winning author, Richard S. Wheeler, two tales of strength in the face of adversity- Easy Pickings and The First Dance at one low price.

Easy Pickings
Life hasn’t always been easy for March and Kermit McPhee, but things are finally looking up. March has given birth to a healthy son, and Kermit is blasting his way along a good seam of ore in their small gold mine. Then Kermit is crushed by a cave-in.

Within days of his death, the crooks of Marysville, Montana, are at March’s door, eager to get their hands on the mine. Her refusal sets off a terrible chain of events. March’s baby boy is killed, her home burned to the ground. Terrified and threatened, targeted by the wealthy and powerful, March fights back every way she can. Still, she must ask herself whether it is worth it; whether a gold mine, or wealth of any sort, should be defended at such a price.

The First Dance
Miles City, Montana, 1885. Barnaby Skye's mixed-blood son, Dirk, marries a Métis girl, Therese, but his position as a civilian translator for the US Army threatens to shatter their union. When Dirk is forced to serve in the brutal campaign between Montana's disgruntled cattle ranchers and the native Métis people, a distraught Therese flees—on their wedding night.

Though they have been torn apart, Therese and Dirk share a powerful bond and a common cause: the desire to help the displaced Métis find a home. Their love pulls them toward reconciliation and new hope for Therese's people.

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

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Kermit was dead. A slab of rock had dropped from the top and flattened him.

March stared at her man, terrified that more lethal rock would fall from the roof of the shaft and kill her, too. She backed out, into daylight, her...

Praise for Easy Pickings and The First Dance

"An excellent novel from one of the genre's best."
Booklist starred review on Easy Pickings

“A multilayered story of the eternal struggle between faith and violence, racial discrimination and equality, rejection and acceptance...a novel with soul.”
Billings Gazette on The First Dance

“Wheeler shows how smooth prose and careful historical accuracy, combined with his deep understanding of the land where he lives, produces a superior novel.”
True West on The First Dance

Richard S. Wheeler

RICHARD S. WHEELER is the author of more than fifty novels of the American West, including the Barnaby Skye series. He holds six Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contribution to the literature of the West. He makes his home in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.

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Richard S. Wheeler

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