B. M. bower
The career of prolific writer of Westerns novels B. M. Bower was notable for several reasons. The author, who always used initials as part of her pen name, was born Bertha Muzzy and was the first female writer to make a significant mark in the genre. Secondly, many of Bower's books were adapted for the big screen, and her characters and landscape descriptions have been indelibly stamped on the conventions of classic Western films. Whether you're...
In the aftermath of their father's death, two orphans set out for the wild desert lands of New Mexico with a plan to eke out a living on a goat ranch. Soon after arriving at their destination, the pair strikes up an acquaintance with a mysterious fellow who goes by the name of Starr. Is he a true friend, or does he have a nefarious plan in mind? Read Starr, of the Desert to find out.
Prolific writer Bertha Muzzy Bower wasn't stymied by gender-based notions of propriety -- this trailblazing female author penned a critically acclaimed series of novels about life on the Western ranch. Several of her narratives centered on a ranch called The Flying U, and this entry in the series, which offers plenty of action and romance, will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Pioneering Western writer Bertha Muzzy Bower was herself the wife of a Montana rancher for a time, so she brings a wealth of personal experience and psychological insight to this gripping narrative that follows protagonist Valeria as she enters into marriage and struggles with the often-harsh reality of rural life.
Bud Birnie has just reached adulthood, and he's been presented with a stark choice: Take his highly cultured mother's offer of $10,000 and a grand tour of Europe, or accept his salt-of-the-earth dad's offer of a herd of cattle. The independent-minded Bud eschews both of these opportunities and sets off on his own—only to find himself embroiled in a world of trouble.
Many of B. M. Bower's Western novels were adapted for the silver screen, an experience she puts to hilarious use in the entertaining novel The Phantom Herd. In it, Bower skewers the filmmaking process, depicting a bumbling crew of Hollywood moneygrubbers who come to the Wild West to shoot a movie, only to find that the truly untamed nature of the region is virtually impossible to capture on film.
A debutante hailing from an aristocratic family in the Northeastern United States, Beatrice Lansell fills her days with coquetry, leisure and meaningless flirtations, but she has never found true love. Her family is pressing her to accept the marriage offer of a wealthy Englishman, but the staunchly independent Beatrice finds herself equally annoyed and attracted by mysterious cowboy Keith Cameron. Will this improbable romance last?
Take a trip along the dusty byways of the Old West in this book from renowned author B.M. Bowers. In The Lure of the Dim Trails, confirmed Yankee Bud Thurston sets off for points west to gather inspiration for his next novel. Will he blend in with the rough-and-tumble cowboys who populate the open range, or will he return empty-handed? Read this engrossing love letter to the Western landscape to find out.
Pioneering Western writer Bertha Muzzy Bower gained critical acclaim by bringing a unique female perspective to her tales of ranch life. In The Heritage of the Sioux, Bower brings a similarly empathic perspective to her fictionalized account of one of the most storied Native American tribes.
10) Cabin Fever
The prolific author Bertha Muzzy Bower lived on a number of Western ranches and farms in her day and was intimately acquainted with the creeping solitude that can surround those who spend time alone on the range. In Cabin Fever, Bower weaves a subtle psychological thriller into the familiar Western landscape that serves as the setting for her most acclaimed works.
11) Casey Ryan
Though she made her name as one of the first female authors to achieve widespread popularity as a writer of Westerns, B. M. Bower's later work broached the fascinating subject of the way that new technologies changed life on the range forever. In Casey Ryan, the speed-loving stagecoach driver of the title meets his match in a brand-new motorcar.
12) The Gringos
Though the pioneering female author of Westerns typically wrote about the wide open spaces of Montana, her prolific body of work sometimes veers into other settings and historical periods, as well. The Gringos recounts the massive clash of cultures that arose when European-American prospectors streamed into California in pursuit of gold and other natural resources.
The early pioneers who settled the wild American West were unfathomably tough and brave—they had to be, in order to eke out a living from the vast landscape that had never been tamed. The Ranch at the Wolverine follows an intrepid group of settlers who made a home in the land now known as Idaho.
14) The Thunder Bird
What happens when the hardscrabble cowboys of the Wild West are introduced to the latest in twentieth-century technology? In some cases, they take to the sky as the daring pilots who are preparing the country to go to war. The Thunder Bird is the sequel to B. M. Bower's earlier novel Skyrider, and it packs in just as much aerial excitement as its predecessor.
15) The Uphill Climb
Beloved Western author B. M. Bower is back with another classic yarn of the Old West. Much like her best-known works, The Uphill Climb showcases the inner lives of the cowhands and ranchers who made the region livable—and whose rough-and-tumble lifestyles all too often exacted a harsh toll.
16) The Lookout Man
Fans of B. M. Bower's fast-paced Western novels will love The Lookout Man. Set in Northern California when the region was still teetering between civilization and Old West devilry, the novel tells the tale of a young protagonist who has a good heart but a seemingly insatiable taste for danger.
Trailblazing female Western writer Bertha Muzzy Bower wrote a series of pulse-pounding novels about the grizzled vaqueros and cowpokes who populated the Flying U Ranch. This novel follows the crew as a territorial conflict emerges with a neighboring group of sheep ranchers. Fleshed out with meticulous details about the period and plenty of action, Flying U Ranch is a must-read for fans of the genre.
This volume assembles no less than 42 of the classic Old West novels and short stories of B.M. Bower. Included are many tales of the Flying U Ranch, as well as stories set in California, Montana, and many other western locales. Hours of great western reading await!
Flying U Ranch
Chip, of the Flying U
The Flying-U's Last Stand
Miss Martin's Mission
Happy Jack, Wild Man.
A Tamer of Wild Ones.
Andy, the Liar