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Bounty Hunters of the Wild West

The westward expansion in the United States began before the Civil War, spurred by a yearning for exploration and discovery. Early settlers were also influenced by the lure of gold and inexpensive land and the belief in something termed “Manifest Destiny.” After the war, there was another catalyst that sent people westward; the desire for a new beginning. But the American west was wild and the way was difficult and dangerous.

Violence was a fact of life as people fought for a foothold in the vast and dangerous landscapes. And lawful governance was hard to come by. In this wide, uncertain world of the western frontier, outlaws thrived. There weren’t nearly enough lawmen to cover all the territories and sheriffs and deputies often found themselves with more than enough to deal with in their small communities. Besides, lawmen were greatly hindered by the limited scope and breadth of their authority. Chasing down outlaws who moved from one place to another was either outside their jurisdiction or beyond the capacity of their manpower.

Relief came as a result of a court decision in 1872 which gave certain individuals the power to track down, imprison (indefinitely, if need be), and turn in anyone who had escaped bail or had a warrant for their arrest. These bounty hunters worked on the side of law but were not regulated by the same rules that tied the hands of true lawmen. They could cross state and territory lines. They did not need a warrant to force entry to a fugitive’s property. They had the unique benefit of anonymity and often had to act outside the law in order to accomplish their tasks.

As you can imagine, this combination of power and independence and the lack of checks and balances attracted a variety of people. Many who took on the role of bounty hunter were former military men who possessed exceptional skill with firearms and the know-how to track and, if necessary, kill known outlaws. One of the most successful and well-known bounty hunters was Charlie Siringo, a Pinkerton Detective. Other bounty hunters were barely a half step away from being outlaws themselves. Some were even convicted fugitives who were recruited to turn on their former partners and rivals.

When it came to outlaws and lawmen in the Wild West, the two were often one and the same. Outlaws became lawmen, lawmen became outlaws, and some men managed to live as both at the same time. That was possibly never truer than when it came to those who took on the mantle of bounty hunter.

In THE GUNSLINGER’S VOW, the first title in my new historical western series, Malcolm Kincaid started out as a vigilante on the hunt for justice. While tracking down the men responsible for his brother’s death, he just sort of fell into the occupation of bounty hunter. Though at his core he has the noble goal of finally seeing justice prevail, he has no problem making sure that happens by whatever means necessary. Unfortunately, he falls for a woman whose life might depend on him giving up his vengeful vendetta once and for all.

Whether set in Regency England or the American West, I write historical romance about dashing and sometimes dangerous men who know just how to get what they want and women who at times may be reckless, bold, and unconventional, but who always have the courage to embrace what love and life have to offer.

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THE GUNSLIGER’S VOW is available now! Click the cover to order from Amazon.

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38 Comments

  1. Amy- wow, this book sounds phenomenal. I love bounty hunter books, the intriguing life they must lead and the danger they face. Have a great day and thanks for visiting P&P site.

    1. Thanks, Tonya! I loves books about bounty hunters, too!

  2. Bounty hunters were like a two edged sword living as lawmen without the constraint of the law. There was a mix of character and motivation in these men.
    Love your cover. The story sounds like a wild ride.

    1. I agree! That life on the edge is what makes them so fascinating. 🙂

  3. I want to read this book. I absolutely Love the cover. It sounds like it will a great read. Have a Blessed day Amy!!

    1. Thanks, Glenda. I love the cover too. It’s so rich and dramatic!

  4. Great post. Love the cover and it sounds like an exciting read. Looking forward to it.

    1. Thanks, Carol! 🙂

  5. Great post! The west was indeed wild. The book sounds amazing. I am adding to my list.

    1. Great! I hope you enjoy it!

  6. This sounds like my kind of book! I’d love the opportunity to read it! A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list. I have never read one of your books before. I’m a virtual newbie to the reading world. I just started reading again in November 2016 after decades of not reading. I’m on my 144th book and loving every minute of it! Historical Western Romance is one of my favorite genres!

    1. Hi Stephanie, So glad to hear your back to reading!! Best of luck in the giveaway.

  7. Thank you for sharing your great post and wonderful giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    1. Good luck, Melanie! 🙂

  8. Great post. Your book sounds interesting and I love the cover.

    1. Thanks, Janine! 🙂

  9. The cover of your new book is great.

    1. Thanks! I love the cover too!

  10. Eek!! I’ve had this book on my wish list for a long time now and now I’m even more excited to get to it sooner!! I adore stories with men who fit where they need to, outlaw Vs lawman. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Best of luck, Michelle!

  11. My kind of story ! Good luck everyone

    1. And good luck to you! 🙂

  12. Very beautiful cover, Amy! So splendid and spectacular. I enjoy bounty hunter books, too. They have an element of not only the dangerous, but the unexpected because, even though the bounty hunter is working on the side of the law, as you so adroitly pointed out, a bounty hunter existed in a kind of no man’s land. Up against dangerous outlaws, a necessary part of taming the Wild West, but not quite “respectable” because he wasn’t a sworn lawman and he pursued bad guys for money. It’s an interesting conundrum. Sounds like a great book.

    1. Thanks, Hebby. Malcolm Kincaid was definitely a fun character to create! 😉

  13. I cannot imagine living in that wild land back then. I’d be afraid of everything!

  14. Hi Susan, To be honest… there’s a chance I would be too. 😉

  15. Sounds like a book I would enjoy… thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Colleen. Good luck in the giveaway!

  16. When I think of the “Wild West” I often think of Wyatt Earp as the symbol of a man who often operated on both sides of everything, that is, until his story was novelized and romanticized. He crossed the line quite a number of times in his life.

    My readings of the Oregon Trail and later settlements are mostly about dealing with the elements and the landscape. And then the hard work of settling a “new” land, the same challenge the Colonials had once faced. Even the danger of Indians has been over-hyped according to most scholars until Indians were later “cornered” into reservations. Mostly Indians went on horse-stealing raids which was normal for most Indian cultures but a horror to Europeans who didn’t understand that culture–and was a horror in their own culture. (Sort of like now where we see cultural strifes all over the world.)

    My family started as colonials with the Quakers who gradually moved across the country, ending up in Indian Territory where a lot of outlaws hid out, some quite near where my great-grandfather lived since it wasn’t a state with U.S. law. Reading the papers from that place and time made me more horrified by what was happening in Washington than the stories of local disputes. Sort of like now.

    Good luck on your new book.

    1. Thanks, Eliza. The history is definitely fascinating!

  17. I’m not sure I would want to be involved with a bounty hunter. I’m one of those who would worry about him all the time. Good thing I guess I can just read about it and pretend.

    1. Hi Linda! I’m with you… It’s a good thing I have the power to make sure there’s a happy ending. 🙂

  18. When society lacks the structure and the means for necessary enforcement of boundaries things can move rapidly towards anarchy. People taking the law into their own hands is never a good way to tame a country. Bounty hunters, gunslingers, vigilantes, questionable lawmen are less then ideal for bringing civility and peace to an area, but could be the only thing between decent people and nasty characters. It will be interesting to see how you present your characters in THE GUNSLINGER’S VOW and how they fit into the big picture of the West. Best wishes for a successful release.

    1. Thanks, Patricia. I agree. Let’s hope we’ve learned a few things since the days of the wild west.

      1. I’m not sure we have. There are more guns than ever, and instead of stagecoaches with payloads, schools and civilians are targeted. Also, cars are being used as weapons now. And more and more people are being put in cages and prisons. At least in the Old West, one had the hope of moving to a new life with new hope. Now all of this violence of one sort or another is everywhere. I apologize for the down note, but I’m not sure we’ve learned anything at all.

        I tend to read westerns for the hope we once had for a new land with new beginnings.

  19. sounds like a great plotline for the story

  20. Cool new author for me exciting.

  21. Hi Amy! I missed you yesterday. So sorry. I love, love, love Gunslinger’s Vow! That hero is to die for. I wish I could run across a man like that when I needed him. Wishing you much success and great happiness!

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