THE CODY CAVANAUGH SERIES
One Secret Leads To A Fight For Survival...
When Union private Cody Cavanaugh is captured and sent to the Confederate prison at Camp Tattnall, he's quickly befriended by Sean O'Meara. But O'Meara has a secret—a stash of stolen Confederate gold stashed in a safe location. When he realizes he won't survive Tattnall and its sadistic commander, “Butcher" Crane, he tells Cody where the treasure is hidden, and elicits a promise to deliver it to O'Meara's fiancée, Eleanor Perry.
At the war's end, Cody retrieves the gold, but Eleanor—now Eleanor Bishop—proves hard to find. Her trail leads him across the continent to Pedregosa, in the Arizona Territory. A dozen years have passed, and Cody simply wants to deliver the gold and get started on his own life. But Pedregosa is in the grip of a war between miner and rancher factions, and Cody winds up in the middle of it. When he makes enemies of both sides, only his own hard-won skills and those of a few chosen allies can save his life and bring the war to an end. But that's only if he can survive the lethal manipulations of Ethan Holm, who's not the man he claims to be. And only Cody knows who he really is…
A Ransom That Can Only Be Paid In Blood...
Eleanor Bishop's Empress Ranch is a sanctuary for women who need one. Susan McKittrick seems to be one of those women. But Susan disappears from the ranch, and Rip McKittrick, the father she ran away from, gets a ransom demand that he can't afford to pay. Eleanor comes up with the money and asks Cody Cavanaugh and Freeman Douglas to deliver it to the kidnappers and retrieve Susan.
Things rarely go as planned for Cody, and the ransom delivery is no different. Now, without the money or the young woman, Cody sets his sights on Rip McKittrick, who is spending money he didn't have before to buy up businesses and hire gunmen to protect his newfound wealth and influence.
Suddenly the most important man in town, McKittrick makes himself mayor and installs an outlaw as the town marshal. The town becomes a haven for outlaw gangs, and Cody and Freeman need to clean it up. But doing so won't be easy or cheap—and this time, the payment will be in blood.
PASSAGE TO PEDRAGOSA
Cody Faces A Deadly Trek...
Julia Waycross wants famous actress and singer Birdie Ballard to visit Pedregosa for Christmas in the hopes that she can perk up the spirits of those wounded in an attack by outlaw Black Jack Tillman and his vicious gang. But someone's got it in for Birdie, and she’s not willing to travel without a bodyguard.
When Cody Cavanaugh agrees to fetch Julia’s idol, Birdie’s entire troupe—unbeknownst to Cody—is also invited. But since they’re to put on a performance for the town, and they’ve already been paid for their efforts, he has little choice in the matter. So, instead of a quick trip by rail with Birdie, Cody must escort the troupe—and their three wagons—overland back to Pedregosa.
Along the way, they run into Tillman, who's still wanted for murder. And while a local lawman is willing to hold Tillman overnight, he can't spare anyone to accompany him back to Pedregosa. So, Cody decides to bring Tillman and the troupe back in one trip. But Tillman has offered a reward to anyone who can free him from captivity along the way, and a once-easy journey is made near-impossible. Standing in Cody’s way are members of Tillman's gang, men seeking coin, Birdie's would-be assassin, and harsh winter weather…