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Michelle Tanner - Going West series

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Book 1 in the Series

Michelle Tanner, a fiery red head who wants more out of life heads west into a new frontier. After a chance encounter with the lawman and living legend, Joseph Nathan Meeker, friendship blooms and he becomes her mentor. Traveling west, they meet up with an odd collection of companions; a Christian Indian Veterinarian, Henry Buffalo Head, and an orphaned child, Sarah Culbertson. Together they travel to Denver City, enduring hardships, bandits, shootouts and a madman hell-bent on killing Meeker. Blazing a trail into the west, they became – family.

Originally published as 8 short stories, the old west comes alive in this tale of vengeance, comradeship, justice and family, by author Ron Lewis, together in one volume for the first time. 

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Michelle Tanner Going West Part One - Ambush at Kansas City

Michelle Tanner, a fiery red head who wants more out of life heads west into a new frontier. After a chance encounter with the lawman and living legend, Joseph Nathan Meeker, friendship blooms and he becomes her mentor. His words to her could make her continue, or turn back to her father in the east. "You got it all Missy. For better or worse, you got it all. You may become a legend or you could be a corpse. I don't want to be sending no letter to your Pa explaining how you were killed." Michelle realizes life in the west may be a whole lot more difficult than she had ever imagined, but resolves to set her focus on the life ahead of her.

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Two - The Deserters

Michelle Tanner and Nathan Meeker are joined by the Harvard educated Cherokee Indian, Buffalo Head, as they journey to Denver City. Their sojourn is interrupted by a deadly encounter with a trio of confederate deserters. Desperate hardened men who are plundering their way across the Kansas plains with murder on their minds. Michelle's grit is tested in Part Two of this hard hitting continuation of the Michelle Tanner – Going West series.

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Tree - Hangman's Knot

Part Three of the Michelle Tanner Going West series. While delivering the outlaw Captain Edward Powers to the Law at Larned, Kansas, the group of travelers witnesses a hanging that goes horribly wrong. Musing on the fate of the condemned causes Powers to rethink his life. What if his own hanging might similarly be bungled? Meeker assures him that no Hangman could botch two hangings in a row. Or could he?

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Four - Thunder in Colby

In this fourth installment of the Going West series, Michelle Tanner and her group of travelers continue west. Michelle learns chilling details about Daniel 'Two Tongues' Hannover, a man the Indian's call Bone Picker for dubious reasons. On the journey, young Sarah falls ill, forcing the travelers to divert to Colby for her to recover. While there, Michelle quickly makes a friend and shortly after, two outlaws arrive in the town. Jack 'Red' Wilson and Jebediah 'Slim' Bryce have come to put their plan into play. A plan that puts them headlong on a collision course with Michelle Tanner, and when it all comes to a head, thunder erupts in Colby.

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Five - Ghosts of Mountain View

After the events in Colby, the group again resumes their journey to Denver City, but a broken axle threatens to derail their journey. In an effort to obtain a new wagon to replace their damaged one, the group diverts to Mountain View, Colorado Territory. Instead of a thriving town they find an empty community and scores of new graves. Eerie feelings of dread fill the travelers as they feel eyes watching them. And are those people they see from the corner of their eyes? Things are made even worse when a gun waving madman arrives on the scene, in Part Five of the Going West series.

The original 8 short stories of Going West

Michelle Tanner Going West Part One - Ambush at Kansas City

Michelle Tanner, a fiery red head who wants more out of life heads west into a new frontier. After a chance encounter with the lawman and living legend, Joseph Nathan Meeker, friendship blooms and he becomes her mentor. His words to her could make her continue, or turn back to her father in the east. "You got it all Missy. For better or worse, you got it all. You may become a legend or you could be a corpse. I don't want to be sending no letter to your Pa explaining how you were killed." Michelle realizes life in the west may be a whole lot more difficult than she had ever imagined, but resolves to set her focus on the life ahead of her.

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Two - The Deserters

Michelle Tanner and Nathan Meeker are joined by the Harvard educated Cherokee Indian, Buffalo Head, as they journey to Denver City. Their sojourn is interrupted by a deadly encounter with a trio of confederate deserters. Desperate hardened men who are plundering their way across the Kansas plains with murder on their minds. Michelle's grit is tested in Part Two of this hard hitting continuation of the Michelle Tanner – Going West series.

                      

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Tree - Hangman's Knot

Part Three of the Michelle Tanner Going West series. While delivering the outlaw Captain Edward Powers to the Law at Larned, Kansas, the group of travelers witnesses a hanging that goes horribly wrong. Musing on the fate of the condemned causes Powers to rethink his life. What if his own hanging might similarly be bungled? Meeker assures him that no Hangman could botch two hangings in a row. Or could he?

                      

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Four - Thunder in Colby

In this fourth installment of the Going West series, Michelle Tanner and her group of travelers continue west. Michelle learns chilling details about Daniel 'Two Tongues' Hannover, a man the Indian's call Bone Picker for dubious reasons. On the journey, young Sarah falls ill, forcing the travelers to divert to Colby for her to recover. While there, Michelle quickly makes a friend and shortly after, two outlaws arrive in the town. Jack 'Red' Wilson and Jebediah 'Slim' Bryce have come to put their plan into play. A plan that puts them headlong on a collision course with Michelle Tanner, and when it all comes to a head, thunder erupts in Colby.

                  

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Five - Ghosts of Mountain View

After the events in Colby, the group again resumes their journey to Denver City, but a broken axle threatens to derail their journey. In an effort to obtain a new wagon to replace their damaged one, the group diverts to Mountain View, Colorado Territory. Instead of a thriving town they find an empty community and scores of new graves. Eerie feelings of dread fill the travelers as they feel eyes watching them. And are those people they see from the corner of their eyes? Things are made even worse when a gun waving madman arrives on the scene, in Part Five of the Going West series.

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Six - The Packer Girls: Desperados

In Part Six of the Going West series, the young blonde haired twins, Hannah and Helen Packer, are causing havoc all over southwest Kansas and southeast Colorado Territory. The pint-sized bandits are on the run after a cold blooded murder in vengeance of a wrong carried out against their own family. In an act of kindness, Town Marshal Macy Tucker swept their crime under the carpet. All he forgot to do was tell the twins, and now there is hell to pay. The bear of a man sets out to find the girls with one intention – stop them in time before they do something from which they can’t be saved.

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Seven - Two Tongues

Part Seven of the Going West series. In the West of the 1860’s a rarefied, malcontent existed. An outcast with a vicious nature. To refer to them as a ‘bad man’ does not do justice to this type of individual.  In the American West, they were a pitiful, spiteful, cruel breed of men – a few wretched pariahs who today would be called sociopaths and psychotics. Such was Daniel ‘Two Tongues’ Hannover … the quintessential American outlaw who was about to come face to face with Michelle Tanner and Nathan Meeker in place called Benham, Colorado Territory. In a battle of good vs evil, who will live and who will die?

 

Michelle Tanner Going West Part Eight - Bone Picker

After a head to head confrontation erupts in Benham between Daniel Hannover and our fearless group of travelers, a desperate chase follows, leading Hannover’s pursuers back to small valley just off the Poudre Canyon – the same valley where Meeker captured the scoundrel all those years before. Will Hannover ever be brought to justice? Who will live and who will die in the final part of the Michelle Tanner Going West story? 

In this 8 part historical western series, we have followed Michelle Tanner on her journey west. But it's not the end of the story for our red headed heroine. Look for more stories from Ron Lewis on Michelle Tanner, Meeker and the entire rag tag family she discovered in the American west.