Writing in the style of Louis L’Amour, Larry McMurtry and William W. Johnstone, Best-selling western author John Spiars, author of Riders of the Lone Star, returns with Hell and Half of Texas, the second novel in the Heck Carson Series.
Seeking a greater adventure than bringing law and order to the untamed Texas frontier, Texas Ranger Jesse “Heck” Carson, along with his friend, Tommy Jergsen, enlist in the Confederate Cavalry. They are placed in a special unit tasked with stopping the murderous Jayhawkers who have been carrying on a guerilla war against civilians in Missouri. Heck and his men face the expected horrors of war, but what they didn’t expect was to find themselves in the middle of a private war where they don’t know who to trust and where the lines between friend and enemy mean nothing. In order to do what is right, they must make decisions that will forever change the course of their lives and which thrusts them into a battle far more violent than anything they ever expected.
Well-bred and genteel, Valerie Johnson travels from Boston three thousand miles by train and stagecoach to join her husband in Virginia City, Nevada, only to discover she is a widow. Out of money, unable to find respectable employment, she accepts a temporary position as a courtesan at Rosie’s Parlor—an elegant Virginia City brothel.
Ultimately she is rescued from the ‘Sporting Life’ by Duke Dugan, a rebel captain who, along with his two brothers, is on a desperate mission for the despised Confederacy.
She would tell the authorities, except there’s one problem—she’s fallen in love with him.
Legend has it that the town of Majestic Peak, Colorado is built on the sight where ancient Indian lovers would come to “honeymoon”. The mountain, they believed, seemed to contain a natural aphrodisiac. Whether the legend is true or not, the sexual energy of Majestic Peak is undeniable. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Belle Amour bordello.
Bedding Abigail — A love affair gone wrong brings Abigail Bingham to Majestic Peak to visit her childhood friend Clarice Atkins. It doesn’t take long for Abigail to realize that Clarice has turned her late husband’s hotel into a high-class bordello. In the meantime, Abigail has caught the eye of the local sheriff, who hatches a plan to get Abigail into his bed if only for one night.
Possessing Penelope — Fleeing an unhappy marriage, Penelope Jones ends up in Majestic Peak where she finds an advertisement for a singer to perform in the Belle Amour ballroom. On the way to interview for the job, she sees the Cheyenne mountain guide, John Stalkingwolf. It is lust-at-first-sight for this pair, but Penelope has one problem: she’s still a married woman, and John wants to possess her body and heart free and clear.
Courting Clarice — When Clarice’s parents decide to come out west for a visit, she has one big problem. Her parents have no clue that she owns a bordello, and Clarice has no desire to tell them the truth. Local rancher, Matt Adler makes a bold proposal, and it might be an offer that Clarice can’t refuse.