[Historical Western Romance]

(Previously published in shorter form under the title “Long Stretch of Lonesome,” in the print anthology TO TAME A TEXAN)



  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (July 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062353101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062353108


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Book Description

June 24, 2014

A version of this work originally appeared in the print anthology To Tame a Texan, under the title “Long Stretch of Lonesome.”

A hired gun falls for the one woman who’s completely wrong for him in this Western romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath.

Chance Wilder never wanted to be a hero. A road-weary gunslinger with a ruthless reputation, he focuses only on his next target—and his next payday. That is, until a young boy offers Chance everything he owns—a piece of string, a harmonica, and a bent penny—if he’ll save his sister from a couple of thugs. Chance agrees, only to discover that the beautiful, fierce young woman in need of rescue is actually the very person he’s been hunting: his next mark.

But after he saves her, Lillian Madison awakens in him long-buried dreams and possibilities. Facing the demons of his past, Chance is forced to question his next move. Dare he risk everything by following his heart … and trust that the road to redemption begins with Lillian?


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About Lorraine Heath…

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA®, a HOLT Medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.



Twitter: @Lorraine_Heath



THE GUNSLINGER by Lorraine Heath is an exciting Historical Western Romance set in 1884 Lonesome, Texas. A Novella!

Expanded version of “Long Stretch of Lonesome” novella that appeared in To Tame A Texan Anthology in 1999.”

A quick read! I read it in one setting. Fast paced. Can one change their past? With love anything is possible! I loved how, Chance Wilder, was willing to protect a little boys’ sister, Lillian Madison, from thugs, for “everything” the little boy had, which was… a string, a harmonica, and a bent up coin(a penny).  Filled with secrets, passion, danger, past regrets, guilt, and the power of love. Life changes for both Chance,Lillian, and Lillian’s little brother, from the moment Chance stepped into the ally to help Lillian. I love how Ms. Heath captured the essence of the Gunslinger, and his true nature. The characters are enduring, engaging and the storyline was intriguing as well as well thought out. Misconception was the cause of much distress,and gossip. You must read “The Gunslinger”, you will not regret your choice.   An enjoyable read! I read “To Tame A Texan” anthology years ago, and have to say this new version was awesome!

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by:AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More