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Grace and the Guiltless
Grace and the Guiltless
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Grace and the Guiltless

Grace Milton's peaceful life with her family on a horse ranch outside Tombstone, Arizona is shattered in one devastating night. Her family is brutally murdered by the notorious Guiltless Gang, leaving Grace the only survivor. Trekking into the wilderness on her stallion, Grace falls ill from the elements. A young man named Joe saves her life by taking her to an Apache camp where she learns about their way of life and begins to fall for Joe. When Grace encounters one of the Guiltless Gang, her strength will be tested. Can she survive as a bounty hunter, or will she fall into darkness again? This Western revenge epic will captivate teen readers with its ruthless spirit of suspense and adventure and a powerful central romance.

PublisherSwitch Press
BrandSwitch Press
Age Level14-18 Years
Reading LevelGrades -
SubjectAction & Adventure, History
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count272
Paper Over Board



Carole Estby Dagg, author of The Year We Were Famous

"The hurtling pace will keep the reader’s pulse racing—Grace is a larger-than-life heroine of the Old West." - Carole Estby Dagg, author of The Year We Were Famous

March 1, 2014

Don Helin, award-winning author of Devil's Den and Thy Kingdom Come

"Tension, conflict, and a gutsy heroine you'll learn to love, all the ingredients for a great story." - Don Helin, award-winning author of Devil's Den and Thy Kingdom Come

March 1, 2014

School Library Journal - Laura Falli, McNeil High School, Austin, TX

"Johnson remains faithful to standard Western lore in this historical fiction novel: a young person seeks revenge on outlaws. . . .A revenge epic in the vein of True Grit." - School Library Journal

June 1, 2014


Kirkus Reviews

"Lots of action, blood and death argue eloquently against those telling Grace to forgive and move on. Only the sequel will reveal her choice." - Kirkus Reviews

May 15, 2014

VOYA - Stacey Hayman

"It is a refreshing surprise to discover a young girl at the heart of an old-fashioned western but still find classic elements like: a trusty steed devoted to his rider; a band of outlaws led by a greedy businessman and a mysterious lady; a corrupt sheriff but honest young deputy; and a double-dealing proprietress who runs both the boarding house and the bordello. . . .A budding romance, clues to a possible conspiracy, and a cliffhanger ending promise exciting adventures ahead." - VOYA

August 1, 2014 Book Report - Cheyenne C., Teen Board Member

"Packed with action, drama, and, yes, a little romance, this book is sure to draw in readers from the first sentence and hold them there until the last. Johnson does a great job of creating interesting characters and setting up thrilling situations that will have the audience on the edge of their seats. . . .Fans will be begging for the next book in the series once they finish GRACE AND THE GUILTLESS; it ends on a perfect cliff-hanger." - Book Report

August 5, 2014


Publishers Weekly

"Johnson debuts with an atmospheric Western, first in the Wanted series, starring vigilante Grace Milton. . . .Johnson delivers cinematic action and striking descriptions of the landscape typical of the genre, and a dusting of romance enriches Grace's life without becoming the main impetus driving her or the story. By the end, Grace's quest has just begun, and readers should be taken with how she has evolved into a gutsy, cutthroat heroine." - Publishers Weekly

August 25, 2014

Booklist - Summer Hayes

"Johnson adheres to the well-established conventions of the western genre but provides a modern twist through Grace’s contemporary demeanor. . . .the cinematic quality and rapid pacing should keep readers engaged. The cliff-hanger ending and a plethora of unanswered questions guarantee an exciting sequel." - Booklist

August 1, 2014 - YuMin Ye, Columbia Young Adult Fiction Examiner

"...definitely an entertaining read that fans outside of the Western genre can enjoy as well. And most importantly, it leaves you wanting more. You have to know what happens next or else! Grace is a teenaged girl who kicks butt gradually. . . .ultimately it is Grace’s iron-nailed determination to survive and stand up for her family that motivates her to learn all the skills necessary to survive in the wild in order to face the Guiltless Gang." -

October 22, 2014


The Historical Novels Review, Historical Novel Society - Bryan Dumas

"This is a well-written book with a near frenetic pace that only slows briefly. . . .Erin Johnson’s debut novel evolves Grace from a foolhardy innocent into a gritty, driven woman. . . .a nice start to what will become a series called Wanted." - The Historical Novels Review, Historical Novel Society

February 1, 2015

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson grew up watching classic western movies with her father, which fueled her lifelong love of horseback riding. She's always dreamed of being a fierce-talking cowgirl, but writing about one seemed like the next best thing. She loves traveling, painting, riding motorcycles, and teaching, and lives in North Carolina.

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