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ALIAS BILLY THE KID
The Man Behind The Legend
By Donald Cline

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Who was Billy the Kid? Was he Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim or William H. Bonny? Was he a Robin Hood or a cold-blooded outlaw? History says he was a little of both but in this book Donald Cline exposes Billy the Kid as a cowardly crook who did not hesitate to kill for money. Cline explodes all the popular myths and misrepresentations to bring us an authentic Billy the Kid, a cattle rustler, horse thief and murderer. Illustrated with historical photographs, Booklist has said that “…Cline’s book nicely balances the legend for both scholars and lay readers.” This book is based on solid research and depicts the man behind the legend.

Donald Cline as a historian spent more than thirty-five years studying the life and times of Billy the Kid. He assigned himself the task of separating fact from fiction.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-080-0
146 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-245-6
146 pp.,$4.99


ALL IN A DAY’S RIDING
Stories of the New Mexico Range
By Stephen Zimmer

A collection of stories from the works of Western writers with introductory essays by Stephen Zimmer.

“The desire to convey authentic and credible portrayals of the western cattle range and its people in its formative years guided Steve Zimmer in choosing to collect and illuminate real, remembered experiences of times and places in the West that was. If the aim is an authentic depiction of cowboys, cowgirls, and early western cattle ranching, how better to find it than by consulting the testimonies and recollections of people who were there and took part in the great western migration, or who just lived lives on horseback, caring for animals, fixing fence, taking in wide and beautiful spaces and knowing the satisfaction of hard work well done? This is what may be said of those whose writings are related in this collection. The stories the writers tell are from their own experience, or as told to them by contemporaries.” (From the Foreword by David L. Caffey, author of Frank Springer and New Mexico and The Santa Fe Ring)

Stephen Zimmer comes from four generations of West Texas cattle ranchers. Beginning in 1976 he spent twenty-five years as Director of Museums at New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch. He has been studying the history of the New Mexico cattle frontier for more than thirty years. He has driven through or ridden horseback in all kinds of weather over the land where outfits ran cattle in the last decades of the 19th century in order to better understand what life was like for the men and women who worked the range. He lives outside of Cimarron, New Mexico on his Double Z Bar Ranch where he writes about western art and cowboy life. His articles have appeared in Cowboy Magazine, Western Horseman, New Mexico Magazine, and Wild West among others. Parker’s Colt: A Novel of New Mexico Ranch Life and Cowboy Days, Stories of the New Mexico Range, were also published by Sunstone Press.


Softcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-360-7
162 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-638-6
162 pp.,$4.99


AN AMERICAN IN CALIFORNIA
A Historial Novel
By Peter Kazaks

Adventure, romance, jealousy, murder, and travel through a harrowing wilderness combine in this historical novel set in California and the mountain West in 1826 to 1828.

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Legendary mountain man Jedediah Smith crosses the desert and finds amidst the lushness of the Spanish missions suspicious Mexican officials, the brutal life of mission Indians, and a simmering insurrection. Two American ship captains who trade along the Pacific coast introduce Jedediah to a Mexican landholder, Estevan Mendoza, his wife, Isabella, and their daughter, Laura. The rancher wants to recruit Jedediah and his mountain men to lead a revolt against the Mexican government. Soon a budding romance and jealousy lead to murder. Political intrigues lead to other killings. What follows is the story of how Jedediah, despite personal yearnings, tries to get his men back to friendly territory, all while attempting to make a profit from the venture. Romance, adventure, jealousy, murder, and travel through a harrowing wilderness combine in this historical novel set in California and the mountain West from 1826 to 1828. Includes Readers Guide.

Peter Kazaks is a theoretical physicist with degrees from McGill, Yale, and University of California Davis. He is also the author of two accounts of summer long canoe trips in the extreme north of Canada: From Reindeer Lake to Eskimo Point and Lands Serene. He has traveled extensively in the American West.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-190-0
186 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-525-9
186 pp.,$4.99


THE ANASAZI AND THE VIKING
A Novel of the Southwest
By A. Tanner Smith

FANTASY MEETS FACT!

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Perhaps it is asking too much of the reader to accept a story in which a Viking warrior wanders into a settlement of Anasazi Indians in southwestern Colorado over 800 years ago. But the author thinks it could have happened. And he weaves a story of Norsemen and Anasazi ways of life that will fascinate and stimulate the imagination from the moment Thorvar enters the high cliff homes of the Indians he befriends in Mesa Verde until he eventually leads them in a hunt for something more precious than gold. Travel with them to those ancient inspiring places that are now known as Canyon de Chelly, the Painted Desert, Ouray, the Grand Canyon and Supai (the Indians’ “Shangri La”).

The author worked for forty years with a major oil company, most of which he served as Director of Safety. Engineering was his career field and he also served on state and national presidential committees involved with industrial and public safety.

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Softcover:
5 1/1 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-152-4
134 pp.,$18.95


APACHE SHADOWS
A Novel of the West
By Albert R. Booky

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The nineteenth century American Southwest is the setting of APACHE SHADOWS at the time when both Mexican and American action threatened to destroy the traditional ways of the Indians. How these threats and dangers were met is shown through the adventures of two Mescalero Apache brothers, Crazy Legs and Great Star.

Learning that they share white blood because their mother was a captured American, they learn to reconcile two opposite cultures and accept a new way of life as more and more settlers move westward. In Great Star's words: "...maybe this is the beginning of something new, something wonderful for both America and her children of many races, colors, and religions."

Albert R. Booky taught in the Hondo Valley Public Schools in New Mexico and was a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University. Postgraduate work was done at Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State University.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-084-8
159 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-246-3
159 pp.,$3.99


APACHE, THE LONG RIDE HOME
A Novel of the Old West
By Grant Gall

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"An Apache warrior bent down from his horse, its glossy black flanks still heaving from exertion, to pick me up. As his hand grabbed my arm I bit hard into the flesh of his forearm. It was a deep bite and he shouted with pain. The other Apaches laughed loudly at his discomfort.

He reached down again. I tried the same tactic but this time he was too quick. He jerked me upwards onto his horse and sat me in front of him. I fought like a cornered bobcat, spitting, biting and clawing. He struck me on the back of the neck. A vivid flash, then darkness."

Thus begins the saga of Pedro Bautista captured by the Apache Indians when he was nine years old after a raid on his Mexican village. Adopted into the tribe, he absorbed their culture and survived their eventual confrontation and defeat by American troops.

BOOKLIST reported: "...descriptions of the battle scenes will delight the reader who appreciates fiction set against the Old West backdrop."

GRANT GALL is one of England's foremost authorities on Western American history. He has appeared on B.B.C. television and radio programs dealing with the Apache Indian Wars. A former news reporter and news editor, Mr. Gall is now a full-time writer.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-105-0
112 pp.,$18.95


AYMOND
A Novel of the Wild West
By A. G. Burkhart, Jr.

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Aymond was captured at the age of five by comanches, taken by raiding Apaches at eight and rescued unwillingly at twelve by US troopers. Placed in the care of Doc Bearman, a physician living in Lizard Sands, Texas, he is later sent to the University of Virginia. While returning home, Aymond comes upon the scene of a bloody massacre made to look like the work of Indians. Aymonds knows better and with the help of a young survivor sets out to bring the murderer to justice.

The author has been a teacher and has practiced law. He has traveled widely and now lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-258-3
160 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-967-7
160 pp.,$4.99


BANDIT YEARS, A GATHERING OF WOLVES
True Adventures of Four Outlaws
By Mark Dugan

FOUR OLD WEST BANDITS RAISE HELL!

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Live again the days of the Old West when travel was not only rough but dangerous! The days when outlaws lurked behind boulders and along remote trails, ready to trap and rob the unwary drivers and their passengers. Billy LeRoy, Bill Miner, Charley Allison and Hamilton White III all shared a common bond of contempt for the law-abiding life, preferring to become stagecoach robbers. BANDIT YEARS profiles these four unforgettable outlaws who made the Barlow-Sanderson Overland Mail their special target. BOOKLIST reported: "Though the major events detailed in this book all took place during a 10-month period in southern Colorado and northern new mexico, they provide a sound overview of the predatory habits of western outlaws."

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-101-2
128 pp.,$10.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-287-6
128 pp.,$3.99


BANDITA BONITA
Romancing Billy the Kid
By Nicole Maddalo Dixon

Includes Readers Guide

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Precocious, spirited, bored, and outspoken, sixteen year old Elucia (Lucy) Grey Alexis Howard, is both out-of-place in and a prisoner of her wealthy life amongst the highest of New York’s social elite and her father’s ambitious pursuit of greater prosperity.

Sent out west in 1877 to Lincoln County, New Mexico, to marry her pre-contracted fiancé, John H. Tunstall, Lucy is inconsolable at the prospect of a loveless marriage when she meets and falls in love with pistoleer, Billy Bonney, a young, vivacious firebrand hired by John to work his land and provide protection from the dangers posed by John’s nefarious competitor, J. J. Dolan and the entire Santa Fe Ring.

When John pays the ultimate price and is murdered, refusing to succumb to the opposition and intimidation of his rivals, Lucy’s own life is then in jeopardy. As a result of John’s death, Billy and the other men working in John’s employment are deputized to combat the tyranny of Dolan and the Ring. Fearing for Lucy, the newly deputized Lincoln County Regulators take her into their protective guard and into the hellfire of what becomes known as the Lincoln County War, the catalyst that inspires Lucy to wage her own personal war for freedom from her oppressive life and a desperate attempt to stay close to the man she loves, the boy about to become known to history as the incendiary notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid.

Nicole Dixon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, Wallace.

“Picking up shortly after the end of the Lincoln County War, Nicole Maddalo Dixon’s sequel to Bandita Bonita: Romancing Billy the Kid continues the story of Lucy Howard, the fictional female member of the Regulators and her complicated romance with Billy the Kid. Though Bandita Bonita and Billy the Kid: The Scourge of New Mexico will appeal to women more than men, the attention to historical detail is impressive. From appearances by Jesse Evans to Dr. Henry Hoyt, historical purists should be immensely entertained by the number of real characters the author manages to weave into the narrative, itself written in the flowery and somewhat verbose prose of the 1880s.” —John LeMay, author of Tall Tales and Half Truths of Billy the Kid, True West magazine

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-973-5
274 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-211-1
274 pp.,$3.99


BANDITA BONITA AND BILLY THE KID
The Scourge of New Mexico
By Nicole Maddalo Dixon

A young woman in the Wild West wages her own personal war for freedom and a desperate attempt to stay close to the man she loves, Billy the Kid, in 1877.

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In this sequel to Bandita Bonita, Romancing Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County War is far from over and William H. Bonney is now the most wanted, notorious outlaw in the New Mexico Territory. Elucia Howard, now christened with the celebrated moniker, Lucy “Lucky Lu” Howard, has settled into her new role as the Kid’s notorious outlaw sweetheart. With Billy condemned to death as a murderer, Lucy stands by him in his fight to clear his name, and with the few remaining Regulators, they embark on a journey that places Billy deeper within the clutches of the crooked law they had tried to destroy. Includes Readers Guide.

Nicole Maddalo Dixon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, Wallace. Her first book, Bandita Bonita, Romancing Billy the Kid, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-133-7
218 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-472-6
218 pp.,$4.99


THE BELLS OF AUTUMN
A Western Novel
By James Hufferd

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In 1903, a small western town—Newcastle, Wyoming—struggles to overcome its remembered violent past of Indian wars and fighting outlaws and enter the new, modern 20th century. Arrayed against this good intent is the fresh reality of vigilante action and a lynching triggered by a gruesome murder and a distrust of civil justice, and ultimately, the final consequential Battle of Lightning Creek. That lesser-known skirmish flared in November of that fateful year as a surprising encore on Wyoming soil pitting townspeople stirred up by a hectoring town father against young Sioux from the Pine Ridge Reservation on a sanctioned fall hunt. Based largely on real incidents, the events in this book are viewed through the eyes of a precocious adolescent and his adoptive father who, the son of the army’s contracted storekeeper at Fort Laramie before the destruction of the buffalo, and partly raised and acculturated by Indians, is the local pariah.

Longtime Wyomingite and sometime Westerner, JAMES HUFFERD is a versatile author, activist, humorist, explorer, novelist, historian, and retired college teacher with roots in the Midwest (Iowa). He has worked, studied, and found inspiration in seven states and abroad and traveled widely from Canada’s Arctic Islands in winter to Patagonia to Morocco and twice been a Pesquisador (Researcher) Visitante at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-017-0
156 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-305-7
156 pp.,$9.99


BEYOND THE FAR MOUNTAIN
A Novel
By Dick Falzoi

An Odyssey of Adventure, Survival, and Romance. Includes Readers Guide.

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In the rough 1880s coal mining town of Jericho, West Virginia, young Jonas McNabb is unjustly accused of knifing a man and is forced to flee into the mountains, one step ahead of the law, but in spite of this, he doubles back, in a daring move, to assure Laura Becker of his innocence, and his love.

Now, Jonas faces a treacherous winter in the Appalachian Mountains and must call upon every ounce of his courage and resolve to survive, driven by the need to somehow clear his name and return for Laura. His chances for success rely heavily upon a fortuitous encounter with a crusty old mountain man, Jebediah, and the wondrous wolf/dog, Savage, who with uncanny insight, always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

Dick Falzoi grew up in the small, southern tier village of Arkport, New York. After four years in the Marine Corps, he obtained an MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Following a career as a commercial and portrait artist, he decided to pursue his dream as a writer. Dick Falzoi now lives in Geneva, New York, pursuing his love of music, reading, movies and fantasy sports. This is his first novel.

Includes Readers Guide.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-991-9
286 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-278-4
286 pp.,$3.99


BILLY OLD, ARIZONA RANGER
A Historical Novel Based on a True Story
By Geff Moyer

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In this historical novel, Billy Old and Jeff Kidder were Arizona Rangers at the turn of the twentieth century and best friends. In 1908, while acting in the line of duty, Kidder was murdered by five crooked Mexican policemen. No charges were filed against his killers. They were quietly skirted away to various locations throughout the county of Sonora, Mexico, a vast, desolate area covering nearly twenty thousand square miles. In 1909, shady politics in the Territory of Arizona brought about the disbanding of the Rangers, leaving many to drift into obscurity and some into degradation. In that same year Billy Old vanished into Sonora to find and kill the men responsible for his friend’s death. He returned close to two years later with that deed accomplished.

During Billy’s search of hundreds of sleazy Sonora whorehouses and cantinas he experiences many exciting, humorous, and tragic encounters. There’s a bloody and deadly confrontation with four scalp hunters; a mystical meeting with an old, dying Hopi Indian; an attack by the legendary “Red Ghost” of the southwest; a sorrowful meeting with a past fellow Ranger; cannibal Indians from East Texas; renegade Apaches; flushing toilets; the wonders of ether; Dancing Devils—fifty-foot high swirling dust funnels that can blind an animal; and a whore named Abbie Crutchfield who proves vital to Billy’s quest. And then there’s his horse Orion and a mule named Captain, all a part of a critically changing time in the American Southwest.

Includes Historical Background and Readers Guide.

Geff Moyer is a published playwright and retired high school theater and creative writing instructor. His play scripts have been produced by hundreds of schools and theaters across the country, including Canada, Greece, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This is his first novel. He and his wife Cathy have three sons and two granddaughters and live in the Kansas City area.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-139-9
270 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-476-4
270 pp.,$4.99


BILLY THE KID'S LAST RIDE
A Novel
By John A. Aragon

A historical novel based on the life of Billy the Kid.

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The orphaned, bucktoothed, New York Irish boy speaks Spanish and wears a Mexican sombrero. He claims his name is William Bonney. His amigos call him “Kid.” To newspapers in the New Mexico Territory and across America, he is “Billy the Kid.” William was among the bravest of the McSween alliance in the Lincoln County War. He was lucky, too—lucky enough to shoot his way out when the rest of his faction was cornered and slaughtered in battle. He was later captured and condemned to hang, but he killed his guards and escaped.

Now, William has one last chance. He heads into Old Mexico with his lover, the fierce Apache maiden Tzoeh. There he hopes to start a new life, live in peace and obscurity, and be forgotten. But powerful Anglo ranchers plot to use William’s hot temper, unmatched courage, consummate loyalty to his amigos, and superb skill with a six-gun for their own ends.

JOHN A. ARAGON was born in Espanola, New Mexico. A former Forest Service “Hotshot” firefighter and Hall of Fame rugby player, he attended St. John’s College in Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico. Aragon is the father of two young adults and has been a practicing trial lawyer for thirty years. He works and writes in Santa Fe.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-847-9
218 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-219-7
218 pp.,$3.99


BODIE GONE
A Science Fiction Novel of Suspense
By Bill Hyde

Believe it or not: a science fiction Western!

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THE BOOKWATCH reports: "BODIE GONE is a terrific, thoroughly entertaining debut novel for author Bill Hyde."

Frances “Tip” DeQuill—affluent housewife, mother, and sometimes newspaper writer—was mortified when the iron door clanked shut. Yes, she was locked up in the Bridgeport jail. Imprisonment marked the beginning of the price she would pay for investigating a sequence of ominous, unlikely events that had occurred close to Bridgeport and the nearby ghost town of Bodie, California.

Frances had been obsessed with trying to unravel the mystery of the strange things that had happened, much like prospectors who had been driven to seek Bodie’s “Veda Madre.” No warnings, no threats, and not even jail could divert her attention. Her quest for a story would take her back in time to the gold rush days and urge her to chronicle the stories of eight strangers who had struggled to reach Bodie seeking gold, love, lust, adventure or revenge. Her strangers would interact with some of the best known characters from the Old West and they would experience many historical happenings. But nothing they suffered would prepare them for their bizarre departure from Bodie.

Would Frances find the truth? Could she escape her hunters? Would she have time to expose the cover-up and find the real meaning of BODIE GONE?

Bill Hyde is a former Naval Officer with extensive business experience who has university degrees in both geology and industrial management. He has traveled extensively, panned for gold in the high country, and loped his horse over the Bodie Mountainsides. Bill thrives on a challenge and loves an adventure. This is his first novel.

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Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-317-7
256 pp.,$26.95

Softcover:
ISBN: 978-1-63293-136-8
256 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-937-0
256 pp.,$4.99


BRIDE OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL
A Historical Novel
By Jean M. Burroughs

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June 11, 1846: "Now the prairie life begins..." And thus begins the story of America's first white woman to travel the Santa Fe Trail from Independence, Missouri, to Chihuahua, Mexico--a distance of 1,300 miles. Susan Shelby Magoffin and her well-to-do husband, Samuel, 27 years her senior, experience one trial after another. But the blood of pioneers is in their veins and neither wolves nor Indians, the Mexican War nor the loss of their first child will stop the wheels of their wagons. Based on the trail journal of the heroine, BRIDE OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL is Jean M. Burroughs' salute to the courage and greatness of a little-known figure in American history. It is not the story of the little woman behind the big man--but quite the reverse. In the end her battered Rockaway carriage becomes a symbol of a landscape almost too bleak for human habitation: "...its wheels patched and mended, its broken top reinforced with assorted studs of used lumber...its shiny black paint dulled by wind-driven sand..." Truly the narrative of a first-woman, a first-voyage which, in the words of Jean M. Burroughs becomes, like the battered Rockaway carriage, a trip into the deep space of our ancestors' time. Burroughs is also the author of CHILDREN OF DESTINY.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-042-8
120 pp.,$12.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-975-2
120 pp.,$9.99


BUCK'S COUNTRY
A Novel of the Modern West
By Joel H. Bernstein

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Buck Cooper was a confused and uncertain cowboy. After more than a dozen years of fighting long winters, the droughts, and the emptiness of Montana, he was at long last headed back to his beloved New Mexico, hoping it would finally be the culmination of a dream he had been nurturing for years. All he wanted to do was see the sun for the whole year and never again endure winter for eight long months. Was it the right move? Only time would tell.

Joel H. Bernstein has been a tenured college professor, writer, bareback rider, cowboy and rancher for more than fifty years in Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico. He has been involved with rodeo as a contestant, college rodeo coach, producer, and writer. In addition he has been the president of three major western associations and he twice judged the Miss Rodeo Montana pageant and served two terms on the New Mexico State Veterinary Grievance Committee. He was also national director of “Indian Pride on the Move.” He still owns a large ranch overlooking the historic San Rafael Valley in Arizona and now lives with his wife Gail on a smaller place outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Includes Readers Guide

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-029-3
256 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-327-9
256 pp.,$3.99


BUCKSKIN AND SATIN
A Novel of the Wild West
By Romain Wilhelmsen

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On July 14, 1882, the notorious Texas gunman, John Peters Ringo, was found beneath a blackjack oak tree some distance from Tombstone, Arizona, with a bullet in his head. Colonel Henry Hooker, Billy Breakenridge, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday were all suspected of doing him in, but charges were never brought against anyone. Was this going to be an unsolved mystery? The answer could lie in this blending of fact with fiction woven into the lives of these famous characters of the Old West, and those of the less-well-known Frank Buckskin Leslie, bartender, part-time army scout, and awesome gunfighter; the woman he wanted--the beautiful and fiercely independent Nell Cashman; and Louis Hancock, a big, black rancher determined to avenge a heinous crime.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said: "Wilhelmsen's vivid imagination roams on a loose leash and comes upon as good a solution as any to the unsolved mystery of Johnny Ringo's death."

BOOKLIST reported: "Readers vicariously experience the West's seminal events through the eyes of a deeply flawed but somehow admirable Everyman. Adding tremendous depth is a romance that may be western fiction's best since Jack Schaefer gave us Shane and Marion almost a half-century ago."

The author has been an adventure film producer and lecturer, and a past director of the Los Angeles Adventurers Club. He has traveled extensively throughout South America, Africa, Mexico, and the southwestern United States, and through his numerous appearances on television here and abroad, became known as The Legend Hunter. He rafted down the Amazon River, is credited with the discovery of a Pre-Inca city in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and the discovery of Spanish Conquistador armor once exhibited at the Southwestern Museum in Los Angeles. Romain Wilhelmsen also made international news after being attacked by bandits while exploring in the mountains of Columbia, and wounded in the gunfight which ensued. His accounts of these exploits have been published in a number or men's magazines. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and presently lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-279-8
214 pp.,$28.95 (A Few Left)

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-307-8
214 pp.,$18.95


THE BUCKSKINS
A Novel
By Albert R. Booky

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Nat Cochran, a young Virginia adventurer teams up with Rees Marquette who is an old French Canadian trapper, and learns the ways of the mountain man in the 1800s. On their way west, they become guides to the Wyandot Indian nation in its effort to relocate west of the Mississippi River. The two later lend assistance to three mountain men who are trapped by a large number of Comanches who are in search of a mysterious phenomenon whom they believe to be a god. Exciting episodes with Comanches, Apaches, a cattle drive, and encounters with the Mexican officials in New Mexico challenge the survival skills of these two men and their friends before they finally settle in the Jicarilla Mountain area to establish a ranch.

ALBERT R. BOOKY was an educator, author, and researcher. His other two books from Sunstone Press are Apache Shadows and Son of Manitou. All his books are based on solid historical facts.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-125-8
236 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-460-3
236 pp.,$3.99


CHACO
A Novel
By Mark A. Taylor

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The Great Houses of Chaco are in turmoil as the last survivors uncover the mystery and truth at the heart of their civilization. Lovers, warriors and rival clans born of an ancient American culture are catapulted to the brink of destruction by one warrior’s urgent quest. From the sandstone mesas of the American Southwest to chambered catacombs hidden beneath the desert city, this book reveals a land of Indian sacrifice and other-worldly beauty shaken by a vision of the future.

Mark A. Taylor, a native of Utah, has been a writer, editor and publisher in local and national publishing. He has written extensively about Native American rights and western water and land use issues. His fascination with the Chacoan culture of New Mexico began when he once stood at the center of the great architectural wonder of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon under a full moon.

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CHALLENGE AT CASTLE GAP
A Novel of the West
By Ben Douglas

“This skillfully written novella captures the flavor of a recently civilized American Southwest, lacing history and romance with an underlying mystery. The combination makes for good and pleasurable reading.” —Publishers Weekly

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Danger, love, treasure-hunting and history are all parts that make up this novel whose heroine readers will take to their hearts. This western gothic is set in Texas in 1912 where life on a ranch is complicated by intrigue and mystery in the search for Maximilian’s treasure.

Ben Douglas was a well-known newspaper columnist and commentator on current events throughout the American Midwest. He has also written many articles on history and economics for various American periodicals and was a captain of field artillery during World War II.

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CHASING THE SUN
A Reader's Guide to Novels Set in the American West
By Edward Joseph Beverly

"...an invaluable reference for any western fiction fan." THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"Venerated authors have written several fine books over the years on the subject of Western fiction...but nothing so comprehensive and insightful as 'Chasing the Sun.' Beverly is a historian, but he's also a pretty good critic." TRUE WEST

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The American West is a land that has inspired novelists since the early 1800s. Western fiction covers a vast geographic, cultural, and thematic landscape and includes the real cowboy narrative of Will James, the formula Westerns of Max Brand and Frank Gruber, the romantic novels of Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, the Navajo mysteries of Tony Hillerman, the ethnic novels of Louise Erdrich, the contemporary novels of Edward Abbey, and the genuine literature of Willa Cather and Wallace Stegner.

Chasing the Sun is a reader’s guide with over 1,350 entries, including 59 reviews of the author’s personal favorites. It is organized around content--exploration, trapping, wagon trains, the Indian Wars, contemporary fiction, and so on. Each chapter, or category, has an introduction, a reader’s guide that provides capsule summaries of the literature from some of the earliest novels to current publications, and reviews of one or more novels in that category. The guide is for general readers who like their fiction set in the American West, and it will also provide a ready source for researchers, reviewers and students interested in a particular type of novel set in the West, for example, the decimation of the buffalo herds. It is ideal for those readers who would like to compare novels with the same general subject by different writers, and those who would like a taste of the quality and diversity of the literature through the reviews. It should also help teachers identify books notable enough to add to a syllabus.

The author is a retired military officer, has lived all over the American West--Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska, Alaska--and currently resides in California. He is an avid collector and student of the literature of the American West. Prior to his military career, he was a surveyor with the Army Corps of Engineers. In the Air Force he served as a combat crew navigator, electronic warfare officer, drone pilot, and acquisition program director. Lieutenant Colonel Beverly served two tours in Vietnam and following his military service he worked in the aerospace industry as a program manager, marketing manager, and consultant. He has graduate degrees from Central Michigan University, University of Southern California, and California State University--the latter in English Literature.

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CHIEF OF THIEVES
A Novel
By Steven W. Kohlhagen

“We’ve caught them napping again.” —George Armstrong Custer, June 25, 1876, looking down at the Cheyenne and Sioux village on the Little Bighorn

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August 1863 finds two con artists traveling with their embezzled cash to build their dream ranch in Washington Territory. But some Cheyenne Indians have different plans for those white settlers heading west, plans that cause the story of our con artists to become three stories. Chief of Thieves, the sequel to Kohlhagen’s Where They Bury You, takes the reader into the disasters of early Western ranch life and the births of lawless Wyoming towns; inside Cheyenne villages and tipis, where this hunting civilization of people, called “the greatest horsemen and cavalry the world ever saw,” lived, raided, and were attacked and massacred as they slept; and into the relentlessly driven lives, internal conflicts, and battles of George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry. The three stories interweave at an ever-quickening pace, from Colorado negotiations to battles in Oregon, Wyoming. Kansas, and what is now Montana, including the massacres at Sand Creek and the Washita River, before culminating on a beautiful June 1876 day on the Little Bighorn River. Custer’s Little Bighorn decisions under fire in real time become understandable on these pages as death comes to historical and fictional characters, con artists, U.S. soldiers, and Cheyenne alike, and the three stories merge climactically on that fateful day in American history. Chief of Thieves is based on the factual story of how Lieutenant Augustyn P. Damours conned the U.S. Army, the Catholic Church, and the New Mexico Territory out of millions of today’s dollars.

Steve Kohlhagen is an award winning author, former economics professor, and former Wall Street investment banker. Where They Bury You was awarded the Best Western of 2014 by the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Steve and his wife, Gale, are the authors of Vanished, a murder mystery, also from Sunstone Press. They divide their time between their homes in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and Charleston, South Carolina.

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CHILDREN OF DESTINY
True Adventures of Three Cultures
By Jean M. Burroughs

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The best way to know about history is to be part of it. The next best way is to read about it and come away feeling as if you had been part of the events and action. Jean Burroughs has selected twelve exciting episodes covering a span of five centuries to bring history to life. Her young heroes and heroines tell their stories from their own personal viewpoints and experiences. They represent the three cultures that are the bedrock of the Southwestern United States society: Native American, Hispanic and Anglo. Each story, based on facts, is preceded by an account of the historical event or incident that forms the basic framework for the tale. Young readers will enjoy reading about the adventures of other children from other cultures and centuries. History comes to life in this series of vignettes of important times in a land that passed from one country to another until it became part of the United States-New Mexico. Illustrations by New Mexico artist, Al Chapman, add drama to the text.

JEAN M. BURROUGHS is a former First Lady of New Mexico. She is also the author of BRIDE OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL, a fictionalized account of the pioneer trip of Susan Shelby Magoffin, also published by Sunstone Press. She has written numerous articles on Southwestern US history and taught Local and Oral History at Eastern New Mexico University. Burrough's special skill has been able to combine literary creativity with in-depth historical research. The results have brought applause and appreciation from a wide and grateful readership.

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CLAY ALLISON: LEGEND OF CIMARRON
A Novel of the Old West
By John A. Truett

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After the Civil War, Clay Allison and his brother, John, leave their ravaged Tennessee home to start a new life in Cimarron, a little town in wild untamed New mexico Territory. Not only must they deal with iron-fisted wealthy landowner Lucien Maxwell and the notorious Santa Fe Ring, but Clay Allison's life is threatened by revenge-seeking Chunk and Steve Colbert, two psychopathic outlaws. With Clay Allison's unorthodox methods of defending himself while trying to bring fairness to others, he acquires the reputation of a cold-hearted gunfighter who will kill anyone who rubs him the wrong way. This intriguing story is based on fact and includes all the people who lived at the time--including beautiful Dora McCullough who, with her love, tries to save Clay allison from going to hell.

Chuck Parsons, editor of National Outlaw & Lawman Association said: "Clay Allison is a historical figure who never killed a man unless he needed killing. But he was so much more. John A. Truett has given the gunslinger Allison new life: he was a soldier, a friend, a lover. He was a young man on the frontier who wanted to contribute positively to a new land. He left a mark on that new land and should not be forgotten. John A. Truett's biographical novel will insure he is remembered!"

JOHN A. TRUETT, a native of Artesia, New Mexico, now lives in Roswell, New Mexico. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Japan and the Philippines during World War II, received his BA degree from Woodbury University, Los Angeles, and worked in the motion picture industry as script supervisor and film editor. He is a member of Western Writers of America and National Outlaw and Lawman Association. CLAY ALLISON, LEGEND OF CIMARRON is the third in John Truett's series of western historical fiction. The first two, TO DIE IN DINETAH, THE DARK LEGACY OF KIT CARSON and MONUMENT IN THE STORM, were also published by Sunstone Press.

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COCHISE OF ARIZONA
A Novel Inspired by True Events
By Oliver La Farge

The true story of one of the greatest American Indian chiefs, Cochise of the Chiricahua Apaches, told in fictional form.

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This is the true story, told in fictional form, of one of the greatest of all American Indian chiefs, Cochise of the Chiricahua Apaches. Indians were once thought of as warlike, and the encroaching white men as wanting peace, but it was the white men who forced Cochise into war against his will. History tells us that Cochise and his tiny band of warriors not only held the United States Army at bay for more than ten years, but they were often on the offensive. It is a heroic and extraordinary story. The story ends with the equally extraordinary way in which peace was made, when Major General Howard, the Bible-reading soldier, and Cochise, the religious-minded warrior, found that they could trust each other. The many illustrations are by L. F. Bjorklund, well-known for the accuracy of his interpretation of Indian scenes. The book also includes a new foreword by Marc Simmons and “An Appreciation” by John Pen La Farge.

Born in 1901, Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge is ranked among the literary lions of American Southwestern letters. Since his death in 1963, his reputation has continued to grow and new honors have been added to his name. Laughing Boy, a novel of Navajo life, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930, putting his name in lights before he was thirty.

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THE COMANCHEROS GRAVE
A Novel
By Karen Kelling

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Thirteen-year-old Mary Lovella Grady thrived on her grandparents’ tales of the Crossover Ranch, a modern ranch shaped by all its past inhabitants. Grampa Hank promised the ranch would be Lovie’s someday but her dream of inheriting the multigenerational Texas ranch is turning into a nightmare. First Granny died, then Grampa Hank was killed in a horseback accident and now the “death tax” is poised to take a fatal bite out of the ranch. Lovie is furious with her mother for selling Grampa Hank’s horses and cattle to pay inheritance taxes and her anger has attracted El Lobo who turns up in the middle of every ranch tragedy.

Join Lovie, along with Big Foot, Brownie, Cotton, Dingo and Fireball, as they are drawn into the dream Granny never realized in life, where past inhabitants of the ranch are still determining its future—and Lovie’s survival.

Karen Kelling received an Agricultural Economics degree from New Mexico State University when it was unusual for women to pursue that course of study. She ranches in the red mesa country near Cuervo, New Mexico, with the shy fellow who sat next to her in alphabetical order in Horticulture 100. Their four daughters were their ranch’s only “cowboys.” She invites ranch-raised kids—and kids who might only experience a contemporary family ranch by reading—to saddle up and get ready for an exciting ride!

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CORN FLOWER IN BLOWING SNOW ON THE GREAT PLAINS
Third in a Fiction Series Based on the Four Seasons
By James D. Lester, Jr., PhD

Corn Flower, an eleven-year-old Native American girl, is a member of the Kansa tribe living along the Cottonwood River in the 1820s. When winter arrives on the Great Plains, Corn Flower and her best friend Night Sparrow build a sled to challenge their brothers in a hillside race. Because of the icy temperatures, many activities such as bead making, storytelling, and completing the winter count for the yearly history of their tribe remain in their family lodge. As the ice pack hardens, the children participate in the snow snake as they throw a long rod or stick down a narrow channel in the snow. When a stray coyote attacks Corn Flower and her goat along the river, she is saved by her horse Brownie. Along with her father and brothers, Corn Flower travels to the trading post. On her return home, Corn Flower is startled to find that the tribal storyteller Walks at Night has fallen in the snow. Corn Flower nurses Walks at Night back to health by using her wild crafting skills with herbs and roots for healing. At the shell ceremony Corn Flower and Night Sparrow each receive a new shell on their necklace for surviving their twelfth winter season on the Great Plains. Includes Readers Guide.

James D. Lester, Jr., PhD is a veteran English instructor with over thirty-seven years of experience as a secondary teacher at Alpharetta High School and a college instructor at Gwinnett Technical College, both located near Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the author of the popular texts Writing Research Papers, 16th edition and The Research Paper Handbook, 4th edition. In this third in his series based on the four seasons, Lester has again tapped into his unique outlook about the joys and challenges of Native American life in Kansas during the early 1800s. Much like children in modern culture, Corn Flower pursues an endless quest for adventure as she cherishes the closeness of her family and the fun times and trials that she faces with her best friend Night Sparrow.

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CORN FLOWER ON THE GREAT PLAINS
Second in a Fiction Series Based on the Four Seasons
By James D. Lester, Jr., PhD

In this second book in the series based on the four seasons, Corn Flower, an eleven-year-old Native American girl and a member of the Kansa tribe living along the Cottonwood River in the 1820s, is proud that her father White Plume has been selected as a tribal chief. With the guidance of two older tribal women, she also takes great pride in learning the skill of wild crafting to find herbs, roots, and leaves to use as medicines. After the harvest celebration of the corn crop, the members of the tribe head out to hunt for the great, shaggy bison. With the success of the hunt, much meat is prepared by all members of the tribe for the cold, winter months. One day while tending her herd of goats, Corn Flower and her best friend Night Sparrow find a stray horse wearing a saddle alone on the prairie. To discover the owner, Corn Flower and Night Sparrow travel to the trading post with their fathers White Plume and Red Branch. After leaving the trading post, Corn Flower nearly drowns while trying to return the lost horse at the nearby soldier fort. Saved by her father, she listens to White Plume’s story of how he came to know Kicking Swan and married her. The whole tribe rejoices with a naming celebration for a little girl of the tribe and for the marriage of Corn Flower’s brother Wanji to the maiden Running Dove. The story ends with the first heavy snowfall and a fun time in the winter whiteness with her brothers Red Cloud and Two Bears. Includes Readers Guide.

James D. Lester, Jr., PhD, is a veteran English instructor with over thirty-five years of experience as a secondary teacher at Clarksville High School and a college instructor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is also the accomplished author of the popular texts Writing Research Papers, 16th edition and The Research Paper Handbook, 4th edition. For this second book in the series based on the four seasons, Corn Flower on the Great Plains, and the first in the series, Corn Flower, A Girl of the Great Plains, Lester has again tapped into his unique outlook about the joys and challenges of Native American Life in Kansas during the early 1800s. Much like children in modern culture, Corn Flower holds an endless quest for adventure as she cherishes the closeness of her family and the fun times and trials that she faces with her best friend named Night Sparrow.

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CORN FLOWER, A GIRL OF THE GREAT PLAINS
First in a Fiction Series Based on the Four Seasons
By James D. Lester, Jr., PhD

Corn Flower, an eleven-year-old Native American girl, is a member of the Kansa tribe living along the Cottonwood River in the 1820s. She is a loyal daughter to her parents White Plume and Kicking Swan. Corn Flower and her best friend Night Sparrow are in charge of each family's herd of goats. Together they sing the “Song of the Kansa,” find excitement in their simple life, and delight in the folk tales spoken by an elderly tribal storyteller. Corn Flower enjoys the thrill of adventure as she travels with her father to a nearby trading post.

Once she returns home, her happiness is short-lived as a tornado sweeps toward their village with a great wind. Corn Flower saves a baby goat and barely escapes the storm. The late summer brings horrible heat and a swarm of grasshoppers. Relief finally comes when a huge thunderstorm sweeps the grasshoppers away, yet the lightening from the storm sparks a fire on the prairie. Fortunately, their village is spared, and Corn Flower returns to her hillside in the remaining days of summer to tend her goats and again sing the “Song of the Kansa” with her special friend Night Sparrow.

Much like children in modern culture, Corn Flower cherishes the closeness of her family, fun with her best friend, and the endless quest for adventure.

James D. Lester, Jr., PhD, is a veteran English instructor with over thirty-five years of experience as a secondary teacher at Clarksville High School and a college instructor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is also the author of the popular texts Writing Research Papers, 16th edition and The Research Paper Handbook, 4th edition. For Corn Flower: A Girl of the Great Plains, Dr. Lester has tapped into a new interest with a story about the joys and challenges of Native American Life in Kansas during the early 1800s.

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COW TALES
Folklore from Texas and the Southwest
By Elaine Kavanaugh Jones

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These authentic stories that focus on cowboy life, past and present are historic and rich with unforgettable characters. There’s Totto, who is reluctantly pulled into a mysterious treasure hunt that brings a startling revelation. There’s Boy, who discovers that sometimes the people we come to love most are the ones we know nothing about. There’s romance and humor too in several delightful tales. And then there’s a mini novel of a lone cowboy who has the surprise of his life on the most beloved of holidays, a surprise that changes everything. Each story has truth at its core and powerful emotion in its depths that linger long after the last page is read.

After returning to the family farm to retire, Elaine Kavanaugh Jones embarked on a new occupation: cow hand. Feeding, birthing, caring for young calves and elderly animals became an almost full time job. But a greater appreciation for the animals came about. Understanding their habits, feelings and attitudes toward humans brought about this collection of inspirational stories.

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COWBOY DAYS
Stories of the New Mexico Range
By Stephen Zimmer

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This book is a collection of exciting stories about working cowboy adventures in the big ranch country of northeastern New Mexico. Set in a land far removed from modern urban life, the cowpunchers in these stories ride the range much as their predecessors did over a hundred years ago. Ride with them through bronc rides, stampedes, and brandings and experience the romance and tradition of the cow country that still lives in the Southwest.

“Zimmer is a life-long student of cowboy history. He knows how to tell a good story and his stories about the day to day adventures of ranch cowboys are as true as have ever been told.” —Darrell Arnold, Publisher/Editor, Cowboy Magazine

Cowboy Days is an entertaining collection, written in the language of the American Southwest and documenting an important part of cowboy culture. This book is something to hold on to for future generations.” —A.J. Mangum, former Editor, Western Horseman

“Steve Zimmer’s stories of life horseback in today’s New Mexico cow country are reminiscent of Will James.” —Don Reeves, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Stephen Zimmer comes from four generations of West Texas cattle ranchers. Beginning in 1976 he spent twenty five years as Director of Museums at New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch and now lives on his Double Z Bar Ranch outside of Cimarron where he writes about western art and cowboy life. His articles have appeared in Cowboy Magazine, Western Horseman, New Mexico Magazine, and Wild West among others. His latest book, Parker’s Colt: A Novel of New Mexico Ranch Life, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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CROSS A WIDE RIVER
A Western Novel
By Paul R. Stevenson

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This epic novel begins in pre-Civil War Georgia and ends in New Mexico. It is a saga of free men, slaves and slave owners who settled their differences on the battlefields in this story of the westward expansion of the United States and the families who braved the hardships of frontier life.

Paul R. Stevenson, a native of Arizona, has based his novel on extensive research in southern and western history.

“An epic novel of adventure and family life that will keep you turning pages.” —Enchantment

“…an epic about the winning of the West. Entertaining.” —Albuquerque Journal

“…an historical novel, and the history is quite accurate, indicating considerable research by the author.” —Denver Westerner’s ROUNDUP

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CURANDERO
A Spanish Legend
By José Ortiz y Pino III

"...territory here is similar to that described by Carlos Castaneda.... Ortiz y Pino, a prominent New Mexico politician with family roots deep in the state's history, has preserved a vanishING way of life with this simple tale." (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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Complete with folklore on the art of mystic healing in the lost mountains of Northern New Mexico, this cuento, a legend, is first and foremost a love story. Antonio discovers affection early on for the various types of herbs found around his homeland. But he is also infatuated with Marianela. Will Antonio remain in the village of San Lucas, wed Marianela and raise a farm and family to support their future? Everything in this young man’s life directs him toward a calling he cannot afford to ignore. Antonio will become a curandero, Northern New Mexico’s version of a healer, a mysterious individual schooled in the magic of collecting and combining herbs with convalescent powers. But this blessed individual must also be well versed in the ecstasies of the Catholic Church as well as brujeria, black magic, in order to defeat the spiritual and physical enemies that can curse one’s health and well being. Antonio follows his destiny in this romantic tale.

Jose Ortiz y Pino III is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Army as a Santa Fe County Commissioner and as a New Mexico State Senator. As Chairman of the New Mexico State Parks Commission, he was instrumental in building the Villanueva State Park in San Miguel County and the Zoological and Botanical State Park at Carlsbad, New Mexico. Mr. Ortiz y Pino presently owns and operates the Galisteo Historical Museum. He is known as a curandero himself and has practiced privately for many years.

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THE CURSE OF DESTINY
The Betrayal of General George Armstrong Custer
By Romain Wilhelmsen

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George Armstrong Custer, strong-willed and strong of body, lived a life of defiance and brilliance until he met his fate at the battle of the Little Big Horn. How could this colorful historical figure have allowed the events that brought his untimely end? Was it only political intrigue? We know President Grant had an unbridled animosity toward Custer because he helped expose the Grant administration's callous indifference to the plight of the Plains Indians. Was Custer himself to blame? Or was it just the unpredictable hand of destiny?

This gripping blend of fact and fiction from best-selling author Romain Wilhelmsen now opens the door to the private world, and the lives and loves of the famous general, his family, his friends, and his enemies-both red and white. He also delves deeply into the psyches of the Indian chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and their followers, whose refusal to allow the white man to herd them onto reservations precipitated the famous battle which brought many warring Indian tribes together to fight as one.

The famous battle, described in frightening detail, is the culmination of a unique and amazing journey where destiny itself is the star, leaving the reader with a lasting impression of the legendary George Armstrong Custer.

ROMAIN WILHELMSEN is a member of the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association and the Little Big Horn Associates, as well as a past director of the Los Angeles Adventurer's Club. His chosen career as an adventure film producer and lecturer took him on extensive travels throughout South America, Africa, Mexico and the southwestern United States. He rafted down the Amazon River, was attacked and wounded by bandits while exploring in the mountains of Columbia, is credited with discovering a pre-Inca city in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and Spanish conquistador armor he exhibited at the Southwestern Museum in Los Angeles. Through his lectures and numerous television appearances here and abroad, he came to be known as The Legend Hunter. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and presently resides in East Lansing, Michigan. Wilhelmsen is also the author of the best-selling book, BUCKSKIN AND SATIN, also published by Sunstone Press.

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CUTS NO SLACK
A Reed Haddok Westerm
By Tom Whatley

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Bud Haddock’s senses had a shell in the chamber with the hammer back. Somebody was back there. He could tell from the itch in his neck. This warning about trouble had never let him down. Having to be a man before his time on a ranch in 1850s Texas, Bud was traveling west to see the country his rambling father had described so often. He was now in Arizona and the going was tough. But not too tough for a young fellow whose instincts for avoiding trouble were tuned to perfection.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t take long to find out who is trailing him, and why. Bud Haddock is quickly forced into discoveries about himself that reveal depths of courage he never knew existed. Everything in his being now comes into play. He makes a new friend who helps him eliminate a ruthless man intent on becoming a land baron, falls in love for the first time with a beautiful rancher’s daughter, and becomes part of a breathtaking scenario that reveals a startling fact about his father.

Before long he becomes known as a man who avoids trouble at all costs but who cuts no slack if pressed to the wall. Which is often.

Tom Whatley is a minister, a former Infantry Officer with the U.S. Army, and an avid outdoors man. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has a keen interest in the west and northwest. He lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This is his first novel. He is also the author of He Ain’t Dead, Ghost Runner, Twice as Good, The Gatekeeper, and Fears No Man, all from Sunstone Press

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DEAD KACHINA MAN
A Mystery
By Teresa Pijoan

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Who—or what—killed Ray Hava, the best Indian kachina doll carver in the country? And how was he killed? Could his death have come from intense superstitious belief? These are only some of the questions facing Police Captain Dominique Rios as his investigation begins inside an Indian Pueblo in modern New Mexico. But instead of answers, he finds only more violence and a string of mysterious events that border on the supernatural and beyond.

The ambience of Indian and Spanish Northern New Mexico come vividly to life through a cast of memorable characters: Doc Tapia (what is he hiding?); Ed Cruz (whose side is he really on?); Nee-nee (who is she and where are her parents?); and Marge Rios who shares her husband's involvement and danger.

Teresa Pijoan, a native New Mexican, skillfully weaves this story of murder, the occult, and legend that provides the background to present, in fiction, an exciting story of modern life and concerns. She grew up at San Juan Pueblo where she worked in the family-owned trading post. Long familiar with Indian customs and beliefs, she is a well-known speaker and writer and also a translator of Tewa, a Pueblo language. Her Pueblo Indian Wisdom, Ways Of Indian Magic, Granger’s Threat, Healers on the Mountain, Native American Creation Stories of Family and Friendship, and American Indian Creation Myths were also published by Sunstone Press.

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DEATH AT LA OSA
A Pueblo Tribal Police Mystery Novel
By Jack Matthews

The search for a prehistoric turquoise mine, murder, pueblo ceremonialism, a bookshop, and sheepherders and horsemen form a contemporary novel set in the high country of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. (SEE MOVIE/TV TREATMENT BELOW)

North of Taos, New Mexico, an unidentified murder victim wearing a belt with a turquoise buckle of rare dendrite quality is discovered on the edge of the Tulona Reservation. Tribal policeman Richard Tafoya takes charge of the investigation to determine the identity and killer. Tafoya meets Forest Service biology specialist Janet Rael as he follows leads from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Navajo Reservation in the west. Within a social interplay of Puebloan, Hispano, and Anglo cultures, Tafoya searches for the kill site to unravel the strange numbers on the back of the turquoise stones. The Tulona Pueblo’s ceremonies of racing and pole climbing on Feast Day provide a mystical overlay to the chase. With the aid of a Navajo medicine man and a cartographer with the Bureau of Land Management, Tafoya and Janet discover not only the prehistoric turquoise mine, but also the killer. Along the way they brave high mountain altitudes, desert mesas, National Forests, and sharp changes in weather from desert heat to snow and rain. Includes Readers Guide.

Jack Matthews is a former professor of history and anthropology. An outdoorsman and mountaineer, he completed archaeological field school at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, New Mexico. He conducted field trips to northern New Mexico, climbed the Truchas, Pedernal, and San Mateo Peaks, and wrote about the environmental influence on Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. Currently, he observes forests and mesas and trades “the old way” with his Puebloan friends.

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DEATH WALK AT ACOMA
A Novel
By Gregory D. Kincaid

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A deeply concerned Alec Clarke drops his law school studies to search for his eccentric grandfather who has set out on a dangerous ritual desert journey, known to the Indians in a remote New Mexico tribe as the Death Walk. To save his grandfather and his Indian friends from a destructive military experiment, Alec's only choice is to discover for himself the mysterious power of the Death Walk.

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THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND
A Novel of Old Montana and the Creation of Yellowstone Park
By Robert C. Bartsch

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From tyrannized foreign lands, broken armies, ruined dreams and religious persecution they came, allured by the freedom of an untrammeled land and gold in the gulches. Here a man could strike it rich, then lose it all to murdering highwaymen or find his scalp decorating a warrior’s shield. Follow this group, almost a family, in their quests for fame and fortune over a decade long quest to explore the trapper’s world of boiling rivers and glass mountains—the world of the great Jim Bridger that finally led to the quest to preserve its wonders for unborn generations. Historical novels generally herald the lives of heroes with superhuman feats and success beyond wildest imagination. The characters of this novel came early to the goldfields, led danger-filled, extraordinary lives on the frontier, but only Jake Smith and Jay Cooke attained the gold ring of Eldorado. Even Bill Fairweather, the snake charmer and discoverer of Alder Gulch had empty pockets when he was found shot to death in his San Francisco hotel room. But these courageous pioneers left future generations something of immense value: Yellowstone National Park. This debut work is a historically authentic storyline brought to life and instilled with the atmosphere and geography of old Montana. Relive those freewheeling days in this last vast wilderness and the most harrowing survival ordeal of the Great American West.

Robert C. Bartsch is a retired veterinary pathologist who lives and plays most of the year near Yellowstone Park with his wife Marjorie. Writing an historical novel about an area he knows and loves has been a long term dream.

“In this novel, Robert Bartsch mixes the creation of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, into the larger, deeper, and wilder history of Montana: mountain men, gold prospectors, business tycoons, and explorers, lynch mobs, an Indian massacre, and a grueling survival ordeal in the wilderness all swirl and bubble like one of Yellowstone’s geyser basins.” (Dayton Duncan, author of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Seed of the Future, and four other books on the American West)

“This story details the trials and triumphs that both plagued and rewarded early seekers of fame, fortune, and prosperity in the 1860s frontier landscape of Montana and Wyoming. Filled with daring explorations of the frontier wilderness, dangerous encounters with Indians, rugged American individualism, mining booms and busts, banking and financial shenanigans, vigilante justice, and an illicit love affair, this novel will capture and seize your imagination with unrelenting western frontier spirit, Montana’s promising gold rush days, and a host of impulses that would lead to the creation of America’s Wonderland: Yellowstone National Park.” (Elizabeth Watry, Western historian and author of Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park)

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DISCOVERY TREE
A Western Novel
By Glen Onley

"Take a good dose of New Mexico history, add an intrepid young Confederate soldier seeking his fortune in the West, sprinkle in a little romance and gold dust, mix it all together and you have Glen Onlye's new novel, DISCOVERY TREE. If you should read this book just for entertainment, watch out! You may learn some history without even realizing it." (SOUTHWEST BOOK NEWS)

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Young Ben Logan, his family lost in the Civil War, sells his Texas ranch and heads west. At Fort Union in the New Mexico Territory, he meets a young widow and while traveling to Santa Fe, a strong mutual interest develops. But she returns to her Tennessee family, leaving Ben wondering if he will ever see her again. In search of copper, Ben scales Mount Baldy in Moreno Valley and finds a Ponderosa pine with the word DISCOVERY freshly carved in its bark and streambed sediment piled beside a nearby creek. Gold, he guesses, but a winter blast forces him off the mountain. Come spring, Ben and two partners return and strike gold, as did many others. E'Town springs up in the valley, thousands crowding its dusty streets and makeshift saloons. When vigilantes make a secret hit list, Ben cashes in and buys valley land from Lucien Maxwell, a wealthy rancher who owns everything in sight, yet tolerates the miners and ranchers. But when he sells out to European investors, they demand eviction of the squatters. Many refuse to leave and when their primary advocate is brutally murdered, the Colfax County War erupts. Ben's ranch is targeted, a fact he shares with Frank Springer and Clay Allison. They discover a group of territorial officials, called the Santa Fe Ring, is behind the scheme. Ben knows neither he nor his ranch is safe as long as the powerful Ring exists. Should he risk all in a fight to expose them or abandon the valley ranch he loves?

The author, a Texan, enjoys the stunning beauty of New Mexico's Moreno Valley and admires the courageous men and women who persevered when success, even survival, seemed unlikely. Their story, the author believes, is worth telling. Glen Onley's first novel, BEYOND CONTENTMENT, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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DOÑA LONA
A Novel Based on the Life of Doña Tules
By Blanche Chloe Grant

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It was a time of turbulence, turmoil and trouble that culminated in the Mexican War and the American Army occupation of what had been part of Mexico since their independence from Spain in 1821. Doña Lona is a woman of wealth and importance in New Mexico and, as the owner of a gambling hall, she becomes involved in the politics of the time. She is a loyal supporter of the Americans and helps them in the days after the conquest when there were still pockets of rebellion. She is in the right place to act as a spy for the new government.

Doña Lona is a story based on actual history and the life of the famous gambling queen, María Gertrudis Barceló, better known as Doña Tules. The characters are all part of the real life drama of the settling of the American Southwest. Doña Tules is also the subject of another book, The Wind Leaves No Shadow by Ruth Laughlin, also published by Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series.

Blanche Chloe Grant was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1874 and died in Taos, New Mexico in 1948. A graduate of Vassar College, she also had studied art at the Art League in New York City and attended other art schools. She continued her successful art career in painting throughout her life but began a second career as a writer after moving to Taos in 1920. She began to research the history of Taos and the Southwest and the people who were part of that history. Grant wanted to make that history readily accessible to her contemporaries, so she wrote her books all based on the facts she had uncovered in her research into the past. She is also the author of When Old Trails Were New and Taos Indians, as well as the editor of Kit Carson's Own Story of His Life, all from Sunstone Press in their Southwest Heritage Series.

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THE ENEMY GODS
Facsimile of 1937 Edition with a New Foreword by Marc Simmons
By Oliver La Farge

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In his first book, the Pulitzer Prize novel Laughing Boy, Oliver La Farge gave us a superb lyrical story of Navajo Indian life. In the fullness of his maturity as a writer, he later returned to the Navajo scene with The Enemy Gods, a richer, deeper book than he had written before and its theme, both an absorbing story and a living social document, is nearer to his heart.

It centers around Myron Begay—Divine Arrow is his Indian name—a young Navajo who is apparently won away from his tribe until he believes that he can solve the problem of life by making an imitation white man out of himself. Never able to escape from what he really is—a potential leader of his own people—he becomes more and more confused until he finally breaks down and commits murder.

As one under a curse, Myron instinctively goes back into the Navajo country where he drifts as a lost soul. Through a series of superb scenes, the story rises to the final emotional crisis leading to the solution of his life.

Born in 1901, Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge is ranked among the literary lions of American Southwestern letters. Since his death in 1963, his reputation has continued to grow and new honors have been added to his name. Laughing Boy, a novel of Navajo life, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930, putting his name in lights before he was 30.

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FAIR LAUGHS THE MORN
A Historical Romance of the Anza Expedition to California, 1775–1776
By Genevieve Gray

A Historical Romance of the Anza Expedition to California, 1775–1776

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While rebel colonists in New England dump tea into Boston Harbor, a rebellious, red-haired, convent orphan a continent away in Mexico City plots to escape the stifling treadmill to which she is bound. In her post as the indentured companion of a nobleman’s spoiled daughter, fiery Gabriella Salagado is befriended by the devoted Elias Martinez and becomes his wife only to find herself drawn to the aristocratic Martin de Neve. Dreams of a new beginning lead Elias and Gabriella to follow Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza in a thousand-mile trek from Nueva Espana’s northern frontier to the California coast. Despite her youth, Gaabriella is a skilled nurse and proves useful to her fellow pioneers. The expedition faces danger and hardship. Feisty Gabriella is accused of witchcraft, challenged by superstitious paisans and manhandled by natives. But the most unexpected surprises of all await her in California.

GENEVIEVE GRAY, graduate of Arkansas and Arizona universities, is a former teacher and author of juvenile fiction and curriculum materials for the classroom.

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FEARS NO MAN
A Novel
By Tom V. Whatley

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Half-breed Cherokee warrior Tse-quo-ni fears no man. But his greatest frustration comes from his inability to win the war raging within himself. The source of his inner hell is the uninvited influence of the white man. He hates the white blood racing unwanted through his veins. He hates Franklin Adair, the white man he thought was his father. He hates Matthew McCloud, the white man his mother reveals to be his father just before her death. He hates the deceitfulness of all whites. He hates what has happened to the once proud Cherokee nation because of their rush to live like white people.

During the time of the removal of the great Cherokee nation from North Georgia and the Carolinas, he slips away and journeys West to keep the promise he made to himself the moment he learned about Matthew McCloud. The journey is a daily struggle in the war within Tse-quo-ni. This chronicle of the journey reveals each skirmish, assault, retreat, wound, and battle and the eventual resolution that surprises even this fearless warrior.

TOM V. WHATLEY lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and is the author of four Western novels. Cuts No Slack, He Ain’t Dead, Ghost Runner, and Twice As Good. He is also the author of a suspense novel, The Gatekeeper. All were published by Sunstone Press.

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FOR GOOD OR BAD
People of the Cimarron Country
By Stephen Zimmer, Editor and Compiler

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Cimarron lies nestled on the east side of the Cimarron Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northeastern New Mexico. In the 1870s it earned a reputation as a wild and woolly frontier town that resulted from an unfortunate land grant war by which the little settlement justifiably earned its name--Cimarron--meaning wild, untaimed, or unbroken. Cimarron has not outlived its reputation. For better or worse, writers began recounting the events of its turbulent years almost before the last gun shots were fired. Some embellished the truth both in book and periodical form in an attempt to make a good story even better. This compilation represents a cross-section of writings about individuals who, for good or bad, played some part in the historical or legendary tradition of Cimarron.

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THE FRENCH COMANCHE
A Novel
By Stanley T. Noyes

A boy’s tutor retells his search for the boy for seven years after he is kidnapped by the Comanches in this historical novel set in the late 1700s.

Arsène, the young son of the governor of French Louisiana, disappears in a blizzard on a trading trip in Comanche territory in 1789. For seven years, Jean-Pierre, the boy’s tutor and guardian at the time of his disappearance, searches for him on trading trips into comanchería. At last he finds him, only to discover that he has become a Comanche warrior now known as Amabate (The One Without A Head). Amabate returns to Fort St. Jean Baptiste de Natchitoches, Louisiana Territory, for a reunion with his father, but cannot be convinced to stay. “I am Comanche!” he exclaims.

Over the years, Amabate makes unannounced visits to his father’s home, sometimes with Comanche friends and relations, always painted and dressed as a warrior. Meanwhile, Amabate has joined a small band of “wolves,” braves who pledge never to back away from a battle as they roam the plains and ranges west into the mountains of New Mexico. Later he takes three wives and eventually he becomes White-Bear, a respected Comanche chieftain.

As an elderly man, Jean-Pierre tells the story of Arsène and his two worlds in a colorful combination of French, Comanche, Spanish, and English. He reflects on the verities of human relationships, his love for Arsène and for Arsène’s father, for the Comanche girl who was for a time Jean-Pierre’s wife, for his French wife, and for his Comanche “brothers.” Set in an authentic historical framework, the narrative explores the mores of two distinct cultures between the 1780s and the 1820s. We learn about the commerce of their days: stolen and traded ponies, war parties, battles with the Osage, love trysts, acts of bravery and revenge, prescient leaders, and prophetic dreams. The French Comanche is grounded in the dramatic sweep of history. The traders’ lives are affected by the French and Indian Wars, the American and French revolutions, Napoleon Bonaparte’s annexation of La Louisiane, and the Louisiana Purchase by the United States. The Comanches, ranging outside of “civilization,” are vulnerable to weather, illness, trade, enemy raids, and, as White-Bear foretells toward the end, the influx of American settlers.

Stanley T. Noyes grew up in California and was a writer, educator, and art’s administrator. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Ruhr campaign in a reconnaissance troop. They crossed the Rhine ahead of U.S. forces and later liberated slave labor camps. He was awarded the Bronze Star. When he returned he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he met and married fellow student Nancy Black in 1949 and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. For sport he rode bareback horses and bulls in rodeos in California and Nevada. Later Stan taught college at Cal extension and California College of the Arts. He lived in France with his family for about six years.

They moved to Santa Fe in 1964 and he taught at the College of Santa Fe, and briefly at the University of New Mexico. He later was a program director for the New Mexico Arts Division. Stan was a published author of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, notably Los Comanches, The Horse People, 1751–1845, a history of the Comanche Indians now from Sunstone Press in a new edition. Noyes was an avid hiker in the mountains of New Mexico often accompanied by his wolf hybrids. He spent many summers hiking the Pyrenees with his family and close French and Spanish friends.

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GAVILÁN
A Novel
By R. M. Lienau

Jesse Landry, son of a murdered Santa Fe store owner, and his friend, Army Lieutenant. Harold Beckner, uncover and thwart an armed plot to subvert the Territory of New Mexico into the Republic of Texas.

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Middle-aged Evan Landry is murdered in his Santa Fe mercantile. His twenty-something “coyote” son, Jesse, shoots and kills the murderer in self-defense, but the sheriff thinks otherwise. Fleeing the city, Jesse links up with sympathetic friends and holes up with his father's wealthy business partner, Don Nerio de Noriega, in Albuquerque. His friend, Lieutenant Harold Beckner, in the Territory of New Mexico on a secret mission from the War Department, follows. Beckner and the Army are searching for an illicit arms cache, which they had traced to Albuquerque. The smuggled arms, intended for an insurrection, are discovered, as are the plotters. Are they connected to the murder and will they meet their fate? Is Jesse cleared? And what is a Texas Ranger doing in Albuquerque?

Richard M. Lienau, with a background in electronics and computer technology, holds more than twenty U.S. Patents. He has written several novels, including Night Run, The Maltho-Rose Plot, Holy Ghost, The Truchas Light, and Legacy of the Light, the last three from Sunstone Press, along with a number of screen plays, short stories and articles. He lives in San Miguel County, New Mexico.

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GHOST RUNNER
A Reed Haddok Western
By Tom V. Whatley

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Reed Haddok was unconscious. Strong hands lifted him and took him to safety. Haddock owed his life to the owner of those hands. Time taught him that they belonged to a mysterious Indian, but Haddock didn’t have a name, a face, or a voice to use in identifying him. But he owed him. If a man was owed a whipping or a thank-you by Reed Haddok, you could count on him to pay his debt.

He soon gets his chance when he finds that the man who saved his life—Tall Tree—is now the wounded captive of an Apache war party. Haddock immediately sets out to save his new Indian friend and has a little fun at the expense of the Apaches as well. The heart pounding actions that make up the rescue, escape, and trek back to Tall Tree’s hidden village take a series of riveting, fast paced turns that will make the reader grab the saddle horn and hang on for dear life.

TOM WHATLEY is a minister, a former Infantry Officer with the U.S. Army, and an avid outdoors man. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has a keen interest in the American West and Northwest. He lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and is the author of two other Reed Haddok novels, CUTS NO SLACK and HE AIN’T DEAD, both published by Sunstone Press.

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GIRL OF THE MANZANOS
A Historical Novel
By Barbara Spencer Foster

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Mardee's father Ben had built an empire deep in New Mexico Territory. He could look around him with satisfaction at his stockpiles of lumber, herds of fat cattle, pastures of sleek and feisty racehorses, and a happy growing family. But Mardee's turquoise eyes were searching eagerly past the narrow borders of their mountain home. She soon becomes an interpreter for her father as he presides over statehood meetings. And she meets Jeff Corbin, a young ambitious lawyer from Socorro, and her tempestuous heart is set on fire. Then when New Mexico becomes a state in 1912, Jeff goes to work for the new governor in Santa Fe and promises to help Mardee get a job in the same office. This is more than the young girl can resist. She leaves her family and the gentle half-Mexican boy, Frankie Moseby, who has always loved her. What will be her fate among the strong political forces at work in this frontier town? Will she make her mark on this wild new state? And what about Jeff Corbin?

"A fast paced love story..." (HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD)

"...vivid characters, spellbinding settings, action, pathos, and humor..." (EASTLAND COUNTY NEWSPAPERS)

Barbara Spencer Foster is a third generation native of New Mexico. She often listened to her father, a long-time judge in Torrance County, tell vivid stories of his life in the Manzano Mountains as a young boy. His recollections of the New Mexico Statehood Celebration a dozen years after the turn of the twentieth century served as the inspiration for this book. The author lives part of the year in Montana and part of the year in her native New Mexico.

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GRANGER'S THREAT
A Murder Mystery Laced with a Web of Lies and Familial Contempt
By Teresa Pijoan

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In a small town in northern New Mexico a father’s untimely death leads to mayhem and murder. Families find their lives threatened once the father’s will is read for unlike his wife, he did not believe in primogeniture. Truth reveals that the father did not believe in his son Granger at all and herein begins the conflict. The father’s death was to be Granger’s salvation but Granger must now find a way to gain wealth in order to maintain a family male heir. The father’s doctor and nurse know without a doubt that the father’s death was not a natural one, but can they get the daughter Sophia to see the obvious as she suffers in her grief?

Soon Granger is shown not to be as clever as he believes himself to be when someone else—someone who wants Granger’s money and is equally as dangerous—comes on the scene and Granger soon becomes a victim. Sinister and clever machinations now outweigh truth and honesty. Sophia is not willing to let her home and her loved ones be separated from her without a fight as her relatives threaten to remove her from all she holds dear, including life itself. Can she survive and solve the mystery of her father’s death? The body count piles up as the story unfolds. What appears obvious may not be easy to prove as the prodigal son falls. Includes Readers Guide.

Teresa Pijoan was born in Espanola, New Mexico, and grew up in Indian communities where she learned the ways and legends of the Native People. Her father was a public health doctor from Barcelona and her mother was a school teacher from New York. Her grandfather was the famous Spanish author, Jose Pijoan. Teresa Pijoan is a lecturer, storyteller, research writer, and teacher and has shared her storytelling throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States. To storyteller Pijoan, myths are “magic lenses” through which cultures can be viewed, understood, and deeply appreciated. Other books by Teresa Pijoan are Dead Kachina Man, American Indian Creation Myths, Healers on the Mountain, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, Native American Creation Stories of Family and Friendship and Ways of Indian Magic, all from Sunstone Press.

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GREEN RIVER SAGA
By Rick O'Shea and Michael W. Shurgot

“O’Shea and Shurgot illuminate their story with wonderful details of life on the frontier. [T]he characters are well drawn and embellished with significant backstory.... For those looking for a quick read about violence and injustice in the Old West.” —Kirkus Review

Jeremiah Staggart, a Confederate soldier, discovers while on leave in 1863 that Union soldiers have murdered his family and burned his farm in Tennessee. Because he could not save his family, Staggart succumbs to a paralyzing guilt that leads him to the edge of madness. After the horrific battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga he deserts and, after working in Omaha for three years, arrives in Green River, Wyoming in August, 1866. There he meets Sheriff James Talbot, another Civil War veteran, who is trying to maintain peace between cattle baron Brent Tompkin and a band of Southern Cheyenne led by Chief Running Bear. Like many Cheyenne chiefs, Running Bear was infuriated by the terrible slaughter of Indians at Sand Creek, Colorado in 1864, and he has moved his tribe to the canyons northeast of Green River.

Sheriff Talbot employs Johnny Redfeather, of mixed Irish and Cheyenne heritage and also a Civil War veteran, in his efforts to maintain peace in and around Green River. When Jeremiah goes to work for Tompkin’s cattle business, he becomes deeply involved in the ensuing conflict. In his deepening delusion and search for redemption, Jeremiah, believing he is following his Biblical namesake, becomes obsessed with saving an Indian woman and her child whom he comes to believe are his lost wife and child. In the final battle at Greens Canyon the fate of Running Bear’s tribe, Johnny Redfeather, and Jeremiah’s frantic search for redemption and his lost family collide. Includes Readers Guide.

Michael W. Shurgot, PhD, retired as Professor of Humanities from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington in 2006. His publications include three books on Shakespeare, numerous scholarly and pedagogical essays on Shakespeare and modern fiction, nearly fifty theatre reviews, a memoir and six essays on baseball. He and his wife Gail live in Seattle where he still teaches part-time.

Rick O’ Shea received an Associate of Arts in Humanities from South Puget Sound Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from St. Martin’s University in Olympia, Washington. He completed additional graduate writing classes in Los Angeles. Rick is an accomplished blues guitarist and he and his wife Serafina live in Encino, California, where he writes fiction and music.

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HACIENDA
A Historical Novel of the West
By Albert R. Booky

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This historical novel begins in the 1840s when young Simon Gomez's breathtaking adventures begin to fulfill his obsessive dream for success.

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HE AIN'T DEAD
A Reed Haddok Western
By Tom V. Whatley

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Beecham had planned to control the territory and its rich gold deposits around Prescott, Arizona. He had been stopped dead in his tracks by the relatively unknown young man from Texas named Haddok. Haddok had given him such a beating that Beecham shuddered in fear of ever seeing him again. But Haddok stood between him and his plans. Haddok had to die. But how?

The answer came in the form of a large price on Haddok's head payable to whoever killed him. Beecham had no guts, but plenty of money and there were people who would kill for it. Filipe Mendoza, the leader of a gang of outlaws along the Mexican border, jumped at the offer. Reubin Partlow, a sulking back shooter known as the Executioner, couldn't get there fast enough. And Raven Stull, a strikingly beautiful saloon girl saw it as her chance of a lifetime.

They, along with others, learned that killing somebody for money was not all they thought it would be. They overlook the simple fact that Bud Haddok would require a mite more killing than most folks.

TOM WHATLEY is a minister, a former Infantry Officer with the U.S. Army, and an avid outdoorsman. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has a keen interest in the west and northwest. He lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His first novel, CUTS NO SLACK, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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HOME LIGHT BURNING
A Novel Based on Actual Facts and Events
By Jim H. Ainsworth

"This exceptionally well written work is highly recommended." HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

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Lev and Hy Rivers have been taught by their Choctaw grandmother that signs portend good and evil and that birds, animals, and the wind speak to us. One brother believes—one does not. When Lev is shot and left for dead, Hy finds him and carries him toward Texas and home. Olivia Brand, a doctor’s daughter, tends Lev’s wound inside a tavern owned by a man named Filson. The brothers flee when Filson accuses them of horse theft and murder. Olivia flees with them and Lev falls in love with her, but cannot accept her past with Filson, a man surrounded by evil signs.

At war’s end, officers warn Lev and Hy that the rivers of Texas will run red with the blood of former Confederates. The specter of defeat hangs heavy on the returning soldiers, and violence strikes before they reach home. It continues to stalk them as they try to piece together shattered former lives. The brothers bear the burden—until violence visits their families. Then they seek vengeance.

Jim Ainsworth made a covered wagon and horseback trip across Texas to retrace the journey his ancestors had made two generations earlier and wrote Biscuits Across the Brazos, now available from Sunstone Press, to chronicle the trip. He is an award-winning author of seven other books. This is his fourth novel. His last novel, Rivers Ebb, also from Sunstone Press, was a finalist for Writers Digest International Book Award and Writers League of Texas Violet Crown Award. Find out more at www.jimainsworth.com.

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HOW FAR THE MOUNTAIN
A Novel
By Robert K. Swisher Jr.

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How Far The Mountain is the story of a man, a woman, and a mountain. The woman, from the city, must go to the mountain to discover who she is after her husband’s death from cancer. The man, a cowboy, must force himself to go to the mountain and make a shrine from the bones of ‘Texas Lady,’ the horse his wife was riding when she was killed by lightning. The mountain is only a mountain but, in itself, is the creator of stories more profound than any two peoples’ needs. The woman, after her husband’s death, is thrown into a world she does not understand. She forces herself to go alone to the mountain in an attempt to chase away the loneliness that tugs at the corners of her heart.

The man has spent his life guiding people into the mountains. Now lost, after the mountain has killed his wife, and accompanied by his dog, Gypsy, he returns to the mountain to try and rid himself of the demons that control his every moment. The man and woman both have needs and desires, but life has destroyed their dreams. They both are desperately seeking love but they are afraid to reach out, fearing if they find love it will only end in another tragedy.

The man and woman, unknown to each other, start from opposite sides of the mountain toward the same meadow. It is only by chance they see each other in the distance--one waves but one ignores it, afraid of the warmth from a wave. During the man and woman’s exodus the mountain spins its history: stories of its beginning, tales of miners, trees so large they touch the heavens, Indians, outlaws, gamblers, dreamers, great bears, thundering storms, bones and circling ravens.

How Far The Mountain is a quest for the human spirit and a tribute to the earth’s healing magic. A novel that will leave you warm and knowing that no matter what tragedy life brings, there is always hope.

ROBERT K. SWISHER JR. has been a ranch foreman and a mountain guide. He knows the outdoors and western history, and has successfully combined these interests in stories, poems and novels. He is also the author of The Land, Fatal Destiny, Only Magic, The Last Narrow Gauge Train Robbery, Last Day In Paradise and Love Lies Bleeding, all from Sunstone Press. Of The Land, Publishers Weekly said: “If there were a category of historical romances written for men, this moving novel would fit the bill.”

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IN THIS EARTH AND IN HEAVEN
A Novel of the American West
By Kennith Swinford

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Even though seventeen year old Eddy Gavolin gut shot his drunken stepfather, the older man managed to get a lucky stab that killed the youth’s mother. She died in his arms without revealing his real father’s identity. And after she was put to rest in the New Mexico desert the stark realization infected him—he had a hell of a mountain to climb. Not only was he a country boy with Indian blood, he was a real life bastard as well.

Under the tutelage of Deputy Dave Brinkle and Lambert Snodgrass, a transplanted Texas oil field driller, he starts his climb toward fortune after he discovers large quantities of coal on the old family sheep ranch. But with wealth came more problems, more sex, more alcohol and he was denied hunger his first true love, Gloria Drake.

To cleanse his body, mind and soul, he seeks a spiritual communication from his deceased Bible totin’ Grandpappy Gavolin and finally finds deliverance.

After graduating from a small Texas school in the nineteen fifties, Kennith Swinford left the East Texas cow pastures and cotton patches in order to seek success in the booming oil fields of southeast New Mexico. After several years he returned to the Lone Star State, got married and pursued residential construction. During this time, the idea for this novel came to his mind. After retiring from Mt. Vernon I. S. D. as a Vocational Education Instructor, he completed In This Earth and In Heaven.

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THE IRISH SINGER
The Untold Story Of The West’s Most Celebrated Outlaw
By Chuck Pinnell

“I first heard about Henry McCarty from Chuck’s brother, director Eagle Pennell, decades ago. Chuck had uncovered an exciting take on Billy the Kid, and Eagle was obsessed with it. Unfortunately, the revisionist Western they might have made never happened, but that untold origin narrative has finally emerged as a well-crafted novel, with an incredible story to tell.” —Richard Linklater, Film Director. *CLICK ON "MOVIE/TV TREATMENT" BELOW.*

His name is Henry McCarty. One day the lad will be christened Billy the Kid and achieve world fame. But in 1875 he is just an obscure orphaned runaway traveling the Southwestern frontier. Enthralled with Hispanic culture and immersed in the twin arts of gambling and gunplay, Henry McCarty comes of age in boomtowns and barrios, in the wilds of the Chihuahua desert and the rugged high country of pine clad mountains.

After two years on the fertile training ground of an outpost named Camp Grant, a deadly encounter sends Henry back into the desert. An ominous journey follows, ultimately delivering him to Lincoln County, New Mexico, looking for redemption. He finds honest employment cowboying for a resolute young Englishman named John Tunstall, a twenty-three-year-old with an Oxford education and the world-weary look of a poet. But Henry quickly becomes entangled in the Londoner’s wildly escalating mercantile dispute. To survive, he must navigate a Russian novel’s wealth of characters and follow the tit for tat of a complex range war to its fiery conclusion.

Haunted by an Irish childhood in the slums of New York City, this strange boy possesses a stinging IQ and an epic grin, soaring ambitions and a fine tenor voice. When thrown into a hurricane of violence, Henry McCarty rises with an impassioned cause and a farsighted awareness of the machinery of fame and fate.

Chuck Pinnell is a veteran Austin guitarist, producer, film score composer and now, with the publication of The Irish Singer, a first-time novelist. He was born a short drive from the New Mexico border in Andrews, Texas, the grandson of a West Texas cattleman. In the late 1950s Chuck’s father resettled his wife and two sons in east Texas and entered a career in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M. His children grew up in the provincial town of College Station with A&M’s sprawling campus a few blocks out the front door. Both brothers gravitated to the creative mecca of nearby Austin soon after graduating high school. Chuck began his professional life by contributing a rousing guitar soundtrack to his filmmaking older brother’s first short feature, Hell of a Note. Chuck Pinnell went on to score a number of classic Texas films including The Whole Shoot’n Match, Last Night at the Alamo and An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story as well as perform, produce, and record with many of the most talented musical artists in Texas. In 2018, Pinnell completely shifted gears with a deliberate retreat from the world of guitars, songwriters, and filmmakers to focus on a life-long passion—the untold origin story of Billy the Kid—returning three years later with an intensely researched and well-crafted novel. Bringing that story to the world was a shared obsession with his late-great indie pioneer brother, Eagle Pennell. The Irish Singer brings that quest full circle and the pact is finally complete.

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KIVA
A Novel
By Ronald K. Wetherington

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When an archaeology student excavates the final layer of debris filling an ancient pueblo room, she dramatically and unexpectedly exposes a sacred kiva lying below. The sinister events that follow, including a murder, hurl the young Graciella into a vortex of dangers from both past and present. With the help of an Apache detective investigating the murder, she attempts to escape from haunting forces that seek to destroy her, while treading a serpentine path that crosses the line between myth and reality. This tale of a prehistoric pueblo and its living descendents confronts one of humankind’s most ancient questions: can the past reach into the present and can the present influence what happened long ago?

Ronald Wetherington is professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He has conducted archaeological investigations in Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, and New Mexico. His excavations in the Taos area form the basis for this novel. He is former director of the Fort Burgwin Research Center near Taos. He has extensive publications in both physical anthropology and archaeology, including Ceran St. Vrain: American Frontier Entrepreneur from Sunstone Press.

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THE LAND
A Novel of the West
By Robert K. Swisher, Jr.

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Crumbling Indian and Spanish ruins, lost gold and a modern ranch are all part of THE LAND where centuries of men and women have lived, loved, fought and died. It is a novel of their hopes, dreams of wealth and power, their lust and greed. Symbolic of what this piece of earth means is the spear point made by Silver Moon and cast aside to be found by each successive generation. The spear point fills each possessor with the vision of the past and these ghostly visions have a determining effect on the fate of those who hold it in their hands. In the end, it is this ancient spear point that saves the ranch and its owner from disaster.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reported: “Devil’s Peak is the spiritual center of a certain section of dry, alkaline land in New Mexico. Its flat top decorated with powerful primitive drawings, the peak oversees the passage of time and the passions of man in Swisher’s historical saga. If there were a category of historical romance written for men, this moving novel would fit the bill."

ROBERT K. SWISHER JR. has been a ranch foreman and a mountain guide. An individual who knows the outdoors and western history, he has successfully combined these interests in stories, poems and novels. He is also the author of THE LAST NARROW GAUGE TRAIN ROBBERY, FATAL DESTINY, ONLY MAGIC, LOVE LIES BLEEDING, and LAST DAY IN PARADISE, all from Sunstone Press.

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THE LAST DAY IN PARADISE
A Novel
By Robert K. Swisher Jr.

“…a rousing adventure story with gangsters and blood-letting, making it a new kind of Western that will surely attract readers.” (The Des Moines Register)

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Banjo Ortega, an old Mexican bandit who hates white people, and Rodney Slugger, a down on his luck white cowboy from Montana, are both men who know they are living relics of the old West. But no matter what, they must hang onto what they are no matter the hardships.

Banjo Ortega is 85 years old and scratches out a living on 80 acres of land in New Mexico that has been in his family for generations. Mr. Cook, the new owner of the 167,000 acre Last Day in Paradise Ranch, wants Banjo's land for a subdivision and fences off a tiny trickle of water that Banjo and his ancestors used to water their few sheep. But Banjo will not sell. They must kill him.

Rodney Slugger becomes the foreman of the Last Day in Paradise Ranch and meets Banjo when he has to fix the fence that Banjo keeps cutting so his sheep can drink. What first starts out as hatred slowly turns into a deep friendship. Together they fight the efforts of Mr. Cook and his gangsters to buy Banjo's land.

Banjo has a son, Armondo, who is an up and coming artist in Santa Fe. Although Banjo loves his son he cannot tell him, because to Banjo, Armondo has forsaken his people and gone off in search of the white man's way.

Angelena, Banjo's wife, is caught between her husband and her son. She is devout, stoic, and in tune with the ways of men. Karen, a painter who rents a house on the ranch, falls in love with Rodney, but knows deep in her heart he will only ride away. Rodney loves Karen but feels he is not good enough for her and clings to the only thing he knows, loneliness.

A moving novel about the shrinking west, greed, love, devotion, murder, and a statement that all mankind should have the right to live the way they choose and can work through their differences.

ROBERT K. SWISHER JR. has been a ranch foreman and a mountain guide. An individual who knows the outdoors and western history, he has successfully combined these interests in stories, poems and novels. He is also the author of THE LAND, FATAL DESTINY, ONLY MAGIC, THE LAST NARROW GAUGE TRAIN ROBBERY and LOVE LIES BLEEDING, all from Sunstone Press. Of THE LAND, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said: “If there were a category of historical romances written for men, this moving novel would fit the bill.”

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THE LAST NARROW GAUGE TRAIN ROBBERY
A Thoroughly Modern Western Novel
By Robert K. Swisher, Jr.

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They could be your next-door neighbors—Bill Masterson, Ronnie Wild, Riley Page and Frank Cummings—ex-hippies now living outwardly responsible and respectable lives. But these model citizens still yearn for the old days of freedom. Finally they find a way to break out of the mold and do something daring and different: robbing the tourist-crowded narrow gauge train. This completely modern western is filled with humor and sly glances at today’s society.

ROBERT K. SWISHER JR. has been a ranch foreman and a mountain guide. An individual who knows the outdoors and western history, he has successfully combined these interests in stories, poems and novels. He is also the author of THE LAND, FATAL DESTINY, ONLY MAGIC, LAST DAY IN PARADISE and LOVE LIES BLEEDING, all from Sunstone Press. Of THE LAND, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said: “If there were a category of historical romances written for men, this moving novel would fit the bill.” A screenplay has been written. It is destined to be a movie!

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THE LAST TRAIL WEST
A Western Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

The final volume in the 8-volume series follows the unending series of natural and man-made disasters that forever changed the cattle culture of Texas: epic blizzards and drought, “The Great War,” the Spanish influenza epidemic, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and the crushing toll that it took on one Texas family.

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Aaron Turner is nearing the peak of his success in ranching and other ventures in this eighth and final volume of the Western Quest Series. The story follows the unending series of natural and man-made disasters that forever changed the cattle culture of Texas: epic blizzards and drought, “The Great War,” the Spanish influenza epidemic, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and the crushing toll that it took on one Texas family. But it also chronicles their resilience, determination and values that saw them through to the other side. Here is a record of hope, redemption, and quiet inner strength as Aaron Turner travels that last trail west that we must all take. May we all do so with the character and dignity of this fine man.

Stephen L. Turner is a fifth generation Texan and eighth generation American. His life’s dream was to have a successful rural medical practice, a good ranch with quality cattle and horses, and a fine home for his family. Having attained those goals, he retired from medicine, sold their home and ranch on the plains, and moved with his wife to the south Texas coast. He enjoys the role of grandfather to his three granddaughters and still pursues his writing, hunting and fishing, but now in the shade of live oak and palm trees. He is a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, the Texas Genealogical Society, and the Western Writers of America. He is the author of the seven other books in the Western Quest Series, all from Sunstone Press.

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LITTLE KERBER CREEK
A Novel
By Pat Chamberlain Murray

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The telegraph he had gotten from Kathryn, the niece he hadn’t seen in years, left Rick Barnett, a miner turned rancher, with an unsettled feeling. How should he respond to her urgent request? Why would she want to leave Lexington, Kentucky and come to the rugged West of 1878? The journey would be long, traveling by train and stagecoach, and could she adapt from the luxury she was accustomed to and live a more primitive life on a ranch in Colorado?

But he agrees for her to come, and the events in this novel, centering around the towns of Villa Grove and Bonanza, Colorado prior to the gold and silver mining boom, feature elements of surprise, humor, laughter and tears, all leading to how tragic events can changes the lives of those involved.

Pat Chamberlain Murray was born in Milwaukee, but lived in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Having gone to the top of Pikes Peak in high school, she was drawn to the West. After time in Durango, Colorado, then later in Apache Junction and Mesa, Arizona, the Rocky Mountains lured her back to Colorado where she met her husband, Mike, a Del Norte, Colorado native. Here she got her first horse and rode him in parades. Pat and Mike now make their home in the San Luis Valley.

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MAIL ORDER BRIDE
A Western Tale of Love and Fate
By Leo Du Lac

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Buck Garett is foreman on his brother’s ranch, and goes regularly to the cantina in Las Collinas for a night with Zulinda. She is the only woman in the Arizona Territory who will share her bed with him, and even that has a price—a dollar.

Although Buck is really in love with his brother’s wife, whom he has rescued from the Indians, he begins to think he should have a wife of his own. He has the local scribe write a letter answering an ad in a Chicago paper from a nurse who will marry a well-to-do rancher. But Buck, no well-to-do rancher, is half drunk and doesn’t remember doing this.

Beautiful and young Suzy Carver accepts the offer and is soon on her way. That’s when the trouble begins. And then there is the determined Frenchman, not to mention the Apaches robbing wagon trains. Buck has his hands full.

Leo Du Lac wrote his first novel in high school before he had scarcely read a book all the way through. In college he took several writing courses and was determined to become a writer. Then he married the first girl who proposed to him. After two daughters and three sons he had to make a living for them and “did his best,” he says, in the construction business, following in his father’s footsteps. But writing was in his blood and he is now the author of Gardening in the Dry Lands, Fireproof Homebuilding, The Haunted Hogan, and numerous articles. Mail Order Bride, based on family history, is his first novel from Sunstone Press.

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MEDICINE WOMAN'S REVENGE
The Life and Times of an Apache Woman
By Bud Shapard

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In 1866, a Chiricahua Apache girl, Dah-zhonne, was eleven years old when a Mexican army unit attacked and decimated her band’s village. The horrible affair changed her life forever and she swore vengeance on the Mexican colonel, Lorenzo Garcia, who led the attack. Orphaned in the massacre, Dah-zhonne was rescued by American troops and adopted by an army surgeon, Jack Morgan. Morgan and his wife, Mary, soon moved to Philadelphia with the Indian girl they renamed Jada Morgan. Jada lived the upscale life of a wealthy young woman; apprenticed in Dr. Morgan’s medical practice; and received her MD degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. After two failed love affairs, she returned to the Southwest and became involved in a series of thrilling but sometimes dangerous adventures. Forced into Mexico by tribal dissidents where she was captured by Garcia, the man who killed her parents years earlier, she faces a lifetime as the colonel’s sex slave. But Jada escapes with six other women, and this daring breakout brings more unexpected dangers than they imagined. Includes Readers Guide.

Association with a Chiricahua Apache family for 19 years gives Bud Shapard an exceptional insight into Apache history and culture. His background in Indian history and culture was honed as the Research Services Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. After his retirement to the North Carolina mountains in 1988, he spent his time writing. His first book, Chief Loco: Apache Peacemaker (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010), was the winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award for a Multi-cultural Subject.

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MISS EMILY
The Yellow Rose of Texas, A Novel
By Ben Durr with Anne Corwin

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In this epic saga that blends legend and fact, Miss Emily Morgan, once known as Rose, uses her breathtaking beauty and intelligence to charm every man who crosses her path, and through soaring ambition, loyalty, and suffering helps determine the future of the Republic of Texas as well as the United States. This is surprising since the women of her lineage are slaves. But she is an exceptional woman whose dream to "be somebody special" prompts her to make choices that find her entangled in an adventure of love, friendship, romance, rebellion, rapid change, disappointment, and joy during the days of slavery. Her triumphs and tragedies revolve around historically accurate events as she pursues a life of compromise and betrayal. Along the way, the reader is swept into a web of drama and excitement, building up to the surrender of Generalissimo Santa Anna de Lopez's sword, army and Mexico's claim of the frontier land of Texas to General Sam Houston and his ill-disciplined Texans following the Battle of San Jacinto.

THE UVALDE LEADER-NEWS reports: "The authors' Miss Emily is a feminist at a time when women's roles were defined by men. It took inspired writing to convince me that a mulatto woman could make her way from New York to Buffalo Bayou, but convince me they did. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to a historical novelist is that the line between fiction and fact blurs to the point of indistinction. 'Miss Emily' is well worth reading, even for those not particularly interested in Texas history.

BEN DURR, a farm boy from Lincoln County, Mississippi, has lived in Texas the past 40 years and is currently CEO of Memorial Hospital in Uvalde, Texas. He spends free time with his wife, three children and three grandchildren at his wife's Casa de Leona Bed & Breakfast on the Leona River. Growing up on a farm with sharecroppers gave him insight on the cultural and societal structures of the South. Durr has visited all the sites involved in the Battle of San Jacinto and has spent the last 20 years researching, collecting and refining the spurious details of the heroine in this book, his first novel.

ANNE CORWIN spent the first 10 years of her life in the mountains of Colombia where her parents were missionaries. Following her marriage and birth of her daughter, she gained a master's degree in social work and years of experience in journalism, she has spent much of her adult life traveling, taking her personal sense of God into the worlds of professional charity and public opinion. Living in a cabin near the Nueces River, she now tends a garden and finds herself amazed to be in Texas.

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MONUMENT IN THE STORM
A Town Spawned from the Violence of New Mexico History
By John A. Truett

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In 1875, Lieutenant Colonel William R. Shafter and his courageous Buffalo Soldiers, dying of thirst on the Staked Plains, discover a life-saving spring in southeastern New Mexico Territory. As a guide to future settlers seeking water, they build a monument of glistening white rock on a nearby plateau, a spot known today as the community of Monument, New Mexico. Around this landmark, John A. Truett has fashioned a novel about the exciting adventures of Cassandra, a young girl who, in 1875, marries an Army captain and forges her way west, struggling against fire, flood, blood-thirsty Indians and a tumultuous love for the man she ought to hate. Two other novels by Mr. Truett have been published by Sunstone Press: Clay Allison, Legend of Cimarron and To Die in Dinetah, The Dark Legacy of Kit Carson.

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MONUMENTAL GHOSTS
Spooks and Where They Hang Out
By Alice Bullock

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What do the Dorsey Mansion, Fort Union, the Vietnam Memorial Chapel, Quarai, White Sands, and Coronado State Monument in New Mexico have in common? They all have ghosts connected with their histories! Alice says, “The ghosts in this volume are all ‘residents’ of national or state monuments. But the ghosts in New Mexico, unlike those of say, the British Isles, are rarely vicious or frightening. They are gentle ghosts and more afraid of us, apparently, than we are of them.” Alice Bullock shares these and other ghostly tales with us in this collection of Southwestern legends, all explained in twenty stories that include the mysterious “Blue Lady” of Quarai National Monument.

Alice Bullock explored “the land of enchantment” in depth, ferreting out the legends and folklore of New Mexico. An “almost-native” New Mexican (she arrived in the area at age eight) Alice grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Colfax County High School in Raton. She became a country school teacher and then a reporter and freelance writer. She is also the author of Mountain Villages of New Mexico, Loretto and the Miraculous Staircase, and Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, all from Sunstone Press.

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MOUNTAIN LION CHARLIE
A Novel
By Barend Van Kimball

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Mountain Lion Charlie was a real person. Those few who were fortunate to know him and those who heard hand-me-down tales romanced his deeds unnecessarily. Charlie’s truths are more than sufficient. A mountain of a man, his life began in the late eighteen hundreds and extended through almost three quarters of the twentieth century. His is far different from the typical mountain man tales. There is little typicalness in Charlie’s story. Born in the wilderness, raised in the wilderness like no other, he became truly one with its wild inhabitants, his beloved mountains and above all their spirit. His personal unique existence abounded in adventure. A walking legend in elusive solitude that from the continent-long Rockies to the majestic High Sierra, inhospitable deserts and badlands to inaccessible mountain tops he mysteriously came and went, rarely retracing his steps. Stride for stride, mile by mile no man’s moccasin prints ever trekked more land or blazed new trails. This is his story, from birth to his disappearance.

Barend Van Kimball has spent decades trekking the Eastern Sierra mountain ranges. He was the first white man invited into the Big Pine sweat lodge and taught arrowhead making at the Paiute educational center. Prior to the 1970s he attended graduate school at Pepperdine University and was employed as a human factor engineer in Los Angeles before settling in Bishop, California, the permanent home for him, his wife and his eight children. Love of the great outdoors, the Sierras and the White Mountains are his most endearing pastimes. Owen’s River trout and the occasional mule deer grace his table. He is also the author of Tuck and Nip from Sunstone Press.

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MOUNTAIN VILLAGES
Stories of History and Hearsay
By Alice Bullock

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Done in her swift, story-telling style, Alice Bullock creates a fine mixture of history and hearsay so that we can never forget what once was . . . in our haste to be a part of what now is. The book tells of the small New Mexico villages with light-hearted charm, but also tells a great many unforgettable facts in a style that has won Mrs. Bullock a wide national readership.

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MOUNTAINS OF THE BLUE STONE
A Contemporary Novel of Redemption
By Dorothy Cave

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Fleeing his plush decaying world and a marriage gone stale, Drake Cavanaugh is badly injured while staging his own death. Found unconscious, he is carried to the tiny Hispanic village of Descanso, high and remote in the mountains of New Mexico. Here, in this “forgotten pocket of God’s overalls,” begins his cure—physical, metaphysical, and intellectual. Here he becomes increasingly part of a strange world of saints and witches and ancient gods, of murder, mysticism, and miracles. And from here he eventually returns with a truth that is not what he sought.

Dorothy Cave spent much of her childhood exploring with her geologist father the isolated villages and mountains of northern New Mexico, a practice she continues today. Although her formal education was at Agnes Scott College and the Universities of Colorado and Wyoming, she feels her true education has come from these remote but rapidly vanishing hamlets and pueblos and from the soil-rooted wisdom of those who live in them. Cave has traveled widely, danced with the Atlanta Ballet, acted, and taught. She is the author of three histories: Beyond Courage, which won the New Mexico Presswomen’s Zia Award, Four Trails to Valor and God’s Warrior, as well as a novel, Song on a Blue Guitar, all from Sunstone Press.

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A NATION OF SHEPHERDS
A Novel Based on a True Story
By Donald L. Lucero

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Driven into exile from Carmena, Spain, in 1577, to escape the threat of death by the Inquisition, the Robledo family immigrates first to New Spain and then joins the Onate colonial expedition in 1596 to New Mexico. Set against the historically accurate backdrop of the colonial enterprise, and conveying a sense of New Mexico’s vast wilderness, freshness, beauty, and soul, the novel brings to life a courageous and devoted family bent on establishing a new homeland. Here is the true story of the Robledos’ tragic year of 1598 in which they suffer the deaths of two family members: Pedro Robledo the elder, from a prolonged illness and the rigors of the trail; and his son, Pedro Robledo the younger, as the result of an Indian attack at the Pueblo of Acoma in which eleven Spanish soldiers are killed.

The difficulties of maintaining the colony during an era which would later become known as “The Little Ice Age” are revealed in intimate detail. Lacking adequate harvests, and semi-dependent upon their Pueblo Indian neighbors into whose villages the Spaniards have moved, the colonists are eventually reduced to eating roasted cowhides even as the Indians are eating dirt, coal, and ashes.

In the end, some family members return to New Spain in 1601.

DONALD LUCERO, who traces his ancestry to 16 adult members of the Onate expedition, grew up in northern New Mexico where an indelible mark was left on him by the region’s historical past. His study of this 350-year history resulted in his first book, "The Adobe Kingdom," a 12-generational study of two colonial families. Described by one reviewer as “superbly researched and written," it was recently showcased at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Dr. Lucero was educated in the Las Vegas schools through college where he received his B.A. in history from New Mexico Highlands University. He holds graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina and the University of New Mexico where he received his doctorate in 1970. He now lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Beth, where he is a psychologist. "A Nation of Shepherds" is his first novel.

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NO PRETTY PICTURE
Maud Hawk Wright and Villa’s Raid on Columbus
By Michael Archie Hays

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A testament to strength and determination, Maud Hawk Wright recounts the true story of a young American woman who is kidnapped from her ranch in Chihuahua during the Mexican Revolution by Villista raiders. The raiders force her and her husband off their land, leaving their infant child with a hired hand, and shortly afterward, murdering her husband.

Bereft and grieving, Maud is taken to Pancho Villa’s encampment in the mountains, peopled by hundreds of revolutionaries, preparing for action. To her surprise, Maud is chosen to ride with Villa and four hundred of his soldiers to the north. Enduring a brutal nine-day trek through the mountains of northern Mexico with Villa and his small army, Maud witnesses the violent mania of Villa and his officers and learns the stories of people who follow him.

During the ride, Maud learns that she will become a participant in Villa’s grandiose plan to invade the United States. Before dawn of the ninth day of Maud’s captivity, she finds herself riding as a member of Villa’s army as it crosses the border to attack a small border town, Columbus, New Mexico. What happens is surprising.

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ON THE CAMINO REAL
A Western Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

A young Scots Irishman in 1815 participates in the Battle of New Orleans through the turmoil of Mexico’s revolt from Spain in this work of creative non-fiction.

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Aaron Turner was a third generation American. His grandfather, Thomas Turner, first appearing in Out of the Wilderness, had come from Ireland to settle in South Carolina. In this second installment in the Western Quest Series, Aaron hears the call of the West, like many Americans of the period. Each time Aaron travels to Vera Cruz, New Orleans or Natchitoches on trading ventures, he hears more and more about Texas. Finally, seduced by the lure of the unknown, he leads an expedition down the Camino Real through the heart of Texas.

He encounters a land of abundant resources and tremendous potential, but also great danger. Although his party had to battle Karankawa and Comanche Indians, he falls under the spell of Texas. Aaron finds his “promised land” where the Camino Real crosses the Navasota River, on the edge of what would become Austin’s Colony. Can he turn his dreams into reality? There will be many miles to travel, many tears and much blood to shed before he will know the answer.

This second in the Series takes Aaron from a participant at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 through the turmoil of Mexico’s revolt from Spain and the growing pains of the new Republic of Mexico. He will become acquainted with Lieutenant Colonel Santa Anna and a land speculator, Stephen F. Austin. Both will play significant roles in his future.

Stephen L. Turner was born a fifth generation Texan, sixth generation Arkansan, and an eighth generation American. His youth was steeped in the history and culture of his heritage. He graduated from Texas Tech School of Medicine, and has worked as a pediatrician in rural Plainview, Texas since 1984. He is married with two married children. He spends his free time running their panhandle ranch, raising horses and hunting. He enjoys reading and writing historical fiction.

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ON THE ROAD TO GLORY
A Western Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

This fifth in the Western Quest Series follows Aaron Lloyd Turner, his brothers David and Noah, and their brother-in-law, Pinckney Hawkins, through the greatest tragedy in American history, the Civil War.

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On the Road to Glory, the fifth volume in the Western Quest Series, follows Aaron Lloyd Turner, his brothers David and Noah, and their brother-in-law, Pinckney Hawkins, through the greatest tragedy in American history, the Civil War. Aaron’s father had died when he was only a toddler. He was raised by his mother, Nancy, and his brothers and sister. As the drum beat of war sounded, Aaron’s brothers decided to enlist. Not to be left behind, Aaron lied about his age and enlisted as a big for his age twelve year old.

Aaron thought he was departing for the adventure of a lifetime as they rode proudly out of Texas with the Fifteenth Regiment. He was captured at the fall of Fort Hindman, Arkansas and spent time in the notorious Camp Stephen Douglas. He fought at Chickamauga, where he killed his first man. He knew victories and defeats at Chattanooga, the Atlanta and Tennessee Campaigns. He fought under the great leaders of the war in the west, Braxton Bragg, Joseph Johnston, and John Bell Hood. He found that what had appeared to be the road to glory was the highway to hell. He struggles to survive and return home to Texas a world weary fifteen year old, a changed young man.

Stephen L. Turner was born a fifth generation Texan, sixth generation Arkansan, and eighth generation American. His youth was steeped in the history and culture of his heritage. A graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine, he has worked as a pediatrician in rural Plainview, Texas since 1984. He is married with two married children. His other time is spent on their panhandle ranch, raising horses and hunting. His other novels in the Western Quest Series to date are Out of the Wilderness, On the Camino Real, Under Troubled Skies, and Ride for the Lone Star, all available from Sunstone Press.

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ON THE WESTERN TRAIL
A Western Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

This seventh volume in the Western Quest Series, follows the rough and tumble life of Aaron Lloyd Turner as the burgeoning cattle business reaches its zenith and gradual decline to something more like what we know today. Aaron and his friends hit their stride in the cattle business busting maverick cattle out of the wild lands along the far reaches of the Colorado River at the very edge of frontier Texas and driving the wild hardy longhorns up the newly opened Western Trail to Dodge City, Kansas, the “Babylon of the Plains.”

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On the Western Trail, the seventh book in the Western Quest Series, follows the rough and tumble life of Aaron Lloyd Turner as the burgeoning cattle business reaches its zenith and gradual decline to something more like what we know today. Aaron and his friends hit their stride in the cattle business busting maverick cattle out of the wild lands along the far reaches of the Colorado River at the very edge of frontier Texas and driving the wild hardy longhorns up the newly opened Western Trail to Dodge City, Kansas, the “Babylon of the Plains.” They battled Indians and nature itself to get there. But change was already in the wind.

Windmills and water wells expanded the vast areas of previously unusable prairie to grazing. Barbed wire established boundaries of ownership and made gathering far-flung herds a thing of the past. It also gave the cattlemen the opportunity to fence good English bulls with their longhorns resulting in much better and earlier maturing animals.

But the final nail in the coffin of the wild and wooly days of the cattle drive was the arrival of the railroad across Texas. Cattle drives that had taken three or four months could be made in a one to a few days. New towns, such as Abilene, Texas, replaced Dodge City. The ever adaptable Aaron was a leader in implementing these changes and establishing for generations yet unborn a new type of sustainable ranching in Texas.

Aaron also comes into his own as a man. He discovers his inner strength and values and his natural leadership shines through, even as he wrestles with inner demons. He meets and marries, Ella, the love of his life. Finding a foundation that will sustain him through his long life, he rediscovers a relationship with God as a grown man, replacing the war shattered doubts of his youth.

Stephen L. Turner is a fifth generation Texan, sixth generation Arkansan and eighth generation American. He is a graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine, and has worked as a pediatrician in rural Plainview, Texas since 1984. He is married with two married children. Injuries have forced his retirement from ranching and training horses. He is a member of Sons of the Confederacy, Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, the Texas Genealogical Society, and the Western Writers of America. He is also the author of Out of the Wilderness, On the Camino Real, Under Troubled Skies, Ride for the Lone Star, On the Road to Glory, and Up From the Ashes, all from Sunstone Press.

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THE PAIN AND THE SORROW
A Moreno Valley, New Mexico Territory Historical Novel
By Loretta Miles Tollefson

Based on the true story of the 1860s New Mexico Territory teenager who was married to serial killer Charles Kennedy.

“…a vivid, pull-no-punches trip to the 1860s ‘Wild West’” —Historical Novel Review, November 1, 2017

It’s 1867 in New Mexico Territory. A log cabin huddles at the base of a lonely mountain pass east of Taos. Travelers who stop to rest and eat here should be careful how they look at the teenager who serves their food. Her husband, Charles Kennedy, is subject to jealous rages. At least, he says that’s why he kills and then robs the unwary. And then a baby is born. How can she raise a child in such circumstances? When Gregoria finally gets up the courage to go for help, she discovers that frontier justice can be as ugly as the actions it seeks to punish. This historical novel is based on the true story of the 1860s New Mexico Territory teenager who was married to serial killer Charles Kennedy. Includes Readers Guide.

Loretta Miles Tollefson grew up in the American West in a mountainside log cabin built by her grandfather. She holds two Master of Arts degrees from the University of New Mexico. She lives in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains, where she seeks to accurately transform historical data about the region into fiction. She is the author of three poetry collections, two novels, and two collections of historical micro-fiction.


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PARKER'S COLT
A Novel of New Mexico Ranch Life
By Stephen Zimmer

A novel of contemporary ranch life in New Mexico covering the adventures of two fourteen year-old boys and the birth of a colt.

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Parker Smith and Joe Dan Peters are fourteen-year-old cowboys and best friends. They are out of school for the summer and looking forward to many cowboy adventures in the New Mexico ranch country that is their home. Parker’s summer begins with the birth of a colt by one of his family’s mares which his father gives him to break and train. In addition, Parker and his friend spend their time doing what ranch kids do, anything from branding calves to doctoring sick cattle, and fixing fences. But they also find time to visit their favorite swimming hole, search for Indian relics, and take horseback trips to visit friends. The highlight of the summer is the 4th of July rodeo where they compete and enjoy the festivities of their town’s annual cowboy reunion.

They end their summer helping gather mother cows and calves out of the mountain high country where they have been pastured for the past several months. The roundup is held over the Labor Day weekend and not only signals the end of summer, but their return to school as well.

Stephen Zimmer’s book is an authentic portrayal of contemporary ranch life in New Mexico where horses are still an integral part of working ranches. Zimmer lives outside Cimarron, New Mexico where he writes about western art and ranch life. He is also the author of For Good or Bad, People of the Cimarron Country; Western Animal Heroes, An Anthology of Stories by Ernest Thompson Seton, and Cowboy Days, Stories of the New Mexico Range, all published by Sunstone Press. With his wife, Shari, and sons, Parker and Marshall, he raises and trains registered ranch Quarter Horses.

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PECOS QUEEN
A Novel
By Barbara Spencer Foster

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Grace Shockey, a spoiled Texas girl, finds herself a reluctant inhabitant of a mining town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her father has taken a job at the mine and moved the family there hoping his ailing wife’s health will improve in the pure air of the Pecos Valley. Grace feels lonely and depressed in her new surroundings and her life changes abruptly when her mother dies. Before long, however, she feels the compassionate enfolding warmth of her new friends and a handsome young miner, Jimmy Kirkwood, unexpectedly brings exciting color to her drab world. But he also causes her trouble because her father doesn’t approve of his daughter’s involvement with someone he considers a common laborer.

When the miners go on strike, the situation worsens and Grace finds herself pulled between her father, who doesn’t join the striking miners, and Jimmy, who has sympathy for the workers. To further complicate her life, an outsider tries to lure the pretty Texas girl away from the Pecos Valley. In the shadows of the magnificent ponderosa pines that line the banks of the Pecos River, Grace soon finds herself in the midst of intrigue, passion, and adventure.

BARBARA SPENCER FOSTER is a third generation native of New Mexico, weaving many of her own experiences in the state into her plots. “I married a Montanan,” she states, “and I love my adopted state, but the Land of Enchantment inspires me to write some of its untold stories.” The author is a mother, teacher, singer, as well as a writer. She spends part of the year in Townsend, Montana, and part of the year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her novel, GIRL OF THE MANZANOS, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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PETER BECOMES A TRAIL MAN
The Story of a Boy’s Journey on the Santa Fe Trail
By William Chapin Carson

In the early 1850s, twelve-year-old Peter Blair’s mother has died and his father has gone to Santa Fe to seek his fortune. Left in St. Louis, a friend has agreed to care for Peter. Before long his father’s acquaintance “Uncle” Seth goes back to St. Louis to check on Peter. But Peter is lonely and persuades his new uncle to take him to Santa Fe to be with his father. On the way, Uncle Seth leads their wagon train through an Indian attack, desertion by greenhorns, a buffalo stampede, a violent storm, and many other hardships. When Peter finally reaches his destination, he finds that his father is no longer in Santa Fe. Now he must go on yet another journey—one that almost proves fatal.

William Chapin Carson comes from a St. Louis family steeped in the history of that city and New Mexico. His great, great grandfather, William Carr Lane, was elected the first Mayor of St. Louis in 1823 and appointed the second Territorial Governor of New Mexico in 1852 by President Millard Fillmore. The journal he kept on his six-week trip from St. Louis to Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Trail forms the basis of Peter Becomes a Trail Man. Carson received a B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1950 and a M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1956. From 1950 to 1954 he served in the Air Force as a navigator on B-29 and RB-36 aircraft. He and his wife, Georgia, lived in Santa Fe for twenty-six years. The greater part of his career was involved with many aspects of education and early in 1998 Bill and Georgia initiated a program in a Santa Fe public elementary school to assist students from backgrounds of poverty. It has now grown to become the New Mexico affiliate of the national Communities in Schools organization assisting hundreds of students in ten schools. When the Carsons retired from active participation in 2017, the state legislature recognized their success and the mayor of Santa Fe designated March fourth as Bill and Georgia Carson Day. Carson is also the author of He Moved West with America, The Life and Times of Wm. Carr Lane: 1789-1863.

Cover artwork by Pat Oliphant. Pat Oliphant, now retired was one of the leading political cartoonists in the United States for decades. His work was syndicated in hundreds of newspapers and recognized through a wide range of prestigious awards. He has lived in Santa Fe for many years.

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PEYOTE WOLF
A Fernando Lopez Mystery
By James C. Wilson

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A man in a wolf mask bursts into a teepee in the middle of a sacred ritual, a peyote ceremony, and kills Michael Soto, the owner of Sabado Indian Arts on the Santa Fe Plaza. The next morning Detective Fernando Lopez, a member of an old Santa Fe family, receives a complaint from two Zuni that an important tribal object, a carved wooden war god called an ahayu:da, has been stolen from their pueblo. They show him an anonymous letter sent to the Zuni Tribal Council saying that Michael Soto was trying to sell it for fifty thousand dollars. Shortly after they leave, the police dispatcher reports that Michael Soto has been murdered. Establishing what happened and who was present at the peyote ceremony proves difficult. One witness says three men and one woman from Whitewater near Zuni attended the ceremony. Another says it was four men from Whitewater. One witness blames a skinwalker or a werewolf for Michael Soto’s murder. Detective Lopez’s investigation exposes the cultural and ethnic fractures in Santa Fe, a city of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures. The investigation also leads into the dangerous underworld of buying and selling stolen Indian artifacts. Along the way he encounters looters and grave robbers, rich gallery owners who buy and sell priceless tribal objects on the black market, and artisans who produce fake replicas of the objects to sell. The search for answers comes to a startling end in a violent confrontation at a trading post just north of Zuni Pueblo, when the truth is finally revealed. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of seven previous books, including most recently Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father’s Memoir of his Autistic Son; Santa Fe, City of Refuge: An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture; and Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History.

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RANCH WITHOUT COWBOYS
Recovery, Romance, and a Second Chance
By James R. Davis

A Kansas dairy farmer’s daughter is raped and banished from home by her father, but with the help of strong women and real men, she survives with her baby on a guest ranch and bison reserve in Southern Colorado—the ranch without cowboys. (See MOVIE/TV TREATMENT below)

Molly O’Reilly, the daughter of a Kansas dairy farmer, is raped by the hired hand. She blames herself. Her father tells her to get out and never come back. She leaves home the day of her high school graduation and lands a job at Horseshoe Ranch, a cattle, bison, and guest ranch adjacent to Great Sand Dunes National Park, nestled against the snow-capped Sangre de Christo Mountains in southern Colorado. Except for Wayne, the gentle manager, all of the employees are women—no cowboys—and when Molly’s secret gets too big to hide, they take care of her. After all, they have a lot of experience birthing calves. At Pepe’s Cantina, Molly meets Carlos Ouray, a descendent of Ute Indians and Old Spanish settlers. She’s definitely not ready for a relationship, but Carlos is persistent in caring for Molly and baby Norma Lou. He and Wayne help Molly through desperate times as a single mother. Carlos is part-owner of a family potato farm in the San Luis Valley. But can Molly find a new home there? Shouldn’t she go back to Kansas to settle up with her father? And what about Tommy Dawson, the guy who raped her—is he just going to run free? As Molly loses one home and finds another, she discovers her own resilience and learns to love a different kind of man. But then she discovers that Carlos has a secret of his own. Includes Readers Guide.

James R. Davis is a professor and dean emeritus of the University of Denver. He earned degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University Divinity School, and Michigan State University and is the author of eight academic books on college teaching, training, and leadership. Although widely traveled, he loves Colorado, particularly the history-rich San Luis Valley. Jim lives and writes at home in a suburb west of Denver with his wife Adelaide, who is originally from Brazil.

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RETURN TO BEAUTY
A Historical Novel
By Ernest L. Schusky

A Navajo woman escapes from her Spanish captors and returns to her native land in the 1800s.

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Yahzi, a strong Navajo woman captured in 1820 by the Spanish in Canyon de Chelly in what is now northeastern Arizona when she was a teenager, is determined to escape by whatever means necessary. In a forced marriage with a cruel man for seventeen years and pregnant, she manages to stampede a flock of sheep and flees in the confusion. But she faces even more difficulties in the unknown lands between the Spanish Nuevo Mexico frontier and her home in Canyon de Chelly. Nor will she find her real family anything like the one she has fantasized about for years.

Ernest L. Schusky is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University and was Visiting Professor at New Mexico Highlands University. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona where his interest in American Indians has focused on the Southwest. He is the author of two non-fiction works, The Right to Be Indian and The Forgotten Sioux, along with several novels.

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RIDE FOR THE LONE STAR
A Westerm Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

This fourth in the Western Quest Series follows Aaron Turner through the tumultuous years that culminate in the annexation of Texas by the United States and the Mexican-American War.

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Aaron Turner is a tall redheaded fifty-three year old minister and Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas militia. Duty calls him to participate in both the Cherokee and Wichita Wars. He and his family struggle to survive the financial panic of 1837, Indian raids, a whooping cough epidemic and scorching drought. He responds with optimism, determination and innovation. When money is scarce, they gather and sell wild horses. When food is scarce, they travel to the dangerous Comancheria to hunt buffalo.

As the Mexican-American War erupts, Aaron is commissioned Colonel of Scouts and leads a regiment that will play a significant role in the conflict in a faraway land. Will the time come when the old warrior will lay down his saber? Will he hang up his guns in peace at last?

Ride for the Lone Star, the fourth volume in the Western Quest Series, follows Aaron Turner, his family and friends, through the turbulent days of the Republic of Texas, culminating in the annexation of Texas by the United States and the Mexican-American War. Stephen L. Turner was born a fifth generation Texan, sixth generation Arkansan, and eighth generation American. His youth was steeped in the history and culture of his heritage. A graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine, and has worked as a pediatrician in rural Plainview, Texas since 1984. He is married with two married children. His other time is spent on their panhandle ranch, raising horses and hunting. His other novels in the Western Quest Series to date are Out of the Wilderness, On the Camino Real and Under Troubled Skies, all from Sunstone Press.

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RING AROUND THE SUN
A Novel
By Nelson Martin

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Coot Boldt and Narlow Montgomery sauntered across the wooden bridge into Juarez. Coot was dead set on honoring a lifelong friend’s resolve that the pair aid him in running munitions to Pancho Villa, while Narlow held back. A legless lad on a board with skate wheels in the gritty dust of Juarez Avenue tugged at Narlow’s trousers whose galluses must have been tied to his heartstrings. He bent to drop a dollar in the boy’s cup. The boy’s death-glaze-black eyes gleamed up, demanded more for Mexico than a coin.

Coot and Narlow began shipping German-made Mausers and cartridges by rail to their contact in Tornillo, Texas, downstream from El Paso on the Rio Grande. German spies and operatives along the border were busy assuring that Uncle Sam embroiled itself in Mexico’s revolution and kept its long blue nose out of the European War. President Wilson’s munitions embargo dried up Villa’s supply, but the Federales sources were limited only by the government’s ability to crank their presses. Coot and Narlow ignored the embargo, flying munitions deep into Chihuahua in a Curtiss Pusher biwing. Would they be caught by US border guards and be the government’s guest at Leavenworth, or shot while fleeing from an arranged Federale escape?

Nelson Martin is a native of southern New Mexico, west Texas, and the northern Chihuahua region. He tramped, fished, and hunted their deserts, eager to share their dust and pungent aroma after a drought, recalls steam locomotives with eight-foot driver-wheels racing south out of Las Cruces toward El Paso, and witnessed a jaguar coming out of Chihuahua on the rail line along the border to Columbus just past the West Portrillo Mountains, isolated to this day.

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RIVER OF SOULS
A Novel of the West
By Ivon B. Blum

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Lyrically written, dramatically told, and historically based, this is the epic saga of Pedro Cortez, an 1840s Taos boy, who struggles to manhood during the bloody Pueblo revolt where he confronts betrayal, his father's murder, and cruel Black Hess who saber-cuts Pedro's mother and escapes. Pedro sets out in pursuit, partnered by majestic mountain man, Long John Hatcher, and daring trapper, Louy Simonds. They out-yarn the devil and teach Pedro the true measure of friendship. In California they find gold and mystery; lynchings and scurvy in one of the first placer mines before the rush that changes history forever; and meet Black Hess in fiery revenge. On the way back home, Pedro rescues an abandoned Becky Goddard from scalping knives amid the rumble of wagons and gun-thunder along the Santa Fe Trail. He also discovers a black man, Dibble, and fights the evil of Missouri slave catchers. Pedro and Becky, Hatcher and Louy, Black Hess and a host of Indians, freighters, whores and hellions propel this exciting first novel down a madly churning river of souls.

Ivon B. Blum is a retired Los Angeles lawyer who has been researching and writing about the American Southwest and California for more than ten years. As a boy he worked on a cattle ranch and panned gold in the Kern River and, later, in Alaska's Nome. He's traveled the Santa Fe trail from Kansas to Taos, New Mexico, looking for the old wagon wheel ruts; visited with the Tewa and the Navajo in their home towns and flyfished the San Juan, Rio Grande and Pecos. Blum is at home on the California gold trail of Highway 49 and has fished and walked much of the High Sierra. When he writes about Fort Union, Wagon Mound, the Bear River or a smoky horse, he's no stranger.

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RIVERS CROSSING
A Follow the Rivers Book
By Jim H. Ainsworth

“The images are fresh and original, the language just right—a rare and beautifully written book.” —Jane Roberts Wood, teacher, author, and Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts

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In the summer of 1958, Spooner Hays, teenage son of Ivory, king of the colored community, is face down on the courthouse lawn in Delta County, Texas, drowning in his own blood. His white friend, Gray Boy Rivers, is in a jail cell thirty yards away and four floors up. The two boys have worked and played together, but lived in separate worlds. King Ivory vows vengeance for his son’s life. District Attorney Buster Galt, fresh from Dallas successes as both prosecutor and defense lawyer, asks for patience, promising justice instead. Old wounds between Buster and Rance Rivers, Gray Boy’s father, have mostly healed until Buster accuses Gray Boy of Spooner’s murder.

Jim H. Ainsworth is the author of five books from Sunstone Press including Biscuits Across the Brazos, Home Light Burning, Rivers Flow, Rivers Ebb, and Rivers Crossing, the second novel in his Follow the Rivers Trilogy. He knows the area he writes about because he lives there—knows the people because he is one of them.

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RIVERS EBB
A Follow the Rivers Book
By Jim H. Ainsworth

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Jake Rivers, driving his father’s ’58 Chevy pickup with a learners’ permit, hauls his horse across Texas the day after Christmas. When he gets lost in a snowstorm, Will Tom Sunday helps him find his new home. The family’s new Panhandle house and farm seem harsh and desolate to Jake. After spending the worst six months of his life bullied and humiliated at his new school, Jake changes schools and starts to love the Panhandle. But when Jake spends a moonlit night on the sprawling Matador Ranch with the daughter of a local minister, the minister and his family leave the church and the community without notice. Jake, feeling his life changed forever, causes his father to suffer a permanent injury.

Jim Ainsworth spent three of his formative years in the Texas Panhandle. These years had a deep and permanent impact. Jim is the author of Biscuits Across the Brazos and Home Light Burning, as well as Rivers Flow, Rivers Ebb, and Rivers Crossing in his Follow the Rivers Trilogy, all from Sunstone Press. He knows the area he writes about because he lives there—knows the people because he is one of them. Find out more about Jim or contact him at www.jimainsworth.com.

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RIVERS FLOW
A Follow the Rivers Book
By Jim H. Ainsworth

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“Flow is the difference between the way things are and the way they ought to be.” Jake does not understand the meaning of his grandfather Griffin’s words. It is easier to believe that that this thing called flow is not real. Jake is the only member of the Rivers family that has not experienced it, and fears he never will. But on a dusty baseball diamond in the middle of a drought, the flow visits Jake, sending him on a quest to understand more than a young boy can. As events push the family into a downward spiral of economic and emotional disaster, Jake fears that the flow has turned against them. But a woman who has lost an infant child, an evangelical preacher, and a young boy who loves baseball but can’t play the game help Jake discover the secret.

Jim H. Ainsworth is the author of five books from Sunstone Press including Biscuits Across the Brazos, Home Light Burning, Rivers Crossing, Rivers Ebb, and Rivers Flow.

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RIVERS OF STONE
A Novel of Adventure and Mystery
By Robert Pruitt

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Diamonds from a lost mine in Navajo Country? Ridiculous, thought independent geologist Clayton P. Greer. Yet here before him were gem quality diamond pebbles mounted in authentic ancient Navajo silver jewelry. Now a mining promoter was offering to sponsor a secret search for the source of these diamonds. It was a tempting prospect, to roam Utah's wild deserts and remote canyon country looking for a fortune that no one suspected. Clayton and his buddy, Jerry Brooks, devise a plan. They pose as placer gold prospectors and fossil hunters, but they find themselves being stalked by a band of claim jumpers. Outwitting them, they send these rouges on wild goose chases into the desert. Then, with the aid of a daring bush pilot and a veteran river boating guide, Clay and Jerry ultimately find the source of the mysterious gems, only to encounter conflicts with rival uranium miners, government bureaucracy, and tribal politics. Get ready for a surprise ending when local residents and a willing team of Navajo Indian workers come to their aid.

ROBERT PRUITT is a mining attorney and former exploration geologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. A seasoned writer of legal and technical works, this is his first venture into fiction. He chose a fictional storyline to weave together a series of interesting and exciting experiences to create an easily read story of a place, a time, and activities he knows so well. A sequel is already in the works, with a third to follow.

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ROBERT CLAY ALLISON
Requiescat in Pace
By James S. Peters

A Work of Creative Nonfiction.

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Cimarron badman legend Clay Allison takes his readers on a ride through his uneven and turbulent life while trying to grab a part of his own American dream: an extensive ranch with herds of cattle, and a progeny of sons to generate his name and legacy into the future. But alas, his soul-selling choice of a short-cut to prosperity by linking his star with the Santa Fe Ring skewers his plans and darkens his future. Echoing a Greek tragedy, he ends marked for assassination, and his younger brother John is shot--gunned in the dark by error, mistaken for Clay. His final years are not to be envied, but he toughs it out to the end.

JAMES S. PETERS was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1930. In the mid-1940s his family moved to California and at sixteen he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to serve three years as a medic. Later he spent ten years in the navy as a photographer. In 1964 he alighted in Taos, New Mexico and developed an avid interest in Southwestern American history. After living in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he continued researching and writing articles on the frontier West. After retiring, he pursued his interests in writing and painting. This is his first work of creative nonfiction. He now lives in Colorado.

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ROCKS IN MY BED
A Novel
By Craig Nettleton

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When the granddaughter of an elderly outlaw asks Philip Habib to find the source of her grandfather’s money, he encounters the legend of the Lost Adams’ Diggings. His request for help from Sarah Johnson, a ranger intern, at the Malpais National Monument in the lava beds of New Mexico leads to more than information. Their growing intimacy is observed by Derek Gruber, a skin head biker, whose paranoia grows when Philip begins speaking Arabic with an old friend. Gruber discovers that Habib is an Arab American private investigator and that his friend, Ross McIntyre, is an alcoholic geologist who spent years in Saudi Arabia. He becomes convinced that they are members of a terrorist cell who are looking for nuclear materials for a dirty bomb in the uranium country in Cibola County. As Gruber follows their search, his misplaced patriotism escalates into violence. He traps Philip and Ross in a zigzag canyon where they face a choice between a sniper rifle and a flash flood.

Craig Nettleton was born and raised in northern Minnesota. In his junior year of college, he studied at the American University of Beirut and traveled in the Middle East. Arriving in New Mexico in 1971, he lived in the foothills of the Zuni Mountains where he first encountered the legend of the Lost Adams’ Diggings. He obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. After searching central New Mexico for the lost gold mine, his explorations became the basis for his first novel.

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SAGEBRUSH SEDITION
A Novel
By Warren Stucki

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With world-class scenery, a brand-new National Monument and the rosy prospect of fat tourist dollars, you’d think the citizens of Southern Utah would be happy. But they’re mad! Damn mad. To them the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument is nothing more than the political equivalent to a football end run--a blatant land grab. Then when the Bureau of Land Management appoints a dedicated conservationist as the rookie Monument manager, things quickly shift from simmer to boil.

Coal miner Angus Macdonald and fur trapper Bucky Lee Eakins will be put out of business but if the environmentalists have their way, and it appears they will, it is also quite probable cattle ranchers Roper Rehnquist and girlfriend, Ruby Nez, will soon follow.

Before the BLM can buy back his Monument coal leases, Macdonald is brutally murdered, then Roper’s line cabin is burned to the ground and Assistant Monument Manager Ron Sparks is shot in the head and killed. This is a crime spree unprecedented in the history of U.S. National Monuments. Some think it’s eco-terrorists, but the ranchers are convinced it is a rogue BLM ranger and Monument management strongly suspects a newly formed, covert coalition of disgruntled ranchers.

Even though battle lines are quickly drawn, an uneasy unspoken truce settles over the vast new Monument. This fragile peace, however, is instantly shattered when the BLM suddenly revokes Roper and Ruby’s grazing leases. Roper realizes if he doesn’t do something fast, this little local imbroglio could quickly fan into a raging wildfire. It has all the makings of a 20th century range war, the likes of which have not been seen in the West since New Mexico’s Lincoln County war of the late 1800s.

Growing up in a farming/ranching family in southern Utah, Warren Stucki is very familiar with the ranching lifestyle and the ongoing feud between ranchers and the BLM, land stewards of a large portion of the American west. After leaving southern Utah, Dr. Stucki graduated from the University of Utah Medical School, eventually specializing in urology. He still practices medicine and lives on a small horse ranch just outside of St. George, Utah. Stucki writes in two distinct genres: historical fiction and medical mysteries. His two previous books, Boy’s Pond and Hunting for Hippocrates, were also published by Sunstone Press.

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SANTA FE WOMAN
Sequel to Girl of the Manzanos
By Barbara Spencer Foster

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In this sequel to Girl of the Manzanos, Mardee Spencer has grown up and is married to a lawyer, Carter McMahon, who is serving his country on the battle fields of France in World War I. Mardee helps keep his law office going while he is away and is earning her own law degree even though the legal profession is reserved for only men in that era. But, Mardee is ahead of her time as she fights for her chosen profession while actively championing the rights of women. “Do something, even if it's wrong,” her father, Ben Spencer, had always advised. “Don't be a coward about making decisions.” Facing anxiety and possible heartbreak, she draws on all the strength of an independent and principled woman to meet life's complications and contradictions.

Barbara Spencer Foster was born in Mountainair, New Mexico, fifteen years after New Mexico was taken into the Union as a state. She was impressed by the stories of her pioneer grandparents, Benjamin and Sarah Spencer who homesteaded in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico in 1887. Her first book, Girl of the Manzanos, is a historical novel based on actual early statehood events. Besides being a writer, Ms. Foster is a teacher, a singer, a mother, and a grandmother. She spends her time between Townsend, Montana, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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SEARCHING FOR FIFTH MESA
A Novella of the American Southwest
By Juana Foust

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In a compelling quest for the secrets of the Fifth Mesa, Leaf Marie McIntosh journeys in tandem through her beloved New Mexico homeland and the saga of her youth. Travelling on foot with sublime purpose, she wraps herself in the rare landscape that is her path, absorbing minutiae as one weaves fine threads into a blanket. With the same savor of detail she relives days as antique and curious as the ghost towns she haunts. Her journey begins sometime in the early 1900s and soon all sense of time fades as the story paints a map of New Mexico and the shifting strata of the past. Searching for Fifth Mesa marks a fascinating approach to historical writing which breathes into the story mystical elements that give it special life.

Juana Foust grew up on the plains of New Mexico and attended high school at Tucumcari and Clovis. When she was a child, her parents, Joseph and Stella Avant, moved their family into a section of eastern New Mexico that had been opened for homesteading and filed a claim for 160 acres north of Melrose in Quay County. Here Juana became fascinated by the vast outreach of the plains and the far distant blue plateaus. As she grew older and began to write, the charm of the Southwest took hold and she produced her first book, Prairie Chronicle, published by Putnam. Various career pursuits have now returned Juana Foust to her preferred land, New Mexico, and her original love for writing. The western spell still works on her, as it does in Searching for Fifth Mesa.

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SMOKESCREEN
A Fernando Lopez Mystery
By James C. Wilson

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A prominent city councilmember, Tito Garcia, is assassinated at the beginning of the Santa Fe Fiesta. Known as a peacemaker, he had negotiated an agreement to ban a controversial Fiesta procession known as the Entrada. The procession celebrated the Reconquest of Santa Fe twelve years after the 1680 Pueblo Rebellion drove the Spanish out of Santa Fe. Both Spanish and Native American groups blame each other for Garcia’s murder and vow revenge. The situation explodes in violence when one Hispanic group attempts to march in downtown Santa Fe in violation of the agreement. Fernando Lopez is forced to rethink the case when he discovers Garcia’s involvement with Three-Hills Ranch, a compound suspected of sex-trafficking young women from border towns like Nogales and Juarez. The journey to find answers takes Lopez on a journey into the underbelly of wealthy Santa Fe society where deep cultural and ethnic conflicts have festered for over four hundred years. Smokescreen, the second in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series, concludes in a fiery confrontation at Three-Hills Ranch, where the truth is finally revealed and justice served. Includes Reading Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of eight previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History (2019) and Peyote Wolf (2020), the first of the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

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SON OF MANITOU
An Action Novel of the West
By Albert R. Booky

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Romance, adventure and history mingle in this exciting story of early days when the control of the American West was still unsettled. Indians, outlaws, mountain men and settlers all play their part in these dramatic events told from the viewpoint of one family and in particular, Sam Sidwell, a young hunter and trapper who anticipated the changes that were to come about after the Civil War.

Albert R. Booky was an educator, writer, and historical researcher. His books, Apache Shadows, Hacienda, and The Buckskins are also published by Sunstone Press. Apache Shadows was noted as not only being a first-class adventure story but one based on solid historical facts.

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SONG ON A BLUE GUITAR
A Novel
By Dorothy Cave

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An old promise, a new ghost, and a resurgent mystery send rancher Joe Steele in search of Toro Duran, his army buddy of some 50 years and a war ago. In a barrio called Tuceros Joe finds himself sucked into a fight Toro and his offbeat amigos are waging to save their cantina and its wildly decorated outhouse--"best little privy on the Rio Grande"--from a Bible-pounding Dallas developer.

He meets Arabela, muscular cash-only-and-up-front proprietress of the cantina, along with Wesley Wetherford Jones, resident outhouse artist, Lily and her girls from the nearby whorehouse, Chico and Rico, sheriff and magistrate judge of Tuceros (when they aren’t off fishing) and the mysterious Indian from the nearby pueblo. Through the scenario sits Tecolote drinking Tokay, plucking his guitar, and revising events into his one great musical opus.

A climactic chase has Joe asking just who Toro is--saint or Satan, hero or humbug, Galahad or PT Barnum--and what he, Joe, is doing scaling a steep mesa past midnight, 300 miles from his own bed, his own spread, and his own business.

He may find his answers in Tecolote’s song.

DOROTHY CAVE spent much of her childhood exploring with her geologist father the isolated villages and mountains of northern New Mexico, a practice she continues today. Although her formal education was at Agnes Scott College and the Universities of Colorado and Wyoming, she feels her true education has come from these remote but rapidly vanishing hamlets and pueblos and from the soil-rooted wisdom of those who live in them. Cave has traveled widely, danced with the Atlanta Ballet, acted, and taught. She is the author of two histories: BEYOND COURAGE, which won the New Mexico Presswomen's Zia Award, and FOUR TRAILS TO VALOR. Her first novel, MOUNTAINS OF THE BLUE STONE, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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STEIN HOUSE
A German Family Saga
By Myra Hargrave McIlvain

“A wonderful slice of history that animates mid-19th century Texas.” —Kirkus Reviews

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After three long months at sea, Helga Heinrich and her four children sail into the thriving Indianola seaport on the Texas coast in 1853 to begin their new life. They are determined to overcome the memory and haunting legacy of Max, her husband and their papa, who drowned in a drunken leap from the dock as their ship pulled away from the German port.

Helga is anxious to be reunited with her sister Amelia, and she’s grateful her wealthy brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Stein, fulfills his part of the bargain that brought the family to the new world, even without Max to run Stein Mercantile. Helga takes charge of Stein’s massive boarding house overlooking the road to Texas’ interior and the fickle waves of Matagorda Bay.

A woman of strong passions, Helga operates Stein House for boarders of all stripes whose involvement in the rigors of a town on the edge of frontier influences and molds all their lives—the cruelties of yellow fever and slavery, the wrenching choices of Civil War and Reconstruction, murder, alcoholism, and the devastation wrought by the hurricane of 1886.

Myra Hargrave McIlvain is an award-winning author whose books, both fiction and nonfiction, tell the story of Texas. She believes we capture the essence of our history through the lives of the people who populated the land. McIlvain has written Texas historical markers and travel articles for newspapers and magazines such as Texas Highways. She lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. She is also the author of Texas Tales from Sunstone Press as well as The Doctor’s Wife and a series of Texas Auto Trails.

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THUNDER ROLLING ON THE HIGH PLAINS
Charley Reynolds and George Custer’s Journey to the Little Big Horn
By Lester Stanley Orestad

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Wanting to be a plainsman, Charley Reynolds was only eighteen when he left home for the West. Now, sixteen years later, in 1876, as George Custer’s unassuming scout, Charley finds himself on a high butte looking out over the Little Big Horn Valley. An enormous pony herd and a huge smoke cloud marks the distant Indian village. Reynolds knows from the trail their 7th Calvary has followed that he is looking at the largest gathering of Indians ever assembled. He has a gut feeling that he is on the brink of the biggest Indian battle on the continent. He had awakened that morning plagued by a recurring dream of the mythical Thunderbird. His Arapahoe sweetheart, Running Creek Woman, had told him that something great would happen. Reynolds was puzzled at her belief, wondering what it all meant. He was about to find out.

This is the story of courage, adventure and romance of two cultures—one determined to remain free, the other determined to tame it. Here too, Charley Reynolds’ camaraderie with George Custer and the 7th Cavalry is genuine. Never before has the debacle at the Little Big Horn been told in such a way.

Lester Stanley Orestad has had a lifelong passion for history, especially that of the Old West. The son of a Montana cowboy and a Dakota woman, Orestad heard stories about Montana and the Dakota territories from his parents and read every book on Indian lore and cowboys he could get his hands on. In 1988 he began to pursue his real love, researching and writing about the Old West. During this period, Orestad portrayed a White Scout in the ABC miniseries “Son of the Morning Star,” based on the bestseller of the same name.

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TO DIE IN DINETAH
The Dark Legacy of Kit Carson
By John A. Truett

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Early in the Civil War, young Terry O’Neill becomes obsessed with the idea of fighting in the Indian wars and volunteers for assignment at Fort Stanton in rugged New Mexico. He joins the famous Colonel Kit Carson, campaigning against the Apaches and Navajos in the deadly snowstorms of Canyon de Chelly, only to find himself a part of the Navajos’ torturous “Long Walk” to imprisonment at Fort Sumner. Struggling to understand the enigmatic Kit Carson while facing death, suffering and the love of a beautiful Navajo girl, Terry O’Neill’s cavalier outlook matures in this tender story of real people and actual events during a tragic period of the Old West.

John A. Truett grew up in Artesia, New Mexico, leaving after high school to serve with the U.S. Air Force in Japan and the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he received his B.B.A. from Woodbury University in Los Angeles and worked in the motion picture industry for 18 years where he was script supervisor on public service films and assisted in writing scripts and film editing. He later was editor of three different industry newsletters at various manufacturing companies in Los Angeles. Since making his home in Roswell, New Mexico, he has dedicated himself to writing western fiction based on historical events in the American Southwest. Mr. Truett is also the author of Clay Allison, Legend of Cimarron and Monument in the Storm, both from Sunstone Press.

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THE TRAIL OF THE SILVER HORSESHOES
Stories of the American West
By Jiri Cernik

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This collection of stories describes events or episodes in the life of a varied group of individuals during the most dramatic period of American history—the settlement of the American West. The reader will witness the hardship and suffering of the Donner-Reed Party; the heroism of Portugee Phillips, the messenger bringing news of the Fetterman Massacre; the tragic events connected to Major John W. Powell's exploration of the Grand Canyon; and the disastrous effort of the Minnesota Sioux to drive the white interlopers from their traditional hunting grounds. There is a glimpse of the rough and tumble life in the gold rush towns of Alaska and Colorado, a failed attempt at a robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, and the violent death of Jack Slade, a former manager of a stage coach station in Julesburg, Colorado, mentioned in Mark Twain's book, Roughing It. Historical notes at the end of the tales provide the reader with actual facts and broader context in which these events took place.

Jiri Cernik was born in Jicin, Czechoslovakia and immigrated to the United States in 1967 where he earned an MA in German language and literature at George Washington University. He has worked at the Foreign Service Institute, Educational Bureau of the U.S. Department of State as the Language Training Supervisor of Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Greek sections. In addition to his work in the field of linguistics and language pedagogy he has pursued his interest in American history, particularly the settlement of the American West. He has traveled extensively throughout all states west of the Mississippi and is the author of several novels, stories and non-fiction works dealing with this area and people who settled it. Two, published in the Czech Republic, are The Wild West and With a Tomahawk Against the Muskets, a two-volume detailed history of the Indian Wars covering the time period 1621–1890. He is retired and lives with his wife in Needmore, Pennsylvania where for many years they have raised and showed Morgan horses.

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TRIPLE CROWN
A Horse Racing Novel
By Paul E. Patterson

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Manipulations and intrigue reign in horse racing, “The Sport of Kings,” where horse manure is not the only thing that smells on the backside of The Downs in Sierra Vista. The Tri-State Livestock News reported: “You can almost hear the flies buzzing in the race-track restaurants he describes, and you’re gripped by the electric tension in the atmosphere as his equine heroes dash for the wire. You’ve known many characters like the ones in Paul’s story.” The pages tingle with intrigue and action.

Paul E. Patterson retired from a career in ranching in New Mexico and Colorado to devote his time to writing. His stories have been featured in Western Horseman and New Mexico Magazine.

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TUBAR
A Western Adventure
By John Tilley

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A cool ale in a Baltimore tavern plus a Mickey Finn turned young Tubar Lane's student world into hell. Bounced out of school and disgraced, he could not return home to a strict father. He walked to the railroad yard where he met a train-hopping gunman. And that was the beginning of Tubar's long trek to wild and wooly Dodge City. It was 1872—the year of the great buffalo herds, of Indians, gunslingers, outlaws and renegades.

John Tilley was born in southern West Virginia in the sawmill community of Maben and grew up in the coal mining towns of Bud-Alpoca. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1947, and in 1948 flew from Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico to Goosebay, Labrador in a B-29 bomber with the legendary Charles A. Lindbergh. Tilley was assigned overseas seven times, and retired in 1967 as a Master Sergeant. He is a pleasure horseman, coon hunter, fisherman and a member of the Authors Guild.

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TUCK AND NIP
A Novel
By Barend Van Kimball

In the early 1800s a young Ute Indian half-breed endures circumstances and choices he never thought possible in this novel involving many historical individuals in the American West.

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Tuck, a tall young, blue-eyed, black haired half-breed, is the son of a kidnapped Ute Indian mother, Spring Willow, and Otto, a murderously cruel white mountain man. During a hunt Tuck adopts a newly born gray wolf pup who soon matures into his constant companion as they confront man and beast alike. Along the way, he learns that his grandfather is a Ute chieftain, Walkara, Hawk of The Mountain, and the greatest horse thief in United States history. The conflicts Tuck finds as a half-breed bring him into the lives of many individuals of the American West’s early 1800s. Before long Tuck becomes the great Sioux Chief, Sitting Bull’s confidant and close friend who perceives Tuck as a spiritual man, offering visions of coming events. Emotionally Tuck struggles with loyalty toward his Indian heritage, but other white trappers, pioneers, Indian killing Cavalry, religious extremists, and those he thought were friends often ridicule and assault him. Exciting, dangerous events bring him to circumstances and choices he never envisioned possible.

Barend Van Kimball has spent decades trekking the Eastern Sierra mountain ranges. He was the first white man invited into the Big Pine sweat lodge and taught arrowhead making at the Paiute educational center. Prior to the 1970s he attended graduate school at Pepperdine University and was employed as a human factor engineer in Los Angeles before settling in Bishop, California, the permanent home for him, his wife and his eight children. Love of the great outdoors, the Sierras and the White Mountains are his most endearing pastimes. Owen’s River trout and the occasional mule deer grace his table.

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TWICE AS GOOD
A Reed Haddok Western
By Tom V. Whatley

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With the debt of gratitude paid to his Indian friend, Reed Haddok narrows in on his arch enemy, Loyd Beecham. He is delayed only briefly by his wedding to Samantha. As he travels to Fort Defiance, he realizes that his marriage has given him a greater urgency to get the Beecham matter settled so he can get on with his life.

Beecham always planned well. He had bought the Two Butte Ranch long before under the alias Jake Lansford. Surrounded by seven of the best gunslingers money could buy, he hunkers down and waits to hear that Haddok is dead.

Haddok soon locates the ranch and whittles down the odds a bit while having some fun at the expense of Beecham and his gunslingers. He then orchestrates a showdown on the street in Fort Defiance. Faced off with five gunfighters, and very much alive to Beecham’s horror, Haddok and his adversaries experience the surprise of their lives.

Finally, Reed Haddok’s life is at peace, although just for a season.

TOM V. WHATLEY lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and is the author of three Western novels. CUTS NO SLACK, HE AIN’T DEAD, and GHOST RUNNER chronicle the life of Reed Haddok and provide the backdrop for TWICE AS GOOD. He is also the author of a suspense novel, THE GATEKEEPER. All were published by Sunstone Press.

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UNDER TROUBLED SKIES
A Westerm Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

This third in the Western Quest Series follows Aaron Turner through the tumultuous years that culminate in the war for Texas Independence from Mexico.

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Under Troubled Skies, the third volume in the Western Quest Series, follows Aaron Turner, his family and friends, through the tumultuous years culminating in the War for Texas Independence from Mexico.

Aaron, a tall red headed forty-three year old Methodist minister and Major in the militia wants to raise his family, crops and livestock in peace along the Navasota River. But many trials will be endured and much bloodshed before he will find that peace. He is called upon by the Mexican government and his friend, Stephen Austin, to put down the Fredonian Rebellion in Nacogdoches. For his action, he is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in command of the Northeast Texas militia. He soon finds that keeping the peace and maintaining order in such a large area is a big job. His old acquaintance, Santa Anna, prevails in a bloody civil war that leaves him dictator of all Mexico. The conflict spreads into the province of Texas, where Aaron will face him again at San Jacinto. At what price will he find the peace and prosperity he has sought in the new “promised land?”

Stephen L. Turner was born a fifth generation Texan, a sixth generation Arkansas and an eighth generation American. His youth was steeped in the history and culture of his heritage. He graduated from Texas Tech School of Medicine and has worked as a pediatrician in rural Plainview, Texas since 1984. He is married and has two adult children. He spends his free time running their panhandle ranch, raising and training horses, and hunting. He is the author of Out of the Wilderness and On the Camino Real, the first two volumes of the Western Quest Series.

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UP FROM THE ASHES
A Western Quest Series Novel
By Stephen L. Turner

This sixth in the Western Quest Series is the story of how Aaron rose to the challenge of the horrors of Reconstruction and assumed the mantle of family leadership. He met the challenges of crooked politicians, Klansmen, and the loss of political rights with determination and persistence to see the return of a free Texas in 1874.

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On the Road to Glory, the fifth volume in the Western Aaron Turner returned from the devastating War Between the States to find Texas prostrate under the heel of Yankee soldiers, carpetbaggers and scalawags during Reconstruction. Texans’ rights were swept away in a tide of vengeful reforms only to be regained through much tribulation. The economy of Texas was in shreds. “King Cotton” was dead. Taxes and property appraisals increased to the point where choice land was being confiscated at an astonishing rate. The river bottoms, cane breaks, and prairies were filled with unclaimed longhorn cattle, waiting for any man tough enough to use a rope and a branding iron. Aaron and his friends, like many young Texans, caught these mavericks by the tens of thousands and drove them north to exchange them for Yankee silver dollars. This influx of desperately needed cash kept the hopes of Texans alive until times improved. Up from the Ashes, the sixth book in the Western Quest Series, is the story of how Aaron rose to the challenge of the horrors of Reconstruction and assumed the mantle of family leadership. He met the challenges of crooked politicians, Klansmen, and the loss of political rights with determination and persistence to see the return of a free Texas in 1874.

Stephen L. Turner was born a fifth generation son of Texas. His youth was steeped in the history and culture of his heritage. A graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine, he has practiced pediatrics in rural Plainview, Texas since 1984. Turner is married with two married children. Besides his medical practice and writing, he runs their panhandle ranch. He enjoys training horses and hunting. Dr. Turner is a member of Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Texas Genealogical Society. In 2011, he was inducted into the Western Writer’s of America. His other works include Out of the Wilderness, On the Camino Real, Under Troubled Skies, Ride for the Lone Star and On the Road to Glory.

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THE WAY OF THE EAGLE
Two Western Novellas
By Ned Conquest

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Both of these short novels take place in the sun-baked, rattle-snaked American Southwest of the 1870s. A small town called Paco serves as their common setting; and both stories are told in the first person by a Paco townsman, Sam McCallum. A number of the town’s characters appear in both tales, and the struggle to achieve some viable sense of community justice underlies the action of each.

The first novel deals with a capital crime and its effects on the people of Paco. The second tells of a peace officer whose rough but efficient ways incur the hatred of the town he serves. Here, in a milieu usually thought to be dominated by men, each novel features a distinct female character who, in her own way, could teach the angels (if not the men around her) a lesson in love and courage.

NED CONQUEST obtained his B.A. from Princeton and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for two years’ study at Oxford where he received the degrees of B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature. He attended Harvard Law School, from which he received the LL.B. degree, and practiced law in New York City for three years before returning to Princeton, where he earned his Ph.D. in English Literature. Later he taught English at Georgetown University, specializing in Victorian fiction. He presently lives in Washington, D.C.

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WESTERN ANIMAL HEROES
An Anthology of Stories by Ernest Thompson Seton
By Stephen Zimmer, Editor

CLASSIC STORIES FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE NATURAL WORLD

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Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton created a new literary form when he began writing stories about his adventures with wild animals in the 1890s. His first stories were compiled in the book, Wild Animals I Have Known, that became popular throughout the United States and Canada. The stories are spellbinding chronicles of wild animal courage, intelligence, and endurance as they valiantly attempt to escape the traps, poisons, guns, and lariats of their human pursuers.

Seton was renown for his scientific studies of American wildlife. His stories about wild animals, however, were a mix of fact and fiction that heightened the drama of each animal’s life or death struggle.

During the 1890s Seton traveled to the American West and from his experiences wrote the thrilling tales contained in this collection. The exploits of Lobo (wolf), The Pacing Mustang, Tito (coyote), Monarch (grizzly), Coaly-Bay (horse), Johnny Bear, and Badlands Billy (wolf) are presented in their entirety along with many of Seton’s drawings.

Stephen Zimmer was Director of the Seton Memorial Library at Philmont Scout Ranch at Cimarron, New Mexico for twenty years. For this collection he contributed a biographical introduction of Ernest Thompson Seton and the historical background for each story.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BILLY THE KID
Did He Really Die? Maybe Not!
By Helen L. Airy

Many Historic Photographs

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It’s possible that Billy the Kid escaped the gunfire from Pat Garrett’s pistol. And, under the name of John Miller, he could have lived the rest of his life as a cattle rancher and horse breeder in the Zuni mountains of Western New Mexico, and as a farm worker in Buckeye, Arizona. His adopted son, Max Miller, said so. So do most of the Indians and the Mormon pioneers who knew John Miller. Could this be? Our book presents some convincing evidence. You decide.

Helen Airy graduated from Yreka High School, Siskiyon County, California, and the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English literature. She was a columnist for the "San Francisco Examiner" for five years until the outbreak of World War II when she joined the American Red Cross in December, 1942, and was sent to England. She served as an aero club director on a B-26 bomber base at Rougham, in East Anglia, and later as a London-based reporter writing about the American Red Cross. She is the author of "Doughnut Dollies, American Red Cross Girls During World War II," also published by Sunstone Press.

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WHERE THEY BURY YOU
A Novel
By Steven W. Kohlhagen

“Steve Kohlhagen knows the West, knows his history, and combines them here into a fast-paced, irresistible story!” —Bernard Cornwell

Winner of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Award

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In August 1863, during Kit Carson’s roundup of the Navajo, Santa Fe’s Provost Marshal, Major Joseph Cummings, is found dead in an arroyo near what is now the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. The murder, as well as the roughly million of today’s dollars in cash and belongings in his saddlebags, is historically factual. Carson’s explanation that he was shot by a lone Indian, which, even today, can be found in the U.S. Army Archives, is implausible.

Who did kill Carson’s “brave and lamented” Major? The answer is revealed in this tale of a group of con artists operating in 1861–1863 in the New Mexico and Arizona Territories. As a matter of historical fact, millions of today’s dollars were embezzled from the Army, the Church, and the New Mexico Territory during this time. In this fictionalized version, the group includes the aide de camp of the Territories’ Commanding General of the Union Army, a poker dealer with a checkered past in love with one of her co-conspirators, and the Provost Marshal of Santa Fe. It is an epic tale of murder and mystery, of staggering thefts, of love and deceit.

Both a Western and a Civil War novel, this murder mystery occurs in and among Cochise’s Chiricahua Apache Wars, the Navajo depredations and wars, Indian Agent Kit Carson’s return to action from retirement, and the Civil War. The story follows the con artists, some historical, some fictional, during their poker games, scams, love affairs, and bank robberies, right into that arroyo deep in the heart of Navajo country.

Steven W. Kohlhagen is a former economics professor (University of California at Berkeley) and Wall Street investment banker. He is the author of innumerable economics publications, and he and his wife, Gale, jointly published a murder mystery, Tiger Found. He divides his time between the New Mexico-Colorado border high in the San Juan Mountains and Charleston, South Carolina.

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WHERE THUNDER SLEEPS
A Novel
By David Cope

Summary: A young man traveling through Arizona discovers an extraordinary tale that brings him and those he’s met to the brink of death.

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A young man, born and raised in Brooklyn, drifts along with no idea of his future goals. But when his well-to-do parents die in a tragic accident off the cliffs of California’s Big Sur coastline, he finds himself driving west to attend their funeral. On the way, he stays in a small Arizona town called Holbrook. Near his motel he meets a strange woman who runs a small diner and an even stranger man with a special story to tell about his white Mormon parents coming to Navajo country to save the Indians from their supposedly heathen ways. And about how he grew up respecting the way of the Navajo. Confused by his now bi-cultural heritage, he commits an unspeakable crime. His bride-to-be, a Navajo girl, then perishes in a catastrophic flood. Years later, when this strange man convinces our traveler to write the tale into a book, they return to the scene of the flood to better understand his memories and to face the futures they may or may not live to experience.

David Cope has authored over thirty non-fiction books, several novels, collections of short stories, children’s books, a large number of poems, and seven plays. His art hangs in many galleries and homes and his orchestral music has been performed worldwide having been recorded on many professional CDs and available online as MP3s. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife of nearly fifty years.

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WHISPERING SMITH
Facsimile of Original 1906 Edition
By Frank Hamilton Spearman

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“An exciting, adventurous railroad story, located in the Red Desert” is how the original 1906 dust jacket reads. And it continues: “A feud between Sinclair, foreman of the bridges, and McCloud, division superintendent, has its beginning in a railroad wreck. Sinclair loses his position and joins a band of outlaws who rob the railroad. A posse of men under Whispering Smith pursues them and there is plenty of gun play. A breathless tale of intrigue and villainy, realistic of the new life of the west, but softened and brightened by a double love story.”

There were two Whispering Smiths, one the fictional railroad detective in Frank Hamilton Spearman’s novel, and the other a historic westerner whose real name was James L. Smith. The fictional character was the hero in this best-selling novel of 1906, and the book’s popularity made it the prototype for Western fiction.

Spearman became fascinated by railroad lore through his contacts with the Union Pacific while a Nebraska banker. He had previously authored several stories with railroad plots and by 1904 had his Strategy of Great Railroads adopted as a textbook at Yale University.

Determined to write about railroad detectives Spearman visited Cheyenne, Wyoming, to interview two of the most famous, Timothy Keliher and Joe LeFors. Based on their stories and with a fascination for the nickname Whispering Smith, Spearman crafted his exciting novel. His heroic character was a composite of Keliher and LeFors and the adventures found in the novel had their source in the stories of these two railroad detectives.

Hollywood pounced on the long term success of the novel and its colorful title. Filming rights were obtained as early as 1916 and more than five motion pictures were made plus a television series in 1961. The most famous production was filmed in 1948. Alan Ladd starred in this Technicolor film and credited it with launching his career.

Frank Hamilton Spearman continued to write but none of his subsequent novels achieved the success of Whispering Smith. His later years were spent in Hollywood where he turned to writing screenplays.

It will never be known if Spearman had any knowledge about James L. Smith, known as “Whispering Smith” in the West, nor is it known if that westerner knew of Spearman’s novel although he was still alive when it was published. The true story of James L. Smith is recounted in Whispering Smith: His Life and Misadventures by Allen P. Bristow from Sunstone Press.

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A WINTER'S KEEP
A Novel
By David Cope

Summary: A court-appointed psychiatrist tests a patient awaiting trial for committing a ghastly crime to ascertain his ability to understand right from wrong.

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A man is being held in a forensic psychiatric facility for his inability to stand trial for a crime he cannot remember anything about. A court-appointed psychiatrist interviews him several times to ascertain if he can attest to the man’s sanity. Meanwhile, someone is apparently attempting to break into the building where the prisoner is being kept. Revelation after revelation suggests that the man’s memory is returning. But, as the prisoner is about to be returned to court to stand trial, a series of events occurs that changes everything.

David Cope has written over thirty non-fiction books, several novels including Where Thunder Sleeps also published by Sunstone Press, collections of short stories, children’s books, a large number of poems, and seven plays. His art hangs in many galleries and homes and his orchestral music has been performed worldwide having been recorded on many professional CDs and available online as MP3s. He currently lives with his wife in Santa Cruz, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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YELLOW BEAR LODGE
A Montana Dude Ranch Adventure
By Bryant C. Blewett and Ellen Marshall

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Sitting in a corner, Wade Wolf checked his watch and glanced out the window at the Crazy Mountains. He enjoyed this process of interviewing at his favorite table at the Four Corners Cafe. He never knew what new and exciting people would walk into his life. Hiring the staff for a guest ranch was always full of surprises. As Marie walked in the door, she looked across the room and saw a young, handsome man looking wistfully out the window.
I’ll get this job, she thought, and quickly crossing the room, she held out her hand. “Good afternoon, Mr. Wolf.”
“Howdy, ma’am. Glad you could make it.” Taking her hand firmly, but softly, he felt an electric shock that caused his heart to miss a beat. His green eyes flashed as he looked deeply into her dark eyes. The emotional reaction caused each of them to half close their eyes in that cat-like expression which means, “I like you and can trust you.” The handshake lasted two heartbeats longer than it should have.

Yellow Bear Lodge is a romantic novel set in Montana and laced together with soft sex, violence, humor, and tall tales. The setting is a dude ranch in the Montana Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness forty-two miles from the closest town. The scenery is spectacular and the abundance of beauty and wildlife frames the adventures of the diverse ranch crew and the local populace they encounter. An ancient Indian folktale about a menacing yellow grizzly bear in this valley is entwined with the rampaging descendent of that magnificent creature that delivers Montana justice in an engaging climax.

A native of Helena, Montana, BRYANT BLEWETT holds a Montana State University degree in Business, and a Master of Taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He graduated from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Executive Program, in 1986 and earned his CPA in 1972. He spent twenty-two years with The Clorox Company as the head of their Tax Department. A fourth generation northern Californian, ELLEN MARSHALL earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. After a seventeen year career in retail banking with First Interstate Bank of California, she branched out into residential real estate. She and Bryant are married and live in Alameda, California during the winter months. Summer and fall finds them high up in the mountains at their dude ranch, Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch, south of McLeod, Montana which they help manage with partners, Ron and Phyllis Jarrett.

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ZIG ZAG CANYON
The Legend of Gold Gulch
By Ron Feldman and Mic McPherson

Gold was plentiful in the early 1800s and one mine in particular-the Lost Adams Diggin's-was one of the most notorious. Here is a story that is richer than gold-one that has to be told.

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