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Summary: Hoss is the only Cartwright at home when Nathan Kincaid mounts an attack.
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Summary: Part of the “Nathan Kincaid” series and written for the 2005 Convention Anthology.
Word Count: 7550
Summary: Ben finds trouble haunting him in the business world. Another in the “Nathan Kincaid” series.
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Summary: Adam returns home after long years away to find many changes along with some fond and familiar things. A story in the “Nathan Kincaid” series.
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Summary: Adam’s grandfather writes, leaving him with a difficult choice to make. My first Bonanza story written back in 1999.
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Summary: Traces the progress of Joe’s natural affinity with horses.
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Summary: A WHN for The Firstborn and my submission for the May Literary Challenge. Relations between Ben and Joe have become tense.
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Summary: Joe must enter a burning building to save Hoss.
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Summary: Originally published in the 2009 Convention Anthology. Sometimes a game of chess requires more than concentration on the game itself.
Word Count: 2370
Summary: A missing child brings together the Coffees and the Cartwrights, as well as a young Dr. Paul Martin.
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Summary: Did Little Joe really see what he thought he saw? Adam can’t believe the implications of Joe’s revelation.
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Summary: Why did Adam disappear from the Ponderosa, never to return again? Maybe it happened like this…
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Summary: An argument with Hoss spills over to encompass Adam, and is Joe deeply hurt. When tragedy strikes, the brothers rue the harsh words they exchanged. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, they do.
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Summary: Adam and Hoss get into a mess of trouble when Adam invents something to help him with a daily chore. Please read this little story to see how I incorporated the five words needed to meet this challenge: medieval, tassel, commence,
Word Count: 1800
Summary: A most important day in the life of young Little Joe, and he feels neglected.
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Summary: Ben Cartwright had thought the worst thing that could happen was that his son, Hoss, was shot in back by mistake. But like the other time Hoss was shot – by Red Twilight – Little Joe was in danger too. His brother could be dying and Joe is nowhere in sight. What’s going on?
Rated: PG (references to drunkeness)
Word Count: 4406
Summary: From the Pinecone No 4 challenge this story grew into a WHN for The Truckee Strip. Some Joe suffering again, but it’s what I like best!
Word Count: 2272
Summary: Both Adam and Joe learn that you’re never too old to learn something new after an accident leaves Joe mortally wounded and his older brother feeling guilty.
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Summary: Why is Adam in the dirt at Hoss’ feet? Hoss is not going to like the answer.
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Summary: A prequel story in which a fishing trip by two young brothers is the catalyst for an important father/son conversation.
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Summary: Ten year old Little Joe attends a New Year’s Eve party in town with his family and manages to get into trouble – quelle surprise!
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Summary: Based on actual events, the Ponderosa is invaded with a group of train robbers.
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Summary: Adam is surprised with a little night music. A story for the Halloween season.
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“Night of the Star” was included in the 2017 Advent Calendar Collection.
Summary: Christmas invitations extend beyond the borders of the Ponderosa.
Summary: Danger in the form of a vengeful general invades the Ponderosa.
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Summary: Young Adam has an encounter while out on a night ride.
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Summary: A seemingly quiet night turns into a tragedy.
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Summary: Tragedy strikes on the Ponderosa, leaving Joe brutally attacked and his date killed.
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Summary: In 1871, Chicago will suffer a tragedy due to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow; tonight Benson’s Crossing offers aid to a tragedy cause by a few cows.
Word Count: 12,060
Summary: Strange things are afoot on the Ponderosa in these three after-dark comic vignettes.
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Summary: Not everything that shuffles in the night is a bad omen.
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Summary: Musings of Deputy Clem Foster on his city and the Cartwrights.
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Summary: Ten-year-old Joe is tired of Adam treating him like a…well, like a kid. Enter Nightshade, Adam’s powerful and temperamental horse. What follows involves not only Joe and Adam, but some new Paiute friends and a revelation about Roy’s past.
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Summary: The Cartwrights are out on the trail.
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Summary: It’s about the boys while Ben is out of town. There is foreshadowing. And we weren’t supposed to have blood and gore so nothing gruesome in this story.
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Summary: The Widow Jenkins got more than she bargained for when Ben sent his sons out to help with a few chores. Written in response to a writing challenge to use “They all took several steps forward, stunned by what they done” as the first sentence and “His lips moved as if he was chewing the words he was holding back” as the last sentence.
Word Count: 2175
Summary: Life changes when the Cartwrights return home find the folks in Virginia City scared of those offering ‘protection’.
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Summary: Have you ever wanted something so badly that you’d do anything to get it? Let’s just say Little Joe and his best friend Mitch find out the hard way that sometimes finders keepers end up being finders weepers. Contains reference to corporal punishment.
Word Count: 4485
Summary: A “what happened next” version for Caution: Easter Bunny Crossing, partially from Joe’s perspective. Warning: it gives away part of the ending for a “Lost Episode.”
Word Count: 11,000
Summary: WHIB for The Crucible. When Adam realizes he’s in the act of killing Peter Kane, he’s horrified that he’s finally lost control and proved his tormentor right. As he makes his escape, he’s reminded that two men left him in the desert to die, too. Just who is the better man?
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Summary: A WHN for The Hayburner. Hoss tells what Adam did to him after the race.
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Summary: This is a pre-Inger story. Ben, with four-year-old Adam in tow, takes a job on a farm but he is offered something he never expected.
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Summary: A rumor spreads like wildfire through Virginia City, and it’s up to the Enterprise’s hot new reporter to find out the truth.
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Summary: My response to the Challenge. Joe tells a lie to protect Pa, but will Adam let it alone?
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Summary: Once again, Little Joe finds himself facing the music. Hoss and Adam are amused by the current situation, although Ben thinks it is no laughing matter. Sometimes, the Cartwrights can dig a very deep hole without using a shovel.
Summary: What if two brothers left the Ponderosa to fight in the burgeoning war between the States?
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Summary: What starts out as an ordinary day in town soon takes an unexpected turn.
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Summary: A casual question ties Ben in knots.
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Summary: On his return after many years, Adam makes a very bad decision but doesn’t know how bad it is until too late. It affects his whole family but especially Joe, and all struggle with what to do.
In the second part, as Christmas nears, Joe remembers the tragedy in his life. There are other problems and near tragedy. When Christmas arrives, Joe and his family have to find a way to be thankful for what they have and accept what they have lost.
The third part is the next Christmas and the problem of what to get the family that has everything.
In the fourth part, there’s a plan to get the Ponderosa for its timber, gold, and silver by an evil man who tries to force the deal when Ben says no to his offer, but he didn’t know what he was going to be facing once he made those Cartwrights upset.
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Summary: Adam’s childhood memories.
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Summary: Hoss struggles to understand why a woman is gunned down on the streets of Virginia City. An expanded version of a Pinecone challenge.
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Summary: Adam va vivre un Nöël qu’il n’oubliera pas.
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Summary: Ben and Little Joe discuss his father’s three wives.
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Summary: When the unthinkable happens, those left behind must find a way to get on with life.
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Summary: Not a typical day on the Ponderosa.
Summary: Yet another discussion with Adam prompts Joe into doing something rash and potentially life-threatening—and into thinking more about politics than he ever wanted to.
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Summary: Ben receives devastating news and only has one plea.
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Summary: “…Joseph, if you don’t have the dad-blamedest luck of anyone I ever saw—”.
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Summary: A stranger arrives in town and his surprising connection to one of the Cartwrights’ closest friends leads to complications for all involved.
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Summary: A fresh look at certain events of Episode 94 (The Crucible) which didn’t (in some parts of the multiverse) quite follow the televised script…
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Summary: A bad mood, disappeared sons and an injured ankle…Can this Christmas be salvaged?
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Summary: On the precipice of an Indian uprising; can Ben prevent the unimaginable?
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