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Summary: The Cartwrights battle to save Joe’s life when his foot becomes trapped in between railway lines.
Word Count: 10,950
Summary: Hoss comes across two little boys when seeking shelter from the rain…and somehow they just got to talking about the rain, a flood, an ark and a rainbow.
Word Count: 4900
Summary: Joe sits down at a high-stakes poker table and gambles with something he can’t afford to lose.
Word Count: 19,000
Summary: SJS for Devonshire: When I was asked to participate in this special project, I hadn’t written any Bonanza since 2007 except for finishing a piece when Mr. Roberts died. I hope she and others enjoy this story.
Word Count: 4000
Summary: A gunfight and the resulting collateral damage. Two versions of the same story.
Word Count: 1845
Summary: SJS for Devonshire: Poor Joe suffers greatly at the hands of cruel kidnappers, all to satisfy the twisted desires of a demented person. Will his pa save him in time to get a JPM before dinner?
Word Count: 5300
Summary: The Cartwrights are marvelous dancers. Who on earth taught them?
Word Count: 1700
Summary: Joe finds a mysterious apple pie recipe with directions that must be followed.
Word Count: 6396
Summary: Adam tells a story of redemption and loss, while Little Joe lingers between life and death. A WHN story for the episode The Tin Badge.
Word Count: 7680
Summary: An uncredited member of the Bonanza cast finally gets to tell his story.
Word Count: 1105
Summary: There’s murder and mayhem in Virginia City and the limited evidence points toward an unlikely suspect. The gruesome deeds occur off scene for it is the aftermath that matters most.
Word Count: 7497
Summary: This is the sequel to “Red Night” that can probably stand alone but may read more easily if you have read the first story. Answers to the questions left hanging in the first story are woven into this one which is about five years later.
Word Count: 18,147
Summary: This story continues the saga that began with “Red Night” and continued with “I’m Telling You Now”. It is several years later and Adam has sent a message that he will be visiting the Ponderosa. There are many questions his family has for him and they would like answers such as what has happened to his marriage and why is he traveling so much. Jamie figures prominently in this story.
Word Count: 27,250
Summary: A lighthearted story to wrap up some of the story lines that began in “Understanding”. Issues of adoption and attachment as well as relationships in a marriage marred by tragedy and emotional turmoil are addressed but in an upbeat way and with humor in some parts.
Word Count: 10,049
Summary: Most people would bet that one female could never lead all three of Ben Cartwright’s boys astray, but Little Joe is ready to tell how one did.
Word Count: 7515
Summary: Once again Red and Little Joe manage to place all three of Ben Cartwright’s sons in his bad books.
Summary: Red once again has the Cartwright brothers plotting, but this time they join the conspiracy willingly.
Word Count: 9904
Summary: A tragic fire brings about a crisis of trust and faith.
Word Count: 6925
Summary: A brief stop to do some fishing on the way home from a business trip could be potentially deadly for Hoss.
Word Count: 8039
Summary: Having rescued Sally Nelson from a deplorable situation, Hoss and his family must help her determine her future.
Word Count: 14,634
Summary: Many in Virginia City are passing judgment on Hoss and Sally without knowing all the facts. The Cartwright family has been struggling for months dealing with the fallout from their marriage. Hoss determines something has to change.
Word Count: 2445
Summary: My entry for BoNaNo 2018 as well as the Crossover Challenge. After a chance encounter in his youth, Joe meets up with the man again under trying circumstances.
Word Count: 14,309
Summary: A WHN to The Stillness Within. Adam returns home after learning of Joe’s accident and subsequent blindness.
Word Count: 4790
Summary: Learning to trust love comes hard to the eldest Cartwright son.
Word Count: 14,220
Summary: A series of episode based reflections and life lessons by the Cartwrights.
Word Count: 1202
Summary: Not yet sleepy, Joe sits down at his desk and pens a few thoughts he’s had buzzing around in his head all day.
Word Count: 3250
Summary: Three short WHIB scenes for Vengeance written for the November fanfic challenge.
Word Count: 2500
Summary: A WHN for A Far, Far Better Thing. In the quiet of a moonlit night, two brothers reflect on loyalty, loss, and the love that binds some people together.
Word Count: 1700
Summary: A combined WHN for The Legacy and Decision at Los Roblos.
Word Count: 13,508
Summary: Adam is back, but will he stay, and what happened to him while he was gone that he won’t talk about? His family has more questions than answers, but Adam isn’t one to talk until he’s ready or has no choice.
Word Count: 26,557
Summary: A comedy of manners. Cousin Clarissa’s visits to the Ponderosa were never without incident.
Word Count: 5317
Summary: There is nothing quite like a family Christmas.
Word Count: 5775
Summary: When Cousin Clarissa returns, she encounters an unexpected adversary.
Word Count: 4505
Summary: In an effort to convince Will to stay, memories are stirred like the embers of a dying fire.
Word Count: 27,050
Summary: a tender father/son moment between Adam and Ben.
Word Count: 770
Summary: Little Joe learns the story of Adam’s first engagement.
Word Count: 1966
Summary: A sequel to “Remember the Breaking” – a story of Adam’s first engagement.
Word Count: 19,170
Summary: Little Joe remembers another side of his elder brother. Also, a bonus poem about remembering.
Word Count: 1196
Summary: Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
Word Count: 1300
Summary: This story was written to finally explain the death of Hoss Cartwright. In her mind at the time, the author felt it should be addressed, since the television show chose not to explain the absence of that very pivotal character. You will probably be able to spot the lack of mangling, but, hopefully will like this peek back to where it all began.
Word Count: 11,000
Summary: Joe struggles to cope with confusing feelings of hurt and anger after older brother Adam leaves the Ponderosa.
Word Count: 7300
Summary: When Joe becomes sick with cholera and his life slowly begins ebbing away, Ben’s faith is put to the test.
Word Count: 8690
Summary: When Joe and Mitch befriend two orphaned boys and try to help them, Ben has no idea where this new friendship will lead his youngest son. It would actually prove to be Ben’s spur-of-the-moment decision that would lead to disaster. All parents have acted in haste and he just prays he has time to set things right again.
Word Count: 60,173
Summary: Quelques poèmes pour chanter nos héros de Bonanza
Word Count: 3000
Summary: Joe’s life is at risk when a man chooses to use him as a pawn in a twist sense of revenge.
Word Count: 35,000
Summary: WHN for The Stillness Within. Was it really that easy to understand and accept?
Word Count: 905
Summary: A WHN for the episode Shanklin, tying up some of those loose ends.
Word Count: 10,215
Summary: Respect–young men want it but have to earn it.
Word Count: 1518
Summary: When Joe’s irresponsible behavior lands him in trouble, he decides it’s time to sort out his own problems without the help of his family. But he soon finds himself in much deeper than he’d intended, and his life hanging by a thread.
Word Count: 14,000
Summary: Adam finds himself on the trail, injured and alone. But is he really alone or is someone depending on him.
Word Count: 5800
Summary: Tragedy during a camping trip affects two families; why does Hoss feel he has to make restitution?
Word Count: 7400
Summary: Little Joe is knee deep in debt. Can he pay the price?
Word Count: 17,820
Summary: Circumstances bitter Adam’s homecoming, setting him and his family on a personal quest to restore the heart of the Ponderosa.
Rated: T (There are references to a subject of a sensitive manner; however, no such acts occur within this story.)
Word Count: 46,330
Summary: A continuation of Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa. The family looks forward to life returning to normal, but find they have a rocky road to travel as nightmares from the past intrude.
Rated: T (This story references a subject of a sensitive nature; however, no such actions occur within this story.)
Word Count: 55,125
Summary: Ben should have remembered. A what happened later for The Crucible.
Word Count: 4200
Summary: This is a ‘Death of a Cartwright’ challenge story. Be warned!
Word Count: 1628
Summary: A prequel that is an alternate reality in which Adam was taken by Indians in the attack that cost Inger her life and eventually is reunited with his family, but the reunion is rocky. Edited version of a previously published story.
Word Count: 54,773
Summary: A story of Cartwright family love: When Adam refuses to fight for his life…or his limb…after his Mountain of the Dead experience, (The Savage) Hoss and Joe return to the camp where they found him and figure out what really happened there. Hoss confirms that Ruth was real, but in following Adam’s journey, he also finds truths his older brother couldn’t see.
Twelve years later, Adam is a happy husband and father living in Boston at the time he travels to San Francisco where he meets his father and brothers there for a reunion. Another “unexpected” reunion sheds more light on the past.
Word Count: 22,384
Summary: When a man rescues one of Ben Cartwright’s sons not once, but twice; the stranger brings huge implications for the family. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?
Rated: Teen+ (for mild language, violence, and mild adult situations)
Word Count: 61,135
Summary: It’s December of 1864 and Joe is conscripted, but Adam goes in his place. It is a tumultuous ten months and that scripture reading that seemed so ominous seems to come true. This is my NaNo novel for 2015 and just barely made the minimum number of words at 53,434 and that’s why there’s that little romance at the end. It’s a little lightness too in a story that has a lot of darkness in it.
Word Count: 53,465
Summary: Joe dances with the devil as he comes up against a man who is nothing but evil. Joe fights crossing over to the dark-side in order to best the man at his own game.
Word Count: 149,000
Summary: A WHN to Vengeance. Red Twilight awaits trial for nearly killing Hoss when the judge that is supposed to come to Virginia City is delayed. Will Joe be able to control his hatred for the man who almost took the life of his brother?
Word Count: 5210
Summary: A WHN for the episode, The Smiler.
Word Count: 1925
Summary: A WHN for the episode, The Stranger.
Word Count: 9775
Summary: One wants to teach a lesson, one wants revenge, one just wants some peace quiet. With the three high spirited Cartwright boys home alone for the weekend anything can happen. Which one will come out on top?
Rated: Family Friendly
Word Count: 10,300
Summary: Adam’s fate is sealed. Written for the Pinecone Challenge. The first sentence was given and had to be developed into a story. This is the slightly polished version.
Word Count: 650
Summary: Joe can’t help showing off, carrying the mail for the Pony Express. But he’d never do it if Pa were watching…A missing scene for Ride the Wind.
Word Count: 1850
Summary: WHN for The Ride – a story of faith, hope, and thanksgiving. One of the Cartwrights has vanished and it appears that he is lost for good. Can the remaining family members accept the loss and learn to go on without him?
Word Count: 21,700
Summary: A Rose for Lotta told by each of the protagonists…and we learn a bit more than in the episode.
Word Count: 21,200
Summary: He may be retired, but to his fans Jack Richards will always be Alex Carver, the most drop dead gorgeous cowboy to ever roam the Badlands…
Word Count: 2583
Summary: When tragedy strikes twice in as many months, the Cartwrights discover that the strength of love, the bonds of family and the sense of wholeness can truly transcend mere mortality.
Word Count: 9000
Summary: With the Paiutes on the warpath, Ben, Adam, Little Joe lead an Army patrol to cover.
Word Count: 11,200
Summary: This is my story for the January challenge.
Word Count: 1000
Summary: A complete rewrite/extension of Riot – Season 14, Episode 5 (or Episode 419). When Adam arrives at the Nevada State Prison for a routine inspection, he is taken hostage by desperate inmates who are ready to change the prison’s abusive conditions by any means necessary, even murder. Outside the prison walls, Joe and Candy work together to end the riot and save Adam. While trapped, Adam meets Griff King, a young covict who enlightens Adam about the corruption found at the prison.
Word Count: 15,000
Summary: To Kill A Cartwright “November Challenge” Rip Mr Cartwright
Word Count: 741
Summary: The premise for this writing challenge was the prompt: Adam is worried about an absent friend.
Word Count: 2300
Summary: There’s a fight, but which brother wins?
Word Count: 785
Summary: In this prequel, Little Joe is moving from childhood to adulthood and has mixed feelings about how to react to his older brother who is facing the task of how to fit back into the ranch he left as a boy to go to college but returned as a man who is still the boss’ son.
Word Count: 14,378
Summary: A prequel giving insight to a family tradition during Advent, and a bargain made.
Word Count: 1540
Summary: A lively folk song provides the framework for a closer look at Ben Cartwright’s loves…including a brief crush he had as a 15-year-old.
Word Count: 2800
Summary: When it comes to Little Joe and girls, it is a perfect Christmas Eve.
Word Count: 2170
Summary: Hoss turns to a trusted friend for advice when Adam is due home from College. Prequel.
Word Count: 1245
Summary: Young Joe arrives in Boston to visit Adam but finds instead a confused housekeeper and a large sum of money. Excitedly Joe leaves for an adventure in Paris where he believes Adam awaits him, but his ship sinks off the coast of France… Thus begins a frantic search for Joe in which a world famous writer will be host to all the Cartwrights.
Word Count: 34,080
Summary: The story starts with a horse race as the three Cartwright brothers take on a challenge, but the story continues with romances, tragedy, heartache, an abduction that takes Adam to Australia, and troubles at home until all the issues can be resolved.
Word Count: 81,104
Summary: Adam hopes to have a wonderful night with a special lady in this light romantic story.
Word Count: 2365
Summary: A family moves into the Virginia City area intent on causing trouble that will allow them to gain riches or so they believe. They do everything that they can to make that come true, but when they attack Adam Cartwright, things don’t work out the way that they hoped because they find that you can’t win when you come up against the Cartwright family.
Word Count: 23,554
Summary: Justice proves dangerous when the Cartwrights are caught between vigilantes and a new sheriff in Virginia City.
Word Count: 8780
Summary: After Adam and Joe take an early spring ride up into the mountains, Joe comes home alone with fragmented memories and a haunting fear that Adam might never come home at all. A story told in two voices: Joe’s and Adam’s.
Word Count: 24,000
Summary: What happens when Adam and Joe have time to kill until the stage arrives? A Chaps & Spurs Challenge inspired story.
Word Count: 1030