Library Guide – Visitors Please Read

Welcome to the Bonanza Brand Fan Fiction Library!

We hope you’ll pull up a comfortable chair and come back time after time to immerse yourself in our ever-growing Library.  For those using mobile devices, all the pages within are best viewed holding the device horizontally.

To open a Story or Index Page, click on the image or the title.

To Join Us – Register / Sign In / Reset Member Password for the Library, see Member Services under Library Help in the right-hand sidebar. Or at the bottom of the page for mobile users.

Our Fan Fiction Library contains something for everyone.  All stories in this Library are complete; there are no Works-in-Progress (WIPs).

Bonanza Brand continues to include stories written by early-era authors who have not previously posted in the Library, with their permission.  And every now and then we find a ‘lost story’ written by one of our authors.

The Bonanza Brand Library does include stories that have been assigned a Mature (MA) or R-Rating by their respective authors. These stories may contain explicit language, violence, and/or adult themes; and are not intended for readers under the age of 18.  Please heed our Rating Guidelines.

Note, this library does NOT contain slash or sexual situations involving minors.

The following methods for finding stories are located in the lower of the two Navigation bars above, or when using a mobile device, click the three horizontal bars on the right at the top of the screen.

People are Talking…

See what people have said about the stories they’ve read during the past 30 days.   To read current and older comments, click Comments under any story title.

NOTE: Some comments might contain spoilers, even though we have requested readers to not give away the surprise.

Stories by Author

Alphabetical listing by author of stories.  Includes fan fiction series in reading order.

A system-generated author’s index, listing the stories in chronological posting order (most recent first), is available by click the author’s name under a story title.  A link is also provided within the respective Author Pages.

Stories by Title

Alphabetical listing of stories.  Includes fan fiction series in reading order.

The following Collections are located in the right hand sidebar, or when using a mobile device, near the bottom of the page.

Actor Celebrations

Our intent within these collections is to celebrate the actors.  Some celebrate birthdays while others deal the very real possibility of a brush with death.

Episode Inspired

What Happened Before, Missing Scenes, What Happened Next/Later, What Happened Instead, Alternate Universe, and stories that begged to be told that were not included within the episode.  Some of these stories are challenge inspired and others, the writers were just never satisfied with what was aired.

Over 170 episodes have inspired stories.

Fan Fiction Series

Our authors have written stories for over 200 of their own fan fiction series.

Holiday Collections

Within this index we have captured the stories that our authors have written regarding the holidays.

People are Talking – see above for description

Stories by Author – see above for description

Stories by Title – see above for description


Another way for readers to find a story.  Location, item, event, illness, or person, etc.

Random Stories

An automated, system generated list of 10 random stories from the Library.  This program has a 60-second wait before accepting a ‘reload’ or ‘refresh’ page request to display a different list of stories.


Click on ‘Select Category‘ to open a drop down box to access the following:
(Stories may be assigned more than one category.)

Alternate Universe – story lines that diverge from canon.
(e.g., Adam staying beyond season six, the addition of a sister, wives, or children, etc.)
Chaps and Spurs – a writing challenge hosted in the Bonanza Brand Forums
Crossover – mix the Cartwrights with another TV show / movie / book
French – written in French for our members in France
Fright / Supernatural – Halloween themed, spooky, eerie, scary
German – written in German for our members in Germany
MA-Rated – Stories meant for readers 18 years of age and older
Missing Scene – episode inspired
Modern Day
Non-Bonanza – Stories are restricted to series/characters portrayed by the actors of Bonanza.
Ponderosa – the prequel TV series
Post Timeline – anything after the season 14 episode, The Hunter
Prequel – anything before the very first episode, A Rose for Lotta
Short Stories – stories with a word count between 500 – 999 words
What Happened Before – episode inspired
What Happened Instead – episode inspired that diverges from canon
What Happened Next/Later – episode inspired
Writing Challenges – challenges hosted in the Bonanza Brand Forums

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. No copyright infringement is intended and no profit is being made from the writing / posting of these stories on this site.

Our authors love to read feedback on the stories they’ve spent countless hours creating.  Brand encourages all readers to leave a review/comment to let the authors know how much their works were enjoyed.  We only ask that when leaving comments, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…do not ruin the enjoyment of future readers by revealing a plot twist or telling who or what happened.

All comments left in the Bonanza Brand Library are routed through a moderation process, the Library reserves the right to delete any spammer or reviews we feel are inappropriate .

Bonanza Brand hopes all readers will consider registering for membership in the Library; though membership is not required.  For those who do not register but wish to leave a comment/review for a story, the system has a few requirements — fill in the name and e:mail address, as well as complete the robo-spam filter.  If the reader is a member in the Bonanza Brand Forums who forgot to login, please use your Brand Username in the name field.  (NOTE:  The e:mail address provided will not be publicly posted.)

Even though the Library and the Forums share the same home page, they require separate registrations to fully participate; however, the same username and password may be used for both sites.

Bonanza Brand Library News

August 2018,

Due to the ever-increasing threat of plagiarism or cross-posting without an author’s permission, all stories posted to Bonanza Brand are hereby protected from copying from this website to a reader’s personal device; readers may still share their favorite stories via social media links provided at the end of each story.

December 2017

‘Like’ the stories, similar to Facebook.  WordPress requires users to create and use a WordPress or Google account in order to use this feature.  If readers already have a WordPress or Google account, please be advised that your registered name for this account will be displayed, which may or may not be the same name used in the Library.  If readers do not have one of these accounts, they may sign up when clicking ‘Like’.

For those who do not wish to sign up for either account, please feel free to type ‘Like’ or a more detailed review in the comment field.

Auto-cross posting to Facebook.  When new stories are posted, the Library will automatically cross-post a link on the Bonanza Brand Facebook page.

August 2017

A new Post View / Read Count was installed after the Library upgrade.  Unfortunately, this version reset all the counts to zero.  Please do not take the low number or absence of Post Views as an indication the story is not worth the time to read.

July 2017

The Library unveiled a new look and new features:

Opening Stories / Index Pages

Added capability to click on image to the left of the title / summary to open the story.


Notify me of follow-up comments by email.  If readers wish to be notified when an author responds to a comment left for a story (your comment as well as comments left by other readers), check the first box under the the Comment Text Field.  If author responds to your comment, uncheck the box to stop receiving any further notifications.  Must be checked on a story by story basis.

Notify me of new posts by email.  If readers wish to be notified when ANY new story is posted to the Bonanza Brand Library, check the second box under the Comment Text Field.  Only needs to be checked once.  The system will continue to send notifications until unchecked.  There is an unsubscribe option contained within the e:mail notification.

To receive these notifications, please make sure you have used a valid e:mail address if not logged in.

Reaching Older Stories

To reach the older stories in the Library, click on the page number squares near the bottom of the page.  Go page by page or jump over pages in increments of 10 or jump all the way to the beginning of the Library.

Looking for Stories using Search Field (top of page)

To search for a phrase, use quotation marks in the Search field:  “Marie, My Love”  System looks for stories that includes all words in 1) the Title, 2) the summary, or 3) the story.  Listing exact matches first, followed by partial matches.  If the phrase is not in quotations, the system will look for matches for any word.

The system now returns pages of stories which fit the search parameter, scroll through the pages using the Page Number squares at the bottom of the page.

Sharing via Social Media

Facebook / Twitter / G+ Google / Pinterest quick links are available at the end of each story to share the story directly on your pages on these social platforms.  No need to copy the web address and paste on the respective sites.

March 2014

Brand unveiled new Library home.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, most of the comments and all the read counts were lost during the transition.  So please, do not take the lack of or low number of comments as an indication that a story is not worth reading.


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Print the story or under Destination, click Change and select Save as PDF to save story to computer.

Thank you,

   The Brandsters & The Librarians