Summary: Clay sends a telegram to Adam asking him for help. This time Clay’s troubles send the entire Cartwright family down a road that could led to the destruction of Ben Cartwright’s dream or finally bring Joe’s other brother home.
Rated: T Word count: 32,335
Between First Borns Series:
Between First Borns
By Step, By Half, and By Heart
Summary: On a trip to San Francisco, the Cartwright brother become involved in fighting political corruption. This story was written for the Paddlewheel Poker challenge. Each writer was dealt a poker hand of elements to include in a story. *note: The character, James King of William, is an actual figure in San Francisco’s history.
Rated: T Word count: 12,847
Summary: A Chinese fairy-tale, an all-too-human Hop Sing and a carefree moment of make-believe usher the Cartwrights into a nightmare involving Chinese assassins and a beautiful, young woman two men will do anything to possess.
Rated: T (29,000 words)
Summary: Two unexpected visitors arrive at the Ponderosa within hours of each other: Adam’s favorite professor from college and a blue-eyed Indian with a skewed understanding of Paiute ways and a twisted view of good vs. evil. Join the Cartwrights as they struggle to get through a night of savage terror that marks Little Joe as a target—and his scalp as a trophy.
Rated: T WC 28,000
Summary: A businessman is tired of playing by the rules and uses Ben’s sons to manipulate Ben, himself. It falls to Sheriff Roy Coffee, Deputy Clem Foster and a very determined Hop Sing to prevent the Cartwright family from falling like a house of cards. What results is a high stakes game in which Ben must gamble his full house against his rival’s hidden aces.
Rating: T (33, 700 words)