This is a collection of nine western stories, ranging from gunfights to romance. Men and women alike have enjoyed these selections. Each story has the features of good western writing—a clearly... More > etched setting, memorable characterization, an original storyline, and a lively writing style. These are selections to read more than once.< Less
Cactus Pete hired me to do a job—a secret sort of job for good eatin' and two bits a day, he promised. It didn't sound too bad, at first. Then he brought out this black, smelly beast he called... More > a burro. Pierre and I took an instant dislike to each other, but we came to an uneasy understanding.
Later on, out in the desert when strange things began to happen, I'd be glad I had made the acquaintance of smelly old Pierre.< Less
Clay Westbrook, a cowhand on a Wyoming ranch in the 1890s, runs into trouble when he sticks up for a Mexican sheepherder. Tony Campos is being bullied by a rancher named Sutton, who tells Clay he has... More > just bought himself a good bunch of trouble. Clay maintains his friendship with the Mexicans, much to the dislike of Sutton and others, and he develops a romantic interest in Tony’s niece, Guadalupe.
Before long, Clay finds himself without a job and is harassed by Sutton and his men, who burn down his homesteader’s shack and sabotage his outfitting camp. Clay then discovers that Sutton has designs on Clay’s homestead and plans to cut a ditch project across the land.
Is it up to Clay to thwart the plan and stop the retribution at the same time that he pursues his courtship of the lovely Guadalupe?< Less
Good-natured Jimmy Clevis has a knack for finding people. Magdalena, his girlfriend, has a cousin who disappeared after seeking work at a ranch farther north.
Jimmy travels north and pokes around... More > under the guise of looking for work. Will he find Magdalena's cousin, the one they call Rose of Durango, or will he only find trouble?< Less
~ Poetry from a true son of the American West ~ Staring into a campfire on a starry night as he listens to the coyotes howl and the cattle lowing gives a cowboy time to think, room to put his... More > thoughts to paper, a chance to sing what's in his heart.
Join award-winning author John D. Nesbitt as he shares 32 poems of Western life including Wild Rose of Wyoming, Under Cloak of Night, Boss of Bottomline Ranch, To the North of Old Cheyenne, Blue Horse Mesa, and Thorns on the Rose.< Less