Author Page – DJK

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A Blue Plate Special
(by DJK)
Summary:  A chipped blue plate holds memories for Ben and a lesson for his son.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1317
A Case of
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe and his friend decide a certain Annabel Hampton deserves a comeuppance.
Rated: K+   Word count: 3608
A Matter of Regret
(by DJK)
Summary:  Does Adam regret returning to the Ponderosa after college? Little Joe thinks he knows the answer to that question.
Rated: K+  Word count:  1218
A Quick Trip
(by DJK)
Summary:  Adam’s quick trip to the necessary results in trouble.
Rated: T  Word count:  1083
A Time for Grieving
(by DJK)
Summary: Three vignettes from the time after Inger Cartwright’s death.
Rated:  K+   Word count: 2580
Adam and the Imp of Satan #1
(by DJK)
Summary:  It’s been five years since Abigail Warner’s first visit, and Adam’s proclamation.
Rating:  T  (14,820 words)
Adam and the Imp of Satan #2 – The Imp, Some Demons, and a Few Short Lists
(by DJK)
Summary:  Abigail Warner has returned, just in time for the trial.
Rating:  T  (19,070 words)
And He Shall Not Depart From It
(by DJK)
Summary:  Adam gives in to a small temptation while at college.
Rated: T  Word count: 1331
And It Came to Pass
(by DJK)
Summary:  Written for the 2017 Advent Calendar.
 And Then Came Marie
(by DJK)
Summary:  A set of vignettes featuring Marie.
Rated: K+   Word count: 2211
Ben’s Boys #1
(by DJK)
Summary:  This is a set of four vignettes written in response to various prompts.
Rated: K+ Word count: 2431
Ben’s Boy#2 –
Ben’s Boy Adam*
(by DJK)
Summary:  This is a collection of four vignettes written to various prompts.
Rating:  G  (2,920 words)
Ben’s Boys #3 –
Ben’s Boy Hoss*
(by DJK)
Summary:  A collection of seven short vignettes which were written in response to various prompts.  Together they paint a picture of Hoss Cartwright, boy and man.
Rating: teen   word count:  3,600
Ben’s Boys #4 –
Ben’s Boy Little Joe*
(by DJK)
Summary:  Six vignettes and a poem giving glimpses of Ben Cartwright’s youngest.
Rating: General   Word count: 2412
Between First Borns #1
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam has a chance meeting with Clay after Clay has left the Ponderosa. Followed by:  By Step, By Half, and By Heart.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1445
Between First Borns #2 – By Step, By Half, and By Heart
(by DJK)
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: 32335
Big Ears, Big Fears
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe listens and learns.
Rated:  K+  Word count: 1035
Birthdays and
(by DJK)
Summary: A birthday and an anniversary bring memories.
Rated: T   Word count:  541
Broken Bone
(by DJK)
Summary:  A broken hand and an angry Adam- Hoss isn’t having a very good day.
Rated: K+  Word count:  524
Catching ‘em
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe sets out to prove his innocence to Pa and his brothers.
Rated: K+  Word count: 3437
Cleaning Up
(by DJK)
Summary: A brother can be a big help when it comes to cleaning up a mess.
Rated: K+  Word count: 7079
(by DJK)
Summary: Brothers cover for brothers. For Little Joe it is just that simple, for Adam not exactly.
Rated: K  Word count: 7990
Deciding is the Hardest Thing to Do
(by DJK)
Summary:  Was it really that easy, or did it take one last push?
Rating:  G  (1,090 words)
Did I Hear You Mention Boston?
(by DJK)
Summary: One Cartwright, two Lancers, and a chance meeting equal a little crossover story.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1032
Doctor’s Orders
(by DJK)
Summary: Ben and Adam face off over the doctor’s orders
Rated: K+  Word count: 887
Don’t Speak of That
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe’s discussion lands him in trouble with his teacher and older brother.
Rated:  K+  Word count: 1250
Eavesdropping on Two Brothers *
(by DJK)
Summary:  This is a compilation of ten private conversations between Adam and Hoss Cartwright from childhood through adulthood showing facets of their brotherhood.
Rating: PG (references to adult themes) Word Count: 4520
Emily’s Sir Eric #1
(by DJK)
Summary:  Hoss becomes a knight in shining armor to the daughter of a town drunk.
Rated: K+ Word count: 7913
Emily’s Sir Eric #2 – Tarnished Armor
(by DJK)
Summary:  Hoss’s deceit tarnishes his armor in Emily’s eyes.
Rated: K+ Word count:  2843
Emily’s Sir Eric #3 – Quest on D Street
(by DJK)
Summary:  Hoss decides to take the problem of Emily’s father into his own hands.  (Sequel to Tarnished Armor)
Rated: T  Word count: 8432
Emily’s Sir Eric #4 – Lady Emily’s Choice
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam provides Emily with an opportunity that may take her away from Hoss.
Rated: T  Word count: 3673
Emily’s Sir Eric #5 – San Francisco Dragons
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam and Hoss take Emily to attend school in San Francisco.
Rated: T   Word count: 9908
Fallen Angel
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe’s escapade at Jack Wolf’s Place leads Adam into a serious situation.
Rated Strong T warning: (mature ideas and references but no explicit content, mention of corporal punishment)  Word count: 8068
Feeling Guilty
(by DJK)
Summary: Three vignettes that have the Cartwright brothers dealing with feeling guilty.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1882
Fifty Dollars
(by DJK)
Summary: Even if he did take the fifty dollars, Little Joe was not really a thief.
Rated: K+   Word count: 2022
Five Bits
(by DJK)
Summary:  This is a collection of five short pieces each written in response to a specific prompt. The prompt was used to title the piece. I hope you enjoy them.
Rating:  G     (4,140 words)
Flowers for Truth
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam learns the truth about a girl he loves.
Rated: K+ Word count: 589
Fresh Start
(by DJK)
Summary:  Once again Adam is the fresh kid.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1131
Green Velvet
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam finds himself making a difficult decision.
Rated: K+  Word count: 732
Happy Birthday, Hoss!
(by DJK)
Summary: It’s Hoss’ first birthday, and Adam’s determined it will be special.
Rated: K+  Word count: 4765
He Would Have
(by DJK)
Summary: A short WHN for Hoss’ loss of Margie.
Rating: K+ Word Count: 694
Hidden Wings
(by DJK)
Summary: Hoss decides to sweeten one family’s day.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1256
His Place
(by DJK)
Summary: A slice-of-life from Hop Sing’s point of view.
Rated: K Word count: 736
I Wouldn’t Do That
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam doesn’t keep Little Joe out of trouble. A short slice of brotherly life.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1257
I’ve Got a Secret
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe knows a secret Adam would rather he did not tell.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1084
If You Lie Down with Dogs
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam tells a story of teenage rebellion. warning: mention of corporeal punishment.
Rated: T  Word count: 4067
In Ten Years
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe and Mitch are in a hurry to grow up.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1152
(by DJK)
Summary: Jewels can be found many places; one just has to learn to appreciate them.
Rated: K+ Word count: 535
Just a Quick Trip
(by DJK)
Summary:  It really was a misunderstanding.  It could have happened to anyone, only it didn’t.
Rating:  G  (1,020 words)
Just at Checkers
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe Cartwright would never cheat, well, not at anything but checkers.
Rated: K   Word count: 2918
Kiss and Tell
(by DJK)
Summary: A dance, a kiss in the moonlight, and once more his brothers are tasked with saving Little Joe.
Rating: mature for references to adult themes and corporal punishment.  word count: 4,454
Letters to Inger
(by DJK)
Summary:  Selected letters from those written by Adam Stoddard Cartwright to Inger Borgstrom Cartwright, deceased
Rating:  G  (23,775 words)
Letting Go
(by DJK)
Summary: What Hoss had to say about Adam’s leaving.
Rated: K+   Word count: 1046
Lila Jane
(by DJK)
Summary:  Young Adam hated Lila Jane for over four years, two months, and seventeen days before an accident changes their relationship.
Rating: T   Word count: 41,129 Warning: corporal punishment as part of family discipline
Look After the Kid
(by DJK)
Summary: A Cartwright lesson in responsibility and in being the boss.
Rating:  K (1,185)
Looking for Little Joe
(by DJK)
Summary: Two short stories that begin with Adam and Hoss looking for their missing brother.
Rated: K+ Word count: 2916
Love Comes Late
(by DJK)
Summary:  A young Adam has to come to terms with a second stepmother.
Rating: teen and up.  Warning: contains corporal punishment as part of family discipline.   Word count: 45,173
Love Has Eyes
(by DJK)
Summary:  Adam didn’t lie to his father, but Marie wasn’t so sure that her stepson wouldn’t lie to her.
word count: 1407
rating  PG for references to mature subjects and corporal punishment
Lucky Eight
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe puts his lucky number to use, but will it be able to save him from trouble with his pa?  warning: references to corporeal punishment.
Rated:  T  (5,595)
Night Music
(by DJK)
Summary:  Adam is surprised with a little night music. A story for the Halloween season.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1471
Night Ride
(by DJK)
Summary:  Young Adam has an encounter while out on a night ride.
Rated: T Word count: 2719
None Were the Lovingest
(by DJK)
Summary:  Ben and Little Joe discuss his father’s three wives.
Rated: K  Word count: 658
Red Series #1 –
Little Lady in Red
(by DJK)
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.
Rated: K+  Word count: 7515
Red Series #2 –
Seeing Red
(by DJK)
Summary:  Once again Red and Little Joe manage to place all three of Ben Cartwright’s sons in his bad books.
Rated: T
Red Series #3 –
Rolling Up the Red Carpet
(by DJK)
Summary:  Red once again has the Cartwright brothers plotting, but this time they join the conspiracy willingly.
Rated: K+  Word count: 9904
Relatives and Reasons
(by DJK)
Summary:  In an effort to convince Will to stay, memories are stirred like the embers of a dying fire.
Rating:   (27,050 words)
Remember the Breaking
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe learns the story of Adam’s first engagement.
Rated: K+ Word count:  1966
Remember the Breaking #2 – Mending the Break
(by DJK)
Summary:  A sequel to Remember the Breaking – a story of Adam’s first engagement.
Rating:  K+  (19,170 words)
(by DJK)
Summary: Little Joe remembers another side of his elder brother.  Also, a bonus poem about remembering.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1196
Remembering the Barn Elf
(by DJK)
Summary:  Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
Rating:  K (1,300 words)
Sally Lynn #1 –
Sally Lynn,
Swimming and
Sweet Revenge
(by DJK)
Summary:  A young Little Joe finds out about feminine revenge.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1212
Sally Lynn #2 –
Sippin’ Whiskey
and Sally Lynn
(by DJK)
Summary:  Not all parents measure up to Ben Cartwright, and not all children measure up to Little Joe.  It could have been so much worse, but the consequences put three families at odds until things are set right.
Rating:  T (27,895 words)
Seeing a Man
(by DJK)
Summary:  Two confrontations between Ben Cartwright and his eldest son.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1219
Seeing an Angel
(by DJK)
Summary:  A girl from Marie’s past has something for Little Joe.
Rated: T   Word count: 1351
Shadow Enemy
(by DJK)
Summary: After leaving the Ponderosa, Adam has an enlightening encounter with someone from the past.
Rating: PG Word count: 1,999  Warning: mention of corporal punishment
She Left
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam’s love is leaving him.
Rated: T  Word count: 599
Singing Lessons
(by DJK)
Summary:  This is my contribution to the Dan Blocker Birthday Challenge. Hoss and Adam learn more than just a song.
Rated: K+ Word count: 2315
Spanish Gold
(by DJK)
Summary:  A schoolyard bet leaves Little Joe in desperate need of some Spanish gold.
Rated: K+   Word count: 1150
Spring Flowers
(by DJK)
Summary: Adam doesn’t want anyone to know he’s picking a bouquet.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1118
(by DJK)
Summary:  A cattle drive, a stampede, and one guilty Cartwright make for a simple little tale.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1211
Standing Watch
(by DJK)
Summary:  He only wanted to protect himself and his family.
Rating:  G    (2,170 words)
(by DJK)
Summary:  Two brothers, one killer, and only one way to end the standoff.
Rated: T  Word count:  684
Storms and
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe needs an anchor in the storm.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1097
Sweet Tooth
(by DJK)
Summary: Memories are sometimes the sweetest things of all.
Rated: K+ Word count: 538
Sweeter Than Pie
(by DJK)
Summary:  A simple vignette about Little Joe, a girl, and a watchful big brother.
Rated: K+  Word count: 624
The Banns
Having Been Read
(by DJK)
Summary:   Little Joe is engaged for the first time.
Rating:   T    Word Count:  8,840
The Company You Keep
(by DJK)
Summary:  Sheriff Coffee has a lesson to teach Ben Cartwright’s son.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1320
The Wrath of
the Wailing
(by DJK)
Summary:  The Wailing Widow is just a local legend, but Little Joe, Mitch, and Sally Lynn may convince a certain teacher that legends do come true. Written for the 2017 Michael Landon Birthday Challenge.
Rating: K+ Word Count: 4009
The Lady in the Shadows
(by DJK)
Summary:  Young Adam tells his new mother about the lady in the shadows.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1141
The Left-Handed Holster
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe has a plan, and all he needs is a left-handed holster.
Rated: K+  Word count: 6170
The Message
(by DJK)
Summary:  In London, Adam receives a message from Hoss that will change his view of many things. This story was written in answer to the Michael Landon Birthday Challenge.
Rated: T   Word count: 1444
The Most Eligible Bachelor in Nevada #1
(by DJK)
Summary:  “Adam is going to kill me.” A school-age Little Joe tells you why in this modern era Cartwright story. Warning: references to literal corporal punishment and figurative fratricide
Rating: teen for mature references, word count: 4584
The Most Eligible Bachelor in Nevada #2 – There’s Gold Diggers in Them There Hills
(by DJK)
Summary:  In this sequel to “The Most Eligible Bachelor in Nevada”, a modern day Little Joe and Hoss try to save Adam from a woman they are sure is a “gold digger”.
Rating: Teen for mature references. Warning: reference to corporal punishment.  word count: 11050
The Right Thing to Do
(by DJK)
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.
Rated: T  Word count: 12847
The Scent of
(by DJK)
Summary: Her scent brought back memories Adam refused to share. Her arrival in Virginia City meant he would have to face them. warning: contains adult themes and references
Rated: MA Word count: 18358
The Way of Things
(by DJK)
Summary: When Adam disciplines Little Joe, Hoss has two brothers to console. Corporal punishment warning.
Rated: T   Word count:  1418
The Wheelchair
(by DJK)
Summary:  Years later Adam’s wheelchair from “The Triangle” comes out of the attic.
Rated: K+  Word count: 667
To Escape the
(by DJK)
Summary:  Ben’s loss is keeping him from home until he remembers what he still has there.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1182
To the Victors #1
(by DJK)
Summary:  Joe defies, deceives, and disobeys his father all to enter the Founder’s Day Race.
Rating:  T  (14,070 words)
To the Victors #2 – Any Horse You Can Ride, I Can Ride Faster
(by DJK)
Summary:  The Founder’s Day Race is long over, but a question still remains.
Rating:  T  (7,755 words)
To the Victors #3 – Girls, Guns, and Getting Grown  Part 1
(by DJK)
Summary:  Joe’s turning sixteen, and then there’s Helen McNally.
Rating:  T  (11,780 words)
To the Victors #4 – Girls, Guns, and Getting Grown Part 2 (by DJK)* Summary:  Two families unite against an unknown assailant who injured one of their own.
Rating:  T  (29,020)
Traces of Sand
(by DJK)
Summary: Hop Sing faces a dilemma.
Rated: T  Word count: 2017
Two on the Town
(by DJK)
Summary:  While accompanying Adam on a trip to San Francisco, a young Little Joe sneaks out with their host’s daughter to see the sights.
Rated: T   Word count: 10834
Tucked Away
(by DJK)
Summary:  A lost book and a lost love leads to a moment between brothers.
Rating:  G  (1,090 words)
Wanting Whiskers
(by DJK)
Summary: While trapped by a snowstorm, the Cartwright brothers learn a little something about each other.
Rated: T   Word count: 1696
Water Nymph
(by DJK)
Summary:  Little Joe is searching the river when the memories come.
Rated: T  Word count: 2592
What’s Keeping Them Now
(by DJK)
Summary:  The Cartwright boys’ belles are left wondering what has happened this time.
Rated: T   Word count: 1182
When the Big Man Falls
(by DJK)
Summary:  A young girl must save Hoss’ life when he is left to die.
Rated: T  Word count:  6479
(by DJK)
Summary:  A mystery to be answered in your own mind.
Rating:  T  (1,955 words)

Latest Update:  12.24.2017

*previously written stories added to the Library in 2017

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