Author Page – Puchi Ann

I discovered Bonanza as a young girl in its first run and have been a faithful fan ever since. Wondering if the Cartwright saga could fit into the real history of the area, I did some research and wrote a one-volume prequel, simply for my own enjoyment. That experience made me love writing, and I subsequently wrote and published in the religious genre. Years later, having run across some professional Bonanza fanfiction, I gobbled up all there was and, wanting more, decided I’d have to write it myself. I decided to rewrite that one-volume Cartwright history, expanding it to become the Heritage of Honor series and developing a near-mania for historical research. Then I discovered the Internet and found I wasn’t alone, for there were many other stories by fine writers in libraries like this one. I hope that you’ll enjoy mine when I post them here.

NEWEST:  Three Little Words — see summary below.

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A Boy’s Lament (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Young Hoss Cartwright reflects on the loss of his mother. WC 550
Rating:  K

A Brother’s Torment #1 (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Adam isn’t talking about whatever happened to him in the desert, but a concerned younger brother has developed some unique theories to explain it.   According to Little Joe, who tells the aftermath of “The Crucible” from his perspective, it’s all a matter of kerosene and water.
Rating:  K+ WC 14,000

A Brother’s Torment #2 – Water for a Burning Soul (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Returning home with Little Joe, Adam Cartwright seeks his father’s help in dealing with the aftermath of his “Crucible” experience in the desert with Kane. A Sequel to “A Brother’s Torment.”
Rating:  K+ WC 5000

A Diamond in the Desert (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: Hoss isn’t sure whether Little Joe’s latest get-rich-quick scheme will leave him rich beyond his boldest dreams or dead in the desert. Written for the 2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament.
Rated:   K+  24,400 words

A Dish Best Served (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  The course of true love rarely runs smoothly for any Cartwright, especially when a vindictive father and son are determined to punish the one they hold responsible for their personal tragedy.
Rating:  T    Word Count :   70,950

A Holiday Homicide (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  The Cartwrights are enjoying a festive Christmas party at the Ponderosa, when what to their wondering eyes should appear but a corpse in a closet. Oh, my and oh, dear!
Rating:  K+   WC   6600 A holiday mystery written in response to a suggestion by our own bahj.

A Near-Perfect Courtship (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Little Joe Cartwright is surprised to find himself attracted to shy little Laurie Reynolds, the girl next door.   Although she isn’t the sort of girl that normally draws his attention, he’s beginning to wonder if she just might be the one true love of his life.
Rating:  K   WC 22,000

A Performance to Remember (by Puchi Ann)

A Performance to Remember was included in the 2017 Advent Calendar Collection.  Click ‘Comments’ or “Leave a Comment” above to leave comments for the author.  Or click Read More … below for a link to the story. Summary:  The citizens of Virginia City are treated to The Nativity Play, with the Cartwrights having prominent parts in the production.

A Quartet of Limericks (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Ben Cartwright reflects on his three sons in this quartet of limerick verses.
Rating:  K

A Separate Dream, Book 1:   A Fresh Beginning (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  This novel begins a new series, A Separate Dream, which is a companion to my Heritage of Honor books.   In “A Fresh Beginning” Adam Cartwright travels east to attend college, meeting new friends and facing new challenges throughout his freshman year against the backdrop of a nation at war.
Rating:  K+ (212,654 words)

A Stranger Came to Stay (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  What if Hoss had not regained his memory during his overnight stop at the Ponderosa and had, instead, gone off with the Vandervorts?   Could he ever find his way back to himself again and how would the other Cartwrights cope with a loss that might become permanent?    Discover the answers in this WHI version of “A Stranger Passed This Way.”
Rating:  K    ( 26,269 words)

A Tiny Preprandial Tale (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  An old short story, which I was inspired to post by the Dan Blocker Literary Birthday Challenge.   It was originally written in response to a challenge to use the word “preprandial” in a story. Word Count :   770   
Rating:  K

All in a Day’s Work #1 A Near-Perfect Day (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  A single day in the life of the three Cartwright brothers.   Please read them in order. Pa has divvied up the chores according to his “usual fair method,” and Joe is exceedingly happy with his assignment.
Rating:  K   WC   6300

All in a Day’s Work #2 – A Day for Respect (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  The events of a single day for the Cartwright brothers.   Please read the stories in order. Neither winner nor loser in Pa’s assignment of chores, Adam still faces a challenging day.
Rating:  K   WC   4550

All in a Day’s Work #3 – A Day Beyond Endurance (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Hoss faces a day that only he could be strong enough to endure.   Please read these stories in order.
Rating:  K+   WC 4600

Another Fine Mess (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Little Joe thinks he’s found the perfect way to raise money to help Virginia City’s needy orphans, while providing a few side benefits for himself and his friends.   Originally published in Bonanza Gold.
Rating:  K (7,470   words)

Be My Valentine? (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  For twelve-year-old Joseph Cartwright, things go from bad to worse as he struggles with the most “mushy-gushy” school assignment he’s ever been given. When all his efforts to solve his dilemma fail, there’s only one person who can stand between him and the painful consequences he’s destined to reap—Adam.
Rating:  K    WC   15,100

Blueberry Burglary (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  When three pies go missing at the Ponderosa, everyone’s suspicions naturally turn to a particular Cartwright, but who actually ate all the pies?
Rating:  K   WC   2400

Caution :  Easter Bunny Crossing (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  A reprisal of the episode in verse
(260 words)   Rating :   K

Contemplations in Church (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  When a frilled bonnet and an old man’s sermon compete for a young man’s attention, which one do you think will win?
Rated :   K    WC   1200

Cougar Kill (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  While looking for strays, fifteen-year-old Joe spots some tracks that he feels compelled to investigate, despite knowing the objections his family would raise.
Rated :   K   WC   1700

Crossing the Rubicon… Again (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Little Joe is asked to fill in again as Sheriff of Rubicon, but surely nothing could go wrong this time.
Rating :   K+ (2794 words)

Damsels in Distress (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Thanks to the machinations of a conniving editor, Ben finds himself besieged by needy females in a town whose male population has been ravaged by accidents and disease.
Rating :   K ( 7,429words)

Dear Santa, 1859 (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Even though he’s all grown up, there’s one Christmas tradition Little Joe is reluctant to give up, his annual letter to Santa Claus.   It’s his way of reflecting on the events of the past year, and this story those center on the episodes of Season 1 of Bonanza.
Rated :   K+ WC 2700

Dear Santa, 1860 (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  It’s time again for Joe’s annual letter to Santa Claus, this time based on the events represented in the second season of Bonanza.   From Jennifer Beale to Ellie McClure and beyond, Little Joe is still having trouble dealing with the opposite sex and remains in great need of Santa Pa’s advice.
Rated :   K+    WC 3800

Dear Santa, 1861 (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Little Joe writes his annual letter to Santa Claus and sneaks downstairs to deliver it secretly, but someone is already down there to catch him in this most private act of the Christmas season.
Rated :   K   WC 2600

East, West: Home’s Best–The Easterner (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:   At first, Adam isn’t sure how his Eastern friend will feel about life on the Ponderosa, but he–and the rest of the Cartwrights–soon realize that George is not the only one who has a lot to learn from his visit.
WC 35,000  Rated: K+

Heritage Companion – Centennial! A Journey of Discovery (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: When Adam receives his father’s permission to take one brother with him on an extended trip east to visit the Centennial Exposition, even he is surprised at which brother he chooses and at the critical turn the grand adventure takes.
Rating: K+   Word Count: 277, 566

Heritage Companion  – Never Alone (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: The first weeks after the death of Inger Cartwright, as seen through the eyes of young Adam. The time and location of her death correspond to the Heritage of Honor series, which differs to a minor degree from the series.
Word Count: 2680   Rating:  K+

Heritage of Honor, Book 1 – A Dream Deferred (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Ben Cartwright meets and marries Inger Borgstrom. With young Adam, they journey west, meeting new people along the way, developing friendships that will last a lifetime, and adding one more member to the family before Inger’s death and Ben’s settlement in what will become Nevada.
Word Count: 211, 512   Rating: K

Heritage of Honor, Book 2 – A Dream’s First Bud (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:    As he deals with problems in a sparsely settled land, Ben fights his own loneliness after Inger’s death.  Another death takes him to New Orleans, where he meets Marie, and they return to struggles at home and the birth of a third son.
Word Count: 200,442  Rating: T

Heritage of Honor, Book 3 – A Dream Imperiled (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:   The Cartwrights are caught up in ever-increasing conflict between Indians and white settlers, culminating in the greatest peril of all, the Pyramid Lake Indian War.
Rating: T   Word Count: 222,074

Heritage of Honor, Book 4 – A Dream’s Darkest Hour (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Ben Cartwright begins to see his boldest dreams take root and blossom, but dark clouds loom on the horizon.  The long-dreaded storm of the Civil War breaks, and the death of Marie plunges the Cartwrights into the darkest hour of their lives.
Rating: T  Word Count:  196,262

Heritage of Honor, Book 5–A Dream Divided (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Following the death of his wife Marie and his son Adam’s departure for college, Ben Cartwright and his two younger sons struggle to deal with both losses while meeting the challenges of a growing community and the crises in the lives of their friends.
Word Count:  161850  Rated: T

It’s a Bonanza-ful Life (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  In this Bonanza adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday classic, Ben Cartwright is facing a Christmas so bleak that he finds himself wishing he’d never been born.  Enter one slightly unusual guardian angel with the offer to let him see what the world would have been like without him.
Rated: K+   WC 20,000

Le Réveillon (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.   Freshly home from college, Adam becomes concerned when it appears that the Christmas traditions of Little Joe’s mother have been abandoned during his absence
Rating:  K  (5,240 words)

Let’s Try That Again (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: Have you ever had a day that started on the wrong side of deluge of water . . . and went downhill from there? Join Little Joe Cartwright as he struggles to reach the end of one particularly problematic Monday.
Rating: K+

My Brother’s Keeper – WHI (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Ever wished that the Reardons had not been part of “My Brother’s Keeper”?  This story is a rewrite of the episode, with some added scenes, that provides an alternative to them with greater focus on the Cartwrights and the addition of one, hopefully more likeable, character, a young ranch hand.
Rated: K+ WC 31,500

My Little Boy Who Never Was (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Ben reflects on the son he should have had.
WC 768  Rating: K

On Edge (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Joe’s in a precarious position, and he can only pray that rescue will come before it’s too late.
Rating: T ( 2329 words)

On the Hunt for Brotherhood (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  My Camp in the Pines story, using the following words from the fishing tournament:  eggs, petticoat, gunshot wound.  Adam had been reluctant to take sixteen-year-old Little Joe on a hunting trip, but when he is Incapacitated by a freak accident, only his baby brother stands between him and certain death.
Rating: T   Word Count:  16,760

Pantalettes and Kisses and Passionate Misses (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  On a secret mission, adolescent Joe Cartwright tracks his best source of discovering what girls are hiding beneath their frilly drawers—his brother Adam.
Rating: K+    Word Count:  8954

Santa’s Little Helper (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  With eighteen-year-old Little Joe the only Cartwright not confined to bed, the prospects for a merry Christmas appear bleak. Ben has even ordered the cancellation of the annual Christmas Eve party, but in a burst of Yuletide enthusiasm, Joe decides to host the party by himself. After all, how hard could it be? And then his carefully laid plans begin to unravel.
Rated: K  WC 15,000

School of the Dancing Dolphin (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Joe reflects on his first solo excursion to the Barbary Coast.
Word Count: 1,519  Rating: K

Solitary Witness (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  A day of skipping school turns tragic for Little Joe, who must then find the courage to stand alone in the defense of justice.  This story is based on a little known incident in the annals of Virginia City justice. While I do not know the outcome of the actual case, this is what I think might have happened had Little Joe Cartwright been the only witness.
(9505 words)

The Christmas Gift (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Little Joe’s recent misbehavior has him singing the “I’m Gettin’ Nothing for Christmas” blues.
Rating: K (1155 words)

The Deadeye Kid #1 – The Daring Deeds of the Deadeye Kid (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  When bandits invade the Ponderosa, a fourteen-year-old boy with an overactive imagination fed on dime novels decides that he and he alone can save his family.
Rating: K   Word Count: 6,040

The Deadeye Kid #2 – The Deadeye Kid Rides Again (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:   Little Joe once again draws inspiration from his favorite dime novels when he is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Rating:  K+   Word count 15, 138

The Final Bequest (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: A retrospective on two episodes of Bonanza, The Quality of Mercy and The Dark Gate. Adam and Joe each contemplate the death of a best friend.
(6,285 words)  Rated: K+

The Great Baby Switch (by PuchiAnn)

Summary:  Bored boys, left to their own devices, can come up with wild ways of passing the time, and when the bored boys are Little Joe Cartwright and his friends, Virginia City is in for quite a fright.  Written for the Michael Landon Birthday Challenge.
Rating: K Words: 5,068

The Jury-Go-Round (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Written for Camp in the Pines, 2018.  Sometimes the best show in town is in the courtroom, especially when the Cartwrights are involved.
Rating: K Word Count: 5,385

The Power of Words (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  While sitting in jail, Adam Cartwright ponders the potency of words.
Rating: K+ Word Count:  1,203

Three Little Words (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: A Tiny WHN for “A House Divided”  Surely, the brothers had more to say to one another than what we heard at the lake.  Perhaps just three little words?
Rating: K Word Count: 705

To Set the Captives Free (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: When Adam returns from California, where his father still remains, he finds one brother seriously injured and the other missing. While caring for the injured, he races to solve the mystery and find his missing brother before it’s too late.
Rating:  K+  Word count: 20,154

Together in Darkness (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Written for the 2018 Missing Man Challenge.  I have always felt that the drama of “To Die in Darkness” would have been intensified if Ben had experienced its situation with a son, rather than with Candy, much as I like him.  This challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore that idea.
Rated:  K+ Word Count:  14,833 words

We’ll Be Home for Christmas (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Having promised Pa that they will be home for Christmas, the three Cartwright brothers are ahead of schedule as they return from a late-season shopping trip in San Francisco. A sudden snowstorm in the Sierras, however, may make keeping that promise or even staying alive – impossible.
Rated: K+ WC  15,000


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