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A Better Day
Tomorrow
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Caught in the middle of a family argument turned ugly and having to face his own irate father, Joe bears the blunt of both family’s wrath.  He isn’t the only one who learns something from the experience.
Rated:  PG Deals with domestic violence (6,250 words)
A Brother’s Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  An accidental shooting, a mindless threat muttered in a moment of anger and a family of men all result in a lesson well learned by two Cartwright brothers.
Rated: PG (14,100 words)
A Choice to Make #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben is away, and Adam is planning for his wedding to the beautiful Rachel Stanrick.  Joe knows something about the lovely lady that would break his brother’s heart, but he’s afraid to tell Adam.  Not quite fifteen, Joe is hard pressed to know how to deal with the situation, especially since he’s been made a party to deception.
Rated:  PG  (18, 100 words)
A Choice to Make #2 – Love at it’s Best
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Adam and Joe thought their woman problems were over when Adam told his fiancée, Rachel Stanrick, to get out.  Who would have thought she’d have the audacity to return three years later and insist that Adam marry her? What could she possibly do that would make Adam change his mind about how he feels towards her?
Rated:  PG 13 (13,490 words)
A Fistful of
Regret
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When he accidentally punches Joe instead of Adam, Hoss is consumed with guilt.  Will Joe lose his hearing?  Will the youngest Cartwright ever forgive his gentle hearted brother for the injuries he sustained from the powerful blow to the side of his head?  Will Hoss forgive himself or will he forever carry, a fistful of regret?
RatedG  (10,600 words)
A Handful of Faith
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  In the midst of a drought, Ben witnesses a miracle, from a most unsuspecting source.
Rated:  G (2,360 word)
A Kiss to Die For
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, under wrong circumstances, Little Joe pays the price, not only for himself but for the beautiful Indian maiden whom he was warned to stay away from.
Rated:  PG for mild violence. (11,040 words)
A Letter From Adam
(by Debbieb)
Summary:  This Mother’s Day, it’s Adam’s turn to write home and wish Pa a Happy Mother’s Day.
Rated:   G (550 words)
A Letter from Hoss
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Tricked and left with the shortest match,  Hoss is the one to be away on business on Pa’s special day, but does he forget his father?
Rated:  G (2,960 words)
A Letter to Mama on
Mother’s Day
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe puts his feelings on paper.
Rated:  G (1,600 words)
A Night of
Reflections
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  With a snowstorm coming and his sons late in getting home, Ben reflects back on his life and the three wives that bore him, his sons.
Rated: G (6,000 words)
A Pa for Toby
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Young Toby’s parents have been killed in an accident, and Ben takes the boy under his wing. But Toby wants something that Joe has, and he sets out to take it away from the youngest Cartwright. Someone has been silently observing the goings on, does that person save for Joe, what Joe has feared most in his life of losing?
Rated:  G (11,125 words)
A Poor Man’s Roses
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Running away from your problems never solved at thing.  That’s what Pa had always preached to his three sons, but now Ben was doing exactly that, running away.
Rated: G (10, 660 words)
A Question of
Intent
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Was his intent purely to talk to Billy Walker, or was he actually intending to seek revenge?  When the younger man is killed, and Joe is charged with murder, Joe begins to question his real intent.
Rated:  R for fight scenes and death (19,860 words)
A Reversal of Roles
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  This time it is Ben who suffers from guilt and who shoulders the blame and Joe who delivers the lecture that relives his father of his burdens.
Rated:  G (15, 240 words)
A Royal Pain
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Adam and Hoss think their littlest brother is a royal pain…but Ben is beginning to think all three of his sons are a royal pains, and the knowledge soon leads him to taking refuge in the hayloft.
Rated:  G (9,075 words)
A Score to Settle #1
(by DebbieB)
Summay:  When Joe is found unconscious and in a coma, his family has no idea how the boy was injured.  A storm, a fire and a miracle, turn Ben’s long nights of worry into a happy ending.  The only questions left unanswered are how and why?  Only one person knows the answers, and he’s not telling.
Rating:  G  (10,720 words)
A Score to Settle #2 – Settling the Score
(by DebbieB)
Summay:  A month after coming out of a coma caused by a head injury, Little Joe is full of hate for the one responsible and wants to get revenge.  His father however, has other plans for the persons responsible for nearly killing his son.  Can father convince son that vengeance is of the Lord and not of man?
Rating:  PG   (12,800 words)
A Score to Settle #3 – The Final Score
(by DebbieB)
Summay:   Five years after having been sent to prison, Lucas Tatum returns to seek his own revenge on Joe Cartwright.  What he does this time is far worse than a wallop on the head; he wants to make Joe suffer for what he believes was Joe’s fault.  Joe learns just how badly hate can destroy a man and just how far a man filled with hate will go to seek revenge.
Rating:  PG contains violence (19,150 words)
A Stranger in the House
(by DebbieB)
Summary:The last time that Little Joe sees his father is when Ben yells at him to jump seconds before their wagon careens down a steep ravine. Little Joe is found badly wounded and brought home to his brothers……..but what about his father? Ben has vanished and Joe’s grief is more life threatening than the injuries he suffered from the accident.
Rated: G (12,440 words)
A Tale of Two Feathers #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe learns that compassion and understanding are the footnotes to love; and that love can destroy the hate in a man’s heart, give renewal to a man’s spirit as it binds two unlikely souls in a most unusual friendship between a young man and a hardened Pauite warrior.
Rated:  PG  (21, 330 words)
A Tale of Two Feathers #2 – A Winter of Hope
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben has no idea what has happened to his youngest son, only that Joe has been missing for weeks. Forced by impending snow, Ben calls off his search and returns home without finding a trace of the young boy whom he loves dearly.  Heartbroken and defeated, his son’s fate unknown, Ben is forced to wait out the long, lonely winter, his winter of hope.
Rated: PG (12,650 words)
A Tale of Two Feathers #3 –
An Old
Acquaintance
(by DebbieB)
Summary:.  Joe is reunited with his old friend, the Paiute chief, Two Feathers, in a most unusual way.  This time, it is up to the Indian to teach Joe how to forgive and how to stop hating.
Rated: PG13  (13,600 words)
A Tale of Two Feathers #4 – A Final Goodbye
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   Joe sets off on an adventure to visit his old friend, Two Feathers.  Not long after arriving at the Paiute village, Joe is told of a vision that the chief has had, one that spells disaster for the entire Indian village.  When the vision becomes reality and Two Feathers dies while being held in the arms of his young friend, Joe, heart broken, must now face the future without his dearest friend.
Rated: PG  (13,100 words)
Adam’s Story
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Growing up was never easy, but it did have its rewards…just ask Adam Cartwright.
Rated:  G…tissue alert for those with tender hearts!  (8,660 words)
Back to Reality
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Adam takes Joe along on a business trip, things go from bad to worse.  After Joe gets bitten by a sidewinder, it is now up to Adam to save not only his baby brother’s life but his own life as well.
Rated: PG (8,800 words)
Be There a Stranger Among Us
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Little Joe returns from a horse sale in Carson City that did not go well for him, his family notices a difference in his personality. Not sure why Joe acts the way he does, his family struggles to understand before Joe winds up destroying himself and his family’s good name.
Rated: PG (20,400 words)
Beating Death’s Game
(by DebbieB)
Summary: An unfortunate accident, leaves Joe Cartwright wishing he’d never been born.
Rated:  PG (8,300 word)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
(by DebbieB)
Summay:   Caught between squealing on a friend or keeping silent, Joe learns that its not always in his best interest to turn a deaf ear.
Rating:  G (10,270 words)
Between
Brothers #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary: When Adam finds Joe wounded and near death, he blames no one but himself. Will he be able to find help, not just for his brother, but for himself as well?
Rated:  PG for Mild language  (10,270 words)
Between
Brothers #2 –
Baring Souls
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Find out what happens weeks after Adam brings Joe home with life threatening wounds. Will the brothers be able to keep their secret made “Between Brothers” or will they bare their souls to their father…and each other?
Rated:  PG (4,900 words)
Big Brother Hoss
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Contains some graphic fight scenes.
Joe worships his older brother Hoss, more so after being beaten by a gang of bullies who hold a grudge against the older brother.  Hoss then deems it his duty to become his younger brother’s protector.
Rated: PG13 (22,375 words)
Blundered
Seduction
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this story contact her via eMail:  DLB1248@aol.com

Summary:  Caught with his pants down and in a compromising situation by the one person he’d least likely want to find him as such, Joe learns three valuable lessons; no one ever died of embarrassment, chose your friends carefully and being 16 and still a virgin is nothing to be ashamed of.
Rated:  R (Has one scene with sexual content) (16,700 words)

Broken Promise
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Unable to keep a promise he made to his father, Joe must now pay the price.  Is it too high?  Can Ben forgive and learn to trust his most impetuous son once more?
Rated:  G (11, 470 words)
Brothers, Till the End
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Hoss and Joe become the victims of revenge, but when Joe sees his brother shot down in cold blood, the tables are turned and it’s Joe who declares that it’s pay back time.
Rated:  PG for Mild Violence  (8,000 words)
Burden of Guilt
(by DebbieB)
Summary: When Joe is shot by an intruder, Ben blames himself for his son’s injury. Things go from bad to worse, deepening Ben’s burden of guilt.
Rated:  PG for Mild language (14,550 words)
Bushwhacked
(by DebbieB)
Summary:The Cartwrights become the target for murder when cattle thieves decide they want more than just the herd; they want the entire Ponderosa empire.
Rated:PG; mild curse words, just 3 or 4  (14,900 words)
But for the Grace of God
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When mad dogs attack fifteen-year old Joseph Cartwright, the family struggles with their emotions as they watch the boy, whom they love more than life, battle against the deadly effects of hydrophobia, for which there is no cure.
Rated: G (19,700 words)
Careful What you Wish For
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Hoss, tired of his younger brother always being under foot, wishes that Little Joe would just go away and leave him alone.
Rated:  G (8,850 words)
Celebrating 90 Glorious Years and 430 Episodes of
Bonanza!
(by DebbieB)
Summary: I wrote this story for David Dortort’s 90th birthday party to which I was invited. In the story I used all 430 episode titles so the story might sound a bit strange to some. I had the story bound in book form for Mr. Dortort and given to him as my gift celebrating his 90 glorious years. It was my way of saying thank you for the joy he brought to so many lives and especially for the friendship that developed between us that I will always cherish. It has never been shared with anyone except David, until now.
Rated: G  (5,000 words)
Chinese
Molasses #1
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this series contact her via eMail:  DLB1248@aol.com 

Summary:  Safe once again, 15 year old Joe struggles to re-establish himself within the family unit.  Share the nightmarish experience as Joe recalls his days of terror at the hands of a man who required only two things fro him, his body and his soul.

Rated:  R (adult situations)  (16,500 words).

Chinese
Molasses #2 – Frightened
Beyond Reason
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this series contact her via eMail:  DLB1248@aol.com

 

Summary:  While on a San Francisco holiday, Joe mysteriously disappears. When Ben, Adam and Hoss learn that Lin Wong, the evil Chinaman who had adducted Joe five years earlier has been recently released from prison and spotted in the area, they begin a massive search for their missing family member. Meanwhile, Little Joe is held prisoner deep in the hull of a sailing ship. Lin Wong is teaching Joe a new meaning to the word fear and Joe is quickly slipping from the real world into a world where there is no fear. Will Lin Wong fulfill his promise that he made to Joe five years ago?
Rated: R ( Warning subject matter contains violence, abuse and sexual content. May not be suitable for all readers.)  (27,550 words).

Chinese
Molasses #3 –
In My Father’s
House
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this series contact her via eMail:  DLB1248@aol.com

 

Summary:  Weeks after returning home from his terrifying experience at the hands of the evil Lin Wong, Joe wrestles with the guilt and shame he feels for what happened to him. As he struggles to come to terms, he finds strength and comfort in the loving arms of his family who each take time to express to him their inner most feelings that they have in their hearts for the youngest member of the family.
Rated: G  (14,000 words)

 

Even though this story is G-rated, it will be difficult to follow if the reader has not read the previous stories within the series.

Chinese
Molasses #4 – Prelude to
Rebirth
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this series contact her via eMail:  Dlb1248@aol.com

 

Summary:  A shooting is described to some extent and may be passed over without affecting the plot of the story.

 

Even though this story is G-rated, it will be difficult to follow if the reader has not read the previous stories within the series.

Chinese
Molasses #5 –
The Rebirth of
Joe Cartwright
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this series contact her via eMail:  Dlb1234@aol.com
Summary:  This IS the final chapter to Chinese Molasses, a story I once thought finished.  But with so many requests for more, I was forced into adding to the ongoing plot.  Prelude to Rebirth, will explain without details, what really happened to Joe Cartwright when Lin Wong returned unexpectedly a year later.  After believing to be dead, Lin Wong enters the Cartwright home and finds Joe alone.  From that meeting, Joe’s nightmare becomes a reality that takes him from one lifetime into another, where he seeks refuge.  The Rebirth of Joe Cartwright, tells of Joe’s struggles, his strengths, and his determination to rise above what this highly abusive man inflicted upon him.  The unconditional love of Ben Cartwright, is highly portrayed and much of Joe’s recovery is credited to his father.Rated:  G ( May be read with or without Prelude to Rebirth) (24,000 words)Even though this story is rated G, it will be difficult to follow the why, if the previous stories in the series have not been read.
Coming to Terms
(by DebbieB)
Summary: When Joe is the lone survivor of a horrific accident, he finds himself questioning a God who allows bad things to happen to good people. His faith in God, his fellowman, his family and in himself are tested in this story that I dedicated to those who have at one time or another asked, ‘Why God? Why?’
Rated: G (14,675 words)
Crystal Ball
Predictions
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Adam suddenly inherits a son, Joe is washed away by a flash flood, Ben breaks a leg and Hoss leaves home in search of his missing brother, the Cartwrights begin to wish they had never visited the fortune teller.
Rated: G (32,000 words)
Darkness Within
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Little Joe’s best friend, Mitch Devlin, betrays Joe’s most private secrets to their older friends, Joe becomes the victim of the malicious joke.  Joe suffers from both the physical and emotional turmoil of the boy’s so called fun. But what really eats away at Joe is why Mitch turned his back on him.  Will he ever be able to forgive his very best friend for his betrayal?
Rated: G  (21, 730 words)
Death of an
Angel
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe is in love for the first time and plans on making this blue-eyed angel his wife.  Will an unavoidable accident shatter his dreams of happiness?
Rating:  PG13 Contains on questionable scene (6,500 words)
Death Rides a Black Horse
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  A serial killer is wreaking havoc in the surrounding area. When a dying woman, a victim of such an attack, gives Adam Cartwright’s name as her killer, there’s only one person alive that can dispute her claim. But Joe Cartwright knows the woman isn’t lying because he’s a victim too and he was present when the crime took place. Should he believe what his eyes tell his mind he witnessed, or should he follow his heart?
Rated:  PG13 for violence  (13,700 words)
Disenchanted
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Ben advertises back east for a new school teacher and gets a mail order bride instead, things start going haywire for the four Cartwrights, especially Ben.
Rated: PG  (8,000 words)
Echoes from the Canyon
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  As his pain riddled body succumbs to it’s fate, Adam, alone in Red Rock Canyon, encounters more than just the puma who stalks him.
Rated:  G (9,900 words)
Ellen, My Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Happy with his new love, his new home and expecting great things from his new life, Hoss isn’t prepared for the sudden twist that turns his world upside down and inside out.
Rated:  G (9,300 words)
Fight for Life
(by DebbieB)
Summay:  Joe becomes the target for revenge when he is forced to participate in a human cockfight in order to save his father’s life.
Rating:  PG Contains violence (16,700 words)
First Notch
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  “Sooner or later, the day will come when a man will force you into a shootout, and there will be no way out of it, except kill or be killed.” Adam shared a bit of wisdom with his youngest brother the day that Joe was permitted to wear a sidearm for the first time.  Little did either brother realize how soon those words would come back to haunt them.
Rated:  PG for mild violence  (12,850 words)
Foiled Attempts
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Contains some violence. In the right place at the wrong time, Little Joe foils a bank robbery attempt and is taken hostage.  A vision from the past, gives him the courage to be brave until his family can find him.
Rated:  PG13  (14,430 words)
For All Mothers, including Ben Cartwright
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Ten year old Joe learns that sometimes mothers are more than just being a woman.
Rated:  G  (4,400 words)
From Inside One’s Own Self
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When a gang of thieves take Ben and Joe as their prisoners, each must draw on their own inner strengths to survive.
Rating:  PG-13  (22,100 words)
God Bless
America
(by DebbieB)
 
Summary:  Ben gives his young sons a history lesson on America’s birthday.
Rated: G (2,375 words)
Gossamer Dreams #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   ‘And love is sheer magic for it’s woven of Gossamer dreams, enchantingly real, that people in love are privileged to feel.’  Found unconscious and near death, a young destitute woman and her two children take Joe Cartwright home with them in hopes of saving his life.  Love blossoms, but Joe knows something about the woman’s husband…and his conscience forces him to share it with her.
Rated:  PG (19,150 words)
Gossamer Dreams #2 – From Dreams to Reality
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Eight years after falling in love with a woman whose husband he killed, Joe comes face to face with a young man who once promised to revenge his father.
Rated:  PG (14, 125 words)
Greater Love Hath No Man
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Hoss hires a monster of a man, a derelict, to work for them, he has no idea the danger he has put his family into, until it’s too late.
Rated:  PG..Contains violent scenes (11,745 words)
Gun for Hire
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Caught in a web of deception, Joe faces more than murder charges, how about a guilty conscience?
RatedPG (14, 750 words)
Half of Nothing, All of Everything
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Dan, Bobby and Cody have decided that they don’t want Joe’s kind at school any more.  But just what is Joe’s kind?  And what did they mean when they told him that he was half of nothing?  Can he find the courage to prove to everyone, including himself, that he’s much more than that to those who love him most?
Rated:  PG13 for fight scenes. (8,700 words)
Happy Birthday, Big Brother
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe is away on Adam’s special day, but still manages to send his respects.
Rated:  G  (1,200 words)
Happy Birthday, Pa
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   Joe’s down in Texas on Pa’s birthday…but he hasn’t forgotten his father’s special day.  He has written a letter home to wish Ben a Happy Birthday.
Rated:  G  (780 words)
Happy Father’s Day, Pa (by DebbieB) Summay:  Away on business once again, Joe writes a letter home, accusing his father of purposely sending him away on every holiday.
Rating:  G  (1,900 words)
Happy Mother’s Day, Pa
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Little Joe pays homage to his father, on Mother’s Day
Rating:  G  (1,225 words)
He Said Not To Tell
(by DebbieB)
The author requests those who wish to read this series contact her via eMail:  DLB1234@aol.com
Summary:  Fifteen year old Little Joe tells his father that he wants to get married. Ben isn’t at a loss for words; he has plenty to say on the subject. When the truth is revealed, hearts are broken. Find out why.Rated: R…deals with incest and rape, but no graphic details. (16,550 words)
Heart of Clay
(by DebbieB)
Summary: While being held prisoner by a gang of bank robbers, Joe makes contact with a man from his past.  Confused by why this certain person is associated with the bandits, Joe struggles to put the pieces of the puzzle into one.  Not until much heartache later is the truth revealed to him, and then it is up to Joe to learn to forgive.
Rated: G  (13,425 words)
Hell or High
Water… The
Day Will Come
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Both Ben and Little Joe become the target for revenge when a neighbor’s son dies in an accident that might have been prevented if only….
Rated:  PG contains some violence (22, 050 words)
Home is Where Love Dwells
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe’s private search to find himself, leads him to learn one very important lesson, home is where love dwells, be it back at the ranch or in a far distant cabin surrounded by those he loves.
Rated:  G  (9,200 Words)
How Do I Love Thee
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Little Joe, battling his conscience, refuses to tell his father why he was beaten up, until a neighbor’s barn is burnt and the Cartwright’s barn almost meets the same fate, with more than just their horses trapped inside.
Rated:  G (15,000 words)
How Do you Say Goodbye
(by DebbieB)
Summary: For most of us, saying goodbye to someone you love is often difficult. Joe tells us in his own words how and why it was so hard for him.
Rated:  G  (15,750 words)
If I’m Dreaming #1 – If I’m Dreaming, Don’t Wake Me
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ever have trouble deciding what is real and what is not?
Rated:  G (2,000 words)
If I’m Dreaming #2 – Are You or Aren’t You?
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  After waking from a head injury, Joe struggles with what was real and what was a dream.
Rated:  G (5,975 words)
In the Name of Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   After taking a beating, Joe wakes up to find that his favorite girl has been murdered and he’s being held accountable.
Rated:  PG: For murder and rape.  No details (10,900 words)
Inevitable
Betrayal
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  With Ben hidden away in his ‘safe haven,’ his youngest son becomes the victim of heartless, wicked men who are determined to find the elder Cartwright and stop him from testifying at a murder trial.  Joe suffers insurmountable pain and is left for dead….after his inevitable betrayal….
Rated:  PG13 for violence and cruel treatment.  May not be suited for all readers…proceed accordingly.  By clicking to continue you are adhering to the warning that has been posted. (15,400 words)
Jingle Bells
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Hoss Cartwright has found an untraditional meaning to Jingle Bells. (Not a Christmas story, just a lesson in love.)
Rated:  G (2,260 words)
Joy Cometh in the Morning
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  After their father’s death, Adam and Hoss are forced to put aside their own grief in an effort to save the life of their grieving youngest brother. Ben’s death has devastated Joe, turning his world upside down. No longer able to face the future without the man he loved and respected and more often than not, needed, Joe gives in to his despair and takes to his bed waiting for death to claim him.  Adam and Hoss know that only a miracle can save their brother now, will it come in time and who is this man that claims to be the real Ben Cartwright?
Rating: G   (12, 575 words)
Left to Die
(by DebbieB)
Summary: cattle thieves, Little Joe is shot in the back and left to die. As he fights for his life, Little Joe also fights with the knowledge that his attackers have seemingly gotten away with their crimes
Rated: G (18,330 words)
Life… It’s All About Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary: WHN story: The Stallion and a bit of Forever tossed in to wet the eyes
Rated:  G (2,325 words)
Like Father, Like Son
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  A chain of circumstances brings Ben to the brink of realization that he and his youngest son are more alike than he had dared to admit.
Rated:  PG contains some violence (12, 437 words)
Little Jonah
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Little Joe finds himself trapped in the bottom of an old forgotten well, with nothing but time on his hands, he recalls a Bible story that his father recently read to him and associates it with his own predicament.
Rated: G (4,975 words)
Little Man. Big Man
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe, so wrapped up in self-pity, and fed up with his family’s constant teasing, takes a long ride that ends up leading him straight into disaster and his first real taste of what it’s like to be the big man of the family.
Rated:   G (10,325 words)
Lonely Hearts Passing in the Night
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  A love story about a gentle giant.
Rated:  G (5, 400 words)
Lost in Time
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Adam has a once in a life time experience of meeting someone who reminds him of his youngest brother, Little Joe, but is that person from his world or another?
Rated: G  (9,000 words)
Love is Like a
Violin
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Ben sends Adam and Joe off together in hopes that the brothers can mend some fences…but not the wooden kind.
Rated:  PG (mild violence)  (12, 730 words)
Love, Oh Love, Oh Careless Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  It’s just as the song implies, “Gonna cry tonight, and cry no more”.
Rated: G (5,250 words)
Love… Always Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Love knows no barriers, that’s what my grandmother once told me.  I must have been feeling her presence on the day I wrote this short, short story.
Rated:  G  Tissue alert (1,450 words)
Measuring Up!
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  With Little Joe feeling as if he doesn’t measure up to his two older brothers or his father’s expectations, Joe’s attitude turns nasty, until he hears what Pa has to say on the matter.
Rated:  PG (6,960 words)
Michael Landon AKA Joe Cartwright
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   Caught between two worlds, Michael Landon AKA Joe Cartwright must choose.  Which will it be…a life of extreme wealth, glamor and notoriety, or a life of  warm understanding, peaceful living and contentment within himself?
Rated: PG 13 Contains several cuss words. This story is meant only in fun, not to offend! (12, 360 words)
Never Too Old to Learn
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Both Adam and Joe learn that you’re never too old to learn something new after an accident leaves Joe mortally wounded and his older brother feeling guilty.
Rated:  G (18,160 words)
Night Callers
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Based on actual events, the Ponderosa is invaded with a group of train robbers.
Rated:  PG (10,000 words)
Of One Man’s Blood
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben’s three sons have vanished, but where could they be?  Months of worry and fear leave him devastated over his loss.  When Ben offers the Ponderosa for sale, a reformed criminal comes to Ben’s aide and together they set sail on the high seas in search of Ben’s most cherished of life’s gifts, his three sons.
Rated:  R  Subject matter hints at sexual content, contains cruel and inhumane treatment to certain individuals and deals with white slavery.  May not be suited for all readers…proceed accordingly.  By clicking into the story, you are adhering to the warning that has been posted.   (42,600 words)
One Lucky Man
(by DebbieB)
Summay:  A prank, an accusation, and a journey to death’s door, shows all of the Cartwrights and a few others, just how lucky one man can truly be.
Rating:  PG  (19,650 words)
One More
Brother
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  A WHN story for Credit for A Kill.  When the shooting stopped and the last remaining Jordan brothers were pronounced dead, Joe Cartwright sighed in relief, his troubles were over.  Or so he thought; what he hadn’t counted on was that Luke, Virgil, Boone and Walt Jordan had one more brother, and that brother was set on revenge.
Rated:   G  (7,000 words)
Our Secret Love’s No Secret Anymore
(by DebbieB)
Summay:   Only one man that Ben knows of can be held responsible for Ben’s youngest son’s injuries, Austin Baker.  But why, after nearly twenty years, would an old friend want to seek revenge on Ben Cartwright?  A secret love from Ben’s past may hold the key that unlocks the door to the mystery and Ben’s heart.  Ben shares his secret with Adam and Hoss to help them understand why their brother was so badly beaten.
Rating:  G (10,275 words)
Part of the
Rainbow #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When an ex-slave comes to Virginia City, bringing with him, his son who enrolls in the local school, and whom Little Joe tries to befriend, the community is divided on the issue. Certain facts about the family begin to surface, teaching everyone that every child is part of God’s beautiful rainbow.
Rated:  PG13 (deals with racism) (15, 450 words)
Part of the
Rainbow #2 –
The Dark Side
of the Rainbow
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Part 2 of Part of the Rainbow.  Five years later Joe meets his old friend and now US Marshal, Bass Reeves, but this time under much different circumstances.  Both learn that there are two sides to the rainbow…can one help the other see beyond the dark side of the rainbow?
Rated:  PG (17,300 words)
Price of
Friendship
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  My version of what happened next after Joe destroyed his lifelong friendship with Mitch Devlin in, Between Heaven and Earth.
Rated:  G   (3,450 words)
Questions and Answers
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Through the eyes of a six-year old this story is dedicated to those of us who have raised little boys and who know the questions they can come up with in regard to their growing bodies. Thank you Ben Cartwright for giving us your sons to use as examples. No harsh language, no correct terms, just funny stuff.
Rated:  PG (9,125 words)
Reflections of My Father
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Not yet sleepy, Joe sits down at his desk and pens a few thoughts he’s had buzzing around in his head all day.
Rated:  G (3,250 words)
Renewal
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Joe becomes sick with cholera and his life slowly begins ebbing away, Ben’s faith is put to the test.
Rated:  G (8,690 words)
Restitution’s
Reward
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Little Joe is knee deep in debt.  Can he pay the price?
Rated: G (17,820 words)
Sacred Ground
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Warned on numerous occasions to stay off the Indian’s sacred ground, Little Joe makes a daring attempt to keep a group of young curiosity seekers from making a fatal mistake…will his attempt came too late to prevent a tragedy?
Rated PG  WC 16,000
Seven Times in a Day
(by DebbieB)
Summary: An unfortunate incident that involves his father, leaves Joe with feelings of guilt and fear that Ben may never forgive him for what happened. Adam shares a long kept secret with his youngest brother that helps Joe accept the fact that his father can and will forgive him.
Rated:
G (7,000 words)
Shared Guilt
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Ben decides to marry again for the fourth time, things as they had always been suddenly start going haywire, especially for Little Joe.  But when a buggy accident claims the life of Nora Cromwell, leaving Little Joe fighting for his own life, both Ben and Joe end up blaming themselves for the other’s pain and sorrow.  There once close relationship suddenly starts to decline, causing more stress and even more guilt for both.  Can the warm, loving relationship that father and son once shared, be saved before it becomes lost to them forever?
Rated PG  WC 14,600
Shortcut to
Terror
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Ben and Joe choose what they believed to be the shortest way home, but instead, they found themselves on the shortcut to terror…terror such as they had never known.
Rated PG  WC 14,900
Silent
Heartache
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When 14-year-old Little Joe over hears a conversation between his father and two older brothers, Joe’s world begins to crumble as he struggles to make right his wrongs.
Rated PG  WC 11,900
Skeletons
Unleashed
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   Plagued with a haunting memory, Joe refuses to open his heart and face reality.  Ben searches desperately for a way to help his son before life becomes so unbearable for the boy, that Joe takes drastic measures.
Rated:  PG13 for death of young person.  (9,025 words)
Son, Don’t Take Your Gun to Town
(by DebbieB)
Summary: An angry gunslinger, a pretty lying girl, an irate father…what more does Little Joe need to keep himself in trouble?
Rated PG  WC 8300
Sorry Ain’t Enough
(by DebbieB)
Summay:  Is saying I’m sorry ever enough, or do actions speak louder than words? Can Little Joe find forgiveness from Adam? Or does he have to earn it?
Rating:  G  (11,670 words)
Standing on Principles
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Hoss is faced with a difficult decision…should he turn his brother over to the local sheriff or not?  His decision takes a change twist as each of the Cartwrights unknowingly seem to be working toward the same goals.
Rated PG  WC 13,000
Sticks and Stones
(by DebbieB)
Summay:  Name calling really does hurt. Adam helps Little Joe understand why people do such things and tries to help him over the hurt.
Rating:  G (14,000 words)
Sting of Death
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben learns a lesson in trust when an accident that claims the life of a young woman leaves him believing that Joe has lied to him.
Rating:  PG  (12,900 words)
Stuck
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  While scouting for strays along the rim rocks, Joe finds himself literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. Not far from where his life hangs in the balance, Adam and Hoss find they’re stuck as well…only in another type of predicament. Sort of makes you wonder who’s gonna save whom this time.
Rated PG  WC 13,000
Tempted to Steal
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Adam falls in love with a married woman, it sets off a chain of events that eventually leads to pandemonium for all the Cartwrights.
Rated:  PG13 for spousal abuse  (15,020 words)
Thanksgiving
Reflections
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben remembers to give thanks for the blessings that made him a richer man than most.
Rated:  G  (1,000 words)
That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben’s near death experience is cause for Joe to want to make atonement for his past misdemeanors.
Rated G  WC 12,600
That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine #2 – An Arm and a Leg
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe’s need for revenge is squelched when he believes that his father’s heart has become as cold and callous as his own.
Rated:  PG for mild violence  (12,595 words)
That’s How it Felt
(by DebbieB)
Summary: A revengeful young man seeks out the Cartwrights. One of them is doomed to be hung, but which one and why?
Rated:  PG 13 for mild violence  (12,840 words)
The Awakening
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Hoss is left on his own to run the ranch, he begins to doubt his ability in himself and in everything that his father had tried to teach him.
Rated PG  WC 4850
The Color of Chocolate
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Chocolate has more meaning to Little Joe than just a piece of cake.  It keeps appearing in his dream and the vision scares him.
Rated G  WC 9200
The Detour Home
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Joe becomes dissatisfied with his lot in life and decides to leave home for good, he soon learns that not all roads lead home, sometimes you have to take a detour.
Rated G  WC 20,000
The Empty Box
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When word reaches Ben and Joe telling them that Hoss has been murdered, father and son must each learn to deal with their own grief.  A journey to retrieve their loved one’s body leads them to an empty box and two missing brothers instead of just one.  Where’s Adam?
Rated:  G (18,540 words)
The Green Eyed Monster
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Little Joe’s been bitten by something his Pa calls the green-eyed monster. He isn’t quite sure what it is, but he knows he’s not feeling to well because of it.
Rated:  G  (10,800 words)
The Hangin’ Tree
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Left hanging from an old oak tree to die a horrific death, Joe’s life takes on a strange twist when he is cut down.  An old mountain woman that he meets, isn’t what she appears to be.  Neither is anyone else it seems.
Rated:  PG13 for violence  (30,700 words)
The Hunted
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When an old friend of Ben’s visits the Ponderosa, Ben has no idea that the world renowned wild game hunter is there to hunt the most elusive animal of all…man.  He has three young men to pick from…what makes him choose the youngest?
Rated PG13  WC 13,500
The Last Laugh
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Those who laugh last, laugh the hardest.  Thus, Joe proves this statement to be true.
Rated:  G  (18,200 words)
The Last to Go
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Adam has finally found what he has spent a lifetime searching the world for.
Rated G   WC 3100
The Power of Love
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Adam and Joe are at it again. When Joe’s temper gets the better of him and he screams out an obscenity, unknowingly cutting his usually reserved brother to the deepest core, Adam retaliates. The end result happens when brother must save brother from a pair of thugs with a grudge against Adam.
Rated PG WC 24,300
The Sound of his Weeping
(by DebbieB)
Summary: A provocative story of love between two brothers.  Adam realizes just how much he loves his kid brother when death comes knocking at Joe’s door.
Rated PG13  WC 12,100
The Time of Day
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Feeling rejected by his family, Joe joins forces with an old friend of his father’s to earn him the attention he feels is being denied.  When things turn out different from expected, Joe suddenly regrets his decision and now feels as if he has betrayed, not only his father but his brothers as well.  Will his father find him in time, and will Ben forgive his impetuous son?
Rated:  G  (23,800 words)
The Whipping
(by DebbieB)
Summary: When Joe becomes involved with a friend whose father turns out to be an abusive parent, the man’s actions have a devastating affect on all of the Cartwrights, especially Little Joe.
Rated PG  WC 12,100
Thicker Than Water
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   After a major argument turns nasty, both Adam and Joe leave home. Unforeseen circumstances leads Adam into searching for his missing brother who has not been heard from in weeks. Can Adam find his younger brother and restore their relationship before the youngest Cartwright destroys himself completely?
Rated G  WC 19,000
Thou Shall Not Lie
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Ben’s new fencing and Little Joe’s secret cause more trouble and heartache than either father or son had anticipated.  Each suffer in their own ways when the wires get crossed.
Rated G  WC 24,000
Thoughts #1 – Thoughts from the Man in Black
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Adam’s reveals his innermost feelings after suffering a broken heart
Rated:  G  (2,000 words)
Thoughts #2 – Thoughts, This Time from Little Joe
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Joe’s thoughts on Adam’s heartbreak.
Rated:  G  (1,315 words)
Thoughts #3 – Thoughts, Hoss’ Own
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Hoss has thoughts of his own concerning his older brother’s broken heart.
Rated:  G  (1,180 words)
Thoughts #4 – Thoughts… Joe’s Apology
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Joe finally makes his apology to his older brother.
Rated:  G (1,400 words)
Thoughts #5 – Thoughts… Ben’s
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Relieved that Leilani had gone, Ben gives his impression of the young woman strictly as a father’s point of view.
Rated:  G  (1,525 words)
Thoughts #6 – Thoughts, Leilani Speaks Out
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Was she as bad as we first thought? Or was there goodness in her heart that only Adam was aware of?
Rated G  WC 1450
Thoughts on
Being a Father
(by DebbieB)
Summary: With his youngest son injured, Ben takes time to reflect on what his life was like before he became a father.
Rated:  G  (2,420 words)
Through the
Valley of the
Shadow of Death
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Has God ever tested your faith?  How do you think you scored?  Ben’s faith is tested to the utmost when Joe is crushed by a fallen horse and the only way to relieve his suffering is for Ben to give his son back to God.
Rated G  WC 6500
Tied in Knots
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Strange things start happening when Joe is found bound in strange looking knots. A surprise visit from an old seafaring friend of Ben’s deepens the mystery.
PG 13 WC 19,000
Ties that Bind
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   Adam and Joe both learn that the ties that bind as brothers can never be severed, not by a lying woman, a rockslide or certain death.
Rated PG  WC 13,900
Time Will Tell
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Adam’s 21st birthday is almost here, and Ben has something special to give to him.  But does his youngest son’s insatiable curiosity ruin the entire surprise for both Ben and Adam?
Rated G  WC 14,100
To Cry in Vain
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Captured by Bannock Indians, for what Joe considered a minor offense, he is tortured almost beyond his endurance.  Will Joe’s rescuers arrive in time, or will the youngest Cartwright lose all hope, allowing the Indians to become the victors in his demise?
Rated R  WC 17,450
To Hell and Back
(by DebbieB)
Summary:   Against his family’s wishes, Little Joe embarks on a journey that takes him ‘to hell and back’ in an attempt to fulfill a dying man’s last wish.
Rated:  PG13 (Suffering) (31,100 words)
To Honor Thy
Father
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Little Joe learns to honor thy father when too many trips on thin ice leave him in dangerous waters.
Rated G  WC 12,100
Too Deep a Well
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Joe and Adam have been at loggerheads for weeks and Ben is tired of it all. When he and Hoss go on holiday, leaving the bickering brothers behind to sort though their problems, Adam and Joe learn the hard way just how much they actually mean to each other.
Rated:  PG (12, 650 words)
Too Many Fast Guns
(by DebbieB)
Summary: After unsuccessfully trying to lure Little Joe into a shoot-out, seventeen-year-old Lonnie Stokes discovers a way to make the youngest Cartwright answer his challenge.
Rated PG  WC 14,000
Truth Be Known
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  All Joe Cartwright wanted was a date for the dance, instead he ends up with more trouble than he had ever thought possible.
Rated PG  WC 15,000
Twenty Years Hard Labor
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Two years after the death of his wife, Ben is found guilty of a crime he did not commit and is sentenced to a long prison term.  Left with no one to help him but his father’s close friend, Charlie Devlin, Adam struggles to keep his father’s family and his empire from crumbling.
Rated G WC 20,000
Twiddle Dee, Twiddle Dum
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Ben finds his two youngest sons doing nothing…and Adam and Hop Sing aren’t doing much either. He’s dumbfounded when he finds out just why they are doing nothing.
Rated G  WC 1850
Two Hearts,
Seventeen Hands
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Hoss and Joe rarely argue but this time, the family is torn apart by the riff that has come between sixteen-year-old Joe and twenty-two-year-old Hoss.  Hoss is heartbroken and when Joe begs to go away to college, Ben is afraid that the brothers will never find their way back to each other!
Rated G  WC 16,000
Two Painted Ponies # 1 – Two Painted Ponies, One Tender Heart
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Little Joe was always known for talking to his horse, ever wonder why and what started it? Well, here’s my theory. Be prepared for an array of mixed emotions.
Rated:  PG (15,950 words)
Two Painted
Ponies #2 –
Never Start
What you Can’t
Finish
(by DebbieB)
Summary: Second part of Two Painted Ponies, One Tender Heart. Joe’s tormentors are back and this time it’s Cochise that targeted. Will Joe be able to keep his horse safe and halt a repeat of what happened a year earlier to another beloved pinto?
Rated:  G  (9,880 words)
Until He Turns Eighteen
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When a day of fun turns into tragedy and Little Joe is held to blame, Joe must now learn to live with the death of his new friend. Help comes from the one person least suspected of caring about Joe’s feelings.
Rated PG  WC 14,600
Water and Oil
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe Cartwright, fun loving, adventurous and free-spirited has been out of brother Adam’s good graces for sometime and wants desperately to restore their relationship. One brother water…the other brother oil. Can they find the mixing ingredient?
Rated G  WC 10,280
When Death Comes Callin’
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When a young friend and Joe play hooky from school, Joe won’t tell his father the real reasons, until it’s too late.  Ben then has to find the words to comfort his son and explain why God allows such things as an untimely death, to happen.
Rated G  WC 15, 300
When the Storm Passes
(by DebbieB)
Summary: More than dark clouds are brewing for the Cartwrights. Joe’s been accused of being involved in the recent trouble about town and the accusations have a grave affect on all his family, but mostly for himself.
Rated G  WC 20,300
Where Love Once Lived
(by DebbieB)
Summary: After a stampede scatters the herd, the only one missing is Little Joe. What happens afterward turns out to be a living nightmare for all the Cartwrights.
Rated PG WC 20,100
Where There is Life, There is Hope
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  It was a trying time when Joe got sick on me and then both of us were held prisoners by a gang of thugs who were seeking revenge on our father for something that happened long ago.  I was afraid that Joe was dying…but something somebody once said to me came to mind, ‘where there is life, there is hope’…I clung to that.  Come on in, I’ll tell you all about it.  Adam.
Rated G  WC  8,350
While I Was Away
(by DebbieB)
Summary: With Marie freshly buried and Ben locked away in his room, the boys are left alone to deal with their own grief.
Rated G  WC 7,760
Whose Child is This?
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When Joe turns up missing, Ben must confront his past if he ever wishes for a future with his son.
PG  WC 27,000
Why Didn’t She Love Me?
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  In real life, it’s a question many adopted children ask in regard to their birth mothers, mine did…and I told him the truth…she loved him very much, that’s why she made the ultimate sacrifice…to ensure that he would always be protected and well cared for.  For Joe Cartwright’s friend, it was no different.
Rated G  WC 10,000
Why Jesus is
Better than
Santa
(by DebbieB)
Summary: As explained to Little Joe by his father and brothers.
Rated G  WC 1,780 words
Wind Beneath My Wings
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  We all know how Adam felt towards his youngest brother. But have you ever really known how he felt, deep, deep down into the very core of his heart and soul? Adam pays tribute to his baby brother after Joe fights for days keeping him alive.
Rated G  WC 13,500
Without Malice
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Little Joe’s best friend is killed in an unfortunate accident and Joe holds himself responsible.  How will he ever overcome his guilt?
Rated G  WC 8200
You Just Wait and See
(by DebbieB)
Summary: When Little Joe tries to keep his friend from getting in trouble things go all wrong for the youngest Cartwright.
Rated PG  WC  26,000
Your Name is Joe
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Joe has been missing for days.  When he’s found badly beaten, and with no memory of his former life, Joe is forced into learning to trust this blue eyed, gentle giant who claims to be his brother.
Rated G  WC – 9800

 

Stories co-written with JennieA

Cupid’s
Messenger
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary: Cupid delivers a Valentine’s message. Let’s see if Adam can worm his way out of this one!
Rated: G  (11,540 words)
Fountain of Youth
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary:  With Marie away in San Francisco, Ben is left to the mercies of his three young sons. Will he survive or die of embarrassment first? Will his resolve stand strong or will he crumble under the pressure? Can he out think a three year old when his older sons provide no moral support and seems to always be laughing at  him behind his back? Ben has asked himself these same questions more than once since Marie went away.
Rated:  PG  (5, 300 words)
Go Tell it on the Mountain
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary:  It’s Christmas Eve and Little Joe tries to make a trade with the Virgin Mary.
Rated:  G (6,050 words)
Hallow’s Eve
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary:  Just when you think it’s safe to go to a Harvest Barn Dance.
Rated:  PG  (10,080 words)
Once Upon a Christmas
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary:   With Christmas fast approaching, the Cartwrights race against time to prolong the magic of Christmas from fading on the Ponderosa.
Rated: G (16,570 words)
Topsy Turvy
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary:  When seventeen year old Joe wakes, the sun is shining bright, the birds are singing and everything is prefect in his world, that is until his bedroom door is pushed opened by a strangle little kid who looks somewhat like his older brother, Hoss. Ben suddenly appears, babe in arms and when his father refers to the infant as Little Adam, Joe realizes that his world has just been turned Topsy Turvy.
Rated:  G  (9,300 words)
Turkey Day on the Ponderosa
(by DebbieB & JennieA)
Summary:  Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and something isn’t quite right…Adam fears that his favorite holiday will be a disaster…and he has no one to blame, except Hoss and Little Joe.
Rated G  WC 10,250

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