Summary: Friendship is one of the greatest gifts of all, a mutual affection that dwells outside one’s family. Some men are born natural loners, but in Joe Cartwright’s case, he depended greatly on those he considered true friends. Could a friendship remain strong following events that were beyond his control? Nano/Bonano 2017
Rated M WC – 58,500
Summary: My entry for BoNaNo 2017. A trip back from Sacramento takes a deadly turn and Joe is separated from his brothers. Believing he caused their deaths and left traumatised, Joe is picked up by a father and daughter who are heading for California.
Rating: T Word Count: 23,769
Summary: My version of Charles Dickens’ famous story, as written for the 2016 BoNaNo Challenge. It doesn’t strictly follow the original story in style or detail, but rather borrows from the idea. Thank you to the fun group of writers who participated as it was the first time I have done anything like that.
Word Count: 7111
SUMMARY: It’s December of 1864 and Joe is conscripted, but Adam goes in his place. It is a tumultuous ten months and that scripture reading that seemed so ominous seems to come true. Chapter 1 is my NaNoWriMo novel, Revelations, for 2015 and just barely made the minimum number of words at 53,434 and that’s why there’s that little romance at the end. It’s a little lightness too in a story that has a lot of darkness in it. The second chapter is the sequel, Love Never Ends, with the emphasis on Adam’s adjustment to being at home and being in a romantic relationship that has to develop amid turmoil and threats to his life.
Rating = T (72,932 words)
Summary: Due to life-changing events, Adam’s faith is tested at an early age. He discovers the welfare of his young brother is suffering more harm than good by his father’s heartfelt beliefs.
Rated K+ WC 18,650
Summary: WHN for The Magnificent Adah. Joe was assaulted by one of Ben’s rivals. Hoss dealt with the gentleman and the episode ends with Ben, Hoss, and Adam returning from the saloon to check on Joe.
13,957 words Rating: K+ (has some description of physical assault)
Summary: Ben’s graveside confession concerning Joe’s innocence has turned his son’s world upside down, and Joe feels he and his father would both benefit if he made changes in his life. Hoss is caught unaware and is decidedly angered when he discovers the truth behind his brother’s sudden disappearance.
Rated K+ WC 11600