Rick Steber

Rick Steber

Writing the West

Rick Steber’s, Awards and Accolades


A Promise Given - National Award Finalist


LOS ANGELES - USA Book Awards announces that A Promise Given a book by Central Oregon's highly acclaimed author, Rick Steber, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS in the category of Best Non-Fiction.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book Awards, now in its tenth year, said, “The 2012 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.” Keen went on to say that he considered A Promise Given to be “a remarkable book” and noted it had been chosen from over 1,500 entries.

A Promise Given is a true story dealing with the many diverse issues each of us must face at decisive points during our lifetimes; love, loss, the complexities of growing old, and how each of us has the opportunity to directly effect the environment in which we live. This fast-paced narrative quickly pulls the reader into a Northwest setting and the time period surrounding World War II. Trevor Russell enlists in the service and returns home to attend college and become an elementary school teacher. He falls in love, and through a lasting marriage spanning nearly six decades, the couple is forced to meet the challenge of having to remove their son from life support, one of them battles a terrible disease and finally they escape to live on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon 60 miles from the nearest town. It is here that Trevor makes a promise to his dying wife, promising to bring the mountain bluebirds back to Oregon. He fulfills that promise by building bird houses.

Trevor has built, and put up, more than a thousand birdhouses. Because of his determined efforts, the beautiful mountain bluebirds are making a strong comeback on the High Desert, and spreading across Oregon and beyond. This proves that each of us in our daily lives have the opportunity, and responsibility, to try and make a positive impact on our world.

Rick Steber is an engaging western personality with more than thirty titles under his belt and over a million books in print. Rick has won numerous national and international awards and is the only Oregon author to have won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award - Best Western Novel. He is a keen observer of the changing American West and he articulates these changes in prose that are boldly descriptive, invigorating and creative.

Caught in the Crosshairs - Award Winner


Caught in the Crosshairs, written by Central Oregon author Rick Steber, has been selected as a Finalist for the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.


Caught in the Crosshairs is a non-fiction book that focuses on the shooting of cowboy Phil Brooks who was riding in the hills of Eastern Oregon and was struck through the heart by a bullet fired from a high-powered rifle. Although an intensive police investigation was launched, nobody has ever stood trial for that murder.


The National Indie Excellence Book Awards is an organization that leads competition among publishers and shines a spotlight on books that demonstrate the highest level of excellence. Book award winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges. Caught in the Crosshairs was selected as a Finalist in the True Crime category. Ellen Reid, President of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards, said, "Mr. Steber can be very proud of his selection as a Finalist. This designation means his book, Caught in the Crosshair, meets the highest standards in the publishing industry."


Steber is an engaging western personality and a popular writer with thirty titles under his belt, more than a million books in print and is the winner of many national and international awards for his writing. When notified of his latest award selection Steber said, "It's always an honor to get a pat on the back for your work. Caught in the Crosshairs is already in its third printing and that tells me people are reading the book and encouraging others to pick up a copy and read it. But I believe the real test for this book can not be measured in awards or the sales it generates. In the end I want justice to prevail and the person who killed Phil Brooks to stand trial. We are still waiting for that to happen."