Non-fiction, Biographies and Novels
A Promise Given
A true story of a remarkable love, a promise given, and of bluebirds... A Promise Given is a nonfiction book dealing with the many diverse issues each of us must face at various 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, returns home to attend college, and becomes an elementary school teacher. He falls in love, they marry 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 60 miles from the nearest town.
Caught in the Crosshairs
On the last day of summer in 1994, while cowboy Phil Brooks was riding in the hills of Eastern Oregon, he 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.
Some locals speculate a woman was involved, or the young cowboy happened upon a drug drop, while others are convinced Phil's death had something to do with the trophy bull elk that inhabit the sprawling Fopiano Ranch where his body was found by Native American trackers.
Caught in the Crosshairs is a story full of intrigue, deception and of justice gone terribly wrong.
Secrets of the Bull
Big Frank Battle leaned an elbow against the hood of his battered, flatbed truck and gazed with arrogant pride over his empire: his secluded valley, his sprawling ranch, his livestock. He had not the slightest inkling that before this particular morning played itself out, his body would fail him, the power he loved to wield so fiercely would crumble to dust and all the ugly secrets he had managed to keep hidden these many years would be laid bare to the world. A blood clot, a puny thing smaller than a BB, was about to kick loose, pump through his blood stream and wedge itself tight as a tick at the base of his brain.
Frank felt an odd sensation in his neck, automatically assumed he had slept wrong and rolled his massive shoulders side-to-side the way an old range bull will do, trying to work loose that bothersome kink. The soreness persisted, slowly intensified, and Frank stepped to the cab of his ranch truck, flung open the door , dug around under the seat and produced a whiskey bottle. He unscrewed the lid and tipped the cold glass to his lips. Alcohol traced a coarse passage, and for the moment, that seemed to soothe, or at least to mask, the first shallow evidence of the physical pain that would soon kill him.
Fourty Candles on a Cowboy Cake
After a day spent working cattle, Waddy Wilder sits in a small town bar on Oregon's dry side contemplating his forty years of buckarooing. He is trying to decide if he should keep rolling along like a tumbleweed, or settle down with that divorced gal on her five-acre ranchette and play husband and daddy to her two kids. Then a woman on the prowl comes along, and they run off to Alaska where the red-hot romance soon cools.
Forty Candles on a Cowboy Cake is an entertaining contemporary western novel by award-winning author Rick Steber. This story, set on the High Desert of Central Oregon, is irreverent, sinful and as unpredictable as a bunch of drovers hitting town after a long cattle drive.
No End in Sight
Rachael Scdoris is a sled dog musher. She has attracted worldwide attention for her exploits on the trail. And she is legally blind.
Rachael has proven to be an inspiration to a legion of fans. She became the youngest athlete to ever complete a 500-mile sled dog race and was chosen as one of the 100 most outstanding female athletes in the nation. After waging a two-year battle with the Iditarod Trail Committee Rachael finally won acceptance and did compete; with the aid of a visual interpreter, in the 2005 Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race across the wilds of Alaska.
No End in Sight, a new limited edition book by award-winning author Rick Steber, portrays Rachael's struggle to come to grips with her blindness and her fight to surpass limitations others try to impose on her. No End in Sight is and inspiring story - full of heartache and hope, challenge and courage and ultimately the triumph of dreaming big and working to make those dreams come true.
Buy the Chief a Cadillac
In 1961 the federal government terminated the Klamath Indians of southern Oregon. The Klamaths gave up their land and tribal status and, in return, each member received a cash settlement of $43,000. For those inclined to be wild and reckless, the party was on. Stories made the rounds of Indians buying one, two, three new cars, sometimes an extra for a friend. Others walked into local bars with paper sacks stuffed with cash.
Today, most Klamath Indians view termination as the worst disaster that ever befell them. They say the federal government tricked them into selling. They want their former reservation lands returned to them.
Buy The Chief A Cadillac is a novel set during the chaotic and turbulent time of termination. This fictional story, by well-known eastern Oregon author Rick Steber, is written without pulling any punches.
A cowboy and the love of his life. Herman Vowell grew up on an Oregon homestead dreaming of being a cowboy. He was barely 21 when he became buckaroo boss of the Pitchfork Ranch, one of the biggest spreads in the West. He felt his life was complete and then he met Betty Torrens, a city girl from California. They fell in love and married during the darkest days of World War II.
They settled on a sprawling ranch in the heart of the Devils Garden and worked together calving a thousand head of cows, putting up meadow hay with horse-drawn equipment, chasing wild mustangs. When tragedy, and the outside world, encroached on their remote ranch, they stood side by side and fought to retain their vanishing way of life.
Rick Steber, one of the Wests most popular authors, tells Herman and Betty's story with words that will capture your heart with their tenderness. BUCKAROO HEART is a true western classic, a story of love so pure, strong, and powerful, it is everlasting.
New York to Nome
This book is the first telling of what was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "longest canoe trip in history" an eighteen-month, 7,865-mile saga of two young men and a canoe named Muriel. The year was 1936. The place was New York City, where two young office workers, weary of the depression, embarked on one of history's most remarkable expeditions. They left New York City at the foot of 42nd street and paddled their canoe across the uncharted wilds of Canada to Nome, Alaska.
This is their true story, of the people they met, of hunting, fighting, ice, bears, wolves, unspoiled forest and tundra, and most of all, of the two men sharing the challenge of a lifetime.
Wild Horse Rider
Lew Minor was a bronc-buster who chased wild horses across the vast reaches of Nevada, a buckaroo who rode rough-stock and broke cavalry remounts, and a cowboy star who won rodeos throughout the West and Canada. He toured the nation with the famous Kit Carson Wild West Show as the featured attraction and won the world champion bronc rider beltbuckle at the 1912 Pendleton Round-Up.
Years were spent chasing an elusive dream, finding the best bucking horse over the next ridge, until a rodeo accident forced Lew's retirement. He settled down near his birthplace and passed the years hunting, fishing and running a few head of cattle.
At age 93 Lew was inducted into the Round-Up Hall of Fame and for a fleeting moment he once again basked in the warm accolades, and then they faded and he was home again with only memories to sustain him. He was a throwback - a bronc buster trapped in the space age - forgotten and friendless except for the companionship of one man who refused to allow the legend of Lew Minor to die.
Like the growth of a tree, the history of the American West has occurred in cycles, eras, rings of expansion and evolution. One generation pushed westward for furs, the next for gold, followed by land-hungry pioneers, timber-hungry loggers .... They built layer upon layer.
The book HEARTWOOD offers a fresh, honest look at the old-fashioned Westerner, the type of person who takes pride in home, family and all that it means to forge a life from the bounty of the land.
HEARTWOOD is an elegant and engaging blend of words, photographs and original art that is sure to strike a responsive chord in all of us who live in the rural West and those who wish they did.
For a few weeks every fall, at ranches scattered throughout the great American West, cowboys come together to ride the open range. This gathering of man and beast is called Roundup.In addition to the work, Roundup is a time of reunion with old friends and making the acquaintance of new ones. Following in this rich tradition, the book ROUNDUP brings together a company of rugged Western individuals, men and women who have devoted their lives to working with horses. Freighters, stage drivers, homesteaders, farmers, ranchers, buckaroos, rodeo riders, horse loggers and wanderers - they all share a common love for horses.
Last of the Pioneers
Few know that pioneers were still traveling the Oregon Trail in covered wagons as late as the 1920s. This little-known era of history is told in the words of the pioneers themselves.
The route that become the Oregon Trail was developed by wandering mountain men following game trails and Native American trade routes. Historians recognize 1843 as the official beginning of the Oregon Trail when a group of 1,000 men, women and children, 120 wagons and 5,000 head of cattle left Missouri for Oregon's Willamette Valley. After gold was discovered in California in 1848 over 250,000 people traveled overland to the diggings while another 50,000 went to claim free farmland in Oregon.
Historians tell us the Oregon trail existed between 1843 and 1869, but wagon pioneers continued to travel over the Oregon Trail until affordable automobiles and a national highway system made the wagon obsolete in the 1920s. The LAST OF THE PIONEERS tells their story.