Non-fiction, Biographies and Novels
Three Little Birds
George Hooker’s name is placed on the organ donor list. While he waits, he is given a rescued Canada goose egg that he holds on his chest above his damaged heart. The egg hatches. The gosling imprints on George and he becomes Goose Daddy. In a race against time, the burning question becomes whether or not George will live long enough to see the goose he names Tootie, reach maturity and fly away to join a migrating flock.
Three Little Birds, by award-winning and best-selling author, Rick Steber, weaves an intricate and true story as Tootie outgrows her awkward stages and learns to fly. George’s condition worsens. He is hospitalized, and while he fights to stay alive he clings to the desperate hope a doctor will burst into his room and announce, “We have found you a new heart!” But when that joyful moment does arrive, miles away, a grieving family is accompanying the body of their loved one to the operating room so the healthy organs can be recovered.
Suspenseful, gripping and wistfully compassionate, this story is awash in a cavalcade of emotions, as well as the unique bond formed between a man and a wild bird. This is a book you will read and remember each time you look up and see migrating geese flying down the sky.’
A Better Man
Dave Franke might have been content to lead the life of a simple cowboy, but he believed in the American Dream, started a construction company and rode the crest of a building boom to the pinnacle of success.
When the Great Recession hit and interest rates topped 24 percent, he lost it all. He drowned his failures with alcohol.
Then one day, out on the broad sweep of the desert, God and Satan had a fistfight over his alcoholic soul. This is a powerful story of profit and loss, of weakness and strength; a story of love, forgiveness, deliverance and redemption.
All Around and the 13th Juror
This true contemporary story reads like pages ripped from a dime novel. All-Around rodeo cowboy, Mac Griffith, is gunned down after a barroom brawl.
The shooter is arrested and charged with murder. At the ensuing trial, a cast of truly colorful western characters parade to the witness stand. It is their testimony,what they have to say and what they are not allowed to say, that leads the jury to make its ultimate decision
After a half-century this case is revisited, and this time those involved in the shooting tell all the graphic details of what happened, why it happened and what has played out in the aftermath. And you, the reader, have the opportunity, and perhaps the responsibility and obligation, to examine the testimony and facts of the case and come to a decision on whether a guilty man was allowed to walk free, or was the man who pulled the trigger acting within his constitutional rights when he stood his ground and took the life of another man. The final decision will be up to you, the 13th juror.
Red White Black
Red White Black tells the true story of the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. Three men of different skin colors-Jackson Sundown, John Spain, and George Fletcher - are brought together during the finals of the Northwest Saddle Bronc Championship. What happened that September day, the judges' decision and the reaction of the crowd in the aftermath, forever changed the sport of rodeo, and the way the emerging West was to look at itself.
Jackson Sundown was on the Nez Perce retreat, but rather than surrender at Bear Paw with his uncle, Chief Joseph, he escaped to Canada and lived with Sitting Bull. He returned to the United States as a fugitive, and eventually, at age 53, Sundown whipped the cowboy at his own game and became the first man of color to win the All-Around title at the Pendleton Round-Up.
John Spain was from white pioneering stock. When Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West show to Oregon in 1902, John and his brother were inspired to form a show of their own. They traveled the Northwest with a string of bucking horses and put on riding exhibitions. After a roping accident cost John his right hand, he had to learn to ride with his off-hand and made a comeback at the Pendleton Round-Up. At the outbreak of World War One, the cowboys of Eastern Oregon formed their own cavalry unit, Troop D. George Fletcher, an African American, tried to join, but Jim Crow, the strict segregation of the races, was the law of the land and George was not allowed to join his peers. He was drafted into the segregated Army, served in France, was wounded and never again was able to compete in the sport of rodeo.
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.
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.
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.