It is with a heavy heart that I post this book recommendation because the author Stephen Bly, a great friend to many fellow novelists, as well as a tremendously gifted author, passed away during the writing of it.
His wife and sons completed the manuscript...and the resulting work is both poignant and emotive.
About the authors:
STEPHEN BLY BIO (1944 – 2011) Source: http://blybooks.com/wordpress/media-kit/stephen-bly-bio/
grad of Fresno State University, CA, Philosophy, summa cum laude
M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, CA, 1974
first book released, 1981
Christy Award winner, Westerns, 2002
Christy Award finalist, Westerns, 2003
author of 100 fiction and nonfiction books, inc. historical and contemporary westerns
mayor of Winchester, Idaho, pop. 308 (1999-2007)
pastor of Winchester Community Church (1990-2011)
speaker for men’s and writers’ groups, USA and Canada
member, Western Writers of America
mentored for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild
Married to writer, Janet Chester Bly, for 48 years and co-authored 19 books.
Resided in north-central Idaho at 4,200 ft. elev. in the ponderosa pines across from Winchester Lake State Park, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.
Raised 3 sons: Russell, Michael, & Aaron. The family now includes 3 daughters-in-law, 4 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild.
Third generation westerner, Steve spent his first 30 years working family ranches and farms in central California.
Hobbies: He collected and restored antique Winchesters; studied histories of Old West; and constructed Broken Arrow Crossing, a false front western village next to his home.
Recent books: Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, Throw The Devil Off The Train, Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon, Creede of Old Montana, and The Land Tamers
Janet Chester Bly has authored and co-authored with Stephen Bly thirty nonfiction and fiction books, including Awakening Your Sense of Wonder, Hope Lives Here, The Heart of a Runaway, The Hidden West Series and The Carson City Chronicles. She lives at 4,000 ft. elev. in Winchester, Idaho. Find out more at http://www.blybooks.com/ or http://www.blybooks.blogspot.com/
Russell Bly is married to Lois, father of Zachary and Miranda (married to Chris Ross), and grandfather of 1-year-old Alayah. He is manager of Deranleau’s department store in Moscow, Idaho.
Michael Bly is married to Michelle and is Director of Business Operations for Inland Cellular in Lewiston, Idaho.
Aaron Bly is married to Rina, father of Keaton and Deckard. He’s Manufacturing Supervisor for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Lewiston, Idaho.
Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot by Stephen Bly released March 1st, 2012 in hardback and ebook format and can be ordered through your local bookstore or online bookstore such as
Barnes and Noble
Paperback edition available August 2012.
Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot
By Stephen Bly, with Janet, Russell, Michael and Aaron Bly
Published by Center Point Large Print
Available March 1, 2012
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1905, at 58 years old, legendary lawman Stuart Brannon - now a rancher and widower - had no intention of leaving his beloved Arizona Territory to attend the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland, Oregon, nor to participate in the celebrity golf tournament for the Willamette Orphan Farm. Even an emotional appeal for his longtime friend didn’t persuade him. His life no longer consisted of bloodthirsty men to track down . . . people trying to kill him . . . lawless gangs preying on the innocent.
Then the telegram came: Stuart, I need you in Portland. Tim Wiseman is missing. I think there’s a cover-up going on. Tell folks you’re going to the Exposition. Nose around. Find out how a U.S. Marshal can disappear and no one knows why. I’ll contact you there. T.R.
How could he refuse a request from the President of the United States?
For those readers who would like to read the entire Stuart Brannon oeuvre, Greenbrier Book Company will reissue the six books that came before Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot in the spring and summer of 2012 (www.greenbrierbooks.com
If you buy only one book in 2012, please let it be this one.
Blessings to all!