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Stephen Bly is a well-respected Christian fiction writer known for his historical fiction involving the old west. If you want Christian fiction westerns, then Stephen Bly is one the best authors who has satisfied a lot of readers for this type of Christian fiction. The following is a list of books written by Stephen and his wife, Janet. A majority of the books are “westerns” but a number of them are contemporary stories set in the west. Most of the books are part of a specific series.
This list presents adult Christian fiction westerns as well as a few series meant for youth. The dates listed are the original publication dates. Many, MANY of the following books were reprinted later in Large Print. Please check if you would prefer a large print edition.
Please note Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. bk. 7 of the Stuart Brannon series. 2012 Large Print
This was Stephen Bly’s last book and he completed only part of it before his death in 2011. Stephen’s wife and sons finished the book. Most people who read this book give great reviews and see this book as an inspiring tribute to Stephen Bly.
Throw the Devil Off the Train. 2011 Large Print. Historical Western
Cowboy for a Rainy Day. 2010. Large Print. Historical Western
Creede of Old Montana. 2009. Large Print. Historical Western
The Land Tamers. 2009 (original 1997). Large Print Historical Western
One Step Over the Border. 2007. Historical Western
Paperback Writer : a writer. 2003. Large Print Mystery/Detective
Adventures on the American Frontier Series (Juvenile Literature)
Daring Rescue at Sonora Pass. bk. 1. 2003
Dangerous Ride Across Humboldt Flats. bk. 2. 2003
Mysterious Robbery on the Utah Plains. bk. 3. 2003
The Austin-Stoner Files Series (Detective/Mystery)
"Lynda Austin, book editor of a New York publishing company, goes west and teams up with a rodeo cowboy to search for a lost manuscript of the publisher's most successful author."
The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison. bk. 1. 1995
The Final Chapter of Chance McCall. bk. 2. 1996
The Kill Fee of Cindy LaCoste. bk. 3. 1997
Belles of Lordsburg Series
"Banished from Washington, D.C. by her politically ambitious father, Grace Denison now longs only for a life of peace and seclusion. She just may have found it it Lordsburg, New Mexico, a small railroad town where people hide until the world stops looking."
The Senator’s Other Daughter. bk. 1. 2001.
The General’s Notorious Widow. bk. 2. 2001
The Outlaw’s Twin Sister. bk. 3. 2002
Carson City Chronicles
"When a wealthy woman is found battered and abandoned, her womanizing embezzler of a husband mysteriously vanishes. His sister arrives from the East to avenge his reputation, and Carson City's spunky and beloved Judith Kingston, wife of Judge Hollis A. Kingston, finds herself caught up in a hurricane of intrigue and innuendo. Will she stay safe in the eye of the storm until justice is served?"
Judith and the Judge. bk. 1. 2000
Marthellen and the Major. bk. 2. 2000
Roberta and the Renegade. bk. 3. 2000
Crystal Blake Series (Juvenile Literature) (These books may be HARD to find)
"Crystal Blake moves to Idaho and achieves her dream of owning a horse. The books present stories of Crystal, family, and friends handling all kinds of adventures."
Crystal’s Perilous Ride. bk. 1. 1986
Crystal’s Blizzard Trek. bk. 2. 1986
Crystal’s Grand Entry. bk. 3. 1986
Crystal’s Mill Town Mystery. bk. 4. 1986
Crystal’s Rodeo Debut. bk. 5. 1986
Crystals Solid Gold Discovery. bk. 6. 1986
Code of the West Series
Amazon.com review “Pepper Paige is sick of her life as a dance-hall girl. She decides to assume a new identity and get a fresh start. Then, she finds out her fiance is not who he claimed to be either. If they end their charade, will they still love each other? Can they trust God enough to walk in the truth? A great start for a good old western series.”
It’s Your Own Misfortune and None of My Own. bk. 1. 1994
One Went to Denver and Other Went Wrong. bk. 2. 1995
Where the Deer and Antelope Play. bk. 3. 1995
Stay Away from that City…They Call It Cheyenne. bk. 4. 1996
My Foot’s in the Stirrup—My Pony Won’t Stand. bk. 5. 1996
I’m Off to Montana for to Throw the Hooligan. bk. 6. 1997
Fortunes of the Black Hills Series
"In search of a new life out west, Brazos Fortune finds his family endangered by the very quest he hoped would save them.
With these simple words, Brazos Fortune sets out on his journey in the first of Stephen Blys new Fortunes of the Black Hills series. When locals threaten the lives and property of his family. Brazos abandons his Texas homestead for a new ranch in the West he has seen in a dream. Its a war against corrupt lawmen, wild outlaws, and bitter winter weather as Brazos wrestles with his newfound hunger for gold and the burning desire to be reunited with his family. He must test himself against the untamed frontier, confront the greedy miners who try his Christian convictions, and find the new home God showed him Beneath a Dakota Cross."
Beneath a Dakota Cross. bk. 1. 1999
Shadows of Legends. bk. 2. 2000
The Long Trail Home. bk. 3. 2001
Friends and Enemies. bk. 4. 2002
Last of the Texas Camp. bk. 5. 2002
The Next Roundup. bk. 6. 2003
Heroines of the Golden West Series
Sweet Caroline. bk. 1. 1998
Marquesa. bk. 2. 1999
Miss Fontenot. bk. 3. 1999
Hidden West Series
Each book revolves around the summer adventures of the Shadowbrooks, a husband and wife team with a knack for uncovering and solving local mysteries.
Fox Island. bk. 1. 1996
Copper Hill. bk. 2. 1997
Columbia Falls. bk. 3. 1998
"The Bowers family knows a lot about adversity. Matthew Bowers' imaginative plans have kept them moving from place to place--sometimes voluntarily and sometimes not. Now they're ready to settle in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. There's just one problem ... Actually, there are several. Their new homestead is definitely not what they were told--and it doesn't seem to be completely theirs either!"
Strangers & Pilgrims. bk. 1. 2002.
Courage & Compromise. bk. 2. 2003
Reason & Riots. bk. 3. 2003
Horse Dreams Series
"The sudden death of Develyn Worrell's ex-husband embitters her daughter against her. Her daughter feels Develyn's lack of forgiveness contributed to his heart attack. Develyn heads west where she finds not only her past, but her present and her future as well."
Memories of a Dirt Road Town. bk. 1. 2005
The Mustang Breaker. bk. 2. 2006
Wish I’d Know You Tears Ago. bk. 3. 2006
Jed Rivers Collection
“Rivers” in Arizona. bk. 1. 1991
Rivers in Arizona: Rocks of Ages. bk. 2. 1991
The Lewis & Clark Squad Adventure Series (Contemporary Juvenile Literature/Mystery and Detective)
Intrigue at the Rafter B Ranch. bk. 1. 1997
The Secret of the Old Rifle. bk. 2. 1997
Treachery at the River Canyon. bk. 3. 1997
Revenge on Eagle Island. bk. 4. 1998
Danger at Deception Pass. bk. 5. 1998
Hazards of the Half-Court Press. bk. 6. 1998
Nathan T. Riggins Western Adventure Series (Juvenile Literature)
In book one, when his parents are not in the frontier town where he expected to meet them, twelve-year-old Nathan sets out to find them, encountering prospectors, Indians, outlaws, and a loyal dog along the way. The books follow the adventures of young Nathan in nineteenth-century Nevada.
The Dog Who Would Not Smile. bk. 1. 1992
Coyote True. bk. 2. 1992
You Can Always Trust a Spotted Horse. bk. 3. 1993
The Last Stubborn Buffalo in Nevada. bk. 4. 1993
Never Dance with a Bobcat. bk. 5. 1994
Hawks Don’t Say Goodbye. bk. 6. 1994
Old California Series
"Alena is a confident entrepreneur in a man's world who meets a rancher with a tragic secret in his past. They're both about to find their inner peace, their calling, and romance in Old California."
Red Dove of Monterey. bk. 1. 1998
Last Swan in Sacramento. bk. 2. 1999
Proud Quail of the San Joaquin. bk. 3. 2000
Retta Barre’s Oregon Trail Series. (Juvenile Literature)
Retta Barre’s Oregon Trail : The Lost Wagon. bk. 1. 2002
Retta Barre’s Oregon Trail: The Buffalo’s Last Stand. bk. 2. 2002
Retta Barre’s Oregon Trail: The Plain Praire Princess. bk. 3. 2002
The Skinners of Goldfield Series
The Skinners are just passing through Goldfield, Nevada, on their way West in 1905, but so many in the boom town need their help.
Fool’s Gold. bk. 1. 2000
Hidden Treasure. bk. 2. 2000
Picture Rock. bk. 3. 2001
The Stuart Brannon Western Series
"The hard winter at Broken Arrow Crossing couldn't have come at a worse time for Stuart Brannon. Having left his Arizona ranch sick with grief after losing his family and cattle, Brannon is caught in the teeth of the blizzard. He stumbles half-frozen into an isolated stage station, where he finds a wounded prospector. While staying on and nursing the stranger back to health, Stuart welcomes other winter travelers in need of help. He is soon drawn into their desperate plights. Then he must plunge into a dangerous mission to rescue a boy from nearby hostile Indians, only to become the target of an outlaw band. It's a hard winter that seems long in passing, with little hope of escape."
Hard Winter at Broken Arrow Crossing. bk. 1. 1991
False Claims at the Little Stephen Mine. bk. 2. 1992
The Last Hanging at Paradise Meadow. bk. 3. 1992
Standoff at Sunrise Creek. bk. 4. 1993
Final Justice at Adobe Wells. bk 5. 1996
Son of an Arizona Legend. bk. 6. 1996
Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. bk. 7 2012 Large Print
This was Stephen Bly’s last book and completed only part of it before his death. Stephen’s wife and sons finished the book. Most people who read the book, give great reviews and see this book as an inspiring tribute to Stephen Bly.
Help! My Adult Child Won’t Leave Home. 2006 NONFICTION
Just Because They’ve Left, Doesn’t Mean They’re Gone. 1998. NONFICTION
How to be a Good Grandparent. 1990. NONFICTION
How to be a Good Mom. 1988 NONFICTION
How to be a Good Dad. 1986. NONFICTION
Quality Living in a Complicated Age. 1984. NONFICTION
Devotions with a Difference. 1982. NONFICTION
Questions I’d Like to Ask. 1982. NONFICTION
Some of the books, listed above, can be found in your local library. If they do not have the books, then please feel free to ask the library staff if they have a free interlibrary loan service. Some of the books are out-of-print and have been so for a long time. If you would like to see a review or purchase any of these books then please visit Amazon.com and its used-bookstore associates. Some of the older books can be obtained for a pretty fair price at some of Amazon.com's used-bookstore affiliations.
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