R. William Rogers
Originally from central California, I successfully made the transition to Colorado in 1981, and have remained here ever since.
I first began writing fiction in 1997 while on a bowhunting trip to the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of beautiful central Colorado. The desire to write that initial novel just kinda flared up after having read a few books by Author/Evangelist, Al Lacy. I wrote that first novel, MUSTANG JUSTICE, on a notepad with a pencil (well...a few pencils really). After receiving the usual rave reviews from the wife and family, I decided that I was a writer and steadfastly began entering it into the computer.
The next logical step was to have someone other than family read it. Boy, did that ever turn into a chore. Although that person liked it as well, her initial reaction was: 'Where did these people come from?' That question was answered satisfactorily after completing what had began as a tedious task at best, but quickly transformed itself into the exciting and joyous experience of writing the first three books in the Arkansas Valley Series: TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, UNCERTAIN TIMES and SHATTERED DREAMS; MUSTANG JUSTICE turned out to be the fourth in the series.
Of course this entire endeavor had to have been Al Lacy's fault, because he lit a fire somewhere deep inside my soul after having consented to going to lunch with me and allowing me to pick his brain.
One thing led to another and I was eventually able to self-publish TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, which was not only the first self-published work to become a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award, but won the 2003 award for 'Excellence In Christian Fiction'. Note: Mr. Lacy graciously wrote the introduction for that book.
Since then, I have written an additional nineteen books.
I am currently immersed in writing a new series of fact-based, historical, Christian Westerns, titled: SETTLERS OF SOUTH PARK (that's in Colorado). The firstfour books, A DREAM FULFILLED, DIVINE DISCOVERY, TURMOIL, THE REDEMPTION OF ARNIE BRADBURY, and now AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP have been completed and are now available for your enjoyment. The sixth (which as yet remains untitled) is currently being written and will become available sometime around December of 2014, would be my best guess.
With that in mind, let it be said that my genre interests are not entirely limited to Christian Westerns. I have additionally written books in such genres as: Adventure, Sports (baseball), Civil War, Gold Mining, and other topics as the urge strikes me. So far my interests have been strictly fiction and will continue to be for the forseeable future.
Back in the day, I served five and a half years in the US Air Force, as a jet fighter mechanic, during the Vietnam conflict.
My wife of many years and I have five wonderful daughters and seven, count 'em, seven grandchildren. We now reside in Widefield, Colorado, with one of our grandsons, whom we adopted.
I am now retired and enjoying the freedom to write when and wherever the notion grabs me (which is usually everyday and just about anywhere I happen to be).
Please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I truly hope my work brings a little bit of joy into your life, but you may have to wipe away a tear from time to time in order to get there.
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Wesley and Little Fawn
The railroad has finally come to Como, bringing with it the promise of a whole new way of doing business for the Circle C spread.
But even that has to take a back seat to Wesley’s attempts to tie up the loose ends that stand between him and Little Fawn committing completely to one another and becoming man and wife.
An Unlikely Friendship
Wesley Swanson had just a few months prior turned thirteen and was now well on his way to becoming an integral part of the Circle C cattle ranching outfit. But all that gets shoved aside after an encounter with a massive grizzly that changes everything for him and the rest of the Clarksons and Swansons
The Redemption of Arnie Bradbury
Arnie Bradbury had always been saddled with a bit of a rambunctious and troublesome nature about him. When Seth and Becky Clarkson come across him and a couple of unscrupulous outlaws changing brands on stock that belongs to the Circle C outfit, Arnie initially finds himself caught up in a downward spiral that can end up in only one way, or can it?
With Sam now well on the road to recovery, things get back to a semblance of normalcy in the South Park Basin. The Circle C flourishes to the point where another trip to the stockyards is necessary. It is during that journey that things get complicated for the Circle C as the Clarksons are confronted by a pair of ruthless Mexican hombres who have sworn a vendetta against all gringos.
Along with the settling of the South Park Basin, comes the need to build the necessary structures on the individual homesteads. But when Becky falls deathly ill, things look bleak for her and her intended, Seth Clarkson. Life in the South Park Basin gets even further complicated when the bank in Fairplay is robbed and the identities of the robbers are known to at least one of the Clarksons
A Dream Fulfilled
Life on the eastern Kansas plains in the 1850’s was tenuous at best. Add to that, marauding bands of thieving Comanches, and a fella would start having notions of moving his clan the heck out of there.
Gideon Hartman (Journeys of The Heart Collection)
Sheriff Gideon Hartman is not only fast on the draw, but quick to pull the trigger as well, especially when a favorable result involves reward money...that being, reward money that is sorely needed to sustain the town’s church and thereby satisfy the Pastor Hartman side of him.
Stanton - (Journeys of The Heart Collection)
After the loss of his dearly-loved wife of six years to an ailment the doc said was ‘consumption’, James Stanton finds himself torn between the memory of her and the guilt-ridden turmoil inside him that prevents him from committing to another woman.
From The Shadows of Mount Pisgah
With the gold now showing up just about anywhere a fella takes a notion to stomp the business end of a shovel into a pile of dirt, comes an influx of hopeful prospectors and their families.
The new arrivals are followed closely by untold numbers of opportunistic types who will stop at nothing to take what they want from the hard-working folks and their Pastor, Chad Blackman.
Cripple's Golden Pioneers
With small amounts of gold now having begun showing up around Fremont, it was just a matter of time before the unsavory types began showing up as well. What with the town being without a lawmen of its own, Pastor Chad Blackman agrees to fill the empty slot until a permanent sheriff can be brought in.
Trail To Washoe
With Bud and Junebug now safely out of the war, they embark on a harrowing trip that stretches from Independence, Missouri, to Washoe City, Nevada.
Their intent is to drive a herd of about sixty head of horses and mules to the lumber camps at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where they are assured of selling the animals at a handsome profit. Easy enough...right?
The Cripple Creek Mining District Series is a fact-based accounting of the discovery and early development of the gold fields in and around Cripple Creek, Colorado. Poverty Gulch tells the true story of how that gold was first discovered.
She Wore It Tied-Down
When pretty Dolly Randolph, barely seventeen, naive, and helpless to prevent it, is viciously assaulted and her beloved father is killed, it sets in motion a driving hatred that can only be appeased by the killing of the unscrupulous man and his two sons who are responsible.
Set in and around the battlefields of Lexington, Missouri, this is the mostly-true story of Willard ‘Bud’ Hansel and Zeke ‘Junebug’ Jamison. It depicts the grim realities of what was the downright hatred and vengeance that helped shape the lives of those who fought the Civil War.
Ordeal On Elkhorn Peak
Duane Applegate and Alex Stapleton are life-long friends, who, during their annual elk-hunting trip into the rugged Colorado Rockies, find themselves being stalked by a misguided, deranged, local resident. After Duane is forced to take the man’s life in self defense, the dead man’s brother, an escaped convict with a penchant for excessive violence, vows revenge and goes after Duane and Alex.
Minor League Misfits
The Walker City Silver Sox are not even close to being a team. They are in fact a collection of talented individuals, each of whom has a common goal in mind...to make it to the show. With that in mind, lace up those spikes, (if they still fit), dust off that ditty bag, and get your butt out there on the field with a bunch of misfits who are strapped with a girl for a second baseman.
In this, the final book in The Arkansas Valley Series, Chad comes to realize the very real benefits of answered prayer after he, his sister ,Becky and their long-time friend, Nate, are taken from their families and held for ransom.
Rails Along The Valley
The AT&SF Railroad finally comes to the Arkansas Valley. But its construction is not without peril, bigotry and hatred.
With Tom's murder having been solved and Arthur Rhodes no longer being a threat to The Bartlett, the ranch flourishes under the new name: Shiloh. Clint and Sue marry and are quickly blessed with two children, Chad and Rebecca. But a new threat rears it's ugly head in the form of a vicious man named Heywood Jensen, and the hired guns on his payroll.
After Tom Bartlett's untimely and mysterious death, his widow, Sue, continues the legacy of the Bartlett Ranch. It isn't until nearly a year later, following the arrival to the valley of a troubled gunfighter, Clint Blackman, that strides are made to clear up the mystery and bring the culprits to justice.
With Tom and Sue now married, much of their focus is on building a loving relationship. The ranch is flourishing and the railroad is coming to the valley. But all is not well as the local banker, Arthur Rhodes, has a devious plan to take over a good portion of the valley, including the Bartlett Ranch.
After having successfully crossed the Great Plains, Sam and Judith are faced with building and defending The Bartlett ranch. Through hard work and steadfast determination, the ranch is established and flourishes while they raise their son, Tom, to manhood. Along the way he meets the love of his life, Sue Hobbs.
Birdsong of the Penateka
BIRDSONG OF THE PENATEKA is an unlikely love story between two members of opposing Comanche tribes. It is a must read for fans of the award-winning: Book 1 of The Arkansas Valley Series, titled: TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING. It continues the exploits of the beautiful Comanche woman, Birdsong, after her successful returning of the children to their White Eye families in the wagon train.
Toward A New Beginning
2003 CHRISTY AWARD WINNER for:
"Excellence In Christian Fiction."
This captivating wagon train story is filled with unique personalities in the wagons,dangerous weather,raging rivers,hostile Indian attacks, hunger, water shortage, vengeance, courage, romance, biblical principles and a story pivoting on the valor and ingenuity of beautiful Birdsong, a full-blooded Comanche woman.
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