John D. Nesbitt
John D. Nesbitt lives in the plains country of Wyoming, where he teaches English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College. His articles, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He has had more than twenty books published, including short story collections, contemporary novels, and traditional westerns, as well as textbooks for his courses.
John has won many awards for his work, including two awards from the Wyoming State Historical Society (for fiction), two awards from Wyoming Writers for encouragement of other writers and service to the organization, two Wyoming Arts Council literary fellowships (one for fiction, one for non-fiction), a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist Award for mass-market paperback original novel for Raven Springs, and the Spur Award itself for his short story “At the End of the Orchard” and for his novels Trouble at the Redstone and Stranger in Thunder Basin.”
His most recent works consist of: Dead for the Last Time, a novella; Poacher’s Moon, a contemporary novel; and Gather my Horses, a traditional western.
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~ A Contemporary Western Mystery novel ~ When Wilf Kasmirex, an outfitter, is asked to guide hunters on a newcomer’s ranch, he doesn’t think anything is up. As he works, he is nagged by the disappearance of a young woman no one seems to be trying very hard to find. Ultimately, two questions come together: does Wilf want to keep selling nature to arrogant clients, and what happened to Heather Lea?
Thorns on the Rose
~ Western Poetry ~
Staring into a campfire on a starry night as he listens to the coyotes howl and the cattle lowing gives a cowboy time to think, room to put his thoughts to paper, a chance to sing what's in his heart..
Join award-winning author John D. Nesbitt as he shares 32 poems of Western life including Wild Rose of Wyoming, Under Cloak of Night, Blue Horse Mesa, and Thorns on the Rose.
Clay Westbrook, a cowhand, runs into trouble when he sticks up for a Mexican sheepherder being bullied by a rancher named Sutton. Clay remains friends with the Mexicans and becomes interested in Tony’s niece, Guadalupe. Before long, Clay has no job and is harassed by Sutton and his men. But there's more afoot with plans for a big ditch project and only Clay stands in the way.
Song of Pierre
Cactus Pete hired me to do a job—a secret sort of job, for two bits and food. It didn't sound too bad, at first. Then he brought out this black, smelly beast he called a burro. Pierre and I took an instant dislike to each other, but we came to an uneasy understanding. Later on, out in the desert when strange things began to happen, I'd be glad I had made the acquaintance of smelly old Pierre.
One Foot in the Stirrup
This is a collection of nine western stories, ranging from gunfights to romance. Men and women alike have enjoyed these selections. Each story has the features of good western writing—a clearly etched setting, memorable characterization, an original storyline, and a lively writing style. These are selections to read more than once.
Rose of Durango
Good-natured Jimmy Clevis has a knack for finding people. Magdalena, his girlfriend, has a cousin who disappeared after seeking work at a ranch farther north.
Jimmy travels north and pokes around under the guise of looking for work. Will he find Magdalena's cousin, the one they call Rose of Durango, or will he only find trouble?
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