W. James Stoness

Biography

William James Stoness grew up on a farm in Eastern Ontario. After graduating from Queen’s University he started into a career teaching Chemistry. A youthful interest in geography and geology encouraged him to travel by RV across Canada and the United States where he photographed scenery and geological phenomena.
It was this travel which developed an interest in the Old West, an interest which has led him to write several novels about the never ending fight between the ‘good cowboys and the bad hombres’.
In his westerns, Mr. Stoness writes with an exciting descriptive style, emphasizing the beauty of the southwest, and matching the stories to the terrain to create a feel of reality.
In his novel ‘The Yellowstone Hotspot’, the author fashions his tale around the geologically active volcanic hotspot that exists under the famous park.
Mr. Stoness is also working on a scenic driving series “Tour North America”. Each travel guide consists of several driving tours that interconnect so that the reader can link together driving tours which interest him to create longer scenic drives, all of which list things to see and do. Each book is packed with photos and maps. Geological interesting facts help explain the marvelous scenery of this continent.
Over his lifetime the author has had many varied experiences. He has been a pilot, a teacher, and a farmer and is a skilled carpenter using lumber from his own sawmill. As well, he has been involved in conservation, is an advanced ham operator, and spent time as head of council in municipal politics. Mr. Stoness creates his travel guides using Adobe InDesign.

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Books

Beyond the Pass
By W. James Stoness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,410. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Category: Fiction
In the second book of the Sykes Saga, Matt establishes a mountain ranch, and must hold it against predators, and rustlers. How can Matt protect his place and his loved ones from a threat he doesn’t even know exists? Come with him as unexpected help arrives at his side. But will it be enough? Only time and the smell of gunsmoke will tell.
The Deadly Trail of Gold
By W. James Stoness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,020. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Category: Fiction
This is a story of a young trapper's quest for a cache of Spanish gold hidden the southwestern USA. Matt’s life becomes more complicated by the unexpected discovery of the woman of his dreams caught up in the schemes of a blackguard crook and his gang. With two outlaw gangs seeking his demise an early winter blizzard doesn’t increase his chances for survival. A tale of romance.
Escape From the Noose
By W. James Stoness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,080. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2010. Category: Fiction
Young Mark Kirkham was only looking for a job the day he was mistakenly chased and shot by Rangers for a stagecoach robbery in which he had no part. After being nursed back to health by a beautiful rancher’s daughter he goes in pursuit of the real robbers who had killed the passengers of the stagecoach. While in pursuit of the killers Mark meets a lovely young lady and confusion reins.
Swinging From the Cottonwoods
By W. James Stoness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,840. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2010. Category: Fiction
Brian Cole returns to his Uncle’s ranch after a long absence to find him murdered. While trying to solve the mystery, his own life is saved by a young lady, but things are complicated when he falls in love with two girls. Combined with plenty of action, frontier justice, and romance, the novel is also enhanced by vivid descriptions of the western landscape.
The Trail Ends In Ouray
By W. James Stoness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,960. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2010. Category: Fiction
When Tex Hallman returns to town he thinks nothing will ever be the same again. A vicious gang has stolen his gold claim and controls the little mining town of Ouray. Two young ladies complicate his life just when he needs no other distractions. How can he recover his gold when there appears to be no one who will stand up to the killers? Only the use of hot lead and strong ropes will work.
Hotspot
By W. James Stoness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,630. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
The strong earthquakes that disrupted the flow of Old Faithful sent scientists scurrying to find the cause. Little did they expect to find magma flowing into the old magma chamber of one of Earth’s largest dormant volcanoes. The story follows the chaotic events on the Yellowstone Plateau as the surface rises and an eruption of gargantuan size appears to be imminent.

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