First published in 1979, Kit Prate admits she enjoys fiction in general. Westerns are her first love, her favorite books to read and to write. Ms. Prate enjoys writing fan-fiction, especially about the TV western series, Lancer.
The widowed mother of four children who are grown and mostly on their own these days, Kit is returning to her love of writing. A background of working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs provides fodder for her healthy imagination and gave her a chance to travel to many of the locations she uses in her stories and novels.
Western Collection 1 is a collection of six Western Fiction short stories by seasoned author Kit Prate. They include: Miss Annie; Widow; Kill Crazy; Sharpshooter; The Redemption of Cade Beauchard; and Feliz Navidad.
~ From the award winning author of the bestselling short story, Sharpshooter ~ Young Cade Beauchard is discovered by Marshal Levi Macklin as he trails a gang of killers. Hauled to jail, is Cade destined to face a judge with the others? Levi Macklin sees something in the sass-mouthed, troubled fifteen-year-old that reminds him of the son he lost. Can he save him from the hangman -- should he try?
Slavery... Escape and death... The price of freedom... A young slave called Runaway does exactly that. He flees, is captured, and escapes again until he encounters the Underground Railroad and is transported north. Amid death and sacrifice, Runaway struggles to survive and remain free. Taken in by a special family, he learns the meaning of responsibility and the true cost of freedom.
Gabriel Hawkins wants vengeance for the death of the boy he raised as his own. The son of a wealthy, powerful man is to blame, but Hawkins won't let that stop him. Two women—the boy's mother and a forbidden lover—both want something from Gabriel. Is it more than he can give? Will his reputation as El Angel de la Muerte-The Angel of Death-mean his own death as Christmas draws near?
Josh Kincaid is tired of being treated like a baby. When he finds and saves a man named Savage, his life changes forever. Savage introduces him to whiskey and to women. But Josh's uncle tosses Savage in jail, unfairly as Josh sees it. This sets off a chain of events leading Josh to discover Jason Kilkenny's gun, a multitude of secrets, and great personal loss.
Clete Benteen was a kid one minute and a man the next. The son of a sharpshooter, he grew up when his pa was brought home across the back of a horse, back-shot. Making a place for himself among hard cowboys, Clete must use all the skill he has to provide for his family and to find his Pa's killer. But is he tough enough to survive?
Gold, God, and Glory -- Ten years earlier, Reese Sullivan rode away from his wife, Vanessa, and young son, Trey. Now they will embark on a perilous journey that pits father and son against unseen enemies, natural disaster, and each other—while back home the women they love face an unimagined danger. Will they uncover the key to a vast and fabled treasure?
Trace Belden faces a long cattle-drive back to the ranch with his prime Hereford breeding stock. His son wants nothing to do with him and the boy's step-father wants to kill him. To add to his troubles, Belden must ride herd on his kid brother who is getting way out of hand, and then a stray kid shows up on the drive. Can things get any worse?
A grief stricken woman walks the streets of town among the soldiers' widows, dark cloak a barrier to prying eyes. An Indian who massacred many of the "Blue Coats" is to be hanged today. What secret does the widow hide beneath her cloak?
A troubled teenage boy, Chris, decides he hates his father. Ethan, Sheriff of the town, must bring in a killer, even if it means leaving his angry son at the mercy of a nineteen year old troublemaker and the local parson. A stone-faced, old man rides into town just before Ethan returns. What does he have to do with the killer? Who will live? And who will die?
A pretty school teacher, the benefactress of the town, climbs on a train every summer to go back East when school is over. Two suitors proposed this year, but Miss Annie left anyway. The love-lorn men are distracted from their misery a bit when they must track down a bank robber. In the process, will they discover a secret Miss Annie has been hiding?