JR Stokes

Biography

JR Stokes is a retired teacher, professor and a life-long history student of south-western culture. He and his wife live in Chandler, AZ. They have two grown daughters – one living in Seattle and one living in the San Francisco Bay Area and two grandchildren – Gianna, a recent graduate of University of Arizona and Anthony now a sophomore residing at the University of Arizona.

Smashwords Interview

What lead to you writing western stories?
I've traveled the southwest extensively during my youth. Both paternal great-grandfathers traveled west from the old states. Otis from Ohio as a youth and Richard, his wife and their three children, from Boston to San Francisco in April of 1868 arriving in late September, three months before Hanna delivered her fourth child, a third son. Needing to save the cost of travel, Richard, a blacksmith by trade, had hired on for the journey across our great land by wagon train. Otis, traveling some years after Richard, had the convenience of train travel.
A year after the death of Hanna, and having left the four children with relatives on a ranch in Hornitas, California, he traveled back into Colorado then into the two southern Territories – Arizona and New Mexico. It was during these travels and through friendships made with rugged frontier families that stories were shared. Some may be ‘yarns’ woven with touches of truth or embellishments from whiskey around warm campfires.
I listened to these stories told not by my great-grandfathers but by my grandfather who listened as his father had spoke of his western travels – of the saloons and their women, of the gun fights and fistfights, the Indian raids, and of families left behind as a father drifted elsewhere seeking a better life for his family. Yes, there were hangings too.
Richard returned to the ranch in Hornitas. He, one of his son’s and the son's family are buried at the site’s historic cemetery. His only daughter, Kate, is buried with her family just down the trail in Cathey’s Valley. These tales have been told only from mouth-to-mouth and from one generation to the next.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do and I've yet to publish it for some reason. The protagonist is a modern day deputy sheriff.
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Books

Half Step outa Hell
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,130. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Finding himself dead, young Bud Shanks sets out to help Marshal John Braun find his killer and 800 stolen US Army Winchesters
Thunder Ridge
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,360. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Who would shoot Hugh Nady? No town folks had knew specially Sheriff John Hardy. Why would anyone kill a likeable, gentle gun shop owner. That is until Hardy discovers thousands of dollars, fancy clothes and deeded ownership in western and eastern lands tucked away in the man’s garment chest and gun store safe. There was more . . . a lot more.
Bobby Joe Barnes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,070. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
It was the race to Promontory Point and Union Pacific was gona win it or there’d be hell to pay. Ethan Jensen and Bobby Joe Barnes were new to the railroad survey team outa Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. They did their job until a payroll theft and murder chased after them.
Rodman Keell US Marshal - Series II
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,200. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
US Marshal Rodman Keell investigates crime against elected officials, ordinary citizens performing work for federal and state authorities and murder. Kidnapping for ransom is on the rise in the west and Rod Keell aims to put a stop to this new game. If he can't, it turns to murder.
Chameleon
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 142,080. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Marshals Bill Henry and Brett Stone have their man Yazzie Chavez cornered only to have the outlaw escape during gun play with Chavez and his henchmen. Learning later that Chavez has run north, the two lawmen head through Dodge where Henry rescues a young woman and her son from the hands of a ruthless Dodge City Sheriff.
Rodman Keell US Marshal Special Services Series I
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,610. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
US Marshal Rodman Keell investigates crime against elected officials, ordinary citizens performing work for federal and state authorities and murder. Kidnapping for ransom is on the rise in the west and Rod Keell aims to put a stop to this new game. If he can't, it turns to murder.
Life Twice Stolen
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,110. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Finding his father and brother hanging, his partner and their prisoner murdered and his son Sam nowhere nearby has pushed US Marshal Mike Hansen into a chase he never expected or wanted. His old nemesis, Barnaby Judd, has done the unthinkable human act to draw Hansen into gunplay to settle an old score.

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