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Publication Order of Making Choices Books

The President's Stuck in the Mud (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble in Quartz Mountain Tunnel (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Warp Tunnel (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Crystal Blake Books

Crystal's Perilous Ride (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crystal's Blizzard Trek (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crystal's Grand Entry (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crystal's Mill Town Mystery (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crystal's Rodeo Debut (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crystal's Solid Gold Discovery (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Stuart Brannon Books

Hard Winter at Broken Arrow Crossing (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
False Claims At the Little Stephen Mine (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Hanging At Paradise Meadow (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Standoff At Sunrise Creek (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Final Justice At Adobe Wells (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of an Arizona Legend (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catcher-Of-The-Sun Runs High (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Nathan T. Riggins Western Adventure Books

The Last Stubborn Buffalo in Nevada (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hawks Don't Say Goodbye (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dog Who Would Not Smile (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coyote True (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Can Always Trust a Spotted Horse (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Never Dance with a Bobcat (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Code of the West Books

It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Went to Denver and the Other Went Wrong (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where the Deer and the Antelope Play (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stay Away from That City...They Call It Cheyenne (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Foot's in the Stirrup...My Pony Won't Stand (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I'm Off to Montana for to Throw the Hoolihan (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Austin-Stoner Files Books

The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Chapter of Chance Mccall (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kill Fee of Cindy Lacoste (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hidden West Books

Fox Island (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copper Hill (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Columbia Falls (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lewis & Clark Squad Books

The Secret of the Old Rifle (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treachery At the River Canyon (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intrigue At the Rafter B Ranch (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger At Deception Pass (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hazards of the Half-Court Press (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revenge On Eagle Island (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Old California Books

Red Dove of Monterey (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Swan in Sacramento (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Proud Quail of the San Joaquin (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroines of the Golden West Books

Sweet Carolina (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Marquesa (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss Fontenot (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fortunes of the Black Hills Books

Beneath a Dakota Cross (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow of Legends (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Trail Home (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friends and Enemies (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last of the Texas Camp (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Next Roundup (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Skinners of Goldfield Books

Fool's Gold (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hidden Treasure (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Picture Rock (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Carson City Chronicles Books

Judith and the Judge (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marthellen and the Major (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roberta and the Renegade (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Belles of Lordsburg Books

The Senator's Other Daughter (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The General's Notorious Widow (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outlaw's Twin Sister (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Retta Barre’s Oregon Trail Books

The Lost Wagon Train (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Buffalo's Last Stand (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plain Prairie Princess (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Homestead Books

Strangers & Pilgrims (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Courage & Compromise (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reason & Riots (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Adventures On the American Frontier Books

Daring Rescue At Sonora Pass (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Ride Across Humboldt Flats (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mysterious Robbery On the Utah Plains (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Horse Dreams Trilogy Books

Memories of a Dirt Road Town (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mustang Breaker (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wish I'd Known You Tears Ago (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Land Tamers (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paperback Writer (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Step Over the Border (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Creede of Old Montana (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Throw the Devil Off the Train (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

When the Cowboys Come to Town! (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Aim Low, Shoot High (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Radical Discipleship (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Questions I'd like to ask (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devotions with a Difference (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God's Angry Side (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quality Living in a Complicated Age (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Be a Good Dad (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Being Beautiful (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Be a Good Mom (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be Your Mate's Best Friend (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How to Be a Good Grandparent (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rivers in Arizona (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just Because They've Left Doesn't Mean They're Gone (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Surprising Side of Grace (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winners and Losers (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Power of a Godly Grandparent (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Help! My Adult Child Won't Leave Home (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Stephen Bly was a well known American novelist and author of historical fiction, western, and Christian fiction stories. He had written over 100 novels and numerous poems, short stories, and articles. Bly was the winner of the Christy Award in 2002, which he won for his novel, The Long Trail Home. Three more of his books received the nominations for the prestigious Christy Award and had also been the finalists. Most of the books of author Bly are primarily of the Western genre and set in the American West. He used to write his books from the Christian worldview. The list of book series written by Bly in his career include the Horse Dreams series, the Fortunes of Black Hills series, the Belles of Lordsburg series, the Code of West series, The Legend of Stuart Brannon series, etc. Bly was born on August 17, 1944, in Ivanhoe, California and died on June 9, 2011, in Lewiston, Idaho. His initial upbringing was done on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley in central California.

When he was young, Bly was involved in taking care of a ranch near Coalinga, California along with his uncle named M.J. Allen. He continued this profession along with his father named Arthur Bly until the age of 30 in Ivanhoe. By that time, he had completed his graduation with summa cum laude from California State University in 1971 in Philosophy. In 1974, Bly obtained an M. Div from the Fuller Theological Seminary. Following this, Bly started working in the field of religion in and around his hometown. His popularity began spreading in the entire state of California in the next few years. For a short period of time, Bly was involved in politics as well. He had helped Gordon Duffy win the State Legislature election during his first term and then continued to serve as an administrative assistant to Gordon Duffy for some more time.

Bly’s service as a pastor of a few Presbyterian churches earned him a lot of fame. He went on to become Winchester Community Church’s pastor by riding on his popularity from earlier works. Bly was also elected to the post of city councilman several times. Between 2000 and 2007, Bly held the post of the mayor of Winchester. During a large part of his writing career, Bly was an active WWA member. He was also the roving editor of Big Show Journal. Bly had the hobby of collecting and restoring antique Winchesters. Between 1982 and 996, Bly was part of a group of speakers, who worked for the Moody Bible Institute and organized conferences for a family living. Bly has traveled with Gary Chapman, Gary Ezzo, Kevin Leman, Greg Speck, and Dr. Harold Sala. He and Janet Chester, his beautiful wife, used to mentor aspiring writers as Jerry Jenkins’ writers’ guild.

Author Bly never liked to write about a certain place that he had not visited. This was the reason why he preferred to travel through the eleven western states of the United States. During his travels, he used to explore the unpaved roads more than highways. Bly had met his beloved wife Janet Chester when the two were studying in Redwood High School, Visalia, California. He married her soon after his graduation. After his death, Bly left behind his wife and three grown-up sons named Michael, Aaron, and Russell. His death occurred after a five-year-long fight with prostate cancer. Bly was 66 years old at that time. Just before his death, he had started writing a new book, but couldn’t finish it. So, his wife and sons studied his notes for that particular book, completed it, and released it successfully in 2012 as a tribute to the great author. Janet had already co-authored a number of books with Bly, so it was not difficult for her to complete her late husband’s last book.

A very popular book series written by author Stephen Bly is known as the Horse Dreams Trilogy series. It is comprised of a total of three books released between 2005 and 2006. Bly has set the stories in Illinois, Indiana, and Wyoming. The stories mainly revolve around the life of a teacher of fifth-grade students from southern Illinois named Develyn Worrell. Bly has described the various ups and downs in Develyn Worrell’s life that force her to head out on the path of self-discovery and explore different relationships and romances on the way. The other important characters mentioned in the series include Delaney Worrell, Cooper Tallon, and others. The debut book of the series is entitled ‘Memories of a Dirt Road Town’. It was released by the B Fiction publication in 2005.

The novel begins by depicting that Develyn Worrell’s otherwise happy life as a 5th-grade teacher in a small town in Illinois comes falling down when she discovers the extra-marital affair of her husband. This incident affects her so much that she divorces her husband without explaining the reason behind it to her 21-year old daughter Delaney Worrell. Later, Develyn has a change of heart and desires reconcile with her husband. But, before she can inform him about her desire, her former husband dies of a heart attack. His sudden death shocks, both Develyn and her daughter Delaney, who blames her for the death of her father. Seeing that her daughter hates her and broken-hearted about the death of her husband, Develyn moves to a small town in Wyoming, where she had gone for a vacation during her childhood. She still remembers the beautiful sunset and Roan horses of this town. Upon her arrival, Develyn rents a small cabin and buys a Roan mare along with a burro. Thereafter, she watches herself as fate gets her acquainted with three important men, who become attached to her for the rest of her life.

The second installment of the series is called ‘The Mustang Breaker’. It was also published by B. Fiction in 2006. This book continues to show positive changes in Develyn Worrell’s life and mood as she cherishes the serene beauty of the little Wyoming town. Develyn realizes that the dreams she had seen as a child when she visited the town are coming true one by one because of the Lord’s leading. The novel continues to show the growth of all the characters and the adventures of Casey, Develyn, Renny, Maria, Quint, Uncle Henry, Cooper, and Delaney.

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