Prey for Survival, a novel

PreyForSurvival160x160So, I started reading +S. Bradley Stoner ‘s Prey for Survival

First off, the Prologue is a must read–cogent.

This book isn’t written for the hurry-up, “give me the candy right now” reader. It’s reflective, with a word-by-thought delivery that puts you completely inside Jed.  So far, it’s a very personal read, and a very good read for anyone who knows this kind of living.  I lived pretty primitively for a span of years, and, as a kid, had survival skills taught me by an old timer who lived off the land, in the wilds, during his young adulthood, so I have the underpinnings necessary to really grasp the nuance and subtleties of how edgy the situation is I find Jed living. I also really feel his internalized motivations for withdrawing from life among people. So far, and I’m only 12% through the read, this novel is a significant work. I don’t think it’s a read for those who want the typical action-adventure wilderness drama.  It’s written more carefully, more introspectively, than is the usual fare, but it’s definitely REAL.

Horses, Adrenaline, and Love, a Country Romance

When Sarah Palmer finds herself back in her little hometown of Loraine, Nebraska, with the young son that had been part of the town’s biggest scandal in its 125 year history, and a basement full of sculptures she couldn’t sell in Chicago, her only thought is how she can get out again fast.

That is, until a certain dark-haired, equine veterinarian sweeps her off her feet.

Marty Scott can’t keep his mind off the short, little spit-fire with the tough exterior and a heart as soft as a kitten. Once he figures out the way past her defenses, he thinks it’s just a hop and a skip to the altar.

That is, until a new scandal is born out of tragedy.

Sarah is a runner who tends to run from her problems. Marty is problem solver, who prides himself on his solutions, but sometimes the problem is so big, even the best problem solver gets stymied.

Sometimes the answer needs to come from a higher power

Author’s note: No graphic sex makes this a clean romance. Romantic sparks and sexual tension makes this a real romance.


Author Jodi BowersoxJodi Bowersox grew up on a farm in Nebraska, and lived on an acreage in N.E. Kansas with a horse and three goats for a number of years. She currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Kevin, and three cats. Jodi has worn many hats in her life—actress, seamstress, interior designer, home-school teacher, artist, and writer. In 2006, under the pen name of J. B. Stockings, she published a children’s book that she authored and illustrated–a fictitious story about two real cats with the title, A Tale of Two Kitties. In 2012, another J.B. Stockings children’s book, The Stubborn Princess was published with Tracy Bowersox as the illustrator. Also in 2012 her first romance novel, Interiors By Design, was published. She now has five novels to her credit. Jodi is also a watercolor artist specializing in pet portraits. To find out more about her writing, art, and other creative endeavors, check out her website:

Cowboy Values by James P. Owen

Jim Owen leads a massively successful seminar that is in huge demand by financial groups, teachers’ organizations, and professional associations. His first book, Cowboy Ethics, has sold more than 60,000 copies in two years. Now Owen continues his nonpartisan message, offering the legacy of the cowboy as a model of accessible, positive qualities that all can agree on, regardless of religion or political persuasion.

This new book explains the enduring values he observed in cowboys, ones that can lead us to personal and professional fulfillment: a “can-do” spirit, authenticity, courage, strength of character, humbleness, chivalry, and heart. Accompanied by striking full-color photos, this motivational guide is the only book of its kind, and it will inspire readers from all walks of life in the tradition of best sellers such as Fish!, Good to Great, and Think and Grow Rich.

Says C. J.: Found this while grocery shopping and, because of the absolutely breathtaking photography, snapped it up, and I’m glad I did. Good for an uplift when “urban” and where this country seems headed begins to drag your smile down.

Cowboy Ethics by James P. Owen

A new approach to business ethics is quietly taking hold in executive suites and corporate boardrooms across America. Frustrated by an epidemic of misbehavior at all employee levels, management teams are getting back to basics—back to the idea that personal character and individual responsibility are the ultimate keys to integrity, just as they were back in the days of the Open Range.

A decade ago, the book Cowboy Ethics first inspired businesspeople to look to the Code of the West. Once they did, they discovered that its simple, common-sense principles can be more effective guides to business leadership than a truckload of corporate mission statements, rules, and ethics manuals. “Cowboys are role models because they live by a code,” says author James P. Owen. “They show us what it means to stand for something, and to strive every day to make your actions line up with your beliefs. And isn’t that as good a definition of integrity as you can find?”

In the years since, the book’s “Ten Principles to Live By” have been embraced by scores of companies, universities, and even a state government. This updated Tenth Anniversary hardcover edition traces the evolution of this grassroots business movement in brand-new chapters while preserving the inspirational lessons and stunning photography of the original. It’s ideal for corporate gifts, the new graduate, business students, or any career person who cares about doing the right thing.

Says C. J.: I happened to see Cowboy Values by Mr. Owen when I was at our local grocery and, on a whim, bought it, mostly because the photographs are absolutely beautiful.  Then I started reading–well worth the price, believe me.  Made me a fan.  You’ll totally love Mr. Owen’s books. Guaranteed.

Cowboy Author Kent Hanawalt

Montana cowboy author Kent HanawaltI’m having a great time back-and-forthing with author Kent Hanawalt who, lucky man, still lives on a working ranch in Montana. He’s an excellent writer (He really knows how to put pen to paper and tell a true story with flare.), and he’s the real deal when it comes to horses, cattle, and the joys and miseries, the precious life, of living country and running stock in lands where winter is as long as spring, summer, and fall combined, namely Montana.

Ain't This Romantic by cowboy author Kent HanawaltIt’s rare to find a real Montana cowboy, now, especially one who is willing and able to write up the “real” with passion and savvy. Check out Kent’s published book, Ain’t This Romantic!?!, and do put your name in for his next two, which are in progress at this very moment.  (Yeah, Kent shared some of his working manuscript with me, and I can tell you, the stories are great.)  I don’t know if he’s going to use Amazon’s pre-order service or if he’s got an announcement list or newsletter to notify us “live” when his next book will be coming out, but he does have an email addy on his website, and he does respond.  So get your name in, and let’s spread the word.

You can find Kent on the Net on, on Smashwords, and on his blog and his website: Montana Cowboy College and Millennium Cowboy.

–C. J.

Ain’t This Romantic!?! by Kent Hanawalt

Ain't This Romantic by cowboy author Kent HanawaltWhile NASA was sending a man to the moon, this cowboy was still roping cows, branding calves, shoeing horses, packing mules, and blowing up the washing machine. Collected here are a series of triumphs and tribulations from a life in the cow country of Montana. Filled with humor, information,and a little suspense, this book will engage anyone who is drawn to cowboys, horses, and the Old West.

Says C. J: This is the real deal, and written by somebody who knows how to put pen to paper and rope a calf. And if you want a good, solid edu-ma-cation on real live cattle ranching, do visit his his website, Montana Cowboy College.

Available from CreateSpace in print, at Amazon in print and eBook, and


Kent cowboyed in Montana for 20 years, shoeing, breaking horses, packing, and riding, before having a wreck with a team of horses that left him with a broken back.

He had always made his living with that back, but it seemed that now was the time for him to start using his head. Kent put himself through college working as a Paramedic in Great Falls, graduating with a degree in Health Care Administration. Over the next ten years he worked as a hospital CEO, nursing home administrator, and received his MBA.

He is currently the managing partner of the family ranch, takes occasional assignments as an interim administator, and writes.

(This is showing the back cover, for some reason. -C.J.)

Tales of a Texas Boy by Marva Dasef

How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he’ll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of “Tales of a Texas Boy,” we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It’s a bumpy ride. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys books like “Little House on the Prairie” or “Tom Sawyer.” A great bit of nostalgia for seniors, too. Bonus story included.

Comes in Large Print, Kindle, and Audio, too. A perfect gift for Dad’s Day. Here’s the details straight from the author’s mouth…text:

Says Marva: The ebook is free on Kindle if you buy the paperback. Also, the freebie on Smashwords is using coupon HL34R through June 21st.

Says C. J.: This is a great, fun book, and anyone “country”, anyone who lived the times or had a mom or pop who lived that era, will totally appreciate this book.  A word of warning for you city-slickers and for the uninitiated, this book can really open your eyes to attitudes and actions you may find startling. But this was (and, in some places, still is) the America of your elders.

Also available at Smashwords, and, I think, there it’s free for download.

A Rancher for Their Mom, a Country Romance

Cowboy for Hire

Cowboy Joel Kaye has ambitions as big as Texas. And after decades away, rodeo glory seems finally within reach. But when two little boys “hire” him to work on their ranch, Joel can’t turn them down. He tells himself it’s only for one week, but widow April Landers and her family soon begin to fill a void in the rodeo rider’s scarred heart. April lives for her three kids—and the ranch she’s fighting fiercely to keep. This determined mama’s not looking for another wandering partner. Will this ready-made family inspire Joel to put down roots…for good?

Says C. J.: This book hasn’t yet been released, but the excerpt I read was very realistic and very good. It’s definitely Romance, but the good kind, not that fakey stuff that is just thinly disguised window-dressing, sometimes very bad window-dressing, covering the girl-meets-boy story.


Leann grew up in the Rocky Mountains but married a Texan, who loved those moutains. So cowboys, horses, ranches and rodeo are familiar  themes to her. She taught deaf high school students math and science. She loves gardening and flower arranging.  She is a cancer survivor and counts everyday precious.