Oh, goody!! Today I get to feature a book by fellow Idahoan, real life cowboy, and special friend, Stephen Bly and his fun new book, One Step Over the Border.
Stephen Bly is a pastor, a mayor, an antique Winchester gun collector and a writer.
mayor of a town of 308 in the mountains of Idaho, on the Nez Perce
Indian Reservation. In his spare time, he pursues the three R’s of
ridin’, ropin’ and rodeo…and construction of Broken Arrow Crossing, a
false-front western village near his home.
That keeps him very
western. And he collects old Winchester rifles, which reflects his love
of historical accuracy. He’s also a fan of Jimmy Buffet music.
says about his writing, "I write about the West (historic or modern)
from the inside. Born and raised on western ranches, I have both the
heart and mind to describe things as they really were…and are. There
are those who think the frontier has long passed and with it the ‘code
of the west.’ The truth is, both are still around…and it’s fun to
show that in a contemporary story. The West is so big, so diverse, so
enchanting it’s a thrill to write about it in any era."
Stephen is the author of ninety-five books and hundreds of articles.
About the Book:
call it CowboyLit. Rodeo cowboy Hap Bowman’s on a search for Juanita,
the gal of his dreams, whom he hasn’t seen in 18 years. He seems stuck
on 12-years-old and the enchanting girl he met then.
"An idiot obsession," his roping partner, Laramie Majors, chides.
Laramie agrees to a final summer’s trek along the Rio Grande. If they
don’t find Juanita during those months, Hap promises to drop the idea
of the hunt for the mystery senorita. But if they find her, will she
feel the same as Hap does about their years ago interlude?
One Step Over The Border the time tested values of cowboys rub up
against contemporary mores. It’s a crazy story that becomes more
logical as the reader delves deeper into it. It will make you laugh and
shed a tear or two.
Getting back to Hap’s pursuit . . . don’t we
all have someone in the past, that we knew for only a short while, that
we wish we could have known better, longer? Stephen Bly has!. So when
Hap and Laramie ventured out on a quest for Hap’s Juanita, Stephen
decided to invite others to go along too. Folks have been e-mailing Hap
firstname.lastname@example.org and asking for their own “Juanita Search Kits.”
They get a bumper sticker, magnet, bookmark, stickers, flyers,
etc. It’s a whole packet of material that will equip anyone to join the
fun of finding the Juanita with “the mark of God.” If they send Hap a
picture of the places where they stuck their Juanita signs, they’ll
receive a free copy of the book. It’s all there on the website at
And there’s a very special
feature on http://www.amazon.com/…some more adventures about Hap and
Laramie that did NOT appear in the book, can be found on AmazonShorts
in the story entitled, Aim Low, Shoot High.