Historical Novel

historical fiction, Coronado expedition, Tiguex War, Southwest, Pueblo Indians

Paperback Books

Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America
Faded Pueblos: of the Tiguex War
albuquerque mystery
Guest Bedroom: Collected Stories
farewell to the master, the day the earth stood still, alien, first contact, short story, science fiction

Short Stories

A Second Chance on Indian Lands
The Christmas Shopper
Rustlers Along the Outlaw Trail
A Link in the Chain
Sitting Bull Rising From the Grave
Shadows of a Lost Time


An Unwilling Patient

An Unwilling Patient

A short story about an 85-year-old Cochiti Pueblo man dying of cancer, but when his daughter tries to put him into a hospital, he disappears. Sheriff's Deputy Alec Bluestone remembers the old man from his youth. Worried about him, Bluestone goes up into the mountains to look for the old man and make sure he's all right. What he discovers are timeless truths. This story, told with a light touch of humor and respect for Native culture, won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest. It was published with the original title of "Missing" in the 2010 issue of Story Teller magazine.

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