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New! In From the Cold (2019) – A Novella
A Holiday Tale of Hope and Redemption
Jack Pennington has a heart as big as Oregon’s Rogue Valley, where he’s delivered agricultural equipment and taken in foster children for years. Stalled in his marriage, dreading retirement, and making his final runs over the pass to Klamath Basin, he sees an old, abandoned horse that won’t make it through the coming blizzard. Carly Brown’s life with druggie parents changed for the better when she joined Daddy Jack’s family, and then had a baby with her fiancé. It crashed again when her partner assaulted her, and the baby had special needs. Now her struggles to make a better life for her and her son also seem doomed to fail. As Christmas draws near, can a despairing old man and struggling young mother find a way through cold prospects to a warmer, brighter future?
New! Shadow on the River (2019)
Spirited ex-reporter Pepper Kane and her business partner, cowgirl poet Tulip Clemmons, have poured their life savings into The Best Little Bed, Barn & Breakfast in Oregon. Things look rosy until the hot new wrangler is murdered in a horse stall. Guests fear for their lives and the two friends fear for their future. The fright factor ratchets up when a pretty female guest turns up dead and police put the ranch on lockdown.
Pepper and Tulip have faced perils and betrayals before. But none this close to home. Pepper also must deal with crises involving her aging parents and her Lakota-cop partner. With everything on the line and her back to the wall, can she prevail?
Saddle Tramps (2016), a light whodunit with dark undercurrents and a splash of romance, centers on retired (but far-from-retiring) ex-reporter Pepper Kane as she rushes to learn who killed a prize show horse before the killer targets her. At the same time she must compete in a do-or-die horse show in California, prevent her tack shop “The Best Little Horsehouse in Oregon” from going belly up, and reach a decision about her lover, Lakota policeman Sonny Chief.
“Horsey folks looking for passion and intrigue? Look no farther than Saddle Tramps by Carole T. Beers. A story populated with ‘real’ characters and real emotion. Enjoy.”
—Stella Cameron, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author
Over the Edge (2017) dares our modern cowgirl-sleuth to solve mysteries and dodge death from Oregon to Texas—where Pepper and friends vie for big bucks at the World Western Open Horse Show. Along the way she battles doubt, betrayal and heart-pounding action that can change her life … or end it!
In Ghost Ranch (2018), Pepper questions her deepest beliefs and desires while rushing to learn who killed a woman in the abandoned cabin of a famous writer. She and a fellow horsewoman had hoped to turn the riverfront property into a guest ranch. But unless she finds the killer, with the help of Sonny Chief, her dreams—if not her very life—will go up in flames.
In Night Rides (2019), Pepper and friends bring their horses from Oregon to a Seattle show to vie for jackpots that will kick up their plans for a Western Bed, Barn and Breakfast. On the eve of the show Pepper hears violence going down in a fairgrounds restroom, and learns someone was killed. Security is slow to help. Her Lakota-police partner is busy with another case. A transgender rider is threatened. When Pepper’s daughter doesn’t return calls and Pepper herself is threatened, she sticks the spurs to her sleuthing. The effects of prejudice—even when buried so deeply we don’t see them—drives this story. Through action and adventure in a darkly beautiful NW setting with dashes of humor and romance, we are reminded what open minds, friendship and honor really mean.
“Well-written, snappy dialogue draws the reader forward. The action keeps one turning pages.”
—Carol Crigger, WWA Spur Award winning-author, on Night Rides
“This is an author who needs to be recognized for her versatility, wit and skill.”
—Anne Schroeder, former president, Women Writing the West
“A fast-paced, witty, engaging mystery… the real fun is the characters and the setting. Saddle Tramps does a nice job of explaining the world of horse shows and evoking scenic southern Oregon…”
—William Dietrich, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author
“Carole Beers taps into her long experience as a horsewoman for Saddle Tramps, a spirited tale.”
—Adam Woog, Seattle Times
“If you’ve ever been curious about the word of high-stakes horse shows, Saddle Tramps is the book for you. The wisecracking sleuth and owner of the Best Little Horsehouse in Oregon, Pepper Kane, tracks down the killer of the show horse Dark Vader. It’s a thoroughly modern western set in Oregon.”
—Ed Battistella, Literary Ashland
“I just finished reading it and I loved it. Clever, smart, suspenseful, it’s got everything. Pepper is a pistol.”
—Cynthia Charat, Joy Luck Book Club
“A page-turning thrill-fest.”
—Alahnna Castro, Paint Horse Journal