One Step Over the Border by Stephen Bly

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

(Center Street June 12, 2007)

Stephen Bly


Stephen Bly is a pastor, a mayor, an antique Winchester gun collector and a writer.
He’s 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.
Stephen 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.


It’s a romp…

A road adventure…
It’s a buddy story with romantic comedy!!
Some 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.
But 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?
In 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 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…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.
This book is crazy. I mean that in a good way! Cowboy Lit? That’s a first, but okay, I’m buying it.
Just a few pages into the book the action starts with Hap and Laramie ropping some guy who’s looking for the first Juanita, who split and left Laramie holding her six-month old son Phillipe. But like I said, it’s just the beginning and she’s not the Juanita Hap’s looking for. My heart went out to the girl though, and it had me hoping this girl would get a second chance.
Definitely an interesting read.
Make a comment on this post any time in the next two weeks and at the end of the month, I’ll draw to see who wins a free copy. Leave me your email address so I’ll know how to reach you. (Or email me your address if you don’t want to post it here! But be sure to leave a comment!)
A simple – Hi there! will do.
Happy reading,