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Frank Kelso grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the origin of the Santa Fe Trail. Historic sites, monuments, and statues abound highlighting the journey west, including the Wagons West, Pioneer Women and the Indian Scout located on the bluffs overlooking the wide Missouri. Writing western themed books fit in with his upbringing. His parents considered storytelling a family tradition and the taller the tale, the better, when sharing around the supper table.

A biomedical research scientist in his day job, Frank writes short stories and novels to keep the family traditions alive. He enjoys living on an island on the Alabama Gulf Coast at the Florida border. Can you say Flora-Bama Beach Bar? Welcome to Paradise Island: sunny days, sugar white sands, turquoise blue water, fishing, and smooth sailing. Come on down, Y'all.


CALIFORNIA BOUND: A Classic Western Adventure (The Jeb & Zach Western Series Book 1)CALIFORNIA BOUND: A Classic Western Adventure (The Jeb & Zach Western Series Book 1) $0.99

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Texas Lawmen won’t go!
The U.S. Cavalry can’t go!
2 Civil War vets wade the Rio to find a stolen girl!

In a Union POW camp, Jeb and Zach dreamed of California Gold, but the road West leads Jeb to his sis's home in Texas. They ride home to find a border war raging on the Rio Bravo near Eagle Pass TX! Cattle rustled! Ranches burnt! Innocents killed or kidnapped! Juan Cortina holds a grudge against the Yankees, and he lets his younger brother, Miguel, ride roughshod along the Rio.

Jeb’s niece Rebecca is missing. Jeb is wounded when he confronts 2 Cortina men about her location. A young widow tends Jeb in healing after the Doc sews his wound. Jeb and Zach take a shine to the bold and sassy lady.

“Aww, man. After all the time we been together, are we gonna fight over a woman?” Zach asked.
“No fight needed,” Jeb said. “She’s gonna decide, then get us think it was our idea.”
“She always does,” Zach replied.
Jeb and Zach trick Cortina to rescue Rebecca but Miguel crosses the Rio Bravo to take Eagle Pass hostage! Either Jeb and Zach surrender to him or he burns the town! He plans to marry Rebecca!
Jeb and Zach promised to put an end to Miguel’s rampage—or die trying!
Will they ever get to California?

California Bound is the first dramatic story in the Jeb and Zach series of gritty westerns. If you like rich descriptions, multidimensional characters, and tales that bring history to life, then you’ll love this wild “shoot ’em up” adventure across the Rio!


Zach's Gold: A Classic Western Adventure (The Jeb & Zach Western Series Book 2)Zach's Gold: A Classic Western Adventure (The Jeb & Zach Western Series Book 2)$0.99

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Zach hunted for gold.
Claim-jumpers hunted for Zach.
After they found him, they wished they hadn’t!

Jeb stayed in Eagle Pass, but Zach followed his dream from the Union POW camp to find gold. The first person he met warned him, “There ain’t no law in South Park, Colorado.”
“This ain’t my problem. I’m staying clear of this mess,” Zach muttered, as he rode from the slap-dash mining town.
The claim-jumpers tried to rough-up a lad not old enough to shave. Zach stopped them and gave a warning to leave him and the miner alone.
The claim-jumpers tried to gang-up on a miner in town. He warned them again.
The claim-jumpers mauled a miner guarding Zach’s gear and stole his mule.
Zach found the two claim-jumpers leading his mule. He sent their body’s home with a note, “Horse and Mule thieves die when caught.”
Zach told the miners, “I warned them twice. I don’t give a third warning.”

It’s a turnaround for the taciturn and solitary Zach.
Can he convince the miners to consolidate to protect their gold claims?
What will the claim-jumpers do when they learn Zach stands in their way?
Will the miners follow Zach’s lead?
In the midst of this, will Zach find his gold?


Juan's Revenge: A Classic Western Adventure Novel (The Jeb & Zach Western Series Book 3)Juan's Revenge: A Classic Western Adventure Novel (The Jeb & Zach Western Series Book 3) $0.99

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When a bandit took his niece captive, Jeb took her back!

If there’s one thing Jeb Benjamin believes in, it’s family. Now a happily married man with a baby on the way, Jeb settles into Eagle Pass, TX as the County Sheriff. His niece, Becky, is safe, her ranch is in good hands, and Sergeant O’Rourke is the Town Marshal. Life is good.

Across the Rio border, the dead bandit’s brother, Juan, wants revenge!

Juan Cortiña is known as the “Bandit King.” A general in the Mexican army, he commands twenty-five-hundred irregulars. With Jeb’s partner, Zach, in Colorado, Juan plays a waiting game, but the dominos he set-up are tumbling.

Will Juan make Becky, the golden-haired gringa, pay for his brother’s death?

Those gringos don’t stand a chance in Hell.

Two thousand-to-one aren’t good odds, but Jeb’s faced impossible odds before, and he’s handy with a stick of dynamite, but do his skills stand a chance against Cortiña’s army?

Juan’s Revenge is the 3rd dramatic story in the Jeb & Zach series of gritty westerns.

If you like westerns with a heaping side of historical fact and some serious cowboy attitude, you can’t get better’n Juan’s Revenge. Buy your copy now and buckle up!