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the fifth season

a story of money and fame, love and betrayal, a journey with an unexpected discovery and an incident that forever changes lives.

Hollywood the Hard Way, a Cowboy's Journey

A fifteen-hundred mile horseback ride to win a bet, prove a point, to honor tradition? Sounds like a tale straight out of the 1900s Wild West; one man, one horse, a grueling ride across the Llano Estacado, the Rockies and the Arizona and California deserts, some of the most daunting terrain in our country.

The bet is between Jimmy Wakely, Hollywood singing cowboy, and Rolla Goodnight, Oklahoma cattle rancher and cousin of legendary Charles Goodnight, co-founder of the Goodnight Loving Trail. Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton provides the Osage Indian pony and one of his Colt .45s. And the man they're betting on is twenty-year-old Jerry Van Meter, Rolla's grandson.

To win the bet, Van Meter must ride from Guthrie, Oklahoma to Hollywood, California, carrying only what he can carry on his horse.

He sets out on May 4, 1946, bound for Hollywood--the hard way. Unfolding against the backdrop of a changing postwar America, this amazing true tale of adventure takes you back to a different time on a journey you won't soon forget.

A poignant look into a pivotal period in our country's history, Hollywood the Hard Way is a story about courage and integrity and not giving up.

Coach Tommy Thompson & the Boys of Sequoyah

When eleven-year old Tommy Thompson arrives at a government-run Indian boarding school in 1915, it seems a last resort for the youngster. Instead, it becomes the first step toward a life dedicated to helping others. Thompson goes on to become a star athlete and football coach--a Cherokee legend whose story is remembered by many and now is finally told for a wider audience.

Decades after earning gridiron fame at Northeastern State College, in 1947 Tommy Thompson returns to Sequoyah Vocational School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, as Boys Coach and Advisor. More than a thousand boys attend the boarding school during the eleven years he is coach there--boys who like Thompson earlier, had nowhere else to go. Through football, Thompson teaches his boys the skills and values they need to succeed in life, and twice leads his team to the state finals. Through football, the boys learn "how to win, how to lose, how to be a man." To his boys, Thompson is Ah-sky-uh, "the man," a Cherokee term of respect.

Half a century after his death, this book helps secure Tommy Thompson's place in history as it opens a new window on the government-run Indian boarding school experience.

The Indian's Daughter

KC Garrett, an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, is the daughtyer of Sam Blackhawk, full blood American Indian who is about to become head of the BIA, Bureau of Inidian Affairs. KC witnesses the Secretary of Interior--and leading presidential candidate--Valerie Beckman, nominate Sam. It is a glorious moment that caps his four-decade BIA career.

But forty-eight hours later, Sam Blackhawk's car is fished out of the Potomac River. The DC Park Police are calling it a storm-related accident, but KC is certain it was murder. She turns for help to her former fiancé, FBI Special Agent Tony Demarco. Their efforts to find her father’s killer catapult KC and Tony into a vortex of politics and intrigue that reaches into the highest echelons of government.

The chase is on, from DC to Florida, to Bermuda, France, to the Lake Ponsiteau Reservation in the Idaho Panhandle, and finally to Montreal. The closer they get to the truth, the more people die, and KC finds herself in the killer's crosshairs.

the fifth season

The Fifth Season, as precious as it is elusive, is that time when tomorrow no longer holds our hopes and dreams, when today, this moment, this place fills us with a sense of awe and well being. The discovery may end a lifetime of searching or come as a happy surprise. The beauty of the fifth season is in the awareness that we have found it.

Wildly successful contractor of exclusive homes, Shelby Stamford has it all, her beautiful home on an equestrian estate, and marriage to a powerful real estate developer. While Bobby Stamford is perfectly content with their high-stakes life just the way it is, Shelby wants something more than Rodeo Drive shops and the Rolls Royce traffic--she wants a family. Bobby's head, heart and soul have been into an upscale shopping center project, Covington Square, for five long years. He is surprised when Shelby springs a trip on him, a month-long sabbatical away from the stress of the Covington project and their circle of affluent friends and family. But perhaps it is Shelby who will be in for a surprise. In the midst of Montana's spectacular beauty, she hears about the fifth season from a most unlikely source, a book-loving cowboy.

The Fifth Season takes you on that journey.