“The reissue of Morgan Bluestone, Tom Claffey’s ninth novel, is an easy read. It follows Morgan, a native of Kewa Pueblo, as she attends school at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, then strikes out on her own as a veterinarian near Shiprock, New Mexico. It also tells the story of Morgan’s spiritual connection to a herd of bison she helps transfer to the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Although passionate about her chosen career, the young veterinarian faces real obstacles when it comes to balancing the traditions of her Navajo grandmother and the modern demands of her job. Claffey does not overlook the element of romance in the story. Love stories and career challenges aside, the heart of the novel comes when Morgan stays true to her Native roots and returns to the reservation to serve her people.” — Alysa Landy — Navajo Technical University, Navajo Times, Indian Country Media Network
Gordon Meese believes all mistakes should be corrected, none more egregious than the location of the border between New Mexico and Texas. His meticulous research, coupled with his relentless insistence that the 103 rd meridian is the accurate boundary line, lands him in the middle of the desert… and in some embarrassing hot water. He’s too feisty and stubborn to take the hint, however, even when the FAA threatens to rescind his pilot’s license.
Only when Alysa Cody, a beautiful young woman new to town, reminds Gordon of the life — and the love — he squandered years earlier, does he wonder if giving up the fight might be a better choice after all. But then again…
When Ty Daggett, a local rancher, comes courting Alysa, complications from both their past lives threaten any happiness they might find with each other. Ultimately Ty must decide if he is willing to risk losing his heart again.
“A gem of a story! Claffey’s characters, even the quirky ones, are people you’d like to invite over for coffee. Inspired by a twist of Southwestern history, the novel spotlights small town life, an unusual quest of justice, and unexpected love. Bravo.” — Anne Hillerman
“The tale evinces a bluesy-comic undertone that doesn’t belabor itself with excess folksiness or contrived whimsy. A pleasant weekend-getaway read with a quixotic hero and a casual Southwestern flavor.” — Kirkus Reviews
Morgan Bluestone, a Navajo veterinarian in Shiprock, New Mexico, bridges two cultures in her life and in her practice a veterinary medicine: her Navajo (Diné) culture and the non-Indian culture; the ancient customs of the Diné and the canons of contemporary animal medicine. This is a story about Morgan’s spiritual connection to the buffalo (and, by proxy, her culture) and the love story of Morgan and George Begay, a widowed single father.
“In Morgan Bluestone Tom Claffey proves once again that he has a deft touch with character, plot and place. Morgan Bluestone is a young Navajo woman who feels a spiritual connection to animals and wants to spend her life working with them. Readers will be rooting for her as she goes off to school and pursues her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Tom Claffey has done his research. The scenes where Morgan works with animals are vividly evoked and full of fascinating details. Morgan Bluestone in a compelling read and a treat for animal lovers.” — Judith Van Gieson, author of Hotshots
Bloomfield to Baghdad is the story of Jesse Harper’s passage from boyhood to manhood; from learning to drive Mule Rider’s 18-wheeler back home in New Mexico to becoming a U.S. Army trucker, under fire, in Iraq. Women truckers, Hoot ’N’ Holler, play supporting roles stateside, as does a black and white border collie named Sergeant Sloan. In Iraq, Jesse’s companion trucker is Kelsey Brannigan, a no-nonsense female Army gear jammer from Seattle.
“In his signature style, Tom Claffey tells another engaging tale of America’s unsung heroes — lady truckers, young soldiers and hard-working ranchers — all intersecting in this timely and often touching novel.” — Candelora Versace, founding editor, Southwest BookViews.
“Every industry, profession or trade has its icons, its legends. Right up there, near the top of trucking legends, is C.W. McCall. Searching for C.W. McCall reads like a trucker’s canon: do what you love, stand by your friends, and honor the rules of the road. Santiago Lopez and his faithful dog, Sloan, depart the family ranch in Pecos, New Mexico, in an old F-150 pickup to search for Santiago’s hero of more than thirty years, C.W. McCall. They soon find themselves welcomed by a convoy of 18-wheelers traversing the roads and highways of southern Colorado. The characters in the story are people you would like to know. Some, most notably Sally Tremaine and Dixie O’Donnell, whose handle is “Hoot ’N’ Holler,” appeared in Tom Claffey’s previous novel, Hoot ’N’ Holler, which won the Truck Writers of North America 2009 Bronze Communication Award for book of fiction. — ABQ Press
“Get ready for high-speed fun and adventure — and to top it off, Tom Claffey’s novel Hoot ‘N’ Holler is loaded with heart!” — Sarah Lovett, author of Dangerous Attachments and Dark Alchemy.
HOOT ‘N’ HOLLER was the winner of the Bronze Award for a book of fiction, at the Truck Writers of North America 2009 Communication Awards.
“8-Ball, Corner Pocket is a gentle story of friendship and transition, peppered with jokes, losses and memorable characters. Tom Claffey has done a fine job of putting a cordial face on the inevitability of aging.” — Anne Hillerman, Journalist and Author.
“Claffey has done a masterful job of recounting his juror’s view and his perspective of the criminal justice system in operation.” — Arnold O. Ginnow, Former editor-in-chief, West Publishing Company.
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