The Free Short Stories

The Once Upon a Western collection features retellings of favorite fairy tales transported to Wild West settings.

Each of these short stories is a follow-up to one of the Once Upon a Western books and provides a chance to see what happens next to various characters.

"Run, Run"
The Gingerbread Man... reimagined.

Levi Dalton, his siblings, and his cousins all want to give a nice Christmas present to the uncle who is raising all seven of them.  But their plans go awry when someone runs off with their basket of gingerbread!  A wild chase through a small town leads to disaster, but an old friend suggests a plan that just might save the day in this short-story sequel to One Bad Apple by Rachel Kovaciny.

Three Billy Goats Gruff... reimagined.

Deputy Christopher Small is running out of time. He doesn't want to disappoint his little brothers by neglecting to play the annual autumn prank they're anticipating, but he needs to get himself all slicked up for dinner. Why? His parents have invited Miss Mary Rose O'Brien, the girl he's sweet on. Will he have time to do both? 

Find out in this new short story that follows both the book Cloaked and the short story "Blizzard at Three Bears Lake," all part of Rachel Kovaciny's Once Upon a Western series of fairy tale retellings.

"Blizzard at Three Bears Lake"
Goldilocks and the Three Bears... reimagined.

Adventurous, imaginative Mary Rose simply wants to explore a little more of the Wyoming mountains around her grandmother's ranch. She knows that once winter arrives, she'll be stuck at the ranch for months and months. She seizes her chance for one last autumn outing and heads for a beautiful lake her new friends have told her about. But a blizzard descends while she's out riding alone, trapping her in a cabin inhabited by three fierce and furry strangers. 

Whether you got to know Mary Rose in her Little Red Riding Hood adventure, Cloaked, or are meeting her for the first time, you'll find plenty of excitement in her company!

"No Match for a Good Story"
Can storytelling save lives?

Emma the warm-hearted midwife transforms into a prairie Scheherazade, using storytelling to fight death while delivering her step-daughter's baby.

Whether you're rejoining your favorite characters from "The Man on the Buckskin Horse" or meeting them for the first time, this story of a blizzard birth on the Nebraska frontier will warm your heart any time of year.