Another Chance - Book One

Cast of Characters

This is a list of the new characters mentioned in Another Chance: Book One. The list does not include those that visit from other stories, so it is incomplete, but you can reference this list when trying to figure out who is who. As the author, I feel a need to look at my list so I remember who belongs where, and I know some readers have commented on wanting a list. You are welcome to print this for your own personal use. Some details may not be filled in at this time, but as they are discovered, they will be added.

Jon Bolt

DoB: 24 April 1972

DoD: January 2013

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Blue

Orientation: Straight

Jon was the husband of Heather Bolt and father of Jim Bolt. He was killed in an accident on an icy January morning.

Jon was first mentioned in Chapter One.

 

 

Heather Bolt-Archer, formerly Heather Bolt

DoB: 27 July 1972

Hair: Brunette

Eyes: Hazel

Orientation: Straight

Jim's mother, she was a widow, her first husband was killed by a drunk driver. After trying to run the ranch, she ended up selling it piece by piece, and finally moving with Jim to Cody, WY. She worked as a paralegal in a law firm until they had her take the Bar Exam and become a lawyer.

She married Sheriff Nick Archer on 15 August 2015. Nick had suggested that she keep the Bolt last name but hyphenate it to honor her deceased husband and her sons.

Heather was introduced in Chapter One.

Jim Bolt

DoB: 11 May 1998

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Orientation: Gay, though he did consider himself bi- until he met Zac.

Jim is the main character. When the story began, he was fifteen and extremely depressed. His dad had died and his mom sold off the ranch a little at a time until she had no choice but to sell the last plot. Jim had to sell his horse and put his beloved dog down. At the end of the school year, he was yanked from his friends. Eventually, he falls in love with Zac Schoen, has his horse back and loves two dogs. He is working at the ranch where his horse is kept.

Jim was introduced in Chapter One.

Jim and Gold 

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Gold

Breed: American Quarter Horse

Color: Palomino

Gender: Stallion

Horse Jim owned in Montana. As they sold the ranch, Jim had to sell his horse. When he went to Another Chance with Zac, he was reunited with his beloved Stallion. Until Jim got injured, Gold only let Jim on his back.

Name was introduced in Chapter One.

Shadow

DoB: 26 February 2002

DoD: 26 May 2013

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Eyes: Black

Gender: Female

Jim's beloved dog that he had to put down before they moved. This story is dedicated to my Shadow who I had to put down. I started writing this story on the one-year anniversary of her death as my way of coping with it.

Name was first mentioned in Chapter One.

My Shadow

My Shadow

 Dusty

Dusty Little Bear

DoB: 4 September 1997

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Orientation: Straight

Jim's best friend. When Jim was at his worst, Dusty was the one who refused to give up on him and helped him cope with his loss. Dusty has proven to be a friend from the moment Jim met him. He and Jim take martial art class together.

Dusty was introduced in Chapter One.

Principal Duncan

Orientation: Straight

Principal of Cody High School

Principal Duncan was introduced in Chapter One.

 

 

Cheyenne Haiwe

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Dusty's girlfriend. She also shares classes with Jim. A few weeks before Christmas, she was beat up and sexually assaulted. Dusty has always shown her love but at that time it shown more than ever.

Cheyenne was introduced in Chapter One.

Dr. Bear

Orientation: Straight

He is Dusty's father and a psychiatrist. He is the counselor that Jim opted to see.

Dr. Bear was introduced in Chapter One.

 

 Zac Bolt

Zac Bolt, formerly Zac Schoen

DoB: 16 August 1997

Hair: Jet Black

Eyes: Hazel

 Orientation: Gay

Zac starts out living across the street from Jim. They live at the end of a cul-de-sac and their properties actually touch. His mom "conned" him into meeting Heather and Jim. Jim felt an immediate attraction for Zac but hesitated on acting. Zac felt the same way. It wasn't until Jim let Zac know that he was bi before either made a move. They become boyfriends and will eventually marry, which is when Zac takes Jim's last name.

Name was introduced in Chapter One.

Marilyn Abrams, formerly Marilyn Schoen

DoB: 29 October 1973

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Marilyn is Zac's mom. Jim kind of adopted her as a second mom. Zac did the same with Heather. Marilyn is a realtor.

 

She will meet Vince "Vinnie" Abrams and fall in love. When he proposes, she says that she needs to check with Zac first. Unknown to her, Vinnie did ask Zac for permission. They get married in September of 2014.

Name was introduced in Chapter One.

 

Jackson 

Jackson Sprayberry

DoB: 7 July 1991

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Green

Orientation: Gay

Ranch owner. He hired Jim on the spot when he saw his new stallion go right up to the boy; he learned that this stallion used to be owned by Jim and that Jim was the only one who could ride him.

Jackson has a boyfriend named Ryan. They fell in love with each other while volunteering at a horse rescue. After Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage, they were wed.

Unaware to Jackson, he was a twin. His twin was put up for adoption as his parents could barely afford to raise one child. When he finally met his twin, he became an instant loving brother. The twins were born opposite sides of Midnight so they don't share the same birthdays; while Jackson was born 7 July 1991, Jacob was born on the 8th.

Name was introduced in Chapter Two.

Josh

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Josh was second in charge at the ranch before Jackson had the Rescue built. Now Josh manages the Rescue and helps Zac when Jackson takes off.

Name was first mentioned in Chapter Two.

 

 

Jake Shadetree

DoB: 18 September 1993

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Orientation: Straight

Jake is the owner of the Tack shop where Jackson does business. Jake is a Shoshoni Indian. He is twenty and can guess your clothing size from looking at you.

Jake was introduced in Chapter Two.

Ryan Sprayberry, formerly Ryan Grayson

DoB: 1986

Hair:

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Orientation:

Boyfriend to Jackson, until The Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage, they were wed and Ryan took Jackson's last name.

Ryan is five years older than Jackson.

Name was introduced in Chapter Two.

Ryan 

 

Michael

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Michael is one of Jim's classmates. He becomes a friend and helps Jim out. Cheyenne likes to call him Mike, but he doesn't like that. He prefers Michael. He has a problem with going into a store and not buying something.

Name was introduced in Chapter Two.

Colby and Kunoichi

Breed: Labrador Retrievers

Color: Colby – Yellow Kunoichi – Black

Gender: Colby – Male Kunoichi – Female

Colby

Jim named Colby after the cheese. He likes pulling on shoe laces and has become drawn to Joe.

Kunoichi

Kunoichi means "female ninja." She resembles Shadow a lot and made Jim feel like Shadow was saying, "be happy."

Colby and Kunoichi were introduced in Chapter Three.

Colby and Kunoichi 

 

Coach Jenkins

Orientation: Straight

Football coach and PE Instructor.

Name was introduced in Chapter Three.

Shawn

Orientation: Straight

Shawn is a classmate of Jim

Shawn was introduced in Chapter Three.

 

 

Dylan Jenkins

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Gay

Dylan is the son of Coach Jenkins and classmate to Jim. He is also the quarterback for school's football team.

 

Dylan was introduced in Chapter Three.

Matt McCrery

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Matt is one of Zac's classmates. He was friends with Zac when Zac's father left. He became almost like a brother and thinks of Zac as his best friend. After Zac's mom, he was the first person to whom Zac came out.

While he has money, he has proven many times that that he wants to use that money to help his friends. Matt will be starting school to become a veterinarian and buying the local vet's business. Matt doesn't want to charge for services, since he doesn't need the money, but is willing to pay the vet a salary to work for him, and assist him once he gets his degree.

Matt was introduced in Chapter Four.

 

 

Gina McCrery, formerly Gina

DoB:

Hair:

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Not much to be really said about Gina. She eventually marries Matt and she loves horses. Matt grew to like horseback riding just because she did. She and Matt have a child in Book 3.

Name was introduced in Chapter Four.

Silver

Breed: American Quarter Horse

Color: White

Gender: Stallion

Silver's original owner was a Lone Ranger fan but he was killed serving our country. Jackson bought the horse and sold it to Zac. Zac feels honored and rides Silver to memorialize the fallen soldier.

Silver was introduced in Chapter Four.

See Image with Zac

 

Cade Joshua "CJ" Brubaker

Orientation: Gay

CJ is the owner of the Second Chance Ranch where Jackson volunteered before buying Another Chance.

CJ was introduced in Chapter Five.

Dalton Reese

Orientation: Gay

Dalton is CJ's partner.

Dalton was introduced in Chapter Five.

 

 

Zack Reese

Orientation: Gay

Zack is Dalton's younger brother

Zack was introduced in Chapter Five.

Brandon

Orientation: Straight

Brandon was merely mentioned in passing.

Brandon was mentioned in Chapter Five.

 

 

"Yoda"

Yoda is a nickname given to CJ and Dalton's son.

Yoda was introduced in Chapter Five.

Dusty

Orientation: Gay

Dusty is Zack's (From Second Chance) boyfriend.

Dusty was introduced in Chapter Five.

 

 

Jerome

Orientation: Straight

Jerome was one of the boys who attacked Cheyenne.

Jerome was introduced in Chapter Five.

Lucas

Lucas is Josh's nine-year-old son

Name was introduced in Chapter Six.

 

 

Vince "Vinnie" Abrams

DoB: 6 December 1972

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Vince is former retired military and head of Security for the ranch. While in the military, Vince didn't want to marry. Upon meeting Marilyn Schoen, he falls in love immediately and they eventually married. He will adopt Zac, son of Marilyn from her first marriage.

Vince was introduced in Chapter Six.

Joseph Charles "Joe" Archer Bolt, formerly Joe Bolt, formerly Joe Walker

DoB: 13 March 1998

Hair: Sandy

Eyes: Green

Orientation: Gay

Joe is an adopted brother of Jim. His dad kicked him out of the house when he found out Joe was gay. Jim instantly took a liking to him and has treated him like a brother from day one. Joe has the utmost respect for Jim and feels like Jim is his protector. He was born with a disability. One leg was two inches short than the other. Upon noticing this, Jim had special boots made for Joe's Christmas present.

Joe dated and planned to marry Cornelius "Buster" Jones. Though Joe never met Jon during his life, Joe feels as though Jon adopted him. When Nick married Heather, he adopted Joe, but Joe wanted to keep the Bolt last name out of respect to Jon, so he hyphenated it like Heather.

Joe was introduced in Chapter Six.

Joe 

 

Mr. Cobblestone

Mr. Cobblestone owns the Shoe Repair Shop

Mr. Cobblestone was introduced in Chapter Six.

Conner

Conner owns the Gun Shop

Conner was introduced in Chapter Seven.

 

 

Caesar

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Palomino

Gender: Stud

Caesar is Jackson's first stud horse, he's a palomino but his coat is dull compared to Gold's.

Caesar was introduced in Chapter Seven.

Bootsie

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Brown with a single white boot

Gender: Mare

Bootsie reminds Heather of the first horse she and Jon bought together.

Bootsie was introduced in Chapter Seven.

 

 

Llewellyn Jones

DoB:

Hair: Jet Black

Eyes: Blue

Orientation: Straight

Llewellyn "Lee" Jones is Cornelius "Buster" Jones' dad. He was in county lock-up with Mr. Walker and smacked him for beating on Joe. Heather's law firm was able to get him a reduced sentence and he was eventually released for good behavior and over-crowding.

Lee was introduced in Chapter Seven.

Mr. Walker

Orientation: Straight

Mr. Walker is Joe's biological father who beat him for being gay.

Mr. Walker was introduced in Chapter Seven.

 

 

Mr. Blair

Mr. Blair was Jim and Joe's Sophomore Homeroom and Health teacher.

Mr. Blair was introduced in Chapter Eight.

Alejandro

Hair: Black

Eyes: Black

Orientation: Straight

Alejandro was the bully who attacked Cheyenne and started fire at ranch

Alejandro was introduced in Chapter Eight.

 

 

Cornelius "Buster" Jones

DoB:

Hair: Jet Black

Eyes: Blue

Orientation:

Cornelius "Buster" Jones is Llewellyn's son. He fell in love with Joe from the moment he saw him. This gave him the courage to do what he knew was right and tell about the attack on Cheyenne. He started slipping love notes into Joe's locker and revealed himself to Joe on Valentine's Day. He gave Joe a humongous teddy bear.

Name was introduced in Chapter Eight.

Uncle Darry

This is Dusty's uncle from his mom's side of the family. Uncle Darry lives in California but visits his favorite nephew often. He does genealogy for a living and apparently makes good money at it.

Uncle Darry was introduced in Chapter Eight.

 

 

Ashley Jones

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Ashley Jones is Buster's mom.

Ashley was introduced in Chapter Nine.

Colton "Colt" Ulysses Browning

DoB:

Hair:

Eyes:

Orientation: Straight

Colton "Colt" Ulysses Browning was verbally, emotionally and mentally abused by his mother. He went into the foster care system and stayed with Zarek Bolt until going to court. After the judge relinquished Mrs. Browning's parental rights, Jackson filed for adoption of Colt.

Colt was introduced in Chapter Nine.

 

 

Mrs. Browning

Orientation: Straight

Mrs. Browning was the mother who verbally, emotionally and mentally abused and degraded Colt.

Mrs. Browning was introduced in Chapter Ten.

Nick

Hair: Blonde

Eyes: Brown

Nick is a teen working in his father's Music Store

Name was introduced in Chapter Ten.

 

 

Sunshine

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Palomino

Gender: Colt

Sunshine is a colt sired by Gold. He was born on Jim's 16th birthday and given to Joe. Joe named him Sunshine because he has such a brilliant coat and because he helped lift Jim's spirits when he was born.

Sunshine was introduced in Chapter Eleven.

Nicholas "Nick" Bartholomew Archer

DoB:

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Orientation: Straight

Was the Undersheriff, but when the Sheriff resigned, he was elected as Sheriff. Nick is a widower with a son named Chris. While assigned to protect Joe and Jim, he fell in love with Heather, and they eventually married.

Name was introduced in Chapter Eleven.

 

 

Deputy Wallace

Orientation: Gay

Deputy Wallace is a Deputy Sheriff partnered with Archer. In a future book, you discover that he did things with Nick Archer's son.

Name was introduced in Chapter Eleven.

Zarek "Zarek Dragon" Bolt

DoB: April 1995

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Orientation: Bisexual, leaning towards Gay

 Zarek Bolt is a second cousin to Jim. He works as a writer and a computer consultant. He was foster father to Colt until the court approved Jackson adopting him.

Zarek was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

 

 

Jeff Sprayberry

DoB:

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Jeff is Jackson's brother. He just graduated from high school and moved to Cody to go to school and be closer to his brother. Jeff started dating Zarek Bolt but decided to just be friends. He ends up pursuing a new ranch hand, Caleb.

Jeff was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

Tonya

Orientation: Straight

Tonya was Zarek's girlfriend when he was attending high school in Laramie, WY.

Tonya was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

 

 

Noah "Tuck or Tucker"Tucker – Zarek's ex-boyfriend in Laramie

Orientation: Gay

Tuck was Zarek's boyfriend when he was attending high school in Laramie, WY.

Update: in Still Another Chance, Zarek and Noah get married.

Tuck was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

Jason and Charlotte Bolt

Orientation: Straight

Jason is Zarek's father and cousin to Jim's dad. Charlotte is Jason's wife and Zarek's mother. They eventually bought the ranch that Jim's family had owned.

Jason and Charlotte were introduced in Chapter Twelve.

 

Midnight 

Midnight

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Black

Gender: Stallion

Midnight is Zarek Bolt's horse.

Midnight was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams is a CPS Case Worker. You will see her again in Still Another Chance.

Name was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

 

 

Mrs. Walker

Orientation: Straight

Description

Mrs. Walker was mentioned in Chapter Six, but introduced in Chapter Twelve.

Judge Dillon

Judge Dillon was the judge who resided over Joe's adoption issue where Mrs. Walker tried to take him back.

Judge Dillon was introduced in Chapter Twelve.

 

 

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