Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sweet Saturday Samples - April 27, 2013

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This week, to celebrate the re-publication of the print version of The Man from Shenandoah under my own label, I'm posting a snippet from that book. Carl Owen has just returned from the Civil War. Here he comes across his younger brother, James, after not seeing him for a long spell:
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Carl took the horses to the pen and stripped off the saddles. Hearing a faint scraping sound behind him, he crouched in the brush. A short ways off he saw a young man seated on the bank of the creek, stropping a razor. At his side he had a basin of water and a pistol. After a while he laid the strop down and began to remove the curly black beard from his lanky face.

“James!” Carl called out. He rushed from the bushes and ran to the creek. The younger man threw down the razor and grabbed the pistol, then dropped it and gave a rebel yell.

Meeting on the bank like two young bulls, the brothers crashed together in a welter of arms and heads, wrestling each other to the ground.

Laughing, Carl declared, “You’re just the feller I want to see. And you got you a razor, besides.” He rubbed his red stubble while James punched him fondly in the side. “You be through shaving when I’m finished with the horses, you hear?”

“Carl, you coon-faced old lard bucket, we thought you got took prisoner or something. Pa was ready to go to Washington City to see what become of you.”

“You’re joshing me!”

“No sir, not me. He and Ma were sure worried some. I never seen them so worked up about a body. I reckon [event removed so as not to spoil a plot point in the current WIP] took some of the sand out of both of them.”

“You old liar, you. Pa never had more sand than now. He’s ripping us out of this valley, lock, stock, and barrel, and taking us to Colorado. Says we’re going to raise beef cattle for the miners.”

“He’s what?”

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14 comments:

  1. I'm glad James recognized his brother before he shot him! I love they way their teasing banter, even though they haven't seen each other for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Patty, for leaving a comment! I'm putting a bunch more male banter in my new WIP. It's fun using all the brother stuff from my childhood, plus what I've observed over the years.

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  2. Great reunion between brothers! Love it! I'm intrigued by the story for sure.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I hope you're able to get a copy, electronic or print, so you can enjoy the whole story.

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  3. Great excerpt. Love the affection, guy-style between the brothers. And why are they moving? Great story!

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    1. Hi Jean. Thanks for your comment!

      Why are they moving? Heh-heh, buy the book and find out!

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  4. Great excerpt! I loved this book and am looking forward to reading more in the series this summer!

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    1. Jenna, thank you! I appreciate your support, and love that you loved THE MAN FROM SHENANDOAH.

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  5. I love it when characters fall into old habits just like people even when parted for a while. :)

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    1. Absolutely, Rachel! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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  6. Looking forward to reading more Marsha. I already like both brothers. It probably time for a new author interview and book focus with you on Writers Mirror. Are you interested and willing?

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I'd love to be interviewed by you for Writers Mirror. Shoot me some questions and we'll do it.

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  7. Great excerpt. Enjoyed it very much.

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    1. Thank you for your visit, Charlene, and for leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

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