Saturday, September 2, 2017

WeWriWa: Romance with a Past . . .

I had a wonderful time this past week being part of writer pal Rosanne Bittner's Pre-release Facebook event that included two other western historical authors. I started out writing historicals as Dana Ransom before moving into contemporary and paranormal, and have managed to get the rights back to a large number of them with a plan to begin rereleasing a five book western series next year. This was just the push I needed.


In preparing the posts for my half-hour FB slot, I culled excerpts from the first book of my Bass Family Texas Saga, TEMPTATION'S TRAIL and thought I'd share one with you for my 8-10 line offering. I truly had forgotten how much I loved this book and am raring to get back into getting it ready to format, along with the other four titles . . . and to finishing the rest of a sixth book I'd started writing for the series some 20 years ago. So hunker down, sit a spell and kick back this slice of the West (Texas, that is!) 

"He's dead," she whispered, the words trembling from her lips. 

A disinterested glance canting down toward the sprawled figure, the slight, insignificant fellow affirmed, "Yes, ma'am, he most certainly is, so I don't guess he'll mind me borrowing his chair." 

Using a dusty toe to nudge the shiny boot from its resting place upon the seat, the soft-spoken cowboy drew the chair around and sat facing a stunned Amanda as her mind reeled in shock. At the next table, the men went back to their cards and drinks, the shootist setting his yet-smoking pistol next to his pile of tattered chips while noisy talk and laughter resuming throughout the room, no one the least bit bothered by the crumpled form on the floor or by the identity of the corpse. No one seemed to care that a life had been taken cruelly, even callously, or that the deadly deed brought all her hopes to ruin. 

"Isn't someone going to do something?" she demanded in a strained sort of panic. 

"Out here, we pretty much mind our own business and aren't too interested in them who don't mind theirs." 

The enormity of it made her stutter stupidly, "T-that man just k-killed Harmon Bass, the legend." 

Attention turning back to the corpse, the cowboy drawled, "Now, I don't rightly know who that fellow is, but I know who he's not. If you be Miss Duncan then you'd be looking for me."


In honor of those brave, indomitable folk who've been in our thoughts and prayers this week, I'll be continuing with Texas snippets this month while waiting to get my PRINCE OF FOOLS edits back.

Hope you're enjoying the Holiday Weekend. Here's what I have planned . . .



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23 comments:

  1. In her situation, I'd panic at the casualness of it all, too. Intriguing!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I just love it when cultures collide!

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  2. I gather she thought the dead man was important to her future, but it's the cowboy, instead. Interesting turn of events!

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    1. She's yet to be convinced it's a good thing!

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  3. Intriguing! I guess life was cheap in the wild west? Interested to know more.

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    1. Not worth the price to bury them in most cases. So much for the romance of the West!

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  4. Quite a welcome she's received! Enjoyed the snippet, quite a change of pace.

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    1. A refreshing change. My first true love.

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  5. I like this so much. Good writing, Nancy.

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    1. Thank you, Charmine! I'm thrilled it past the test of time.

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  6. Intriguing. I wonder if that's going to make things better for her, or worse.

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    1. Ultimately better but she's not convinced!

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  7. So now she has to deal with a man she considers a heartless murderer. Great twist!

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    1. Oh, our hero didn't kill the unfortunate fellow. He just wasn't inclined to make it his business.

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  8. Life was cheap back then. I'd be freaked out. Guess I don't belong in that era. This is such a departure from your vamps and shifters. So glad you got the rights back and can rerelease them.

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    1. Me either! Waaaaaay too dirty! I'd forgotten how much I enjoy the rhythm of these books. Yes, very different.

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  9. What a great snippet! Drew me right in with the way you set the scene. I'm curious to know what happens next.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! So is she, with so much at stake.

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  10. I love historicals too. Glad you have the opportunity to revive these.

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  11. I absolutely love historical westerns, and this one really has me hooked! The last line is a real showstopper!

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  12. The last line really caught my attention. Your set the scene wonderfully.

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  13. Ooh, nice ending. There's one good way that the unnamed man could know that the corpse wasn't who he claimed--and know her name--he's Harmon! That still leaves a lot of intriguing questions...

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  14. Nice! I never saw that twist coming!

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