Sunday, March 20, 2016

excerpt from Bound for the Hills

The seventh Arizona historical romance is out and on sale for the next week. The link is alongside. Here's an excerpt:

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    Boots on the porch had both them looking toward the door when Vince came through. “You don’t obey orders worth a damn,” he said as he kicked off his boots and walked to the table.

    “When they make sense maybe… sometimes.” Cole smiled and shook his brother’s hand. “You quit work early.”
    “Had some mail.” He set a pile of letters on the counter. “Saw this in town too.” He handed Cole a paperback book. “Thought while you were laid up, you might like to read the new one.”
    Cole looked down at the cover of the book where a man stood, legs spread wide with a gun pointed at the reader. “What the hell is this?”
    “The latest edition of the Taggert family outlaws.” Vince laughed.
    “Taggerts?” He stared at the title—The Last Taggert Faces His Fate with Guns Blazing.
    “Haven’t you seen them before?”
    “You are joking? You have this made up to be funny?” Disgusted, he threw it down on the table.
    Vince poured himself some coffee as Holly rose to get the now protesting Josh. “Not at all. There are more of them out there. I figured you had to have seen them.”
    “Who is this Will Tremaine?”
    “No idea.”
    “You don’t think Pa would be writing these?” It would be just like the old man.
    “He claims not when I showed him the last one. I think this is the seventeenth.”
    “My God, why?”
    “They sell. That’s the reason things ends up in stores.”
    “How come our name?  Just a coincidence?” This would not be good for his working for law officers or had it been better than he imagined. He wondered if Trask had seen it.
    “You tell me. Family came out of Kansas with guns blazing.” Obviously, Vince found it amusing. Cole didn’t see it likewise. He’d worked to live down that name, and here was this jasper making it infamous. He’d like to find Will Tremaine and poke him in the nose.
    “It’d just make it into a book,” Vince said sitting across from him with his coffee. He chuckled.
    Cole skimmed through the book. It started off with gunplay and looked as though it didn’t let up. This Taggert could take down seven men in a shootout and not even consider it an unusual day. He’d have laughed if it hadn’t been carrying his name. He wondered if someone like that could be sued to get them to stop. “How long have these been out?”
    “I didn’t see the first ones. They come out and disappear as fast as they are on the shelves. I’d guess some years since there are seventeen of them.”
    “This Tremaine fellow write about more than us? That is not us but using our name?”
    “A lot more. He’s pretty famous. People wait for the next one. From what Del said at the store, these go the fastest, but I saw one about a marshal, someone called the Dancing Outlaw, not sure of the name, then the Frisco Kid. That fellow came from San Francisco and…”
    Cole interrupted him. “You read them?”
    “Just the Taggert ones. They’re kind of fun. I like the invincible part especially.” He grinned as he saw Cole’s irritation. “You’re taking this too seriously, brother. Relax. They can’t arrest us for what happens in a dime novel.”
    “You sure?”

Available at Amazon on sale until April 1: http://www.amazon.com/Bound-For-The-Hills-Historicals-ebook/dp/B01D7L0IL4
All other sites: https://www.draft2digital.com/book/157077
Paperback when CreateSpace gets it ready later this week
 

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