A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Borrowed and Broken

Borrowed and Broken

Blake looked around nervously before turning back to his brother. “Um, you know what to do, right?”

Pete nodded his head as he studied the manual. “Sort of. I haven’t broken it further, I think.”

“You think?” Blake’s eyes widened. “Dad’ll shit if he doesn’t have a radio. Why’d you mess with it?”

“I’m working on it. It’s not easy.”

“But you took shop!”

“And I’ll build you a bird house or make a storm drain. Car radios weren’t covered.”

Blake turned white as a car pulled into the driveway. “Uh, Pete…”

“What?”

“Mom and Dad are home.”

“Ah, hell…”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Bitter Edge

Bitter Edge

“Not that I’m complaining, mind you, but why do we have to dig the hole?” Michael wiped a bead of sweat from his forehead as he paused.

Vinny shook his head and tried not to laugh at his friend. “Simple. You killed him, you dig the hole. Got that?”

“Yeah, but it still sucks.”

“True. Maybe next time you won’t be so quick to shoot someone.”

“He was in my bed with my wife!”

“Yeah, and you’re lucky she ain’t squawking to the cops. Now dig, you idiot. I don’t want to be here all night cleaning up you’re shit.”

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In the Books featuring The Tainted Dollar by Chris G. Derrick

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Tainted Dollar by Chris G. Derrick.

Derrick

About the Book: Jake Base – orphaned at an early age, and now the last surviving member of his family.

Adopted and raised by the Plains Indians as one of their own for ten years and destined never to be totally accepted by either the white man or the Indian.

Now he’s a no-nonsense US marshal tracking two killers down into Texas he discovers more than he bargained for.

There are the confusing emotions of a new, and unexpected, love – which in turn put him in grave danger.

Jake has difficult choices which will need to be made. People will be hurt in the process.

This story has it all, bar room brawls, brutal murder, cattle rustling, dusty streets and the lovely Maria Sanchez.

Throughout everything one thing remains constant, the one silver coin.

The Tainted Dollar.

My Review: I’m a lifelong fan of westerns by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey, so when I saw this on Twitter, it found its way onto my TBR list.

When I started reading, I was pleased to find the story was engrossing and fast moving. The latter is an issue for me, but not in a bad way. My complaint comes from that just when I was getting comfortable reading the story, it ended. Considering it’s a decent sized book (about 420 pages or so), that’s a great problem to have.

One thing that really struck me is the timing of the action and interactions between the characters. Like Louis L’Amour, the author takes us right into the story and moves it along. The action scenes are fast, but thoroughly described, which pulled me deeper into the story. It’s a refreshing style that is difficult to pull off.

The characters appear and pass by almost as fast as the fight scenes, but these are slowed down as most of the description of the area is done through dialogue. While this doesn’t happen too often, it can be a little tiring if you’re used to or expecting the rapid fire exchanges to continue. It’s not a bad thing, though I do have to admit I think Jake was a little liberal with his information and trusted people a little too much, but that’s just my opinion so I’ll leave the final verdict to you.

The grit and lifestyle of the Wild West are brought to life in a fun style, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Hunt or Hunted?

Hunt or Hunted?

“Would you get back here? How do you expect me to do this myself?”

Duke shook his head. “Don’t know, don’t care. I’m not going anywhere near a snake.”

Jan rolled her eyes and waved him off with her pincers. “Fine. Just stay out of my way so I don’t get bit. If you’re so afraid of snakes, why do you keep any?”

Duke shrugged. “Chicks dig ‘em. Especially the poisonous ones.”

“Venomous.” She shook her head. “Not poisonous.”

“What’s the difference?”

She paused as a rattle came from under a stool by Duke. “Don’t move or you’ll find out.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: New Home

New Home

“Here we are. What do you think?” Rob smiled as he stood aside so Shirley could see his creation.

Her eyes betrayed little of her emotion, as was her custom. “You did a wonderful job.”

He nodded. “Thank you, I knew you’d appreciate it. Here,” he stepped forward and pushed aside the curtain at the door, “is your cousin’s contribution. He had plenty of skin to share.”

She smiled at how her cousin would’ve screamed through the process and ran her hand over the bones tied together to make the walls.

“It took a village.”

Her eyes widened with glee.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Being Remembered

Being Remembered

“This is what we’ve worked for all these years.” Seth stared out the window at the moon slowly growing and eclipsing the starfield. After twenty years of pushing, prodding, and begging, he was finally allowed to begin construction.

That alone was worthy of celebration, as all previous construction projects on the moon were done by remote controlled 3D printers. Like those before him, he would use the moon’s surface to construct their buildings, but he would be there to manually operate the machines.

Too much had been built by laboratory jockeys. Without the human touch, was there truly a legacy?

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Patience

Patience

Sally slowly backed up, waiting for her opponent to make a mistake. They always did.

Right. Left. Right. Between the legs.

Now was her chance. Darting forward, she knocked the ball away from the winger. She sidestepped and controlled the ball with a couple of stick handles before passing it to an open forward.

She smiled at hearing the opposing winger curse and chase after her.

He was too late. Forty feet ahead, the winger she had passed to took a shot. The goalie made the save, sending the rebound to an open side where the center tapped it in.

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