July 22, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
Both volumes of The Lawmen of Clayton County: Athena Creek will be off to the printer this week! I know some of you have been waiting for the hard copy. They should be available on Amazon soon. I’m hoping to have a box of them in my hands by the end of the month that I can sign!
Here’s another little snippit from the novel.
Snatching his hat from the peg on the wall, Trace stepped out onto the porch. “Good morning, ma’am. Can I help you with something?”
“Sure can.” She didn’t bother to look up as she flipped the reins over the post. “I’m here to git the boys you locked up last night.”
Orabella Madison. She’d come all the way into town to claim the prisoners rather than send another ranch hand. Folks in town often talked of her stubbornness and strong-iron will. Her husband was killed in an accident when she was only forty-two, leaving the ranch in her ever-capable hands for the past four years. With the help of her son and the foreman, she successfully managed the land, the animals, and the cowhands.
Careful to keep the surprise from his face, Trace smiled. “I’ll go wake them.”
She met his gaze with piercing eyes, her expression unreadable.
Trace removed his hat. “Good to finally meet you, Mrs. Madison.”
“Don’t bother with pleasantries.” One arm draped over the side of the wagon, she stared him full in the face. “I’m not interested in a formal introduction.”
“Nothing formal about me, ma’am.”
Mrs. Madison’s eyes narrowed. “Save your manners for someone else. I can’t be fooled like the rest of this idol-worshiping town. Your fancy title don’t mean anything to me, Marshal. You’re nothin’ more than a hired gun so McCrae can keep this town under his control. So you take that silver badge and the thirty coins lining your pockets back inside that jailhouse.”
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