Saturday, January 21, 2012

Karen's Amazing Blog Event


If you're looking for the next post in the Amazing Blog Tour Event, you're at the right place. The inspiration for my steampunk western adventure, Storm Riders was Bodie, California. My aunt and uncle took us there one summer on our way home from a wonderful Tahoe vacation. I was eighteen and the visit is just as vivid in my mind as the day we walked the dusty streets. My cousin, Charlie and I explored every nook and cranny of the mining town. If there were ghosts to be found, we were determined to find them. lol Sadly, no ghosts appeared, but the memories were just as good if not better.  

For this event, I'm giving away a pdf copy of Storm Riders. All you need to do is read the excerpt (*hint) and answer the question Ginger will post on the last day of the event.  So have fun and follow the links for each day to discover a new Amazing Authors or find out what your favorite author has been up to.

Samantha studied Ace, her gaze sliding over him in admiration. Long, lean, and rather handsome even with a few days growth on his chin. He wore a cowboy hat, but his long hair peeked out. The color gleamed a rich dark brown as the sun beat down on the thick strands.
His eyes shifted in a subtle manner as if he were looking for someone.
"You have little faith," she whispered. She raised her hand, tapping her cowboy hat with a subtle gesture, but it caught his attention. For a split second, a look of surprised recognition flitted across his features. He didn't believe she'd show. She gave him a slight nod. He faced forward then with his shoulders back, standing tall before the crowd that chanted his death song.
The hangman lifted McTavish's hat to place the black cloth over his face, but Ace moved his head away. The hangman shrugged with indifference. Ace had the right to face his accusers. The hangman draped the rope around McTavish's neck, placing his hat firmly back down on his head. Then he tightened the rope around his neck. The reverend continued his sermon to save Ace's soul rather than words to comfort him.
Samantha tapped her earpiece. "Are you ready, Denny?"
"Aren't I always, luv?"
Her lips curved. "Let's show these eegits the meaning of a real show, shall we?"
"Your words are pure poetry to my ears, Sammy."
Denny could shoot a flea off a dog and she wasn't exaggerating. Denny was the best sharpshooter at the SR Institute. She won her share of medals too, but horses were her specialty. She grew up on a ranch, spending more time on a horse than anywhere else. She would be able to outrun whoever tried to come after them.
She kept her eyes on the hangman's hand. The reverend closed his book and gave a nod. The hangman's hand pressed the lever and the prisoner dropped. At the same time a shot rang out, severing the rope before it could constrict around McTavish's neck and break it.
Her horse tensed, but she stroked his neck and leaned forward. "You're fine, boy. Stay with me."
People screamed and ducked. Deputy Goodman who stood at the foot of the stairs drew his gun, looking for the man responsible for the interruption.
He kept the patrons hopping with shots flying over their heads. Deputy Chester couldn't leave the scaffold, the way the bullets flew at his feet, making him dance a jig.
Bless you, Denny Randeli.
Samantha didn't waste time and rammed her feet into the horse's flank, sending them flying forward through the crowd of scrambling people. McTavish looked stunned, but he was already working to free his hands.
"Need some help, cowboy." She tipped back her hat and smiled. She pulled her knife out and he stumbled back. "Don't be stupid. Let me cut the ropes."
"Who are ye, lass?" His thick Scottish brogue laced his words.
"I'm the woman who's going to save your arse. Now turn around and let me cut you free."
He didn't hesitate now, whirling around and giving her his backside. A nice backside, too, but now wasn't the time to admire it. Keeping the horse steady, she leaned down and slashed the binds free from his hands. She shoved the knife back in its holder and offered her hand.
He turned to stare at her. In the bright of day, his eyes stood out like clear green gems with no other pigment clouding the color.
"Come on." She thrust out her gloved hand.
His grip was firm as he swung up behind her.
"Hold on," she told him. "Hiyah!" The horse bolted at the command and the sudden slam of her boot heel against its flank. She maneuvered around the scrambling crowd with ease and jumped over obstacles in her way.
"St. Brigid in Heaven, you're an angel." McTavish clung to her, his hands around her waist—warm and large, the heat from him sent a strange feeling to the pit of her stomach.
She shook her head. It was the thrill of the escape, not how McTavish felt against her. She tried to convince herself with no avail.
"Do you have the package?" Denny's voice echoed in her ear, making her focus.
"Got him and we're on the right trail to lose anyone who follows. We'll stop at the first hideout and see if there's trouble. If it looks clear, we'll meet you back at the safe house tonight.
"Be safe," Denny told her.
"Back at you."
"Who are ye talkin' to, darlin'?" McTavish leaned his head next to hers, his breath whispering against her cheek.
"None of your concern, cowboy. Just keep holding on. We have a rough ride ahead of us if we want to cover our tracks."
She thought she heard him chuckle. "Oh, doonae fash yerself. I willnae let go."
I hope enjoyed the except!
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Here's the list of Amazing Blog Event Participating Authors. Each Blog post goes live the day indicated and will be there for you to go back and revisit throughout the blog tour. See you there!!
Jan. 12.  Caroline Clemmons (historical & contemporary genre fiction)
Jan. 13. Beth Trissel (historical & light paranormal romance)
Jan. 14. Roseanne Dowell (romance)
Jan. 15.  Cathie Dunn (historical fiction & romantic adventure)
Jan. 16. Maggie Toussaint (romance & mystery with a Southern dash)
Jan. 17. Patsy Parker (paranormal fantasy romance)
Jan. 18. S.G. Rogers (fantasy, romantic fantasy, young adult fantasy)
Jan. 19. Linda LaRoque (western contemporary & time travel romance)
Jan. 20 Jacquie Rogers (dragons, princesses & romance)
Jan. 21. Karen Nutt (paranormal romance)
Jan. 22. Anna Kathryn Lanier (sensual contemporary & historical westerns)
Jan. 23. Barbara Edwards (riveting romance with an edge)
Jan. 24. Ginger Simpson (historical & contemporary romance)

Remember on the last day of the tour, Ginger Simpson is going to post some fun and easy questions you must answer for the chance to win free reads. (Hint: there will be a link to each author’s post so you can quickly double check).
We’re looking forward to meeting you.


S.G. Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

What a riveting excerpt! I can't wait to read the rest.

P.L. Parker said... Best Blogger Tips

Morning Karen! Great excerpt. Must go on my TBR list!

Linda LaRoque said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved this, Karen! I've been wondering about the steampunk genre and this cleared it up for me. And since I write westerns, this was spot on for me. Great last line.

Beth Trissel said... Best Blogger Tips

Super excerpt and I love that the story is based on a real place you visited that so fully caught your imagination.

Maggie Toussaint said... Best Blogger Tips

What an intriguing excerpt. Steampunks are so much fun. I'm anxious to learn more about the nearly hung McTavish and the sharpshooting horsewoman. Yeehaw!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I'm so glad you liked the expert. And thanks so much for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Sorry to be so late. I had work today then was out with my daughters. I've just settled in for the night.

Glad you enjoyed the excerpt! I had fun writing this story. I hope to write two more storm rider tales. I have the ideas. Just need the time. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I love westerns, too. Steampunk isn't just for Westerns, though I love it here. :)

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction involving settings where steam power was used. Victorian era Britain or the Wild West. It has a wide range to let your imagination soar!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Bodie is so full of interesting history, I couldn't pass it up. :)

Thanks for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you so much for coming by. Samantha and Ace do have an adventure!! :)

Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an awesome story--I loved it!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story. :)

Nightingale said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen, it amazes me that you can write with equal dexterity across so many genres! This one sounds fantastic and so fresh, but I'm still a devotee of Warriors of the Light!!!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you so much. I'm partial to the fallen angels, too. (wink)

And yours is sinfully wonderful!! "Celestial Sin"-Bianca Swan Loved it!!

Thanks for joining us. :)

Isabella Macotte said... Best Blogger Tips

Great excerpt - loved it!

Isabella Macotte said... Best Blogger Tips

Great excerpt - loved it!

divavixenqueen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful excerpt.
Answer to:
Who are the Storm Riders trying to save?"McTavish"

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

The winners are:
Monica at Beth Trissel's Blog
Jen Black at Maggie Toussaint's Blog
Cassandra at Ginger Simpson's Blog
Amber at Cathie Dunn's Blog
Linda Laroque at Barbara Edwards' Blog
Maggie Toussaint at Linda Laroque's Blog
DivaVixenQueen at My Blog!!
Becky Ward at Caroline Clemmons' Blog
Eva Flowers at Roseanne Dowell's Blog
Penny Rader at Anna K. Lanier's Blog

Congratulations to everyone for visiting our sites and being part of the Amazing Author Event.