Western Writers of America’s Roundup Magazine published a review of Double Crossing in the latest issue – June 2012. “This is a fast-paced book that will keep you highly involved and turning the pages. Great details on mid-1800s train travel.” Thanks, C.K. Crigger!
I have to admit those kind words are keeping me going when it comes to writing the sequel, Double or Nothing. And for those readers/fans who wanted a touch more romance, it’s always a good thing for the author to listen. Okay! There’s more.
But it’s still “clean fiction” so don’t expect any sensual tangling between the sheets. That’s just not my bag.
I did, however, research old California — from the hydraulic mining practices to a sumptuous banquet given in the Central Pacific Railroad owners’ honor, and have done a lot more “exploring” in the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento.
I can also share a “six-sentence” snippet to whet your appetites. Lily is at the Early Bird mine with Uncle Harrison, where the men are using the hydraulic mining technique. In other words, streams of pressurized water to get at the gold beneath the surface…
Somehow I would ride that horse, even if it meant hiking my skirts to my knees and baring my ankles. The poor horse had to be just as bored. I had to do something productive or I’d go mad.
Steering around the same patch of mud, I cut close to the sluice. A blood-curdling yell halted everyone. I whirled to see the entire bank of earth rushing downward, a huge avalanche of mud, rocks and two large trees root-first — headed right for me.
So hang onto your horses, readers! I’m writing — not too fast, because I want it to be better than Double Crossing. Wouldn’t want to disappoint you. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
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