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Teaser Tuesday: Stained by Ashes

I got more comments back on Stained by Ashes from one of my beta readers this morning, so that’s what I’ll be sharing from today. A little bit from Chapter 2 and a hint of some trouble to come.

Adam lifted his hand in a wave to his boss and waited for the wagon to approach him. “Patrick, what are you doing out here? I was riding back to the ranch.”

“So soon? I wasn’t expecting you until sometime tomorrow, Adam.”

Adam shifted in the saddle, his shoulders lifting and falling again. “I didn’t stay as long as I planned.”

“I can see that.” He didn’t say more than that. Adam had told him about the last receptions he’d gotten there. “I’m heading into town for a meeting with the other ranchers. I planned to stock up on supplies before I headed back in the morning.”

“What are you meeting about?” Adam turned his horse so he rode beside the wagon. “Rustlers again?”

Patrick shook his head. “Homesteaders. Some of the ranchers, mostly the bigger operations, think they pose a problem.”

“Since when does making their own way pose a threat?”

“Never said I agreed.” He fell silent for a few minutes. “Most of the ranchers around here haven’t even purchased the land they claim. Twenty years ago they only had to build on it.”

“What about yours?”

Patrick shook his head. “Not when I first built here. I filed the deed later when more people came in. Will’s is filed, too. No one can take our land away without a fight.”

Adam’s jaw clenched, and his hands tightened on the reins briefly. It was his most common reaction when someone mentioned the other man’s name. He liked William, really he did. They even formed a sort of friendship while working together in Colorado.

Still, every time he heard that name, he had that irrational spurt of jealousy. It made no sense.

Maggie had never been his.

Still hoping to have this out sometime this summer.

Teaser Tuesday: Emelyn

Sharing a snippet from Guarding the Heart again this week. Today we get to meet Emelyn Blaine.

Emelyn Blaine stared at the screen. She knew she should shut it down. This wasn’t getting her anywhere. Instead she went back to her initial search and clicked another link. There had to be something more out there.
This wasn’t even about class any more. The assignment had been to determine why a case hadn’t been solved. Not to try to solve it herself. So, why was she doing just that?
“Because you’re an idiot, Emelyn, that’s why,” she muttered. She needed to just write her paper. She had enough information for that. She moved the mouse and brought the document up. Her opening paragraph, that’s all she had so far. Only a couple more days to finish before the deadline. That’s what she should be worrying about. But, her attention kept going back to her search.
There had to be more answers out there somewhere. She just had to figure out where to find them. She heard the front door slam and winced for a moment. Melissa must have had a bad day. She saved the document and went out to see her best friend.
“Need a glass of wine?” She asked, leaning against the doorframe to the kitchen.
Melissa turned to face her. “If I didn’t have all these papers to grade, I’d take you up on that.”
Emelyn shrugged. “What do you want to do for dinner?”
“Are you cooking or are we doing take-out?”
“Doesn’t matter.” She didn’t admit it to many people, but she actually enjoyed cooking. She rarely followed a recipe, but she enjoyed the process of figuring out what went together to make a good dish.
“Whatever you want to do then. I should get started on these papers.”

What kind of trouble will Emelyn get in with her need to keep digging? Wait around, and you’ll find out.

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