Since the close of Six Sentence Sunday, fabulous romance author – and my friend – Sara Ellwood has created Sneak Peek Sunday. Each week, authors are encouraged to post six paragraphs from a work in progress or a published book. I’m thrilled to be included in the first official SPS. I’m taking my six paragraphs this week from a historical western romance I’m working on tentatively called Under a Lucky Star.
A gust of wind whistled through the alley where Charlotte Reed huddled in the doorway behind the saddlemaker’s shop. She shivered. It sure was colder here at night than it was back in Austin.
She couldn’t stop the tears welling up in her eyes, but she sniffed loudly and blinked them back. What was she crying about? There was nothing left in Austin for her, and the less she thought about it, the better off she’d be.
Besides, crying didn’t help. Never had. Likely never would.
Crying stopped her from thinking, and right now, she needed to think. What was she going to do? She had no money left, no place to live, and no way to get to California. And she couldn’t stay holed up in an alley forever.
She could steal a horse, she supposed. But if she got caught … Things might not be looking very rosy right now, but she had no desire to end up on the wrong end of a noose. And horse thieving was a hanging offence in these parts.
A door creaked open. “Hey! You!”
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