Sneak Peek Sunday – a sign?

As well as this weeks’s six paragraphs for Sneak Peek Sunday, I’m also taking part in the first MFRW Blog Hop. If you’d like to read that post, click here.

This week, I’m continuing on with six paragraphs from the first book in a new historical western series set in the fictional town of Calico Creek, Texas. When last we left Charlotte, she was debating whether she had a future in Calico Creek other than becoming a “soiled dove.”

Her stomach rumbled. She couldn’t remember the last time she ate. The day before? Two days? She might not have much schooling, but even she knew a body couldn’t survive without food. She had to find something to eat.

Moving on, she wandered down the boardwalk, past the bath house and the surveyor’s office. A faint glow shone through a window of a building a few doors away. Picking up her pace, she hurried toward it. Maybe whoever lived there would be charitable enough to give her a chunk of bread at least.

She stopped in front of the window, squinting as she read the fading words on the glass – The Lucky Star Hotel. Proprietor: William A. Johnson. Through the muslin curtains, she could see a shadow moving about inside. She crossed to the door. Then she saw the piece of cardboard leaning against the window, the words “Help Wanted” in bold print.

She grinned. It was a sign. She just knew it. Everything was going to turn out fine. All she had to do was get the job, whatever it was.

She looked a sight. She knew that. Even in the faint light glowing from the lanterns inside, she could see the smudges of dirt on her skirt, the three-cornered tear on the sleeve of her blouse. She couldn’t even imagine what her hair must look like since it hadn’t been brushed in three days. Then there were the bruises …

Nothing she could do about any of it. Sliding her hands down her creased, worn skirt, she sucked in a calming breath and pinched her cheeks to give them some color. Holding her head high, she opened the door and went inside.

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I hope you’ll stop by again next Sunday. Have a great week!


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