Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two Sentence Tuesday

I have previously mentioned my short story titled "Justice Served" and my reluctance to let it go. Well, yesterday, I did just that and it will be appearing in the outstanding Dark Valentine's Winter issue. Two lines:

A word from Cash to the saloon owner had gotten Misun the job and the much-needed money to keep his family from starving. He was an honorable man who didn’t deserve to be shot in the back by a hateful, rich kid like Brant Macy.
This story is pithy clocking in at 1,200 plus words but is pivotal in the Cash Laramie canon. Why? Well, you will have to check out the DV issue. I'll keep you informed when it has been released. Thanks to Charlie Whipple, Scott D. Parker, and Little d on this one. Special thanks to Katherine Tomlinson.

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As soon as I arrived back in the states, I picked up a copy of Chris F. Holm's 8 Pounds: Eight Tales of Crime, Horror, & Suspense. Mr. Holm is one of the finest writers around and this short story collection deserves a huge following. Here's a paragraph from "The Toll Collectors."

As he walked, though, he began to sense something, something at the periphery of his awareness. Elusive, disquieting. The trees gathered tight to the road, splitting the edges of the pavement and encroaching on the night sky above. And from somewhere within them, he sensed... attention.
I've had a hell of a time with jet lag this past week and 8 Pounds kept me going with its edge of the proverbial seat tales. C'mon check it out. It is only $0.99! You will not be disappointed.

And head over to check out the Women of Mystery and more TwoFers.

27 comments:

Laurie Powers said...

Congratulations on "Justice Served," David!

Dave King said...

Congrats. I guess you had to weaken eventually!

They are two of the best openings to a story I have come across in a very long while.

Dorte H said...

Ah, I like your two sentences.

Leah J. Utas said...

Love your lines. Congratulations on "Justice Served."

David Cranmer said...

Thanks, Laurie. I'm excited to have Cash Laramie at a different outlet.

Dave, I polish and polish but eventually one does have to just let go.

Thanks, Dorte H.

--and Leah.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the story acceptance.

~James M

Clare2e said...

I'm happy about more CASH in the world! And I know you must be jet-lagged, given the times on some of your posts and comments : )

Laura K. Curtis said...

Yes! More Cash! (Don't we all need more Cash?)

Charles Gramlich said...

Congrats on the new story appearing in Dark Valentine. I'll pick up a copy of Chris's work

David Cranmer said...

Gracias, James.

Clare, I finally evened out but it was tough going for a good week and some change.

Laura, Dear lord I am going to have trouble explaining that name in a future story.

Charles, You will enjoy Chris's top notch collection.

Richard Prosch said...

Reading your teasing comment re: the Cash canon, I'm curious --Are the CL stories following a continuity that you have worked out? Planned? Not planned, but inevitable? Could you string them together as a book?

David Cranmer said...

Rich, There is a plan at work. I have about seven in the can with another five in various stages of completion. One is a novella taking place in the 1920s (ala Mr. Randisi's Bat Masterson) that will bring the series to a close. I see doing a collection in a year's time. Working title: The Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles.

I have also completed a novel but to edit that now would take me forever. So it awaits on the future Dave with more time on his hands.

Redbush said...

"8 Pounds" sounds like something you wouldn't want to read late at night for fear of keeping you awake! Congrats on "Justice Served".

David Cranmer said...

Redbush, Oh, there was no sleeping during that time so a good collection of stories was welcome.

Thanks for the kudos on "Justice Served."

Jodi MacArthur said...

You are funny about letting your babies go. ;-) Congrats on the pub. I've heard of Dark Valentine. Let us know when the issue is out.

Oscar said...

Justice was served by DV publishing "Justice Served."
Congrats!

David Cranmer said...

Jodi, Ha. I still haven't let this one totally go. I'm working on some polishing this evening.

Gracias, Oscar.

Martin said...

Congratulations on your short story being accepted. This appears to be a well received series that I will have to start reading. -Martin Brand

Chris said...

Congrats, David, and thanks for the kind mention. As you well know, I'm a big fan of Cash and company, so I'm delighted to hear he'll be riding again soon.

Ron Scheer said...

Well done, bud. You're a champ.

Junosmom said...

David, you say only $0.99. Is that on Kindle? I guess I can pop over to Amazon and look, can't I?

JR's Thumbprints said...

I certainly can identify with not wanting to let go of a story. With that title, "Justice Served," I know it's a winner.

David Cranmer said...

Martin, I certainly hope you enjoy them but let me know if you don’t. Thick skin here.

You outdid yourself here, Chris. 8 Pounds is a very fine collection.

Ron, Yeah, but for how long? There is always a whippersnapper in the wings waiting. I see one now...

Junosmom, I purchased my copy through Kindle.

JR, Thank you, sir.

Sarah Laurence said...

Congratulations on Justice! Your 2 sentences do pack a wallop.

David Cranmer said...

Much thanks, Sarah.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Very nice--both sentence pairs! And congrats on letting your story go. :)

David Cranmer said...

Thanks, Alyssa. I finally-completely-let it go this morning.