Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Two Sentence Tuesday: Plunder!

Today's quote comes from Plundered Booty by Travis Erwin, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award entry, and deservedly so.

Travis is a master of short, pithy character description as filtered through the mind of his sympathetic protagonist, Hank Petty Zybeck.

With his pointed nose and perpetual five o’clock whiskers, Dave had always reminded me of a fox. Not a sly fox like you read about as a kid, but a chicken stealing, henhouse fox, destined to get shot some bright moonlit night.


Given the theme of Erwin's book, it seems appropriate to include a bit of description from my pirate story, Marooned, written under my Lyndi Lamont pseudonym. In this scene, the heroine is disguised as a young man, but her guise doesn't fool the pirate captain for long.

Adam reached out and put a hand on Hal’s shoulder, noting the fine bones. He moved his hand down, feeling the soft flesh and lack of muscle in the arm. He studied Hal’s fine, pale complexion, and, for the first time, noticed that both earlobes were pierced.

“What is your real name, lass?” he asked softly.


In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that Travis is one of my cyber friends. That doesn't mean I didn't really enjoy reading the excerpt from his book. He has an authentic middle-American voice that works well with this story of a car salesman who dreams of buried treasure. I just wish there'd been more. I want to know whether Hank finds the treasure.

You can read the full excerpt at Travis Erwin's blog.

Check out the wondrous Women of Mystery blog for more Two Sentence Tuesday posts.

Linda

18 comments:

Clare2e said...

Linda-
I really enjoyed Travis's Amazon excerpt, too.

And I admit I'm a sucker for that kind of set-up you've got there. Some authors pull it off better than others, but I remember one about a disguised page to Henry VIII that I just loved, and when you toss it in with pirates, what could be better?

David Cranmer said...

The first I've read from either of you and I thoroughly enjoyed both excerpts. We have a short story from Travis coming up at Beat to a Pulp in a few months that's also quite impressive.

Barbara Martin said...

Linda, those two sentences were great. I'm itching to know more about your story. Please let us know when it's been published.

Travis has a great excerpt, too.

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Linda McLaughlin said...

Clare, the story with the page boy/girl sounds interesting. It's a classic romance theme.

David, I look forward to reading Travis's upcoming story as well as your own.

Barbara, Marooned has been published by Amber Heat. I put quotes up from it because I haven't written anything new in ages. It's truly embarrassing.

Travis Erwin said...

Thanks for the kind words and for plugging my writing. I too want to know when your story is coming out. I always enjoy a good pirate tale.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Travis, I added my review of Plundered Booty at Amazon.

Kathleen Rowland said...

Wonderful excerpts from both of you fine writers. Few people can write with deep point of view. Please post release dates!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks, Kathleen. I agree that deep point of view is so important for pulling a reader into the story.

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