Steel Horse Saviors is about three Civil War veterans, two Yankees and one Rebel, who take their steam locomotive west to seek their post-war fortune. In the process they encounter Clementine O’Grady an auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business who casue the three to question there grand scheme to escape their collective pasts. .
Every good book has a great villain. With no villain how can you create good tension and create a high stakes showdown? Quentin Rollins is the head man of Rollins Lumber Company, the main competitor to Clementine O’Grady’s Timber and Lumber Company. While the companies have had sufficient work to co-exist in a tenuous relationship until now, many factors are morphing into a mix that will cause their competition to become a once-for-all showdown.
Quentin not only wants control of the timber and lumber business, he wants Clementine to become his wife. She has absolutely no interest in any man as the novel begins, especially one bent on tearing down what her father worked so hard to create. The entrance into the equation of three new men with questionable pasts who just happen to bring along a new locomotive the likes of which could unseat the balance of power forever are enough to set Quentin on a path of ruthlessness that even he wasn’t sure was possible.
Here is an excerpt:
Quentin could see all of his best made plans evaporating as if they were smoke. Yes, just like the thick black smoke belching out of that glorious steam engine he knew forever changed the equation he had labored so hard to slant in his direction. He had the cash to try to lure the three strangers to his side, but he knew Clementine had a more powerful asset, her beauty. If he was going to realize his plan to absorb O’Grady Timber & Lumber he had to find away to get rid of these men and their machine.
But the muscular one, he conveyed a strength unlike anyone else in this town. Quentin’s well-established reputation did not seem to phase this guy. he was a war veteran, that much Quentin had learned. He probably had seem some terrible things that steeled his resolve. No matter. Quentin was too close to shy away now. He would have O’Grady T& L and Clementine for himself, of that there could be no mistake.
In the next post you will find out more about Quentin’s piece of the lumber business, Rollins Lumber, in and around Penley River.