Zeke Barton – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 26

Z.jpgSteel 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 a auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business that causes each of them to reconsider their efforts to escape their various pasts.

Zeke Barton is one of the few remaining employees that joined O’Grady Timber & Lumber at its inception. Beginning as a lumber jack Zeke quickly rose to be the foreman as he proved his worth to Angus. Having a dependable second allowed Angus to concentrate on spinning up the lumber side quicker than he expected.

Zeke wants to continue with O’Grady timber & Lumber for as long as his body will allow, but the financials are just as clear to him as they are to Clementine. But the possibilities tossed around by this new trio give Zeke a hope foreign to him for almost a decade. He sees a future where O’Grady Timber & Lumber is the only show in Penley River.

Here is an excerpt:

Zeke knew Clementine would immediately resist the possibilities these three strangers presented. She was fiercely loyal to her father’s legacy. But they weren’t really proposing to take the business to a new plane, just offering ways to restore all operations so that it could be what it once was, a commercial powerhouse.

Brou was his favorite of the trio. The little mechanical whiz seemed to have a golden touch. Zeke could feel the hair on his neck bristle as Brou merely mentioned firing up both saws at once. There was a brief time, maybe three solid years where both machines ran simultaneously. He was almost giddy thinking about how big a moment that would be.

With this post I have done what was never done before, at least for me, and survived the 26 post A to Z Challenge. On Monday or perhaps Tuesday I will roll out a reflections post with links to all the Steel Horse Saviors posts, a list of new bloggers I found during this adventure and my review of the experience.

If you have been along for the ride I thank you. We are solitary beings most of the time and taking this time to connect is good for all of us. Good luck as you continue on through your blogging journey. If any of you are eyeing the 2017 NaNoWriMo in November let me know. We can build out a NaNo Group.

 

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Yvette Dumond – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 25

YSteel 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 a auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business that causes each of them to reconsider their efforts to escape their various pasts.

Yvette Dumond is a worldly young woman who has landed in Penley River after coming to America from France and spending a brief amount of time in New Orleans. She is about as opposite from Clementine as possible, causing Clementine to reassess her devotion tot eh family business. They are similar in age, but Yvette’s life experiences even to this point far outweigh any potential Clementine sees in the future.

Yvette is intrigued by the Steel Horse Saviors due to their mysterious pasts. In particular she focuses on “Brou” seeming to know more about him than he is comfortable with. Yvette is the kind of girl Finn has fended off his whole life and will likely cause him some grief with Clementine.

Here is an excerpt:

Yvette loved her life. Okay, she never expected to be stuck in a little place like this when she stepped onto the ship leaving France, but she was hands down the star of the show here. Being French  and female in America was like a golden ticket. All the men wanted to know you and all the women wanted to hate you. She always got the most attention and what she wanted from everyone.

She had an ace in the hole, which was an offer to relocate to a locale further west when she either tired of this small burg or her luck ran out. But right now with the three new strangers generating a new level of excitement she liked her chances to keep her crown in Penley River.

Tomorrow is the 26th and final post of the 2017 A to Z Challenge. You will meet Zeke Barton, Clementine’s foreman at O’Grady timber & Lumber.

 

Xavier Touchet Broussard -Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 24

XSteel 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 a auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business that causes each of them to reconsider their efforts to escape their various pasts.

Xavier Touchet Broussard is the mechanical genius that keeps Lulubelle in fine operating condition while he, Nolan and Finn try to aid Clementine in her fight to keep the O’Grady family business afloat. Xavier is a former member of the 44th Louisiana Rifle Regiment that deserted in the fall of 1864 as the confederate army began to sustain continued heavy losses.

As we discovered in the post about Gus Owens there is some unknown maneuvering that resulted in “Brou” joining his compadres under Gus’ tutelage. Without “Brou’s” skill Lulubelle would quickly become inoperable due to the sheer wear and tear of operation.

Here is an excerpt:

“Brou” long ago accepted that he was not Finn or Nolan or anything like what they represented. His looks and physical stature never had caused another to hesitate for a moment. But he liked it that way. He could go ahead with his life doing the things he chose. Well, he could after he slipped the bonds of the C.S.A. Army. Some thirteen months later he felt like that spectre was vanquished. There was no C.S.A. Army any more so there should be no repercussions.

Now he could concentrate on tending to his baby, Lulubelle. This fine machine could make the trio very rich if they used it correctly. The opportunities out west in California were so plentiful they would have to turn down the work.

Tomorrow in the penultimate post of the 2017 A to Z you will see the woman who is Clementine’s antithesis, Yvette Dumond, the saloon showgirl.

 

Wedding of an O’Grady Sister and a Steel Horse Savior – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 23

W.jpgCopyright – ALPINE ACRES PUBLISHING – 2017 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 a auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business which cause them all to reassess their selfish desires to escape their collective pasts.

Okay, I know in every other post I have gone into great detail giving you the particulars about the character, setting or plot and how everything will play out. But you have to understand this whole process is basically a public brain storming session. There are plenty of details to weave together to get to the point of this subject which, obviously, will be near the end of the novel.

What I am willing to commit to is that it will include one of the O’Grady girls and one of the Saviors. Which ones? Ah, that is yet to be determined.

Here is an excerpt:

You wish! I cannot give an excerpt for something that does not exist! 🙂

In Post 24 of 26 I will introduce you to the remaining Steel Horse Savior, Xavier Touchet “Brou” Broussard, the former Confederate States of America solider who joined the Saviors in late 1864 under mysterious circumstances.

Venus O’Grady -Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 22

V.jpgCopyright – ALPINE ACRES PUBLISHING – 2017 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 a auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business which cause them all to reassess their selfish desires to escape their collective pasts.

Venus O’Grady is a typical older sister, who although cannot manage her own affairs and three rambunctious children, seems determined to try to ruin everyone else’s life. She can see the promise of a future in the marriage proposal and merger connected with Quentin Rollins. She has wanted the man since she was a teen, but he never turned her way.

Venus’ deep seated feeling of entitlement in whatever Clementine can eke out for the clan is a constant source of conflict for the two. Venus is a master at pulling every one to her side in every instance where a choice has to be made “for the good of the family.” Venus can see her apple cart being upset when the Steel Horse Saviors offer clementine an alternative that will snuff out her hopes of sharing in a cash reward of a merger.

Here is an excerpt:

Perhaps Venus never would live in a place like the ones Yvette the show girl expounded upon, but with the Rollins bank roll nearby she could at least have a sip of the good life. If that is her hard-headed sister would ever get with the program. She was just like Father, always making everything such a big deal. Could she not see the value in such a man as Quentin?

Venus’ heart never fluttered for her dear departed husband Lester like it did even now when she saw Quentin Rollins. That man was something she had dreamed of so many times she felt like she knew him inside and out.

Come back for the next post, for the surprise of the series which starts with the letter W!

Ueley Carlisle – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 21

U.jpgSteel 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 causes the three to question their grand scheme to escape their collective pasts.

Ueley Carlisle has not stake in the future of O’Grady timber & Lumber or Rollins Lumber except for the fact without one of them his dream of doubling Harrington’s population is nothing more than an apparition. The sixty year old has been on the western wave of migration, throwing up ever larger towns as he progresses.

Seeing what is in Penley River he feels confident he can proceed with his mater plan. The three year initial contract he offers is something that will set one of the operations up for a long time of stability with the promise of follow on contracts in the years to come.

Here is an excerpt:

Ueley Carlisle stood on a small rise looking to the west of Harrington’s planned business district. He could see in his mind the lateral extensions to the west, northwest and north. The rail line was already in place and would be just right for his new designs.

He was willing to invest in Penley River to build up all the industry to keep this town mainly a residential center. The commerce would come with the population, of that he was sure. He could see Harrington be the model of great towns and eventually cities as the Unites States of American continued to grow.

Tomorrow is your introduction to the final O’Grady sister, Venus, who tends to side with Delilah, her mother, to complicate Clementine’s efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Trumble – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 20

TSteel 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 causes the three to question their grand scheme to escape their collective pasts.

Colonel Thomas Trumble was just a Captain in the Fall of 1859 when all the sings of a coming military conflict began to consume the minds of everyone around him in the United States Army. Mr. Lincoln’s War as he came to call it, was something unnecessary in his mind, just a waste of money, men and opportunity.

Through his time in the inspector general’s department he was a vocal critic of all things related to the war. He wasn’t a Southern sympathizer by any means, he just hated the whole process. Two trips to view the carnage of a battlefield was enough to convince him that the war had to stop by any means. But that did not mean he was willing to condone any practice by the men in blue, such as Finn, Brou and Nolan.

By Mid-1864 the now Colonel had earned his nickname “Trouble” meaning if he was on your trail there was nothing good to come.

Here is an excerpt:

A low rumble went through the crowd when the trio of deep blue uniformed riders approached. The taller rider bore the hardware of a senior officer, something rarely seem in this far west. He searched the crowd like he knew his quarry would be here. Minutes later he beckoned to one of the men waiting for his next mining shift to begin.

“You there. I’m looking for three men.”

“If you have work there is more than three looking,” the tired voice replied.

“No work. I am seeking old soldiers. I need them for another task.”

“What are the names?”

“Russell, Broussard and Honeycut,” Trumble said.

“Sir you are several hundred miles south for those three. They headed up to Ohio through Kentucky.”

“Kentucky!” one of Trumble’s men exclaimed.

“Then Kentucky is where we will go next,” Trumble said.

As they watched the riders depart the man who gave the answer leaned near to his friend. “I hope Finn kept the trail hot to California like he planned. Trumble won’t stop until he finds them!”

Tomorrow you can check back at The Fiction Playground for the for the next post about Ueley Carlisle, the developer in Harrington that is ready to demand more timber and lumber than either O’Grady or Rollins can fathom.

 

 

Saving O’Grady Timber & Lumber – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 19

SSteel 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 causes the three to question their grand scheme to escape their collective pasts.

By now you understand the overarching plot of The Steel Horse Saviors revolves around the plan hatched with the aid of Lulubelle the steam locomotive to rescue O’Grady T & L. Clementine gradually begins to see the truth that her way of trying to maintain the status quo will never equate to a long term future for her business or her family.

Allowing the trio of newcomers to voice their opinions so freely is something that comes slowly to Clementine. She has always had to fight to have her voice heard over those of the men in her life. The proof that Finn, Nolan and Brou are in her corner brings her around to their ideas.

Here is an excerpt:

Clementine’s head was spinning. These three strangers, well she knew she had to reassess what exactly they were because they certainly were making a positive impact to the future of O’Grady Timber & Lumber, were proposing some earth shattering possibilities. If everything they promised was possible Clementine was going to have just as daunting a problem ahead: finding reliable labor.

She knew she could learn a lot from these three very different personalities. Finn was brash, confident and willing to take on any challenge. Nolan was strong both physically and mentally, proving he could withstand the sometimes reckless plans Finn hatched. Brou had the technical mind to put non-working machines back in order.  She found herself wondering if she could continue what they wanted to start if they decided their time in Penley River was done.

Tomorrow you can check back at The Fiction Playground for the third recap of the weeks six posts as well as another roster of new bloggers you might want to visit. For that click on this: Recap #3.

 

 

 

 

Rollins Lumber – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 18

RSteel 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.

Rollins Lumber, while the main competitor to O’Grady Timber & Lumber, is nowhere near as developed with only a decade in operation. The main difference is the ruthlessness Quentin Rollins brought with him into this new business venture. From his past as a tenement manager with hundreds of residents Quentin has learned how to get what he needs in negotiations.

Quentin Rollins believes he can manipulate Clementine and O’Grady T & L however he chooses while he quietly but steadily pulls their business apart. The entrance into the equation of the Saviors and different voices for Clementine’s ears puts a whole different spin on the status quo.

Here is an excerpt:

So, let me get this straight,” Finn said failing miserably to hide the incredulous expression on his face. “You cut all the timber that both O’Grady and Rollins use in their operations?”

“That’s right. Quentin used up all of his timber just prior to father’s death. His new timber will not be mature for at least another five years.”

“You have a monopoly, Miss O’Grady,” Brou said.

“A monopoly?” Clementine asked.

“You control the market,” Finn said. “You can set the price.”

“That isn’t fair,” Clementine said.

“Has Rollins always been fair to you?” Finn asked.

“No,” Clementine said lowering her head.  

“You can demand a new price from Rollins Lumber. If they refuse you can haul it elsewhere on Lulubelle,” Brou suggested.

In the next post you will find out more about how the Saviors plan to save Clementine, the O’Grady family and their business in Saving O’Grady Timber & Lumber.