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  • Indigo Sea Press 11:01 am on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RUBICON RANCH: RILEY’S STORY — Chapter 10: Seth Bryan — by Lazarus Barnhill

    Consuela, the hostess, acknowledged Frio and Midget as they entered the café. By the time they were seated at the table with Seth and Melanie, she was beside them with their drinks. Coffee—with cream, no sugar—for the lieutenant and a large fruit punch for the deputy.

    The officers stared at Melanie, clearly uncertain about why she was there and what they could say in front of her.

    “This may be the most amazing development of this entire unbelievable morning, Deputy,” Seth said casually. “I just watched Miss Gray here put away two-thirds of Consuela’s Number Three Special in five minutes. Never said a word while she was eating.”

    “That is amazing,” Midget said. “I’ve never been able to finish one myself.”

    Frio laughed. “What caca! I’ve seen you down two Number Three’s at one sitting.” She nodded toward the civilian. “We need to talk and I’m not sure about your guest here.”

    “What a coincidence,” the sheriff said. “She’s not sure about us. I’m bringing her on, unofficially, as a special consultant.”

    Her chin tilted to one side, Melanie asked, “What makes you think I want to be some special consultant?”

    You can find the rest of the chapter here: http://rubiconranch.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/chapter-10-seth-bryan-by-lazarus-barnhill/

  • Indigo Sea Press 10:12 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RUBICON RANCH: RILEY’S STORY — Chapter 2: Seth Bryan — by Lazarus Barnhill

    “Look I know you’re dressed for the desert and everything,” Bryan said, “but I hope you won’t be offended if I ask you to sit in the unit here for a minute or two and enjoy the air conditioning while I talk to my deputies.”

    He could tell she was thinking over his request carefully, that Melanie didn’t quite trust him. She also didn’t act like someone who had just killed a child and was trying to cover it up, although—he judged—she might be clever enough to do just that.

    “Well if I have to wait,” she said, “I guess I’m better off in here than out in hundred degree weather.”

    Bryan opened the driver’s door. “One hundred and three degrees,” he corrected.

    Frio and Midget were standing within a few feet of the discarded TV, as if to make sure the child inside did not get out and skip away. Midget paid less attention to the crime scene than the scrub brush and mounds of rock and dirt around him.

    “Do we know who this was?” the sheriff asked as he joined them.

    “No,” Frio said. “If she’s from this housing development, it won’t be hard to find out. Not too many girls her age up here.”

    “They don’t know she’s gone,” Midget offered in his falsetto. “Otherwise they would have reported her missing before Flower Child over there found her.”

    “Yeah, unless they killed her.”

    Click here to read the rest of the chapter: http://rubiconranch.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/chapter-two-seth-bryan-by-lazarus-barnhill/

  • Indigo Sea Press 2:15 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Lacey Took a HolidayFeatured Author of the Day: Lazarus Barnhill

    She sold her soul for a bottle. He stole it back.

    Lacey Grady is “a woman of leisure” and an alcoholic. Andy Warren is a bitter and jaded WWI veteran whose wife and only son died during childbirth. When Andy recognizes that Lacey is drinking herself to death, he kidnaps her out the brothel where she works and takes her to his mountaintop farm.

    Besides being a sweet romance, Lazarus Barnhill’s LACEY TOOK A HOLIDAY is a profound and profoundly moving story of redemption.

    Click here to read the first chapter of LACEY TOOK A HOLIDAY: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/lacey-took-a-holiday-by-lazarus-barnhill/

  • Indigo Sea Press 2:09 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Lazarus Barnhill, author of LACEY TOOK A HOLIDAY

    Second Wind: How long do the ideas for your books take to develop?

    Lazarus Barnhill: Beside my bed I keep a spiral notebook that has the outlines for two dozen books in it. Whenever I get an idea for a book, I write down a tentative title (you call the baby something when it’s born, although in the long run it creates its own true name), the basic plot and the key characters. Over time I, as I brood about the stories, I’ll go back to my notebook and add more detail, alter the plot, rename the characters, etc. The stories continue to grow. In a way they “become ripe” over time—that is, I get to a point where I can’t help but start the actual writing process. Each ripens at its own pace. CADDO CREEK, the sequel to LACEY TOOK A HOLIDAY, chronologically takes place ninety years after the original story and was actually conceived after the “first sequel,” LACEY’S CHILD. I guess the bottom line to the question for me is that a story is a living thing: it develops within the author’s being and emerges when the time is right for it.

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