The third novella in the Sketches from the Spanish Mustang series has just been released for free on Smashwords.com. Mighty Chief Chappose Picks Berries tells the story of Dan, a displaced Ute who doesn’t want to be a stereotype and, worst of all, can’t escape the past. Within the next few weeks, the novella will also be available for free on amazon.com, iTunes and barnesandnoble.com.
What are the Sketches from the Spanish Mustang?
Sketches from the Spanish Mustang is a collection of six novellas–each one about 12,000 words long and focused on a character from the town of Cripple Creek. Some stories will be ghostly, some thrillers, some more family-oriented dramas. One may even be comedic in its execution. The original idea was to “sketch” a variety of people from the town and put them together in one literary collection. In the end, they will be merged together with one more interlaced story about an artist, her sketchpad and a rather unique ability.
There is also a history in Cripple Creek, and as with many histories, there are secrets. One such secret is buried inside Sketches from the Spanish Mustang. There are six clues hidden within, and if you can put the pieces of the puzzle together, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Sketches from the Spanish Mustang is being released in six parts–each a stand-alone novella–about one a month. They will be available as eBooks from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, smashwords.com and iTunes for free until the final story has been released. At that time, they will be removed, stitched together with one final story and released as a collection (both electronically and paperback). There is also the possibility of a hardback with artwork, too. More details on that later.
I hope you enjoy the stories and I encourage you to pass along the links to anyone you know who likes to read. Remember: they aren’t all horror, they aren’t all thrillers, they aren’t all romances. Sketches from the Spanish Mustang is a collection of stories, pure and simple.
There are three free novellas out:
Dan Chappose is a stereotype who doesn’t want to be one. He’s an outcast living in a world he didn’t create, a world taken from his ancestors. But Dan isn’t alone with that feeling. There are others who feel it, too–dead or not. And they want revenge for the sins of the past.
Shortly after his wife killed herself, Nathan James learns the truth about her affairs of the flesh. With nothing to lose and enough cold rage to fuel his quest, Nathan seeks nothing more than revenge. Will he find it or is something more sinister going on?
Veronica Draper has a problem. Three problems, actually: her mother, her daughter and herself. Somewhere lost in that triad is a way to dig herself out of the mess she’s in and find peace. But where can peace be found in a town struggling to cope with avarice, greed and sloth? How, in death, is there life?