Monday, September 15, 2014

Joshua Returns

Meanwhile in Carson City the telegraph office’s delivery boy brings a message to the sheriff’s office.

Todd reads it and says, “Well I’ll be damned.  Listen to this Lenny," and he goes on to read the message.

Lenny says, “I never thought we’d hear of Tyler Martin again.  Damn it sounds as if he’s done real well for himself.  Good for him.  What do you want to do Todd?”

“The interesting thing is we’ve given the city council ninety days to find a new sheriff.  We have four deputies here besides ourselves, so we could take the time off to meet these dudes from Silver Lake.  If Tyler recommended us, I suspect it would be a good fit for us.  I’m getting tired of deputies who do nothing and whine and cry. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Getting the Names

Returning to the table Tyler said, “The last time I spoke with these men was when I lived in Nevada.  They were the law in Carson City.  Todd Sherman was the sheriff and Lenny Baker was his deputy.   Whether or not they are still there is what you need to find out and possibly they might be looking for a change.  I sensed both of them were getting the itchy feeling of moving on because Carson City was getting to a size they were uncomfortable with.  The trouble is that was almost two years ago and they could be anywhere right now.”

“We’ll send a wire to the sheriff’s office in Carson City and see what we come up with.”

“Joshua, did Peter get the council to raise the pay level of the lawmen?”

“He told us what you said and we voted on it knowing we need to do something before real trouble develops.  It was approved.”

Monday, September 8, 2014

In Silver Lake

Inside of Maggie’s, the two women are hugging each other.  Maggie has tears in her eyes.  “I am so happy for you,” Maggie says.

“Tyler is so happy he is beginning to treat me like someone who is going to break.”

At that moment Tyler enters the restaurant.

“Well look who it is the new expectant papa.”

Tyler turns bright red from the attention.

Maggie walks over to Tyler and gives him a hug.

“Lunch is on me as a special present.  Have you told Jessica yet?” 

“No, I wanted to see you first and then to stop over to the boarding house.”

“Jessica is going to be as happy for you as I am.  My god woman, of the three of us you are riding high.  You caught a good man and now you are going to have children.”

Monday, September 1, 2014

Council Meeting

When everyone is seated, Peter begins.  He explains how Jake came to the hotel this afternoon and described what one of his customers saw through the window and where his remarks led.  

“Jake do you want to add anything to what I said?”

“No, I believe you covered everything just the way I told you.”

Randy says, “So why are we sitting here in an emergency meeting?”

Henry remarks, “Sounds to me like you expect this bunch to rob the bank.”

Doc Keller asks, “Didn’t we discuss that the building of a bank in town could cause robbers to try and steal the money? And cause havoc of unknown proportions.”

Jeff replies, “Yes, we did discuss it and I am the first to say we have been lax in creating a plan to insure our monies are safe, because we have been hoping to hire a sheriff.”

Joshua continues the conversation, “You expect one lawman to stand up to a gang of five or more.  I don’t think that is realistic.”

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Due to the railroad line passing through Salt Lake City, Silver Lake is also growing.   
On the positive outlook, the town is growing in population numbers.  Three additional shops and a bank were established over the last year and most of the community seems content with its growth.
Content until the day the Steven’s gang rides through.  There are five of them.  Herman Stevens, the oldest, is riding center with Clyde Stevens riding on his right and Ernie to Clyde’s right.  Tom and Dick are on Herman’s left.  The five of them ride abreast down the center of town.  Their rutty appearances set off many townspeople wondering who these men are.  Their looks set off instinctive fear in civilized peoples’ souls.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Signing Event

Joe Smiga will be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble book store at 1741 So. Willow Street Manchester NH 03103 on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  This is Joe's seventh book and the sequel to his western "A Cowboy's Vengeance."  The title of the sequel is:  "Silver Lake's Transformation."  If you like the westerns from television you will love these books.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

One Came Back

The seventy two previous excerpts you may have read if you read all of them come from the third book to the Behind the Lies series.  It's title is:  One Came Back.  You are in for a grand finale ending of the series when you read this one.