Saturday, April 13, 2013

4-14-13 - Whom do you trust?

        Beta readers have the next twenty-one chapters of my serial, The Presidents Club. Once they're done and I've made the corrections and edits, my publisher, Venture Galleries, will increase the frequency to three chapters a week. 
        The goal is to have The Presidents Club out in trade paperback and e-book in time for back-to-school.  Teachers need something to read while the students are playing Fruit Ninja.

The Set Up:
        This week's snippet is from Chapter Twenty-one, which goes live Sunday, the 14th. In this scene, the regulars at the Louisville Tavern have been engaged in a lively discussion concerning the meaning of trust and what it means to them. 
        We join the scene just as Reverend Thomas Pritchett is concluding...

The Eight Sentences:

"Until then, we just enjoy being together and take care of each other till the time comes that we have to depend on that belief -- that trust.”
No one spoke for a moment so the pastor made it easy for them by asking, “Who thinks they can beat me in a game of checkers?”
Dr. Risk was ready, “I’ll take you on! Hit me with your best shot, Preacher!”
“Watch out, Doc,” advised York, “he’s liable to baptize you.”
The pastor turned to the smart mouth and said, “But I wouldn’t hold him under half as long as I would you.”
York muttered, “And all this time I thought I could trust you.” The two men exchanged smiles as Tommy Pritchett ambled over to the table where the checker board was set up.

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  1. Love, love, love me some Presidents' Club!

  2. Great exchange and I love the sarcasm from the preacher. This book sounds soooo intriguing to me. Great eight!

  3. “But I wouldn’t hold him under half as long as I would you.”

    Love it!

  4. You do that so well. I love the sense of camaraderie, the underlying love and respect, these guys have for each other. Excellently done.

  5. More true-to-life conversation and ribbing between these guys - excellent excerpt!

  6. Love the pastor's line about baptism. Having had the full body dunk at the age of 8, I felt like I was drowning!!!!

  7. Great group of old friends. Well done.

  8. So are they plotting a conspiracy following their discussion of last week and now talking about trust...?
    Preacher's sense of humor is a fun addition to this snippet and the responses are great in keeping the dialogue smooth.

  9. I absolutely love the interaction between these men. It's so comfortable, and you know that these men have worn each other's friendship for a long time.

  10. I love that the pastor realized the discomfort and diffused it with a new topic. Good snippet, Frank. :)

  11. LOL- half as long huh. Nice dialogue.
    My 8

  12. HA! Great line, "But I wouldn’t hold him under half as long as I would you.” These guys are all so different, yet they have a common bond. Another great snippet!

    History Sleuth's Writings

  13. You've hit on some nice details here regarding friendship and camaraderie. Nicely done!

  14. The strong sense of character and realism that permeates the dialogue and relationships makes this really compelling. Great job!

  15. I love these guys. Great banter as usual!

    I chuckled when I read this line.
    “But I wouldn’t hold him under half as long as I would you.”

  16. Love the dialogue. They all have such great attitude!

    ~Joyce Scarbrough