KANE’S CHANCE by CHERYL PIERSON

I started to write a short story several months back that turned into a novella.  I wrote the novella and realized I wasn’t done with the story…so I wrote two more. These were my “Kane” trilogy—Kane’s Redemption, Kane’s Promise and Kane’s Destiny. These stories really wouldn’t be classified as a “romance” story. There’s no sex, not really even any spoken words of love between Jacobi Kane and his love interest, Laura, who later becomes his wife.

I did this on purpose, since the stories are told from the point of view of a young boy. That stuff would be too mushy for him to think about for too long. No, these stories are more action oriented, and being told from the first person viewpoint, it’s necessary to keep a high level of feeling to the forefront.

Will Green is the young boy who tells the stories. In KANE’S REDEMPTION, we meet him at the age of 9, almost 10. His parents and older sister have just been murdered by the Apache, and he has been kidnapped as they torch his home. But a few days later,  just as he’s given up hope, a mysterious man walks right into the Apache camp and rescues him.  Jacobi Kane has a mysterious past that he isn’t too keen on discussing with Will, though Will senses a kind of kinship between the two of them as they travel toward Fort Worth and safety. Kane harbors a terrible secret that might force Will’s hero worship of him to turn quickly to hatred…or of understanding, that Kane is a man who does what he must. But will that realization be enough, and is Will mature enough to come to grips with what Kane had to do?

In KANE’S PROMISE, Will continues to learn more about Jacobi Kane’s past when a group of law officers seek Kane’s help in capturing some of the same Apache Indian band that killed Will’s family.  Kane resists going because he is now re-married, with a new baby on the way and tells the lawmen he’s turned in his badge for good—years ago. But a promise he made in the past keeps him hungry for vengeance, and his new wife urges him to go and see an end to it all.  Of course, Will is not going to be left behind. Jacobi might need him!

KANE’S DESTINY wraps up the trilogy with a surprise visit from a man Will had never expected to see—his ship building magnate grandfather, from Boston, Robert Green. His grandfather first tries to intimidate him into returning to Boston with him, then falls back on honesty only when he must to convince Will to come back. Will vehemently refuses, but when he hears two of his grandfather’s men planning to murder his grandfather, he knows he has to go at least part of the way—to the first stop, back where it all started—the little burned out cabin where his family was murdered over two years past. Jacobi is out there, trailing them for protection, unseen and silent, but then Will learns a secret that makes his blood run cold. A man that Jacobi thought of as a friend is also caught up in the plot—but Jacobi doesn’t know the tide has turned. He’s in as much danger as Will and his grandfather are.

This is just a short bit about each story, but the big news is, now you can get all three stories under one cover, KANE’S CHANCE! With a little bit of editing and changing here and there for  “flow”, these stories are all combined into one novel now. This book is loved by young and old alike, a great YA novel for boys (and girls!), but also something adults enjoy as well. I loved every minute of writing these adventures of Will Green and Jacobi Kane, and I have a feeling I’m not done yet.

Karen M. Nutt did all my wonderful covers, and she came through again for KANE’S CHANCE. I’m giving away one digital copy of KANE’S CHANCE today to a commenter, so please comment and remember to leave your contact info!

Here’s an excerpt from KANE’S CHANCE. Thirteen-year-old Will and his grandfather are having a meeting of the minds as they travel up to Indian Territory from Fort Worth. Surrounded by men who want to kill both of them, they find themselves at odds in this conversation where Will tells his grandfather some things about himself that his grandfather didn’t know.

I had learned a lot from Jacobi. And by the way my grandfather looked away and fell silent, I knew there was a mighty big hole in the story somewhere.

“What is it you’re not tellin’ me, old man?” My voice was strong but quiet. I wasn’t sure if this was some kind of family secret or somethin’ he didn’t want Jack Wheeler, riding a few paces behind us, to hear.

He gave me a sharp look. “You may call me Grandfather, William. There’s no need for disrespect.”

“No need to tell half the story, either.”

At first, he looked at me from under his eyebrows like he’d like to take a strap to me. But I looked right back at him. Finally, he nodded and glanced away.

“I’ve been so desperate to find you because…you’re my only living heir. I built a ship building dynasty for my family, Will, and there’s no one left but you.” He cursed as the wagon hit a hole and jolted him sharply.

“My sister married a man, Josiah Compton, whose wife had died. He brought two sons to the marriage, but he and Margaret never had any children together. The boys are men, now, of course. George, the eldest, is a pastor. But Ben, the younger of them, is quite a wastrel. He has squandered his inheritance and is looking for more. If you weren’t…alive….well—everything would fall to the two of them. And though George is not the type to seek gain, Ben is quite a different story.

“Ben knows I won’t be around much longer. But you will always be a threat, Will. I’m afraid this is going to end badly for one of you.”

I thought about what he’d told me. It seemed like maybe he needed me to say somethin’. It bolstered my confidence to know that somewhere out there, Jacobi was ridin’ along easy, keepin’ a eye out on us. Especially, now that I’d learned this part of the story.

I looked at him straight in the face. “I’ll tell you one thing. It ain’t gonna be me that ends up dead.”

“I didn’t say that—”

“It’s what you meant though, ain’t it? When there’s a pile of money to be had, somebody’s always worried it’ll get taken away from ’em. Even if he knows I don’t want it, he’ll be worried about it. I’ve killed before. I’ll do it again, if need be.”

His expression turned to one of shock. I went on with what I was saying. “Ain’t nobody gonna take my life over somethin’ I don’t even want.”

He studied me openly, as if he were trying to decide what he should say. I saved him the trouble.

“I know you’re wonderin’ about it, so I’ll tell you.” And I did just that, from start to finish, from the day Papa and I had been out working together and seen the Apaches ride up all the way through when Jacobi had rescued me and we’d ridden out of the Apache camp together.

“We rode as long as we could, until I fell off the horse. Then Jacobi picked me up and we rode some more. When Red Eagle caught up to us, Jacobi and him fought.” My throat dried up just thinkin’ about how I’d felt to see Red Eagle and Jacobi locked close together, fighting with everything they had, and knowin’ one of ’em was gonna end up dead.

“I killed Red Eagle. Shot him dead.”

Grandfather was quiet.

“I ain’t sorry for it, either. It felt good. Every time I think about what he did to Papa and Mama, I know it was the right thing. But mainly it was right because he was so dang pure evil.”

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Cheryl Pierson
A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
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16 Comments

  1. Well, mercy me. That Kane is just ADORABLE!!! 😀

  2. What a winner that boy is. Love his spunk. And what wonderful stories, Cheryl. Reminds me a little of Shane, the little boy, the mysterious hero with a past, but very different in other ways. Beautiful covers. Congratulations on a great release.

  3. I don’t know who I admire more, Jacobi or Will.. I think I am a little bit in love with both… Congrats on another release that I know readers are just going to flock to their booksellers to get..

  4. First time I’ve visited with my new giant monitor! WOW, Cheryl. Looks wonderful.

  5. Mary, you crack me up. I love me some Jimmy Thomas, that’s for sure. LOL
    Cheryl

  6. Elizabeth, what a wonderful, huge compliment! Thank you so much. I loved writing these stories from Will’s pov. It was good to change things up some in my writing, and even though it took a “leap of faith”, I’ve been getting some nice comments on these stories.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  7. Kathleen, I ‘m like you–I love them both too. LOL I am hoping at some point to continue Will’s story when he’s a little older. I’ve got a few ideas about that! LOL Thanks so much for coming by.
    Cheryl

  8. Cher, thanks so much. I got a bigger monitor a few months ago and I LOVE IT. Glad you got one!
    Cheryl

  9. Cheryl, this is so wonderful. I am glad you have the chance to put all three together. I am (im)patiently waiting for the printed version to arrive. I know I will be transported. You are a very good storyteller.

  10. Doris, thanks so much–that’s a wonderful compliment! The print version should be available within the next week to ten days. I will certainly keep you posted, my friend!Thanks for coming by today!
    Cheryl

  11. Congrats on the new release, Cheryl. 🙂 I wish you the best!

  12. Now that I have Kane’s Destiny, I can’t wait to dig into it. I knew his grandfather had to appear sometime, and I am looking forward to finding out how it all works out and what happens with Will at the end. I can’t help but wonder if you have any plans to write about Will when he’s all grown up?

  13. Glad to see you have it all in one place now. I like to read straight through a series, and having them combined into one book makes it so much easier. I have watched these books come out liking the sound of them. Ha
    I hope having them combined like this encourages people to pick it up and read what sounds like a good series. Best of luck for successful sales. I am looking forward to reading them.

  14. Thank you, Karen, and thank you for all the beautiful covers you’ve done for me and continue to do! You are the best, lady!
    Cheryl

  15. Hi Sarah,
    I really had planned to end it with Kane’s Destiny, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that I just can’t do it. We have to know what happens to Will when he grows up, don’t we? LOL Thanks so much for coming by and I’m glad to know you are enjoying the Kane series so much!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  16. Patricia, thank you so much for your encouraging words–I am hoping that same thing, that the re-editing and putting them all under one cover will be a great incentive for people to buy it. Thanks for coming by today!BTW, I feel that way myself about reading straight through a series.
    Cheryl

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