Mistaken Marshal: Lady & the Lawman Collection By Crystal L Barnes

“He caught one of them?”
“One of who?” Beau glanced at the dark-haired kid in his hold, a kid who wore a bandanna covering all but his wide blue eyes. A bandanna? What on earth had that spawn-of-Satan horse gotten him into?
“See if you can find the others,” Shorty ordered.
The troublemaker turned his head, causing the bandanna to slip, revealing smooth cheeks without a hint of stubble.
“Right.” With a nod, Lanky hurried toward the water.
Without warning, the kid sank his teeth into Beau’s arm and broke from his hold.
“Ouch! Why, you little brat!” Beau snagged the boy’s leg, knocking him to the ground, and pinned him in the wet sand. “I ought to turn you over my knee.”
“We’re going to do worse than that.”
At the new voice, fear flickered in the kid’s eyes.
Keeping his hands on the young man’s shoulders, Beau looked up to find a well dressed, if winded, older gentleman standing next to Shorty, gun drawn.
“Nice work, mister. You just caught yourself an outlaw.”
An outlaw? Beau glanced down at the youngster whose voice hadn’t even changed. He couldn’t be more than thirteen or fourteen. How could someone so young already be an outlaw?
Troublemaker, yes, but outlaw?
“Where are the other three?” the gentleman questioned.
Shorty cocked his head toward the water. “Lawson went to see if he could find their trail.”
“Mr. Grimes, perhaps you should lend Mr. Lawson a hand.”
With a nod, Shorty took off as another man approached, horses in tow.
“Mr. Hewitt, toss this fella a rope and help them, please, sir.” The dapper gentleman took the horses’ reins from the balding man Beau had met at the livery earlier that day and turned to Beau. “I believe Mr. . . .”
“Bones,” Beau offered as he accepted the rope from Hewitt and set to binding the outlaw’s hands.
“I believe Mr. Bones and I can manage this one on our own.” The leader paused, drawing Beau’s gaze upward. The bearded man looked from Beau to Satan’s Spawn—or Buster as the horse was more commonly known, a name which now made much more sense considering his aching backside—and back again. “Bones? Are you any kin to our late marshal?”
Beau finished securing the knot, one perfected by what his brothers used to use on him through the years, and hauled the youngster to his feet. “Yes, sir. He was my uncle.”
“Well, looks like you two were cut from the same cloth.”
Beau wished that were true. His namesake had been brave, fierce, afraid of nothing and no one. He was the only one who’d ever believed Beau could amount to something, could do more than struggle in his brothers’ shadows. He’d hoped by coming to Small Tree, Texas, he could prove his uncle right. Prove everyone else wrong. Prove that he could be his own man.
But on his first day in town, he couldn’t even ride his uncle’s horse.
“I’m Mayor Arthur Jones.” After shaking Beau’s hand, the graying gentleman led the way through the trees, the prisoner between them. “I assume you’re here to settle your uncle’s estate, Mr. Bones. Are you going to be in town long?”
“Well, I, uh. . .I’d thought to stay on awhile, but—”
“Wonderful. We could sure use a man like you around Small Tree. As you can see, trouble has already found us in the short time since your uncle’s passing. My condolences, by the way.”
“Thank you.”
“What would it take to talk you into staying on and being our new town marshal?”
Beau couldn’t help laughing at the outlandish thought. “Not much, bu—”
“Stupendous! You’re hired.”
“Hired? Wait. What?”
“The job comes with a monthly stipend, plus room and board.” The mayor kept talking,
but Beau’s brain couldn’t take in any more.
Hired? Him? A marshal? He didn’t know anything about being a lawman, only the wild tales his uncle used to spin when he’d come to visit. Tales a little boy with seven older brothers could only imagine experiencing. He couldn’t fill his uncle’s boots, not in a thousand years, not in ten thousand. The mayor was highly mistaken if he thought Beau could handle such an important job. Sure, he’d always dreamed of such a chance, but he couldn’t. . .
He wouldn’t. . .
It wasn’t right to let the mayor, the town, think him capable—
The outlaw stumbled, breaking Beau’s inner argument and his grip on the kid’s arm.
The boy pivoted toward the trees.
“Oh no, you don’t.” Beau had tried that move with his brothers too many times to count. Snagging the youngster’s waist, he tossed him over his shoulder.
The mayor angled him a grin. “See, I knew you were the right man for the job the minute I laid eyes on you. This way, Marshal. I’ll show you where you can lock up this prisoner. Then we’ll send for the judge.”
At the praise, Beau couldn’t help standing a little straighter. Maybe he could do this job. Maybe this was the exact opportunity he’d prayed for almost all his life. Maybe, just maybe, if he tried real hard, he could prove the mayor hadn’t just made the biggest mistake of his life by making Beau Bones the newest marshal of Small Tree, Texas.

—Mistaken Marshal by Crystal L Barnes from the Lady and the Lawman Collection, Barbour Publishing.
Howdy y’all! Crystal Barnes here and I hope you enjoyed that sneak peek into my novella in the Lady and the Lawman collection. I got my story idea by kinda blending the Shakiest Gun in the West starring Don Knotts with Marshall Dillon from Gunsmoke. I loved hearing my husband’s laughter as he read this scene about Beau Bones getting roped into a job he never saw coming, so I thought I’d share the fun.
How about you? Have you ever been roped into a job you never expected to have? How did it turn out?
You’ll have to read the rest of Mistaken Marshal to find out how Beau fares. I know I’ve been momunteered many times in my life. For those of you unfamiliar with that term, it’s when your mother volunteers you for something. A situation that normally turns out pretty well because we end up doing the task together.
I’ll be giving away a FREE autographed paperback copy of the Lady and the Lawman to one of this
post’s commenters, so be sure to tell me some of your stories. (Paperback for contiguous US winners only. Sorry.)

Before I go let me add a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all y’all at Petticoats & Pistols!

Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the celebration today!

A best-selling author, bona fide country girl, and former competitive gymnast, Crystal L Barnes tells stories of fun, faith, and friction that allow her to share her love of Texas, old-fashioned things, and the Lord—not necessarily in that order.
When she’s not writing, reading, or singing, Crystal enjoys spending time with family, exploring on road-trips, and watching old movies/sitcoms. I Love Lucy and Little House on the Prairie are two of her favorites.

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42 Comments

  1. Welcome Crystal- it’s so good to have you visiting. Your book sounds amazing!!!!

    1. Thanks, Tanya! I always love visiting P&P. 🙂

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    Welcome! The book sounds like a fun read. I tend to get myself roped into jobs all on my own by saying yes a little too quickly without thinking it through so I don’t need anyone else’s help. Things like Sunday school teacher, heading a committee or starting a new youth group back when I didn’t have the time for such things. They all turned out okay until I could find a way to pass the positions on to someob else though.

    1. I can totally relate, Stephanie. I’ve done that multiple times as well.
      Thanks for sharing and for stopping by. 🙂

  3. This sounds wonderful I have never read any. I always wind up doing things I am not sure how I go involved.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the snippet, Debra.
      Isn’t it crazy how easily that happens?

  4. Your book sound fabulous and I can’t wait to read it. I am always getting roped into do things until I finally learned the word no. It works pretty good sometimes. I have had to make quilts for people, curtains and things like that. My husband even roped me in to helping dig out a pond in the back yard that was a big mistake. Oh yes there are so many things I have been roped you can’t even mention then all.

    1. Digging out a pond… now that definitely sounds like a story and like something I’d get roped into too.
      Thanks for sharing, Quilt Lady, and I hope you get to enjoy the rest of Mistaken Marshal soon.:)

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt. The last time I got roped into a job I wasn’t prepared for was at my last job. I was the receptionist at a print shop. I got roped into sales and it included making calls to companies. I stunk at it. I could sell at stores that I worked in because people came to me. But, I couldn’t make calls to people and try to get them interested in using our company for the printing needs. I also got roped into doing fundraising for a cat rescue I was volunteering for. I wasn’t prepared, but ended up loving it. I did online auctions.

    1. Online auctions… now that sounds like fun. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised. I’m like you, I doubt I’d have been able to do the sales phone calls.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. I’m glad you enjoyed the sneak peek.

  6. Hello, the book sounds great. I really can’t think of anything that I was volunteered for, except for what I volunteered myself.

    1. Your book sounds like a winner! Thank you for sharing your post!

      1. Thanks, Melanie. So glad you could stop by.

    2. Glad you like the sound of it. I hope you get to enjoy the rest.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Welcome – loved that scene!! Liked your FB page too!

  8. Good Morning and Welcome. I enjoyed your post.

    1. Thank you, ma’am. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  9. This sounds so good!! I watch reruns of Gunsmoke 6 days a week! I remember Don Knotts in Shakiest, too.

    1. So cool! I hope you get to enjoy the rest of the story.

  10. There have been many jobs which I was roped into. I still am very busy with helping out everyday for family and this will continue for years. Dogsitting, chauffeur duties, babysitting etc.

    1. Do I detect a hint of enjoyment in that list? 🙂

  11. Hi Crystal! Loved the blurb! I can see where this is going. Looking forward to reading it.
    I have to say , getting roped into a job I didn’t ask for , is probably my middle name. lol
    My husband is a minister. Even though he tells me to be involved in the areas I feel best for me,
    I’m constantly finding out about something I’m supposed to be doing the day before or day of. lol
    It’s not intentional, it’s just by the time he has talked to so many people, he forgets to tell me.
    Just assuming I already know. lol
    We are actually retired now, but he decided to minister part time at a little church. It’s not as demanding as the large
    Churches, so he feels like he’s doing what he was called to do, preach! Anyway, I still get pulled into jobs, but as always, it really is a blessing and pleasure.

    1. LOL! We’ve had some of those moments with our church. Thank y’all for your ministry.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing.

  12. I had the honor of getting an ARC of The Lady and The Lawman and it is wonderful! I have been brolunteered many times, my brother loves pulling me into things.

    1. So glad to hear that you’re enjoy the collection, Abigail!

      Haha! I didn’t grow up with a brother, but oh I can imagine the stories. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  13. I’m looking forward to reading this and glad to have a chance to receive an autographed copy.

    I didn’t get roped into doing something myself, but I had a lady talk me into letting her son do some work for me and that did not turn out well.

    1. Oooeee, that doesn’t sound good.

      I hope you get to enjoy the rest of Beau’s story, Linda. Thanks for stopping by.

  14. I somehow ended up becoming President of our church council. I came to enjoy it and like to think the council did some good, but still not sure how it happened.

    1. Hahaha! I think we’ve all had those moments, Sally. I’m sure y’all did some real good. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Happy Friday Seekers! I’m very careful to not get myself roped into anything.

    1. Oh to have that kind of willpower!

      Happy Friday, Caryl!

  16. Sounds good.

  17. Welcome Crystal. This is a lovely cover. Thoughtful. Oh my but this story sounds like such a fun book. Thanks for writing it and for sharing with the rest of us. I did a lot of volunteering growing up. Still do. Our two children were always volunteering me for something. There many times I had to actually say “stop, I can only do so much right now” They would stop for a while and it would pick up again. But it gave me a chance to know the teachers and principals. To know a lot of the other children. It gave me a chance to talk with other parents and even share about my faith. I was so grateful to my husband and God that I was allowed to be a stay at home mom.

    1. Sounds like your being volunteered turned out to be a great blessing for you and for others, Lori. Thanks so much for sharing.

      I’m glad you like the sound of the book. I hope you get to enjoy the whole collection. Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. As a preacher’s daughter who was musically talented, I was volunteered to play or sing for many weddings and funerals. My dad has been in Heaven for 38 years now, and I still miss helping him out serving God. I loved your post. Thank you for sharing your new book with us.

  19. Hi, your book sounds like a very good fun read! I love the cover also. Yes, I have been volunteered to do a lot of things. When my daughter was in kindergarten I was asked by her Catechism teacher if I would sub one day for her, I did and I stayed teaching catechism for over 20 years and I loved it, it is very rewarding, I didn’t think I couldn’t do it, and I did, so I am very Thankful for that. I have also volunteered to mentor reading for 2nd and 3rd graders and that is also very rewarding, especially hearing the little ones reading much better the end of the school year from when the school year started. I enjoyed reading this blog, Thank you so much;. Have a great weekend. God Bless you.

  20. I asked the football coach if we were going to do team dinners, next thing I know is I’m tagged on an email as the team mom in charge of everything. I did a fantastic job!

  21. I was volunteered to babysit my little cousins. I didn’t make much money that summer because I spent it on the cuties but I had lots of fun with them.

  22. I will say I have been guilty of momunteering our 3 children many times over. They have grown up to be involved, helpful adults. I have been roped into many jobs over the years and it still happens. I was asked to take on the lead volunteer position for an organization I was active in. I said no, I was not knowledgeable enough nor did I have the time for the task. The next meeting the regional director came and announced the new volunteer lead – me. I worked hard at getting things squared away and institute new programs. I held the position for over 4 years and they just finally found 2 people to take over the position.

  23. beautiful book cover

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