A Piece of the New Book

Already nearly a month of the new  year has gone by. Amazing! I promised you an excerpt from the new book I am working on. This book, Headed West,  is an action-adventure with a little bit of romance thrown in for people like me who like happiness. I chose a scene with the beginnings of that friendship although I have to say that the get-away portion which follows shortly after – was awfully fun to write! If you read my first novel – you know this is a whole new genre for me, kind of scary but it turned out to be a whole lot of fun.  Here goes.

From: Headed West, A Journal of Adjustment by Barbara Tyner

A small, striped lizard ran across the trail. It ran, then stopped, then took off again, disappearing beneath a rock ledge. Michael smiled and turned like a moth to a flame, reaching out to poke his new pole under the rock where he had seen the tail disappear. With his arm outstretched, he could easily prod deep under the rocks but when he did so, he somehow lost his footing on the loose gravel and slid toward the edge.

“Ouch! Jeez,” he yelled, catching himself before going over. His elbow took the brunt of the fall. When his forward progress was arrested, he grabbed the elbow and rocked back and forth, hoping the pain would quickly subside. Rocks skittered away and slid over the edge, falling for long moments before Michael heard them land below.

Hearing footsteps running in his direction, Michael scooted his bottom away from the edge and slid his backpack off, careful to avoid the elbow.


He looked up in surprise at the familiar voice. A smile spread across his face and the pain was forgotten. Jenna panted from her mad dash down the trail. She had been hiding in a rock ledge further up the trail.

“What are you doing here?” she said, catching her breath.

“I could ask you the same question,” he answered, shrugging as if it was no big deal. He was unaware that his elbow was dripping bright red drops all over the terra cotta sandstone.

Jenna’s eyes widened when she noticed the splattered blood. “Are you all right?”

“Yea, I’m fine, just feeling a little stupid at the moment.”

Jenna grinned. She knelt down and touched his arm close to the scraped skin. “We should clean this.”

Michael noted the ‘we’ in her words, his brain momentarily caught on the word.

This is unedited and subject to change – but it gives you a taste of the beginnings of a great friendship. Right after this, the bad guys show up so it gets all kinds of complicated! Fun Fun Fun to write. Have a good week!

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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