An Excerpt From My Latest Book

I thought you might enjoy reading an excerpt from my latest fiction writing project for grownups. The story is titled It Was Her Eyes. It is un-edited and likely will go through multiple more revisions, but several of you have said you enjoy experiencing my writing at various stages of it’s creation, so here goes:


I was fortunate the moon was so bright. I could avoid at least some of the major the obstacles in my path. It seemed my toes and the soles of my bare feet managed to find every sharp rock and prickly plant along the way, and whatever I didn’t step on, I tripped over. I cursed under my breath through chattering teeth, as my whole body shivered.

I took stock of my situation. I didn’t know where I was or how (or even if) I’d ever get home. I was in little more than my underwear, walking in the dark, in a place I’d never been, about 125 years before I’d even been born. I couldn’t be seen in my current state of undress without probably being shot or arrested, yet somehow I had to quickly get clothes, a horse, tackle, guns and ammo, food, and everything else I’d need for a two-week round-trip hard ride, then race against several ruthless men into unknown territory in a foreign country whose people spoke a language I couldn’t speak or understand. Worst of all, I’d just left an enchanting naked woman after making a promise to her that I had no way of knowing whether I had even the slightest chance I could keep. But if I failed, her sister and other young ladies were likely to suffer the same terrible fate as Isabella.


With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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30 Responses to An Excerpt From My Latest Book

  1. utesmile says:

    Sounds good…. more please

  2. Russ, your writing skills are multi facetted! I loved this.

  3. Mrs. P says:

    I love seeing how you have evolved as a writer. Great description in paragraph one…might want to change your soulful soles into just plain ones. That typo stopped a beautiful description dead in its tracks. 😉 Thank goodness for editors who allow us to just spill out from our hearts and then help make sense of it. 😀

  4. Joan says:

    Wow, Russ- that pretty darn good

  5. Very nice… next course, please

  6. ksbeth says:

    nice writing, russ. keep us updated with new pieces as you go along. always nice to read what you’re working on –

  7. Wow – talk about a hook!! Actually, this could be your excellent 3-minute blurb while speed dating an agent. Really!

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