I first wrote The Race in 2003 as a promotion that CanalPlace in Cumberland gave away as part of CanalFest that year. It was fun to jump my Canawlers series ahead a decade and write a story featuring Tony and Thomas.
With this new release of The Race (which has been out of print for two years), I was also able to go back through the story and fix some mistakes and add a little bit more to it.
The Race is set in 1872 in Shanty Town, the rowdy, waterfront area of Cumberland, Maryland.
In a drunken celebration of his 20th birthday, canaller Tony Fitzgerald made a stupid boast and an even stupider bet. He will race his canal boat against a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for three miles along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal where it parallels the railroad.
If Tony loses the race, he will watch the canal boat that he doesn’t even own become firewood in a railroader’s fireplace.
Caught in a bet that he can’t get out of, Tony and his brother Thomas must figure out a way to at least give the train some competition.
In the days leading up to the race, it becomes more of a competition between canallers and railroaders who don’t need another reason to not like each other. Pride runs high and the bets are even higher.
There are those who don’t want one side or the other to win and they are willing to sabotage the train and canal boat to guarantee the victory they want.
The pressure is on for Tony to win an impossible race.
The Race sell for 99 cents at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Smashwords. Check it out if you have an e-reader.