Beanery Online Literary Magazine

October 7, 2009

AT FORT LIGONIER: Excerpt from book, WARPATH



An excerpt from WARPATH

Charles R. Martin & Sara Mitchell Martin

An excerpt from the book WARPATH, a self-published historical novel set in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

     When the French and Indian war ended in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris, John Martin heard that some of the Ohio Indians were coming to Fort Ligonier to discuss treaties. He was already in Bedford Village and decided to go, without hesitation, to the fort. It was some days hike away, but he arrived in time to see that there were Delaware Indians present. Fort Ligonier was large and strong and well manned. The Indians were camped a half mile away, having teepees and horses.

     After first making himself known to the red-coated soldiers at the Fort, John asked the soldier who seemed most in charge if he knew the Indians.

     “Yes. They have been coming around lately, being fairly friendly. We give them what we can of our stores to try to build some sort of relationship. Do you talk Indian?”

     “Well, I used to be able to make myself understood. That was a while back. They took my family: my wife and five of my children.”

     “I am sorry to hear about that. Did you get any back yet?”

     “Yes, my wife, she is just an incredible person. She made her way back with the youngest, a little girl. They had quite an adventure. The Indians still have (more…)

March 30, 2009

Billy Chireve (Part I of Chapter I)

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BILLY CHIREVE (Part 1 of Chapter 1)

Billy Chireve

     The Beanery Writers group online literary magazine offers Southwestern Pennsylvania authors an opportunity to share information on books they’ve written. Below is the first half of the first chapter of Mark Phaneuf’s new book. The second half will be posted at the beginning of next week.
     Mark Phaneuf was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. He received his BA in English from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and his MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He lives in Plum Borough, PA, with his wife, daughter and dog. His first novel, Chandler College, was published in 2006. “Billy Chireve” is the first chapter to his new novel
The Irony Gods.
All great couples seem to have interesting stories about how they met. Maybe their hearts collided when one ran a stop sign and plowed his SUV into the side of her sporty hatchback. Or maybe they were childhood sweethearts, who as the years progressed, played more and more intricate games of hide and seek. Elena Mercado and Luke Earle were such a couple. Forced together as Driver’s Ed partners in 10th grade, Elena and Luke learned the rules of love and the rules of the roads simultaneously. Along with parallel parking and identifying the blind spot, they discovered (more…)