This is a collection of eleven short stories, mostly set in California currently. In Two Birds of Paradise, we learn that Todd's wife left him after he lost a leg and returned from Iraq. He meets someone at the Los Angeles Hilton who has a lot in common with him. She kws how to ease his worries and make the time fly. In Stay Frosty, we are surprised to see that Kris Klug has returned to the readers who first met him in the vel, Mojave Winds, where he seemed to have won the battle. In Stay Frosty, we find that he has t won the war. His wife, Sheila, witnesses the kidnapping of her best friend and fellow dancer. As Klug quickly takes action to search and rescue Sheila's friend, he runs up against a group of bikers, who make a living by bartering women for drugs from Mexico to sell in California. This short story, Stay Frosty dovetails into the sequel vel, Mexican Trade. In The Iraqi Woman, we discover the Bedouin, a young Iraqi woman locked up alone in a house. Her wealthy husband made an exception to local customs by allowing her to remain alive after the Bedouin kidnapped her. She became a tainted woman, touched by the Bedouin. From his rooftop lookout, Lutter watches her bathe every afteron. Francois Lutter is working his network in the war torn Iraq, trading in contraband, weapons, unloading cash from convoys, drugs.... With his biculars, he watches for the convoys and admires the young woman bathing and the tattoos the Bedouin gave her. He just has to talk with her even though that may cost him his life.
An author of many nonfiction articles published on various blogs or online magazines, Mark Biskeborn has written numerous short stories, and volumes of poetry as well as novels: Mojave Winds and A Sufi's Ghost: both being published in a new, 2nd edition. And a new novel: Mexican Trade (a sequel to Mojave Winds) is being printed now. It will be fresh off the presses. With an MA in Comparative Literature and an MBA in Marketing, Mark served two years as an editor, working with various writers and even with Special Forces soldiers who contributed to Intervention Magazine. Mark currently works as a VP Consulting of Marketing and Branding in a branding firm. Thank you for reading Californians and Other Cowboys. Look for Mark Biskeborn's other books on Amazon.com. For more information visit the Web site and Blog: www.biskeborn.com www.undergroundessays.com www.biskeborn-brand-marketing.blogspot.com