Scryer's Gulch

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Scryer's Gulch is the second serial novel from writer MeiLin Miranda, combining the Wild West with magic and, from the looks of it, mayhem. It debuted in late November 2009. The first ten episodes are available as an ebook in several different formats from Smashwords.

Premise

Brave and beautiful young Treasury agent Annabelle Duniway is sent undercover to the wide-open mining town of Scryer's Gulch to track down the villain poisoning the magic-boosting ore known as hermetauxite. If she doesn't succeed, this unscrupulous evildoer may take over the world! Is it the kindly mayor? Or the ruthless mine owner? How about his gold-digging wife, or his disaffected son? The local madam says she wants to destroy the town and everyone in it. Is it her? Or worse, could it be the rugged sheriff Annabelle yearns to trust with her mission–and maybe, her heart? The only one she can trust is her cat, Misi, and she's not too sure about him, either.

The Town of Scryer's Gulch

Scryer's Gulch is also the name of the town in which this serial is set. The town sits on a large deposit of hermetauxite ore, which is mined in four major mines, the Big Blavatsky, the Honest Alastair, the Li’l Levy and the By-and-By, as well as several smaller mines. One of those, the Madcap, as well as the Li’l Levy will still be in production more than 100 years later.

At the low end of the main street aree the stables, the undertaker, the butcher, the office of the Voice of the Gulch–an independent newspaper (independent of Jedediah Bonham at least)–and one of two general stores. Then follow Prake’s Hardware, a few saloons, a dressmaker, a haberdasher, and the ethergraph office among other businesses. Right about between the high end and the low end stands the Hopewell Hotel, which is also the stagecoach stop. Above Hopewell’s is the office of the Independent Mountaineer–Bonham’s own paper–followed by Mamzelle’s Palace, a few more saloons, the barber shop, the other general store, the assayer’s office, the bank, the Methodic Church, and toward the end, the Hotel LeFay.

The side streets branching out from the main street hold the new schoolhouse with its little bell tower, and private homes. The Prakes and the Runnels live next door to one another in graceful but relatively modest houses on Jackson Street.

Bonham manor sits up a ways on the hillside, looming over the town.

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