Something old, something new, and a meme that’s blue!

It seems that every time I look up, another month has passed. We’re closing in on mid-August now and I’m trying to ignore that my goal was to have the first draft of my next novel finished by mid-July. But since I added 30,000 words in the last month, I don’t feel too bad. The poor thing’s still nameless, though.

I shared some excerpts with you a few weeks ago, but I cheated a little. I revised to remove any character names because I wasn’t ready to reveal exactly who they were, but I’m tired of all the intrigue. *lol* So, heads up. If you haven’t read The Brevity of Roses yet, you’ll want to do that before the end of the year because my next novel is the sequel.

This time, Renee is the main character. When I began writing Brevity, Renee did not exist. Then, the story took an unexpected turn and a spoiled, rich, young woman entered the picture. She didn’t last long because Renee showed up and told her to take a hike. I loved Meredith. I fell in love with Jalal. Renee captured my heart.

I knew the ending of Brevity long before I wrote it, but in my imagination the story continued. Even as I was writing that novel, I would daydream about what might happen after the last page. My friend Michelle Davidson Argyle said about her first novella Cinders, “Happily-ever-after isn’t as long as you thought.” I mean, really, did you think finding her prince would solve Renee’s problems overnight? I write contemporary fiction, not fantasy.

Speaking of Michelle, she tagged me for the Lucky 7 meme. Jessica Luton also tagged me for a 7-line meme a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve linked to both their posts (click to see what they’re working on). Turning to page 7 landed me right in a passage of suggestive dialogue, which I’ll share, but since I was tagged twice I’ll share a second passage of narrative from another page.

This:

“We can do something about that.” He cups my breast, brushing his thumb against my nipple, and I respond, low and deep.

“How … um …” I still his hand, so I can think. “How do you feel about living there again?”

“I feel good. It feels right. It is just a house, not a monument.” He nuzzles my hair further aside and kisses the back of my neck. “What I said tonight was not spontaneous. I have thought about moving for a while.” Kiss. “You strengthen me, sweet love. You make me whole.”

I turn to face him. “Oh, yes. I feel that … again.”

“Why, Mrs. Vaziri, you have a dirty mind. I said whole, not hard.” He rolls to his back, pulling me on top of him. “But now that you mention it …”

And this:

Jalal drops to his knees, lifts Adam’s shirt, and gently brushes his chin across his son’s belly. This tickle, a secret message of love between father and son, began when an accidental brush of Jalal’s beard rewarded him with Adam’s first real laugh. Too sleepy to laugh now, Adam only smiles and closes his eyes again. Jalal tucks a blanket around him and rises, towering over his son and standing a foot taller than me.

I study him while he studies his son. Jalal was clean-shaven when we met, had always been, as far as I know, but he started growing a beard and mustache on the day Adam was born. He keeps both fashionably shaped and closely trimmed, a fine black etching. A symbol. I’m a father now, it says, a real man.

Now, of course, I’m supposed to pass this meme to seven other writers, but I know some of you have done these memes numerous times this year. So, how about I make this very easy for you to accept again? If your name is on my list, you have the option of writing a post about the Lucky 7 meme OR you can share your seven sentences right here in a comment.

The rules say to go to page 7 of your WIP (or not yet published work), count down 7 lines and then select the next 7 lines. Use your discretion. I’m tagging:

  1. Jennifer Neri
  2. Christa Polkinhorn
  3. Darlene Foster
  4. James Garcia, Jr.
  5. Suzanne Conboy-Hill
  6. Anne Gallagher
  7. Dana Mason
  8. Cathryn Grant
  9. T.A. Olivia
  10. J.C. Hart
  11. Kathryn Magendie
  12. Christi Craig
  13. E. Victoria Flynn
  14. Heather Simone
  15. Natasha Alexander
  16. Laura Best
  17. Cristina Trapani-Scott
  18. Kimberly Packard
  19. Alannah Murphy

Yes, that’s nineteen, but I was tagged twice, plus I added a few more just because. AND if I didn’t tag you, but you’d also like to share your seven in the comments—go for it!

35 thoughts on “Something old, something new, and a meme that’s blue!

  1. What lovely excerpts, Linda! And I’m so excited to get a glimpse into your novel! I really can’t wait to read it. Thank you for participating! I don’t write fantasy either. Even the stuff I write that can be labeled as fantasy, isn’t really. 🙂

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  2. Groan, Linda, would you pleaaaasssse hurry up and give us the whole thing. All these teasers are driving me nuts. Just kidding of course, I love your sequel already. I’ll try to make the 7 x 7 thingy this time around, as soon as I’m done with this giant in-context-review of a website. Thanks, Linda!

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  3. Aw thanks for including me in this, I’m afraid I cannot take part, as my current WIP is in the midst of being completely re-written and I rather not share the mess that it is at the mo, but thank you 🙂

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      1. Aha, well, I haven’t got a page 7 at the moment. I’ve been too busy trying to get my blog going (it’s now only about music) and so I’ve neglected my duties as a writer, something I hope to rectify soon…

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  4. A sequel!!! I’m really excited by this! I can’t wait to see what comes next for these characters.

    And I see I’ve been tagged, hehe, I needed something to blog about, so that works 😉 Thanks, Linda!

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  5. I don’t have a Page 7 either, but I do have 7 (ish) line from ‘Five Shades for Greg’ which just came third in the Ether Books Olympic flash download competition. Eat your heart out, EL James!

    ‘Bend your knees,’ I murmured into his ear, ‘and breathe in.’ I skimmed the next layer down over his chest, hovering provocatively over his rock-hard nipples, and anchored it in place by its fine cord straps. I was standing over him and he peeked up at me under those hooded lids with the long, black, eyelashes that tickled like butterflies when I made him kiss my … I had to bite my lips quite hard to stop my mind from wandering, and now I was distracted by some very warm feelings ‘down below’. Jeez, this was such a turn-on! I gyrated my hips a little, just to remind him, to tease him. Then I shook myself and got back on the job – as it were.

    Hehe!

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  6. I am so excited that the next novel is a sequel. I just couldn’t get those characters out of my head and am so glad I will get to visit them again. Loved the exerpts. Thanks for mentioning me. I am going to include the 7 lines here from Amanda in England- The missing Novel which is about to be published:

    “Can we please stop and have a look in here?” asked Amanda
    “It’s only books.” Leah kept walking.
    “But I love books and these look way cool.”
    “Why don’t you girls stop in here, while I visit the shop next door to purchase some fittings for the boat.”
    Amanda was in her element. The dusty old store had books piled up right to the ceiling. The shelves looked like they would topple over from the weight of the volumes. The many stacks on the floor leaned to the left and to the right. The place smelled like stale, well-worn novels.

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  7. A sequel? Well that is a surprise, and very unexpected. I really can’t wait now. So don’t waste time talking to me. Get back to work, you! 😉
    Thanks for thinking of me. I’ve got something planned for this Monday already, but this will give me something to do for the following Monday. Thanks.

    -Jimmy

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  8. Thank you, Linda! It’s an honor to be included on your list. Since my blog is inactive while my new author’s website is being designed for me I’ve posted my piece here. This is not from the novel currently under edit, but rather from one I’m drafting. The genre is science fiction/dystopia so I’m not sure that it will be received well by your readers, but here it goes anyway- from page 7.

    “Do you think they mind?” Lizzy asked.
    “Mind what, dear?”
    “You know. Mind being abandoned?”
    Marbella paused her mending and studied Lizzy’s face. “What do you mean abandoned?”
    A flush of frustration warm Lizzy’s cheeks and neck. The words overpowered her will to stay calm and they spilled loudly from her mouth. “Given up! Deserted! Left behind and dumped off onto strangers by their own mothers.”
    Marbella smiled and spoke softly easing Lizzy’s embarrassment. “Oh dear,I don’t think it matters.” Then, she returned to her eyes to the tattered garment as if the question held no particular significance. “It is what it is.”
    Lizzy was taken by Marbella’s frankness. “What do you mean, ‘It is what it is? Don’t you think it should be different?” Inside her heart begged for Marbella’s gaze to return. For the gentleness that resided in her grey eyes. For her comfort.
    Marbella, still smiling, lifted her eyes and glanced out at the courtyard. So many children had come to her over the years. “Now what does it matter what I think,” she said. “The GAWD has determined that things must be so and so they are. You’re not the GAWD, dear. Don’t trouble yourself by thinking of such matters. It’s not important.”
    Lizzy couldn’t understood why there had been no place for Marbella among the collective conscious. She seemed so wise and even though Lizzy had not wanted to hear it, Marbella was right in what she said; It was not her place to question the decisions of the collective. Lizzy’s thinking was limited to her own thoughts. She couldn’t see the thoughts of others and so she couldn’t determine what was best for all. Still she couldn’t help but feel that there was something wrong about mothers leaving their children to fend for themselves – about being abandoned.

    This segment is unedited, so I had to go more than seven lines to show the reader enough to understand the scene. Needless to say tight writing does not a draft copy make. LOL

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    1. I expect my blog visitors read a full mixture of genres, T.A. I’m certainly not your target reader, but your excerpt intrigued me. 🙂 I’m glad you’re working on your fiction again. And thanks for playing along.

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      1. Creating stories has gotten into my blood like a virus. It’s the distractions that I struggle with from time to time. I’m also willing to admit that much of what I’ve written has been amateur and/or self-serving. Eventually I’ll write something worth sharing with the world. Before 2009 I was a numbers – not words – gal. In short; I’m still learning.

        One day I’ll be able to promote my writings with confidence (as the many writers that I’ve come to know do,) but until then you can at least count on me to be honest about my skill level. LOL!

        I’m glad you keep moving forward and are working on a sequel! Even though our chosen genres are as far removed from each other as technically possible, your diligence has always been an inspiration.

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  9. Thanks for including me Linda! I did this meme earlier in the summer (spring?) but it’s fun and I’ll do it again – just let me figure out what to post. It’s also fun to read a little of other people’s work in progress, so I’ll be sure to check out the others you’ve tagged.

    I’m glad that we’ll be able to hear more from Renee. I think I told you before that she was my favorite character in Brevity.

    Moon Beach Magic builds on the characters in Just Desserts. Like you, I wasn’t ready to put my characters up on a shelf somewhere.

    Can’t wait to read more about Renee’s life, so hurry up and finish the book!

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    1. I, too, think it’s fun to share these little excerpts, Natasha. You never know when you’ll hook a new fan. 🙂

      Yes, I did remember you said Renee was your favorite. A few other people told me that, but a couple of reviewers said they didn’t like her at all, so we’ll see. Can’t please everyone.

      I’m looking forward to reading your sequel too. Write, write, write. 😉

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  10. Thanks for the tag, Linda! I’m excited that you’re going to have a sequel for Brevity. I’m like you, just because we type “the end” doesn’t mean it ends at all. Can’t wait to read it!

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  11. Late to the party again. I will play along on my blog. Thanks for including me. 🙂 Love the excerpt above! I can’t wait to read the entire novel. Do you an official title yet?

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