Author Dana Mason tagged me for a 7-7-7 challenge on Facebook, but since I’d just posted another challenged concerning my WIP, I decided to post my response—tripled—here, instead. The challenge calls for you to go to page 7 of your WIP, count down 7 lines, and then share the next 7 lines. Since I have three Works-In-Progress, I’m giving you 7-7-7 of all three. Sorry, I’m not sharing titles, yet.
Book #1 – Paranormal
Julie stared out across the yard. For a moment, the only sound was the clink of ice against glass as she stirred her tea with a fingertip. “Maybe we’ll resume the life we had before Megan was born.”
“Maybe,” he said, his tone so noncommittal it stripped the word of meaning. More than age had made them nearly unrecognizable as the same couple in the wedding portrait hanging in the foyer. He thought about that a lot lately. Had they actually changed or just moved apart? And, whichever had happened, was it too late to reverse it?
Book #2 – Romantic Comedy
“Do you require something more, Ms. Shaw?”
The arrogance in his voice snaps me back to earth. “Not from you, Mr. Hi— Pearce.” As I head toward the stairs, I’m aware his door hasn’t closed, and I figure since he’s watching my ass anyway, I might as well give him a better look, so I stop at the top of the steps, turn my back to him, and pull down my sweats to show him the cheetah print thong I’m wearing. His door clicks closed, but not before I hear him gasp.
Book #3 – Women’s Fiction
“We’ve had break-ins, Nicole. You know that.”
“Funny how those break-ins always occur in the middle of the day when I’m at work.”
Curtis kicked the duffle, but then he sat still. After a moment, he looked up at me like a child still hoping to talk his way out of punishment. “Where am I supposed to go?”
I took a deep breath. I could do this. “Why not move in with your scummy girlfriend?” Surprise lit his glance before it hardened to a glare. He thought he’d kept that secret from me. “Let her support your habit.”
There you go. I hope something sparked your interest.
I’m supposed to tag seven other writers to take up the 7-7-7 challenge, but I recently tagged writers on another FB challenge, so I won’t choose anyone here. But if you’d like to share seven lines of your work-in-progress, please do so in the comments or, if on your blog, leave a link for us.
15 thoughts on “7-7-7 times 3”
I love all of these, Linda, but especially the first. I want to get lost in that story. Now.
Thank you Madhuri. 🙂 And stay tuned, by this time next year all three should be published.
You’ve inspired me to go back to my Middle Reader series and work on it at the same time I complete my paranormal trilogy. I think it would be too difficult to write several books in the same genre, but since mine are very different from one another, it could very well be an excellent exercise in overcoming fits of writers block. Cheers! (And I will be keeping my eyes open for your upcoming releases)
That’s my situation exactly, Madhuri. It’s worked out well, except that now I’m getting close to final editing on the two “completed” books while I’m still writing the third. But I think it will all work out in the end. Good luck with your trilogy and your series. 🙂
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