My fellow member of WIP500, Aniko Carmean (@anikocarmean) tagged me to participate in #luckyseven. The rules of the #luckyseven are simple:

  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  • Go to line 7
  • Post on your blog the next 7 lines or sentences – as they are!!
  • Tag 7 other people to do the same

This is my first tag as a blogger and a chance to show seven sentences from two works at different stages of editing. The first is still in development phase, and is the second book in a series of mystery novels. The second is from the first book of the series. The protagonist is Shirley Combs, the world’s greatest living detective. The books are narrated by her sidekick, Dr. Mary Watson, a naturopath. They live and work in Portland, Oregon. The books are an homage to Sherlock Holmes, of course, and are each descended from works by his author A. Conan Doyle.

My seven tagged individuals are people who have used the hashtag #amwriting or are Triberr mates.








THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT (from character background notes, re Oceane)

name for her stage name, rather than use her father’s name. She was gifted as a singer from an early age, and began voice lessons at the age of three. She’s been performing all throughout private school, and started her professional career after graduation. She did not attend university. She has made millions from record sales, concerts, tours. She is only 20 years old, and Lucas is her first real lover. She had a neighbor boyfriend and lost her virginity with him, but they weren’t proper lovers, and she is head over heels with Lucas.

 She was not popular at school, ever. She was so talented that she was treated as special, 

THE HOUNDING (published work, p. 77)

yet, or we did before this all happened.” He took a breath and gave a shudder. “Anyway, Walter was a widower with his own business and not much social life, and I thought he’d be good for Cilla.”

            “And was he?”

            “He was good to her. He loved Cilla. She was everything he was not:  wild, untamed, bright, open, fun-loving. She opened doors for him he never knew existed. What he brought to the relationship was stability, a quietness she wasn’t used to.” He  seemed to hold an image of Cilla before him as he stared into space. 


7 thoughts on “LUCKY SEVEN

  1. Thanks for thinking of me, Sandra! Much appreciated. 🙂 Love this idea. I’ll get mine up soon!

    • I’m looking forward to yours Kirkus. Your suspense kicks ASS. And see? You’re already keeping us in suspense. LOL

  2. Thanks for playing along! Your character notes are intriguing. Do you find them helpful? I have never used any, but I suspect I’ll need to start because I’m working on a series. Hmmm. As for the second selection: brilliant, evocative!

    • I make a complete notebook for each mystery. I have blueprints of every living space, office, etc. I have maps of pertinent routes. I know the crime scene in every detail. I have been there, walked the route in daylight and dark. I know everything about my characters, their complete histories, their personalities. You never know what you are going to need when writing about them, what quirk may come in handy. In my current WIP, I am using Pinterest in addition to my usual notebook to help me create the world of my characters. You can find the boards under Dr. Mary (as in Dr. Mary Watson). Thank YOU for tagging me, it’s a fun game!

  3. Sandra, thanks for including me in this. It may take me a few days to do it, as I have a crazy schedule but I intend to have fun with it. i enjoyed a peek into your stories.

    • Great Sabrina! I will enjoy peeking into yours as well. This is a fun way to share a few words from our published or unpublished works in a different way.

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