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.