The most excellent writer, Erin Pike, tagged me on Twitter to reprise the hugely popular #Lucky7 challenge, in which writers reveal excerpts from their current WIPs. The rules are
- Go to page 7, 77 or even Chapter 7 of your current WIP MS
- Go to line 7
- Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating!
- Tag 7 authors and invite them to take part.
So, not being able to resist a call to action, here are my seven lines from Chapter 7, line 77 of ‘When Death is a Gift’.
‘Holly caught my gaze and flashed me the most alluring smile, her dark brown eyes looking out at me from under those long eyelashes of hers. Our eyes remained fixed on each other and in the few interminable seconds that passed in the silence between us, I suddenly felt exposed.
Then she slowly snaked forward and slipped her arms around me.
As Holly leaned into me my pulse mis-fired and my resilience began to diminish, like sand as it trickles through an hourglass. I felt the full length of her body pressed hard against mine, trembling with the uncertainty of it all. My breathing became shallower and my mouth felt parched as our faces drew nearer, almost touching.
I inhaled the intoxicating scent of the sun on her skin, and when her gaze dropped to my mouth and she absently bit on her lower lip, I knew right at that point our friendship would never be the same again.’
Now, as for 7 other authors I’ve invited to take part, step up to the parapet…
- Lisa Cutts
- Alyson Pearson
- Nicole Pyles
- Andrew Blackman
- Valerie Sirr
- Jane Sharp
- Jonea Geary