Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Three lovely writers have tagged me in The Lucky Seven meme.  Thank you so much, Mae Clair, Kate Warren and Lea Griffith!  I've met all three of these writers through Six Sentence Sunday.  I've enjoyed all their excerpts and loved getting to know them.

First a little about the people who tagged me:

Mae Clair's debut novel WEATHERING ROCK, a romantic suspense interwoven with elements of time travel and the paranormal, is scheduled for release in October 2012 by Lyrical Press. You should check out her blog for snippets and trailers and other goodies.

Kate Warren's novel BRIDGING THE GAPS, a touching but fun romance about a woman finding love again after divorce, is scheduled for release on July 24, 2012. Check out her blog for the entire first chapter of her book!

Lea Griffith's been posting from her work-in-progress RETRIEVAL, a sci/fi paranormal romance, on Six Sentence Sunday. I'm completely hooked by her snippets and can't wait to read more!


Here is how The Lucky Seven challenge works:

Post seven lines from an unpublished work of fiction by following these rules:
  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  • Go to line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please!)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same
I've decided to post from my work-in-progress SILVER LININGS, which I've been using for my latest Six Sentence Sunday posts.  This story is about Billie and Parker, who have a history and a lingering, undeniable attraction to one another.  Can they get over their past and fall in love? (Click here to find more excerpts from this story.) 

Also, since I've been tagged by three different people, I've decided to post three different excerpts from pages 7, 77, and 177 (so a variation on the rules). 

It is always so interesting to see where these things land... a bit like roulette.  I hope you enjoy!  Here are my excerpts:


PAGE 7: Annabelle and May are Billie's great-aunts.  They work with her at Billie's store (and they love to matchmake). 

          "Billie's right, Annabelle.  You shouldn't worry her like that.  You know she's just watching out for us."  May scolded her sister from the counter, where she'd returned after Billie arrived on the scene to stop Annabelle. 
          Annabelle lifted her chin.  "I was on perfectly solid footing on that ladder.  Done it a thousand times."


PAGE 77: Billie has just heard about a robbery at their local, small town library.  Foreshadowing?  Perhaps...

          "I didn't hear a whisper of it."  Shouldn't small business owners be informed when their neighbors were robbed?
          "Well, you know, the Morning Lake Advocate only comes out on Tuesdays.  I'm sure there will be a big write up in the paper this coming week.  Sarah Crib, that new reporter, came and asked a pile of questions after the police finished up."
          "I'm surprised, still, that word hasn't spread - your experience sounds horrible." Billie hated the tension squeezing her spine. 


PAGE 177: Um... I think this excerpt is self-explanatory.  ;)

          Going back into Billie's bedroom to collect his things, Parker could smell their sex lingering in the air. His mind was instantly filled with the whimpering cries she made when she came, and he swore he could feel her fingers clinging to his shoulders again. 
          When he'd first arrived that night she'd been so scared - so fragile - jumping at the slightest sound, and then like a miracle she'd opened up to him.  
          In the light of day, she'd probably see asking him to stay as a momentary weakness. Knowing that, he should have refused her advances.  But how could he? She'd finally admitted in that one moment she needed someone in her life - and not just anyone - she wanted and needed him.


I'm tagging these 7 people:

Sarah Kades - Sarah belongs to my local writing group, ARWA, and she is also one of my fearless critique partners. She is soon to re-release her debut novel, CLAIMING LOVE.

Suzanne Stengl - Suzanne also belongs to ARWA. She is dedicated to posting on her blog, which I look forward to reading every Tuesday. Her debut novel, THE GHOST AND CHRISTIE McFEE, a contemporary romance complete with treasures and ghosts, is scheduled for release on August 1st, 2012.

J.M. Stewart - J.M. participates in Six Sentence Sunday.  I love reading her excerpts, which are as sweet and spicy as her website's tag line promises. 

Donna Cummings - Donna also participates in Six Sentence Sunday (Are you seeing a recurring theme yet? ;) ).  I loved her book LORD MIDNIGHT - every woman deserves a sexy highwayman.

Teresa Cypher - I also know Teresa through Six  Sentence Sunday.  I love the mood and her characters' voices in her excerpts - always so captivating. 

K.E. Saxon - And, KE Saxon is another Six Sentence Sunday participant.  She is currently posting excerpts from her work-in-progress A HEART IS A HOME, and I'm in love with her hero.  ;)

Patricia Ann Preston - Patricia is yet another Six Sentence Sunday participant.  Her excerpts make me laugh each week - just as her blog's tag line promises: Down Home Humor and Charming Southern Romances.


Donna Cummings said...

Lorraine, thanks so much for including me! I loved your excerpts, and the last one definitely has me intrigued. :)

Thanks for the lovely words about LORD MIDNIGHT. I might have to steal your tag line there. Awesome!

patonlorraine said...

Thanks, Donna! And, I'm so glad you're happy to be tagged! I look forward to reading your seven! :)

Suzanne Stengl said...

Hey! thanks for picking me! I think I can do this for next Tuesday . . .

Mae Clair said...

Wonderful 7, 77 and 177, Lorraine! The last one, especially, has me smitten and hooked. Thanks for the lovely mention of Weathering Rock and I look forward to checking out the authors you tagged. Wonderful sounding works among them all! I love how these things introduce us to new authors and new reads :)

Teresa Cypher said...

Thanks, Lorraine! I do love your characters. Geez, you write them well! I always smile while I'm reading your snippets :-) !

Teresa Cypher said...

Okay, posted and published, Lorraine. Thanks again!