Friday, 24 May 2019

First Hundred Words: Sheet and Bones

I've been playing with the first 100 words of some of my books. To avoid cutting off in the middle of a sentence, I'll go to 100 and then add the rest of the sentence in question. Here's the opening salvo of Sheet and Bones:


It all started when the edge of the city lapped up against the old boneyard. For years the place had slept in the sun near an old church, surrounded by paddocks and cows.
            “Hungry!” roared the city.
            “Get lost,” mooed the cows. “This is our place.”
            “Gimme your land,” ordered the city.
            “No,” said the farmers. “This is our place.”
            The city licked its chops. The farmers growled. The cows mooed.
The city won, of course. Cities always win.
Within a year the city had eaten the paddocks. The farmers went to work driving trucks. The cows packed their bags and found somewhere else to live. 

Thursday, 23 May 2019

First Hundred Words: The Peacock's Pearl

I've been playing 7/7/7 for a while, but now I've had a new idea; the first 100 words of some of my books. To avoid cutting off in the middle of a sentence, I'll go to 100 and then add the rest of the sentence in question. Here's the opening salvo of The Peacock's Pearl:

I know it isn’t usual to begin a book with a chapter numbered zero, but this isn’t a usual kind of book.
I could have called this the prologue, or a foreword, but then you might have skipped it and it is important to me (and I hope, to you) that you understand what you’re about to read.
You see…I have a story to tell. Actually, I have seven stories to tell, but they’re all part of the one big story. This first one is about the peacock’s pearl, the Beckingham Bride Chest, an annoying boy with orange hair turned up to the max and my kind-of-dead 5Xgreat granny.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

First Hundred Words... The Pear Tree

I've been playing 7/7/7 for a while, but now I've had a new idea; the first 100 words of some of my books. To avoid cutting off in the middle of a sentence, I'll go to 100 and then add the rest of the sentence in question. Here's the opening salvo of The Pear Tree:

Nelis Winter’s Leavers’ Dinner was held on a Friday night in November, 2009. The night was stuck in Nelis’ mind forever, like a nail in the coffin of her school years. Daisy Comice, probably trying to make up for years of indignity heaped on Nelis during their life with Snowland Winter, got right into the spirit of the thing. She booked her daughter into Affinity to have her hair and makeup done, and took her to Beautiful Signets to buy a dress and shoes.  
Wot, no home-sewn mumu made of home-dyed homespun? the imp in Nelis’ brain demanded. No lecture on the ills of mineral makeup and the beauty of natural skin?

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

First Hundred Words... The Red Cat

I've been playing 7/7/7 for a while, but now I've had a new idea; the first 100 words of some of my books. To avoid cutting off in the middle of a sentence, I'll go to 100 and then add the rest of the sentence in question. The first is a w.i.p., The Red Cat; a love-story lasting over 70 years.


Emer Drumwiddy looked down at the small creature clinging to her skirts. She was wearing good braeside wool, so the rose-prickle claws would do no harm to her clothing. She was less confident about her skin.
The kitten yowled and stared up at her with wide, amber eyes.
“I was wondering when you’d show up, wee mannie,” she said. Her voice sounded oddly calm to her but then…how could she feel excited about something eight years in her future?
She bent and unhooked the kitten’s claws from her skirt, before she lifted it to eye-level.
Its eyes widened and its pink mouth opened in silent appeal.

Monday, 20 May 2019

7/7 The Mares of Merryland Chase

There's a game where one posts the seventh line of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of a novel.
The seventh chapter of The Mares of Merryland Chase is six pages, so here are the 7th sentence of Chapter 7 (Work it out and You'll be Fit)  and also the 7th paragraph.

Smiley has gone to work as a groom for the Mares of Merryland Chase. They are not nice mares...

The Mare who had grabbed her was a plump bay with a black mane and tail and a shiny brown coat.


One of the other Mares, a golden palomino with a white mane, snickered. ‘One can always try, Neighdene.’

Sunday, 19 May 2019

7/7 Ramses Rat and the Great Cat, Bastet

There's a game where one posts the seventh line of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of a novel.
The seventh chapter of Ramses Rat and the Great Cat, Bastet, is short, so here instead is the seventh sentence of Chapter Seven, Tau the Scribe.

Ramses Rat, newly arrived in the city to make his way in the world, has entered the Temple of Bastet where he's just encountered a boy scribe in an argument over the ownership of a honey cake...


I stared back and chittered my teeth again.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

7/7/7 New Dreams

There's a game where one posts the seventh line of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of a novel.
The seventh chapter of New Dreams has only six pages, so here instead is the seventh line on that chapter: What They Need to Know.

The orphans of the crashed ship Elysian Dawn are trying to make a go of it on a strange planet. So many people are dead that there are serious gaps in their knowledge. Marianne Arcadia, the eldest survivor, finds Edsen Balm, one of the older boys, fiddling with a  damaged communicator.

He peered up at her with the usual toss of his fringe.


Friday, 17 May 2019

7/7/7 The Silvering

There's a game where one posts the seventh line of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of a novel.
Here's the seventh paragraph of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of The Silvering. "Kissing Fruit".

Elysian Dawn, a generation colony ship, is eighteen years into its journey when it crashes on a remote planet. Marianne Arcadia, one of the survivors, has never been outside the ship before, but she explores and uses her botanical knowledge to find food. Her fiance Jeremiah is less confident.

“I wish you’d be more careful. You survived the crash. I don’t want you dying from eating something bad,” Jeremiah said.


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Thursday, 16 May 2019

7/7/7 Elysian Dawn

There's a game where one posts the seventh line of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of a novel.
Here's the seventh paragraph of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of The Silvering. "Kissing Fruit".

Elysian Dawn, a generation colony ship, is eighteen years into its journey when it crashes on a strange planet. Two of the survivors are Marianne Arcadia and Jeremiah Rain. Marianne, who has never before been outside the spaceship, explores, using her botanical knowledge to find food on the planet. One fruit is in two loves, and she dubs it kissing fruit. Jeremiah is a bit less adventurous...

“I wish you’d be more careful. You survived the crash. I don’t want you dying from eating something bad,” Jeremiah said.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

7/7/7 Court in Between

There's a game where one posts the seventh line of the seventh page of the seventh chapter of a novel.
In Court in Between, the seventh chapter has enough pages. Therefore, here's the seventh sentence of that seventh chapter. "Greensleeves".

Chloe, who lives locally, is inviting a guest artist at the music festival. He has just said he doesn't much care that his singing partner knows little about him...

Chloe looked as if she was thinking, you do care, but she said, “Would you like to come back to the tower for a drink? Bring anyone you like.