Both @Sheena Dabel Boekweg and @Melanie Sweat Crouse have tagged me in this meme on Facebook.
Unfortunately, I’m not actually doing Facebook right now, other than to share these posts. (It’s not just that Facebook can be a huge time-suck. My computer and Facebook aren’t getting along well at the moment. Probably something to do with my older operating system (Windows XP) or my layers of anti-virus/malware software. But I haven’t had a chance to sort it out, so I mainly just go onto Facebook long enough to share these posts.)
The rules… Go to page 7, 70, or 170 of a current work in progress or a recently published work and choose either the first complete paragraph or 7 lines of dialogue to share. Paste it to FB and tag 7 other authors to do the same.
All right then. From page 7 of MAGIC AND POWER:
“So? Did you ask her?” Cergio asked as he and Savyon led their horses into the palace stables.
Savyon scowled. “No. You let the others get through too soon. I didn’t have time.”
“How much time does it take? It’s a simple yes-or-no question, isn’t it?”
Savyon’s posture stiffened. “You can’t just blurt out a question like that without a little . . . preparation.”
Cergio shrugged. “No, you mean you can’t. I mean, if you’d’ve been doing this right, the proposal shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to her.”
Savyon’s ears turned pink.
Cergio choked back a laugh. “Oh, no. You’ve still been going on as if you’re just childhood friends, haven’t you? Have you even tried to kiss her?”
For good measure, from page 70 of BLOOD IS THICKER (which is available before formal release on October 21 at Smashwords):
“Be more careful, Cristel,” Rolf said, shaking his head. “You and Vallie. Neither of you know when to quit.”
Vallie smirked. “Oh, and you do. How many days did you spend pouring strength into me in the hospital to keep me alive?”
Rolf rustled his wings. “That was different.” Under Vallie’s level stare he added more softly, “Sort of.”
Cristel turned toward the bronze egg. “Did it work?”
The egg was unmistakably brighter. Rolf put his hand on it, sensing something Cristel couldn’t see.
“Yes, it seems to have,” Rolf said. “But don’t hold on so long next time. Just a little bit at a time.”
Cristel nodded. “I understand.”
“See that you do. After all, we won’t be here to stop you. And you can’t stand up for our eggs if you can’t stand up.”
Since I’m not actually on Facebook as I type this, if you’re a writer and you feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged.
Also, the first four chapters of BLOOD IS THICKER are now available free on wattpad.