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Lucky Seven – Deathhawk’s Betrayal

Lucky Seven

There are a lot of chain blogs and awards that go around. Occasionally I join in for fun, but most of the time I’m too busy to bother or they quite simply annoy the hell out of me. Very, very rarely, though, one comes along which actually looks like fun and, even better, requires very little effort on my part! It’s not that I am averse to hard work, you understand, it’s just I do so damn much of it. And I’m currently on holidays in beautiful Port Stephens, so really, who would want to work hard?

But I’ve been tagged by four people in this latest meme – yes, it wasn’t enough for just one of you pester me, four of you had to gang up to get me to do this. Thank you @markbrassington, @dionnelister, @thatgirlani and @stephanieberget. But that’s OK, I’ve decided to play along this time.

So this is how the Lucky Seven meme works: 
  1. Go to page 77 in your current manuscript;
  2. Go to line 7;
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines as they are (no cheating);
  4. Tag 7 other authors.
Here we have it, from Deathhawk’s Betrayal, page 77:
Raylee had not been fooled by her contrived defeat of the mercenary in town, but she had no intention of sharing the information. Just because Astarl had offered to look into the missing girls? Or was there more to it? And for that matter, why had all the other girls gone missing but not Raylee?

If Astarl needed something, she believed Raylee would help. And expect nothing but the same in return. Maybe not all people are the same.
I’ve tagged seven writers I know to play, but please, don’t feel compelled! This is strictly optional. Don’t play if you don’t enjoy! I know all of you are writers, but I’m not totally across your latest projects so forgive me if you don’t have a current WIP or haven’t made it to page 77 yet. 

  1. Erica LuckeDean
  2. Kelly Stone Gamble
  3. Shawn Wickersheim
  4. Marsha Moore
  5. Amberr Meadows
  6. Krystal Wade
  7. Kirkus MacGowan
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Attempted Poisoning: Six Sentence Sunday

Attempted Poisoning

From Deathhawk’s Betrayal:
Gavalon forced her teeth apart; the funnel invaded her mouth. Astarl choked on the sudden gush of liquid, coughed, and swallowed reflexively. Feebly, she sprayed out half a mouthful, then choked on a fresh flood. She thrashed again, redoubling her efforts.
Her elbow connected. Gavalon grunted, his grip easing for a moment.
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Six Sentence Sunday: Why Am I Even Here?

Why Am I Even Here

An extract from Deathhawk’s Betrayal:
Why am I even here?
As Astarl slid the pick into the lock of Aldenon’s door, she wanted to tell herself last night’s failed attempt had driven her here. She wanted to tell herself the wards on the treasury were too powerful to trick. She wanted to tell herself it was important she obtain that key.
What she admitted only in the dark, secret places of her soul was that the morning’s visit with the Order’s relay, his gentle charm and the remembered touch of Aldenon’s hands, had driven her here.
Is it that I want Aldenon to catch me?
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Deathhawk’s Betrayal – The Beginning – Six Sentence Sunday

Deathhawk's Betrayal - The Beginning
If you read my post What I Learned From Rejection… And A Fortuitous Workshop! you’ll know that I’ve been busily rewriting the opening chapter of Deathhawk’s Betrayal and promised to post the first six sentences here today. If you haven’t read that post, you might want to drop by and read about my epiphany. 

The new chapter is still in rough first draft form, but here is the opening for your reading pleasure:
           Astarl shook the magician hard, her hands twisted in the fabric of his rough, homespun shirt, his head snapping back and forth on his neck. Strands of short, ash-blonde hair fell into her eyes. ‘You have to help me!’
The magician’s brown eyes rolled back in their sockets. She thrust him away, chest heaving, small, bloodied fingers brushing the hair back. The magician slumped to the stone floor.
So… would you keep reading?

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Danek – Spider To the Fly – Six Sentence Sunday

Danek
From Deathhawk’s Betrayal.
Danek blew on the ink to dry it, rolled it and placed it inside the capsule.
The pigeon would be right to fly in the morning and the new offer of payment for Astarl’s death would be on its way.A note to Jeharv about a mark on Astarl’s head, who would pass the information to Astarl, and she’d be too busy to worry about Danek.
And if she was actually killed?
The spy whistled a cheerful tune. Two birds with one stone.
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