- Go to page 77 of your current MS.
- Go to line 7.
- Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
- Tag 7 other victims …er, authors.
My fab publicist at Entangled Publishing, Heather Riccio, tagged me. I'm not sure whether to thank her or send her bad vibes.
As always, I've got more than one work in progress. DIY-6, Wall to Wall Dead, is in edits. SFR-1, Fortune's Hero, will be in edits as soon as my editor has had a chance to read it and get back to me. I've got a Cutthroat Business novella about halfway written. And I just hit the halfway mark on SFR-2. And then there are the ones that are on the wa-a-a-a-y back burner right now, that I hope to finish sometime, but it won't be in the next year or two, or possibly even in this lifetime.
The novella only has 46 pages, so I guess that's out. That means I'm down to Holden's book. But first a tiny bit of background:
Holden Sinclair is the translator on a space freighter and smuggling ship called the Good Fortune. Five months ago, the Fortune's crew was captured and imprisoned by the Rhenians for ferrying weapons to a planet named Marica, which the Rhenians are trying to take over. In Fortune's Hero - coming in November, y'all! - they escaped, with the help of Rhenian med tech Doctor Elsa Brandeis. Elsa and the Fortune's captain, Quinn Conlan, are now an item. Josie is Quinn's former girlfriend, and Elsa is understandably curious. And then there's the fact that Holden has always had a soft spot, and a hard-... never mind, let's not go there. Let's just say he's always had a thing for Josie.
Here you go, from page 77 of Fortune's Honor:
Not that Holden had much experience, but that didn’t seem like something a man ought to tell his new girlfriend about his old one.
“He also said that was before he saw me.”
Ah. That explained it. Holden hid a grin. Although not well enough; Elsa noticed, and blushed. “What do you think?”
“About you and Josie? You’re both beautiful. And very different.”
Elsa nodded. “That’s what Quinn said. She was dark?”
“Dark hair and eyes. Pale skin. Shorter than you. More...” A mental image of Josie sliding naked from the bed passed unbidden in front of his eyes, and he had to clear his throat, “...buxom.”
Along with it, here's a nice little visual aid for your enjoyment. It should give you a pretty good idea what Holden's and Josie's romance will be like.
The name of this photo is Ardent Longing, which sums up the look in his eyes pretty well, I think. The photographer is German, his name is Jo Graetz, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll somehow be able to convince him to let us use this picture for the cover. If you happen to run into him, put in a good word for me.
And now I get to pick 7 victims! I’m going to tag:
Jamie Lee Scott
Look out, you guys!