Monday, 23 April 2012

Lucky #7

What a great idea! A big thank you to lovely Kay, @1_Lovelife, for including me in on Lucky #7. Seven writers are invited to copy and paste 7 sentences, starting from line 7, on page 77 of their WIP. The novel I'm working on at the moment has a working title of In Hindsight.

Just to give you a glimpse into the storyline, Rowan was widowed a year ago and has decided to turn her three storey Georgian house in London, into three seperate apartments. This not only gives her something to focus on, but is a way of earning an income and making new friends. As with any story, things don't go smoothly. She causes an accident, someone's sending her unpleasant cryptic notes, her best friend is suffering form an obsessive compulsive disorder and she finds out shocking news about her late-husband. Did she ever really know him? Rowan also feels ashamed and guilty because she's falling in love with James, one of her tenants, after only a year as a widow.

The sun appeared from behind a cornucopia of clouds as Rowan and James crunched along one of the gravel paths which ran through Clapham Common. The warm rays lit up the expanse of grass decorated with shifting shadows, allowing her to believe that summer wasn't far away.

Normally Rowan found that quiet contemplation during long walks, calmed her thoughts. The birdsong, the distant squeals from delighted children and soothing hum of the traffic, all gave her other things to focus on. But uncharacteristically, she was feeling ill at ease and shy walking alongside James.

'Are you feeling...’ James stumbled over his words. ‘stronger…since…?’

‘It’s not been easy as you can imagine, but I’ve got Libby. She’s Tom’s sister and I don’t know what we’d have done without each other for support. You haven’t met her yet but she’s lovely.’

Rowan turned to face James. His brown eyes were the colour of strong coffee and his lashes were thick and long for a man. But it was the softness in their depth and the way fine lines radiated from their corners when he smiled, which she noticed most.

I know it's only a small excerpt but I hope you enjoyed it. Now I have to choose seven more writers to play along if they wish. No pressure at all! It wasn't difficult to choose my seven because each one of them have either been supportive of me as a writer, following my blog or keeping in touch on twitter. Thank you all and I look forward to reading all your excerpts.

Rosemary Gemmell

Avril Joy

Megan Taylor

Keith Havers

Mariam Kobras

Chris Nickson

The Rusty Pen


  1. Enjoyed your excerpt Ange - and thank you tons for including me!
    Much luck, and love, to you x

  2. That's so kind of you, Ange, thank you - I appreciate your lovely comments. I've done this before but with a different picture etc, and would like to do it again. Is that your own picture on the blog, or one we can use (I love it!) for our Lucky 7?

    Lovely excerpt from your WIP - sounds a great read!

  3. What a great idea! I'm so honored to be included! Thank you, darling Ange. :)

  4. You're all so welcome.
    I'm pleased you enjoyed the excerpt Megan, especially coming from a author I aspire to write like!! x
    I'm delighted to include you Rosemary. Thank you for all your support. I picked the photo off google images for No7, so feel free to use it. x
    You're very welcome Mariam. You're a great twitter friend! I look forward to reading your #7 extract. x

  5. I always like reading your blogs, Angela. Even though they're few and far between these days. I know you're busy.
    I've looked through my stuff but there's nothing I feel comfortable about revealing on my blog right now. Thanks for your support.

  6. Love this extract from your work Ange and thank you so much for including me. I will post something soon but it will have to be from my latest as I don't have 77pgs of WIP

  7. Thank you Keith. That's very kind of you and of course, there's no obligation to put anything on your blog. I loved the short story you entered into a competition I was judging and was delighted award it 1st place and find out it was yours.

    So glad you like the extract Avril and I look forward to reading your lucky #7. xx

  8. Love your synopsis - sounds like a you know exactly where you want to take this story. Keep writing hun x

  9. I enjoyed that, Ange! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I think you are so brave to do this. Sharing, for me is a huge difficulty. Wrong I know, as a writer.

    I liked this. Thank you for sharing Ange.