Monday, April 2, 2012

One of the Lucky Ones

While I technically didn't get officially elected, I'm taking from James Garcia Jr.'s post and Tameri Etherton's post that I have been unofficially selected to be a winner of the Lucky 7 Meme.  Thanks, Jimmy and Tameri!  Happy Birthday to you both as well!  So, with no further ado, let's see what we have.

Here are the rules:
1) Go to page 77 of your current WIP.
2) Go to line 7.
3) Copy down the next seven sentences, lines, paragraphs (I've seen it done many ways).
4) Tag 7 other authors.
5) Let them know.

I've elected to post seven paragraphs per item 3) above.  Please be forewarned, there is very adult content here.  I even had to change my blog's settings for mature content.  This is from my upcoming first book of a trilogy on Atlantis.  The current working title is Before Atlantis:  From Mediterranean to Mesopotamia.

“How to service me.”
            Her will rose to the surface, wanting to do something violent to this man to protect her freedom, but she forced her docile expression to stay fixed.  “I am a seeress of my people, not a whore, Yemeni, although I know there are followers of this army who are very well versed in the art of servicing men of your tastes.”  She wanted to suggest he summon one of them, but held her tongue.  The violence in his expression spiked and she was treated to another slap across the face, opening up her lip.  She tasted her own blood, but didn’t wipe it from her face as she looked up at him with childlike hurt in her expression. 
            “None of them look as fresh and rare as you, woman,” he said, his voice dripping with contentment with the blood on her face. 
            She bowed her head feigning her acceptance of her fate.  “Will I be yours alone or shared by all the men?” she asked in a meek voice.
            Yemeni looked at the men who brought her in and ordered them out to guard the entrance to the tent.  Inwardly she grinned in triumphant.  He came closer to her and grabbed her hair to pull her up.  The pain that lanced through her skull was intense and caused her muscles to clench and try to curl away only to cause her more pain in her neck and shoulders as he nearly dragged her to a pallet with cushions adorning it.  He threw her on the cushions and began to peel off his robes.  She sent a quick inner probe to ensure her child was safe, then rose to her knees and grinned at him. 
            Yemeni paused in removing his breeches at her strange smile.  She curled a beckoning finger to him.  Surprised, he moved closer and she put her hands on his thighs, ignoring the throbbing member jutting up at her from his breeches that still required removal.  Her blue eyes bore into his.  Suddenly, he collapsed beside her.  Sighing, she rubbed her head at the ache and felt new warmth on her upper lip.  Swiping at her nose, she discovered by the red smear on her wrist that blood was dripping from it.  She sighed.  Too much power use for her body.  She will be helpless soon.  She ripped Yemeni’s robes into strips and bound him.  After ensuring his bonds were sufficient, she touched his temples and infiltrated his mind, trying to find something good to work from. 

 Chapter 14

Ashur was in no condition to give commands.  No nightly attack would happen.  No one wished to risk harming Nimuan while she was in the enemy camp and Ashur was coaxed away from the front line by his mother in the early morning hours.  She took him home and managed to get him to sit on his pallet in his room.  She fixed him some tea and brought it to him, startled to find him in the exact place and position she left him in.   Light was beginning to brighten the sky as she knelt before him and cupped a hand to the cup she handed him that steamed.  His grip took the stone cup, but he simply held it. 

Now for the seven nominees.  So many have already received this wonderfully fun award, so it will be a difficult choice.

1. Rose Pressey
2. Angela Wallace
3. Amaleen Ison
4.  Kait Nolan
5.  Michelle Krys
6.  Jackie Miller
7.  M.E. Franco

If it seems random, it was.  I tried to go through my Twitter follower list and looked at a bunch of you to see if you have 1) a blog and 2) not received this award yet.  I'm looking forward to seeing what those lucky 7 have for their WIP excerpts.

Happy Reading!


Angela Wallace said...

I was wondering why your blog settings suddenly changed! These Lucky 7 excerpts are fun. Is this manuscript finished? Almost finished?

Thanks for the tag! I'm not at page 77 yet in my current WIP. Someone suggested page 7, but that excerpt's not interesting. And I thought of double spacing, because then I'd get page 77, but I'm not sure what I think about that excerpt either. Lol, I guess I'm too picky. ;-)

Sia said...

Not yet finished. I'm on page 110 and over 70K on word count. I'm hoping to keep it under 100K, so editing will be painful.

You can always wait for your Lucky 7 post when you get to page 77. :) Ramps up the anticipation for all of us following your blog, too.

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hello, Cassia. How are you doing? I'm glad you volunteered for this deal. That glimpse into your writing was very good. I mean it! On face value, it sounds like something I might not have picked off of a shelf - not really my genre; however, your writing is very strong. I would definitely be curious to see it when it's ready.
I hope life is treating you well. If nothing else, I'll see you tomorrow for #WW.


Diana Murdock said...

I didn't know it was a trilogy, C! That's awesome! You obviously have a hell of a story to weave there. Would you mind hurrying with it, though? I can't wait to read it!

Sia said...

Jimmy, you just gave me a Miss America moment. Tears of gratitude for the praise filled my eyes as I smiled a little wobbly and my hand flutter at my chest like I was trying to fan my emotions back into place. Not joking! Thank you! The highest praise an aspiring author can receive from the published author is that his/her writing is good. Thank you again, so much!

Sia said...

D, I have already started book 3. It should go fairly quickly since its set in present time and will require less research. Book 2 is not going to be started until I finish Book 1. There will be little mentions of what will be forthcoming in book 2 as you read book 1. Oops, may have given too much away.

I also just converted the 8.5 x 11 paper size I've been using to a book's 5x8 size template and it jumped from 111 pages to 297 pages! Yikes! It will be epic unless I can figure out how to weed out unnecessary storyline, clean, crop, and coax the story along faster, etc.... I do need to finish this work up and get my betas lined up. I have three so far. Look out Stephenie Meyer, here I come!