7 Line Challenge

Thanks Raani York for tagging me for the 7-line Challenge. Below are 7 lines from the 7th page of my newest work, The Accuser’s Burden.

SCENE: Giovanna had been dating Richard Carlucci seven months before she saw the first hiccup in his behavior. When she confronts him at lunch he offers a soulful confession of a long held insecurity that leaves her believing that he can be fixed.After she excuses herself to the restroom, we get a glimpse into Richard’s mind an how he really feels.

PAGE 7 – Richard watched Giovanna walk away, wanting her more now than ever. Had he finally found the woman who could understand him?

She wasn’t the most beautiful lady he’d ever dated. If he took her apart feature by feature, there wasn’t one thing remarkable about her. Maybe her legs.  But the package was attractive, marked by wide eyes that met anyone’s gaze straight-on. There was attitude in her carriage and empathy in her raspy voice. Giovanna had that ‘something’ that people noticed. He’d seen her at Choice Realty, the company she co-owned. He’d observed the relaxed, quiet respect her employees and her partner bestowed upon her. He wanted that for himself.

Tagged authors:

Carol Mizrahi, whose current work Coming of Age…Again is on my 5-star favorite list. The story unfolds over a weekly mahjongg game with four life-time friends. It’s very funny, but there is so much wisdom in the humor. A novel to remember

Sandy Nachlinger and Sandra Allen who co-authored I.O.U Sex – It’s been a while since I had this much fun living vicariously through the characters in a book. The premise itself…payback sex for the boyfriends you tortured in high school… is enticing. But these authors managed to bring life to June, Peggy and Kiki in an unexpected way. Turns out, they run deep. So while it is a fun read, they’ve written the story very well and each character develops beautifully on their individual journeys. I’d recommend this to a younger generation as well. Just so they can see how much fun lies ahead in the golden years!

Kim Boykin, whose debut novel, The Wisdom of Hair, is being published by Berekley Trade and hits the shelves March 3. Kim learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. Her story is a coming of age tale about Zora who learns the important things in life while working in a beauty shop. Kim writes with a wonderful southern voice. I was privileged to hear Kim read from her novel at the Center for Women in Charleston not long ago and I can’t wait to read this!

Leona Bodie, author of Shadow Cay. An instant hook thriller when paradise becomes a life-and-death nightmare. Already reeling from a rash of maritime disasters, a war and international terrorists, vigilante Madeleine Nesbitt and amateur detective Peter Duncan are destined for even darker days when they investigate the man with no conscience behind the world’s most profitable enterprise. They find themselves in a sea of corruption, deception and lies. I couldn’t put it down!

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