Lucky Sevens Sneak Preview

I have been tagged by a few twitter and blogging buddies to play a little game. The rules are as follows:

1. Go to your work in progress.

2. Find page 77.

3. Go to the 7th line .

4. Copy and paste the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog.

5. Tag 7 more people.

My working title for this novel is For the Love of a Handmaiden. The first draft is finished and I have been editing it for about three weeks now. Nobody else has had a read of it yet (not even my beta readers). The following is probably not one of the best sections of the book but it does give you a preview into the relationship between two of the main characters. This scene is untouched, unedited and has not had a rewrite yet so be kind.

The empress’s deliberate silence unnerved me more than her scornful words. On the way back from the hall, I listened as each one of her powerful footsteps illustrated her point. When I undressed her, she glared at me as if she could burn me with her gaze. As I fumbled with her sleeping tunic, I braced myself for her kick. My hands trembled as I removed the dyes from her face. I flinched as I reached past the lamp to pick up her hair comb. I almost fell as I pulled back her bed coverings expecting an attack from behind. Her lack of violence frightened me.

This is from Off the Grid which was my NaNo novel. It needs editing. I have not really looked at it since December.

We made our way across the desert into the open space. It was hot and unfortunately, we had no umbrellas in our packs to keep the sun from beating down on us. I started to feel a rumbling of the earth under my feet below and stopped for a moment to bend down. I placed my hand to the ground and felt the gentle vibrations beneath it.

“What are you doing?” Tulley asked.

“I know this is going to sound a bit crazy but sometimes I can feel things that my mother could never feel. Like weather stuff. This is ground stuff. Either there are vehicles coming towards us or there is a stampede of some sort.”

Finally, this is from the novel I have a passion for but can never seem to get just right no matter how much I rewrite and edit it. The Lytes of Sandoo – Book 1.

“I am fine now. You had better all get some rest.” Ileana looked from Jo to Eirian and saw they were not going to move. “I am fine,” she said with more force.

Jo moved away from Ileana and ambled back towards her own part of the chamber. Ileana looked at Eirian puzzled as to why she still stood there. Then she heard her in her mind. “Your secret is safe with me. You do not need to worry.”

Ileana still confused asked, “what secret?”

Eirian replied, “it is okay I know you are a dreamer.”

There you go three sneak previews from three of my novels. I won’t tag anyone else to take part but if you do want to play along you could put a link in the comments section below and then we can have a look at what you are working on as well.


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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6 Responses to Lucky Sevens Sneak Preview

  1. I love this game that’s going around. What fun to see tiny bites each other’s WIPs. I got tagged last week but still need to put a post together.
    Your excerpts are wonderfully interesting, Billie Jo. I’m intrigued.

  2. Evelyn says:

    “Ileana still confused asked, “what secret?”

    Eirian replied, “it is okay I know you are a dreamer.””
    LOVE love this,
    Thank you for sharing so much. I cant believe you have three to play with. so awesome.

    • Thank you for that. I am determined to get the handmaiden out in the world this year. I have made it a firm goal. Then perhaps with nearly three years distance from writing the Ileana novels I can go back in and see why they are not working the way I want them to.

      • Evelyn says:

        I think it becomes difficult because you get to love the characters.
        and that just makes it all the more obvious when you are not writing the “right thing next”.

  3. Selena says:

    How exciting to read some of your work! Of course, I’d love to see more.

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