A.M. Willard nominated me for the 7th page, 7th row, 7 lines writer's challenge. My current project is "Tiptoe Through Time" a locally (Port Gamble, WA) situated spooky love story. Here is the 7th page, 7th row and 7 lines from my WIP:
"A hand brushed her jacketed shoulder and she wailed a blood curdling scream. She didn’t want to look, but couldn’t keep herself from turning around. Twisting, her face drawn wide in lines of terror, she let out a long, relieved breath when she met the ruddy face and golden shining hair of a man in a ridiculously tall hat.
“Sorry, madam. It was not my intention to frighten you. I only wanted to introduce myself, and see what the fuss was about.”
The woman in the main room re-lit her oil lamp and glared at Tanya. “Young lady, your screams do not make the spirits want to speak [...]"
I nominate Dawn Rumberg, Austin Scott Collins, Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox to reveal the 7th page, 7th row and 7 lines of their current works in progress.
Tanya doesn’t know why she let her friend Hannah talk her into going on a ghost tour—she doesn't like ghosts and she hates getting scared. Tanya's ready to call it a night when Hannah bails, but then she receives an intriguing text message from her friend saying a tall, handsome blond man, Mr. M, will be escorting her on the tour, instead.
So when Tanya, standing just outside of a room in which a strange woman is summoning spirits, is scared out of her skin by a light touch on her shoulder, she is relieved to be greeted by a tall, blonde man named Milo. Milo is quirky, to put it mildly. He speaks in an old-world accent and plays the part of colonial gentleman almost too well.
He asks Tanya to accompany him on a tour of his romantic home and town, and she is too swept up by his charm to refuse. Tanya is immediately wooed by Milo's engaging spirit and romantic home, but things don't feel quite right. The town of Port Gamble, she finds, is more than it seems. And her tour guide is either a modern gentleman or something else altogether. When two worlds meet on All Hallows’ Eve, a haunting love is formed, one that obeys no bounds.
H.M Jones is the author of B.R.A.G Medallion Honor and NIEA finalist book Monochrome, its prequel Fade to Blue, the Adela Darken Graphic Novellas, Al Ravien's Night, The Immortals series, and several short stories.