Deadly 777 Writing Challenge–Beth Trissel

I was tagged by the lovely and talented, Sky Purington,along with six other authors. My challenge is to go to page 7 of my current work in progress and post seven lines. When I’m finished posting, I get to tag seven other authors. Hmm, who shall I tag? Oh and once I’m done, I challenge those seven to do the same and tag 7 more. Too much fun!

These seven lines are from page seven of my work in progress, the sequel to historical romance novel Enemy of the King, entitled A Traitor’s Legacy, featuring the dynamic British Dragoon Captain Vaughan (from Enemy of the King) and a new face, Patriot Claire Monroe. In this scene, her adolescent brother has just shot one of Vaughan’s men soon after their arrival at her North Carolina home.

“I am truly sorry for your violent reception at Thornton Hall and beg your forbearance,” she blurted, and flung herself at Vaughan’s feet just across from the wounded guide. Loose brown hair, streaked gold in the sunshine, cascaded over her slender figure. “Spare my foolish brother, I beseech you.”

Hardly in a position to indulge her notions of chivalry, as he was covered in blood and constrained by the need to apply pressure to Percy’s wound, Vaughan scowled at her in bemusement. “Get up, woman. I shall consider your request.”

About BethTrissel

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles. And nonfiction about gardening and country life.
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21 Responses to Deadly 777 Writing Challenge–Beth Trissel

  1. Mona Risk says:

    I like how you weave in the description: “Loose brown hair, streaked gold in the sunshine, cascaded over her slender figure” AND “he was covered in blood and constrained by the need to apply pressure to Percy’s wound.” Nicely done.

  2. ajnue says:

    Oooo…Beth, this sounds fantastic. What a great idea to post seven lines. Love this and my curiosity is totally piqued. Nicely done, hon. Oh, and btw, your blog looks fantastic, my friend.

  3. Lovely seven, Beth, but then I think every seven you write is lovely. You captrue the language and modes of the era so well.

  4. Calisa Rhose says:

    Sounds wonderful Beth! I agree with Vonnie, true to the times.

  5. Aha! But will he spare her brother? Is he the real hero or not?

  6. tessaberkley says:

    Nice 7 a bit of romance, a bit of mystery.. yep just the way I like ’em.

  7. Ann See says:

    These 7 lines really caught my attention. MORE! MORE!!! I know this book can stand alone, but anyone who loves these 7 lines needs to read An ENEMY OF THE KING while they wait FOR A TRAITOR’S LEGACY!! I love the tite of this new book!!!! I can hardly wait!! Your ability to set a scene is amazing, the use of descriptive language is excellent, and “web you weave” is so tantalizing!!

  8. Great lines, Beth. Of course, I never expect less from your great writing.

  9. Another wonderful book on the way Beth. These seven lines say so much about your characters, a true example of makeing every word count! Can’t wait for the entire book!!!!!!

  10. Sigal says:

    Hi Beth!
    Your lines are fun! I’ll have to read it when it is published 🙂
    I’ve been enjoying your blog — especially your flower photos, and I nominated you for the sunshine award.

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