Lucky 7: seven lines from new works – 5th April 2012 (24.7.12)

‘Lucky 7’ is something of a displacement activity … but, hey, it’s also fun! (I picked this up on Twitter from a talented new author, Jane Rusbridge @JaneRusbridge). Here’s how it works

The instructions for Lucky 7 are:

  • · Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  • · Go to line 7
  • · Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating
  • · Tag 7 other authors to do the same

My 7 lines come from page 7 of VISIONS, my second novel which is currently coming together in draft form. The story centres around the lives of 3 families, the Barton-Wells and the Baileys – but at the heart of this tale, lies the ruthless Hampton family, about weave their web of deadly deceit. There now follows a new version from my 1st edit of this book.

And the 7 lines

James accepted the card without argument, turning it deftly in his fingers – he felt the smoothness of its surface, like satin beneath his finger tips and observed the spidery black script which bore the name – Peregrine Hampton, BA Hons, PPE. A flick of an eyebrow suggested he was visibly impressed. But Perry continued to speak – his soft, persuasive voice echoed around the walls surrounding them, like a mantra.

“I shall be more than happy to assist you in any way I can. You need have no further worries, Sir. Our meeting today, it seems, could be the answer to your prayers.”


Front Cover of Visions

James glanced at Avalon – before his eyes wandered back to William and for the next few seconds he carefully considered what he was about to say to his children. In that brief lull of silence, he studied their youthful faces, observed the resemblance between them – as two pairs of warm, hazel brown eyes returned his stare, shining and full of questions.

“You know this house has been in our family for at least four generations, don’t you. But it also cannot be ignored, that it has also stood here for almost 300 years. Fact is, it is a very old building – and the time has finally come, where it needs a lot money spending on it. But the one fact I must impress upon you too, is that this is our ancestral home – your home. The home which I want the two of you to inherit it, after I am gone…”


About Helen J. Christmas

I am an English author and have written a series of novels, titled 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a gangland thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent; a mystery that ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance, set in a backdrop of organised crime and at the advent of the British rave culture. There are 2 final books in the series, Retribution (Phase One) and Retribution (End Game) where the saga reaches its dramatic conclusion.
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