I've Been Tagged!

The 777 Challenge 

The challenge is to go to page 7 of your current work in progress and post at least 7 lines from the page, then tag 7 other authors and challenge them to do the same on their blogs.

I was tagged by Devon Matthews, who was tagged by Lyn Horner who was tagged by Jacquie Rogers and so on.

My western romance compadres may be a little disappointed that my WIP is a mystery, the sequel to Deadly Legacy.

In 2018, rookie detective Kate Garrett lives in the shadow of her near-legendary father Joe. When Joe dies unexpectedly, he leaves Kate half interest in Garrett Investigations, his last case that ties to three murders, a partner she can't stand and a legacy to live up to.

Kate also inherits Joe's share of the downtown building that houses the office. A month before she had been a violent crimes detective. Now she's a private investigator and landlord with a problem tenant, as we find out on page seven.

    “Good afternoon, Mr Koehne.” With only a moment of hesitation, she took his outstretched hand. 
    “Always a pleasure to see you,” he said, cupping her hand in both of his. “I was wondering if you had a chance to consider my offer.”
    “I already considered it, Mr Koehne.” She pulled her hand free. “I said no.”
    “Ms Garrett . . . Kate . . . may I call you Kate?”
    “I wish you wouldn’t.”
    That put a small road bump in his pitch, but didn’t slow him long enough for her to make a run for the door.
    “The thing is,” he said, blocking exit, “Outreach Dating has plenty of men on its lists, men who are looking for Ms Right – or at least Ms Right for now – but we don’t have many women."
     "Mr Koehne--"
    "I’ll throw in a hair and face make-over before your interview. Not that you aren’t lovely as is, but the fashion is for up-dos and swing-era-retro is in, so if you have an appropriate outfit . . . Wouldn’t you like a date for New Year’s Eve? All we have to do is book a time . . .”
    “Time is one thing I don’t have,” she said pointedly. “I’m also short on money, specifically the money you owe for last month’s rent.”
    It was better than a boot in the rear for getting rid of the pest. He exited, post haste, with a hearty “Happy Holidays” before she had a chance to extract another promise he wouldn’t keep.
Now, who to tag...
  • Cathy Astolfo
  • Melodie Campbell
  • Caroline Clemmens
  • Gloria Ferris
  • Kat Flannery
  • Ciara Gold
  • Cheryl Pierson


  1. I love your writing style, Alison! I have Under A Texas Star and Deadly Legacy on my Kindle. I look forward to reading both of them (lordy, if I ever find the time :). Thanks for accepting the challenge!

    1. Thanks Devon! I know what you mean about finding time to read. Seems like we can read or write, but we can't find time for both.

  2. Wonderful! I can totally see this sniveling pushy man. He really pours it on thick. Great excerpt!

    1. Thank you Taryn! He's a guy created to be hated.

  3. Replies
    1. "Excellent!" she said, rubbing her hands.

    2. Find Kat's blog @ http://www.kat-scratch.blogspot.ca/

  4. OK, I blogged my 7 of 7 - now to find that elusive other 7 - look out, other writers!

    1. You have an intriguing page 7.

  5. The deed is done! And I have tagged 7 other victims, er, authors. By the way, I really like Kate - she doesn't take s%#t from anybody.


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