Friday, August 10, 2012

Triple 7 Challenge

I have to thank friend and fellow author, Gae-lyn Woods for including me in the Triple 7 Challenge. As she has stated, the rules are simple. Share 7 lines from page 7 of your current novel, or 77 words from your work in progress.

I have decided to share 7 lines from page 7 of my current WIP, Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel, which is the second book in the Kelli Storm Series, and I am happy to say, is nearing completion. Enjoy!

For those of you who read the first book, Storm Rising, then you'll know how Kelli is in a potentially dangerous situation.

She started up the stairs and as she neared the second floor, gunshots rang out from one of the higher floors, followed by several screams and shouts.  She drew her Glock, moved to the outside of the stairwell for better cover, and slowly edged up the stairs. By the time she reached the second floor landing, the screaming and shouting had stopped.

Kelli moved quicker now, taking the steps two at a time. When she reached the third floor, she heard a familiar voice shout “Clear” from somewhere above. That was Williams. At least I know he’s okay, but what about Dickerson? “Derrick, this is Kelli. You guys okay up there?

And now the tough part. I have to pick seven authors to take up the challenge. This is tough, not only because I have so many talented friends in the writing community, but also because I can only pick seven. Here goes:

Look forward to reading these!


  1. Posted mine on my blog (and also below)! Thanks for the nomination,Ken.

    I chose to share a small excerpt from SACRIFICE (A Madison Knight Novel):

    Stepping out of the morgue, Madison braced a hand on her hip above her holster. “So, we’re left without an identity and only have a surmised cause of death.”

    “Richards seems pretty certain it was a drowning even though he didn’t want to speculate.” Terry mocked the ME’s words.

    Madison had noted that too. Richards was typically a person who ran based on facts, not assumptions. She had found it strange how he kept coming back to drowning as the COD without being certain.

  2. I love it! Now to get the others to "play".

  3. Intriguing, Ken! Sounds like Kelli's right into the action in STORM WARNING - you don't give a girl a chance, do you?! If it carries on as it begins, STORM WARNING should have us racing through the novel to find out what happens...

    Thanks for playing!

  4. Well, Gae-Lynn, that's the idea. And as for getting Kelli right into the action, well, she wouldn't have it any other way. (I'm beginning to think she's an adrenalin junkie.)

  5. Thanks for the invite/tag, Ken. I will post my Triple 7 Challenge next Wednesday along with my Week #7 The Next Big Thing.
    Along with being an adrenalin junkie, Kelli must have strong lungs to run up two steps at a time to the third floor!

  6. Just returning the favor for "The Next Big Thing", Gail.

    Yes, Kelli is definitely an adrenalin junkie, and she is in great shape. (Despite all the pizza and burgers.)

  7. Ken, here are the first 77 words from the draft of a novella I'm spinning off of my debut novel, THE NINTH DISTRICT, about Ross Fruen who has gone on to join the elite FBI HRT.

    The lights flickered and the cell block went dark. The emergency siren repeated its warning, blaring again and again. Back-up lights came on illuminating the halls and the exits. Inmates yelled, screamed and laughed. Joe Kelly stood at the door of his cell listening, taking it all in.

    “What's going on, Joe?” Tommy Martinelli yelled from across the hall. Tommy was new to the maximum security prison sitting on the plains of Nebraska, a wind-break pelted by

  8. Good stuff, Doug. I definitely want to know what's going on.