I was tagged by Struggling Writer to go to either page 7 or 77 of my manuscript, count down 7 lines, then copy the next 7 lines into your blog.
So here it goes.
Lind leaned his cane against the railing and lowered himself down beside his brother. “Oliver you take everything so literal. Of course you can tell your family. We’re all Defenders.” Unlike his brothers and father, Oliver refrained from reminding Lind that he was only an Honorary Defender, since there had been extenuating circumstances regarding his last task, circumstances that had resulted in a lost limb and a burnt face. Oliver had never been privy to the details and knew better than to ask.
“Then why didn’t anyone tell me about their tasks?”
“You weren’t a Defender yet. When you complete your task, we can tell you what we had to do.Come
on Ollie, everyone’s waiting.” He grabbed onto the railing and pulled himself up.
Sorry, you got an extra line, but I didn't want to leave you hanging.
Actually this exercise got me thinking. So many times, I've flipped a book open and read an excerpt as though reading one paragraph will entice me to buy the book. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
How about you? Do you read a part of the book before deciding to purchase it?