Lucky 7 with a Twist

A huge thank you to Hallie Sawyer and Karen Wojcik Berner for tagging me in the Lucky 7 challenge! This challenge allows a glimpse of other writers’ WIPs or latest book. And the rules for this challenge are simple:

The Lucky Seven basic rules

1. Go to page 77 of your WIP or latest book.

2. Count down seven lines.

3. Copy the 7 sentences that follow and post them.

4. Tag 7 other authors.

The Twist

Nonetheless, I’ve decided to break the rules, twist them, and sometimes I think that’s okay, especially when it involves building suspense. My just-completed The Cottage on Quarry Island is women’s fiction with significant revelations, reversals, twists and turns, when main character Annie moves to a small island in Maine. Page 77 reveals a significant plot turn, a spoiler if you will, so, instead I’m using page 7.

Page 7, 7th line down, 7 sentences from The Cottage on Quarry Island

      And it was on these small items I staked my future: the letter, the photographs, the business card. I closed the door to my father’s house in Boston, I got in my car, and I drove to Maine. And then once I arrived in Bertie’s Cove and made my way down Main Street to the real estate office, several of my would-be neighbors smiled and greeted me, and I imagined myself as a new citizen in the most welcoming town in Maine.
After caring for my father for six months, nursing him through cancer—I desperately wanted respite. And the small picture on Deb’s business card of the harbor of Bertie’s Cove—with its tiny boats and houses, wispy clouds on bright blue water—looked ideal.
Buying the cottage? A sudden, precipitous decision based on a whim after a half-day kayak tour around Quarry Island.

My Lucky 7 authors

I think I’m a little late in the game to Lucky 7’s, so please forgive me if you’ve already been named… or if you don’t want to participate. (You won’t hurt my feelings one bit!) But if you do participate, please let me know when you post—I want to have a chance to read what you post, too!!



p.s. Today I’m also guest blogging about what it means to be a Third Culture Kid and how it impacts my writing. Check it out at the blog of my wonderful friend Emma Pass in my post: Word-by-Word, Scene-by-Scene, Chapter-by-Chapter.


  1. Emma Pass says:

    I love your extract, Julia! Really intriguing. And thankyou SO much for your wonderful guest post on my blog today! x

  2. Great work, Julia. I can’t wait to read MORE about Quarry Island. And the mystery of the “letter, photographs, and business card” hooked me immediately! LOVE the photo, too. Is that Bertie’s Cove?

    • Thank you so much! It’s nice to know it has that hook-appeal. As for the photo, it’s the Bertie’s Cove of my imagination (Bertie’s Cove is a fictitious name), but in fact that is THE COTTAGE that gave me the idea in the first place. Bertie’s Cove and the cottage has now become an amalgam of various places and houses…

  3. Love the teaser. And I think you’re perfectly justified in twisting the rules to keep from revealing plot secrets before their time. Can’t wait to read the whole thing.

  4. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to ready your book, Julia!

  5. Oooh, feel so excited to read a part of your lovely WIP!!! It makes it seem so real, and I know I am going to love it – it has a really strong character voice and sense of place in just these few lines! Thanks for tagging me too, although someone did beat you to it… but thank you all the same! Good luck with the next edits x

  6. Awk! So many mystery elements all in one paragraph! I can’t wait to read about Quarry Island. I’m intrigued.

  7. Love the lines you chose, Julia! Thanks for the tag; I shall respond soon!

  8. Erika Marks says:

    I LOVE this challenge, Julia! And I love this excerpt–you have set us all on the edge of our seats, knowing a life-changing event is right around the next page!

  9. Intriguing excerpt, Julia. I am curious to see what happens next.

  10. Ann says:

    Oooh, I love it! How did it work out? Was the house everything she hoped for? Hurry up and get published, girlfriend!

  11. Leah says:

    I’ve been seeing this on other blogs and I love it. It’s great getting a glimpse into other people’s boks

  12. This is very cool, Julia. I’m ready to read it. Is this the story you’re searching for an agent for, or the other one?

  13. I LOVE getting a glimpse of your book, Julia! Your writing is just as beautiful as I always knew it’d be. xoxo

  14. Barb Riley says:

    Well now… I’m a little (okay, a LOT) late to the game, but I will e v e n t u a l l y participate. My WIP is broken down by chapters (saved as individual docs) so I still have to sort it all out to find “page 77.” When I do, I’ll let you know. Thanks so much for the tag.

    Regarding YOUR excerpt… very intriguing! Not like I expected anything less from one of my favorite writers. How is the process coming along?