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#Luckyseven – Book Excerpt – THE PRICE OF BLOOD


I’ve been tagged by author Debra Brown in a game of #luckyseven. For the uninitiated, this is an online game for writers. No, it’s nothing like Angry Birds or Bejewelled. It’s just a little exercise that pulls us out of our lonely garrets where we sit scribbling away for hours on end, and it allows us to connect with each other, to reveal a wee bit of whatever current endeavor we have at hand and perhaps build up a little buzz about our work. Here is how it’s done:

  • 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!!
  • Tag 7 other people to do the same

So I am giving you 7 lines from page 77 of the sequel to SHADOW ON THE CROWN. It’s called THE PRICE OF BLOOD, to be released in the U.S. next February and in the U.K. next June. See? That’s the buzzy part.

As for the lines you’re about to read, they’re from Chapter Ten. This is a bit of reflection by one of the characters. I won’t say who, only that it is July of 1006, near Cookham in Berkshire.

What they needed was time – time to consult over the leadership of the northern shires, time to bring in the harvest, time to prepare and stock the burhs for defense. He had begged the churchmen he had spoken with to pray for time so that they could gather strength to meet their enemies. But there was already fighting along the border with the Scots, and he feared there was an ill wind blowing across the Danish Sea. The one thing that the people of England did not have was time.

I hope that piques your interest a bit. And now I’m tagging the following terrific writers: Gillian Bagwell, Nancy Bilyeau, Yangsze Choo, Julianne Douglas, Barbara Kyle, Candace Robb, and Susan Spann. Go!

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2 Responses to #Luckyseven – Book Excerpt – THE PRICE OF BLOOD

  1. Teresa Huber says:

    Loved “Shadow on the Crown” and can’t wait for the next book. I’ve been doing genealogy research and recognized Aelfgifu of York, first wife of Aethelred the Unready who it looks like is my relative. Reading your book gave me a feel for what life was like at that time which really interests me. Like you, reading about English and Scottish history has been something I have done since I was young. Thank you for bringing history to life.

    • Patricia says:

      Hello Teresa. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book and were kind enough to write and let me know. Your foremother Aelfgifu, Aethelred’s earlier wife, didn’t get much of a part in the novel, did she? Hmm. People have often asked me what I will do after I’ve finished this trilogy. Maybe I should go back in time and write about Aelfgifu. That would be a real challenge, since we know far less about her, even, than we do about Emma. The next book is on it’s way. I hope you like it as much as this one!

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