Let’s play a little game, just for fun.
Since today is 9/22, take a book off your shelf, then go to page 22 and pick a random excerpt starting on that page. Then count nine books away from your first book, turn to page 22 there, and pick an excerpt to add to the starting half you picked from the first book. (You can determine where to start it and how much to use. Feel free to look for parts that would make the story more coherent or funnier!)
I tried this myself to give you some examples. A few of my favorites:
“While I don’t doubt my ability to complete the accounting portion of the business, I’ll need a jug full of grape juice.”
Her relationship with her daughter had never been easy, particularly since she had died from some disease in a South American hospital.
“Looks like you could have your first murder case as sheriff.”
“Let’s not go tossing around that word just yet—not until I’m good at Mario Cart and you’re not.”
That meant the day was destined for disaster, since Harriet had the feeling neither of the two people arguing right in front of her was going to disgrace the family name by marrying a performer’s daughter.
And, as a bonus, here’s a longer story made up of nine of these:
Agnes shot her a sympathetic look. “Yes, he’s been very…attentive toward you since he took over for his father two years ago.”
“Tea?” Florence asked, lifting the copper kettle. The scent of kind words and pretty flowers would not change that. Light was glaring around the edges of the window shade and ricocheting off a cold fireplace. And why wouldn’t the fire be out? It was July.
But she was soaking wet and quaking like decaf. Zane could have handled the real stuff, but his parents claimed it messed with their sleep. They seemed a little older than the napkin with the blood sample.
He looked up and blinked, trying to find an excuse for his wandering gaze as she walked closer and asked, “May I know the name or location of this property?”
“I trust you got the information you required. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to make some phone calls in my office.”
Taken from: The books below, in order.
Your turn! Share a two-book 9/22 story below, and I’ll choose a random winner on Monday to pick their choice of one of the books in the photo above.