Here are the rules for the blog tour:
1. Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
2. Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work in progress.
3. Nominate some other writers to do the same.
I've chosen to interpret the term Work in Progress as the book I'm currently writing. I have a book very close to publication but I'm giving a sample of the story I'm actually adding to daily. It's about a retirement home for ladies and is closely based on the one where my mum-in-law lives. This place is a huge source of inspiration and is like St Trinian's with arthritis. It's a comedy, for the most part, but I hope it's respectful too as I'm keen to show that, though the ladies may lose their capabilities, they never lose their humanity. I've also, as have some previous bloggers, given more than a sentence - but not a paragraph - for each of the three chapters.
“Good morning, ladies. I’m delighted to meet you. Lovely to see all the happy, smiling faces. Good, good. Now… I’ve asked you all here into the lounge so I can tell you that, as the new Manager of Sundown House Retirement Home for Ladies, I intend to ensure that, under my care, everything will remain as it is, entirely focused on your health, comfort and safety.”
“What’s she say?” asked Edith in a carrying voice, fiddling with her hearing aid.
“She’s called us all together to patronise us,” said Lilian, whose remarks were fortunately overwhelmed by the piercing ‘squeeee’ sound from the protesting auditory equipment in Edith’s right ear.
Lunch was drawing to an end via a soft, sweet pudding and at this point, Gwen Sargent shot Edith a nervous grin and, abandoning the first table, brought her chair round to park it next to Tisha’s.
“And you will be…?” she asked.
“I will be finished in just a couple more mouthfuls, thank you,” answered Tisha, turning to give a small, rigid smile to the new manager.
At ten forty-five the next morning, Millie knocked on Lilian’s door.
“Come in,” she was bidden, and popped her head around the door.
“I’m a bit early but I didn’t want to miss anything,” she said.
“Quite right too. Find yourself a seat, Millie. The others won’t be late either. Same reason.”
I now hand on the reins to two more author bloggers whose work I've enjoyed.
Andy Barrett is a crime and thriller writer whose books I love and I'm dying to read the next. He works as a CSI so his writing has great authenticity.
Jim Webster is a writer of both fantasy and science fiction and, as I enjoy both genres, his work is always on my hit list.