L is for Lucky Seven

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Happy Friday the Thirteenth!
Fittingly, I’ve got a LUCKY Seven post to share with you…

The Rules:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.
  2. Go to line 7.
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
  4. Tag 7 other victims …er, authors.

Fun, right?!

So, I’ve been tagged three times now… Thanks to fabulous Kate Avelynn for tag #1. If you haven’t visited her blog, I recommend it. Her upcoming debut Flawed is one of my most favorite contemporary YA stories EVER. And thanks to adorable Sara McClung for tag #2. The seven lines she posted for Lucky Seven are absolutely fantastic, and you should definitely check them out! And thanks to Kris Asselin, one of my agent sisters and a lovely contemporary YA writer. Please do check out her sweet Lucky Seven post as well.

It just so happens that for my Lucky Seven post, you’re getting seven steamy lines from my WiP, Cross My Heart. I hope you enjoy!

When he pulls away, for one horrible second I think it’s over. But then the softest groan escapes him and he walks me backward, presses me against the wall, and opens his mouth over mine. I taste candy cane peppermint on his tongue, mingling with beer.

Will I ever know what he tastes like sober, under normal circumstances?

I immediately shove that particular musing out of my head, content to focus on the here and now: Max Holden is kissing me like it means something. Like he wants to keep kissing me, forever.

And now I get to tag seven friends… You’re up, Tracey Neithercott, Alicia Gregoire, Yahong Chi, Kat Owens, Rebecca Behrens, Kris Asselin (who’s getting tagged back because she promised a snippet from her MG!), and Taryn Albright!

In celebration of Friday the Thirteenth, tell me: Are you the superstitious sort?


41 thoughts on “L is for Lucky Seven

  1. Elodie says:

    Ok let me try to be a tad more eloquent than just: “more….want more….”:D
    You know what got me really loving this excerpt is this sentence: “Will I ever know what he tastes like sober, under normal circumstances?”.
    There is so much emotion in that one sentence and suddenly I know more about them both. And I do hope you’ll take me on my offer to read through the manuscript because I know I’ll be quite the lucky lady if I do (see the super link with Friday the 13th :D)

    • katyupperman says:

      I might just have to take you up on that, Elodie. After I finish my rewrite I’ll definitely need a fresh perspective and I’d greatly appreciate yours. Thanks for your sweet words and your offer. ❤

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Kris! I’ve been feeling extra motivated to work on Max and Jill’s story lately, especially now that I’ve gotten such gracious and lovely feedback on this excerpt. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    I also want more than just that one snippet – wow!

    I got married on a Friday the 13th 🙂 But that was mostly b/c I knew my husband would remember the date…hah. Five and a half years exactly today, so the date must have been good luck!

  3. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    Oooo I like! I love the picture you paired with it too. What kind of beer are we talking here? I could kiss a man with the taste of porter and candy canes, but not a pale ale. I’m glad you haven’t given up on this WIP 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! Thanks, Erin! I was super excited when I counted pages and lines and figured out this was the scene! I was a little worried that I’d land somewhere dry (rewriting, so those places still exist!), but this one worked out well.

  4. Rachel says:

    Okay, dude…I LOVED Jillian’s voice. And now you teased us and I want more. Gah!! Good luck with the rewrite Katy.
    I’m not superstitious about 13 but I am terrified to step on cracks in the sidewalk (step on a crack and break your mother’s back) and opening an umbrella indoors (only because I DID it at age 5 and had to go to the ER for stitches!). I was born at 6:13 pm and brought home the hospital on Friday Oct 13th, so 13 is kind of my good luck number 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      You’re lucky to have GOOD experiences with the number 13, Rachel. And yeah… I steer clear of opening umbrellas indoors as well. I mean really — what’s the point? 🙂 And thanks so much for your kind words… Posting this excerpt has made me even more motivated to work on my rewrite!

  5. Rebecca B says:

    So remember when I said I was dying to read Jillian’s story based on pictures? Okay, now I’m completely dead from reading this snippet. Her voice is very engaging, and real! (And I love kissing scenes.) If you ever need another beta. . . .

    I am far too superstitious for my own good. I blame the writer part of me for letting my imagination run wild. Friday the 13th doesn’t bother me, except I won’t book any flights for that day. It has screwed up travel plans a little, in the past. 🙂

  6. Jaime Morrow says:

    Hot and steamy, Katy 🙂 I want to know more about Jillian’s thought: Will I ever know what he tastes like sober, under normal circumstances? I’d like to know if this is their first kiss, or if this drunken kissing thing has happened before. Very intriguing 🙂

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  7. Sara McClung says:


    It think this is the second kiss scene you’ve shared, and let me tell you, Katy, you’re very good at writing them 🙂 I want to keep reading like whoa. ❤

    I'm not too superstitious… But, yanno, ask me again someday when I enter the query races 😉

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Sara! Kissing scenes are my favorite to write (aren’t they everyone’s?), so I put extra love into them. And yeah… I was all kinds of superstitious during querying. Craziness!

  8. Sophia Richardson says:

    *fans self* You can’t do that to people when they’re unprepared, Katy! I don’t have a handsome husband around like some lucky ladies I could mention 😉

    I’m not superstitious… says the girl who drew a tarot card this morning.

  9. Yahong says:

    Haha, sounding good, sounding good! 😉 Though I’m not the biggest fan of YA romance (…a byproduct of what my L post today is all about :P), I do dig the genuine emotion, like Elodie said.

    As for superstitions… I think I’m superstition-free, actually. One thing I do do is when I’m watching hockey games, if my team loses, the next game I’ll be tempted to listen in to the play-by-play on radio, instead… but I work to overcome that. Because obviously it won’t make a difference to my hockey team if I’m watching on TV or listening on the radio, haha. 😛

    • katyupperman says:

      You’re so funny about your hockey, Yahong! I love that you’re so passionate about it, and now that I’ve been to a real NHL game, I do see the draw.

      I read your L post and was very intrigued. As you might remember, I’m a die-hard romantic and Taylor Swift fan (I know, I know!), but I do see your point about the instant love connection that’s so often glamorized in songs/movies/books. Thank you, at least, for believing in MY love. 🙂

  10. sharkbytes says:

    I actually did that little game once. It was fun and the piece was a pretty good one. I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month from myqualityday.blogspot.com

  11. Jemi Fraser says:

    Great snippet! I definitely am intrigued enough to want to read more 🙂

    I am a bit superstitious – knock on wood, toss salt over the left shoulder, do NOT turn over the calendar before its time… 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! I always flip my calendar before it’s time! I’m only superstitious about silly little weird things, but when it comes to writing/querying/subbing, my superstitions come out a little more.

      Thanks for your kind words about my excerpt!

  12. Taryn says:

    Um WOW. Now I’ve seen two of your kissing scenes and I want to be one of your protagonists–I mean, I want to read more! I’ve been tagged like 5 times now and stubbornly ignored them, but I will give in to peer pressure. I’m currently on page 31 in my WIP, so I guess I will make it my goal to hit page 78 by Sunday night so I can post this on Monday 🙂

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