#luckyseven – excerpt from Battle Scars II: For King and Country

I am editing away on For King and Country. Did I mention this book is coming in at more than 600 pages? (Almost twice the length of Men of the Cross!)  I am at the 75% mark on my edit, with a goal of finishing one chapter a day. That would bring me up to November 3. Keep your fingers crossed! I am so ready to get this in readers’ hands. Of course, I still have to get the cover art, write an author’s note, format for ebook and print, etc. etc.

In the meantime, how about a #luckyseven meme?  The rules for #luckyseven are:

  • Go to a page ending in a 7 in your current manuscript
  • Go to line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences – as they are – post on your blog or on Facebook!
  • Tag 7 other people to do the same

So here goes. Scene set up – without spoiling too much – knights Henry, Stephan and Robin have uncovered information about Count John’s traitorous operations in the Midlands, but…

“You’ll have me tending sheep to keep me from harm’s way.” Henry was on his feet. “I will not stand by while you—any of you—are in danger. Let me help. The wagons laid up in Grantham a few days back. That ginger-haired guard—”

“Henry, about Tuck…” Stephan’s eyes flicked to Robin. How much should he say?

“You know him from Normandy. You didn’t think to mention that?” Henry looked hurt. He swallowed hard. “Was he one of your lovers?”

“Tuck? He’s as chaste as most priests. Mayhap more.”

Let’s see if these folks want to participate:

Anna Belfrage, Alison Morton, Derek Birks,
EM PowellES MoxonMatthew Harffy, Steven A. McKay,


  1. jadey36 Avatar

    Wow! That’s a lot of writing, Char. That’s longer than Sharon Penman’s ‘Lionheart’. Can’t wait to see the finished product, and am looking forward to your cover reveal as and when.

  2. Catherine Hedge Avatar

    Dear Char, Your posts are so interesting! I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up, but am eager to get back into reading/writing mode! Thank you,


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