Page 77 Tease & A Giveaway

There's a w-i-p meme going around, and so far I've seen it from Steph Burgis, Nora Jemisin, and Martha Wells, so hey, why not? The rules are:

1. Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current ms
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating.

So, herewith, a little unedited taste of the gods book:

The tails of his suit jacket flapped in a gusty wind that ruffled the brown leaves above him. He swung his metal and bone cane in a slow circle, like he was out for a jaunt. But the casual air was fleeting. Gone entirely when he shook his head at her with forbidding disapproval, and stepped over so he stood in the center of the path, directly below the tip of the not-so-distant pyramid. His red eyes glimmered in the sun. He was blocking the way to Egypt House.

Kyra blinked, opening her mouth to alert Bree and Tam—

Oh, how I want to cheat and include the next line (and start rewriting!), but rules are rules.

I've also been remiss in not pointing out here that there's a supercool giveaway of a Blackwood pre-order being run by Candace at Lovey Dovey Books (who also did this great review of the book that made me grin like an idiot). If it gets up to 2,000 entries (!!!) she's going to throw in something extra special, so spread the word.

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