Saturday, July 9, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #14: The Blood of Kings

This week, I'm going to stay again with my Regency paranormal romance WIP, A Woman of Proper Accomplishments. Last week, a bit of a social scuffle broke out in the middle of an archery contest when a local VIP, Lady Johnstone interrupted with an announcement. I'm skipping ahead a bit to get to the meat of her announcement.

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“The target has been placed 200 yards away," Lady Johnstone said. "King Henry the Eighth was said to be able to place his arrows well into the center at 240 yards.” 

Helena managed to contain her gasp. John Sutton, however, did not contain his laugh. “200 yards, Lady Johnstone? Perhaps one does need to be a king to manage such a feat."
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17 comments:

Carolyn Rosewood said...

Great characterization! I enjoyed this. :)

Cate Masters said...

Love his comeback. Talk about a longshot, lol.

gayleramage said...

lol, can't wait til next week to see how they fare at it. Great snippet!

sue said...

No one said would be easy. Very nice.

Pippa Jay said...

I used to shoot years ago - I'm not even sure I'd be able to SEE the target at that distance, let alone hit it!

Chrystalla Thoma said...

I like John Sutton. Can we have more of him please? :)

Verna Clay said...

I love this story. Please keep it coming. Your dialog is great!

wearegoingonawitchhunt said...

Great snippet.

Bree said...

Cute byplay between the characters.

Lindsay said...

Great six

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Love it, the style and the character interactions..always look forward to reading your snippets xx

Jayel Kaye said...

great six

J.A. Beard said...

Thanks all. I do love writing snark. :)

Just a note on the target sizing, actually I skipped past it to get to this part, but Lady Johnston has them use a custom larger target at the farther distance, so they can at least make it out.

I kind of adapted the idea from what I've seen from some modern long-range rifle shooting events (though hitting at 200 yards isn't nearly as unreasonable in those)!

Trish said...

Love the voice here, very authentic.

AllureVanSanz said...

I like this six. It says a lot about the characters.

Great job.

Best,
Allure Van Sanz

Kathleen Grieve said...

Loved the King reference! I'm fascinated by this era and can picture it through your writing very well! Great Six!

Jessica Subject said...

I have a feeling this Lady Johnstone just loves to stir the pot. Nice six!