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Friday, June 26, 2015

First Lines Friday

The first lines of a story can be a powerful hook to capture the imagination.

In comments, tempt us with the first three lines of any chapter. Don't forget your buy link and website/blog link. Have fun!

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E. Ayers said...

Tiago stood stunned at Ingrid’s kiss. It was no different than the kiss of a familiar family member, but it didn’t feel that way. He felt it to his toes and to places in between.

by E. Ayers
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Anonymous said...

Jill stood in the doorway of their bedroom. Her breath caught in her lungs as it always did when she looked at him. He sat on the side of the bed wearing nothing but his boxers. She smiled as she thought of that first morning that she had seen him in the white cotton.

The Arrangement
by Tara Neale

Erin OQuinn said...

Rory knew he had to tell his lover about Armstrong. Correction … about that long-ago man named Teach who might or might not be the same man he’d seen today. The trouble with being honest with Alex, as he saw it, was simple. He wasn’t ready to be honest with himself.

Opening lines, Chapter 9
HUNTER'S POINT by Erin O'Quinn
A Scot and a cop ... and a killer

Susan Macatee said...

From chapter two of Civil War romance novella, Cole's Promise.

Claire wiped her brow as the humidity of the late June morning built. She’d been assigned to assist the camp surgeon, Captain Albert Worley, a handsome, dark-haired man with a tinge of gray at his temples. A true gentleman from York, Pennsylvania.

Nancy said...

From Playing With Fire... opening lines of chapter 15
The alarm jarred Mitzi from a sweet dream that included Sully and a long delicious kiss in the moonlight. She stretched, leaned over, and swatted the button to cut off the shrill noise. Her eyes at a sleepy half-mast surveyed the room.

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P.J. MacLayne said...

Opening lines from Chapter 4

The bus ride home seemed longer than the morning’s trip as I studied each person getting on for a potential threat. Was the little gray-haired lady with the oversize purse and shopping bag packing a handgun? Did the teenage boy wearing a long black coat keep ninja stars in his pockets?

The Marquesa's Necklace by P.J. MacLayne

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Tamara Hughes said...

Must move faster. Faster.
The city around her a blur, Charity Goswick stumbled
down the dark, deserted street, one hand brushing along the
building to keep her steady, the other clutching her mother’s

Opening lines to Chapter 1 of Tempting the Pirate by Tamara Hughes
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Andrea Parnell said...

Opening lines Chapter 3 Delilah's Flame by Andrea Parnell.

"Delilah." The deep voice held strength and confi¬dence and just a hint of self-satisfaction. He raised her hand to his lips, an act that seemed totally unnatural in a California saloon and from a man wearing two Colt revolvers strapped to his sides.

darlene deluca said...

Opening lines of the prologue in Something Good, contemporary romance by Darlene Deluca . . .

She could've asked him what he was doing, or where he was going. But she wasn't stupid. Through glazed eyes she watched from the doorway as Aaron tossed clothes into the open suitcase in the middle of the sagging bed.

Donna Hechler Porter said...

From Breaking Promises, 2nd in my Children of the Light Trilogy:

David couldn’t believe the dress had caused him more fits than the pants. He had only seen her in oversized and worn clothes. This one fit her snugly in her breasts and her bottom, falling down around her hips, teasing him as to what lay underneath.

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Peggy Williams said...

FOURTH of July fireworks always set Emily Remington’s nerves on edge. The heart-pounding booms, cascades of flaming lights, and the acrid smell of smoke all brought her back to the horror of that one night, decades ago.

From the mystery novel On the Road to Where the Bells Toll

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SueBee said...

Here are the first three lines from my latest contemporary romance, MORE THAN WORDS by Susan Behon

“Ow! Damn it!”
Tracy King thought she was having a dream about standing under a cascading waterfall until a piece of wet plaster hit her on the head. When the second one hit her on the shoulder, reality intruded and she realized that her Hawaiian vacation was actually rain pouring in from a hole in her ceiling.

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Paty Jager said...

Dr. Isabella Mumphrey shoved her glasses tighter on the bridge of her nose and pursed her lips. She’d yet to fail at anything she’d set out to do. Grad school at seventeen, doctorate in anthropology at twenty-two.

Secrets of a Mayan Moon by Paty Jager

Maggie Le Page said...

White noise invades my ears, clanging and crashing and rushing and rumbling and pushing and shoving. Suicide? I taste bile. No. No way. Black spots dance in front of my eyes, taunting me, teasing me. You can’t remember, you can’t remember.

From The Trouble With Dying, a suspenseful Women's Fiction novel.

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Desiree Holt said...

From Daring To Chance It:
Sarah York fiddled with the stem of her wine glass and stared at the debris on the table. The party was definitely over. They’d gone off and left her, all six of them.

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Jude Knight said...

From A Baron for Becky

There was a fog. No. Heavier than a fog. A blanket, almost, covering everything. Sometimes, she could see through it a little, or hear a few words, or feel a touch. Sarah came to visit her, and Emma and Sophie. She was sure of that. Her belly hurt. Was it the baby? No. The baby was gone.

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Kryssie Fortune said...

“This time tomorrow, I’ll be an ex-virgin. Guaranteed. Thanks for the heads-up about Neptune, Mum.” Lindy finished the call and tossed her cell phone in her bag.

From Giving It Up For The Gods