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Friday, August 14, 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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Discover great reads! Exquisite Quills' First Lines.   


E. Ayers said...

E. Ayers

Tom couldn't stop the chuckle that spilled from him. "I want you in my arms. What's it going to take to make that happen?"

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Peggy Jaeger said...

Skater's Waltz
by Peggy Jaeger

“Who’s the hunk talking to Sean? The one with the gorgeous eyes and hair, eating the egg roll,” Jane Walters asked Tiffany.

Kate Hill said...

“If you are to learn from me, you must dedicate yourself completely to our craft. I will accept nothing less than your very essence.” Perrin’s voice, as rich and deep as a lion’s purr, resonated in the unfurnished marble room lit only by a single muted lantern dangling from the tall ceiling.

Lust's Shadow by Kate Hill

Allie said...

Seeing Laney in Dad's study with tears in her eyes about did me in. How the hell was I supposed to walk away from that? Away from her?

Free Pass by Allie Kincheloe

Barbara White Daille said...

The Cowboy’s Little Surprise
Book 1 in The Hitching Post Hotel series
by Barbara White Daille

Tina paused near the hood of Cole’s truck and took a deep breath, trying to prepare herself for a conversation she didn’t want to have.

She walked around the truck and had barely come to a stop in front of Cole before he exploded.

“Does everyone in Cowboy Creek know what you never took the trouble to tell me?”

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The Cowboy’s Little Surprise


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Michele Drier said...

It was blood. It looked like somebody dropped a cup or glass. It puddled in front of the sinks and filmed out on the bathroom floor.

SNAP: The World Unfolds, Book One of the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles

Savanna Kougar said...

by Stevie Klark.

First three lines from Chapter One ~

As horse, Grant Thunderhead galloped over the magnificent harsh terrain of the Four Corners. His territory, as he thought of it, having lived on his small ranch spread for nine years now.

This land of majestic rock sculptures, or hoodoos, held ancient secrets.

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Jude Knight said...

First lines of Gingerbread Bride, my contribution to the Bluestocking Belles Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem anthology.

“I don’t run away. I run towards,” she had told Rick the first time he retrieved her for her father the Admiral. That was half his lifetime ago, when she was nine and he was a young midshipman of nearly fourteen.

Janice Croom said...


There comes a time in every woman’s life when she has to go get her man. My time was now. That’s what put me on a jet, somewhere over the Caribbean, in this hootchie-momma outfit I’d let my friend Charlene talk me into. Everything I normally let hang out was trussed up like a turkey, and the things I always kept covered were out there swinging in the breeze.

Death of an Island Tart Available on Amazon

Janice Croom web site

Sharleen Scott said...

Caught in the Spin
by Sharleen Scott
Romantic suspense

Tom avoided the house all day. He didn’t usually dodge confrontation this way, but he didn’t know what to say to her. How do you explain a naked woman in your bed in the middle of the night to the woman who just left the same bed?

Jina Bacarr said...

From the Prologue of "Love Me Forever," my Civil War time travel romance, a Kindle Scout winner:

On a lonely road in the Tennessee woods
August 26, 1862

Even before she saw the swath of blue moving through the trees, Pauletta Sue could smell them. Yankees. The raw odor of unwashed Federal soldiers made her nauseous.

Love Me Forever on Amazon

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