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Friday, July 22, 2016

First Lines Friday #FridayReads

The first lines of a story can be a powerful hook to capture the imagination. In comments, tempt us with the first five lines of any chapter.

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Kayelle Allen said...

From a forward by the hero:
This book you hold is being presented as fiction, but it did happen. It is as real as the air you breathe. While this is not a first-person story, it follows my point of view.
I would never have allowed a human to know these things, but a friend persuaded me there can be no vengeance unless those in the wrong know what they did. When one has wronged another, one must face the consequences.
Two enemy warriors: one human, one immortal. Different in belief, alike in spirit, marooned together on an alien world. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.
Why isn't this called a romance? 5* Review Bringer of Chaos, the Origin of Pietas by Kayelle Allen.

Ann Jacobs said...

Taglines from GAME CHANGER, my sports-themed romantic thriller released yesterday from Beyond the Page:

From the prologue:
Guilty as hell. That's how he felt. Relief should have been the last emotion to have gripped him when Susan had finally died--not the first.

From chapter one, a little more than 3 months later:

Casey tossed his blazer on a chair and loosened his tie. The damn thing had been threatening to choke him ever since he'd stepped onto the podium in the press room downstairs, ostensibly to tell reporters what he intended to do to straighten up the mess that was State University's athletic program.

Claire gem said...

From A TAMING SEASON: A Love at Lake George Novel:

Jason buried his face in her hair. She smelled like the forest, piney and fresh, mingled with the scent of his own shampoo from wearing his helmet. A little thrill gripped his throat, smelling something of himself on her.
Like she was his. He wanted her to be his.

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A Taming Season
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kwestrope said...

From the book of poetry "The Prints of All My Days" by Kimberly Westrope


How long has it been
since I kissed your eyes
to awaken you in the morning?
It seems like yesterdays ago,
and your heart was kind then,
much more kind than the one
who took my love and my life,
then broke my world apart,
shattering it like a store window.

Why did you throw such a hard rock?

kwestrope said...

Sounds intriguing. I'm adding it to my wish list. :-)

Mellie said...


Trae was in a very bad way, just now. He had to win back at least some of what he’d lost at the tables, but his luck just wouldn’t turn. Now heavily indebted to one of the most dangerous men on the pleasure paradise, Gambler’s Folly, he had to do something.

“I’ll give you one more chance, Mr. O’Brien. Your whole debt free and clear on the next hand.

thefensk said...

From The Fever, the beginning of chapter teenty-eight.

Sam had been dreaming about Smidgeon, something regarding her and a motel, but an abrupt impact on the side of his head shocked him awake. He could see only star-speckled black at first but as the black faded and he struggled to understand what was going on, he tried to get up, only to be pushed back down. He blinked repeatedly and shook his head in confusion. Figures started to rise out of the black and he began to perceive his new reality. There was someone in his camp.

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Cara Marsi said...

From the award-winning novel, A Groom for Christmas:

“I have two days to find a fiancé.” Ignoring the anxiety that tightened her stomach, Graceann Palmer dipped her fork into her apple pie à la mode and slipped the tasty treat into her mouth.
Her friend Kate sat next to her at the counter in the quaint fifties-era Spirit Lake Diner, located just outside the small Pennsylvania town of the same name. Kate grinned. “You could advertise online: Fiancé wanted for Christmas. Good pay. Temporary position.”

Helen Henderson said...

First Lines Friday Teaser from the ** NEW RELEASE ** Windmaster - Ellspeth, captain of the Sea Falcon, is determined to make her own destiny, but fate decrees she has to decide between the sea, magic... or love.

A strangling sense of horror woke Ellspeth from a deep sleep. The sea air carried the faint reek of freshly-spilled blood. Pale moonlight filtering through the shuttered window cast shadows around the small cabin. Nothing moved in the darkness beneath the narrow-legged desk or behind the wooden trunk that held the ship’s records. No visible danger lurked, yet the feeling of intense fear remained strong.

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LindaRae said...

The Epiphany of an Explorer by Linda Rae Sande

Lady Estelle Jones leaned against the edge of the fishing boat and watched the small island of Delos as it disappeared into the setting sun. Blinking, she wondered about the man on the beach. For that first minute when she had come up for air, her lungs near to bursting and stars floating behind her eyes from lack of oxygen, she had thought him merely an illusion.

A rather handsome illusion, but an illusion all the same. And then he had simply remained crouched in the sand and ... gawked at her as if he had never seen a woman before.