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Friday, September 16, 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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Claire Gem said...

From upcoming release, The Phoenix Syndrome:

My adventure began on my fortieth birthday, the day I experienced my first-ever, progressive metal rock concert. I won’t lie. The event changed my life. And marked the beginning of my awakening.
“So, are these guys like Metallica? Judas Priest?” I asked.

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Stephanie Queen said...

from Beachcomber Heat by Stephanie Queen

Shana scrambled to her feet and stepped back from the edge of the dock as if the water might suck her in after him. Was it her fault Dane jumped into the harbor?


LindaRae said...

THE GOSSIP OF AN EARL by Linda Rae Sande, available for pre-order for 99¢

A man’s lips weren’t so very different from a woman’s, Emelia Comber decided as she glanced in the direction of the nattily dressed gentleman having a word with her mother. Maybe not as pink, of course, but still much like a set of miniature pillows stacked atop one another. From beneath her parasol, she allowed her gaze to sweep over the crush of attendees lest the man take notice of her taking notice of him. And his lips.

Toni V.S. said...

From THE HONEST RAKE by Toni V. Sweeney, published by Class Act Books:

Standing before the tryptich cheval glass in the shop of Wellsby, Tailors, Donal frowned as he studied his reflection. He was certain both the tailor and his valet saw a well-appointed young gentleman of the ton. What he saw was a fox-haired Irish upstart about to muscle his way into their Society.

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Toni V.S. said...

From RUNAWAY BROTHER by Icy Snow Blackstone, from Class Act Books:

When the antique Italian clock ended its ninth tinkling chime and Nicolo Liguori didn’t walk through the office door, his secretary had the odd sensation that something was
wrong; at three minutes after nine, she was certain of it.

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Tony-Paul de Vissage said...

from THE LAST VAMPIRE STANDING, published by Class Act Books:

She was standing on the balcony, looking out over the park across the street. I could see cigarette smoke wafting upward, a pale mist between her and the darkness.
“Damn,” I said. “And I was going to be so suave and flick out my Bic and light that for you.”

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R.C. Matthews said...

DEVIL'S COVE by R.C. Matthews, published by Crimson Romance - a gothic romance

As Josephine slithered between the humans littering the ballroom floor, a wicked grin curled up her lips. Their anguished cries vibrated like sweet music through her scales. Sliding her long tail back and forth, rhythmically, she bumped against their mangled forms, enhancing their pain. She rather enjoyed the cacophony of cries, a symphony of vanquished souls. But there was little time left to wallow in the beauty of it.

BUY LINK:’s-Cove-Tortured-Souls-Matthews-ebook/dp/B01KGO4A6O

Linsey Lanier said...

From THE BOY (A Miranda and Parker Mystery) #8 by Linsey Lanier

She risked another glance in her rearview mirror and caught the dark outline of the man behind the steering wheel of the black van.
He was a large man. The van drew close and he looked straight at her.
A shiver of nerves went through her.

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Savanna Kougar said...

***New Release***

WAITING FOR A FILLY GIRL ~ A ShapeShifter Seduction Erotic Romance Novel

Chapter One:
Love Will Find You

"You will regret this punishment. I am innocent." Keina tilted her chin in defiance, even as she obediently walked toward the King's travel portal, a gateway to several dimensions.

"Let us hope when you return, Keina, love will find you. It is past time you were happily mated." The King's sonorous, all-knowing voice rang through the castle chamber.

How dare he!



Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance and

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Anna Taylor Sweringen said...


Arousal—fondly remembered and sorely missed—sizzled between Mary Hamilton’s well- rounded thighs. Moisture coated her nether lips and threatened to stoke the sizzle into a blaze. The sensation surprised her, as did the owner of the gaze that lit the flame.

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Reggi Allder said...


A shiver went down Amy’s back as Wyatt caressed the nape of her neck and then left a trail of warm kisses on her skin. For the first time she realized how long it had been since she’d hungered for a man, but not any man. Only Wyatt could send longing pulsing in her.