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Friday, August 21, 2015

First Lines Friday!

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

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Peggy Jaeger said...

by Peggy jaeger
on sale now for 99cents 8/21-9/3

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

Glancing at the director and his companion, Tiffany smiled as she re-laced her skates. “Cole Greer.”

“He looks familiar, but I can’t figure out where I’ve seen him. I never forget a face and his is exceptionally unforgettable.”

“Cole’s a news correspondent for EBC.”

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

A new serial coming soon: Smokin' Hot Mini Tales of the Olde West - Welcome to Dust, Part 1 - Eve and Brandon


Eve Storm slashed a wet cloth over the gleaming wood bar top. Then, she stared speechless at the big, handsome, broad-shouldered, slim-hipped cowboy she'd been seeing once a week for two months now.

LindaRae said...


When the sounds of the house faded to the occasional creaks and groans of a structure the size of Norwick House, when he was sure no servants were still about, Daniel stared at the ceiling above his newly adopted bed and made a decision. Climbing out of the bed, he stripped himself of his night clothes, wrapped himself in his chenille robe, and made his way to the dressing room. He was almost all the way through the thin room and to the connecting door to Clarinda’s room when he stopped and thought about turning back.

Barbara White Daille said...

After supper at the Hitching Post, Jane went to the cabin again. Partly because she wanted to finish up the photos and partly because she wanted to destroy evidence of what had happened here last night—the candy wrappers, the pile of pillows. The unmade bed. The proof she and Pete had…had been together.

- from A Rancher of Her Own, The Hitching Post Hotel #2
by Barbara White Daille

Amazon link
A Rancher of Her Own

Author Website

Stephanie Queen said...


No one ever rang the doorbell of the Stillwater Inn. Julie opened the door and plastered a smile on her face.
At least that was something she was good at—she could smile like a pro. She flung the door wide to their shy bell-ringing guest.
“Welcome to Stillwater Inn,” she said but stopped short of curtsying. “Oh.” she added stupidly when she saw that it wasn’t a timid little old lady standing on her threshold waiting to be let in. It, rather he, was a man. A very big and young and attractive man.

color="#8B008B"Stephanie Queen

Sophia Ryan said...

by Sophia Ryan
Coming out this month

Sometimes risking everything leads to the most satisfying payouts.

Chapter 7
Matt’s hand moved to Dani’s face, the pad of his thumb brushing her cheek before moving lower to trace the full edge of her mouth. She licked her lips, touching the tip of her tongue to his thumb. His quick intake of breath made her bold, and she nipped the digit with her teeth.

Sophia Ryan Books

Stephanie Cage said...

Perfect Partners
by Stephanie Cage
from Crimson Romance

Chapter Thirteen

Lisa breathed a huge sigh of relief when the door of Redmond's flat closed behind them, but it was followed immediately by a wave of awkwardness. What happened now? It was all very well for Redmond to go down on his knees in front of a roomful of people, and for her to nod helplessly because she could never refuse him anything, but she had no idea what it was that she'd agreed to.

Savanna Kougar said...

Stallion of Ash and Flame

First three lines ~

Chapter One ~ Her Hired Hand

Southeast corner of Arizona, Spring 2009

Trail rapped his knuckles on the splintery wood of the ranch house’s front door and made a mental note to replace it. The instant Seneca moved to answer, he gathered her fragrance into his nostrils, then let the blazing rose and gingery spice of her womanly flesh course through him. He suppressed his urge to breathe in her scent more fully.


Blurb/Excerpts/Link [Ebook and In Print]:




Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance

Desiree Holt said...

Forward Pass - First 3 lines:
"“Damn it, Hank. Why don’t you answer?”
Shay Beckham pressed End on her cell phone yet again and sighed. She and her brother had been playing telephone tag for two days."


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Charmaine Gordon said...

Reconstructing Charlie by Charmaine Gordon
In 1996 I killed my father.
Dear old Dad was great with a belt. A belt of whiskey. A belt from around his waist unbuckled when you least expected it and later I knew when it was coming and some of us escaped. Not me, not Mom. Never Mom. I’m the oldest. I didn’t want the little ones to see the okay dad turn into a monster on payday.

Reconstructing Charlie#she plans to stay a virgin @CharJGordon AMAZON B&N OMNILIT PDF

Jude Knight said...

A Baron for Becky

In the nursery, the two little girls waited, sombre in their mourning blacks. Hugh, Baron Overton, had not paused in the hall below. He handed his gloves and his tall hat with its crepe band to the nursemaid, barely caring whether she caught them.

Catherine Kean said...

Here are the first lines of my award-winning medieval romance DANCE OF DESIRE:

“I do not like this wretched scheme, milady.”
Lady Rexana Villeaux shivered in the icy night wind that whipped into Tangston Keep’s forebuilding. “I know, Henry, but ’tis the only way to get the list of traitors.”