Tuesday, June 12, 2007

First Lines

Well, the Samhain First Line Blog Contest is moving along: they've chosen 90 entrants from the first round (out of 270+) to move on to Round Two. Check it out, if you have some time. Some of them are really terrific! (It's also interesting to see how the authors follow up a zinger of a first line with a second one...ooh, tough).

In honor of that contest, and because Marianne did something similar a couple of weeks ago that I found really cool, here's a collection of my first lines from the 4 novels I've written. Reading them over now, I think I'm glad I didn't have to enter a contest to find a publisher!

“We’re out of time.” (From One Night in Boston, being released by Samhain July 2007)

Sitting back from the street, its original coffee color faded to a dusky beige, the house on Lycian Street waited. (From Lost in Paradise, being released by The Wild Rose Press TBA)

Summer Thompson stared at the square container in the center of her coffee table. (From Summer's Song, currently unpublished and in need of major revision - hopefully this summer!)

“Get out!” Dakota James threw Sean McCabe’s jeans--her favorite pair, she noted bitterly, faded in all the right places--across the room. (From One Night in Memphis, unpublished and in need of revision. OK, I know it's technically 2 lines, but I'm allowing creative interpretation of the rules)

Next week - last lines!


Marianne Arkins said...

My fave from the Samhain contest?

“The dog shoplifts.”

Sandra Morton eyeballed the German Shepherd sitting on the sidewalk outside her house — a glossy, black-and-tan, big-boned beauty and, according to Seeing Eye liaison Tom Crane, a terminal kleptomaniac.

I like this story already!

Scriptorius Rex said...

For some creepy reason this line grabbed me: