Thursday, September 15, 2011
FAVORITE FIRST LINES CONTEST
Firsts. That's what it's all about--how to make a reader choose your book. For this little contest, I have chosen first lines from ten books written by author acquaintances. In other words, this list does not contain, "It was the best of times, it was..." You get the picture.
Want to take this poll? Read the ten lines and choose three you like best, or those you think would make you buy the book. Rank your three choices 1, 2, 3 using the letters...and tell me in a comment.
If you want to take the time, tell me why your first choice caught your attention.After a couple of days, I'll determine the top three winners--and reveal the authors and the title of the book.
I'm using letters. List them in order of best first in your comment. Ready?
A-The front door slammed shut, silencing Lizzy's eighteenth birthday celebration.
B-"He has walled us in alive! Our own lord has abandoned us!"
C-Gideon entered his sister's crowded SoHo gallery in Manhattan and glanced at his watch.
D-"Reese, if you weren't dead, I swear I'd kill you!"
E-Her swift fingers rushed over the keys like a flood of water tumbling over a dam.
F-"Sorry you got shot, Cole. Damn, this is gonna mess up all our plans."
G-Dallas McClintock sprawled on the ground, three rifle barrels pointed at his chest.
H-'...but the other women my age have a lover.'
I-"Don't kill me! Please!"
J-Absorbed in her thoughts about Mark, the man who jilted her on what was to be her wedding day, she almost drove past the baby grand piano sitting out in the front yard of a little cottage.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas