Every first line got some attention, but there were a few clear favorites. I intentionally selected as wide a variety as I could, knowing that we, as readers, do not all like the same books. And how wonderful is that? What a dull world it would be if there were only one genre of novel to choose from.
In the case of this little experiment, it seems that readers like humor, guns, and heroes with cool names like Dallas, Cole, and Reese. Does this give you a hint? I've listed four, because these were so close in numbers, I couldn't leave out a number 4. The remainder received a lot of attention, too.
Number 1: "Sorry you got shot, Cole. Damn, this is gonna mess up all our plans."
MUCH ADO ABOUT MARSHALS by Jacquie Rogers
Number 2: "Reese, if you weren't dead, I swear I'd kill you!
ONE FOR THE ROAD by Lynne Marshall
Number 3: Dallas McClintock sprawled on the ground, three rifle barrels pointed at his chest.
THE TEXAN'S IRISH BRIDE by Caroline Clemmons
Number 4: "He has walled us in alive! Our own lord has abandoned us!"
TO TOUCH THE KNIGHT by Lindsay Townsend
The rest of the First Lines came from--in no particular order:
IN YOUR EYES by Adelle Laudan
BENEATH THE SHINING MOUNTAINS by Linda Acaster
FIRE EYES by Cheryl Pierson
THE COUNT'S LAIR by Stephanie Burkhart
BITTER NOTES by Sarah J. McNeal
A HEART OF A LITTLE FAITH by Jennifer Wilck
Some comments of interest that caught a reader's attention:
"Because I want to know who shot Cole and I need to know what those plans were."
"What comes to mind--what has happened to stop a party?"
"Who hasn't wanted to kill a man at some point?"
"Because it's funny, and it shouldn't be, and it got my attention."
"It made me smile and I want to know why."
"Love the imagery of the water."
"It poses a mystery."
"I liked the snappy dialogue."
"It's very dramatic."
Thank you for taking part--
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas