Yesterday, I snatched and reposted a blog post from the wonderful site, bookdaily, about how imprtant it is to hook your readers with the first sentence.
Today, I thought I would share some of my first lines from my own books.
So, here goes:
INERITA, Book 1 The Threestone Triogy: Chapter 1 BERFORE
Death is coming for me, but not for a few more weeks.
I really love this line. I don’t remember how i came up with it, but I feel like it is very strong. It tells the reader that this character knows he’s going to die in a few weeks, which begs the question:
How does he know? Is he sick? Depressed? What? If you want the answer, you have to keep reading. And by the end of chapter three–if I have done my job right–you won’t be able to stop reading.
You will experience what I have begun calling a BOOKCASE of EMOTIONS!
My book Between Octobers (WHICH IS FREE TODAY ONLY, BTW. CLICK THE LINK TO GET YOUR KINDLE COPY) begins this way:
My house doesn’t smell like this.
It’s Graces’ first thought when she wakes up in a confined space, unable to move, and too dark to see. You have to keep reading to find out why and how.
My second novel in the Savor The Days Series was September Rain. That book has a much longer opening sentence.
There’s a chain around my waist that’s connected to another chain, which loops through the handcuffs on my wrists.
Yeah, that one never felt quite as strong to me. I guess I have sort of a thing for short, powerful sentences.
Okay. That’s it for me. I’ve only got the three books so far. But I’d sure love it if you hopped on over to AMAZON and picked up a complimentary copy of Between Octobers and then read it, loved, and wrote a freaking awesome review for me!