Bring in the New Year with Great First Lines

It’s the first Friday of the brand new year. Let’s bring in the New Year with great reads. For this First Lines Friday, I’m sharing recently released books. New books for a new year. Would you buy or read any of these?


image of the book cover, Branches has a tree with branches aflame-one of the samples of great first lines

I’m standing at the water’s edge when the phone call comes, sand to my ankles, sinking deeper with each advance of the waves breaking on the beach.

Branches by Adam Peter Johnson

image of book cover for anomaly one with an astronaut standing on a dark planet-one of the samples of great first lines

Fronson felt alive. The adrenaline had yet to subside.

Anomaly One: Book One of the Singer of Days by Rick Krusky

image of book cover for The Quickening of Water--one of the samples of great first lines

The figure of the man came from the impossible.

The Quickening of Water: Book One of the Singer of Days by J. Andrew Evans

cover image of Inside Outside has wings on a cover half gray and half black-one of the samples of great first lines

Olivia drops down to one knee and waits in the shadows at the end of the street.

Inside Outside by Sharlie M. Riverton

cover image of Origins with giant green robot carrying a woman in his hand--one of the samples of great first lines

Jessica13 dreamed of adventure outside the bunker.

Origins: Bulletfoot Origins Book One by Marshal Rust

image of the cover of The Peripheral which is a yellow cover with an eyeball on it one of the samples of great first lines

They didn’t think Flynne’s brother had PTSD, but that sometimes the haptics glitched him.

The Peripheral Book one of The Jackpot Trilogy by William Gibson

image of cover of Jinxed has a cartoon style girl with a cat like creature on her shoulders-one of the samples of great first lines

She burst through the trees, cradling the creature in her arms.

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

image of the cover of Leopard's rage with a woman's profile on it--one of the samples of great first lines

Sevastyan Amurov paced back and forth with long, angry strides, trying to rid his body of the dark, ugly, animalistic, moody edge his leopard brought along with his own bad temper.

Leopard’s Rage by Christine Feehan

A dystopian thriller

image of an epicot-type of structure with a park in front --one of the samples of great first lines

The coffin smelled of sulfur. 

Complex: Book one of Silent Beautiful Universe by A.D. Enderly

Bring in the New Year with Great First Lines

Wishes and traditions and resolutions aside—the new year offers possibilities. So my wish for you is to dream big and work hard toward making your dreams come true. Let’s make 2021 a better year no matter what trials and tribulations try to get away. And finally, I hope you bring in the new year with great first lines, reading a great book. 

2 thoughts on “Bring in the New Year with Great First Lines

  1. I think the last one is my favorite (“Complex”), but the one from “Origins” is a close second.

    I love these “first lines” features! Thanks for another good one!

    1. Yeah, I really like the one from Complex as well. And the one for Origins is good, too. I’m glad you enjoy these posts. As long as people keep telling me they like them, I’ll keep doing them. Funny thing, I never run out of stories to grab lines from! *smile*

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