A Touch of Vegas on First Line Friday

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are a sampling from the authors I met at the 20Books writers conference in Vegas. Do these first lines hook you into reading more? Aria dropped her spear on the grass and stepped into the water’s edge. SelfsamELower Earth Rising Book 1Eden Wolfe Air rushed into Lina’s lungs. Her eyes snapped open, but she saw only darkness. Princess of Shadows:The Princess and the Pea Retold (Fairy Tale Adventures)A. G. Marshall The sunlight breaks through the blinds like a hot knife cutting through a stick of butter. The PulseGreenlight Boys Book 1Daniel MacLagan A small, white corner protruded from the damp ground, barely waving in the gentle breeze.  The Lost Years:The Palumbra Chronicles: Book OneL. D. Fairchild  Katrina wanted to scream. Instead she rolled onto her belly and stretched her arms underneath the thin pillow. Project DandelionProject Dandelion Book 1Heather Carson “Is there a problem, Sierra?” Claudia loomed over Sierra’s desk, a scowl on […]

Will You Buy These Books Featuring Indigenous People?

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. For November, I thought I’d do something a little different and choose first lines from books featuring indigenous people. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. I hope you find something that you’ll want to read. The crisp autumn air provided the oxygen, the old wooden house provided the full, and an extension cord, run over by a vacuum cleaner earlier in the day, provided the spark. Comfrey Wyoming: Book Two Marcela’s Army Daphne Birkmyer I dreamed about my brother. In the dream, we were still kids—the same age we were the last time I saw him, gangly and uncoordinated. Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel) by Cherie Dimaline 1956 The sultry weather had been building for days until the air weighed on Eddie’s bed like a damp blanket.  All The Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac 1837, Summer, Southeastern Edge of Comanche Territory The Kane family set forth […]

Myths, Magic, and Monsters YA First Lines

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines from myths, magic, and monsters YA hook you? Do you want to read more? He woke to the feeling of rough ground beneath him and the stench of mortal blood. Lore by Alexandra Bracken “What do you want from us?” A tall, slender woman with doll-like features and beautifully curled, blonde hair demands in a shaking tone that betrays her state of absolute terror. Blood (Redrowen) by D.C. Hart  It wasn’t uncommon for kids to have an imaginary friend.  Fallen Shroud: Twisted Curse Book One by D. J. Dalton This is a story of the Sun and the Earth. Well, not quite. A Song of Entanglement by Deena Helm  In three days, my life went from tracking down the Jags to being hunted and saving my friends from the lion-headed vultures. Fire Falls Into the Depths: Book Two of The Brimstone Archives by […]