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? 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 Fronson felt alive. The adrenaline had yet to subside. Anomaly One: Book One of the Singer of Days by Rick Krusky The figure of the man came from the impossible. The Quickening of Water: Book One of the Singer of Days by J. Andrew Evans Olivia drops down to one knee and waits in the shadows at the end of the street. Inside Outside by Sharlie M. Riverton Jessica13 dreamed of adventure outside the bunker. Origins: Bulletfoot Origins Book One by Marshal Rust 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 She burst through the trees, cradling the creature in her arms. Jinxed by Amy McCulloch Sevastyan Amurov paced back and […]

First Lines for the Holidays

Welcome to First Lines for the Holidays. December has more than just the Christmas holiday. See my posts on December Celebrations for some of the celebrations held this month.   For this First Lines Friday, here are a selection of first lines from science fiction and fantasy books that include or are about the holidays. I hope you find at least one you will enjoy. Have you heard of the great Forest of Burzee? The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum There was a Christmas tree in the lobby when Lauren got to work, and the receptionist was sitting with her chin in her hand, watching the security monitor. A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis The Reverend Lizzie Blackmore slowly blinked awake, and found, to her surprise, that she was already furious. The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell Once there was a boy who lived in a cabin in the deep woods with no one for company but an old woman and an old man. Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire Santa Claus… How vile your name upon my tongue. Like acid, hard to utter without spitting. Krampus: The […]

First Lines Friday Salute

 This month it’s a First Lines Friday Salute in science fiction and fantasy novels. In these stories, the heroines battle to save the day. And this post is intended to allow you to find fun fiction to read. But in the real world, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 is Veterans Day. A day to salute, to honor, our veterans. The real men and women—mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons—who fought in World War I and all wars—made real-life sacrifices. Salute to you—one and all. First Lines in Military SF&F If you enjoy strong female characters AND a science fiction or fantasy story about military folk, take a gander. You’re sure to find one or two titles to your liking. (Note: these posts never have any affiliate links. They are for your convenience and pleasure.) “Where do you think you’re going, little green man?” The Dark of Light: Epic Interstellar Adventure (Starhawke Rising Book 1) by Audrey Sharpe  The flight attendant stepped up to her seat—4E—which had never been her favorite on a 767-300.  Drone: an NTSB / military technothriller (Miranda Chase Book 1)  by M. L. Buchman  Book 1 of 4 “I can’t believe I let you talk me into this,” Yulda grumbled.  Pain of […]