First Lines for September

First Lines 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 for September hook you? Do you want to read more?

Image of the book cover for The Legacy: Elijah. A seven stars above a cityscape silhouette sits inside a circle with wings.

An ear to the door. So simple it was stupid. 

The Legacy: Elijah (The Legacy Series Book 3) by Tricia Wentworth

The night it began, all we could do was listen to the chaos.

Trying to Survive (Part 1) by C.J. Crowley

Charlie sat on a cracked curb in what had been just an hour before, a great city.

Simulant by Bobby Adair  

An hour after the Resurrection Formula team leaders were served breakfast by his Bags, Brandon Kirby marched in the ballroom of his Connecticut country home.

The Opulent Life Option: A Dystopian Novel by Craig Proffitt

The scream builds in my chest, threatens to erupt out of me.

Contain (BUNKER 12) (Volume 1) Saul Tanpepper

Shayna Coldrake eased the truck around to the backside of  a two-story house, watching for any sign of life.

Scorched Earth (Nevermore Book 1) by Stephen Monaco

A gunshot pierced the night.

A hollow ring echoed in its wake.

Age of Order by Julian North

There were quite a few interesting things about Johnnie: replacing his left hand was a golden claw, he had no scent detectable to any creature on Earth, and he was the most infamous mercenary in two out of three Confederate states. 

Beyond the Last War: The Wayward Mercenary by Claude McKenna

And Here’s One More

If you liked those first lines, I hope you’ll love this one:

The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia series by Lynette M. Burrows


There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy this list? Check out previous First Line Fridays. You’ll put an enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which of these first lines for September spoke to reader you? Did you buy the book?

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