First Lines is a series of blog articles posted on around the first of the 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 all marketed as science fiction romance on Amazon. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more?
Science Fiction Romance
Humans…pets, meat, or mates.
I’m almost certain that’s what the sign above my head reads. With a grown of pain, I roll onto my side, coughing, and curling up into a ball. My head is ringing, and I’m seeing double, so maybe I just imagined it. What a weird thing for a sign to say, right?
I must’ve fallen and conked my head. That’s all I can think to explain both the confusion and the pain; my leg is killing me. That, and I’m not sure if I’m too hot or too cold. Is it possible to be both things at once?Pheromone, For the Love of Aliens Book 1, C.M. Stunich
To fail within the Academy, mounted to certain death.
To shine, to draw our illustrious generals attention, would result in ruin.
Every last recruit contained within the academy walls had been created by the human government of Risa colony. We were owned by their military, our genetics mixed with the hostile planets, Apex predator, the vorec. Given life for a single purpose — to protect humans.His Darkest Deceit,Insatiable Instinct Book 1, Addison Cain
Galactic Empire Romance
Cherry Pendit’s cozy spaceship waited for her, back along a mile or three of abandoned space station corridors. Once, Diamond Station had housed 1 million people. Now, it’s darkness grudgingly retreated from the field of light admitted by her survey drones. The silence remained. Without air, the empty corridors and forsaken rooms killed sound.
The open common lines on her life suit was a lifeline – a sanity line – that tied her to the rest of the diamond expedition.
It was also also the leash that kept her from searching where she needed to search. She couldn’t risk finding whom she saw until the fleet was gone.Salvage, The Delphic Dame Book 1, Jenny Schwartz
His name is Plarn. He’s from Kosta, a planet I never expected existed, never mind planned to visit. He’s also a big deal here-a general type and so disgusting.
Plarn pulls me closer, burying his nose in my hair yet again, the mucus bubbling in his sinuses as he breathes.
I’m gonna be sick.Mel’s Escape: An Intergalactic Warriors Prequel
“The witch will burn.”
Reina Chastain could hear the chanting in the adjacent chamber. It was growing louder and more intense. The members of the witch hunter cult were working themselves up into a frenzy.
“The witch will burn. The witch will burn. The witch will burn.”
Until a few minutes ago she had kept panic at bay by telling herself that help was on the way.Sweetwater and the Witch, A Harmony Novel, Book 16, Jayne Castle
Silence has fallen.
For the Psy race, emotion is no longer a crime.
They are free for the first time in over 100 years.
So free that perhaps they have forgotten those who cannot walk into freedom, who cannot even see or understand that freedom. The ones who were irreparably destroyed by Silence.
Where are the “rehabilitated,” those Psy who were sentenced to a psychic brain wipe, those Psy were left nothing more than shuffling blanks?Resonance Surge, Psy-Changeling Trinity, Book 7, Nalini Singh
Space Opera Romance
Energy flashed and swirled around the black portal. It was the only escape now – hyperdrive engines were out. The Essian had immediately targeted them, or he’d be on his way to Lenox station.
“Oxygen at 50% of normal.” The ships automated female voice was too nice in the face of the energy spears flashing outside the canopy. It almost calmed him.
Almost.A New Beginning,Starfire Angels: Forgotten Worlds Book 1, M.A. Nilles and Melanie Nilles.
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