Great Beginnings – A great opening line draws the reader in, makes them want to know more and compels them to read further. Today, on the Romance Writers Weekly blog tour, our authors are sharing opening lines, those we feel are great and why. Then we’re giving you a sample from our newest work in progress. In case you missed Raine Balkera, she was ahead of me on the blog tour.
Okay, I had to search some of my books as nothing came to mind. Here’s my top two and are actually from two of my favorite books.
“Olivia Quinn knew she was losing her husband when she discovered his knockout junior partner caressing his crotch by the azalea bush.” – When Alex was Bad – Jo Davis
What a hook! You can’t stop reading after this sentence. This book had the fifty shades vibe that should have gone viral, but it was published before e-books were prominent. I did hear that Jo sold the movie rights, so there’s still hope, especially if Fifty Shades of Grey hits it big in the box office.
My next favorite opening line…
“There are some men that enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever.” Once again, you have to know more. This author is world renown. Any guesses? How about One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Joe Morelli has been one of my book boyfriends for a long time. Too bad we never get his bad boy point of view. **Sigh**
Now the opening line from my current work in progress about a former military K9 handler, suffering from post-traumatic stress, who falls for a dog trainer helping him search for his dog.
“Another hot as shit day making tracks on the moon dust of Afghanistan, Josh held the leash slack as Luc scanned through waves of heat with pointed ears tracking forward.”
What’d you think? Interesting to ho-hum. Suggested titles are welcome! Now on to Mishka Jenkins for her favorite opening line.