Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #8


All this talk of opening lines from Romance Divas and the Samhain Best Opening line contest gave me my Thursday Thirteen this week.


Thirteen of the Best Opening Lines
from Books I've Read Over the Past Year


1…. All that spring Honey prayed to Walt Disney. (Honey Moon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips)


2....I might as well tell you right know, I killed Reverend Daniel Glory. (Tribulation House by Chris Well)



3....I'm a stalker. The good kind. (Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins) ** Okay this has two lines. But it was such a funny opener, I had to do it.


4....I was in the fifth grade the first time I thought about turning thirty. (Something Borrowed by Emily Griffith)


5....In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Holy Bible, ESV version)


6....At age thirty, Valerie Wagner had begun to fear that the fashion career she'd dreamed of since opening her first Vogue at age nineteen was actually a grand and cruel delusion, and that perhaps medical intervention might be required in getting over it. ( Dear Prince Charming by Donna Kauffman)


7....When Ellie awoke that morning, it was with the sense that something terrible had happened. (Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark)


8.... The last thing Nina Asker needed was Fred. (Anyone but You by Jennifer Crusie)


9....McCaleb saw her before she saw him. (Bloodwork by Michael Connolly)


10....It was extremely likely that she was going to die. (Everyday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann)


11.... There are some men who enter a woman's life and screw it up forever. (One for the Money by Janet Evanovich)


12....If Annabelle hadn't found a body lying under "Sherman", she wouldn't have been late for her appointment with the Python. (Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips)


13....I have seen two brides trip and fall down the aisle; one topple into a reflection pool; one whose violent sneeze catapulted her tiara into the front row during vows, gashing the eye of the father-in-law to be. (I Do (but I Don't) by Cara Lockwood.

Does your favorite author have a great opening line? Post it here.


Links to other Thursday Thirteens!1. Elle Fredrix 2. Cassandra 3. Annalee Blysse 4. R.G. Alexander 5. Babe King 6. Gina Ardito 7. Tempest Knight 8. Jennifer McKenzie 9. Crystal Jordan 10. Jennifer Colgan & Bernadette Gardner 11. Elizabeth Parker 12. Rhonda Stapleton 13. Paige Tyler 14. Robin L. Rotham 15. Heather 16. Kate Willoughby 17. Ava Rose Johnson 18. Kissa Starling 19. Amelia June 20. Shelley Munro 21. Lyric






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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


25 comments:

Cassandra said...

I love those lines! Great TT.


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Annalee Blysse said...

There are some men who enter a woman's life and screw it up forever. --> LOL. I don't recall this one. I did read the series though.

R.G. ALEXANDER said...

I love these lines!

Babe King said...

Love Evanovich!

Gina Ardito said...

I love SEP. Recognized those lines instantly! Great list!

Elle Fredrix said...

LOL. Love the stalker line. I need to check that book out.

ps - get yourself Stat Counter. It's free and I love it!

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

OMG, these are great!

Jennifer McK said...

They are great. I have a terrible memory for first lines (unless they're famous). I am not detail oriented.
I love these.

Tempest Knight said...

The last two are the bests! *LOL*

Priya said...

i like numbers 2 and 3.

Chicki said...

Of course, #5 is my favorite, but 1 and 11 are great!

I'm not going to do the Thursday Thirteen, but I think I'll use this for a blog topic. Thanks!

Crystal Jordan said...

I loved Anyone But You! Great book!

Elizabeth Parker said...

Great first lines. That #1 is a killer!

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Nice list! I read this book called Lying...and the first line was something like, "Sometimes, I lie." LOL--good way to start the book, right?

Paige Tyler said...

Those are great!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Robin L. Rotham said...

Gotta love Stephanie Plum! :D

Kate Willoughby said...

I liked the Evanovich line. Made me smile even if I resent her now for cheating me of a nice long sex scene with Ranger. B*tch. One paragraph? Puh-lease.

Heather said...

Great opening lines! I've read some of these authors, but not the works mentioned here. I obviously have some catching up to do! *G*

Amelia June said...

I have never paid attention to opening lines as a reader, but now as a writer I'm starting to notice how a book will draw you in.

Good stuff!
Happy TT! http://www.ameliajune.net/blog

Bella said...

OMG, I loved 11 and 12. I'll have to checout some of these book. Hey Jennifer, I promised myself that I'll stop by friends' logs once a week and catch up, despite my crazy summer. When I get my act together, I'll get that Friday Thirteen code.

Bella

Ava Rose Johnson said...

Great idea for a TT, after reading those lines I want to read the whole books

Kissa Starling said...

These were great! I especially liked the stalker one.

Shelley Munro said...

I love #11 - I'm a huge Stephanie fan. Nora Roberts has some awesome first lines but I don't have any of her books handy to grab.

Lyric said...

OK..I want to read I Do But I Don't...wondering what the next line is. LOL

Debbie Mumford said...

Very cool ... nothing like studying opening lines to help you see your own possibilities ...

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