Thursday, September 22, 2011

Great Openers

The other night, I was desperate to read something, but couldn’t figure out what. I ended up over by the keeper shelf. Still, I don’t know what it was – I couldn’t even settle on a favorite. I did, however, read a lot of absolutely fantastic opening lines.

“Looking back, I guess my first mistake was to assume that a rookie reporter could pursue both a hot story and a hot sex life.”
Bubbles Ablaze by Sarah Strohmeyer

“The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry.”
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

“The blackened shell of the house still stands on the edge of the moor.”
Greygallows by Barbara Michaels

“My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day.”
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning

“Two blocks from the restaurant, Zoe Tarleton knew she was screwed.”
Gone with the Nerd by Vicki Lewis Thompson

“Captain Crosbie came out of the bank with the pleased air of one who has cashed a cheque and has discovered that there is just a little more in his account than he though there was.”
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

“Falling out of Heaven is the easy part. It’s landing that’s difficult.”
Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowen

“Sometimes, it seems like all I ever do is lie.”
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

“If you ever touch me again, I’ll pull off your ears and stuff them up your nose.”
The Royal Treatment by MaryJanice Davidson

There were even more, but darned if I’m going to type them all. It was fun to get drawn into my favorite books all over again. So what about you? Do you have any favorite opening lines? Post yours and you’re entered to win a brand spanking new copy of any of the books above. Winner’s choice.


traveler said...

It was dark where she crouched but the little girl did as she'd been told. The Forgotten Garden by Kate morton.

catslady said...

The birds saw the murder. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald,

Kima said...

"You know how some people are born to Greatness? Well, Bobbie Faye Sumrall woke up one morning, kicked Greatness in the teeth, kneed it in the balls, took it hostage, and it's been begging for mercy every since."

Okay, technically that's a first and a second line. And actually it's the first quote on the chapter heading, but it's still my favorite so it counts!

Kima said...

Oh, sorry - that came from Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey.

Anonymous said...

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier.

Jane said...

My favorite is "It was a pleasure to burn" from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."

Sarah S. said...

Better to see dead, than be dead.
-Charlotte Jean Davidson, Grim Reaper

From First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones.

I absolutely loved this book. I laughed nonstop through it!

petite said...

If I'd blinked, I would have missed it. Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry.

Michele L. said...

"Does this make my ass look big?" BODY MOVERS by Stephanie Bond. I love her books!

Jo said...

Private eyes come in all shapes and sizes, and none of them look like television stars.

- Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

- Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep