10 Favorite Opening Lines

Beginnings are important. How often have you heard that? It’s probably up there with show don’t tell. But it’s true, and in today’s publishing world, even more vital if you want to hook your reader before they are distracted by another app, or text message, or phone call. I thought it would be fun to look at how 10 authors made me want to read further. 1) The Last Knight by Hilari Bell:  To say it was a dark and stormy night would be a gross understatement. I love the play on the cliché. It made me laugh and that made me want to read more. 2) Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich: My mother and grandmother raised me to be a good girl, and I have no problem with the girl part. This tells me so much about her character. I can’t wait to see what she gets up to. 3) Libromancer by Jim C. Hines: Some people would say it’s a bad idea to bring a fire-spider into a public library. Again, it made me laugh. In addition to it being an interesting creature, I love the idea combining a fire-spider with books. How could that possibly be the lesser of two evils? 4) Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle: I was all alone backstage. I find back stage exotic and a bit fearful. There are all the props and costumes and a Phantom of the Opera atmosphere. I’m halfway expecting something or someone to jump out at her. 5) Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon: Between her toes the damp earth felt cool, but already sweat crept between the...