What's Up Wednesday?
First, I need to announce the winner of Bronwen Evan’s INVITATION TO RUIN. Congratulations, Nynke! My DH pulled your name out of the hat. Please email me your mailing address and I’ll see that Bronwen has it.
For everyone else, please visit me next Monday when my guest will be historical author Lila DiPasqua with another great giveaway!
Now on to my small doings… I’ve unpacked my bags, done my laundry and settled back into my routine. My trips to NYC to see the Phantom of the Opera and to Iowa for a family reunion were great fun. RWA Nationals was a whirlwind of activity–parties, dinners, face time with both my editors and agent, signings and workshops! Now I’m breathing a sigh of relief and snuggling into the cocooned lifestyle writers love–writing in my jammies and only putting on shoes when it’s time to take the dogs out. :-)
I’m starting a new project so it’s a delicate time. My characters are stepping from my subconscious nicely, and fortunately, they come with some interesting conflicts and goals. But if you visit me on Red Pencil Thursdays, you know how much weight I put on the opening of any story. I’ve rewritten the first chapters several times and will undoubtedly do so again.
However, I have some great inspiration. Part of the fun of attending a national conference is the seriously wonderful swag you come away with. My suitcase (and my DH) positively groaned under the weight of the new books I brought home. Here’s a smattering of first lines from some of the titles I snagged at Nationals:
“The duke must be here somewhere,” said Mrs. Bouchon, née Lady Anne Lindel, tugging her older sister along like a child with a wheeled toy.” ~ A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James
Once upon a time a child was left on the doorstep of a stuffy London gentlemen’s club with a note pinned to her coat. ~ Scoundrel in My Dreams by Celeste Bradley
Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, was enjoying a leisurely measure of those things that pleased him most: solitude, peace and quiet. ~ The Heir by Grace Burrowes
A good friend lets one spill bile, even if he finds it boring. ~ Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter
As a thief-taker, Jasper Bond had been consulted in a number of unusual locations, but today was the first in a church. ~ Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day
Each of these openers sets the tone for the tale that ensues. So I’ve been working on my own first sentence with diligence. Here is the most recent incarnation:
Near the top of every marriage-minded mama’s short list of “eligibles,” Lord James Mallory’s name occupied a well deserved spot. ~ Title TBD by Mia Marlowe
It may well change before I submit the manuscript, but there’s where I am today. Now I’d like to know where YOU are. Quick! Run get the book you’re reading now and type the first line into a comment, along with title and author, of course. We’ll see who’s reading the book with the most intriguing opener. Here’s mine:
“Julia, what in the name of God is that terrible stench?” ~ The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn