The opening line of a book is vitally important and so much fun to write. For me it is one of the first things that comes to my head when dreaming up a new story.
So I've decided to gather first lines from a whole load of wonderful books, all given to me by the lovely authors themselves - thank you!
These opening lines go through the whole range of ways in which to start a story - which are...
Dialogue - Throwing the reader straight into a conversation between characters.
Louisa May Alcott's Little Woman "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
Statement - A fact or authoritarian comment.
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina "All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Setting - Description of the environment.
Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things "May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month."
In media res (latin for 'in the middle of things') - puts the reader immediately into the situation.
James Frey A Million Little Pieces "I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and the feeling of something warm dripping down my chin."
Here you go, a lovely selection of opening lines from the erotic romance genre and sent to me from all over the globe! If you're hooked and want to read more then just click on the covers.
Em Petrova - One Fiery Night
Nancy Adams - The Soul Within
The right honourable Brad Rhodes jumped at the knock on his office door.
K D Grace - The Pet Shop
‘You can’t be serious,’ O’Kelly said, nearly dropping the phone.
Gem Sivad - Pinch of Naughty
Cyrus Burke’s long strides carried him toward the house and the woman who sat waiting in the porch swing.
Elizabeth Lapthorne - Flirting with Danger
Skye Adams knew first-hand that life was never easy when your dad was the equivalent of James Bond.
Lucy Felthouse - Ditched
Karen Stivali - Marry Me
Lavinia Lewis - Mobsters and Miracles
I pulled and twisted and wriggled in the seat, but it didn’t matter how hard I tried—I couldn’t get my hands free from the damn ropes.
Anne VanLandingham had committed the most unfashionable offense - she had fallen in love.