Thursday #Reader #Writer fun: Opening Lines

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Some fun for readers and writers this Thursday!

The opening line of a book can sometimes leave the biggest impression on readers, drawing them in and convincing them to keep reading. If you’re a fan of memorable intros, check out these opening lines:

  • “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ~Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • “Roughly translated, the slogan on Niall O’Connor’s family crest read: ‘We need all the help the gods can give us.’” ~The Magic Knot by Helen Scott Taylor
  • “Mother died today.” ~The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.” ~Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” ~Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • “Foley had never seen a prison where you could walk right up to the fence without getting shot.” ~Out of Sight: A Novel by Elmore Leonard
  • “Everything Michael just told you is true, but you have to understand our lives in its whole context for this story to make any sense.: -~Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • “They shoot the white girl first.” ~Paradise by Toni Morrison
  • “It was said she had three lovers.” ~The Hellion Bride (Sherbrooke Series, Book 2) by Catherine Coulter
  • “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.” ~Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Here are a few favorites by author friends and other authors I know:

“I say we should stake him to an anthill and throw little pickles at him.” ~ Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

night pleasures

“A girl walks into a bar…. No, a human girl walks into a Shifter bar…” ~Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

pride mates

“Take your hand off me, or I’ll remove it and several other of your favorite appendages.” ~Stone Maiden by Tina Gerow

stone maiden

“It all happened because I had to pee.” ~L.O.S.T. by RS Collins and SR Vaught


“Sprites are like stapling raw eggs to a wall.” Vampires not Invited by Cheyenne McCray


One of my favorite lines of all time from another good friend:

“It was Daniel who hatched the plot to destroy Sergeant Eason, fix my door, and run away to Mardi Gras—and that was before anyone went to prison.” ~Fat Tuesday by Susan Vaught

Fat Tuesday

Have a favorite of you own? Chime in!



“It had been the morning from hell. Possibly the worst day of her life, but Alice O’Brien was still reserving judgment on that one.” ~Taken by Passion: King of Hearts, by Cheyenne McCray

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About cheymccray

Cheyenne McCray is an award winning, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author who is a rare native Arizonan but refuses to be put behind glass as an endangered species. In her spare time she loves to torture characters--whether they're misbehaving or not—and kill off deserving individuals. She also totally gets off on blowing things up. All fictionally, of course. She'd rather chew glass than write sweet and sugary. Give her a hideous demon or particularly nasty villain to slay any day. Cheyenne enjoys creating stories of love, suspense, and redemption—in some cases. She enjoys building worlds her readers can get lost in. Hopefully they'll find their way out, but stranger things have been known to happen. If you would like to find out what odd and unusual things Cheyenne is up to these days, cruise her website any time, take a look at the bizarrely normal yet strange FAQs, and even drop her a line or two. Just not too hard—those things hurt. You might even learn a few things about that kinky author, Jaymie Holland. (Just don't tell Cheyenne's mom.

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