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2018 First Lines Contest

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First Lines Contest 2018: Indulgence and Temperance
Faye HallFaye Hall September 23, 2018 1
Category: Fiction /
  • Action & Adventure
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Suspense
  • Westerns

Author:
Beth Meridian stepped from the carriage onto the platform on Denison Street, her soft leather boots hitting the dusty ground beneath her. Straightening the skirt of her heavy, green traveling gown, she stretched her legs. Looking around at the grand buildings and bustling street, she sighed.

First Lines Contest 2018: Avarice and Charity
Faye HallFaye Hall September 23, 2018 0
Category: Fiction /
  • Action & Adventure
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Suspense
  • Westerns

Author:
Avarice Licciardi stepped through the partially broken, wooden, swinging doors of the Black Swan Hotel, his gaze going to the tattered interior. The wallpaper was ripped in some areas, discolored in others. The wooden floor was smeared with blood spots and liquor stains.

First Lines Contest 2018: Shrouded Passions
Faye HallFaye Hall September 23, 2018 0
Category: Fiction /
  • Action & Adventure
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Suspense
  • Westerns

Author:
“You stupid bastard!” George Fanti yelled at his older half-brother, David Higgins. “You shouldn’t have brought them here!” he said, pointing to a young aboriginal woman and her small child. “Grace is carrying my child! I won’t leave her behind!”

First Lines Contest 2018: Lust and Chastity
Faye HallFaye Hall September 23, 2018 0
Category: Fiction /
  • Action & Adventure
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Suspense
  • Westerns

Author:
“It’s all sorted then,” Gordon Avery said, raising his glass to seal the agreement with his long-time business partner Kenneth Sinclair. “Our children will be wed in a year.” “Don’t I get a say in this?” Darien Avery asked, staring into the contents of his glass as he sat between the two men.

First Lines Contest 2018: A Suitable Wife: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book Two
Lorna  PeelLorna Peel July 13, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Historical
Author:
Dublin, Ireland. Monday, January 17th, 1881. Will helped Isobel out of the cab outside the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green. He paid and tipped the cabman generously and they made their way carefully up the steps. A bellboy with a shovel – fighting a losing battle to keep the steps clear of snow – stood to one side to let them pass, and the liveried doorman touched his silk top hat with a white-gloved hand as they went into the foyer.

First Lines Contest 2018: The Proximity of Stars
Finalist
Boyko Georgiev OvcharovBoyko Georgiev Ovcharov May 10, 2018 1
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
Author:
It was nearing sunset when the sky slowly turned amber. Brian could see two seagulls wafting on the golden horizon. The island seemed rather cozy for the two young and hopeful lads who just wanted to unwind a bit before entering into the world of hard work, family life and eventually, kids.

First Lines Contest 2018: Wicked Game of the Hunter
Tracey RyanTracey Ryan April 21, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Mystery & Detective
Author:
Dusk was fast approaching the small “Norman Rockwell” style town of Hardwicke. The snow was falling at about an inch an hour as the golden winter sun set over the hills that surrounded the town like sentries guarding a palace. Although the middle-aged man drove as slow as possible in four-wheel drive, the winding roads were starting to get slicker the further down the road he traveled.

First Lines Contest 2018: Rapunzel 2.0
Paul KaterPaul Kater April 13, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Humorous
Author:
"William. William. Are you awake?" Hilda prodded her wizard until he moved. "I am now. Why?" The wizard didn't sound awake. "I can't sleep."

First Lines Contest 2018: Impostor Assassin
Warren  BrownWarren Brown April 10, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Suspense
Author:
The elderly man switched on his night lamp and got out of bed. His wife was still sound asleep sleeping beside him. It was a wet wintry night and the moon was hidden behind the dark clouds.

First Lines Contest 2018: Vengeful Earth
Elizabeth WixleyElizabeth Wixley April 09, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
Author:
The smell had informed them of what they might discover in the container. Imogen gave out a muffled cry and placed her hand over her mouth. The carnage was incomprehensible.

First Lines Contest 2018: Seven Turns
Kim BeallKim Beall April 08, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Ghost
Author:
“Your destination is on the left,” the soft voice whispered. “You will be safe here.” Cally’s eyes flew open. “Shit shit shit!” She grabbed the steering wheel hard and pulled herself up in the seat.

First Lines Contest 2018: Eagle Shield
Carl LakelandCarl Lakeland April 04, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Thrillers
Author:
She said nothing after I picked her up from the safe house and drove her away. Heading south out of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, all I had for company was the constant rattle and whine of the diesel engine. Not that I minded so much.

First Lines Contest 2018: Last Communion
David Leslie RyanDavid Leslie Ryan April 03, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
Author:
When I was a toddler my daddy gave me tools instead of toys. My favorite was the hammer. I learned to use it by pounding nails through old Hills Brothers coffee tins, entertaining myself and letting my mother know where I was.

Project Amber: The MILESTONE Incident
Carl LakelandCarl Lakeland March 31, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Thrillers
Author:
Up on my toes as high as I could get, I felt pain as they almost curled backward under my weight. I urgently grabbed things from the top shelf—my photo album and camera. I was about to pack some clothes when a car pulled up out the front.

First Lines Contest 2018: Aaron and Me, Works In Progress
Deb Schwartz FeinDeb Schwartz Fein March 28, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / General
Author:
It was a day that started out extraordinary in its ordinariness. Just as when people in a car accident play the scene over again in their minds, wishing upon wish to undo the day, so too did I by the close of that spring day in 1999. That day my world turned upside down.

First Lines Contest 2018: Alterni
Sunshine SomervilleSunshine Somerville March 21, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
Author:
“Ooh, I like that one.” “We’re not picking a puppy, Hakim. Take this seriously.”

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  • Finalist
  • 1st Place 2018
Tina FriscoTina Frisco March 21, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Suspense
Author:
“Where in the blazes am I?” Phoebe mumbled under her breath, afraid someone might be listening. “And how in the world did I get here?” She crept along the cold stone wall, carefully placing one foot in front of the other.

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Kenneth GeorgeKenneth George March 19, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Crime
Author:
Nothing drowns out the screech of herring gulls. The roaring wind and thunderous surf drowned out the shouts of the men crawling over the wreck, but the screams of the gulls topped everything.

First Lines Contest 2018: The Perennial Migration
Dominik Marcel KirtaimeDominik Marcel Kirtaime March 18, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
Author:
On the platform of a discipline dome a non-public military court case begun. Once the judge, Jury, lawyers, clerks and witnesses had seated, the door to the court dock opened. A pair of custodial officers escorted the still double chevron No.105781259 soldier, known as Leo (Leopold) to friends and family, hand-cuffed into the dock.

First Lines Contest 2018: Between Pieces
Paul  KeenePaul Keene March 17, 2018 0
Category: Fiction / Ghost
Author:
The bigger I grew the less I believed in a god that gave a shit about me; nevertheless, I said a prayer before I opened the door to the school, in case Mom was right. A minute later books flew and I hit the wall. Old Spice came from the gorilla that held me in half nelson.

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