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Great Beginnings (And a Giveaway)

I’m starting the second book in my contract with InterMix.  It’s part of the same series, so when you read The Temporary Wife, you will meet characters from the new book that I’ve tentatively called A Simple Affair.

I’ve been agonizing over this book.  The characters, the plot, all of it.  But nothing is harder for me than actually starting.

The first line. *shudders*

I think I’ve got this one. I really do.  It’s simple, it hooks the reader’s attention (I think) and it raises the stakes.  Here it is:

“Caroline Rossi needed a new life.”

That’s it.  Six little words.  But face it, that first line is the thing that can sell a person on a book or make them put it back on the shelf. How did I do?

writing 2To celebrate all the words I have to write in this new story, I’m giving away three books by authors who nailed the first line.

Leave a comment with your favorite first line from a book and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win Fools Rush In, by Kristan Higgins, On Lavender Lane, by JoAnn Ross and Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra.

(Contest is limited to people in the continental U.S.–sorry–and will close on  January 21st, 2013 at 6 pm ET.)