SYTYCW Round – 1 – VOTE!

24 Aug

You get one vote a week. Scroll to the bottom to find the  poll button and vote for your favorite first line!

ONE

 Lady Phoebe Howard had been in and out of trouble all her life; but kidnapping was new ground, even for her.

TWO

 Somewhere between dessert and my second glass of chardonnay, I realized my date was a male prostitute.

THREE

 I never saw the truck coming.

FOUR

 “On behalf of Historic Philadelphia Alive, I’d like to welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love.”

FIVE

 If this alien doesn’t die soon, I’m gonna be late for cheerleading practice.

SIX

 Derjjuwa kneel to no one, not even to their masters.

SEVEN

 The night after the biggest promotion of my life, I woke up with a monster hangover and my bra on backwards.

EIGHT

 There are two rooms my mom and I don’t rent folks at our motel: No. 3 has all kinds of problems with the plumbing and the wiring never works right, but the main problem is No. 13… it eats people.

NINE

 Elika pushed through the undergrowth, hoping this clearing would be the one.

TEN

 Miss Marcia Elizabeth Drummond snatched the ivory invitation from the salver and perused the elegant handwriting.

ELEVEN

 Mist and rain swirled around the battle like a dark curtain; the players bearing armor and swords instead of lyrical prose and grease paint.

TWELVE

 You would think that waking up in a coffin, buried six feet under would be the lowest moment of my day—but you would be wrong.

THIRTEEN

 All she wanted right now was a long hot bath, with bubbles.

FOURTEEN

 When the phone call came from a man identifying himself as an attorney in Ohio, Rowena’s first thought was, who’s in jail this time?

FIFTEEN

 After waking, I sit upright in bed with my head held in my hands, the after-image of the dream burned into my retinas like the too-close flash of a camera.

SIXTEEN

 I stood at the crime scene with police tape tangled in my trembling hands and the taste of blood in my mouth.

SEVENTEEN

 “Carey Breen is MIA.”

EIGHTEEN

 The thick cloud of confusion occupying my thoughts lifted and was instantly replaced by paralyzing fear.

NINETEEN

 Not many people look down at a dead goldfish and wonder if that’s how they looked the day they died.

TWENTY

There were a lot of hot girls at F–ktown—Bucktown—High, but the one I really took notice of was the cute little Asian girl with tawny-brown hair and blue-gray eyes.

TWENTY-ONE

 Stretched on the beach while the sun dried his plated skin, Troy waited to suffocate.

TWENTY-TWO

 “So, the aliens gave you a list of people they want.”

TWENTY-THREE

 Freezing rain lashed the angel’s face and dripped rivulets down his bare chest and back, soaking his wool breeches.

TWENTY-FOUR

 My first memory of James is what keeps me here, smoothing hair out of a boy’s blood-spattered face.

TWENTY-FIVE

 Lucy shoved the door to the laundry room open with her fanny, struggling to keep hold of the basket, detergent, and the baggie of quarters clenched in her teeth.

TWENTY-SIX

I’d never been comfortable in my own skin, so I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t stay in it very long. 

TWENTY-SEVEN

 Damian O’Brien’s rumpled trench coat showed evidence of oregano pesto.

TWENTY-EIGHT

They say you can’t go home again, but then they’ve never been down to their last hundred bucks when home called demanding their return.

 

8 Responses to “SYTYCW Round – 1 – VOTE!”

  1. briaq August 25, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    These are so great – I have no idea who I’m going to vote for. I’ve actually had 3 people say they were voting for someone who wasn’t them – Don’t give up, people! We’re always hardest on ourselves!

  2. sharla August 25, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    I was gone all last night and forgot all about submissions till around midnight last night–it dawned on me. So bummed, but some of these are really good! I had two faves but had to go with what I thought might lead to something better. I had a good one ready but now after seeing these…probably not good enough! LOL! Good luck to all!

  3. Christine August 25, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    These are great!

  4. Jess August 25, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Great – now I want to read some of these books, if they were real!

  5. AJ August 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Love to read the whole thing

  6. jodi August 26, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    interesting first lines, trying to pick one out was hard. :(

  7. Jeannie Lin August 26, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    That was a toughie. I’m afraid some good first lines are going to be cut just because a couple others edged them out!

    But such is this crazy thing called life. I voted based on gut reaction and a first line that felt fresh.

  8. Scribereglyph August 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Yeppers, we’ll see.

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