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2017 First Lines Contest

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First Lines Contest 2017: A Change of Heart
Mark BenjaminMark Benjamin   March 21, 2017   1
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
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The plan was simple—kill him. Ambush Lucas and his guards and leave no survivors. Swearing silently, he tapped his sword hilt.

First Lines Contest 2017: Beneath Sunless Waves
Stephen MakkStephen Makk   March 20, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Thrillers
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“On that day it would be pass or fail, it was a big day for me, but I didn’t know it was the beginning of the most wonderful and the most stupid thing I would ever do with my life. My name is Tom Hilton, Lieutenant Tom Hilton, Royal Marines, I could finally qualify as a Marine diver for submarine diving operations. Sometimes I wish that was all that lay in store for me; but then again, only sometimes.”

First Lines Contest 2017: The Falcon's Revenge
James Edward HollingJames Edward Holling   March 20, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Action & Adventure
  • Thrillers
  • War & Military

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A shrill scream pierced the otherwise still calm of the night. The young Afghan boy, wounds still bandaged, awoke from the nightmare and began sobbing. A woman rushed to his side, sat on the floor next to the padded mat he laid on, cradled his head in her arms, and through his sobs she heard him murmur, “Mama, mama.”

First Lines Contest 2017: The Curious Case of William Alexander Redwood
Mark BenjaminMark Benjamin   March 20, 2017   1
Category: Fiction / Short Stories
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Billy struggled to wake up and stay that way. His head heavy, his neck couldn’t sustain its weight and it drooped down onto his chest. Each attempt to open his eyes brought the coarse sensation of a rough cloth tightly placed across them, preventing his vision.

First Lines Contest 2017: Frost On My Pillow
Leah HamrickLeah Hamrick   March 19, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Romance
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Pain is the only thing I see. Pain is as much an emotion as it is a feeling. There’s a difference between breaking ones leg and finding out someone has stabbed you in the back and betrayed you.

COLLIDING ORBITS ~ a novel by T. S. Fox
T. S. FoxT. S. Fox   March 19, 2017   1
Category: Fiction / Thrillers
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There was a sudden, sharp explosive sound. A gunshot? The bulky Volvo swerved violently to the left; the grey tunnel wall eclipsing Christopher's field of vision...

First Lines Contest 2017: Tails of Sweetbrier
Deanie Humphrys-DunneDeanie Humphrys-Dunne   March 18, 2017   0
Category: Non-Fiction / Juvenile
Author:
Have you ever really wanted to do something but you came across a roadblock of some kind? Maybe you're afraid of new things or maybe you have a physical challenge. Are you going to follow your dream or are you going to push it aside without really trying?

First Lines Contest 2017: Shattered Lies
S.J. FrancisS.J. Francis   March 17, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • African American
  • Contemporary Women
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Family Life
  • Sagas

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Kate awoke with a start. It was a feeling she couldn’t shake and had no idea why. She didn’t know it yet, but a tide was turning close to home and, with it, a treacherous page in the book of her life.

First Lines Contest 2017: Facials Can Be Fatal
Nancy J. CohenNancy J. Cohen   March 16, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Mystery & Detective
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Marla was busy sorting foils at her salon station when screams pierced the morning air. She glanced up, her nerves on edge. And here the day had started so peacefully.

First Lines Contest 2017: The Roots of Evil
David E. GatesDavid E. Gates   March 12, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Horror
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The brown hue. The autumn gown. The sound of rustling underfoot as people move back and forth across my discarded clothes.

First Lines Contest 2017: The Pin
Russell C BrennanRussell C Brennan   March 10, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Action & Adventure
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Urban myth has it that someone once stuck a pin in a map and followed it to have an adventure. Well, I haven’t found a book or a film about it and I don’t know anyone who has actually done it. My name is Dark Duke and this is my adventure.

Radar Love
Aileen FriedmanAileen Friedman   March 08, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Christian
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Winter 2003 Three ladies, three friends, walked arm in arm out of the enormous cemetery gates, crossed the road and into the city park. Their silver hair glowed against their black outfits in the radiance of the bright sun. Sunglasses hid the sadness their eyes portrayed. They meandered along the pathway of the park in silence, the heels of their shoes click-clacked against the stone until they came upon an old majestic and large Weeping Willow tree.

First Lines Contest 2017: Aliens Got My Sally
Lee BaldwinLee Baldwin   March 06, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Chick Lit
Author:
QUANTUM BIOLOGIST SALLY JACOBS will discover how freaky the universe can be when a corner of it opens up and swallows her whole. That won’t be because she took a few minutes at the campus café, or because that made her late to observe tonight’s lunar eclipse with a friend. It won’t necessarily be because she follows this deserted shortcut to avoid the shadowed parking lot where carousing fratboys smash car windows, or because of the towering rebreathers that roar against urine-tinted sky.

THE GIRL IN ROOM THIRTEEN
Lynette FerreiraLynette Ferreira   March 03, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Young Adult
Author:
My mum used to tell me I was invincible, but if you replaced just two of the letters in that word it would be what I actually felt these days. I was twelve when my mum remarried and that was when I became invisible. Not invisible in a haunting the living from the grave kind of way, more like the unseen living kind.

Dario de JudicibusDario de Judicibus   February 23, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
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Il mio nome è Aggart, ma gli amici mi chiamano Agi. Mio padre era Rupert, detto “Maglio d’Acciaio” ed era uno dei migliori Maestri Armaioli del Regno del Nord, ma lui diceva sempre di essere solo un bravo fabbro ed era bravo davvero, mio padre. – Vedi figliolo – mi diceva, quando non ero più alto del sorbo che mia madre aveva piantato dietro casa alla mia nascita, – se sei sempre cosciente di quello che sei e soprattutto di quello che non sei, nessun vanto potrà alimentare in te arroganza e superbia così come nessuna malignità potrà ferire il tuo animo.

First Lines Contest 2017: Uya: A Beast Like No Other
Ron  Travis ShawRon Travis Shaw   February 22, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Crime
  • Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • Horror
  • Mystery & Detective
  • Short Stories
  • Suspense
  • Thrillers

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The unusual livestock killings began in earnest the first frost of 2016. Such was the way of life and death for the rural farming community of the North Georgia mountains, but near the Georgia and Tennessee border, the farmers had experienced nothing like the gluttony of carnage to come.

First Lines Contest 2017: Vessel of Power
Michelle OMichelle O'Leary   February 19, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
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This is it. Heart thumping hard, Eylee’ai slipped over the rail of the ship, flowing into the shadows like a piece of liquid darkness. She kept her skin black as the night and body supple but shifted her hands into long talons, hard enough to rip out a man’s heart. Or a prince’s.

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shyam sundar bulusushyam sundar bulusu   January 29, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Action & Adventure
  • Crime

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The white van glided into the street ominously, slowly, and silently - the sound of its engine barely audible beyond the driver’s cabin - towards the two boys playing cricket oblivious to the heat from the scorching summer sun. It looked like a delivery van, with separate driver’s cabin and storage compartment. There were doors on both sides of the driver’s cabin with windows, which were fitted with either dark tinted glass or sun control film; the windscreen was of clear Perspex glass. The storage compartment had one door on the rear side. It had no windows. It had a small communication window with a wooden sliding shutter, which opened on to the driver’s cabin.

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shyam sundar bulusushyam sundar bulusu   January 28, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Crime
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He waited for the opportunity for a week. He watched her for a week. He shadowed her for a week. He knew her routine thoroughly. He was happy that she was following the same routine on that day, too. He checked his trouser pockets. The things were safe. A smile broke out on his face. “At last…” he thought. He was excited once again.

First Lines Contest 2017: Embers Of The Pyre
shyam sundar bulusushyam sundar bulusu   January 28, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Crime
  • Ghost
  • Horror
  • Occult & Supernatural
  • Suspense

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There was a peculiar nip in the cold air of that winter night in Chennai. The breeze that rose from nowhere danced through the open, grilled window. The twin pink colour, translucent, chiffon curtains separated, as if to make way for the breeze, and fell back in place afterwards. The Tanjore dancing woman on the study table began swaying her waist and neck languorously at the soft touch of the cool breeze. The sparkling plastic bead string curtains slowly oscillated as the breeze brushed past them and crossed the door into the drawing room. The wind chimes suddenly came to life and jingled softly, breaking the silence of the winter night.

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