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2017 First Lines Contest

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First Lines Contest 2017: Visions of a Dream
Justine Johnston HemmestadJustine Johnston Hemmestad   April 27, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Historical
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Alexander ascended into heaven in his dreams; indeed, he floated through time, and all secrets were known to him like the pages of a book blown open. For a brief moment he thought he was dreaming, but that moment passed when he melted into his thoughts and all that surrounded him. Truly, he had become his thoughts, he danced in his thoughts, and his thoughts danced in him.

First Lines Contest 2017: The Weight of Living
Michael Stephen DaigleMichael Stephen Daigle   April 26, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Mystery & Detective
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She seemed hollow, the girl did. Breathing, hearing, touching, but absent. Small, dark dots sunk into an ashen blank face, eyes impossibly dull for someone so young, eyes that stared straight ahead at the faded green wall; hard, eyes so hard that did not seem to register the color of the wall, the brown of the tabletop, the lightbulb above her head or the presence of anyone else; eyes lightless, passages not to a dark soul, but to one seemingly hidden or removed; spaces missing life. Eyes not filled with pain, but absence.

First Lines Contest 2017: The Filipino Werewolf
Fernando Ceballos LachicaFernando Ceballos Lachica   April 25, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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Blood is everywhere, soaking into the carpet, pooling and trickling through the cracks in the floorboards. Brando Ramirez pulls the dead body, wrap up with cloth, put inside the box and hide down under the bed. He ties up securely. He sits up on the chair facing Mary, his loving wife. He looks at her closely.

First Lines Contest 2017: The Game Of Life
Fernando Ceballos LachicaFernando Ceballos Lachica   April 22, 2017   1
Category: Fiction / General
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It all started because of Marc. Marc is Marco Fernando; twenty-two years old, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), married and a dreamer. The story of the dreamer began on the thirtieth day of December 1985, Monday, Manila International Airport, Departure Lounge, Philippines: “Calling all passengers bound for Dubai, you have twenty minutes left to board the plane, Thank you!” The announcement nailed in my ears with excitement, hope, and fear.

First Lines Contest 2017: Genesis:  Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Slice of Life
Lynn HallbrooksLynn Hallbrooks   April 21, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / War & Military
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Mac opened the door and escorted Deb inside. While the door shut out the cool crisp Friday evening, she noticed the rows of tables. I remember when this place looked like Sons of Anarchy.

First Lines Contest 2017: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Wings of Eagles
Lynn HallbrooksLynn Hallbrooks   April 21, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / War & Military
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“So far security hasn’t made me. One more second and I’ll be set.” She spoke softly to her colleague on a secure channel via a hands free lip microphone.

First Lines Contest 2017: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning
Lynn HallbrooksLynn Hallbrooks   April 21, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / War & Military
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Amidst the milieu of civil unrest during one of the deepest depressions in American history, one man heard his calling. He answered it, not for power, but to be in a position to make a positive change as a world leader. That is why in 2012, Gerald Daniel Moore from Raleigh, North Carolina, a 68-year-old ultraconservative member of the Tea Party ran for President.

First Lines Contest 2017: The Korpes File
J. I. RogersJ. I. Rogers   April 21, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
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An unexpected sneeze broke the silence. Doctor Alys Santaro looked up and noted the lighting had shifted to night cycle. She checked the time.

First Lines Contest 2017: Emerging With Wings
Danielle BernockDanielle Bernock   April 20, 2017   0
Category: Non-Fiction / Other
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I don’t remember when I first came in contact with The Pursuer. I went to a place called church to visit him when I was little. I remember that I loved this place.

First Lines Contest 2017: Memory Lane
TARAK GHOSHTARAK GHOSH   April 19, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Romance
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"What is life and what’s the purpose of life? Is life an existence or something more than that? Is it a union of various faces of hunger or bondage of several threads of relationship?

First Lines Contest 2017: By Dawn's Early Light
Kristine RaymondKristine Raymond   April 19, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Romance
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“Shi…oot!” Monica Russo glanced in the rearview mirror to see if five-year old Kimber noticed her slip-up. It seemed nothing got by her daughter these days, but luckily the girl was engrossed with her tablet, watching her favorite movie for what seemed to be the hundredth time.

First Lines Contest 2017: Moonlight & Music
Grace  AugustineGrace Augustine   April 14, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Chick Lit
  • Contemporary Women
  • Romance

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“OH FOR GOD’S SAKE!” Blake McIntyre looked at the microwave clock. 2 a.m. He threw open his apartment door and made his way across the hall to hopefully halt the drone that was now filling his ears. He wasn’t amused.

First Lines Contest 2017: A Soul's Kiss
Grace  AugustineGrace Augustine   April 14, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Chick Lit
  • Contemporary Women
  • Romance
  • Visionary & Metaphysical

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"Moonlight streamed through the open slits of the curtains, dimly illuminating the room. He was there…his gentle hand caressed my shoulder. I couldn’t see him, but the essence of his energy filled my senses.

First Lines Contest 2017: Richard's Relics
Grace  AugustineGrace Augustine   April 14, 2017   0
Category: Fiction /
  • Contemporary Women
  • Romance
  • Sagas

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“Johnny! Goddamn it! Get down!” Richard yelled from his belly, the brush barely hiding him and the other four men on this clusterfuck of a mission. Just as the sound of gunfire erupted, Johnny hit the ground, not even a twitch from his body as bullets whizzed by like a thousand angry, deadly bees.

First Lines Contest 2017: Beautiful Skin
Mark MillerMark Miller   April 13, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Historical
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Brick buildings burned like candles whenever the sun disappeared. A thousand flames, no, more than a thousand, for trucks burned, and cars, and German and Russian tanks, all night, night after night, they burned like stars that had fallen on Berlin. And people burned too – shopkeepers, wine merchants, bankers, lawyers, soldiers, women, men, children – sometimes they burned the brightest.

Subject 37 (The Utopus Series)
Nathalie M.L. RömerNathalie M.L. Römer   April 12, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
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The first time I start to know that there’s somewhere outside this place called Utopus, was when at age thirteen I stood beside my father, and watched a woman walk away from us. She still seems familiar to me even now as I look back.

First Lines Contest 2017: Daniel's Lot
Mark MillerMark Miller   April 11, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Religious
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I always thought I was a man of God. It took losing almost everything to realize how wrong I was. The man stopped writing.

First Lines Contest 2017: Sons of the King
Mark MillerMark Miller   April 11, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Young Adult
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You may think this story takes place once upon a time, but you may be mistaken. Beyond our solar system, beyond our galaxy even, there are other worlds inhabited by beings very much like us. On some worlds, they have advanced so far beyond us.

First Lines Contest 2017: Promise of Tomorrow
Mark MillerMark Miller   April 11, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
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The story of faith is as everlasting as the wind and stars. It is the story that breaks families and binds them. It is the search for truth.

First Lines Contest 2017: Justice Redeemed
April ErwinApril Erwin   April 08, 2017   0
Category: Fiction / Suspense
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Slouched low behind the wheel, she watched Carl Reid climb out of his black Jeep Cherokee. The sun had already set and the light was quickly fading, but she could tell he still wore his navy blue Justice Fire Department Paramedic uniform. He looked like the hero she remembered from so long ago.

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