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    Part 3

    Carol Vorvain


    Best opening lines from Writers Boon authors

    Carol Vorvain (@writersboon) is an Australian international lawyer, mediator, author and founder of Writers Boon. Her books, When Dreams are CallingWhy not? - The island where happiness starts with a question and  A Fool in Istanbul - The adventures of a self-denying workaholic have been featured in a number of travel magazines including the International Traveller magazine and can be found in libraries, bookstores and on Amazon.

    To me, opening a new book is like landing in a foreign country. Those initial few seconds are always unforgettable. They draw me in or … they spit me out. And I have to gasp for air.

    In homage to the torture that each author goes through to find the best hook, each month I am posting some of my favorites lines written by Writers Boon member authors.  

    Funny or unexpected, clever or shockingly abrupt, mysterious and bizarre, here they are.

    Michael Kahn
    "Despite the allegations in the petition, fellatio is no long included on Missouri's list of infamous crimes against nature."
    Firm Ambitions

    Jeseca Lowell
    "Sometimes when I listen to music, I imagine I'm in a movie, lost in someone else's moments, blissfully ignorant of what is to become."
    Around the Bend: From Her to Me

    Bernard Jan
    "You curl up in your new hideout, and the soft light of the April afternoon washes your worn-out body."
    A World Without Color

    Alessandra Torre
    "Some men reek of trouble."
    Love in Lingerie

    Carol Vorvain
    "Have you ever thought what your first words will be when you depart this beautifully messed up world and arrive straight to paradise? Assuming that’s the place you deserve, of course. Would I say thank you? Thank you for what? I’ve done it all. I gave up all the fun just because it’s said to be sinful, inappropriate or irresponsible. They even call them guilty pleasures."
    Why Not? The island where happiness starts with a question

    K. Patrick Downey
    "I remember it was a hot night , possibly August, tho maybe September For exactly I can't remember Tho the month escapes me I do remember I sat inside my house amongst the timber."
    Visions of Darkness and Visions of Light

    David Stansfield
    “Question,” said The Grey Man to The Assassin. “How do you kill a man who hides in a crowd?” “Answer,” said The Assassin to The Grey Man. “Kill the crowd.”
    To Kill a Grey Man

    David Beasley
    "In 1806, there was no longer the fear of sudden attack by Indian raiding parties, the smashing of babies' heads and the loss of womenfolk to the savage hinterlands."
    Sarah's Journey

    Nicholas Wynne
    "A boy of seven years old sits quietly and obediently on a tattered, cigarette-burnt sofa"
    Spencer: A Symphony of Horror

    David Tucker
    "His second personality wouldn’t let up. Although he agreed entirely – at least I think I do – with the religiously issued voice that tried to quell inner fears and doubt, choosing their words in a rather absolute manner as they argued yet again. If it hadn’t been for the Immortal program that we earned entry into all those years ago, just like the dead religious zealot in front of us, we would be long dead and soon long forgotten, it decreed."
    Genesis - The Battle Within

    Shannon A. Hiner
    "The world was burning. Flames licked up the walls and through the curtains."
    Shadows On The Wall, The Immortal World Book 2

    MK Williams
    "I was trying to remember what had happened to get me to that point. Sweating, heart racing, trying to stay silent and appear calm as the car slowed down."

    Kristi Cramer
    "Tim Reardon sat on the edge of the worn-out mattress and stared at the phone sitting on the battered table, screwing up the courage to make the call. He honestly thought taking a short step out the fourth-story window of this seedy motel room would be less painful."
    Last Second Chance - A Thomas Family Novel #2

    Marie Lavender
    "The rain seemed like it would never stop, pounding incessantly upon the roof, mocking her."
    Second Chance Heart

    Tabetha Waite
    "What do you mean it's all gone?"
    Why the Earl is After the Girl

    Dora Levy Mossanen
    "Rebekah of the violet eyes heard a voice that would haunt her the rest of her life."

    Mary Hutchings Reed
    "When Nevaeh Yhera woke up that Sunday in her tree house 10 feet up in an aging oak on Farmer Jones' back 40, she peeled back the clear plastic door, looked down, and saw that her boyfriend, Tray Ashley, was gone."
    Saluting the Sun

    Bea Cannon
    "I sat up swinging my legs off the cot as I heard the key in the lock."
    Turner: Bitter Change

    Richard Jones
    "Inside the old wooden bathhouse, twelve-year-old Ricky and his best buddy, Jimmy, pressed their faces against an unpainted cement block wall, each straining for position."


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