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Stellar First Line Mini Contest

It’s giveaway time! However, this is not going to be your average Rafflecopter entry. Nope. This time we’re going to do something a little different. On last night’s episode,  award winning author Shiloh Walker talked about loving the intro of her new novel HEADED FOR TROUBLE.  It got me thinking about how important it is to have a stellar first line. Jill Haworth also touched on this on her recent article and I can’t help but think that since it’s coming up so damn much that maybe we can have some fun with it? How many of us read past a crappy first line? Okay, I do, but I also admit when that first line is made of win, I’m hooked from that moment on. I LOVE it when a first line draws me in.

So I want all your made-of-win first lines. That’s right. Say hellloooooo to the Stellar First Line Mini Contest. The first line doesn’t have to actually be from your novel or current W.I.P. Make one up! In fact, I’ll let everyone have a mulligan. You can enter TWO first lines. That doesn’t mean a first sentence and then one to follow it up. They have to be SEPARATE first lines that would belong in SEPARATE books, ya dig? Also, only one line.  If you have more than one period, it’s more than one line. If you’re em-dashing or doing anything else to make two sentences one, I’ll know.

263Yes, I am that good.

Make them witty, fun, gritty, dark, or whatever you want. Just make it a fantastic first line that will draw me in and be like, “Oh shit, where’s the rest of the story?!”

You may be asking–but why I am I doing this? What’s the prize?

 

The winner, chosen by me based on totally subjective awesomeness of their first line, will receive their choice of two novels from the following list:

Doing Harm – Kelly Parsons

Bones Never Lie – Kathy Reichs

Rules of Entanglement – Gina L. Maxwell

A Tale of Two Centuries – Rachel Harris

The Collector — Victoria Scott

Bitter Spirits — Jenn Bennett

Love and Other Unknown Variables — Shannon Lee Alexander

Anomaly — Tonya Kuper

How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky — Lydia Netzer

Due to exuberant shipping fees I can only open the physical copies to U.S. entrants. HOWEVER, because I love my international peeps too, if I pick yours, I will gift you an ecopy of ONE of the above novels via Amazon or BN.

REMEMBER:

To enter you must reply to THIS blog post. *points down at the comment section*

You can enter TWO first lines, but they have to be for separate novels.

You don’t have to use the lines from your WIP.  You can totally make up new ones.

This is a completely SUBJECTIVE giveaway, so if that’s not your thing, don’t enter.

NO PUBLISHED FIRST LINES. I mean, come on, that’s kinda cheating.

ONE LINE. NO EXTRA PRETTY GRAMMAR TO TRY AND MAKE TWO SENTENCES ONE.

Have fun with it!

I will end the competition Friday, September 25th. That should give you guys ample time to play around with it. I’ll go over the first lines that weekend and announce the winner Monday September 28th.

Venture forth and create those first lines!

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About Natasha Raulerson

Natasha Raulerson grew up as a tomboy hanging with the guys, getting skinned knees, and swimming in the South Florida sun. Though she’s more inclined to wear dresses now, she still prefers a good pair of chucks and comfy pair of jeans. Tattoos, Jack Daniels, and hanging at the pool are three of her favorite things. An author of adult romantic suspense, she’s represented by the amazing Laura Bradford of The Bradford Literary Agency. By day she writes about the characters driving her imagination wild. By night she enjoys a good book, hanging with her hubs, and getting snuggle attacks from her two spoiled pups. Follow her on twitter: @RaulersonWrites

31 comments on “Stellar First Line Mini Contest

  1. wordsofrablack
    September 15, 2015

    Two hours to sunrise and I was already running for my life.

    Before his eyes, the corpse began to fall.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Monika Pardon
    September 15, 2015

    I wore a black sequined dress that hugged my hips, long white gloves, red lipstick, and a feather in my tawny curls to the cemetery.

    Tarzan’s cry bellows out from the left hip pocket of my jeans.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. David T. Allen
    September 15, 2015

    “Who amongst you does not yearn to fly?”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kathy Palm
    September 15, 2015

    Bryn’s forever began with a goodbye.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. elizabethcaulfieldfelt
    September 15, 2015

    I’d played many roles in my years as an actress, but until now never murderess.

    The explosion covered her in coal dust, but as she did not breathe air, the Little MER girl carried the corpses home.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kelli
    September 15, 2015

    Despite standing knee-deep in the icy, roaring sea with a blade to my throat, it was in that moment I knew I was in love with Will.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. leighms
    September 15, 2015

    It wasn’t even noon yet, and Sheriff John Boone stood in the middle of a trailer park with his Colt 1911 pistol leveled at a piss-drunk, stark-naked white supremacist.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Susan McGrath
    September 15, 2015

    Line 1: Sheila swims up from dreams of fire to the burn of unwelcome sunlight on her lids.

    Line 2: Tucumcari was 50 miles in the past when I saw the horse.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sunni
    September 15, 2015

    Logan dropped the log onto the hot coals in the fireplace, sucking in a harsh breath at the pain that shot up his side, a grim reminder he was alive, but his partner was dead.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. demoness333
    September 15, 2015

    If I had known that this day was my last day on Earth, I might not have called my mom a bitch.

    Sasha glided her palm along smooth skin, her fingers tracing a path left by her tongue only moments ago on their way to a soft neck.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Edith
    September 15, 2015

    Eve Langely’s brother wasn’t so much stroking his tiny penis as he was choking it.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Judy L Mohr
    September 15, 2015

    The bullets ricocheted off the ground and dust flew into my face.

    The blood moon beckoned haunted memories.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Kyra Nelson
    September 15, 2015

    “​I’m fairly certain this is how cautionary tales begin.”

    “There were two men fighting in Haley’s yard, and they were making a horrible mess of the petunias.”

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Rochelle Deans
    September 15, 2015

    My best friend’s funeral is so predictable I shouldn’t have bothered coming.

    I grew up believing that only three things were always true: blackberries picked fresh in August made the best jam, God always answered your prayers if you prayed right, and I was going to marry Soren de Vries.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Jeremy S. Hughes
    September 15, 2015

    “To think, I was jealous of her.”

    “There was a general consensus among her daughters that this would be her last Christmas.”

    Liked by 2 people

  16. emilygmoorewriter
    September 15, 2015

    What a fun and wonderfully timed contest! I’ve been working on mine for several novels. Let’s see how they fare.

    #1: I snuck in the front door of our new house with a gopher snake dangling in my hand.

    #2: Music beckons the soul from its darkest places.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natasha Raulerson
      October 12, 2015

      Since my original winners didn’t get back to me, EMILY MOORE-I CHOOSE YOU! I love the gopher snake line. It just lets me know that something mischievous is about to happen. 😀 Email me at Whiskeywinewriting(at)gmail with the book you choose and your address.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Emily moore
        October 12, 2015

        Soooo excited!!!! Thank you so much!

        Like

      • emilygmoorewriter
        October 12, 2015

        Thank you so much!!!! So many wonderful lines in this contest! I wonder how you managed to choose any among them all!

        Like

  17. Ellay Branton
    September 15, 2015

    “I’m NOT using my last bottle of Kettle One on a Molotov cocktail to save your ass,” she said.

    Trees are not a good braking mechanism for an average compact car.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Natasha Raulerson
      September 29, 2015

      LOL Ellay pick novel and email me. These are two fantastic first lines! NatashaMRaulerson(at)gmail

      Like

  18. Aightball
    September 15, 2015

    1. The attitude of new EMTs made me want to pop them upside the damn head sometimes.

    2. Now would be a terrible time to sneeze.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Marty C.
    September 16, 2015

    (1) I knew the day wasn’t going to go as planned when I stepped into the shower and found a bloody knife, fourteen dirty socks, and a bemused sheep.

    (2) Daddy told me to never trust a four-fingered alligator wrangler; I should have listened.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natasha Raulerson
      September 29, 2015

      Okay, I loved these as much as Ellay’s. So pick your book and email me with your address at NatashaMRaulerson(at)gmail 😀

      Like

  20. #1 Death shouldn’t be pretty, and for Becky Sturman it wasn’t.

    #2 The story Grandma told when the wind wrapped its arms around the old cottage always made Mina’s flesh crawl.

    Loving seeing everyones first lines 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Peggy Rothschild
    September 16, 2015

    While her husband snored in the next room, Olga hunted for a place to stash the stolen $18,000.

    Another twelve hours and I could give this day the bird.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Jenny Howe
    September 17, 2015

    1. I used to be the kid jumping on cracks in the sidewalk while her friends tiptoed around them.

    2. Already, Mason was regretting breaking it off with Mindy.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Susan Dobransky Sofayov
    September 21, 2015

    I love my job, Cemetery Manager, because I make sure no one messes with my mother’s grave, and I hear stories—lots of stories.

    After spending the last four hours kissing pumpkins, zucchini, gourds, and a few stray eggplants, I have insecticide lips, but still no prince.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. L. C. Holst (@TheDweadPiwate)
    September 25, 2015

    I’ve been dead for 158 days, but this is the first time I’ve felt like I’m in hell.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. Natasha Raulerson
    September 29, 2015

    Winners have been picked! You guys are friggin’ talented as hell. Just so you know. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Natasha Raulerson
    October 7, 2015

    Haven’t heard from either of the chosen winners. If I don’t hear back by 10/10 I will choose a different winner!

    Like

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