Wednesday Words: Openings

wurkn-on-mai-plan-for-word-domination-caleb-pupIt’s Hump Day. And that means it’s time for #1lineWed on Twitter and here. Today’s theme is Opening Lines. One of my all-time favorites is the opening line to THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC.

This was only day one of what was shaping up to be a bloody weird week and the gods had been drinking again.

But #1lineWed is for WIPs. So…here are some opening lines from NIGHT SHIFT. Please understand that this is rough draft territory. KTHNXBYE 😉

From Chapter 1 (Easy’s POV): Trouble walked in the door lookin’ for me.

From Chapter 3 (Jonah’s POV): Mom had been gone forever.

Okay, this is a bit longer than the opening line but… From Chapter 7 and Easy’s POV:

“Look, buster.”

Sam hammered her index finger into the Russian’s chest and I tensed. Digger hadn’t pulled steel so she wasn’t dead. Yet.

From Chapter 9 (Samantha/Sam’s POV): My libido obviously wasn’t paying attention to my common sense.

Again, more than just the opening line from Chapter 11 because…Easy in action, via Sam’s POV:

One second I’m screaming my lungs out with the best orgasm I’ve ever had and the next I’m on the floor, half shoved under the bed and a very naked Easy is standing over me with a pistol in one hand and a big ol’ honking hunting knife in the other. I could see two pairs of winter boots standing in the doorway to my bedroom. Crud. I was scared to death that my roommates were about to die.

And one final snippet from an as yet unnumbered chapter. A short bit of background–Mac and Sean/Boomer have arrived at the Nightrider clubhouse and all the members are gathered for “church” (ie. a club meeting), in a room with locked doors. Yesterday’s tease was the end of the chapter previous to this one. The following is in Easy’s POV, commenting on what’s happening:

Not one Nightrider moved. The woman was loaded for bear and I recognized the look on her face. She’d kill the first one of us that so much as twitched. She gestured with a mean-ass automatic combat rifle, a weapon that could cut any one of us in half and then she flashed a crazy smile at McIntire.

“I gawddamned told you, Mac. You had twenty fucking minutes. I’m double-parked.” She moved her arm so the combat watch on her left wrist caught the light. “Time’s up.”

Not sure what to do, I watched the drama unfold like it was some action-adventure movie and I was sitting in the front row eating popcorn. Then I realized Boomer was doubled over laughing.

“Shut up, Boomer,” McIntire ordered.

“Hey, she’s your mate, Mac.”

So, today is the massive post office run. Book winners from here, Facebook, and my newsletter will be getting their goodies soon. Then it’s home to play #1lineWed on Twitter. What about y’all? Who has an opening line they want to share, whether from your own book/WIP or from a book you’ve read and loved. Share!


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Wednesday Words: Openings

  1. Great opening lines, Silver! I love that last one with Mac and Boomer (and Hannah, of course).

    Here’s the opening for my as yet unfinished and totally unedited Fertile Ground:
    As the woman walked past Adam in the produce aisle, the scent of her fertility wafted in the air.

    • Silver James says:

      Ooh, now I’m intrigued! I want the rest so I know how he knows she’s fertile. I mean, I’m used to working with Wolves. They know these things. LOLOL 😉

  2. Ashlynn says:

    Love! And you gave me more to that tease yesterday only to make it worse. o.O You are mean!! Can you please hurry up with Easy’s story? Just sayin’.

    I’m getting ready to do some 1 liners myself. You know me, I’ll toss some up over on my site.

    But here’s one from Fuel from Cassie’s POV-
    “You’re a virgin?” Lila’s voice was an ear-piercing screech as she stared at her wide-eyed.

  3. SBennett says:

    First line of Chapter 14 of my story, “The Black Keep” currently out for editing:

    When Cara reached the kitchens, Ingrid eyed her soaked clothes and borrowed cloak with amusement. She took the basket from Cara’s dripping hands. “Decided it was a good day for a swim?”`

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