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Subject: The first line....
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:59 AM ET
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I seen this in another forum, where they post the first line on the book they are reading. Some of them are pretty good, here's the one from my book:

"But there was something relentlessly methodical in the way my brother was fleeced, and that's why I suspect cheating."

The Missing Heir by Gail Ranstrom

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:16 AM ET
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well I am reading 3 books, and some sound much better than the others rofl

First- "On stage in the cavernous jazz club below Montreal's street level, a crimson lipped singer drawled into the microphone about the cruelty of love." Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Second - " Miss Samantha, get up! Hurry! For God's sake Hurry!" What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie

Third, and the best one lol - "There were three things Wraith did well: hunt, fight, and f*ck." Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 10:49 AM ET
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"Andy Bellefleur was as drunk as a skunk." Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris

The other books I am reading are anthologies and I am between stories so it would be illegal to quote them <g>

I can't believe the author quoted above started the first sentence of the book with BUT. 

Anne



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Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:00 AM ET
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What a great thread!

"Logan Kilgarven plucked a bright red leaf off the sleek black hearse in his neighbor's driveway."   The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:11 AM ET
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What a fun idea.

"Sophia kissed him."     Dark of Night: Suzanne Brockmann.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:55 AM ET
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Anne - I know, the book started in the middle of a conversation, kinda strange!

That Larissa Ione book sounds interesting lol!!

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 12:00 PM ET
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I just finished a book literally 5 min ago.

 

"The silent winesses lie everywhere, passing from one form of matter to another, gradually becoming unrecognizable to their nearest and dearest"

Grave Sight by CHarlaine Harris

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 12:29 PM ET
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"Crime doesn't pay." - Everybody loves Evie by Beth Ciotta So far its cute and fast paced.
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 12:30 PM ET
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"Forget chewing nails, Ryan Kendrick was so mad he could have chewed lug nuts." (Phantom Waltz.)

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 1:06 PM ET
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"The business of murder took time, patience,skill,and a tolerance for the monotonous."

Vengeance in Death JD Robb

 Question : I can understand writing under a different name for different  a genre but why put Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb  on the book ,

just put Nora Roberts. It's silly.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 6:08 PM ET
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I don't get why they do that either.  A lot of author's are doing that now.  XXX writing as XXX. Um then why not just use your real or main writing name.  Makes no sense to me.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 12:04 AM ET
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I can't speak for other authors, but I do know that when the JD Robb books first came out, Nora Roberts' name was nowhere on them.  I actually read the first 3 books without knowing that the writer was Nora Roberts.  The reissues of those books do have the xxx writing as xxx, and also the new releases now also have that.  I'm guessing it is to let people know (like me) that they are really the same author.

From the book I just finished "A sick feeling dipped in Noah Cutter's stomach as he studied the approaching rider."--His Secondhand Wife by Cheryl St. John

Willa--I loved Phantom Waltz.  Actually I love that whole series, but that one is still my favorite.  Especially the jail scene. Enjoy!!!



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Date Posted: 2/24/2009 1:19 AM ET
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The story I read was that the prolific and hard-working  Nora Roberts already had manuscripts lined up for publication for a while, so she tried something new, the first In Death book.  I think it was the publisher that thought it was so different and chancey that they didn't want it associated with Nora Roberts, especially if it failed.  So a publishing goldmine began and it wasn't long before the publisher was glad for people to know that J.D. Robb was NR.

Edited because I forgot to do my first lines.  I'm reading two books right now.

"When Josey woke up and saw the feathery frost on her windowpane, she smiled."  The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

"'It's funny,' thought Jessica, 'how aristocratically reproachful a dead salmon can look.' "  The Brave In Heart by Mary Burchell

 

 



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"The perimeter alarms were set to go off when anything heavier than a hundred pounds crossed the almost invisible breakers."

Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 6:32 PM ET
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"Lieutenant Howard Paxton gritted his teeth against the burn, every muscle straining as he pumped three hundred pounds of iron from his bare, sweaty chest."   I am reading Trial by Fire by Jo Davis.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 7:10 PM ET
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I started a new book

" Chief Petty Officer Caleb "Do-Lord" Dulaude always said if he ever saw Teague Calhoun again, he'd kill him." SEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 8:18 PM ET
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"The dream never changed."    Behind Closed Doors: Shannon McKenna

Ashley, I love books with SEALs and such. I looked up SEALed with a Promise and now have 2 more books on my WL and a new author to look forward to.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:39 AM ET
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"Never tick off a woman holding a sledgehammer."  - Hard as Nails by Helenkay Dimon

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 8:27 AM ET
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Tall with black hair, broad shoulders and a powerful stride, Edward Barraclough was an impressive sight as he walked through Green Park on his way back to North Audley Street.

A Very Unusual Governess by Sylvia Andrew

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:19 PM ET
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Mary L,

You took mine!!!

Pamela

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:21 PM ET
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I could not put that book down.

 

I'm starting a new book today.  Hot Spell by Emma HOlly, Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker and Meljean Brook. Here's the 1st line from each.

Everyone said what happened  in Bhamjram, staid in Bhamjram -The Countess's Pleaure by Emma HOlly

"You were Created" The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh

A single Glimpse at the disarray in Colin's bed chamber and the valet's harried expression was Anthony Ramsdell needed to determine that his best course of action was to exit, and quickly.  Falling for Anthonly Meljean Brook

Roman Montgomery was pissed. Blood Kiss by Shiloh Walker

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:28 PM ET
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"Hey, hey, hey there, Mission Man!  - Identity Unknown by Suzanne Brockmann

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 4:26 PM ET
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this is a fun thread.  :)

tonight i'm going to start (and if it's as good as the first one, probably finish) Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione.

the first sentence of chapter one: "It had been at least two decades since Shade had awakened on a strange floor, hung over and without a clue to his whereabouts."

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 5:18 PM ET
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Ellen, it is so much better than the first

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Ashley, good to hear.  i couldn't wait for the WL to get to me, so i went and bought it yesterday.  how did the third turn out?  that first line for it is great.  :)

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