Have you ever picked up a book and known from the first line that you just had to read it?
That’s every author’s goal, to grab the reader from those first words and never let go. But there are a lot of ways to do that, from a catchy one-liner to asking a question or just jumping in right in the middle of the action.
Our Inspy Romance authors have used these techniques and more to create some powerful openings you won’t be able to resist. See for yourself:
Is there life before death?
-from Spring’s Promise by Marion Ueckermann
“I hate Valentine’s Day.”
-from A Love Song for Kayla by Kimberly Rose Johnson
Fear can really do a person in.
-from Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie by Sally Bayless
Why were there always weddings?
-from The Cowboy’s Belated Discovery by Valerie Comer
It was still dark out.
-from Finding Love for the Loner by Laurie Larsen
“Put the coffee pot on, Dahlia. We’ve got a wedding to plan!”
-from Finding Love for the Matchmaker by Laurie Larsen
“You can’t be in grad school forever.”
-from Know You More by Jan Thompson
“Mama, why don’t you live here anymore?”
-from Dancing at Daybreak by Valerie Comer
“You did what?”
-from A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey
“Oh no. Hurry, Heather, before she spots us.”
-from A Husband for Holly by Marion Ueckermann
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION
Sitting in her car at the curb was not going to get Kenna Johnson this position.
-from Lavished with Lavender by Valerie Comer
On the banks of the mighty Zambezi that grief-filled morning, Simon Hartley buried not only his wife—he buried his faith, as well.
-from Orphaned Hearts by Marion Ueckermann
Peyton wiped her frosting-smudged hands on her apron and eased the kitchen door open to peek into the empty ballroom.
-from Not Until This Moment by Valerie M. Bodden
Cyan Hewitt stared out at the waves of the Pacific Ocean.
-from Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey
Feet dangling off the jetty’s edge, Taylor Cassidy gazed across the dark waters of Puget Sound toward Mount Rainier.
-from The Other You by Marion Ueckermann
Cameron Kraus gazed down the long petal-strewn grass aisle between rows of finely dressed guests seated in padded folding chairs.
-from Rooted in Love by Valerie Comer
Spencer paced behind the park bench, tipping his head toward the gray clouds swirling above him.
-from Not Until Forever by Valerie M. Bodden
Byron Moss had called that woman Veronique in a singsong fashion, and that had rubbed Tina MacFarland the wrong way.
-from Smile for Me by Jan Thompson
Tess Palmer didn’t need to be perfect. She only needed to get every detail right. Every time.
-from Love at Sunset Lake by Sally Bayless
Life—a nightmare I couldn’t wake from.
-from The Truth About Fame by Toni Shiloh
Darren Spark never imagined that one person could make him feel so happy and sad all at the same time.
-from At First Spark by Liwen Y. Ho
No parent should ever have to bury a child, let alone all of them.
-from That’s Amore by Marion Ueckermann
Red. Why had she chosen red?
-from Not Until This Day by Valerie M. Bodden
“Just how stupid do people think I am?”
-from In an English Vintage Garden by Marion Ueckermann (published in Before Summer’s End anthology)
How had she messed up again?
-from Not Until Us by Valerie M. Bodden
Help! There’s a goat on the roof!
-from Counting on the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
I’d love to hear what you think about the first line of a book. How important is it to you? Are there any first lines that have stuck with you over the years?