Apologies for not posting the second part of my two-part look at first sentences. Life got a little in the way today and I didn't have time to devote myself to the project the way I wanted to. I hope to have it done either tomorrow or over the weekend.
Meretta had a point in the comments on yesterday's post, though. It's important that we have good first lines at the beginning of every scene and every new chapter. This keeps the reader turning the pages. And what about the end of a scene or chapter? I'd say it's important to have good lines here, too, for the same reason of keeping the reader turning the pages.
In the interest of fun, I'd love to read some of your first lines, whether from the beginning or end of your novel, scene, or chapter.
Here's some of mine:
From my very first novel, Possession, a Regency historical (a manuscript that will undoubtedly never see a publisher's desk because, let's face it - it's my first novel and riddled with errors).
The Comtesse d’Rouget lived in a perpetual state of cold.
“My dear Lady d’Rouget,” he murmured, allowing his gaze to slowly travel the length of her, “I have nothing but time for you.”
Here's one more:
By the middle of the first act, Nicolas felt as though his senses might explode.
And some from my current novel, Love Thine Enemy, an inspirational WW2 story.
For the first time since George’s death, she felt peace.
By the middle of the afternoon, Bess felt as wound up as a piece of barbed wire.
and one more:
In the age-old practice of men everywhere who are haunted by a woman’s face, Erich immersed himself in his work.