First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
… a recent release I enjoyed a lot. I have to substitute the name with an X, otherwise it’s way too easy…
X stared into her cup of coffee as though it were a witch’s cauldron, a window revealing all the ways she could kill her parents. Their deaths wouldbe sow and methodical and painful. Much like the date she was on now.
She looked across the table at said date -the third one her parents had set her up with in as many weeks – and feigned interest by lifting a brow in dire need of professional attention.
Did you recognise the lines?
it’s set in a small town of Del Sol, New Mexico…
and it’s protagonist’s name is Sunshine….
Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff–and even fuller-time coffee guzzler–Sunshine Vicram, didn’t get that memo.
All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that’s about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)
Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny’s got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he’s not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She’s seen it. Once. Accidentally.
Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn’t know when to quit, Sunny’s life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.
Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.
Have you read A Good Day for Chardonnay?
Did you recognise the first lines?
Those were fun clues!
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The whole first scene was hilarious, especially, when she compared her date to waxing her own eyebrows and then concluded that the guy would make a fine ex-husband for one lucky girl…someday.
Great choice Toni. Yes, as soon as I read about her parents setting her up, I knew what it was. 🤣🤣
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