Thank you, Spy, for having me! Because of today’s Thursday Thirteen, I discovered my husband is nicer than I am. Since my American Title V book is titled DEAD PEOPLE, I thought it would be funny to write about 13 people we’d like to see dead and the twisted way we’d want them to die. I asked my husband who he’d like to see dead. He said, “I don’t want to see anyone dead.”
He’s right. I shouldn’t do it. So you won’t get to hear about Dick Cheney’s unfortunate accident while hunting with Sarah Palin. (There’s a moose involved!) And an apology to Amy Knupp, because the “health insurance idiots” (her words) won’t die of an obscenely expensive disease that their company won’t cover.
This month, the entries on Romantic Times Magazine for the ATV finalists’ books are our first lines. You can read them here and vote for the one you like best. Of course, I hope it’s DEAD PEOPLE! My first line is a song verse. My hero is a songwriter, and every other chapter starts with one or more verses he’s written.
So here are 13 first lines (instead of 13 dead people):
9. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of Number Four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. – HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling
12. There are few things more unfortunate in a man's life than being thrown over by one's prospective bride on one's wedding day, Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, reflected. – TO SEDUCE A SINNER by Elizabeth Hoyt
13. I heard she talks to ghosts
I heard she sends them off to Heaven
I’ve got a few inside my head
I wish to hell she’d shoot mine dead. – DEAD PEOPLE by Edie Ramer
Now it’s your turn. What’s the first line from one of your books?
Thanks so much, Edie! I hope y'all will go vote in the American Title V contest. The prize is a contract! If you'd like to help Edie's dream come true and see her witty and wonderful book in print, please send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject DEAD PEOPLE.