#FirstLineFriday #GiveawayContest #FreeDownloads

Time for another #FirstLineFriday folks, and today I’ve chosen something  from an author whose name I think most will be familiar with, even if they haven’t read this book. I can tell you that after reading this line, I WANT to read the book, as well. Hope you’ll enjoy it, too, and crossing my fingers that it might ring a bell with a few of you, also.

PLEASE READ these simple rules, just to refresh yourself on how this should be done. Thanks.

  1. Be one of the first five people to email me before the game ends at 4:00pm, with the title and author of the correct book. 
  2. Do not reply here on the blog. Email only: marciameara16@gmail.com
  3. Honor System applies. No Googling, please.
  4. Submissions end at 4:00 P.M. EST, or when I receive 5 correct answerswhichever comes first.
  5. Winners who live in the U.S. may request a free download of any one of my books for themselves, or for someone of their choice. OR, if they’ve read all of the offered books, they may request a free download of my next publication.
  6. Winners who live elsewhere may request a mobi or PDF file of the same books, since, sadly, Amazon won’t let me gift you from the site.

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Put on your thinking caps, because here is today’s opening line:

“The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox he was drunk in a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of the Dancers.”

Remember, email answers only, please. Thanks! And now off I go to await your guesses. 




25 thoughts on “#FirstLineFriday #GiveawayContest #FreeDownloads

    • It’s pretty tricky, Olga. I’m betting you’ve heard of the author, but not so sure you would have read the books. Keep thinking. Might still come to you. 🙂


  1. I’m with Olga, the style rings a bell somewhere but I can’t place Terry Lennox. I’ll let it rumble around in my head for a while!
    Love the banner at the top!

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    • I didn’t recognize the line because I’ve never read any of these books, but I am familiar with the author, Trish. Hope it comes to you, but I knew it was going to be a tough one. (I’ve gone through all of the easier ones, and even they were often tough.) 🙂 And thanks on the banner. I like having them for each of my regular series or subjects. 🙂


    • I think that depends on what you define as “classical lit.” The car definitely limits how far back you can go with this one, but I think it will still be a challenge to find someone who has read these books. Probably. 🙂 You never know with these lines, but I do like this one. It immediately makes me want to know who this Terry Lennox is, besides a rich drunk. 😉

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    • We’re into some of the trickier ones on this list, Joan, but I still find them interesting, and something to ponder when we write our own opening lines. This one immediately makes me want to know more about this obviously rich man with an apparent drinking problem. 😉

      And if nothing else, I think some folks might be inspired to read some of these books after having thought about the opening lines. I know *I* have been. And of course, anything that makes my TBR pile even taller is always a good thing, right? Oh, wait ………. 😀

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    • I agree, Jeanne. I love that it immediately makes me want to know more about Terry Lennox. 🙂 Answer at 4:00! Stay tuned, and see if you recognize the name of the book (and movie.) 😀

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  2. It sounds so familiar, Marcia. Can’t put my finger on it, though.

    Wishing you a fab weekend! Oh, if you talk to Nicki, can you please tell her I haven’t forgotten about snagging the perfect photo of Poe (who isn’t cooperating). I did, however, get the PERFECT shot of my buddy near my grocery store, but Poe would never forgive me if I gave him the spotlight. 😉

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    • You’ll recognize the author of this one, I’m sure, Sue, so stay tuned. And yep, I’ll let Nicki know. She’s been swamped this last week or so with one of her regular clients, plus I think she has a show coming up before too long. I forget. But she’ll be glad to know you are still working on capturing a good picture of Poe. 🙂 I’m going to have her paint all of my cats, past and present, one or two at a time. And I’m in no rush, so she can fit in my stuff around her other work. But I just love her whimsical touch.

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    • I’m pretty sure the author will be a name you recognize, but it will be fun to see if you’ve ever read his books. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t, but I’ve added him to my list. Stay tuned, my friend. Answers coming soon! 🙂

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    • Not at all, Gwen. Some of these (especially these last ones) are truly hard. And overall, even though I’d read many of the books I’ve featured here, I still didn’t always recognize the opening lines of most. I’ve learned that while an opening line has an important job to do–namely pull a reader into the tale–that doesn’t mean an effective one will also be memorable. Some are, to be sure, but many are lost in the telling of the story. Good things for us to think about as writers, though.

      Now this one, while I’m very familiar with the author and the titles of his books, I’ve never read one of them, and didn’t guess it, either. Hopefully that will make you feel at least a bit better? Stick around for the answer and see what you think. 🙂

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        • You’re welcome! 🙂 I think I’m slowly coming out of my Pandemic Funk and feeling more hopeful that “Normal LIfe” (such as it is) might actually be slowly returning. 😀 (If I’m delusional, please don’t tell me. Nothing I hate worse than the Ugly Truth.) 😀


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