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January 5, 2024
By PW Staff
Take a look at some best first lines from BookLife authors.

This month, we've got butterflies, murder, suitcases, and much more. To submit a first line from your book, email 


The Fall Will Probably Kill You

Brian McMahon

"My name is Teddy Thompson, and I am writing this for you in case anything happens to me."


Heaven & Earth

Joshua Senter

"Ruth’s mind was full of thoughts, yet none of them made sense."


House of 1000 Rooms 

Richard L. Rose

"Ask any butterfly how many lives she shed for one bouquet."


A Place of Safety: Derry

Kyle Michel Sullivan

"Those who knew Eamonn Kinsella—and were truly being honest with themselves—had to admit that were he born but ten miles to the west or north his murder would have been seen as the fitting end to a hard and brutal man."


Random Convergence: The Linked Evolution of U.S. Military Aviation and Postal Air Mail

Charles Witthoft 

“This story was never intended to be written.”



Jasmine O'Hea

“I met my uncle for the first time at my mom’s funeral.”


The Scaevola Conspiracy 

 Timo Bozsolik-Torres

"The diner smelled of stale filter coffee, fried onions and bacon, mixed with sweat and the scent of cleaning product from the freshly polished linoleum floor."


The Stash 

Sandra Sperling

"Suitcases clutched in each hand, Zak said, 'Bullwinkle, open the door.'"