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August 27, 2019
A roundup of the best opening lines from titles by BookLife authors.

This month, we’ve got surprise kisses, seeing double, and cheating death. To submit a first line, email



D.C. Thorne

“I made it through the first month of my high school senior year without bringing anyone back to life or convincing them to die.”


Day One: Birth Is a Death Sentence

Don Sedei

“Kachada: Remember, birth is a death sentence.”


Johnny’s Ghost

Tim Nicholas

“I met Sheila twice before I killed her.”


Julia: Mistress of Longwood

Linda Metcalf

“James McIntosh tried to kiss me today.”


The Nephilim Virus

John T. Prather

“I woke up at exactly 4:37 p.m. from the longest nap of my life.”


The Shepherd of Lost Children

Ronald Pies

“For the third time since the funeral a year ago, Adam Levtov had seen his double.”