First Line Friday (Week 47): Melony Teague

February 24, 2017 First Line Fridays, Melony Teague 43

Happy Friday to you! I’m turning the reins over to Melony Teague for today! Take it away, Mel!


The question has been asked, what is in a kiss? Cue the music,”a kiss is still a kiss….” and since I am on Carrie’s blog, and we all know she likes her Kissing Books – I could not resist.

But an equally compelling questions is, what is in a first line? The first line of a beautiful book. Authors know that this line is special for many different reasons. A first line is certainly NOT just a line in a book. It cracks open the door to the world of fiction, in shines a new setting, new characters and a whole new world between the pages of said book.

Today we are mixing things up a bit. After you have grabbed the book nearest (and perhaps dearest) to you, and you have quoted that first line (yes, I know sometimes you have to quote two lines, that’s ok)… this week we want to know what that first line evokes in you? Does it grab your attention? Does it stir up your curiosity? And if you like, you can share with us your favourite first line of all time.

I am going to share a first line (or two) with you to get us started, you can tell straight away things are going to get interesting in these books:

“Devin Bressard scarcely blinked when Grace tossed her sweet tea in his face.”

Told you So by Kristen Heitzmann

“BRIDEZILLA! INCOMING!”

Jilted by Carla Laureano

Your turn, and go!

Let us know your first line and why you love it and then head over to share your First Line with these friends:

Bookworm Mama || Singing Librarian Books || Faithfully Bookish || Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen || All the Book Blog Names are Taken || Robin’s Nest

Fiction Aficionado || Bibliophile Reviews || Kathleen Denly || Lauraine’s Notes

…and welcome With A Joyful Noise to the group!


Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children.

Carrie

43 Responses to “First Line Friday (Week 47): Melony Teague”

  1. Sarah

    Happy Friday!

    My line is from “Women of the Twelfth Century” by Georges Duby. I cheated a little this week and included my first paragraph this time around.

    “Beneath the dome of the church at Fontevraud – in the twelfth century, one of the largest and most prestigious abbeys for women in France – one sees today four recumbent statues, the remains of old funerary monuments, Three of them are carved from soft limestone: that of Henry Plantagenet, count of Anjou and Maine through his father, duke of Normandy and king of England through his mother; that of his son and successor, Richard Coeur de Lion; and that of Isabella of Angouleme, second wife of John Lackland, Richard’s brother, who became king in his turn in 1199. The fourth effigy, of painted wood, represents Eleanor, heiress to the duchy of Aquitaine, wife of Henry and mother of Richard and John; she died at Fontevraud, where she had finally taken the veil, on 31 March 1204.”

  2. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday!! I have Told You So in my TBR list, but Jilted is new to me. My first line is: “The cheerful yellow house didn’t look all that imposing as Silas Jones stood in front of its fence for the fourth time that day.”
    From For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite

  3. Amanda Tero

    Oh, those are great first-liners. I agree, first lines are super important. Yet, some of my favorite books don’t have amazing first lines (think some of Janette Oke…). My all-time favorite is what I shared on the blog today: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Pride and Prejudice, of course) It is one of those snarky first-lines that tells you this is going to be a book that takes you on a whirl with good humor. And Austen aces that (in my opinion 😉 ).

    • Carrie

      Austen is brilliant at that!!! Yes!!! Welcome to the gang, Amanda 🙂

  4. Ochegba

    Thanks to Meez Carrie I have Told You So on my TBR list can’t wait to get to it 🙂
    My First Line is: Local Woman Arrested for Stalking Favourite Author from Finding Mr Write by Carol Moncado

  5. Heather

    This is a new author for me. 🙂

    An Uncertain Choice
    by Jody Hedlund

    And the first line is…

    Montfort Castle, Ashby
    In the year of our Lord 1390

    “My slippered feet slapped the dirt road, and my heart hammered aginst my chest like a battering ram.”

    Happy reading and Happy Friday!

  6. Rebecca Maney

    “The wood-paneled walls of the boardroom were closing in.”

    “The Memory of You” by Catherine West. What a great story and I am only half way through! . . love reading during my lunch hour on Fridays!

  7. carylkane

    It was the second time in fifteen minutes that the power had gone out at the church, and it was noticeably darker this time. The Reason by William Sirls

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

  8. Andi

    Hi Carrie and Happy Friday!

    My first line comes from Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith.

    1297 BC

    Naomi lifted the hem of her robe as her feet fairly flew down Bethlehem’s streets toward the outskirts of town.

  9. Beth Erin

    A high-pitched shriek echoed down the hall of the wedding chapel.
    The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagin

    This is my current read and boy, that first line grabs my attention!

  10. Cara

    “She felt his gaze upon her from the instant she stepped into the clubhouse ballroom.”

    The Honorable Heir by Laurie Alice Eakes

    All I have to say is: hook, line, sinker.

    • Carrie

      ooooo I still need to read this one!!! It’s on my “need to read SOON SOON SOON” list haha

  11. Beckie B.

    ” … for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.” Ok if I was reading the Bible I may have a different reaction. But I am reading Moving Target by Lynette Eason, so my first thought was uh oh!

  12. Anne Rightler

    ‘And I sank down where I stood, and hid my face against the ground. I lay still a while; the night swept over the hill and over me and died moaning in the distance; the rain fell fast, wetting me afresh to the skin.’
    From Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering. The hero’s wife is reading Jane Eyre to him as he lay on the sofa, his head in her lap!

  13. Katie Donovan

    I’ve shared my most memorable first line in other places, so forgive me if you’ve already seen this one. It’s the first line from Mike Nappa’s ‘Annabel Lee’:

    “Uncle Truck keeps a German shepherd on his farm that’ll eat human fingers if you feed ’em to it just right.”

    Gotta love a first line that grabs your attention like that!

    Meanwhile, my other first line contribution this week comes from The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection:

    1170 AD, Ciar’s Kingdom, Ireland
    The skies were as unsettled as her own future.

    1715, Argyllshire, Scotland
    “Are ye ready, miss?”
    Meg’s stomach twisted at Mother Aila’s question.

    June 1798, New York City
    Abigail Van de Klerk opened the door to the house she shared with her father on Pearl Street.

    July 6, 1864, Roswell, Georgia
    Water roared over the dam behind her, an echo of the blood rushing in her ears.

    Late June 1890, Coronado Island, California
    Cold water slid across his body, the dip and rise of the swell bringing challenge to his course.

    • Carrie

      lol those are a lot of lines 😀 I can’t wait to read that collection too!!

  14. Kathleen Denly

    Walking down the main street in Deadwood is like stepping onto hell’s front porch.
    ~A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson

    It made me want to read on to learn *why* it deserved such a comparison and how the character was going to handle entering such a place. You can tell right away there is going to be trouble.

  15. Rachel Dixon

    Yay Mel!!!! “Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.” – From Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles! Happy Friday!!!!