September 25, 2020

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

As Always, For Your Amusement, I Give You… First Line Friday

Don't judge a book by it's cover! So I'm going to try and get readers hooked by the books first few lines in this week's first line Friday. This week is a complete swerve in a new direction! Join me, won't you. And yes someone (not me) mashed up Harry Potter and My Chemical Romance.
  1. Today’s First Line Friday is completely different from any I’ve done previously. I’m proud of this change in pace. And I sigh of relief for those <ahem> who regularly complain about me adding to their TBR because I probably won’t but it is cool. Plus I’m going to give you quite a bit more than the first line but it is good.
  2. YES! That is My Chemical Romance and Harry Potter mashed together. Once again some brilliant idea I did not come up with but should have.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for readers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, readers were hooked on a book by the first lines?

Psst I found this at Becky’s Book Blog. Please go check her out!



  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read, ARC, TBR, favorite read, close your eyes and pick a book) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book

I wasn’t able to speak until I was almost four-years old. I didn’t know this at the time, but apparently that’s insane. Most kids start to speak by the age of one and a half or two. So speaking for the first time at the age of four is like having sex for the first time at the age of seventy-five: You can do it, but no doctor recommends it.
My parents claim they weren’t too worried, but a four-year old who doesn’t speak isn’t normal. It’s the opening of a horror movie. They said I could understand what people were telling me, but I couldn’t respond verbally. I would point or grunt but couldn’t form any actual words. I was a shorter, less charming Mr. Bean…. “you made good eye contact with people and you were exceptionally good at miming.”
Okay, now that is a horror movie. A four-year-old staring you dead in the eyes and “miming” while repeating “Ma, Ba, Da” until blood pours out of his eyes.

Ok! Are you ready?

MCR does Harry Potter

Seriously. How did I did I NOT think of these things?


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