Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Guest post by Jennifer Faye + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to the lovely Jennifer Faye, who is back at Ex Libris celebrating the release of her second novel, Snowbound with the Soldier, a delicious snowed in romance in time for the holidays ;-) Read on to learn what first lines intrigue Jennifer and don't forget to enter the TWO giveaways at the end, you could win some great prizes! ;-) 

Top Ten Intriguing Opening Lines...
by Jennifer Faye

With my second release, SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER, now on store shelves, I’m working on my fourth book. And one of the things that I’m trying to get just right is the opening line. They are so short and you would think that would make them simple to right, but instead it seems to make them harder…at least in my mind. ;-)

So I thought I would share a few opening lines that I find intriguing. Maybe you’ll find one that you just have to keep reading. ;-)

10. “Cooper Ford was six foot two of faded denim and plaid cotton, accessorized by an insufferable ego.” A COWBOY TO COME HOME TO by Donna Alward

9. “’I’m not lost,’ Amy Michaels said to the squirrel watching her from his perch on a tree branch.” AT LAST by Jill Shalvis

8. “In real life, snow was not nearly as delightful as it appeared in movies and on TV, Noelle Perkins thought as her spinning car finally came to a stop in a snowbank.” CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET by Susan Mallery

7. “If he had to listen to "The Little Drummer Boy" one more time, he was going to ba-rum-bum-bum-bum somebody right in the gut.” CHRISTMAS IN SNOWFLAKE CANYON by RaeAnne Thayne

6. “Liz Kowalski's thirty-year-old shitbox, loaded down with everything she owned, went by the Welcome To Whitford, Maine, sign trunk-first, bald tires hydroplaning as it headed for the ditch.” LOVE A LITTLE SIDEWAYS by Shannon Stacey

5. “The stick was pink.” AN ACCIDENTAL FAMILY by Ami Weaver

4. “Revenge was such an ugly word.” A TEXAS FAMILY by Linda Warren

3. “Hannah hated Thursday nights.” THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BABY by Victoria James

2. “Olivia Linnscott made the most insane decision of her life in less time than it took to microwave a burrito.” THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN by Shirley Jump

1. “Old Man Winter huffed and puffed, rattling the doors of the Greene Summit Resort.” SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER by Jennifer Faye

Okay, it might not be the best opening line, but you knew I had to squeeze it in there somewhere. But it sure does set up the premise of the story. Because hold onto your hats and mittens, a Nor’easter is coming. So everyone better hurry home or they aren’t going to make it when the snow picks up. Brrr…

But all of these opening lines intrigue me. They make me want to keep reading and find out what is going to happen next.

What great opening lines have you read lately?

Maybe this Christmas…?

It has been seven long years since Kara Jameson last saw Jason Greene. Returning home as a wounded war hero, Jason looks a shell of the man she once knew. Yet her heart still skips a beat as if it was yesterday….

Stepping back into civilian life, Jason looks to Kara for help. But there's too much water under the bridge—not to mention too much lingering attraction.

But it seems that the mountain weather has other ideas, and when Kara and Jason end up snowbound together they are forced to confront the ghosts of Christmas past.

Jennifer Faye is a two-time RT Book Reviews TOP PICK author. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that she has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers--you can find her at her websiteFacebookGoodreads and Twitter.


There are TWO giveaways going on:

Tour Wide Giveaway

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 31 October 2013!

Blog Giveaway

Jennifer has generously offered a signed copy of Snowbound with the Soldier plus a swag pack to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and answer Jennifer's question: What great opening lines have you read lately?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 3 November 2013!

Good luck!

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