Friday, July 20, 2012

It's Snowing - In Our Imaginations!

For the second year, the Roses of Prose authors will make December a holiday read month on our blog. This year, instead of writing a progressive story as we did last year with A Holiday to Remember (available free my website and at Smashwords) we're each writing a short story.
 
We'll post the stories during the month of December, and in January, we'll create a book from them which you can download free.

We need your help, though. To add a fun challenge for us, each of our stories will start out with the same first line, and you get to choose which one we use!

Here are the first line ideas:

1) She had just one wish for the holidays.

2) So much for her first holiday vacation in years now that the airport she practically broke her neck to get to was shut down.

3) The black boots quivered and twitched before disappearing completely beneath the towering noble fir.

4) Two surprises greeted her when she opened her front door that morning: a foot of pristine snow and a wrapped package on her doorstep.

5) Was it bad luck to find dead mistletoe on your doorstep?

6) She watched in surprise as the man in the Santa suit pulled a badge out of his red fur bag, and flashed it at…her?

7) What was it about the holidays that made normally sane people lose their minds?

8) Why did the past twenty-four hours feel more like twenty-four days?

It's tough to choose just one, isn't it? Leave a comment with your vote, and we'll let you know the winning line this weekend.

Thank you!
Laura
~Smart Women ~Sexy Men ~Seductive Romance
LauraBreck.com
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21 comments:

Leah St. James said...

Wow, what a fun idea! They're all great, but I like #5 best (Was it bad luck to find mistletoe on your doorstep?). I think it's generic enough in tone and even content to let each author take it and make it her own. Plus, it's a great hook that makes me want to read more.

Thanks for the opportunity to vote! I'll be watching for the stories, no matter what opening line you choose!

Calisa Rhose said...

These are all great. I can't pick just one so:
#5 is my first pick

#7 is my second

Can't wait to see which one wins but I don't envy you.

Diane Burton said...

You're right. It is tough to choose. #2 (closed airport) is my choice.

Jessica Subject said...

I like 6, 5, 7, and 1 in that order. Well done!

babettejames.com said...

They're all fun, but I like number 1 best for starting each story.

Sandra Dailey said...

Some of these kind of lock you into a particular theme. I'd like to see variety. For me-the holidays are when wishes should come true.
I vote for #1

Jannine Gallant said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. Keep those votes coming!

Maddy said...

One or five - short and sweet with lots of potential. Send out the results now - don't leave us guessing.

Jody Vitek said...

4, 1, and 5 in that order. All good options, as the others have stated. Can't wait to find out the winning number.

Alicia Dean said...

I like number 5. It's right up my alley. :-) Very intriguing. This is a fun idea! Makes me anxious for Christmas.

Lynne Marshall said...

I like #1. It is clean, crisp, and promises something.

I'll look forward to your December blogs.

Sharon Buchbinder said...

Romantic suspense for me! I chose "She watched in surprise as the man in the Santa suit pulled a badge out of his red fur bag, and flashed it at…her?" Looking forward to your stories!

Sharon

Jannine Gallant said...

Hmmm, 1 and 5 are neck and neck...

Sharon Clare said...

It's not nice thinking about snow :) but a great idea. This is my fav:

6) She watched in surprise as the man in the Santa suit pulled a badge out of his red fur bag, and flashed it at…her?

Penny Rader said...

#1!

UteH said...

I'd like to see what comes out with #6.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Fun idea! I like #1 and #4.

JM said...

5 intrigues me.

Natasha Deen said...

I say # 4 or #5!

Rohn Federbush said...

Number Seven.

Rohn Federbush

teresa said...

These are all terrific but I prefer #3. And second is #6. Have fun choosing!
Teresa Blue