Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vote For Your Favorite First Line!



The Roses of Prose will be writing holiday short stories again this December, and we need your help! Each story will begin with the same first line, and our readers get to decide what that line will be. Please leave a comment to vote for your favorite.


1) He wore nothing but a Santa hat and a smile.
2) He wore the ugliest Christmas sweater she'd ever seen.
3) How would she ever make it through the holidays now?
4) In a few swift snips, she'd reduced the Christmas stocking to red and
green confetti.

5) In place of her hunky boyfriend, Cassandra stared into the beady
eyes of the Christmas Mouse. "What have you done to Troy?"

6) Nina burrowed deeper into her fleece jacket and took a step back,
assessing the red and silver garland she'd draped over the headstone.

7) She was pretty sure this was NOT the gift she'd asked for.
8) The cat knocked over the tree and the dog is eating ornaments--
can anything else happen?

9) This was the last place she ever expected to spend Christmas.
10) Too often, holidays were like cheap pantyhose, irritating and
cumbersome.


We're looking forward to discovering your favorites!

27 comments:

Darcy Flynn said...

I vote for #10. :)

Jody Vitek said...

I'm voting for my top three - 10, 4 and 3, and in that order. Looking forward to the holidays!

Leah St. James said...

These are all great! #10 for me. :-)

Patricia Kiyono said...

#9. Although #1 and #2 would be fun, too!

Melissa Keir said...

Tough choices! I vote for #5!

Jessica Subject said...

#4 is my favorite.
#1, 5, 9 are all very intriguing.
And #7 & 10 hold my curiosity.

All great first sentences though. :)

Rachel Moore said...

I pick #1. Although # 8 sounds like it would be hilarious.

Joanne Stewart said...

My absolute favorite is #6. But I'm an emotion kind of girl and this one seems like it would prove to be a heart-jerker, and I'm a sucker for those.

#1 just sounds fun. ;)

And #9...I can see an entire book around that one. LOL :)

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Either #9 or #1.

Denise Golinowski said...

Tough choices. They're all good, but I think #7 holds a lot of possibilities. Could definitely go in any direction from there.

Kathy Wheeler said...

I love #4. Just my crass sense of humor, I guess!

Lana Miersen said...

Number 10, because it paints a great mental picture of how some past holidays went for me.

Calisa Rhose said...

#1 sounds totally fun

my top choices in order: #1, #7, #10, #8

Left Hand Art said...

All are interesting but something as mundane as #2 hits my radar...

Jannine Gallant said...

Wow, thanks for all the participation. Some interesting results. The top vote getters so far are #10 with 4 1st place votes and 1 3rd place vote and #1 with 2 1st place votes and 4 2nd place votes. Keep the votes coming!

Kara Ashley Dey said...

Oh, #7 has so many possibilities from humorous to kinky.

--Kara

Juli D. Revezzo said...

They're all pretty good, but I like #3. >:) Sounds like it could be a lot of fun to find out why she thought that way!

Barbara Edwards said...

I can't decide! I like them all!

My Girl Friday said...

I liked #2) He wore the ugliest Christmas sweater she'd ever seen.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Really, really tough. I think I'll go with 9 but I might change my mind if I reread them!

Nancy Dow said...

Toss up between #9 and #3...and wishing I were her!!! :)

Jana Richards said...

All good choices. I'm going to go with 10, 9, 7, in that order. Have fun!

Lucy Naylor Kubash said...

They are all great lines. I'm voting for #4.

Liz Flaherty said...

6 & 7. Love the angst-preview of 6 and the oooh-wait-for-it of 7.

MJ Schiller said...

A lot of good ones, but I'd have to say #10. #6 also had me curious.

Susannah Scott said...

Gotta be #1 ! Where do you go from there!

Nan Dixon said...

#9 !!