Opening Lines #YA #TuesdayBookBlog

I read a great post recently written by Cathy from Between the Lines book blog. Cathy shared some of the opening lines from books she’s read over the past twelve months that drew her in. It was a wonderful collection. You can read it HERE.

With the release of my new young adult urban fantasy book, Oath Breaker on the horizon (8th June 2017 with BHC Press) I thought I’d do a twist on Cathy’s post and share some of my favourite opening lines from YA fantasy books.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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Every day, Jess Brightwell passed the Spartan warrior statue on his way to and from his quarters. It was a beautifully made automaton, fluid and deadly, with a skin of burnished copper. It stood in a dynamic pose on its pedestal with a spear ready to thrust, and was both a decoration and a protection against intruders.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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There will be no awakening.

The sleeping woman will feel nothing the next morning, only a vague sense of unease and the unshakable feeling that someone is watching her. Her anxiety will fade in less than a day and will soon be forgotten.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point. Most of the thousands of slaves in Endovier received similar treatment – though an extra half-dozen guards always walked Celaena to and from the mines. That was expected by Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. What she did not usually expect, however, was a hooded man in black at her side – as there was now.

Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

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I stand at the edge of the crowded square, watching the executioners light the pyres. The two men, dressed for work in red cloaks and charred leather gloves, circle the narrow wooden platforms, their lit torches held high. At the top of each pyre, four witches and three wizards stand chained to a stake, bundles of wood heaped around their feet. They stare into the crowd, determined looks on their faces.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

London, April 1878.

The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.

Mythology by Helen Boswell

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We all have secrets. Skeletons that insist on hanging around no matter how hard we try to banish them. We hope they won’t rise up and clatter their bones at the wrong times or in front of the wrong people. Of course, there are the good kind of secrets too – the ones we eventually tell the people we care about. But most of the secrets out there are the real kind, the deep and dark kind. I would know. I can see them.

One Way Fare (Null City Book 1) by Barb Taub

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1972, Seattle

Gaby’s new employee handbook was clear: missing a client appointment was an excellent way to get fired. But it didn’t say a thing about breaking and entering. She’d checked. Over the past hour, she’d knocked, called, tried the house phone, paced and automatically straightened the paintings lining the elegant hallway of Seattle’s Olympic Hotel. Despite the muted voices from within the suite, the brass-bound double doors to the Presidential Suite remained closed.

Awake at Dawn (A Shadow Falls Novel) by C.C.Hunter

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“You have to stop it, Kylie. You have to. Or this will happen to someone you love.”

The spirit’s ominous words flowed from behind Kylie Galen and mingled with the crackle and pop of the huge bonfire about fifty feet to her right. The frigid pocket of air announced the spirit’s presence loud and clear, even if the words were only for Kylie’s ears and not for the other Shadow Falls campers standing in the ceremonial circle.

Guardians of the Lost Lands (The Guardian Series Book 3) by Shelley Wilson

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Claws scratched at the cold rock just inches from his bare feet. The twisted limbs of these tormented creatures snaked through the bars of his cell as they tried to reach him. Starved and beaten, the monsters craved his blood.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to add your favourite opening line in the comments below; it doesn’t have to be YA or fantasy.

Inspirational ABBA logoExciting news! I’ve been nominated for the Most Inspirational Blogger Award 2017 at the Bloggers Bash.

The criteria is: Who consistently inspires you? Is there a blogger that’s thought provoking and inquisitive? Or perhaps they have become a muse to you with constant provision of inspirational content or imagery? Who’s the one blogger that’s touched your heart? This is the nomination for them.

I would be eternally grateful if you could throw a vote my way – link HERE

 

#FilmReview Alien: Covenant #SciFi #Horror

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It was 1979 when Ridley Scott released his first Alien movie, introducing impressionable youngsters to the joy, horror, and excitement of deep space. As a child, it was Enid Blyton who encouraged my love of fantasy, and it was Ridley Scott and also George Lucas (Star Wars) who tempted me to explore the stars.

Actress, Sigourney Weaver became a firm favourite of mine from that moment, and I loved how her character evolved throughout the films. John Hurt will always be remembered as the poor man who suffered the most brutal of deaths thanks to the organism bursting from his chest. The aliens were so frightening and fierce that the audience was filled with dread at the slightest twitch of a tail or sniff of that acid blood.

As with all the Alien movies, we expect a certain level of blood and gore, Alien: Covenant offers its fair share of this, although the brutal alien attacks we’ve come to expect (and crave) are constrained into a couple of ten-minute bursts. Yes, we see aliens bursting from various body parts in a shower of blood. Yes, we are tempted to lean over the egg as it opens up revealing the spidery bug inside. Yes, we’ve seen it all before!

After seeing the trailer for this movie, I waited eagerly for the release date. As an avid Alien fan, I wanted to see how Ridley Scott was going to shape his creation and terrify us beyond belief. I was sorely disappointed!

The trailer shows an abundance of action shots, unfortunately, the trailer shows nearly all of the action shots. There was nothing original about this film, nothing exciting or enticing. The storyline was dull, slow, and predictable and apart from the last ten minutes, the aliens looked more like melted waxworks than the terrifying beasts we know and love to hate.

If you enjoy films that explore relationships, and the dynamics of people living and working in close proximity then you may enjoy Alien: Covenant. If you are looking for an action packed film with fun and quirky characters, plenty of explosions and moments that take your breath away then this isn’t that film.

A couple of people walked out of the cinema before the end, and I really wanted to join them, however, in the interests of my review I stuck it out to the bitter end!

I had high hopes for this film, but it didn’t deliver.

Film Blurb:

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

#FridayBookShare Atlantia by Ally Condie #YA

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a while and only recently managed to start it – so far, I’m loving it! If you want to know more about Ally Condie’s books you can follow her on Twitter @allycondie

First line/s

My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd the pews of the nave.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

Set within a civilization that lives deep beneath the sea, twin sisters, Rio and Bay, are about to make the most important decision of their lives.

Will they choose to stay Below, sacrificing their soul but living in happiness, or to go Above, keeping their soul but living in weakness and misery.

No one could have predicted their choice.

Introduce the main characterRio is confused, dedicated, and scared

Delightful Design

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Audience appeal Perfect choice for fans of YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Dystopian.

Your favourite line/scene

She’s here.

Maire.

My mother’s sister.

The siren woman some people call a witch.

The one I think might have killed my mother.

How else to explain her crumpled figure on Maire’s doorstep? Or why Maire never said anything, never offered a single word of explanation as to why my mother might have come to her?

“Maire wouldn’t have killed her,” Bay said, when I told her about my suspicions. “A sister couldn’t do that.”

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Guest Spot – Meet @lelamarkham #SciFi #Fantasy Author #TuesdayBookBlog

It’s my pleasure to introduce, Lela Markam, fantasy and sci-fi author on to my blog today for a chat about her new book, and gathering inspiration from the headlines. Over to Lela…

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born, raised and chose to live in Alaska. I’ve travelled, but this is home and an adventure like none other. It’s the one place I’ve been in the world where you can live in a modern city and be out in the deep woods with the man-eating animals with only a half-hour drive.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had all sorts of different ideas. My dad was a chef and my mother was a diner waitress. I knew I didn’t want to do THAT for a living. I studied to be a journalist and was a reporter for the town newspaper for a while.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Guest Spot – Meet @lelamarkham #SciFi #Fantasy Author #TuesdayBookBlog”

#FridayBookShare Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson #SciFi #Fantasy

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine: Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson #SciFi #Fantasy”

#TuesdayBookBlog Meet #SciFi Author, Arthur Doweyko (@aweyken)

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I am delighted to have sci-fi author, Arthur Doweyko on my blog today talking about his latest book, As Wings Unfurl, flying like Superman, and the joy of writing science fiction.

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born in Aldershot, England and spent early years in London. My family moved to New Jersey where I spent most of my youth.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A high school vocational test indicated I had an aptitude for both science and art. I followed my father’s advice to pursue a career in science, but kept art (painting and writing) close by.

List three words to describe yourself.

Creative, scientist, artist.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

I don’t think my life is interesting enough for a movie. Having said that, there are a number of misadventures that I did get into and for some reason Benedict Cumberbatch comes to mind.

What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

I don’t eat while writing. I don’t listen to music either. I lock myself away in my man cave and crawl out when exhausted. (I do love raisinets while watching movies).

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Flying. I always wanted to fly like Superman, and not just for the thrill of it. I wanted to catch crooks and save damsels in distress.

 

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The Sensible Side:

Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing?  What do you do when you’re not writing?)

I wrote short stories in high school. I used to pass out type-written booklets during trig class. There has always been within me a strong urge to share a vision or a story. I get a real kick when a reader’s eyes light up.  I’ve been a scientist for most of my life and most of my writing was aimed at producing a non-fictional (I hoped) report or paper or chapter. Since retiring recently, I now spend most of my time unleashing the stories that have floated around in my head for years. I teach college chemistry as an adjunct faculty at a state college.

Where did the inspiration for As Wings Unfurl come from?

Inspiration is tough to define, and even tougher to pin point an origin for. My best guess is that the idea came from the melding of at least two experiences. In parochial school I had just learned about guardian angels, and one morning on the way to school I was sure one of those winged creatures saved my life. I even argued with a nun about it. The Vietnam War produced thousands of altered lives, men broken in body and spirit. When they returned home, they were generally despised. We’ve forgotten how bad that was. So there you have it. A dejected amputee veteran, addicted to morphine encounters an angel who needs his help to save humanity. Of course, she’s not really an angel. I figured it was time for a Vietnam vet to be a hero.

What do you like most about writing science fiction?

The sky’s the limit … actually there are no limits. It’s a genre that is quick to absorb all others. It serves as a creative platform, offering up make believe worlds, people and civilizations.

—a perfect backdrop for highlighting character arcs, and zooming though the most wondrous plot arcs.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Gratuitous sex and violence. We get enough of that on the nightly news.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead characters?

Although Angela is capable of looking like anything he/she wishes to model, in the story, this alien creature takes on the form of a 20-something beautiful brunette. So, I checked out a few listings of up and coming actresses in that age range and five names percolated up: Victoria Justice, Cara Develingne, Elizabeth Olsen, Mia Wasikowska, and Emily Ratajkowski. They all have the strong facial features I envisioned for Angela. My top choice would be Elizabeth Olsen because she pulled off dynamic and strong roles in recent SFF films. For Apple, I’d pick an actor who has had some experience playing offbeat roles. Perhaps someone like Robert Adamson, Robbie Amell, Brenton Thwaites, or Miles Teller. I’d prefer a rugged face and physique …maybe Robbie or Miles. (Fabulous choices!)

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part in writing is the research. It’s probably why folks are always telling you to write about what you know. In the case of As Wings Unfurl, I needed to do quite a bit of exploring. What were the trains/subways available to/from NJ and NY in 1979? What’s the most likely look for Big Foot or a Yeti? What was the most common version of a leg prosthetic? What does the inside of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral look like? Some of these bits came from first-hand experience, most others are references (thank God for Google).

Can you give us a brief excerpt from As Wings Unfurl?

Jason, a private eye, faces off with a mysterious woman visitor in his office

A sharp pain stabbed at his right hand. He jerked it up, leaving a trail of bright-red oval droplets along the doorjamb. His eyes widened. The tip of his right forefinger was gone. Squealing half in anger and half in terror, he pinched the bloody stub with his other hand.  “Bitch! What the hell?”

His eyes darted to his desk. The Smith and Wesson might as well have been a thousand miles away. He didn’t see a knife. His knees began shaking.

“Jason, calm down. Tell me where the negatives are, and this unpleasantness will end.” She held up his fingertip, wiggled it at him, and tossed it into her mouth.

What can we expect from you in the future? 

I am currently putting the finishing touches on my latest project, Henry The Last.  An early version of the manuscript has been rated 5-stars by Readers Favorite and is a Finalist in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award competition held annually in Orlando, FL. Henry is a Lakota Sioux native American. He is also an android entirely made of metal, plastic, tubes and wires, except for one little thing, his human brain. An asteroid strike and a viral outbreak that followed left few humans alive — those that were lucky to have their brains encased in impervious titanium skulls. At least that’s what the news said. Henry will discover the truth, but in no easy way. He, his ghost of a wife, a robot aide and an unusual visitor will take a roller-coaster ride through a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

The best way to get in touch is to visit my web site: www.ArthurMDoweyko.com

You can also access a number of my short stories there.

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/@aweyken

Website: http://www.arthurmdoweyko.com/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2c4vWlv

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30236739-as-wings-unfurl

As Wings Unfurl

By Arthur M. Doweyko

Genre: Science Fiction

Applegate Bogdanski returns from Vietnam with a missing leg, a Purple Heart, and an addiction to morphine. He stumbles through each day, looking forward to nothing and hoping it will arrive soon. When he attempts to thwart a crime, he is knocked unconscious and wakes up to discover that people are once again calling him a hero, though he feels undeserving of the praise.

Apple returns to work and meets Angela, a mysterious woman who claims to be his guardian. Immediately, he feels a connection to her, which morphs into an attraction. But he soon discovers that Angela is much more than she seems.

Apple and Angela are swept up in a conspiracy that stretches through time and space. Together, they must fight to save everything they hold dear from an alien race bent on destroying humanity.

Author Bio

After retiring in 2009, Arthur M. Doweyko took up writing fiction. His novel Algorithm garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award. He has also published a number of short stories, many of which have been selected as Finalists in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest, and two Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

Arthur was awarded the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for his contribution to the discovery of Sprycel, a novel anti-cancer drug successfully brought to the marketplace in 2009. He has authored over one hundred publications (papers, abstracts, patents, book chapters) and has been an invited lecturer in a number of drug-discovery and computational venues.

Arthur lives in Florida with the love of his life, Lidia. When he’s not writing, he’s happily wandering the beaches.

#FridayBookShare The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey #YA #SciFi

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel.

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Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. Be sure to like, comment, and share other participants posts. Continue reading “#FridayBookShare The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey #YA #SciFi”