Welcome Wednesday – Favorite Lines

Welcome Wednesday – Favorite Lines

Welcome to this week’s edition of Welcome Wednesdays!

It’s another easy theme this week – give us a great line/paragraph from one of your books.  Something funny, something clever, something heartbreaking – anything you especially love, share it with us!  And please be sure to leave a link so we can learn more about you and your book…

I’ll begin…

This is from FINDERS KEEPERS, book one of the Jane Barnaby Adventures…

Before this whole business with the artifacts had started, if he’d been offered the opportunity to spend the night in a hotel room near Paris with a pretty American girl who also happened to be a little bit crazy, he would have leapt at the chance.  He’d have said, “Sign me up, mate!  What could possibly go wrong?”

He had his answer now.


Now it’s your turn!  Tell us all about your fictional world and be sure to leave a link so we can learn more about you!

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7 Replies to “Welcome Wednesday – Favorite Lines”

  1. Thanks, James, for this opportunity! I have an upcoming new release on September 29 that is available for pre-order NOW. It’s a contemporary romance/women’s fiction called The Phoenix Syndrome.

    Turning 40 for Lannie Marvin is rough. She finds out her husband is leaving her, then gets bitten by a mouse in the research lab where she works. Lannie goes a little crazy, taking off to chase after an old dream and a new crush: the drummer of a heavy metal band. After the concert, her brother teases her about running off with one of the roadies. She quips,

    “To hell with the roadies. If I’m going to run off, it will definitely be with that yummy drummer.”

    And she does just that 🙂

    Book Trailer

  2. I have published some books of my translations of Scandinavian medieval ballads … These are long narrative songs of typically 30 or so verses, and were a way of storytelling. I will share with you a couple of verses that I particularly enjoy.

    The first is from the ballad Heming and the Mountain Troll, in Warrior Lore. The old woman in the verse is a mountain troll who has just discovered that the girl she was holding captive in her lair has escaped. She gives chase …

    The old woman ran from the mountain blue,
    Across the sunless heath,
    And where the trees in the forest grew,
    She stooped to come beneath.

    Warrior Lore: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K3W7E36/

    This next verse is from the ballad Steinfinn Fefinnson, in The Faraway North, again featuring a troll, this time up on a dark moorland called Skome Heath. Our hero has just begun shooting arrows at the troll, but at first she mistakes the arrows that hit her for stinging snow crystals blown in the wind …

    It’s cold up here on Skome Heath,
    When the wind from the sea does blow.
    Sharp are all these giants’ teeth,
    That gust from the drifted snow.

    The Faraway North: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GSFB0K4/

  3. “Any’ow,” said Jenno. “Yew don’t ‘ave ter go ter no church ter know wot’s immoral. Wot’s immoral, is when yew ‘urt somebody or somefink on purpose. Oi ain’t ‘urtin’ yew none, if’n Oi tell yew where yer cart is. An’ it don’t ‘urt nobody else neither, so long as JJ don’t find out it were me wot told yew.”

    “Gang Territory” Chapter 17. http://www.peterstjohn.net/index_2.htm

  4. Thank you, James!

    Here’s the end of a scene early in Leaders, Book 3 in the Twin-Bred saga. I’m redacting the character’s name, which would be a significant spoiler for the earlier books. (BTW, Book 1, Twin-Bred, is permafree on Amazon US and various other retailers.)


    Time to live or to die.

    The nearer guard unlocked the shackles and gathered up the slack of the chain in his lower hands. The small, almost odorless candle given to prisoners flickered feebly. As the guards tugged him along, [Character] resisted for a moment and blew as hard as he could at the candle, snuffing it out. Then he swaggered toward the door to meet his fate.


    Links for Twin-Bred (Book 1): http://www.karenawyle.net/buy_twinbred.html

  5. My book, “The Girl from Nip ‘n’ Tuck,” is a humorous autobiography describing my thirty-three years of teaching experiences in the public schools in Louisiana. The basic theme of the book is that I set out into the world in search of two things: the ideal job and the perfect man. I soon learn that finding either one of these is no easy task. The book has received all five-star ratings on Amazon except for one four-star rating. Some have labeled it as “a must read for all teachers or anyone thinking about going into teaching as a profession.”

    Quote from the book: Dianne was past being frustrated. She was almost desperate. The window of opportunity for finding any kind of teaching job was closing fast. Life wasn’t supposed to be this way. You went to college; you graduated; you got a job. That was the natural order of things, but things weren’t working out for her.

  6. Thank you James, Here’s a teaser from my summer fantasy release, Windmaster.

    Ellspeth stared out the circle of small windows and memorized every detail of the island’s rocky shore. I’ve been here less than a sevenday. So why do I already ache at the thought of leaving? The answer gave no solace. It’s because this island is the soul home to all wizards. But I cannot be a wizard and be captain of Sea Falcon.

    Links for Windmaster , Excerpts buy links

  7. This is the first sentence of The Plot to Save Socrates –

    “She ripped the paper in half, then ripped the halves, then ripped what was left, again, into bits and pieces of history that could have been….”

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