Tomorrow's the big day. I'll conduct my scientific selection of the winner of the box of mysteries and thrillers and then will post an announcement here.
U.S. residents may enter up to midnight tonight (Mountain Time). The list of books I'm giving away and the giveaway rules are in my February 7th post.
Let's look at first sentences for five of these novels:
From The Doomsday Key by James Rollins.
"The ravens were the first sign."
The Witch of Agnesi by Robert Spiller
"Thursday was shaping up into one of those days that made Bonnie Pinkwater wish for a dart gun, the kind used to put rhinos, or in this case teenagers, to sleep."
From Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
"I got there too late to save Jerome Santana."
From Isabella Moon by Laura Benedict
"Kate was surprised when the stern-looking young woman at the duty desk told her to take a seat instead of just asking her name and sending her on her way when she announced, in a voice she could barely keep from shaking, that she knew where they could find the body of Isabella Moon."
From To Hell in a Handbasket by Beth Groundwater
"Claire Hanover's knees slammed up toward her chest."
When I'm in a library or bookstore, and I take a random book off the shelf, I'm influenced by the author's name if it's someone I've heard of, the cover art, the front flap synopsis, and the first sentence.
If you're just browsing with nothing special in mind, what makes you buy a book or check it out of the library?