ROMANCE DWELLS WITHIN A HEART OF GOLD
Blog Hop Tour
Rainbows are the subject of old wives' tales, myths, legends and beliefs. There is the ever-popular pot of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow, the path Iris (the messenger of the gods) takes when travelling between Mt. Olympus and earth, and of course, the symbol of the promise that the earth would never again be destroyed by a flood.
That's what I want to discuss. The rainbow as a promise. A promise of new beginnings. There's nothing quite as promising as a beginning.
The beginning of the school year for me means a new group of students to get to know. And with that the promise that this will be the best year yet. One year on the first day of school, I had the pleasure of waking up to a double rainbow hanging in the horizon. It was an optimistic omen.
A wedding holds a promise of wonderful beginning of a life with the one you love.
The dawn each morning brings promise of a new day. And I am reminded of Anne Shirley's (from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables) assessment of a new day, "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
Another wonderful new beginning is the start of a book. There are so many possibilities when you sit down to read that first line.
I love the first lines of some books. They set the stage for what is to happen. A promise of an amazing adventure the author will lead you on.
Consider some of the most famous first lines of Western literature:
It was a pleasure to burn. ~ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. ~ The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Call me Ishmael. ~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good wife. ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... ~ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. ~ 1984 by George Orwell
The first lines in books are the rainbows of good reading. Here are the first lines from my books.
Sacred Ring: “Your Holiness, there has been a development at the Saint Hippolytus catacomb site.”
The Parting Gift: David Graham stood over his wife’s grave while the minister prayed.
Waltzing with the Wallflower: “Do you think it best to fight your brother so deep in your cups?” Wilde asked a foxed Ambrose.
All We See or Seem (w.i.p.): His orders lay unopened on the table.
What are your favorite first lines?
Leave a comment for me with your contact information for your chance to win a $10 gift card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble and a copy of your choice of Sacred Ring or The Parting Gift.
The winner will be chosen at random, notified, and posted on March 26th.
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Friday, March 23rd, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Sunday, March 25th, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted Monday, March 26th!
4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS & BOOK PAGES! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!
5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR & BOOK PAGE IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW THEM SOME LOVE!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!
***Authors & Book Pages have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***
Back to the Linky List.