Writing Challenge: What’s your heroine’s opening line?

If you’ve been reading our blog lately, you know we’ve been talking about strong openings and active heroines. It’s been a while since we’ve had a one-line challenge. Our last one highlighted bad boy heroes, and your opening lines were fantastic!

Our challenge this week:  What’s your active heroine’s opening line? She can be speaking  to the hero, a work partner or team, or to herself. But, give us just one line!

Post your opening line in the comments below any time between now and Sunday, June 30, 2019, and we’ll pick our Top 3 on Monday!

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  1. “Yeah, I guess I’m just confused. Who was…” she paused to ruffle through the large stack of papers that lay in front of her, locating the name of the woman who had chosen Jenny to be her sole heir, “Mae Westbrook?”

  2. Chrissie

    Speaking to a team of attorneys:
    “That’s it. I’m done!” Caitriona Byrne shoved back her chair and flipped her long hair over her shoulders. “I have better things to do than waste time over my douche-bag ex. Sorry, boys. I need a break from reality for a while. You can find me on a desert isle somewhere in Nowheresville with a margarita in hand.”

  3. Yvonne

    “I am not your ‘dove.’”
    Whatever that meant. “You weren’t supposed to be here until tomorrow morning,” I said tersely. “And stop staring. Shapeshifters usually show better manners.”

    Paranormal Romance

  4. Janine

    “What do you mean you’re not getting waxed anymore?” Ashley asked me, her tone expressing blatant disapproval.
    “Well, why should I? It’s not like anyone’s going south these days.” I blurted out before giving it a second thought.
    Normally un-shockable, Ashley’s stunned expression had me biting back a smile. I peeked at her while I fished out my bank card and did my best to not burst out laughing, enjoying that I’d been able to stun her to silence.

  5. Elle Marlow

    Waylon scrambled into his pants his fingers fumbling with the buckle. “Point that scrap iron someplace else, you crazy bitch.”
    Tucson swallowed a chuckle as she purposely traveled her gaze over Waylon’s body. “If I wanted to shoot a worm, it’d already be on the floor.”

  6. Jeriann Fisher

    “Bold women seize the opportunity to make empowered choices that enrich their lives and I am a bold woman.” (Emma is debating with herself about greeting the hunk staying at the vacation cabin next door.)

  7. Danielle U.

    “Excuse me, sir. If you don’t remove your hand from my ass, I will remove it for you.” Ameila Hill was fed up with this behavior from men. If one more tried that, she will personally make sure they never touch her or another woman again.

  8. Linda Fix

    She quietly crouched in the basement, clutching the fly swatter in her hand. It was the only thing she could find as a weapon. How could she have been stupid enough to leave the front door unlocked? she counted the steps as he descended, and once she saw the back of his head she lunged forward slapping him as hard as she could with the fly swatter. He turned around to face her, a confused expression on his face.
    “Creative, but not very effective.” He replied, frowning.
    ” Don’t be so sure,” she quiped back, her arm extended forward like she was holding a pistol.

  9. Velnita Brooks

    Inhaling the scent of freshly baked bread, Maddie Harper pressed a hand to her middle. Her stomach rumbled, reminding her almost a full day had passed since her last meal.

  10. Lia Fairchild

    The ridges on the stark white ceiling blurred from my intense stare as I listened to the steady, even breaths coming from the body next to me. He wasn’t a bad guy. Just an idiot.

  11. Leonie

    “Je rencontre Monsieur Peretz.”
    Rony crossed her arms over her chest and tapped her foot. Monsieur Peretz indeed. It wasn’t the first time a business associate had assumed she was a man, but it rankled. This dinner was already an irritation, a wrinkle in her plans.

  12. Senya paused beside the dog’s bed and leaned down to rub behind his left ear and he whined in his sleep.
    “You’re safe, Albert. Puppy’s safe,” she whispered, and he settled.
    Straightening, she glared at the clear barrier which ran the peremeter of the balcony. How had the Jack Russell terrier made it through the two inch gap to fall twenty-five feet?

    Opening paragraph of my WIP, romantic suspense.

  13. Cat Hobson

    “Too late,” complained the younger woman, holding out her arms, showing the underarm perspiration stains on her crisp, white linen short. “Have I told you how much I hate August?”

  14. Andra Ashe

    “Enjoying the view?” An amused, languid voice questioned while the woman continued to bend over a large bag on the floor, a curtain of blonde waves obscuring her face.

  15. Angela Hamm

    Outrunning a determined repo man wasn’t how Kira had planned to end her day but she was always up for a challenge, and too broke to lose her car, so she slammed her foot down on the gas–hard.

  16. Mary Cooper

    The antagonist who has all kinds of ulterior motives is begging Olivia for a date.

    He was nice to look at, in a yuppie kind of way and I could use a little diversion before I went back to the never-ending job of tweaking my portfolio. “One cup of cocoa.”

  17. Susan Edkins

    Leaning against the broken-down stable door, Lizzie shrugged her aching shoulders and lifted her face to the sky as she watched the sun set on her childhood.

  18. Candace Ferrous clamped her lips tightly together and stifled the urge to call “so long suckers,” as she slammed through the swing door and collided with the unforgiving mass of muscle and bone that had just got her fired.
    “You!”

  19. Kimberly Mintz

    Another Tuesday in paradise, if the concept of paradise included auto-dialers and shared headsets, while God-only-knows-what writhed around in the foam ear cushion.

  20. Maggie

    “If I knew that’s how you look. I wouldn’t have hooked up with you last night,” he said furious.
    She opened her mouth shocked. “So you really thought my purple eyelids and lips are pure nature creation…well…dam…if I knew you were this stupid I wouldn’t hooked up with you either.”

  21. Somehow, marrying a complete stranger on live television did not scare Marnie Larue half as bad as knowing that she was about to meet her famous in-laws for the first time during the reception.

  22. “I’ll stay.” He turned to face the frail looking young woman as she spoke, a light of determination shining in her eyes, “No matter what the others do, I’ll stay.”

  23. “Hello, this is Fairy Detective Chief Inspector Bloom, out of Hastings, looking to hire the gargoyle assassin who murdered me at London King’s Cross Station last July — yes, I’ll hold.”

  24. Kathryn

    “Wow, what?” Jenny asked, and fixed him with an angry glare.
    “Now,” he repeated.
    “Yeah,” she retorted. “You told me to get ready.”
    “So?”
    “And then you said, “WOW.”
    “I meant now,” he yelled, straining to make himself heard over the roar of the small plane. She was right to be angry. You couldn’t parachute into forest cover for a rescue mission and make mistakes.
    There was no way to explain it, except that when he was with her, his heart raced like a moving train and working with her was, you know, wow.

  25. Patience Bloom

    Thank you all for your wonderful contributions! They were great fun to read. Our top three–actually top four–are from Saska Shepherd, Yvonne, Lia Fairchild, and Steph! Lovely intros to your active heroines. –Patience

  26. Miss Syl

    I quietly pushed back my seat and rose, looking her in the eye, and said, “i pity you Jacqueline, I really do. You have too much venom in your heart that it blinds you from seeing things right in front of you. You may say anything you want about me, but I warn you, never include dad because you never knew him and probably never will “.With that I left, to find solitude.