Just grab your book and share the opening lines; then find another excerpt that “teases” the reader.
Today I’m sharing again from one of my own creations. An Accidental Life is a story that begins during one long hot summer in California’s Central Valley.
Summertime is hot and dull in the Central Valley of California and four teenage girls from very different families are determined to spice it up. With a single-mindedness that foretells disaster, they push aside all the rules and explore the underbelly of valley life. Drugs, sex, alcohol, adventure, anything to challenge the norm, yet all experienced without the benefit of maturity. As the girls become increasingly uncontrollable, their mothers–from dramatically diverse social backgrounds–are forced to work together to save their daughters. Like a tornado moving across the landscape, lives are wrenched from their foundations…
Once upon a time, Karin Larson had believed in endless possibilities. In her childhood, all the adults had asked her the same question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Picturing a giant list from which she could choose, Karin had played with the task, picking out one thing or another, while watching the reaction of the grownups to help her know if her choices were right or wrong.
Much later, Karin had come to realize that selecting one thing meant giving up something else. A possibility lost…perhaps forever. Sometimes, not making any choice at all was just a different way of choosing.
Karin often wondered about those alternate paths. As a single mother and a social worker for the past fourteen years, she was a responsible and professional person. She had achieved some expertise in her field. On the surface, an observer might see her as a calm, reasonably attractive woman in her mid-to-late thirties.
So why did she wake up every morning of her life wishing she were somewhere else and anyone else?
Today was no different from any other. Karin heard the alarm and cringed. Then, to stave off the inevitable, she pretended to be on vacation in some tropical island. She could almost feel the breeze off the ocean, and the scent of suntan lotion wafted toward her. She could feel her body relaxing into the chaise lounge, while a handsome man approached with a tall, cold drink with one of those little umbrellas on top. “Mom!” Bridget’s voice interrupted her reverie with its irritatingly teenage quality, that tone that demanded immediate attention. As she pushed open the bedroom door, she continued. “I can’t find that book I’m supposed to take back today! Have you put it somewhere?” Her tone, almost accusing, brought Karin rudely back to reality.
Teaser: He watched angrily as Molly sat there in the dimness of the bar, talking to that man…that creature who had swooped in and picked her up. She was turning out to be a regular whore! That night in the bar in Clovis, and now, this. What had happened to his beautiful Molly? She was becoming someone just like all the other women who had disappointed him. He must take action, and soon!
His agitation increased, but he hovered near the edges of the pub, staying out of sight, blending into the woodwork. That was his best quality, being able to render himself virtually unnoticeable. In the end, though, they would all notice him, and then they would be sorry for everything! p. 316
What’s the verdict on this opener? Are you teased by the “teaser”? Come on by and share your thoughts. Meanwhile, I’m off to check out your snippets.