Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Contest!!!

I've known for a few months now that I wanted to do a giveaway in December. And while I normally do my giveaways nice and simple by just asking for a comment to be left, this one is gonna be a bit different. And I'm excited!

Here's the deal: I looove first lines. I love reading them, I love crafting them, I love being envious of other's first lines, I love reading first lines out loud, I love to eat them for breakfast I just really love first lines! And so for this, my first Christmas giveaway, I'd like to read some first lines from you all. But....with a catch. In order to win one of these books*:

Winter is for Snow by Robert Neubecker
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

I would like you to craft a first line that includes two of the holiday/wintery words that I've compiled in the list below. And you can make any of the plural words singular, or vice versa, to fit your needs. Then in order to be entered into the contest, all you have to do is leave your first line in the comments. Here are the words:

snow
reindeer
mistletoe
tinsel
ornament
hot chocolate
star
ice skates
menorah
gingerbread
lights 
elf
wrapping paper
dreidel
sleigh ride
frost
presents
candy canes
snowman
mittens
carols
stocking
icicle

I will then pick the first line that I love the best and eat it for breakfast send you one of the above picture books. And to make it merrier, I've invited my critique partner, Kimberly G. Giarratano, to pick the second winner(her novel, Grunge Gods & Graveyards, will be published by Red Adept Publishing in 2014).

Hi, Kimberly! 

So what do you all say? Are you ready to feed my addiction of first lines? =) The contest will be open for six days-- from today, December the 1st, to December 6th, with the winners announced on December 7th. And if you've any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section. Craft away, craft away, craft away all!!! ;)

* Unfortunately, this contest will only be open to those residing in the U.S. due to postage costs. I'm sorry if this excludes anyone from the fun. *apology hugs*

Footnote: Forgot to mention that the first lines can be in any category: YA, MG, romance, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, etc. Whatever you feel like writing about, write! Though please keep it clean, of course. =)

54 comments:

  1. My brain is too tired right now to compose a 1st line but it's a great idea and the books look so wintery and cute!

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    1. Thanks! My fav is Bear Stays Up. It's a really cute series, and the woodland animal illustrations are so good.

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  2. I'm super stoked to participate!

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  3. In honor of a real event that happened this weekend:

    "The elf who wasn't an elf snuck along the dark street, a bag of presents in her hand."

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    1. This line definitely makes me curious! As well as curious about the real events that happened... I hope no one stole anything from you! =(

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    2. Oh - quite the reverse. Someone stole (or possibly accidentally took) something from someone else, and I was fixing it...in a way that I only later learned was going to be attributed to supernatural forces.

      (A friend's box of holiday supplies disappeared from a shared storage space. Learning this, I put together a package of spare supplies and snuck it over to her house late at night. I later learned that she'd told her kids, jokingly, that maybe a holiday fairy would come by and replace the missing stuff. So when the kids found the package in the morning, their first thought was that it was from an elf! (So in a way, the elf was real...because *I* was the elf.)

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    3. Aw, sweet story! Glad it was a good real life happening. =)

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  4. What fun! Here's my first line:
    As the star atop the Christmas tree began to tip and topple, Poppy Sugarsnap, an elf with great courage and much dexterity, used two candy canes to rapidly scale the fir tree.

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    1. Poppy Sugarsnap? Now that is a name, lol!

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  5. OK sure, why not? :) Here's a go at something:

    Stomping the snow off her shoes, Emily stepped into the cold, dark house, and remembered the last time she had come through this doorway, when the smell of her mother's gingerbread and the sounds of her family in the kitchen had drawn her forward.

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    1. This evokes lovely Christmas memories! But why is the house now cold and dark? Poor Emily... She can come to my house for Christmas. =) Though I've never baked a piece of gingerbread in my life!

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    2. I guess it's the first line to a very melancholy story. I've never written any fiction, so who knows!

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  6. Okay, off the top of my head, here's my first line:

    I knew Christmas was off to a bad start when the mall elf started chasing me around the food court holding mistletoe above his head.

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    1. Lol! Elves are so cute, but I don't know if I'd want to kiss one.

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    2. I'm laughing out loud! I want to read that book!

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  7. Keep it clean? You've made an enemy for life, Le&ndra!

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    1. I bet you're plotting The Zombie Christmas Story. Instead of a beebee gun, Ralphie wants braaaaaains.

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    2. Dang it, Stephen. So no Christmas presents for me, huh?

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  8. First lines are so my favorite, too! Okay, here goes a random attempt:

    The morning should have dawned over the fresh snow, frost sparkling on the tree branches, but the icicle last night made sure dawn never came.

    Okay, yeah, random... :)

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  9. I have to say these first lines are making me wish these books were actually written.

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  10. I knew there was going to be trouble when I saw snow, but when Jeff pulled out the mistletoe, his cheeks bursting with a mischievous smile, dread morphed into two abominable snowman-sized fists and pummeled my gut.

    LOL. I first sentence and a run on. What can I say? It's too early to write. ;)

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    1. 'Abominable snowman-sized fists' That is a great wintery description! And saying it's too early to write reminds me of when I used to try and get up at 5:30 to write- all I accomplished was falling asleep over the keyboard. =/

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  11. This is an awesome idea for a contest! I'll have to put on my creativity hat and see what i can come up with

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  12. This is such a cool contest! I'm going to go back and think about mine! Ideas are already forming in my head. :)

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  13. She cupped her hands around the mug of hot chocolate and stared at the only thing of his left in the apartment, his Christmas stocking hanging from the mantle.

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    1. Sounds like someone's going to be having a blue christmas. But chocolate always helps!

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  14. What a fun contest, Leandra! Here's my first line:
    I like Christmas as much as the next girl - the lights, the candy canes, the presents - but no matter how you spin it, when your crush calls you tinsel teeth under the mistletoe, it’s nothing to celebrate.

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    1. Love it! And how dare he! I hope Kelly's elf from the food court catches up w/him. ;)

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    2. Sounds super YA --- my fave.

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  15. Sounds like a fun contest and you have some great entries already! Look forward to reading more.

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  16. Late for the Christmas Eve trek around the world the reindeers used a candy caned color wormhole to make up for lost time and deliver Santa around the world in record time.

    How's that?

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    1. Very nice- I can just see the red and white spinning hypnotically about!

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  17. What fun! Mine may be a bit out of the norm, but here goes:

    It wasn't the way the dead body was splayed on the snowy street, hair draped across its face like tinsel, but the giant candy cane stabbed into the center of its chest that made Detective Peters shake his head and say, "The holidays are murder."

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    1. Can I title this series? ;) I think it should be called The Candy Cane Murders. It's catchy, right? Though I don't think I'll be eating any candy canes this year...

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  18. "Nice try, but that's an icicle, not mistletoe," I told him, stepping backward, "no kiss for you."
    Fun contest, Leandra! And I'm excited to see your 'reading now!' I hope you like it! :)

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    1. I would really love to be kissed under some mistletoe- I never have been! Though by my husband, of course! =) And yes, I really liked it! I just finished it actually, while rocking the kidlet to sleep. Though I'm seriously a bit jealous of Abby, because Chase is so sweet and gorgeous. =/ *darn Abby* My fav line was the bit about Sydney being born with her head up and heels down- fantastic! =)

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  19. Here's my attempt. I think it'll be MG. :)

    Grouchy elf Stumbledor slipped on the wrapping paper that his wife previously asked him to put away, sending his cup of steaming hot chocolate into the air and landing on the freshly made gingerbread house his wife had labored over all day.

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    1. Oh, gumdrops! I think Stumbledor is gonna need to exit stage right and fast- his wife is not gonna be happy, lol!

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  20. the grouchy gingerbreadman had to go across the slick iced pond on his ice skates. do you want to know why? to get some icing on it. are you NOT amazed?? hahaha...

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  21. It was a bad day to be caught outside in his bathing suit, the elf thought as he stepped around an icicle dangling from his tiny house.

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    1. Brrr! I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about that scenario, lol!

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  22. When an elf cornered me under the mistletoe for a midnight kiss, I didn't think this Christmas could get any weirder, but that was just the beginning.

    Fun!! I love word prompts.

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    1. I always enjoy them, too! And I think if an elf wanted a kiss, they'd be very hard to dissuade. ;)

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  23. He handed me a hot chocolate with that smile that lights up the darkest corners of my heart, and that's when I knew we were over.

    LOVE PROMPTS and this is so fun!

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    1. Sounds like we've got a cynic here! And I mean your character, not you! =)

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  24. This sounds like fun, Leandra! I don't have a need for a picture book, so I won't muddy the contest by entering. Looks like you have quite a turn out!! Good for you!

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  25. If I began this story with gingerbread and mistletoe it might appear deceptively happy, something I'm afraid--and which you will soon learn for yourself--is simply not so.

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    1. Ooh, good one! There's a very dire tone here.

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  26. OK, I finally have my entry--this is for a chapter book:

    Meg popped two candy canes into her backpack, slipped into her jingly elf shoes, and hollered upstairs to Santa, “Bye, Dad! I’m off to school!”

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    1. Totally smiled real big when I got to the 'Bye, Dad' part. It caught me off guard! Santa as a dad- that's got to be interesting...

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