November’s M/M First Line Quiz and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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November’s M/M First Line Quiz

Today is our second First Line in Novels Quiz, the first was October.  As I said back in my October 11th blog (you know the one with the answers to the month’s quiz), we need that all important first line to do its job. We need that line to pull us in, to set a tone and even impart a little about the story to follow.  That’s a huge load for one sentence to carry and yet some first lines  do it so well that we can’t get them out of our heads, quoting them in conversations, even if partially. “It was the best of  times, it was the worst of times…”. There is more to that first line from Charles Dickens’  ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, but rarely is it heard.  And how many times do you hear people saying “Call me Ishmael”.  Do you think they know it came as the first line from Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’? I wonder if we will hear it said in the new movie coming out? If I read you the line

Anyhow, I combed through my books (as did some of my reviewers) and we found more first lines from some of our favorite M/M stories and here they are below.  I wonder if even their authors would recognize their own first lines? Hmmm.  How well did these lines do their job?  Do you want to read these books?  Did you read these books?

Contest Details:

Answers in 2 weeks.  The winner who correctly gives us all or the most correct answers will get a $10 Amazon gift card.  Thinking hats on.  Start thumbing through the Kindles and novels, get your friends to help.  Who recognizes these first sentences and books? Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Contest ends at midnight on Saturday, November 28th.  Send your answers to There will be a time and date on them so I will know who will be first.

November’s M/M First Line Quiz

  1. “AND NOW, I will tell you of my plans to take over the Kingdom,” the evil wizard and total douchebag Lartin the Dark Leaf said with a cackle.”
  2. “A PERSISTENT, annoying sound kept infiltrating my mind.”
  3. “I WONDERED if praying that she wouldn’t pull out of this episode made me a terrible son.”
  4. It was like those old Choose Your Own Adventure novels.
  5. “My father always told me, If I’m gone for three days, call the police.”
  6. I didn’t like lying to my friends, but it was necessary.”
  7. Running naked through the woods was exactly what Dylan Green needed.”
  9. “IT WAS cold outside. It was really cold. Freezing cold.”
  10. “MUSIC was his companion.”
  11. “I was treated as a curiosity by this group of Irishmen.”
  12. “BEFORE MY LIFE WENT SUDDENLY pear-shaped, and I slunk, tail tucked between my legs, into a shitty, crowded pub, I had been sober for three… almost four years.”
  13. “Four o’clock in the morning wasn’t a good time to be thinking about torture.”
  14. “By nightfall, he was begging to die.”


falls leaves 2And now onto our schedule this week and the countdown to Thanksgiving.

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, November 15:

  • November’s M/M First Line Quiz and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, November 16:

  • Karen Stivuli’s  ‘Moment of Silence’ cover reveal and giveaway
  • Release Day for Perie Wolford’s Jimmy’s Erotic Adventure In Time And Space Continuum (Episode 1)
  • Cover Reveal for Uniform: A Man in Uniform M/M Bundle (contest)
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with J. Johanis ‘ Dream Gods (guest post, excerpt, contest)
  • A Mika Review: Exchange of Heart by N.R. Walker
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Minotaur by J.A. Rock
  • A PaulB Review: Curling Up With His Critter (A Loving Nip #7) by Charlie Richards

Tuesday, November 17:

  • Early Bird’s Book Look: Secret of the Manor by Taylin Clavelli (excerpt and giveaway)
  •  An Inside Look at Y-Negative by Kelly Haworth (guest post and contest)
  • A  Special Look at Havan Fellows & Lee Brazil ‘Heart on the Run (guest post, excerpt and giveaway)
  • Lynn Lorenz Keep Me In Mind tour and contest
  • A Stella Review:Betting on Forever by Felice Stevens
  • A Paul B Review: Stranger in the Wizard’s Tower by Deric McNish

Wednesday, November 18:

  • A New Press Comes On Line ~ The Launch of NineStar Press (an inside peak)
  • A Closeup Look at ‘A Home for the Holidays’ by Joe Cosentino (giveaway)
  • Book Spotlight: Grein Murray’s ‘I Have You’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • M.D. Grimm’s ‘Emerald: Good and Evil’ book blast and contest
  • A MelanieM Review: With This Bling by LB Gregg
  • A Sammy Review: Better the Devil You Know by Bey Deckard

Thursday, November 19:

  • Getting Into the Season with Jay Northcote’s ‘What Happens At Christmas’ book blast and contest
  •  Coffee Sip and Book Break with Jessie G. ‘Strength in Numbers’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Author Discovery: Sera Trevor
  • An Ali Review:  Owner of a Lonely Heart by Mel Bossa
  • A MelanieM Review: A Gentle Kind of Strength by Kendall McKenna

Friday, November 20:

  • Thianna Durston ‘959 Brenton Street’ book blast and contest
  • RJ Scott Sanctuary 8 Book Release Tour and contest
  • Heidi Cullinan Book tour Winter Wonderland book tour
  • Review Redux:  MelanieM Review:  Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
  • A Mika Review-The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino

Saturday, November 21:

  • A MelanieM NA Review: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon







By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


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