First Line Friday — Mel from Redemption

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words / 2 Comments

First-Line-Friday-ASToday I’m sharing the first line(s) from Mel’s POV, one of the main characters of Redemption. Since I’m in the middle of writing, certain things might change, but here’s a general idea of what it’s all about.

RedemptionThey say you can never go back.

Eight years ago, Ian Anderson left Minneapolis and swore he’d never return, not when half the city still believes he killed his wife. But with his stint in the Air Force over and his uncle’s health failing, he buys a house and settles in, determined to discover who really committed the murder.

They say to love your neighbor.

Melanie Johnston likes her quiet life, with a good — if sometimes exhausting — job and big dreams, even if her family doesn’t quite get it. When Ian moves in next door, she finds it difficult to reconcile the gruesome murderer with her sweet neighbor who charms her nephew — and her.

They say the truth shall set you free.

When Melanie’s inadvertently put in the cross-hairs of an attempt on Ian’s life, she ignores all the well-intentioned advice aimed at her and dives into the investigation with Ian. The deeper they dig, the more someone doesn’t want them finding out the truth.

What begins as a chance of redemption turns into a fight for their lives.

Ready? READY!

Melanie Johnston struggled to keep her eyes open. Her nephew Jase had tipped his head to watch one of the many planes that flew over her neighborhood in South Minneapolis. To her, it was background noise. To him, it was a wondrous and magical occurrence.

Every. Single. Time.

Four-year-olds could cure many aliments, including the irritability brought on by a lack of sleep. While Jase followed the plane’s path across the sky, Mel’s eyes tracked to the fence separating her yard from her neighbor’s.

Her new neighbor.

Her new neighbor who was once accused, then acquitted, of murdering his wife. Ian Anderson.

Bonus: you can check out my Pinterest board for the series inspiration.

For more great first lines, check out Kelly Apple.

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