First Line Friday — More Redemption!

Posted December 18, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words / 1 Comment


Sometimes when you’re writing, you create a character who just sort of… makes you laugh. In Redemption, that’s Hal. (Whose name will probably change, although his personality won’t.) Unrequited feelings are tough, but Hal doesn’t let that stop him from attempting to “romance” Mel.

I’m still in the process of edits, so that means things might change, but here’s a general idea of what Redemption is 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.

Are you ready for Hal? Hal’s certainly ready for you.

Hal sauntered his way to the bar and hitched himself up.

“Hey babe.”

Mel forced herself to nod. “Hal.”

They stared at each other.

“Aren’t you going to ask me what I want?”

“No.” Because he’d give her a long perusal and say You in what he thought was a sexy voice. “You’re on duty.”

His lips turned down into a pout. “What if what I want isn’t a drink?”

“Then you came to the wrong place.”

He leaned forward. “I want you.”

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

For more great first lines, check out Kelly Apple and Christi Snow.

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