Encarta Dictionary describes HOOK as “5. something that attracts; a means of attracting or interesting somebody, especially a potential customer.”
Published and unpublished authors want to attract a potential customer (for unpublished, it’s the editor or contest judge, or both). We’ve learned the best way to do that is to draw the reader in from the beginning and to continue to draw them from scene to scene, chapter to chapter. By using hooks, we can keep our plots moving while holding the readers’ interest.
In the spirit of a blog game we’ve played before, let’s show the hook, the first sentence, from our most current WIP or our last finished manuscript or published book. Include the hook we wrote at the end of the first chapter.
Here’s mine from my latest, A Sheriff To Call Her Own…
First sentence: Sitting in a graffiti-smeared cell on a Sunday afternoon wasn’t what Molly Hicks would call a good way to end a weekend.
Last sentence: How could a simple touch bring back all the old dreams she had about a man who'd never love her?
Okay, now show me yours.