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Sunday, September 11th, 2005
1:06a - Best Ironic Last Line in a 2005 Light Summer Romance
Nora Roberts in The Law Is a Lady:
Besides, you'll never make it stick.

Rest of the contenders (unranked)

Marisa Carroll in Gathering Place:
"The Grand Hotel," Tyler replied with an expansive wave of his hand. "And don't spare the horses."

Barbara Delinsky in Flirting With Pete:
Life was good.

Kathleen Eagle in Carved In Stone: (Next to last sentence.)
"I leave that problem in your inventive hands."

Jude Deveraux in Wild Orchids:
But then, from the first, Jackie had been able to make me laugh.

Jacqueline Diamond in ***:
They had come home at last, together.

Linda Howard in The Cutting Edge:
Not only was her life safe in his hands, but also her love.

Johanna Lindsey in A Gentle Feuding:
"If you dinna, Jamie MacKinnion, I'll be greatly disappointed, and no mistake."

Penny Jordan in Equal Opportunities:
She couldn't wait to see his face when she told him their news.

Brenda Novak in Dear Maggie:
"That I can't live without you." (Actually, I'd have to change the title for this to have won. It is a FRAGMENT)

Heather Graham Pozzessere in And One Rode West:
She had finally come home.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Apache Summer:
"Wherever I decree they are most useful, Miss Donnelly."

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Dark Stranger:
And Texas could wait just a little while longer.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Dead on the Dance Floor:
(Next to the last paragraph) And like everything else that night, it was beautiful beyond belief.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Down in New Orleans:
(Other than my normal irritation with her paragraphing needlessly and using sentence fragments.)
From somewhere, a jazz trumpet played its melody into the night.

And the smell of chicory wafted on the air.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Dying to Have Her:
And hand in hand, they walked from the graveyard and back to the streets of the city that was teeming with life. (Actually, I prefer this one without either and)

Heather Graham Pozzessere in For All of her Life:
And indeed...
...it was the prime of life.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Haunted:
And life, she knew, was very, very good.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Never Sleep With Strangers:
He was exactly where he wanted to be.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in **:
It was midnight and there was moonlight.
And it was time for...
Night moves.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Rides a Stranger:
The war was more than over. Peace had truly begun.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Rides a Stranger:
(Third sentence from the end of the Epilogue) She had been right -- she had been ever so right.

Heather Graham Pozzessere in Tempestuous Eden:
Think that will keep him smiling?

Nora Roberts in The Best Mistake:
"I like the sound of that... I like it a lot."

Nora Roberts in Captive Star:
Perfect fit.

J.D. Robb in Conspiracy of Death
"Shut up, Peabody."

Nora Roberts in Dance to the Piper:
"You're so right."

Nora Roberts in Dance Upon the Air:
"No, I don't think so at all."

Nora Roberts in Dual Image:
"How many is implied by the rest?

Her laughter was free and breezy. "Pick a number."

Nora Roberts in chapter one of For Now, Forever:
He'd only just begun...

Nora Roberts in Gabriel's Angel:
And she finally belonged.

Nora Roberts in Hidden Star:
He hoped he could arrange for them all to die poetically.

Nora Roberts in *:
"Welcome home."

Nora Roberts in Impulse:
"When do you want to leave?"

Nora Roberts in The Last Honest Woman:
"I'd hate to see you try to stop him."

Nora Roberts in Lessons Learned:
"It's never stopped."

Nora Roberts in Local Hero:
"I'd love it. I'd absolutely love it."

Nora Roberts in Partners:
(The female character, not known for her cooking prowess, has taken a stab at preparing supper for the first time.)
"I haven't thanked you for saving my life."

"No."..."What'd you have in mind?"

"Doing the same for you." She grinned at him. "We're eating out."

Nora Roberts in The Perfect Neighbor:
Then she was laughing as he swung her off her feet, spinning her in dizzy circles.

Nora Roberts in Secret Star:
"And now," he said quietly, "it begins."

Nora Roberts in Skin Deep:
"Very, very short."

Nora Roberts in Summer Desserts:
"We shouldn't let it get flat." (Next to the last line.)

Nora Roberts in Untamed:
"Is tomorrow soon enough?"

Nora Roberts in Without a Trace:
"We'll make one together."

Veronica Sattler in Jesse's Lady:
"It doesn't happen very often, mon amour, but when it does -- you are right -- it is truly something worth seeing!"

Dallas Schultz in Cullen's Child:
The shadows were gone. All that was left was love.

Jan Cox Speas in My Love, My Enemy:
"Just so, ma'am."

Daniel Steel in Lone Eagle:
The dance was over, but it would never end.

Cathy Gillen Thacker in An Unexpected Family:
She just knew it.

Gayle Wilson in The Heart's Desire:
"... I do so like the sound of that."

And he found he also liked the sound of the laughter echoing through the room, a sound he hadn't heard here in far too many years.

* Removed because the book's title, Home For Christmas, reduces the line to something quite pedestrian, to me.

** Removed because the book's title, Night Moves; a spoiler for the last line of the quote.

*** I only like this line when NOT considered with the book's title, as otherwise, it is SOOO trite, so I removed the title to here: And the Bride Vanishes

It appeals to my creativity to try to compose a story starting out with one of these last lines. Of course, ideally, that would work best if I had NOT read the books, as I would not be influenced by the author's work...


current mood: elated

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10:24p - Sunday Surprise


So, I thought, nothing big happening tomorrow -- laundry, dishes, hair, body all due to get washed... It won't matter if I just finish this book I'm reading. So, I read 'til 2 a.m.

And bright and early, the PHONE RANG. Mom again, (?) with the only guy who has one working gone for 10 days? This must be a dream. A pleasant one... I get to hear Mom's voice again. L. came back and is letting her make a quick call -- one of his buddies needed some help, so they all went down and lent a hand, and are now really heading off. L. does environmental consulting work, so OF COURSE he's running all over! (No wonder he knew how to get Mom's electricity on...)

Mom also said she got her first mail delivery Sat., but that it was spotty. I tried to ask if it was going to be a regular daily thing now, or just every once in a while, but the phone broke up so much she couldn't hear me. She might have been walking over to L. to hand it back... I don't know.

And the (good???) word is, a date for the resumption of phone service has been spoken. NOV. 6th! I'm surprised whatever company L.'s mom's cell phone is with isn't bombarded with more new customers than they could possibly handle... Or maybe he's got emergency access or somesuch because of his job. (My speculation, not anything anyone has said. I think everyone's pretty much in the same boat -- but some are rowing and some are shooting.)

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