Debut Novel Quotes

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Billie-Jo Williams
“Hurricanes couldn’t remove you from my mind. You’re my world and I’m incapable of not loving you.”
Billie-Jo Williams

Gita Trelease
“This was the Paris of the strivers, of those who dwelt low, not high. This was not the Paris of balloonists. It was her Paris, and it was the same as it had been this morning. But she, perhaps, was not.”
Gita Trelease, Enchantée

Holly Ducarte
“I feel a little like Wendy Darling. Peering out my window, hoping to be swept off by magic.”
Holly Ducarte, The Light Over Broken Tide

Olga Gibbs
“You've managed to unlock the door to the library - now it's time to learn how to read.”
Olga Gibbs, Heavenward

Lindsey Frydman
“And on bad days, when his aura of sadness blazed like an alarm he couldn’t turn off, I felt like I was doing everything wrong.”
Lindsey Frydman, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

Lindsey Frydman
“Nothing in life is permanent. All of it will eventually disappear…Maybe we’re supposed to know that…accept it, and live our lives differently because of it. Rearrange our priorities based on the finite number of heartbeats we have left.”
Lindsey Frydman, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

Stella St. Claire
“Collies, coffee and, murder most foul!”
Stella St. Claire, Barking up the Wrong Bakery

Holly Ducarte
“Ocean gusts slunk between the trees, who whispered to one another about The Great White Father being home; how everything was back to how it should be.”
Holly Ducarte, The Light Over Broken Tide

“I’d rather be lucky than good.’ [Baseball player] Lefty Gomez said that, and I live and breathe that fortune-dwelling, fuzzy-dice-dangling creed. I was fantastically lucky to be taken in by Montag Press and its extraordinary managing editor, Charlie Franco. But I’m also a bit of a research freak and I'm convinced that homework helped me set up a situation where luck could flash and ignite. I spent an inordinate amount of time researching small and independent imprints. Here I reveal the flip side of thinking that any hours spent researching literary agents is wasted (in my unwashed opinion) while time spent reading and learning about quality independent publishers is essential. It’s the best and only way to identify the little houses in that vibrant village that might be just right for your own book. (Interview with Ruuf Wangersen on sevencircumstances.com)”
Ruuf Wangersen, The Pleasure Model Repairman

Victoria Moschou
“Have you ever dared to look straight into the sun? Have you ever been that valiant, to begin with? Can you recall that intense sensation? How that bright light almost blinds you, letting you see only little twinkling stars, that golden flash and nothing more?”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

“For me, and other ‘first timers’ [debut authors] I’ve spoken to, the primary concern is whether the story is good enough. With your first book there is no objective bench-mark you can judge it by. I felt very protective of the first draft; are people going to laugh when they read it or just shake their head? It sounds strange but the book was part of me. (Jon Gliddon interview on sevencircumstances.com)”
Jon Gliddon, Break in Communication: Raid on Porthcurno Telegraph Station, Cornwall during WWII

“The world is a conquest but also a great responsibility. Who avoids responsibility does not live the world but lives with himself, selfishly.”
Claudio Dunca

Mary Calvi
“George opened his heart to fall in love, in the middle of a storm, in the middle of a street, in the middle of a night.”
Mary Calvi, Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love

Claire  Woods
“My heart pounds against my rib cage. They call him “man candy” for a reason. Gianni DeLuca is the type of man you want to melt in your mouth and not in your hand.
He's got that classic Italian thing going on. He walks with a hip swagger, has a year- round tan, has more muscles than a lumberjack, a killer smile, and eyes that tell me he's bad. Very, very bad, in every way... that is good.
I sigh remembering how he looked at me, as if I was the only present he wanted to un-wrap on Christmas morning and if things were different—maybe I'd let him.”
Claire Woods, All He Wants This Christmas

Victoria Moschou
“It always seemed hard to keep track of time in the Forests of the Fiendish as trees were always hiding the sky above. Only one rule applied here; the thicker the darkness, the deadlier the beasts.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

“Why have you lowered the blinds?" asked Daniel curiously.
"We're all equal in the dark," answered Zalmoxis, trying to spot in the eyes of his brothers, in that penetrating darkness, the slightest reflection.”
Claudio Dunca

Victoria Moschou
“Surely we had our flaws as kin, too, for nobody’s perfect, but we at least showed respect, honour, candour...”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“Do you remember how our mothers kept telling us that we should be proud of who we were because we’d have to live with that self every single day for the rest of our lives? How we should always be the masters of our thoughts, embrace everything, both positive and negative, but never let our judgement be clouded, still learn from our
mistakes and experiences?”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“Sorrow? So that was it then? All I knew about this emotion was how it used to turn life into nightmare eons ago, just like a thorn could steal away a rose’s beauty.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“But you see, my dear Guardian, everyone is the villain in someone else’s story...”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“Gold and power and authority were too great of gods to be ignored.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“You do not change people, dearie. It's the people that change themselves.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“At least I knew that, even though fear was the one that could keep people up for endless nights to come, still integrity and faith could make them a fine pillow.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“It is the unknown we fear. The fact that we won't have anyone by our side to help us face whatever it is that generated that fear in the first place. To tell us that it is all right not to be strong and brave and indestructible all the time.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“Let me tell something... My kin may be insentient, as you proclaimed, but I have read our history. I know what we used to be afraid of. We all feared that by breaking down, we wouldn't be able to rise and thrive again. But you know what they say? It is the broken ones that always become masters at mending... It is the bird with the broken wings that sings the sweetest and most beautiful songs...”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“Let me tell you something... My kin may be insentient, as you proclaimed, but I have read our history. I know what we used to be afraid of. We all feared that by breaking down, we wouldn't be able to rise and thrive again. But you know what they say? It is the broken ones that always become masters at mending... It is the bird with the broken wings that sings the sweetest and most beautiful songs...”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“People are afraid of the things they don't understand. Don't let them impose their way of thinking on you. And above all... Don't let them steal your happiness! If that's what makes you happy, pursue it!”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Victoria Moschou
“Hate is what will obliterate the brightest of the stars that shine inside your heart.”
Victoria Moschou, Guardian of the Auras

Faiqa Mansab
“I'd morphed, altered, nipped and tucked away bits of my personality for so long, I no longer recognized myself. I feared that one day, even if I wanted to, I wouldn't be able to identify myself. I'd be forever trapped in an image of another's making, and there would be no escape because I would have forgotten to want to escape.
Nida”
Faiqa Mansab, This House of Clay and Water

“As Gul predicted, later in the day, Rahmutallah Maamaa came into my chamber, by himself, and offered me a juice box, a slice of watermelon, and Budabash’s life.
I declined all three.”
Jamil Jan Kochai, 99 Nights in Logar

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