This month we’ve got ghosts, junkies, and war. To submit a first line to BookLife, email

The Undiscovered Country by Mike Nemeth

“Although the handwritten nameplate on the door read ‘Elaine Marks,’ the woman in the bed did not look like my mother.”

Sons of My Fathers by Michael A. Simpson

“God had given up on Georgia.”

Surviving the Fatherland by Annette Oppenlander

“For me the war began, not with Hitler’s invasion of Poland, but with my father’s lie.”

Conquest of Canaan: Og by Brittany Shannon

“I hate people.”

Shattered by A.E. Hayes

“There are ghosts that live within these walls, and they aim to take permanent possession.”

Down Solo by Earl Javorsky

“They say once a junkie, always a junkie, but this is ridiculous; I haven’t been dead more than a few hours and I already need a fix.”