June finds death, death, death, psychics, death, and broken promises. To submit a first line, email booklifeeditor@booklife.com.

Sage Stone: The Magic Between the Worlds by Darcy Deming

“Am I Dead?”

Face Value by Ian Andrew

“It wasn’t the prettiest place to die. But then again, where is?”

Practice the Jealous Arts by Delia C. Pitts

“She’s deader than Coltrane’s cat”

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern

“The one thing psychics rarely do, and for the best of reasons, is foretell their own future.”

Murder with Altitude by Sue Star

“The body hung upside down, dangling against the rock face of one of the Flatiron outcroppings.”

Miss E. by Brian Herberger

“I promised Miss E. I would never tell anyone her story—and I’m not, really.”