Great First Line: Texas Twin Abduction

The first line of Texas Twin Abduction by Virginia Vaughan sets the scene for the compelling story that follows. It drags you into the character’s life and has you wishing along with him. 

First Line of Texas Twin Abduction
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The First Line of Texas Twin Abduction

Deputy Lawson Avery was counting down the minutes until the end of his shift when he could go back to his ranch.

The first thing I felt for this character was empathy. I know exactly how it feels to have one of those extra-long days at work where it seems as if every second on the clock is sixty minutes long. But still, we have to ask the questions:

  • What’s going on with Deputy Avery? Did he have a hard shift?
  • What kind of ranch is it?
  • Why isn’t he on his ranch?
  • How did he end up being a deputy if he doesn’t want to be there?

Within a few lines of Texas Twin Abduction, we get the answer to some of these questions. Lawson is a reluctant deputy who only works in the sheriff’s office to appease his brother.

And so he gets our empathy. We can relate to Lawson because we’ve had hard days–days when we can’t wait for their shift to end. But we also know that when we most want a shift to end, time moves its absolute slowest, and sometimes, everything that can go wrong does.

So now we’re wondering, what’s going to go wrong for Lawson? How will he handle it? What does this mean for our story?


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How the First Line of Texas Twin Abduction Played Out in the Story

The reader soon understands why Lawson tried so hard to be a deputy. He was the only rancher in a family full of law enforcement officers. But as he gets deeper embroiled in this case, we no longer sense his reluctance to be a deputy. He is very invested in the case because the stakes are high–the safety of the woman he loves.

Lawson may have wanted his shift to end quickly at the beginning of the book, but he never shied away from doing what needed to be done. His last case had him doing all kinds of overtime and going above and beyond duty. He never complained about anything he had to do in the course of safeguarding Ashlee. His actions proved that Lawson was a man of integrity and one who did what needed to be done.


About Texas Twin Abduction

Texas Twin AbductionThis twin’s past is a blank…

And she might not have a future.

Waking up in a bullet-ridden car with a bag of cash and a deputy insisting she’s his ex-fiancée, Ashlee Taylor has no memory of what happened—or of Lawson Avery.

But with her twin missing and someone hunting her down, she must trust him with her life. Can Lawson save her and her sister—even as Ashlee’s forgotten secrets become an inescapable trap?

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About Virginia Vaughan

Virginia VaughanAward-winning author Virginia Vaughan was born and raised in Mississippi and has never strayed far from those borders. Blessed to come from a large, Southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table.

She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. Connect with Virginia at

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