Win a $25 Starbucks Card

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

You can Win!

I love story. It’s been my passion since before I could hold a pencil. Maybe you’ve thought about writing for a long time but just couldn’t get started. Yet communicating through the written word will not leave you alone.

This is your opportunity to get started now.

All you need to do is write the first line to a story by studying the photo below.


We writers refer to this as the hook—the exciting first sentence that draws a reader into our stories. Use the photo as a launching point for your hook.

Every person who submits their first line as a comment below will be entered in a random drawing for a $25.00 Starbucks card.

Ok, writers! Fire up your creativity! What is it saying to you?

The first name and state of the winner will be announced next week in our regular blog.




DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable DiAnn Mills author photocharacters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at

Trial by Fire - A Novella - DiAnn Mills

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