Saturday, September 26, 2009

Snippet Saturday: 1st Paragraphs

Today's Snippet Saturday theme is "First Paragraphs".

I looked through my first paragraphs and chose a few fun ones to brighten up your weekend.

First paragraphs are tough to write. They're supposed to hook your reader. Even before that they have to hook your acquiring editor.

Thus, you might have to polish (rewrite!) your first paragraph until you have it right. It's your audition and if you fail, you might not get another chance.

Truth, Justice

& The Vampire Way

Acid rose in Genevieve’s throat. Biting back a sigh, she shook her head with resignation. Pushing her dark sunglasses down the bridge of her nose, she hid her intense displeasure. Would she have to baby sit Constantine forever? Sometimes this vampire queen biz sucked!

Read an excerpt...

American Beauty

“You want me to pretend be what?” Brad Mueller shook his head. Maybe he should get his hearing tested. The Ft. Lauderdale criminal element had been using him as target practice a lot lately. Perhaps the ear-shattering gunfire had affected his eardrums more than he’d realized. He certainly couldn’t have heard what he thought he’d just heard.

Read an excerpt...

Purrfect Justice 

“Meow! Here kitty, kitty, kitty.”

Another creep fancies himself a stand up comic. Haley Yates rolled her eyes and suppressed a sigh. She took a long swig of the soda in her hands, about ready to spike it. Why, oh why did every cop with at least one drink in him think he was a comedian? They’d been meowing at her since she’d first crossed the threshold to the Ft. Lauderdale-Miami Policeman’s Halloween party. Read an excerpt... Here are several more great authors with lots more scintillating first paragraphs for you. Kelly Maher Jody Wallace Shelli Stevens Michelle Pillow Lauren Dane Leah Braemel Jaci Burton Elisabeth Naughton McKenna Jeffries Moira Rogers Taige Crenshaw Vivian Arend Juliana Stone Anya Bast Lacey Savage Shelley Munro Sasha White Former posts you might like to read also: Why Write Free Short Stories (How to) Send the Pirates to Davy Jones Locker How Long Does It Take To Be Published? Snippet Saturday: Kick Ass Heroes and Heroines Kudos to Harlequin Twitter Works You'll also want to see what Amarinda Jones, Anika Hamilton, Anny Cook, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Rebel, Kelly Kirch, Molly Daniels, Sandra Cox, Regina Carlysle, and Cindy Spencer Pape are up to, so make sure to visit them also. :)

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