You may remember today’s guest blogger. JK Coi and I got together with Kimber Chin and did a fun free cross-genre story back in June, then JK guest blogged on my Birthday Bash. She’s back again with the re-release of her Trouble with Destiny.
This past Saturday I was wondering what I would blog about when I stopped by here and saw that Snippet Saturdays was all about first paragraphs (and Leah’s was great!—but then again I’d read it before).
First paragraphs tell a lot to the reader about the kind of story they’re in for. The one downfall of many online ebook stores is that they don’t allow a preview to the potential purchaser of those first few pages. I know that when I go into a brick and mortar store it’s usually for something in particular (Like this week when I bought my copy of An Echo In The Bone!!), but I might happen to see a cover that catches my interest and I’ll pick it up to read the back. Before I buy anything though, I always need to open it up and see the first few lines to get a feel for the writing. It isn’t necessarily that I want to know what the story is about—I can get that from the blurb—but I want to know what the author’s voice is like.
So here are the first few paragraphs for my new release from Samhain Publishing, The Trouble With Destiny
From the youthful age of eleven or twelve I planned on being an accountant when I grew up. I could even maybe see myself doing something a tad more adventurous like pushing paper at a law firm. Modest, respectable dreams. Achievable. Safe. Right?
It probably seems like a very dull career choice, but I’ve thought about it a lot since then, and even more so over the last few months, and I think I was on the right track with the pure simplicity of the plan.
You see, I was the kid who always found herself knee deep in the middle of every schoolyard fight and at the heart of every childhood prank. I must have subconsciously known that this predilection would only get more pronounced as I got older, because even at so young an age, I realized it would be smart to try and head off my inbred propensity for danger by going the opposite way and striving to become the most boring person imaginable—and that’s where the accounting degree was supposed to come in, although it also helped that I’d always been a whiz with numbers.
But facts are facts and let’s face it, trouble and I go way back, so it’s no wonder it came around to bite me in the ass when I least expected it.
Still, divine troublemaker or not, nowhere in all my childhood imaginings did I dream I would end up being Buffy the daemon slayer.
Ah, yeah, that was daemon, not vampire. No vampires in my neck of the woods. Thank God. Because, come to think of it, if there were, I’d probably be stuck hunting them down, too.
As an author, with these first paragraphs I’m saying much more than the sum of the words would suggest. I’m warning the reader that this book is not going to be about the life of a respectable, safe accountant. It is going to be dangerous. It is going to be in first person point of view, and that person’s voice is going to be a little bit irreverent and a lot snarky. There will be action and humour and daemons—but thankfully, no vampires (at least not this time)
I hope that being able to flip the page and read the first few paragraphs of this book has whetted your appetite and you’re desperate for more!
Thank you for letting me visit with you today!
J.K. Coi writes dark and edgy paranormal romance where love is all consuming and the stakes are always high.
I’m going to be giving away a copy of JK’s Trouble with Destiny to one lucky commenter. And don’t forget that each comment you leave during the month also enters you for my end of the month Reader Appreciation Draw. So take the time to leave a comment for TWO chances to win. (I’ll announce the winner on Thursday.)