Today’s Snippet is a short one – we’re only giving you a teaser, and that’s the first paragraph.

The first paragraph of any story should introduce the setting, and the character, as well as give you a hint of the type of story you’re about to read – if it’s humorous you don’t want to start on a dark note, if it’s a dark story, you don’t want to start with humor. (Well, maybe Inez Kelley might be able to pull that off.) It’s what can make you pick a book up and buy it in a bookstore, or conversely, put it back on the shelf and walk away. So writers really stress-out about getting just the right words for their first paragraph.

I’ve chosen to share the first paragraph from Private Property since that introduces you to one of the main characters, Jodi Tyler. And although she doesn’t know it at this point in time, it also hints at the imminent arrival of the very important second and third characters in the story.

A deep reverberating thrum filled Jodi Tyler’s chest and stroked the back of her throat with its raw promise of latent power. The unmistakable growl of a Harley. The sound bounced off the highwalled estate hugging the shores of Lake Arlington, then abruptly stopped.

Don’t forget to drop by the other participants of today’s Snippet Saturday and see what their first paragraphs reveal…

Kelly Maher
Jody Wallace
Shelli Stevens
Michelle Pillow
Lauren Dane
Jaci Burton
Elisabeth Naughton
McKenna Jeffries
Moira Rogers
Taige Crenshaw
Vivian Arend
Juliana Stone
Anya Bast
Lacey Savage
Shelley Munro
Sasha White
Ashley Ladd

Snippet Saturday – First Paragraph

4 thoughts on “Snippet Saturday – First Paragraph

  • September 26, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I LIKE that! You feel the engine in your chest. As short as it is, you really do get a feeling for the story. Contemporary, a little dangerous, but with a promise of something interesting! Thanks for sharing, Leah!

  • September 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Oh oh! I wanna play!! Can I? My blog will have a snippet soon. Thanks Leah!

  • September 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    That is one sexy snippet. Mmmmm, Harley.

  • September 30, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Wait? I can't start a dark story with a laugh?

    uh oh…

    Wait, you gave me a pass…WHEW!

    I think you should start in the tone of the book. No sense is ticking of the reader who reads the first sentence and buys the books EXPECTING the rest of the book to be that way. But even humor can be dark. Go with the feel. (I flased on a very naughty Obi Wan Kenobi…May the FEEL be with you)

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