Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.
The jackals swarmed her as she stepped out into the late April afternoon. When Georgie had ducked into the perfume shop on Beverly Boulevard, only three of them had been stalking her, but now there wee fifteen–twenty–maybe more–a howling, feral pack loose in L.A., cameras unsheathed, ready to rip the last bit of flesh from her bones.
Their strobes blinded her. She told herself she could handle whatever they threw at her. Hadn’t she been doing exactly that for the past year? They began to shout their rude question –too many questions, too fast, too loud, words running together until nothing made sense. One of them shoved something in her hands — a tabloid — and screamed into her ear. “This just hit the stands, Georgie. What do you have to say?”
What do you think of this first paragraph?
Even if you’re not a romance reader, would you keep going?