The beginnings of a few of my books are as follows:
It had been sixteen years since he’d seen Arlie Gallagher. And three months and four days. Not that he was counting. (Every Time We Say Goodbye)
Libby Worth taught the primary class at Sunday school when Mrs. Miller wasn’t there, tended bar at Anything Goes when Mollie needed a night off, and quilted with friends on Sunday afternoons. She made pastries for Anything Goes Grill and the Silver Moon Café because she loved to bake and because sometimes she needed the money. She owned, operated, and loved the Seven Pillars Tearoom and lived in a spacious apartment above it with her
coon cat, Elijah. (The Happiness Pact) Maine
Her father used to say it was a good thing her name was Grace, because that was sure as the world all she had going for her. Her hair wasn’t gold-streaked and curly like her sister Faith’s—it was just plain brown. And when it rained—which it seemed to do at the most inappropriate times—its thick waves frizzed themselves into an unholy mess. Her eyes weren’t green like Faith’s either, or sable-dark like her brother Steven’s. They were just plain brown like her hair. The only time you could even tell she had eyelashes was when she remembered to use the eyelash curler and then apply two coats of the kind of mascara that came in a hot pink cylinder. Grace, being Grace, didn’t remember to do that real often.(One More Summer)
Now, for the idea. In a comment, share with us a favorite story beginning. It can be your own--published or not yet--or someone else's. And tell us why it's a favorite! Keep it to a paragraph or so and be sure to include a way for us to find you. If you like and can do it--I'm not sure how that works--include a buy link with your entry.
We'll take entries here on this post until Friday, July 14, at midnight. I tried to think of how to choose a winner. I love the idea of taking votes for a favorite, but that can get convoluted and beyond my techno-capability, so I'll just get one of the other Wranglers to "draw a straw" for a tote bag of gifts to come the winner's way.
Thanks for coming by and thanks especially for entering. I can't wait to see the beginnings that people love. Have a great week.