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First Paragraphs

My writer friends and I were chatting and the topic of story endings arose. Which led to story beginnings. So here’s a selection of the first paragraphs of some of my stories. Can you guess which story they’re from?


“Damn, are you sure you can’t last a little longer, Jaxi?” Travis looked away, but not before she’d spotted the disappointment in his eyes. The annoyance.

Cupid sneezed violently and fell back onto his pillow exhausted. “There’s no bloody way I can make the party, Claire. I swear the top of my head is coming off and my eyes are watering so much I can’t see to aim the arrows in the first place. I’m sorry, but you’ll just have to have a regular Valentine’s Day celebration without me.”

6450 calories stared up at Robyn.

“Gram, where do you keep the rice?” Alexia rummaged through another cupboard in frustration. “Gram?”

He watched.

The information was up on Wikipedia for a full two hours before a security checker (third class) caught it and frantically edited the entry that provided the complete location and access codes for all the gateways to Fae.

September, Whistler, British Columbia
The Whistler pack house was crowded after dinner, with small groups gathered around the room talking amongst themselves. Conversations quieted for a moment as laughter burst out from where the Alpha and his cronies sat in the prime seats before the huge stone fireplace. An icy warning trickled up her spine, and Missy gave up on the discussion in front of her. She rose from her chair and headed quietly toward the exit.

So that’s where the bastard had gone.


The scent of cinnamon and fresh coffee rushed to greet him as Ryan Claymore yanked the door open with more force than necessary. It might be the most talked about coffee shop in the county, but it was fucking hard to find, and only minutes remained until his meeting was scheduled to begin.

Grin. Have fun!

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