As I mentioned earlier this week - life is a bit busy. One of the things on the list was my shout for coffee over at the Novel Racers's Blog. So my post is here. It's about opening paragraphs and whether they reflect or even should reflect the book that follows.
Here's the latest version of the opening A CORNISH HOUSE for your perusal.
The car coughed to a halt then lurched as the trailer pushed it further along the dark lane. The headlights' beam silhouetted the twisted trees against the moonless sky. Their tortured shapes merged with the hedges forming a tunnel which enclosed the car. Maddie’s chest tightened. She forced her breathing to slow, but it didn’t calm her rapid heart beat.
May I ask - what does it say to you? Would you want to read on? What type of book do you think it is?
Now head back down and only coming up for the odd cup of coffee and glance at Twitter now that it's working again!