First Day, First Paragraph Tag


It’s that time again. Time for the “First Day, First Paragraph” Tag.  Thanks to Rami Ungar for tagging me!

Let’s go over the rules. Once tagged for “First Day, First Paragraph,” you have to do the following:

  1. Publish your own post on the first day of the month.
  2. Use the graphic above
  3. Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  4. Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  5. Post the first paragraph of a story you’ve written, are writing, or plan to write someday.
  6. Ask your readers for feedback.
  7. Finally, tag someone to do the post next month (for example, if you do the tag on the first of January, the person you tag has to do it on the first of February), and comment on one of their posts to let them know the good news.

For this post, I decided to do the opening to a very old book that I wrote back in 2008.  This was the second romance I wrote.  (The first was Falling In Love With Her Husband.)  My second (and the one featured in the post) is called An Inconvenient Marriage, and despite it’s flaws in the historical realm, it’s still one of my favorites because of the great interaction between Jake Mitchell, Sue’s brothers and the many suitors who were vying for Sue’s hand.  This book has a lot of good humor, which I still enjoy revisiting from time to time.


Here’s the first paragraph:

Jake Mitchell was good at two things: making money and managing people. What he wasn’t good at was getting Sue Lewis to stop coming by the bank where he worked every day. It wasn’t that Sue was outwardly rude, but she was persistent and vocal. This particular day was no exception. He was sitting in his office when he heard her enter the bank.

Thoughts? Comments? Let’s discuss.

Okay, now I have to tag someone. This month, I’m going to tag Lauralynn Elliott.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to
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8 Responses to First Day, First Paragraph Tag

  1. A very interesting beginning to the story, Ruth. Has a lot of potential. Thanks for doing the tag.

  2. Shelley Chastagner says:

    I love this one. The humor, the sweet moments, the wonderful feeling of family. Now I need to go reread it.

  3. So I’m supposed to do my post on February 1, right? 🙂 Thanks for tagging me!

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