Because I think beginnings definitely need to bang. There are many beginnings in books - there are new chapter beginnings, there are scene stealing moments, there are those life-changing moments and the list goes on. All of these moments need to grab the reader, to not let her close the book, earmark the page or otherwise set it down.
I do, however, think the first two beginnings - the first time the reader gets into the Hero's POV and the first time she gets into the Heroine's POV - are two of the most important. So, here are the rules:
Open your WIP document (published or unpublished work, either works). Grab that first paragraph of the first scene either your Hero or Heroine star in and share it in the comments. Wow us! Have fun! I'll go first.
This is the opening of the second scene, Kathleen's POV, from What a Texas Girl Wants:
The earth was moving. And not in a good way. Kathleen Witte reached out, trying to grab on to something. Anything. But her hands met only with air.
She shifted, and her shoulder dug into damp sand. Where was she? Her eyes flew open, and she winced at the bright sunlight.The beach? What happened to the villa? And her. . .Sweet Mary, Mother of God, what happened to her clothes?