#FirstLineFriday: The Setup

Originally published 2016-07-06: Profiling love and friendship on #FirstLineFriday


I’ve already told some of you about the weird thing that happened to me recently, but most of you are probably still in the dark.

It came out of nowhere.

It threw me for a loop.

It was something I never expected.




…I wrote a romance novel.

I know what you’re thinking. A romance novel? Adan Ramie? Doesn’t she write horror and suspense? How could she manage a story without a dead body or stalker or monster?

I thought the same thing, but this story came so easily, I couldn’t stop myself. I needed to write it. I think it was the same thing that happens when I’ve read a lot of dark books in a row: I need a break, and I turn to something light, sweet, and full of love and drama.

I’ve always loved romance from the time I was a young child reading Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice for the first time. And, as a new lover of lesfic, I’m still working my way through my wife’s substantial back list of lesbian romance.

So it was only natural that I wrote a romantic book about women who love women. Today’s #FirstLineFriday comes from my upcoming title, The Setup.

#FirstLineFriday Rules

  • Create a post on your blog titled “#FirstLineFriday”, hashtag and all.
  • Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  • Post the first one or two lines of a potential story, a story in progress, or a completed or published work.
  • Ask your readers for feedback and then encourage them to do #FirstLineFriday, tagging them if necessary.

cover of The Setup, lesbian fiction, by Adan Ramie

The Setup Excerpt:

Rachel’s middle finger hovered over the Enter key with a tremor only she could see. With one tap, her information would be sent out into the world – an irreversible action. Her humdrum life would be forever changed. Anyone she knew who saw it would look at her differently, and even if she later believed it to be a mistake, it would be a permanent mark on her record.

What do you think?

Does this opening paragraph make you want to read the story? Does it leave you with questions that can only be answered by reading it, or does it make you want to skim over to the next post, tweet, or e-mail?

I welcome all feedback, positive or negative. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to wax poetic; just give me a hint why, and I’ll work on it. And, as always, thanks for your feedback if you leave it. It’s immeasurably important for a writer to know when she is hitting the mark – or missing it.