What I Want As A Reader In the First Pages: 1) Hook me baby! and, yes, if at all possible in the first line. "Today you will meet your HeartMate." DON'T tell me about the weather. Don't tell me that the day is going to be awesome. 2) I want SETTING Denver, Colorado
I recently read a book set in the mountains. I'm from Colorado, when you say mountains, I think of ours. Turned out that it was the Canadian Rockies (somewhere in chapter 2?) and, actually, by the end of the book I still didn't know exactly what province in Canada, since I didn't recognize (and didn't look up) the place names. 3) Re: Group Scenes/Dialogue...give me a clue who the protagonist is, and, again setting...I started a book with someone on her cell...no setting was provided so for some reason I thought she was in a limo, turns out she was at a bus stop. 4) I don't mind starting with a single person on stage as long as there isn't a full chapter of backstory.
And, yes, I have the writer pickiness.
May you enjoy all the worlds you visit today.