First Line Friday – Mar. 15, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“October 2, 2010

The voice is brittle.  Raw.  The words sound as if they are being scratched into sandpaper with a coffin nail.

‘…yrja alttawaqquf …yrja wade hadd laha …ich habe keine informationen…’

The sounds rasp up and out of the old man, grinding into the dead air around his face.”

And the book is… The Mausoleum by David Mark.

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

1967. In a quiet village in the wild lands of the Scottish borders, disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock is trying to put her life back together. Grieving the loss of her son, she seeks out the company of the dead, taking comfort amid the ancient headstones and crypts of the local churchyard. When lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb, she glimpses a corpse that doesn’t belong among the crumbling bones. But when the storm passes and the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe the claims of a hysterical ‘outsider’. Teaming up with a reluctant witness, local woman Felicity Goose, Cordelia’s enquiries all lead back to a former POW camp that was set up in the village during the Second World War. But not all Gilsland’s residents welcome the two young women’s interference. There are those who believe the village’s secrets should remain buried … whatever the cost.

Happy reading!

The Eclectic Review

First Lines Friday – Mar. 8, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“Dear Jane,

Two years ago, I tried to kill myself.  I was thirteen.  I’ve never told anyone.  I’ve never even said the words aloud, even to myself.  Hearing them would make it too real, too painful.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Dear Jane by Marina Delvecchio.

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Kit Kat is a fifteen-year-old adoptee who writes letters to her favorite literary character, Jane Eyre, as a means of surviving a violent childhood in Greece and a harrowing adoption in New York that requires her to silence her memories and her voice. In writing letters to Jane, Kit Kat discovers a connection to literature that saves her life. Dear Jane is about family, love, forgiveness, and the power of a good book.

Happy reading!

The Eclectic Review

First Lines Friday – Mar. 1, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“Bruntfield, New Jersey, just another banal town in a part of the country that nobody thinks about, was about to become famous; or rather, more aptly put, infamous.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi, Jr.

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers get there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture. Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?

Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans. N Lombardi Jr. is the author of compelling and heartfelt novel The Plain of Jars.

Happy reading!

First Lines Friday – Feb. 22, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“July 1820.  There was no doubt about it.  Lord Fennimore was going to have his guts for garters.  Especially after the unfortunate shredded underwear incident of last night.”

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

And the book is… The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

A spy on a mission…

Until he meets this heiress!

Part of The King’s Elite. Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

This is Book 3 of The King’s Elite series.  Have you read any of Virginia Heath’s books?

First Lines Friday – Feb. 15, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“In December of 1984, when Raina and I were sophomores, my high school held its first and last annual girls’ winter basketball tournament, the Inglewood Christmas Classic.  The next year, an hour before the first-round games were set to start, a light fixture fell from the ceiling and left a six-foot hole in the floor, and the indignity of having to cancel the tournament once convinced my coach we shouldn’t host it anymore.”

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

And the book is… The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

As a star basketball player in her senior year of high school, Nancy Takahiro’s life is about to change forever. Faced with the college recruitment process and unsure where her skill will take her, Nancy is not prepared for meeting Raina Webber, an all-state shooting guard whose passion for basketball is matched only by her talent for it.

When Nancy’s father and Raina’s mother fall in love and decide to move in together, the girls are faced with the challenge of negotiating their already intense rivalry and friendship–and of living with the scrutiny of neighbors who react with varying degrees of comfort to their Japanese American and African American household.

The Necessary Hunger follows Nancy, Raina, and several of their friends through their last year of high school. For some of them, their senior year will be full of glory, and the anticipation of college. For others, however, stranded in an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood that promises little in the way of opportunity, it will mark not only the end of their time in school but also the end of their hope.

As Nancy and Raina both prepare to leave the urban neighborhood that has nurtured them, they find themselves looking toward a future that is no longer easily defined. The Necessary Hunger is about families, friendship, racial identity, and young people who are nearing adulthood in a dangerous and challenging world. It is about sports as a means of salvation, about the nature of competition, and ultimately about the various kinds of love.
 

Let me know if you have read The Necessary Hunger.  Yay or nay?