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First Paragraph: Thursday at Noon

I’m listening to a really good political thriller, Thurday at Noon by William F. Brown. Look for my review on later this week. Here’s how the story begins: Prologue In 1962, two missile crises brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. In October, Kennedy and Khrushchev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Soviet missile bases in Cuba […]

First Paragraph: FanGirl

I really enjoyed reading Eleanor and Park. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to read the other book Rainbow Rowell published last year, FanGirl. Here’s the first paragraph: There was a boy in her room. Cath looked up at the number painted on the door, then down at the room assignment in her hand. […]

First Paragraph: Black Chalk

This week I’m featuring Black Chalk by Christopher Yates. It’s a book I’m reading for an upcoming book tour. Here’s how it begins: He phones early. England greets the world five hours ahead of us and I answer before my day has gained its groove. Before long I have agreed to everything he says. Don’t […]

First Paragraph: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

This week I’m reading a book recommended by numerous fellow book bloggers. It’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Here’s the first paragraph: Lost in the shadow of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder. I am exactly halfway up. The floor of the bookstore is far below me, the surface of a […]

First Paragraph: Sackett’s Land

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Visit Diane to read more First Paragraphs. I just finished reading one of my husband’s favorite novels. It’s a Louis L’Amour story about one of the […]

First Paragraph: Jane Eyre

One of my book clubs likes to mix the classics in with newer books. We decided to read Jane Eyre, an old favorite. I like an old classic like this during winter time. Good to snuggle into. Here’s the first paragraph: There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, […]

First Paragraph: The Accident

I’m reading a new thriller for a TLC Book Tour. I’m excited about sharing this first paragraph with you. I think this is how a thriller should start: Prologue He awakens suddenly, in terror. He spins his head around the spare room, searching the darkest shadows in the blue wash of moonlight, sitting bolt upright, […]

First Paragraph: Shock Wave

I’m reading Shock Wave by John Sandford. I love Virgil Flowers, the main character in this series. Here’s the first paragraph: From the boardroom windows, high atop the Pye Pinnacle, you could see almost nothing for a very long way. A white farmhouse, surrounded by a scattering of metal sheds, huddled in a fir-tree windbreak […]

First Paragraph: Moving Target

I’ve never read a J.A. Jance novel although her books are extremely popular. Moving Target is the author’s newest book and, thanks to the publisher, I now have a chance to read and review it. I’ve read more than half of it and am thoroughly enjoying it. Here’s the first paragraph: Lance Tucker had always hated ladders, […]

First Paragraph: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart

This week I’m featuring a new-to-me author, Peter Swanson. I’m reading this book as part of a Book Tour. Here’s the first paragraph: Chapter 1 At five minutes past five on a Friday nigt, George Foss walked directly from his office to Jack Crow’s Tavern through the gluey air of a Boston heat wave. He’d […]