4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

I’m quite late for today’s event, but I wanted to join anyway.  My featured book is She Can Scream, by Melinda Leigh, an exciting addition to the series.




Beginning:  Monday, October 21st, 6:10 p.m., Coopersfield, Pennsylvania.  Stalking used to be harder.

He read the display on his phone:  OFF 4 MY RUN!

Thanks you, social media, for a generation of young women compelled to report their every movement to the world….


56:  His grandmother sighed.  “What terrible timing.  I hate to see Brooke and her children alone with a violent criminal running around.”


Blurb:  In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.

Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.

Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.


I have been following this series since the beginning, and I eagerly await each new book.  What are you sharing today?




  1. rosecityreader

    Not too late to post! Thanks for sharing your Book Beginning. Serial killer stories are not for me, although this one sounds pretty exciting.


  2. Gosh, this is creepy yet true. We have to be super careful what we put online. This reminded to be more cautious with the things I post on my FB.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    When you described this book as a welcome addition to the series, I was a little concerned that there were a series of books which needed to be read in sequential order. I spent a pleasant few minutes checking out the author, to discover that the books will work great as stand alone stories and have now added them to my list.

    I have always been a little concerned that technology and social media in particular, is leaving an individual wide open to personal attack and your first few lines kind of confirmed that. A person’s private life is very much out there in the public domain these days and a few lines from a fiction book should make us all aware how vulnerable that makes us in real life.

    From reading your 56 lines, I am not too sure that the grandmother is totally sincere in what she is saying. She makes it sound as though Brooke has just nipped out for a pint of milk, rather than possibly fighting for hers and her family’s life!

    Thanks for sharing,



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