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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 love this event, and discovering interesting new titles this way.  Today’s feature for me is from an author I enjoy, Jayne Ann Krentz:  Copper Beach.





Beginning:  There was nothing like the drama of a deathbed scene to expose the skeletons in a family’s closet.  You never knew what would fall out when you opened the door, the nurse thought.  Lifelong conflicts, absolution, regret, long-held grudges, enduring love or unrelenting hatred, whatever had been hidden for decades or generations was suddenly made visible at the end.


56:  He shrugged out of his jacket and handed it to her.  When she took it from him, her fingers brushed against his, sending an intimate little thrill of awareness across his senses.


Blurb:  Within the pages of centuries-old books lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes — and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text has reappeared on the black market. So Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an investigator who can also play bodyguard.


What do you think?  Does it grab you?  Spark your interest?  I hope you will stop in and leave your thoughts…and links.



  1. Hi Lorraine,

    I have to admit, that if I read your opening lines in isolation, they would have me intrigued enough to want to read on, as I agree that every family has the proverbial ‘skeleton in the cupboard’.

    However when the lines are read in context with the blurb and seen with the cover art, I just know this isn’t one for me, although I hope that you enjoy it and have a good weekend.



  2. The opening made me wonder what skeletons will be revealed in this story. I’ve enjoyed other books by this author, and I’m sure I’d like this one too — even though I rarely read paranormal.
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  3. Sherry Gloag

    This one intrigues me. I haven’t read any of her books for years, perhaps this one will get me back into her writing. Thanks for sharing.


  4. “…whatever had been hidden for decades or generations was suddenly made visible at the end.”

    This is such a scary and weighty thought! An intriguing sentence to the introduction too! Hope you’re enjoying this one; have a lovely weekend!


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