Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s 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!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is Book Two in the Morgan Dane seriesHer Last Goodbye, by Melinda Leigh, which continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance…




Beginning:  Digging a grave was hard work.

Moonlight gleamed on the shovel as he lifted a clump of dirt and dumped it outside the knee-deep hole.  Despite the coolness of the October night, sweat dripped into his eyes.  Pausing, he wiped his forehead with his sleeve.  With a roll of his shoulders, he plunged the shovel into the earth like a spear and let it stand upright long enough to remove his flannel shirt.


56:  Morgan swallowed the retorts on her lips about him being sexist and minding his own business.  She needed his cooperation.  Butting heads with him wouldn’t get it.  “I wasn’t alone.”


Synopsis:  Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.

As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.

Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.


What do you think?  Do the snippets grab you?  Do you want to keep reading?



  1. This sounds intense! It sounds like something I would like. I hope you are enjoying it, Laurel-Rain! I am glad my life isn’t as exciting and dangerous as it is for some of the characters in these books! I don’t know if I could handle the pressure. LOL

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