Time Fall

Add Time Fall by Timothy Ashby to your must read list! A perfectly written, great storytelling piece. I post here about first pages that keep me reading and Ashby’s Time Fall swept me away. Just published December 12, 2013. I have a feeling this one will rise on the charts.

The Protector

When I first started reading Book One of the Outerworld Key, The Protector, by Mark Matthews I fell for the bond between father and son, the king and prince. Looking out of a window from the castle the young prince says, “Good morning, your Majesty.” The king replied, “Stop it, boy.” I knew from this line there was a promise of meaningful bonds ahead. The pace of the journey is perfect for this enchanting tale. The author held me in suspense, the characters were well developed, each with their own quirks and personalities that made the story all that more entertaining. I look forward to book two.

Empty Mansions

The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. A mystery indeed. Paul Clark Jr. Newell, Huguette’s nephew, and Bill Dedman, the authors, wrote a fascinating story about Huguette. Bill, having stumbled upon one of Huguette’s mansions in Connecticut, describes his curiosity about a woman owning a mansion that she had not lived in for twenty years, or more, and how he came to meet Paul Clark Jr., to learn more of this mysterious American tale of wealth and loss. Huguette is described as a very private heiress by her nephew Paul Clark, who, as written in these first pages couldn’t get her phone number, but had many, “personal,” conversation with Huguette during her elderly years. When reading these first pages my own curiosity rose, who was this woman? How had her life been?

Cold Rage

Jacob Quarterman’s, Cold Rage opened with an aging first sergeant Frank Gaver pausing to take a drink of cool water, the landscape crunched under his steps, snow already on the ground, and the smell of more to come. He was on a mission. His father James Gaver was the only family he had ever known and what intrigued me while reading these first pages was the relationship between Frank and his father. They had only spoken to each other with grunts or gestures, or with their fist. When Frank joined the Army his father sent him off with a firm handshake and a nod, and that was the last time Frank saw his father. While serving in Afghanistan Frank learns of his father’s death and that night he cried into his hands until morning, then went back to fighting. I’m hooked. I like Frank. Frank meets Allison who eases the fight in him. She gives birth to his daughter Julie and dies on the same day, Frank’s birthday. Frank runs back to the fight and for years he avoided Julie. She’s old enough to join the Army and Frank realizes the storm had found her in Goslin, Alaska. Thirty hours later he was there and encounter the first beast of a man. I love it!

Born Lucky

Born Lucky by Chris Dougherty begins with teenagers Gator and Mindy who drive out in the middle of nobody’s ever going to hear you scream. They’re never seen again. What was that thing in the woods that got them? Haven’t a clue but in chapter one their parents go out searching for them. The truck was found but no kids. By chapter three Joshua David is introduced. Joshua lives in a mental hospital. He’s the lucky one. Then there’s Dex Hammond, the reporter who found three days old Joshua in his baby seat one hundred yards from what was his home and his parents. I say ‘what was’ because the house blew up with the parents inside. The blast threw Joshua clean out of harm’s way. The lucky one. Joshua s all grown up now, so why is the reporter still hanging around?

Dark Days (Apocalypse Z)

Virulent strains of viruses slept in a Russian Army Base, no one, not even intelligence knew of it, until it was too late. A group of jihadists took over the base in hopes to sell chemical, or conventional weapons on the black market. When they attacked they didn’t know they were about to release biological weapons that would result in an apocalypse. They probably never knew as they were the first to become the undead. These first pages by author Manel Loureiro keeps you reading:

The Unseen

A new hot release by JL Bryan, The Unseen, begins with four teenage girls looking for something to do, so they created a homemade OUIJA Board, “Cassidy would remember the night of the party as her first encounter with the unseen world,” the first line read. Sure enough bad things happen. When you open that portal to the spirits don’t expect them to be friendly. And so this spirit board spells D.I.E., over and over again, and it’s after Cassidy. A perfect first chapter of how the naïve encounters the unseen.


With a first line like, “My mother claimed that in any mirror I used she could see my face rather than her own, my face, and my singular eyes, and she could not thereafter have the mirror in the house,” how could I stop reading? Addison’s mother couldn’t tolerate the way he looked, even sent him out of the house for a day or two when she couldn’t bare his presence. And he was eight years old during one of the “banning from the house,” times when he saw a stranger in the woods, the first human he has ever seen other than his mother. I’m still trying to figure out what this child must look like going into chapter two. Wilderness, by Dean Koontz. Another what in the world is going on here.

Deceptive Cadence

The words of the first line set the mood for Kathryn Guare’s new release, Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy. “She’s come for me.” In the prologue, a man was near the other side, ready to die. He needed to tell someone. They were bringing him back, but he didn’t want them to. Mystery surrounds this guy. Who he is? What led up to this moment? Then there’s this card with Frank Murdoch’s name on it. Frank won’t be happy they found the card, the dying man thought.

Night Chill

What a chilling well-written first chapter. A man in his thirties searches for a hardware store in the backwoods of a small Pennsylvania town. He’s not an ordinary man. He finds the store closed. Inside a young teenage girl tells him to come back the next day. But this stranger charms her, reads her thoughts, and gets inside the store with her. “And they were always eager to prove they were women by following him to whatever bed, car seat, or back alley he chose.” Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus.

When His Dreams Take Flight

Author Andy Holloman released, When His Dreams Take Flight just yesterday. I received the news via email from Goodreads. Glad I did. I read the first pages on Amazon. Nick, the high school principle wakes up with a headache and a premonition, there’s about to be a school shooting. I’m at the edge of my seat hoping he can stop it somehow. He calls the school, warns them, but it’s too late. I’m wondering what events led up to the shooting. Chapter two begins six months prior the shooting with the Laskin kid in another fight. The school principle punches the Laskin kid in the face! Yes, yes there will be an investigation, jeez.


This blog page is about first pages where I share the books that keep me reading. I was about to move on to another task when I found this one. Harrowgate by Kate Maruyama. I love ghost stories. So, Michael’s heading home. He hadn’t heard from his wife who is pregnant. He fears something’s gone wrong. Why doesn’t she answer the phone? Did she deliver too soon? Were there complications? As he’s rushing home to his wife Sara, she’s finding it difficult to bond with her new infant. The infant had dark blue eyes, “the only human thing in his squished up still-fetal face.” Ok, What?

A Dark Mind

The first pages of The Dark Mind, by T.R. Ragan began with a man’s love for his future wife. They walk together heading for his car after a night out. He wants to elope, she laughs at the idea, but no worry he’d probably wait forever. As they walk toward his car they notice the strangers. She wanted to go the other way, call a cab. He thought it was silly. Then he realizes his backpack in the back seat was missing, and the car wouldn’t start. “I asked you how it was going,” one of the strangers said. Broken glass everywhere, chaos.

Oh shit, I think they should have called a cab.

A Lifetime to Wait

In this fast paced first chapter Brooke has some serious bad guys after her when a mystery man, who calls himself a protector, appears out of nowhere and rescues her from imminent danger. Problem? Sure, she doesn’t really know if he’s one of the bad guys, and he’s vague, gorgeous blue eyed vague. By the end of the first chapter Brooke manages to escape and the protector vows to make her pay. Author Jackie Mae certainly holds readers in suspense, wondering who is the protector? How did he know Brooke was in trouble? Know her name?