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Who doesn’t love a good adventure story?  I have gotten hooked on Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series and can’t wait to get to the next one.  Today, I am bringing you the first lines to The Paris Vendetta:

GIZA PLATEAU, EGYPT
AUGUST 1799

General Napoleon Bonaparte dismounted from his horse and stared up at the pyramid.  Two more lay in succession nearby, but this was the grandest of the three.

I really enjoy how Mr. Berry intertwines actual historical facts with historical myths and completely fiction writing.  Every time I read one of these books, I have to have Google Images on a screen nearby to look up all of the places Cotton travels to.  This book was great fun!

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I am so glad you are joining me today for Book Beginnings because the book I have for you is one of my all-time favorites.  Do you ever find a book that somehow speaks to you and it seems you can relate to the characters and setting so well.  “Big Stone Gap” by Adrianna Trigianni is one of those to me.  Now, I am really nothing like any of the characters, but the small town setting and people are similar to my small hometown so maybe that is why I enjoy it so much. Here is the first line:

“This will be a good weekend for reading.”

I know this is a short sentence, but I can tell just what kind of weekend that would be.  The weather might be a little cold or wet and the person actually has no big plans to worry about.  She is ready for a little R & R with a good book.  If you haven’t read this, please give it a try.  Ms. Trigianni is one amazing author!

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Good morning!  Today I am linking up at Rose City Reader for this week’s edition of Book Beginnings.  When you are finished here, click on over and check out other book lover’s choices for this week.

Castle is probably my favorite television show and one that I always take time to watch.  My book today, “Heat Wave”, written by “Richard Castle” originated from the show.  The character “Richard Castle” is a crime/mystery writer so a ghost writer has written books under his name and “Heat Wave” was the first. 

“It was always the same for her when she arrived to meet the body.”

I enjoyed it, but I had a hard time reading it and not picturing the actors from Castle in the roles.  If you are a looking for a fun, easy to read crime/mystery novel, give this one a try.

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Welcome!  Today’s post is the next installment of Book Beginnings which is a great link-up hosted by Rose City Reader.  If you love books, hop on over and check it out!

My book today is God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola and the first line is this:

“In every generation, Christians face the same challenges-namely doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, division, rejection, and the struggle against consumerism and complacency.”

I cannot even begin to describe how much I was blessed by this book.  I found myself nodding my head and thinking how much sense it all made.  The author tells the story of Lazarus, Mary & Martha through Lazarus’ eyes and the storytelling is spot-on.  I devoured this book and was sad when it ended.  Each chapter of the book has a narrative, Scripture to back up his narrative and then what I would call “life lessons” to go along with it. 

This is one book that I am passing around to my friends and co-workers because I think everyone deserves the chance to read it.  I hope you do and are blessed by it as much as I was.

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Welcome to today’s Book Beginnings post! Please join me and other bloggers over at the site of our gracious hostess, Rose City Reader, for this week’s party.

My beginning today comes from “The Charlemagne Pursuit” by Steve Berry which is the next fourth Cotton Malone book:

“November 1971

The alarm sounded and Forrest Malone came alert.”

Forrest Malone is Cotton’s father and we soon learn that Forrest’s death that occurred when Cotton was 10 years old may not be what the Navy wanted his family to believe.  These books are great adventure stories with history woven in.  The author does takes liberties with the historical parts, but this is fiction and Mr. Berry knows how to spin a good tale.

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Well, guess what?  You know how I wrote on the last Book Beginnings post about being stuck on series?  I still am.  This week’s subject is the next installment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon entitled “An Echo In the Bone”.

“The pirate’s head had disappeared.  William heard the speculations from a group of idlers on the quay nearby, wondering whether it would be seen again.”

Doesn’t that sound ominous?  It is, especially for the pirate involved.  While reading these books, I have wondered if the life and times during the 18th century leading up to the American Revolution was very much like the descriptions in these books.  If so, I am very glad to live in this time and not then!

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Looking back over the last few months, I seem to be stuck on book series.  Today’s Book Beginning subject is no exception: “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” by Diana Gabaldon.  This book is part of Ms. Gabaldon’s Outlander series and, if you haven’t read these books, you don’t know what you are missing.

“The dog sensed them first.  Dark as it was, Ian Murray felt rather than saw Rollo’s head lift suddenly near this thigh, ears pricking.  He put a hand on the dog’s neck, there ridged with warning.”

These aren’t just books, but epic novels full of colorful characters and vivid descriptions of locales and lifestyles in the 18th century.  If you are a lover of historical fiction (like me), run, don’t walk, to your library and check out these books!

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