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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!

Please join me at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.

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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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I love to read and I enjoy finding new books to try which is one reason I participate in Book Beginnings.  Head on over to Rose City Reader for this great link up party.

Today’s beginning comes from “The Venetian Betrayal” by Steve Berry which is the 3rd book in the Cotton Malone series.

”The smell roused Cotton Malone to consciousness.  Sharp, acrid, with a hint of sulfur. And Something else.  Sweet and sickening.  Like death.”

 

Wonder what Cotton has gotten himself into now?  As a former government agent turned antique book dealer, his life is full of adventures.

The Cotton Malone books remind me somewhat of the Robert Langdon books written by Dan Brown.  They are full history, intrigue and colorful characters. I have enjoyed all that I have read and plan on reading the whole series.

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Welcome to today’s edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.  Today I am presenting the first lines from “The Templar Legacy” by Steve Berry:

PARIS, FRANCE

JANUARY 1308

Jacque de Molay sought death, but knew salvation would never be offered.  He was the twenty-second master of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, a religious order that had existed under God’s charge for two hundred years."

I really enjoy historical fiction and this book weaves history with a story set in the present as well.  It is full of adventure and foreign locations so I kept Google handy while I read this story so I could see the locations for myself.  It helps me set the scene in my mind.  I am excited to read the rest of the series!

When I started reading this book, the characters seemed very familiar and then I realized that I had a read one of Mr. Berry’s books in this series already.  “The Templar Legacy” is the first so I will have to re-read the other in order to continue the story.

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Welcome to a very special edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader or at least it is, in my opinion.  I am a huge fan (along with millions of others) of Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons” so when he has a new book released, I jump on it as fast as it is available as my local library.  I’m cheap, I know.  I could just buy it on my iPad and read it as soon as it comes out, but I don’t.  I usually just wait to see if my library gets it and if they don’t, I use books as gift ideas for holidays.  Told you I was cheap!

Anyway, I digress…my book today is “Inferno" by Dan Brown and it is awesome!  The imagery is wonderful as always and Robert Langdon remains one of my favorite literary characters.  I try to keep my phone or tablet handy while I am reading Mr. Brown’s books so I can look up the locations or art he is describing.  Love it!

“I am the Shade.

Through the dolent city, I flee.

Through the eternal woe, I take flight.

Along the banks of the river Arno, I scramble, breathless…turning left onto Via dei Castellani, making my northward, huddling in the shadows of the Uffizi.”

What a beginning and the action just keeps rolling from here!

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Who loves to read?  I DO!!!!  A lot of other people do, too, so please join me and other readers over at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.  There is always a variety of different book genres listed for your enjoyment.

Before I get to my book for today, I am proud to announce the winners of last week’s book giveaway.  They are Greg at Book Haven and Aloi at Guiltless Reader.  Yay for them!  They now will received copies of “Cleans Up Nicely” to read and review on their blog.

My book today is “Drums of Autumn” which is the next installment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. 

“I’ve never been afraid of ghosts. I live with them daily, after all.  When I look in a mirror, my mother’s eyes look back at me; my mouth curls with the smile that lured my great-grandfather to the fate that was me.”

This series is one of my all-time favorites and I can’t wait for the next one to come out.  There is always some new adventure and intrigue happening to Jamie and Claire or some threat to their happiness.  Will they survive and live to love another day?  Of course they will!

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