Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Beginnings: For Keeps

Every Friday Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. What you do is share the opening line(s) of the book you are currently reading and briefly discuss what you think about the opening line or the book or whatever else inspires you. Make sure to share your entry with Rose City Reader and in my comments below.

Here's my book beginning:

" “Murdered?” Sam juggled four pots of yellow daylilies in his arms, squeezing the cell phone between his shoulder and ear. “Where? And why in the world do you need me?” "

-For Keeps, by Aaron Paul Lazar

Sam Moore's no detective, but he does find himself connected to a murder. The opening does a good job of getting the reader's attention, and it also displays Lazar's vibrant writing style. I'm hosting a Virtual Book Tour for For Keeps this weekend, as Aaron is giving away free copies on the Kindle, but for this weekend only (and for a weekend in October). If you're interested, you can check it out here.


  1. Thanks for sharing...I'll check out the link; this one sounds interesting.

    Glad you could visit my blog.

  2. Well...that beginning certainly does draw you in. Sam doesn't sound too terribly upset by the idea of murder though.

  3. I like the contrast--lovely yellow daylilies and murder....the cover is a little creepy. Thanks for stopping by, Chris.

  4. I like the way the author showed the character doing something in his ordinary life -- and then he's interrupted by a phone call that changes things. I'd keep reading to find out what happens next.
    The cover sure raises a lot of questions about what's in the book.
    Here's my Beginning/Friday 56 post.

  5. Interesting beginning! Can picture Sam juggling the pots and squeezing the cell phone between his ear and shoulder! Thanks for the info regarding free ebook. Downloaded! Looking forward to read it!