Monday, April 27, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Teaser Tuesday hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, where bloggers post two teaser sentences (no spoilers allowed) from a random page of their current read. 

Today I'm featuring Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. The excerpts shared are from an advanced readers copy I received from the publisher at a library association conference in January.  This book was published this month (April 2020).


Book Beginning:  Gloria
Sunday morning begins out here in the oil patch, a few minutes before dawn, with a young roughneck stretched out and sleeping hard in his pickup truck, shoulders pressed against the driver's side door, boots propped up on the dashboard.  His cowboy hat is pulled down far enough that the girl sitting outside the dusty ground can see only his pale jaw, freckled and nearly hairless, a face that will never need a daily shave, no matter how old he gets, but she is hoping he dies young.


Teaser:  A lot of years will pass before I think my daughter is old enough to hear it, but when I do, I will tell her the last thing I remember seeing before I leaned back against the doorframe and passed out cold on the front porch.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The last sentence of the opening paragraph gives quite a jolt.  Who is the young man being observed and what would make Gloria have such strong feelings about him?

This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog,  It cannot be republished without attribution. 


  1. Very descriptive intro; I hadn't heard of this one. I think I'd read more before deciding whether its for me. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. I wonder why she wants him to die young? And that teaser ends with a stunning moment, too. Sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. Ooh! but she is hoping he dies young??? I want to know why! lol Great pick!

  4. What an intro! Now I NEED to know if he does die young.
    Thanks for sharing. Be safe :)

  5. Great intro - very descriptive and brings you right into the story. Sounds like a good one.

  6. That last sentence is definitely startling. Definitely makes me want to know more about that relationship.

  7. That's an intriguing opening. What did he do to inspire such hate? I hope you enjoy the book.