Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Terrific Tuesday (Fatal Error and Splendid)

1st Paragraph and Teaser

Hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea
Every Tuesday, she'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of her current read. Why don't you join us?

It is an uncomfortable fact that human remains are sacred only to the human race. To the scavengers, our dead are a food source only, no better or worse than the carrion of other species.

In the rugged backcountry of Southwest Texas, the margin for survival is thinner than in most places. The gaunt coyotes can no more afford to stand on ceremony than the turkey vultures or the badgers, the flies or stinging ants. 

Yet even the hungriest leave something: a bone too hard for jaws to shatter, an indigestible mass of matted hair, a scrap of bloodstained denim. The scattered remnants linger, bearing witness to an ending as inexplicable as it was inhumane.

But not inhuman, no matter how vile the circumstances. and not unmourned, however lonely and remote the grave. For no heart should be defined by the fatal errors that lead it down the path to stillness, but rather by what drives it while it beats.

Fatal Error, prologue
Colleen Thompson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme,
hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
1. Grab your current read Open to a random page
2. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page ~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!~ make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
3. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The reason I went ahead and bought the book. . . 

Caroline groaned audibly. "Emma," she said softly. "You do know that I am very much looking forward to having you in London for the season?"

"I know." Caroline was the closest thing Emma had to a mother. She was always trying to get her to spend more time in England.

"And you know that I love you dearly and would not want to change a thing about you."

"Yes," Emma said hesitatingly.

"Then I hope you won't take offense when I say that proper young ladies really don't go about punching unsavory characters in the nose in London."

"Oh, Aunt Caroline, proper young ladies really don't do that sort of thing in Boston, either."

John (Emma's father) chuckled. "Did you by chance get Ned's wallet back?"

Emma tried to throw him a haughty look, but she couldn't stop her lips from turning up at the corners. "Of course."

John beamed. "That's my girl!"

Julia Quinn

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Yvonne said...

They both sound good. Fatal Error is intriguing. Here's mine...

Unknown said...

i enjoyed the Teaser more than the First Paragraph. I hope you enjoy the book.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

That intro is unbelievable - I would read more for sure.

Nise' said...

The intro sucks you right in! I like the Julia Quinn tease too. Enjoy your reads.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the language and writing style of the first one, but it feels too grim...I probably wouldn't keep reading.

I liked the second one, though. Thanks for sharing.


kayerj said...

I've never heard of Julia Quinn but I'd keep reading and see what I thought. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Literary Feline said...

I like the opening of Fatal Error. It really captures the mood of the book, I think.

Mystica said...

Fatal Error sounds good to me.


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