But that's not what you came to hear about. You're looking for Book Beginning and Friday 56. So let's get to it. This week's book is Basil Instinct by Shelley Costa. It's the second in a series about a family that runs an Italian restaurant.
I'm reading it right now because I got a copy to review. The book actually hits shelves on Tuesday.
And it begins with:
At 9:41 PM I uttered those fateful words: "How bad could it be?" If you didn't tumble out of your crib yesterday, surely you know that the universe hearts those words as a challenge. So it sends you a hurricane or a tax audit or a new man who still lives with his mother. Even so, I didn't see it coming.
Now I'm going to cheat a little because, frankly, page 56 is a bit boring. It's a fine page moving the story along, but nothing that catches the interest for a snippet like this. Unlike the first two paragraphs of page 50:
I took a big breath and swung open the door to the kitchen classroom.
Which was when a bunch of lighted matches, arcing through the air, damn near hit me.
Really, when I read those sentences, I just couldn't find anything to compare. They are took good to pass up, right?
I'm aiming to have my review up on Tuesday, but with the new job, it's not the guarantee it would have been when I had hours to sit and read. I'm not much past page 56 at the moment, but I expect to be able to make some good progress tomorrow.