First Sentence Fridays – THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER! TWO Free Books Friday!

Hello everyone!  Guess what? This week there will be two books you have a chance of winning. One is a personalized copy of THE FORGIVING KIND!

THE FORGIVING KIND by Donna Everhart

You can read the flap copy here. *

The second book is by my fellow author at Kensington, Mandy Mikulencak. It’s called FORGIVENESS ROAD, and you can read what the story is about here. Mandy has kindly offered to sign and send a hardcover to the lucky person! She shares my love of Southern voices and coming-of-age stories (the book is set in Mississippi). I think you’ll enjoy this one.

In order to have a chance to win, comment and share this post! If you win one of these copies, please leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon, or give a shout-out on social media. I love to see pictures of books people receive in the mail!

Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday morning.


Let’s get to the sentence for THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER! (December 31, 2019, Kensington)


In second grade, I knew a girl named Roseanne. She wore braces on her legs, and at lunchtime, our teacher always asked a couple of us to hold her hands as we single-filed our way down the hallway to the lunchroom. I liked Roseanne, so I always wanted to be one of the ones to hold her hand. She read tons of books and so did I, and we always talked about what we were reading – yes, I was doing this already at age eight. 🙂

I remember the sway of her altered steps as I held her hand. I remember her long braid hanging down her back, bouncing back and forth off her shoulders. She could sit on that braid. Despite efforts to include her in all things our class room did, going outdoors and playing kickball wasn’t possible. Being able to swing her legs over the seesaw, going hand over hand on the monkey bars, running in a game of tag, all that was impossible too. She made up for her lack of physical abilities by being one of the smartest kids in the class. I remember she made As and knew the answers to every question our teacher asked. This was very impressive to the rest of us eight-year-olds. Yet, Roseanne, despite her smarts, still must have held onto some awareness that our inclusiveness had it limitations.


Jessie has always been something of an outsider among her peers. Her brother, Merritt, has always fit in easily, but the injury he sustains after their vehicle is pushed off the road, alters his abilities. Jessie, already used to being somewhat of a loner, knows it’s not going to be easy for him.

Chapter 10

Merritt came home and it was all I could do to look at him.



The winner of THE FORGIVING KIND will be announced Monday morning!

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER here, and be included in the sweepstakes to win a ***leather -bound journal like the Sassers use!

Also, if you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to add THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER to your Goodreads To Be Read list!

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