First Sentence Fridays – THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER, FREE BOOK FRIDAY –> ARC of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER!

Did everyone have a great week?  I hope so, but it COULD be a FANTASTIC beginning to next week if you won the ARC, right?

Well, this Friday the 13th is good for something! It’s time for another chance, but let’s do something different. Read on to find out how to win this week.

On October 12th, I’ll be the featured speaker for a non-profit organization called First Book. The event takes place in Conway, South Carolina, and I can’t wait to meet the attendees and share about my own first books.

I have a memory stamped into my head and it has stuck with me all these years, but I think I’ve thought more about it lately because of the event I mention above. When I was in first grade, which is when children were taught to read who are my age, (ha!) my name was called to come to the “reading circle,” along with about six or seven other students. The rest of the classroom sat at their desks doing other work while our teacher gave us our first reading lesson. We used the Dick and Jane primers. (yep, definitely showing my age)

I was scared, anxious and excited all at once. One by one, she had us sound out our words, and “read.” Somehow, through all these decades, I remember my first sentence. “Go, Dick, go!” My teacher asked me to read it again, this time keeping in mind the punctuation. I repeated the sentence with extra added emphasis for the exclamation point – !

“Very, very good, Donna.”

There may have been a little preening from me following her praise. From that moment on, that little girl that was me became an avid reader and she still is.  My latest rave reads?

These stunning Southern fiction stories. Swoon worthy.

(Admittedly, I was too lazy to go upstairs, take a picture of each, download, upload, and post. But, if you follow me on Goodreads, then you know I just read these.)

Now, for a chance to win the ARC this week – share your first book experience with us, and, as always, share this post out to your bookish friends!

Don’t forget to leave a review if you win an ARC!  It would be great if winners would post pictures and share out on social media sites – they’re always fun to see! 

Now on to this week’s sentence for THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER. (December 31, 2019, Kensington)

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Cars used by bootleggers were modified to haul lots of ‘shine. While they kept the “stock” appearance for the outside, they were changed in other ways, and I’m talking fake gas tanks, extra suspension so the car didn’t sag (a sure sign there was something back there and it wasn’t Granny’s fried chicken) along with back seats that allowed storage underneath, under the floorboards, or even in the overhead areas. The mechanics who made these changes could be quite creative.

The 1940 Ford Coupe was one of the most popular types of car used, mostly because of the horsepower it had.

In THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER, Jessie’s Daddy doesn’t have that type of car, but an Oldsmobile Rocket 88. One that would have looked a lot like this:

Similar, but different. Bootleggers had a tendency to name their cars, and Jessie’s father is no different. (Actually, a lot of people name their cars and they’re not hauling liquor.)

Chapter 19

I’d always known Sally Sue was a beast of a car.

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The winner of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER ARC will be announced Monday morning!

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER here, to 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!

AND, don’t forget there’s another AWESOME and BIG giveaway for an ARC on Goodreads, by my publisher. Lots of chances for an opportunity to be a FIRST reader!

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