Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: January 20, 2023

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:


Former actress Becca Ransom lived her dream in Hollywood for seven years before returning to her hometown of Larch Haven, Vermont. Known as the Venice of North America, Larch Haven has canals instead of roads, gondolas instead of cars, and charming cottages that look like they were plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. It’s also where Becca is pursuing her newest passion as a chocolatier at True Confections, the chocolate shop owned by her grandparents, Lolly and Pops.

While Becca’s testing new flavors and reconnecting with old friends, the town is gearing up for the annual Gondola Races, popular with both residents and tourists, with one exception. Local curmudgeon Archie Smith wants nothing more than to keep tourists away from Larch Haven. He’s determined to derail this year’s event and does his best to stir up trouble for the organizers, including Becca’s grandfather.

Following a heated argument with Pops, Archie is found floating face-down in the canal, and Pops finds himself in hot water as one of the top suspects. Becca’s determined to clear her grandfather’s name, but when the case heats up, she could be facing a sticky end.

“Binx, I have a feeling we’re not in
Hollywood anymore.”

Are you going to keep reading?

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

Do you use social media to keep up with your favorite authors?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I do! I love connecting with authors on social media. If I could find a way to make that part of my full-time job, I would. I have a full-time job right now, and it doesn’t leave nearly enough time for promoting and talking to authors. I’d love to be more engaged, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. A girl’s gotta sleep sometime!

What about you? Do you get in touch with authors on social media?

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9 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: January 20, 2023

  1. Book Blogger Hop: I totally agree! I wish interacting with authors and sharing their books on social media was my full time job too! Here’s my BBH:

  2. This looks like a good cozy-style mystery, and yeah, how great would it be to read and discuss books as a full time job?! Happy Reading!

  3. Jody says:

    I use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Instagram is my #1 spot where I connect with my favorite authors, I like to find out what they are coming out with next and chatting about the books they have already published.

  4. Snapdragon says:

    I know some authors through blogging. Every now and then they come to my blog. I follow authors on social media to help share their updates.

  5. Cindy Davis says:

    Fun cover! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  6. I don’t use social media to follow authors because ….. time. But, yes it would be fun if it were part of my job! Or if I didn’t have to work and had the time to do it for fun! Enjoy your cozy mystery.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  7. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading The Billionaire’s Nanny by Elizabeth Maddrey. It’s a good story.
    “‘You’re back!’ Megan darted out from behind the cash register as soon as I stepped through the bookstore door, and pulled me into a tight hug.”
    I hope you have a good weekend. 😀

  8. Sounds like a fun one, Lisa! Have a great weekend! 😊

  9. Love cozy mysteries like this! I’m currently reading The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy. The first line is: “You are sure you don’t want me to go with you to the station?” Have a great week!

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