Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: October 6, 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:


In this lawyer on the run action suspense, attorney Quinton Bell loses the trial of his career, and possibly his life.

Dead By Proxy takes you on a heart-pounding journey through the life of a criminal defense attorney, whose world is wiped out. When Quinton loses a career-defining case, he finds himself being hunted by the very client he tried to save.

As Quinton navigates the treacherous path of survival, he is running from a powerful and relentless adversary who will stop at nothing to see him silenced. Finally landing in Houston, he hides in plain sight while re-inventing his new life as a trial lawyer.

When he’s forced to take on a high-profile murder case, he exposes himself and those he loves to danger. With each passing moment, the noose tightens, and he must draw on every ounce of wit to outsmart those who still want him dead.

Will Quinton Bell find a way out, or will he forever be a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse?

Dead By Proxy is the first book in the edgy Proxy Legal Thriller Series. If you like memorable characters, smart gritty action, and jaw-dropping twists, then you’ll love Manning Wolfe’s fast-paced page-turner.

Byron Douglas never forgot his last jury trial in New York City, not because he won, but because it forced him to become dead by proxy.

I’ve heard of Manning Wolfe, but this is the first of her books I’ve read. So far, it promises to be a heck of a ride! I do love a good legal thriller. Would you keep reading?

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.

Have you ever stayed up late reading a book? 
bmitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Have we just met?! Of course I’ve stayed up late reading a book! I started that when I was just an elementary school student. My parents would turn in for the night, and then I’d shut my door, turn on my light, and grab my book. The alarm still went off at 6:00 for school the next morning, but I handled it.

As an adult, many a night I’ve stayed up way past my bedtime reading, and then I’ve regretted my life choices the next morning (but not enough to stop staying up late reading). Early in our relationship, my husband and I were in line for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We each got our own copy of the book, because we couldn’t wait for the other to finish it, and stayed up and read the whole thing. Pretty sure we were awake until about time for breakfast. So yes, I can go big and stay up far later than I should if I’m caught up in a good book.

How about you? Do you turn out the lights on time, every time, or do you, too, read past your bedtime? Leave a comment, and stop by the Hop to see what other bloggers have to say!

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3 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: October 6, 2023

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    Talk about a captivating first line!! You’re like, wait, WHAT?! I hope you are enjoying this! I think a better question for the book blogger hop is how do you get the discipline NOT to stay up way too late reading a book, LOL!

  2. No kidding about the lawyer on the run thing with that cover! 🙂

  3. I love the sound of Dead by Proxy and that opening line is a great hook. I want to read more!

    So many mornings of regret for not having gone to bed earlier . . . And yet, I keep reading later than I should. I have to get to a good stopping point and that doesn’t always come right away. I’m sure you can relate. LOL

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