First Lines Friday #2

A weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Here are the rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Are you ready? Lets do this!

“The black water nipping at her trashing heels was freezing.

Not a bite of winter chill, or even burns of solid ice, but something colder. Deeper.

The cold of the gap between stars, the cold of a world before light.

The cold of hell- true hell, she realized as she bucked against the strong hands of trying to shove her into the Cauldron.”

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These are the opening lines of A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas!

It is on my TBR for later on this year, but with this opening I think it’s gonna move up the list to sooner rather than later.

Have you read? Do you want to read? Share in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday – February 24, 2020

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am a mess with my reading this month. Seriously, NOTHING has been holding my interest this whole time. At all!

I started the audiobook of a BOTM book I own called Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. I read another one of his books for edelweiss two years ago and enjoyed it so that was why I ordered this BOTM. So far it’s a dull book (maybe it’s the narrator)… I’m trying to get to at least 25% before I call it quits. The story has potential, but all this groundwork isn’t biding me through.

I just finished the audiobook of One By One by Ruth Ware. One star read for me.

Technically I started reading Gilded Cage but put it down to watch TV. These winter months always make me wanna hibernate and get all cozy under the covers… so then I’m feeling a TV show instead of a book.

The struggle is real.

Down the TBR Hole

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m gonna change it up a little bit and purge specific book shelves I have on Goodreads. This week I will be going through my Instagram Finds TBR shelf (literally books I saw on Booksta that I wanted to read based off of someone else’s review, or liked the cover enough to want to see what the books is about). I have 41 books on that shelf so I think that’s a good place to start.

The Cruel Prince has go to! I tried to read it twice and it’s just not for me.

W.I.T.C.H. Part 1 has to go! I am not into graphic novels, I’ve tried and can’t do it.

Seven Sins of Snow sounded interesting at the time, but I don’t think I’d get to it anytime soon. Toss!

The Unwanteds was presented to me as a Harry Potter type book, but I’m not feeling it anymore. It’s gone!

The Midnight Library will stay on the list. Everyone has been saying such good things about it and I am making sure to get to this one this year. Keep!

So my list is down to 37 books I want to read that I saw on Booksta. It’s a start in the right direction!

Have you read any of these? Have I made a mistake in kicking them off my TBR shelf? Let me know in the comments!

Guns and Gods In My Genes by Neill McKee – A Blog Tour

Book Summary

Neill McKee, author of the award-winning travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo, takes the reader through 400 years and 15,000 miles of an on-the-road adventure, discovering stories of his Scots-Irish ancestors in Canada, while uncovering their attitudes towards religion and guns. 

His adventure turns south and west as he follows the trail of his maternal grandfather, a Canadian preacher who married an American woman in Wisconsin, and braved the American Wild West from 1904 to 1907, finding a two-story brothel across from one of his churches and a sheriff who owned a saloon and dance hall, while carrying a gun with 20 notches, one for each man he had killed. 

Much to his surprise, McKee finds his American ancestors were involved in every major conflict on North American soil: the Civil War, the American Revolution, and the French and Indian War. In the last chapters, McKee discovers and documents his Pilgrim ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower, landing at Plymouth in 1620, and their Puritan descendants who fought in the early Indian Wars of New England. 

With the help of professional genealogical research, he tracks down and tells the stories of the heroes, villains, rascals, as well as, the godly and ordinary folk in his genes, discovering many facts and exposing myths. He also lets readers in on a personal struggle: whether to apply for Canadian-United States dual citizenship or remain only a Canadian.

Print Length: 352 Pages

Genre: Historical Travel Memoir

ISBN-13: 9781732945739

Guns and Gods in My Genes is available to purchase now on Amazon.com.

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About the Author, Neill McKee

Neill McKee is a creative nonfiction writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first travel memoir, Finding Myself in Borneo, won a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2020, as well as other awards. McKee holds a Bachelor’s Degree, from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Communication from Florida State University. He worked internationally for 45 years, becoming an expert in the field of communication for social change. He directed and produced a number of award-winning documentary films/videos and multimedia initiatives, and has written numerous articles and books in the field of development communication. During his international career, McKee worked for Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO); Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); UNICEF; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Academy for Educational Development and FHI 360, Washington, DC. He worked and lived in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, and Russia for a total of 18 years and traveled to over 80 countries on short-term assignments. In 2015, he settled in New Mexico, using his varied experiences, memories, and imagination in creative writing.

Find him online at:

Author’s website: www.neillmckeeauthor.com/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/neill-mckee-b9971b65/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/McKeeNeill/

Twitter: twitter.com/MckeeNeill

NBFS: www.northborneofrodotolkien.org

This isn’t my usual type of book, but I was interested in reading this story due to the fact that I found out that I have Irish ancestors who traveled to Canada and then into New York some years later. Learning about my roots has always fascinated me and when I was asked if I wanted to be apart of this blog tour I knew I had to. Thanks for the book, Neill!

The Sunday Post #5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

I’ve been in SUCH a moody mood lately. No book appeals to me (owned, kindle or otherwise). The weather has been dark and snowy on and off for like a week. Ugh! I’m slowly getting back into reading (I listened to the first two books of The Aurora Cycle (which I thought was a duology, honestly) at the end of January and I’m still dealing with such a book hangover).

Last week on my blog I posted:

Mailbox Monday
Top Ten Tuesday
WWW Wednesday

Mailbox Goodies: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas finally showed up on Thursday afternoon! I ordered it from B&N and thought I had chosen the signed copy… I was wrong 😦

Library Haul: I’m still sitting on the library books I have. Too many books, not enough time.

Next Week On The Blog: Not sure this yet. Link ups are a must, lol!

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