Welcome to today’s post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. For each day, I’ll be sharing the opening paragraphs to a book that starts with that letter and is sitting on my shelves or my Kindle.
Foreseen by Terri-Lynne Smiles
The stocky man pumped his flannel-covered arms around the steering wheel as the white box truck he called Bessie rounded the corner. He shifted her gears, watching the narrow road straighten out in front of him. His iPhone teetered on the edge of the passenger seat, so he stuffed it into a cup holder before taking a quick glance out the driver's side window. Glimpses of a frozen pond peeked through the barren trees at the bottom of a long, steep hill. Mason Chastain had driven this road a hundred times, a thousand perhaps, and knew it looked deceptively simple, especially in the winter. He could see far ahead on the straight, open road, but it was banked wrong, so an icy patch could send him skidding. With a full load of sheet rock and flooring, that could easily send him off the road.
A quarter mile ahead, Mason spotted a lone person - a man in a green down vest, it looked to be - trudging along the side of the road. He watched the man's breath rise in billows through the frigid December air. He was older, Mason guessed from the gait, because he walked the same way as his granddad down in Bristol. He smiled at the thought and brought his attention closer to the truck. Animals were the menace along this stretch, not people. He's seen a guy swerve once to miss a fox and careen off the edge, bounding down the slope into the deep water below. Poor slob had never had a chance. Keep a sharp eye, Mason told himself, scanning the sparse brush on the roadside ahead for any sign of movement. Be prepared. Wasn't that the Boy Scout motto? It fit here.
So, what do you think? Read it soon or give it away?