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.

F is for Foreseen

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?


  • I don’t know, I guess I would read it just because it seems to be setting up some kind of suspense or action which is what I like. I read thrillers, mystery and suspense. The title and book cover plus the action verbs suggest that this book is headed that way, but really nothing in the first paragraph really blew me away or hooked me. I would give it more time, but the first paragraph didn’t capture my attention or captivate me. If I was already a fan of this author and knew what to expect things would be different, but since I haven’t read this author and I don’t know what to expect and I haven’t read the book jacket or blurb, then just from the first paragraph alone, I’m not captivated. Of course, that’s not realty fair, since I don’t know the genre or anything about the book. So, I would give it more time. I would at least read the first chapter. But, I’m pretty selfish with my time, if a book doesn’t hook me or capture my interest by the end of the first few chapters then I move on to the next. If the book has received a lot of hype like Gone Gild or The Girl on the Train and it starts slow then I will give it extra time.

    I really like your theme for the challenge.

    Melissa Sugar

  • J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    How has the first week of the challenge been for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
    My blog has a giveaway with bonus a to z challenges to encourage people to visit more stops.
    I’ve followed your listed social media.
    Interesting book. The cover caught my eye with the Roman numerals.

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