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First Lines … ‘The Devil’s Dime’ by Bailey Bristol





The dark-haired young man could scarcely believe his good fortune. He tried to slow his breathing, but the plush, deep carpet felt strange beneath his feet, keeping him off balance.

Between holding his breath so as not to fall over and trying not to hyperventilate, he was a trembling mess. He had to steady himself. This was the reward everyone coveted, and it had come to him.

He focused on the deep folds of the gold-fringed drapery that hung across the entrance. Intricate nets of transparent fabric laced the ceiling, muting the light and casting the place in an unearthly, beckoning dimness.


So many questions

What has this young man done to earn a reward and why should he be so surprised about it?

What kind of background does the young man come from, that carpet should make him feel so uncomfortable?

Why is such an opulent and well furnished place, kept in such dimness?

And that’s before I even start reading …..

As usual, so as to avoid too many unwanted spoilers, I have not included a full synopsis of the book in this post. However to find out a little more about the story before deciding whether it is your ‘cup of tea’ or not, you can click on the book image.


What is ‘Book Beginnings’ and how can you join in the fun?

Would the first few lines of your book make you want to read on?

If so, would you like to share them with us, (without revealing too many spoilers of course) ?

 Click on the link and visit Gilion @ Rose City Reader

You can then leave a link to your own book beginnings post, or just browse for some great reads, there are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered.

Don’t forget that Gilion and all the other contributors to this meme love to hear from you, so why not leave a comment or two at the same time.


As this was an author invitation to read and review, a download of ‘The Devil’s Dime (The Samaritan Files) ‘ was sent to me free of charge, by its author, Bailey Bristol.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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    • Hi Vicki,

      I have so far managed not to take a peek any further, even though my curiosity has been piqued by those first few lines.

      The synopsis gives the bare bones of the story and from that alone, I think that this is going to turn into a real page-turner.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

    • Hi Cath,

      The author classifies this book as Historical Romantic Suspense, so I think that covers quite a wide range of possibilities.

      The synopsis is quite intriguing and has great promise for a good suspense story.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I am just in the mood for a great suspense story right now, and the odd bit of romance isn’t going to detract too much I shouldn’t think.

      I haven’t read anything historical in some time now either and the last few such books have been distinctly ‘English’ in flavour, so a story that is set in the US is also going to make for some extra added interest.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave comment, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have a rough idea of the storyline from the synopsis, but in this opening scene those first few lines don’t really give anything away, although they are intriguing.

      Bailey certainly knows how to hook a reader in, this poor man could be anywhere, waiting for who knows what to happen …. I can’t wait to get started on it!

      Thanks for stopping by, hope all is well with you.

    • Hi Gilion,

      That is quite an alluring opening, isn’t it?

      I am literally just about to start reading this one and the next few lines are even more intriguing, definitely one I am going to enjoy!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit everyone who participates in the meme, I always really appreciate it.

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      As I am now some way into the book, I can reveal that all is not quite as straightforward as those opening lines would have the reader believe.

      The reality of the situation is much more chilling and full of suspense and I am still not quite sure what the outcome of the story is going to be yet, but the book is holding up very well and far exceeding any preconceived ideas I had about it.

      Thanks for the visit, this is a book well worth reading if you like historical suspense, with a little romance on the side.

    • Hi Eva,

      I have nearly finished with this book, but it hasn’t yet quite tied up the loose ends, so that I can find out where those opening ‘prologue’ lines fit into the whole story.

      If it is what I suspect, then the lines are very ominous and bode well for no-one, certainly not for the person behind the curtain!

      The review should be out soon, so you’ll just have to wait and see!

    • Hi Chris,

      It looks as though he is going to be paying the ultimate price for his trouble!!

      Not got quite that far into the book that all different strands of the plot mesh together yet, but very soon now!!!

      Thanks for commenting on two posts today, I love to receive all comments and any book chat that’s going.

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