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Justified Burden
by Lori Matthews
First Lines

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This is a meme for all you ‘First Page Browsers‘

Cover image of the book 'Justified Burden' by author Lori Matthews




“Scarlett Jones’s heart swelled as she pulled into the parking lot of the Wellness Retreat at Canyon Springs. She was proud of the redesign she’d done, and when it opened in two and a half short weeks, everyone would finally see it.

After parking, she climbed out of her SUV. It was still dark and somewhere near the twenty-degree mark. She shivered. So many Christmas songs talked up snow, and having a white Christmas had sounded so jolly when she lived in California. The reality was less cheerful and more bone-chilling, especially at five am. Being awake at this hour was a crime against nature, she was sure. At least against her nature.

The freezing air stung her cheeks and chin as she hurried around the back of the SUV to open the hatch. Why did she choose to live somewhere that her face hurt from the cold? She tried humming “Jingle Bells” to brighten her mood as she gathered all her bags and her notebooks in her arms, but it didn’t help. When Scarlett stepped back to close the tailgate by swinging her foot under the sensor, she slipped on the icy snow and almost ended up on her butt. Regaining her balance, Scarlett tried again. The tailgate closed this time, and she slowly picked her way across the parking lot toward the building.

She glanced down at her boots. They were a beautiful forest green leather that matched her coat exactly. And her eyes. She had bought them on a whim, not knowing how friggin’ cold it was in Canyon Springs in winter. Her toes were frozen, and she hadn’t made it more than ten feet. It didn’t help the boots had spike heels. Scarlett sighed. They had seemed like such a good idea in L.A.

She stepped up onto the cleared sidewalk and breathed a sigh of relief. She moved quickly toward the building’s entryway. After shuffling the items in her arms, she started to rummage through her purse for the set of keys her boss, Sunny Travers, had given her. She stopped a few feet from the main doors as she dug deeper in her purse. She heard a sound and looked up to see a masked person barreling from the building, straight toward her”

Cover image of the book 'Justified Burden' by author Lori Matthews

So, you have taken a sneak peek, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

Image of author Lori Matthews


Cover image of the book 'Justified Burden' by author Lori MatthewsFormer Navy SEAL, and Personal Security Specialist Rhys Bennett is in Canyon Springs to mend after being shot on his last assignment.

His wound has healed and it’s almost time for him to go back to work, but he’s worried. The sixth sense that’s kept him alive so far is MIA.

For Scarlett Jones, being in Canyon Springs is her chance at a fresh start after a devastating tragedy. She’s desperate for her design business to be successful. But when things keep going wrong on her latest remodel, panic sets in. Is someone sabotaging the worksite on purpose or is it all in her head?

Realizing the distracting Scarlett is in trouble, Rhys puts aside his self-doubt and volunteers to protect her. Watching over the beautiful redhead won’t be too difficult. Or so he thinks until a body is discovered and the mystery surrounding Scarlett turns potentially deadly.

Will Rhys be up to the task of keeping Scarlett safe or will the killer get away with murder twice?

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You might also like to visit the meme host, Gilion, over at ‘Rose City Reader‘, where you can share links to the book beginnings from her own reading schedule and that of many of our fellow bloggers.

There are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered and you never know where that next ‘must read’ is going to come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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