First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Red Ribbon

Posted October 23, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, Pepper Basham, romance / 15 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

December 2011

The coming dusk cast gray shadows across the box-shaped buildings of Main Street, Hillsville, as Ava Burcham kept a vigilant watch toward Beaver Dam Road.


An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

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15 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Red Ribbon

  1. Marti Wilson

    Just starting Glory Road- Lauren K. Denton this morning. It starts off nice, “I’d been on the porch steps shelling purple hull peas for less than an hour and my thumbnails had already turned purple.” Can’t you just picture it. 😊

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    I’m reading Amanda Dykes’ Whose Waves These Are. The opening line of the prologue is “‘Every wave in that big old blue sea is a story.'” The opening line of chapter one is as follows:
    “One minute a guy is splitting wood in the northeastern corner of the country, stomach rumbling and heart afire with ambition in the wake of his eighteenth birthday, and the next minute he’s pumping water from the old kitchen sink to clean the work off his hands and pick up a letter from the President of the United States himself.”

  3. Kay Garrett

    I awoke with a jolt, heart pounding. A nightmare hadn’t startled me. What had?
    COLD CONVICTION by Daryl Wood Geber

  4. Just starting Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron, a cozy mystery for Halloween.

    “It’s a good thing we lay our departed to read aboveground,” Gran whispered to Maggie, “because if I sund any further, I’d be standing on a coffin.”

  5. Gloria A

    Way up north, nestled in the heart of Vermont, there’s a little town called Evergreen.
    Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy by Nancy Naigle

  6. Janice Moore

    I cannot wait to read the latest from Pepper Basham! Aren’t her stories wonderful?
    I’m reading Lu, by Beth Troy, mainly because it was recommended here! It begins with “All the stories have been written, including mine.”

  7. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line from The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden over on my blog today. I’m enjoying it very much. Here’s a line from the chapter I’m currently on:
    “Elizabeth decided to forebear late-night visitors.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤📚

  8. Diana Hardt

    It sounds like an interesting book, but I’m not on Instagram so I can’t enter the giveaway.

    This comes from Loves Calls Her home by Patricia Lee. Lissa Frye jolted upright, listening for the strange noise that had broken the stillness. She squinted into the darkness as dawn’s approach grayed the black interior of the room. The dresser and nightstand took shape, but still no clue to the sound’s origin surfaced. What was it?

  9. Paula Shreckhise

    I’m sharing the first line of chapter 19 of The Love Note by Joanna Politano:
    If I should happen to fall in love, the outcome of such a plight depends, like any big fall, on who is there to catch me.


    Alone on the summit of Manitou Springs Incline, Elizabeth Hart focused her camera phone down the slope on the town that started her career. Treacherous Mountain Investigation by Stephanie M. Gammon.

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