Donna Everhart

First Sentence Friday! CHAPTER THIRTEEN

The Stampers have dealt with flooding, the destruction of their home, and find themselves in a real struggle for survival with very little.  Now there’s about to be another change in the weather, which brought to mind Hurricane Sandy in the northeast in late October, 2012.  What made it really tough for them was the weather was already turning cold when it arrived.  I remember watching on TV and seeing camp fires burning in and around neighborhoods so people could stay warm.

Likewise for the Stampers, who are already battling hunger, cold is also their enemy.

Chapter Thirteen

The night after I’d chased Leland Tew off, a stiff wind *blowed in out of the north, a sure sign winter would come soon.

(*…”written with beautiful, *authentic prose evocative of the Appalachian Mountains where the story takes place…”  ~~~Susan Peterson, early reviewer, Goodreads, August 5, 2017)


A Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOK Fall/Winter 2017, and a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Trio Pick for 2018, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET releases December 26th, 2017.  

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6 thoughts on “First Sentence Friday! CHAPTER THIRTEEN”

  1. My niece lived in Manhattan during Sandy, and it was such an ordeal. They lived on the 10th floor, and were without power for many days. They were finally able to get a car to take them to NJ to stay with friends.

    1. Oh, the stories I have heard…how horrible. When we moved to the house we have now back in 98, the neighbors told us how bad it was there with Hurricane Fran. (96) I was living in Cary at the time, and it was bad there too – but only 3 days with no power. Here, they said it was two weeks. Unbelievable..but imagine MONTHS, like some of these people may have with Irma.

  2. It’s unbelievable how your book is in sync with the current devastating storms, Donna! I keep intensifying my prayers and closely following the news. I definitely pray strongly for NC and YOU. We don’t want any storms there—or anywhere for that matter.

    Today’s sentence is excellent, which is no surprise. You masterfully pull us into the protagonist’s world, keeping us on our toes, eager to know more. I know we won’t be able to put this book down… <3 <3 <3

    1. That forecast has wobbled more than my own dear mother after she has her glass of wine. 🙂 Thank you for your prayers, Lilac! It appears we will be spared all but rain and a breeze. It has veered to the left and even now looks like it will bring whatever it has left mostly over the…mountains! Pretty much in the area I’m writing about! Unbelievable it is!

      I’m glad you’re liking my sentences, and I hope your words come true… <3 <3 <3

  3. Oh, Donna, I daresay this opening sentence is a harbinger of more than just a stiff wind. But I guess you’re gonna make me wait to find out. I’m singing The Clash (Should I stay or should I go), “It’s always tease tease tease…” Fortunately for you, I’m singing from mid-America and you’re way over on the coast. My brother and his family are Floridians though, so I’m following Irma.

    1. You’re right about that, John! Just when you think it can’t get any worse…they’re definitely going to go through some stuff. If your singing’s like mine, definitely glad you’re in mid-America. 😉

      I hope your brother/family will be okay. I feel so sorry for the people on east coast side who went to the west coast side to “evacuate,” and now find themselves stuck with nowhere else to go.

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