Donna Everhart

First Sentence Fridays and FREE BOOK Friday!

You know what day it is!

Del Reese prides himself on the fact that he knows women. He’s a lady’s man, opportunistic, observant, and, as he put it, “ready and willing.” You might say once he started sowing his wild oats, it was so much fun, he never stopped, and he was still busy doing that at the age of twenty-eight.

After a rather bizarre, but significant event, I suppose you could also say he’s damaged goods. However, what took place with him didn’t upset his ability to study, watch and pay attention. Matter of fact, what happened to him changed him, in more ways than one. Observations became more of what piqued his interest.  “Ray” Cobb has come to Swallow Hill, and Del is puzzled by “him,” but he just can’t quite figure out why.

This is actually a photo of man named Floyd Burroughs taken by Walker Evans, taken in 1935. I ran across it a while back, and lost track of where I’d stored it. I picture Del Reese more like this vs the other photo I selected previously of actor Ralph Fiennes (which had to do mostly with the color of the eyes)


Chapter 13


It was something about Ray Cobb.



I am giving away Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of The Saints of Swallow Hill – basically until they’re gone! If I get more, I’ll give those out too. Eventually, I’ll have the finished copies – and guess what happens to those? Yep, those will be given away too! I hope to make some readers happy! Aside from giveaways on Fridays – I’m also doing “pop-up” giveaways – which is a good reason to follow me. 🙂


Tell me what you’re reading and what you think about it. Comments can be made here, or on FB, wherever you follow me!

(I’m reading THE HEAVEN OF MERCURY by Brad Watson. Oh. My. Word. I love everything about this story, the writing, the twisted, crazy, sick, yet loveable characters. Just my kind of book.)

A winner will be announced by Monday evening!




Are you a NetGalley reviewer? The Saints of Swallow Hill is available for request! I’ve started seeing a few reviews. It’s so exciting to read what people are saying about the book!


Last, but not least, don’t forget to:

Pre-order a copy!

You might win a copy, but, you can always give away one as a gift! 🙂 

30 thoughts on “First Sentence Fridays and FREE BOOK Friday!”

  1. I just started The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andews. I am loving it but I am not very far end. I start back to school (I teach) Monday so it may take me a while to finish.

    1. You can’t go wrong with Mary Kay Andrews. I completely understand about time – I only read at night (and usually fall asleep quick) so don’t get many pages in.

  2. Hello! I’m reading Ginny Moon, by Benjamin Ludwig! Ginny is an autistic child and I love seeing the world around here through her eyes!

    1. I have that book in my TBR pile!

      I read BEST BOY by Eli Gottlieb, and it was really good. It gave such great insight into that autistic character’s way of thinking, really fascinating.

  3. I’m reading The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray. I’m going to be completely honest here…I will be so glad when I finish it! It’s a long book at almost 600 pages. This triple timeline story is wonderful, but maybe it should have been more than one book. I feel like I’ve been reading it forever!

    1. I think the last book I read that was THAT big was a Stephen King novel. I remember when I was growing up, historical novels like Sacajawea, and that one was HUGE at over 1400 pages if I recall, were books I loved b/c they were so big.

  4. Shelly McPhatter

    I am reading The Maidens by Alex Michael ides. I’ve only just started it and so far it’s going good. I am definitely looking forward to where it goes.

  5. I just finished THE KEEPER OF HANPPY ENDINGS by Barbara Davis. It was wonderful!

  6. I just started reading The Women’s March by Jennifer Chiaverini. I love her historical books. I hope this one doesn’t disappoint me.

    1. I have several favorite authors, and I agree – there’s nothing worse than when a book doesn’t measure up, but on the flip side of this, I also personally understand how hard it is to follow up when there’s been a favorite. 😉

  7. I am reading a thriller, Survive The Night by Riley Sager. I am loving it, very suspenseful!

    1. I don’t read many thrillers, but I love to watch that ID channel (Investigative ID) and especially “Evil Lives Here.” (yikes)

  8. I’m reading an ARC of Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr! It’s magical and busy. The short chapters keep me reading, although it took me a while to keep all the times & characters straight.

    1. Wow, an ARC by him! I’ve not read any of his books. There IS something about short punchy chapters for sure. It’s like you keep flipping pages, b/c you’re thinking, one more chp, just one more.

  9. Hi!! I’m reading The Lily Garden by Barbara Josselsohn. It’s a nice summer romance story!

  10. I’m reading “The Silence” by Kendra Elliot. It’s an engrossing detective story where a radial conspiracist is found murdered; detectives finding papers in the conspiracist home that are against law enforcement. Everyone agent is on high alert! Also a side story of one of the detectives twin sister missing. It’s certainly holding my interest!

  11. Hi, I just started reading “Just One Look” by Joanne Kukanza Easley and so far it is pretty good!! Your book sounds like a great read, and I will be adding it to my TBR list for sure! Thank you for the chance. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

    1. And now I have that song in my head, and now I’m also showing my age – haha. Thank you for adding, you have a great weekend too!

    1. We’re on the same wavelength! I just saw that book out on Amazon, and I started to buy it – I’ve heard a lot about it! I believe this is her debut. The only reason I didn’t (looks over at TBR pile) I simply CAN’T ADD MORE. My dresser is full, my bookcases are full, I have books stacked EVERYWHERE that I haven’t read! It’s a problem. But a good one.

    1. Stephen King is ALL I used to read . . . I have about 30+ of his books upstairs. I think I need to give him a try again. The most current of his I read was Lisey’s Story, and from what I’ve seen/heard, his latest works are really good.

  12. I’m reading a YA novel, I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Just started and so far, a good read. Not something I would usually pick up, but it was gifted to me.

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