Donna Everhart

First Sentence Fridays and FREE BOOK Friday!

Hello everyone! 

A little heads up in case you missed it out on Facebook – I will have another giveaway like the one last week at some point in time. Also, I happen to have a few extra goodies a reader might find included with their ARC when it arrives. I wish I could give every winner of an ARC a package like last week’s, or a small “extra,” but as they say in retail, “supplies are limited.”

Moving on to the post and sentence for this week!


There is a book that is doing really well right now, recently published on August 31 of this year, and it’s of a most unusual topic. It’s called Stiff: The Mysterious Life of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach. We humans, or some of us anyway, are fascinated with the morbid. Not me, you say? Have you never “rubber-necked” when there was a terrible accident you had to drive by? I will admit, I have never shied away from reading about decomposition, viewing pictures post mortem, and I’ve read various accounts of how far a human body can go when in the process of dying, yet still be resuscitated. Writers often joke about the questions we pose to the internet, and if that question is asked out on some social media platform, there is the inevitable disclaimer –  FOR RESEARCH.

I did a lot of thinking before I decided to go ahead and post the sentence in it’s entirety for this week. Is it a spoiler, or not? I couldn’t decide at first and then I thought, no, hopefully it’s riveting!


Chapter 20

Rae Lynn

She quit fighting long before she got to Heaven.



For a chance to win an ARC of The Saints of Swallow Hill, any comment made on the blog, Facebook, or wherever you follow me is your entry.

One winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday!



My publisher is having another giveaway and you have a chance to be one of the winners! Enter HERE, and good luck! Ends September 26th!



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! 🙂 

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

      1. Happy Friday. Excited to read this new book and learn more about turpentine extraction. Growing up in Upstate SC in living Western NC for several years I have heard of making turpentine. Good luck on the book.

  1. Good Morning! Happy First Friday of Fall ????❤???? I’ve added this book to my Wish List!! Sounds Different ????

    1. Awesome – it’s nothing but Southern fiction through and through. (well considered historical fiction too) It’s totally different in that it’s about a bit of Southern history no one (that I know of) has written about. ????

  2. When you see a husband die and look at him after death, not a sight of a dead person would I ever want to see again!

  3. Well this book does sound interesting in a different sort of kind of way lol. I’m adding it to my TBR list ????

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