First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: It’s in His Smile

First Chapter First Paragraph

Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.

I reviewed It’s In His Smile yesterday here on the blog. I’m starting to get a little behind in my intros!


Chapter 1

Miranda Cruz was sure that getting hot and bothered at a wake broke at least one of the unwritten rules of funeral etiquette. Especially since she was the hostess.

Ms. Bea, Miranda’s friend and mentor, deserved more respect.

The scent of freshly baked oatmeal and raisin cookies drifted over the bar that separated the kitchen from the dining area, to fill the room and hopefully bring some comfort to the mourners. Miranda pulled the last batch from the oven and dished them onto a plate with a spatula.


Miranda Cruz isn’t just the best darned waitress in town anymore; she’s Red River’s newest innkeeper. But first, she has to find the contractor who’s disappeared with her life savings so she can start renovations. Not so easy for a woman who never depends on anyone, especially a man. And when a gorgeous old flame shows up, the fire between them is reignited and threatens to send her dreams up in smoke.

Acclaimed environmental architect Talmadge Oaks returns home to Red River on family business. He plans to get in and get out quickly because a professional catastrophe is waiting back in Washington. When an unforeseen snag keeps him in Red River longer than expected, he finds himself entangled in the renovations of his late grandmother’s Victorian inn. Handy with a hammer, he offers to help the beautiful new owner, but his motives aren’t completely selfless. Will his secret demolish everything they are building? Or can their undeniable passion keep them together?

Would you keep reading?  

13 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: It’s in His Smile

  1. She had by the end of the first sentence! lol.
    I just posted about this release on my blog, but I’d love to add a link to your 1st chapter 1st paragraph If you wouldn’t mind?

  2. Yeah, that’s probably not the most common reaction at a wake. But then, a wake is more of a celebration of life, right? 🙂 This sounds like a fun one.

    I shared my teaser for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman today.

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