Thursday, October 8, 2015

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Mind of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

I just started this book, I've just barely started the first chapter, so the 56 will be a surprise for me.

     Moira is a powerful empath, a psychic graced with the ability to read emotions and memories. Her skill is as much a curse as a gift, for in the harshly stratified city of Braxton empaths are slaves. Clever and beautiful, Moira has learned to rely on no one but herself. Determined to escape life as a concubine, she kills her master, and is imprisoned for the crime. 
     This could be the end for Moira, but the government has need of her skills. A mysterious serial killer known as the Phoenix has been planting suggestions in his victims' minds that drive them to murder and suicide. To gain her freedom, Moira partners with Keenan Edwards, a handsome young detective, to stop the killer. 
    Hunting the Phoenix will bring Moira on a more dangerous road than she imagined, forcing her to confront dark minds, twisted moralities, and her growing feelings for the detective.

Book Beginning:
Baxton, Fortland
   January 7, 1903
On a clear evening night, Charles Darwitt sat contentedly in the back seat of his motor vehicle as his driver wove at a brisk pace through the streets of Baxton.
Kind of a bland start really. But it does pick up by the end of this prologue.

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My 56:
"If what he says is true about this....door, that you could potentially damage his mind in your attempt to open it, I think you should stop," Keenan suggests carefully, and I notice that he has strategically phrased his words as a recommendation rather than a demand.
I am really interested to what the heck is going on. I hope this book is as good and mysterious as these snippets make it sound.


  1. I can't tell. Is the book Steam Punk or just a historical romance? Love the cover.

    My Friday Quotes

    1. Goodreads has it shelved as Suspence, Paranormal and Romance.

  2. Lovely cover art. I keep waiting for her to turn around.

    Here's my 56 -

  3. I am curious, too....this doesn't sound like a book I would pick up, but you piqued my interest.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE LIARS’ CLUB”

  4. Pretty cover and I love these kind of books. Hope you enjoy it.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  5. I haven't read many books featuring empaths, but this one sounds fascinating. The cover is lovely.
    My Friday post features Seeing You Again.

  6. I've never heard of this book before but it seems interesting.

  7. I haven't heard of this one, but the cover is lovely and the 56 sounds kind of interesting. Happy Friday!

  8. The 56 is rather intriguing!! That cover though... OMG!
    Happy weekend!

  9. I LOVE the cover.

    ENJOY the read.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. Wow! That sounds like quite a story!

    Thanks for participating in BBOF! I don't often get around to everyone to leave a comment, but I am always happy when you share your book beginning!

  11. I might have to pick this one up! Thanks for sharing.

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).