Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spare Change - Teaser Tuesday

Today's Teaser is from Spare Change, Book #1 in The Wyattsville Series by Bette Lee Crosby. It's the story of Olivia, an independent woman who married later in life and never wanted children. Then 11-year-old Ethan Allan shows up at her door, looking for his grandfather (Olivia's late husband). Ethan witnessed his parents' murder, and the murderer is on his trail, but can Olivia help him?

Both Olivia and Ethan are unforgettable characters, and I came to care about them both. I purchased all three books in a boxed set, and I can't wait to delve into the other two "Heartwarming Southern Stories."

My Teaser is from approximately 56% on my Kindle:
By morning Olivia had come to a somewhat shaky decision. She would watch over the boy. Not forever but until she could find a place where he truly belonged. 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Length: 280 Pages
Amazon Link: The Wyattsville Series

Synopsis from Goodreads:

      USA Today Best Selling Novel, Reviewer's Choice 2012 Award Winner! In a story that's been compared to John Grisham's The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.
     Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he's not too sure he can trust her. She's got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions--one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she's a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.
      With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he'd never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa's dead too. He's got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama's will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.
      Winner of Five Literary Awards, BookBundlz Finalist, Voted Goodreads Best Unknown Fiction, FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal Finalist

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.


  1. I saw Jubilee's Journey and was intrigued by the book. Did not know it was part of a series. Glad I know now! Happy reading.

  2. This definitely sounds like a thrilling read! And the fact that you still have half the book to go after she made that decision shows that shit's gonna go down! Thanks for sharing :)
    My Teaser
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. This looks like a fabulous book. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  4. It looks good. Thanks for stopping by my blog. And I'm a new follower.

  5. Great teaser. Sounds interesting. Here is my TT http://cynthiastacey.com/2014/03/04/teaser-tuesday-mar-4/

  6. Aww. Lovely teaser. It looks like a heartwarming read.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Maya @ Love Bites and Silk

  7. Sounds like an interesting read. I'm going to look that one up.

    Here's mine:


  8. I'm not wild about the cover, but the story sounds pretty good! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Great teaser. I remember someone else teasing this one a while back, and thought it sounded good then. Enjoy the series! Mine: Home for the Homicide

  10. Wow that does sound like an interesting read. Nice that she decides to look after him.

  11. Nice teaser. I wonder how long she watched over him. Thanks for visiting.

  12. Nice teaser! I like the blurb for the book, it seems interesting :)

  13. liking it!
    glad you've got the set - no gaps in reading (=

  14. Great teaser! I haven't heard of this book, but I have seen the cover for Spare Change. This looks like quite an emotional series. Thank you for stopping by. :)

  15. I adore all of Bette's books. Spare Change and Jubilee's Journey tug hard on my heart strings. She has a new one coming out!

    Hrere's mine from Enchanted by Alethea Kontis - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/03/04/teaser-tuesdays-60-enchanted-by-alethea-kontis/

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Just hopping by yours to check out your teaser.
    I've never heard of this book before but I love a good thriller. Very nice teaser.
    - Beckie

  17. Great teaser. Makes me want to pick the book up myself.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Kim @ Book Munchies

  18. This sounds really good. I have it on my Kindle.

  19. That's heart warming? Sounds more dramatic.

  20. Hi Sandra,

    This book has shown up on several sites, over the past couple of weeks and I still haven't been able to decide whether to add it to my list or not, even more so now that I know it is part of a series.

    Your teaser lines do sound alluring though and convey all the emotion of this heartwarming storyline, together with the fact that you are obviously enjoying the story so much .... I certainly know how horrified I would be, if I were to be suddenly presented with an eleven year old boy to loook after and raise! ... Perhaps it is worth me taking a look at after all!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week,


  21. Interesting teaser. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I read this!!! Loved it! You picked a great teaser!

  23. Olivia sounds like a nice person(: Great teaser!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  24. Now I want this one, too. I have a copy of Jubilee's Journey.

    I didn't participate in Teaser Tuesdays this week, because I was proofing my book after the publishers formatted it. Reading on a computer is hard on my eyes, I have realized, but I didn't want to print it out. More trees to give their lives..alas.

  25. Great Teaser, I'm already hoping he gets to stay with her :)

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Happy Reading

  26. Heartwarming Southern stories??? Sign me up!


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