Monday, September 1, 2014

The Gods of Second Chances - Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros

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     I enjoy books where the setting is a character, and in THE GODS OF SECOND CHANCES, Alaska plays a huge role. Ray Bancroft lives on remote Yatki Island and earns his living shrimping and crabbing. He's not only battling the harsh conditions of his livelihood, but he is also raising his granddaughter, worrying about his drug-addicted daughter (recently released from jail and heading home), and mourning the death of his wife. I found myself asking what catastrophe would happen next to this caring man! 
     The characters are often gritty with very real true-to-life problems and worries. I wanted them to succeed. The book enthralled me from the first page, and I truly could not put it down. This 5-star story will stay with me for a long time.

Opening Paragraph:
Mud and rain invaded my dreams after Donna's death. In southeast Alaska, where I've lived for half my life, we have precipitation 310 days out of the year. All those nights with the skittle-skattle of wet pelts against the windows, you'd think that rain would have formed the base molecules of my sleep a long time ago. And the mud. It's everywhere up here, omnipresent and brutal.

Teaser (from 39% on my Kindle): 
But who's going to walk through the door--a mature, grown-up daughter, who I haven't yet met, or the junkie I know? I push the letter to the back of the drawer and close it.

Genre: Literary/Adventure / Family Relationships
Length: 298 Pages
Amazon Link: The Gods of Second Chances
Author Website: Dan Berne

  

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59 comments:

Margot said...

I agree with you. I love it when the setting is as powerful as a character. Alaska could definitely do that. I'd like to read more of this one.

LuAnn Braley said...

I enjoy reading books where you can commiserate with or cheer for one or more of the characters. TBR'd on GoodReads.

Sarah Mortimer said...

Love it! Love the front cover, the intro and the teasers. Off to check out the synopsis and add it to my wishlist! Thanks for sharing! Here's my TT.

LoveBites AndSilk said...

I can just imagine all that mud and rain. Great opener and teaser.
Hope September brings you blessings, Sandra.

Kay

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

that is a great intro and a book I would love to try. hope you enjoy it. thanks so much for joining us this week.

Tea Norman said...

He does have his hands full. I like The Teaser and the first.....I like this enough to put it on my list. Didn't know it rained so much in Alaska.

grammajudyb said...

Thanks for sharing. I am adding this book to my ever growing list of TBR. I like the cover too and I often judge a book by its cover!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

This sounds like another good read for my list. Thanks for sharing it.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/09/first-chapter-first-paragraph-74-and.html

JoAnn said...

I like books with strong settings, too. This book seems to have it all - cover, setting, story, and writing. Off to see if it's available from my library.

Dan Berne said...

Hi, Sandy. Thanks for reading the novel and talking about it on your blog! I's very glad the strong sense of the Alaskan landscape, and how it impacts the lives of the characters, came through. The spot-on cover was created by Gigi Little who works with my publisher. When I first saw it I knew she had gotten the essence of the story. And it's a good thing she did! If left to my own devices, y'all would be poking at a photo of a crab fishing boat anchored in a cove.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I agree, the setting was like another. I enjoyed this one, too....thanks for sharing, and reminding me of this book. Here's mine: “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU”

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I meant to say "like another character." LOL

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I have a feeling that I found this book through your blog! It's one of the best stories I've read lately, and I recommend it for men and women alike.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dan. You're right about the cover -- it's eye-catching and captures so many elements of your story. You've created a memorable book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Suzie Quint said...

Rain 310 days out of the year? That's worse than Seattle (where I lived for 20 years). But the characters sound interesting. I love exploring family dynamics.

My TT is at http://suziequint.blogspot.com

Alice Audrey said...

I hadn't realized it was so different in Alaska. I've been there, but only for a few days a long time ago.

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

I like the intro and the location. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I''m going to add this to my 'To Read' list.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've been on an Alaska cruise, which is hardly a "real world" experience! I enjoyed the beauty of the area.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I now live in the Seattle area, and although I don't mind the rain, 310 days a year would be a little too much for me! But the weather is definitely a significant factor in this fisherman's life.

Kim@Time2Read said...

The opening doesn't do much for me....300+ days of precipitation?? No thank you! But the book does sound interesting. Enjoy!
Today I'm featuring The Girl Who Came Home.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! I'm looking forward to cooler weather and even the rain that autumn brings to the Pacific Northwest.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I didn't add the synopsis to today's post because I hoped my intro would give people an idea of what the book is about. Besides, that would have made the post longer than I'd like. I hope you enjoy this story.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Alaska is such a big state. Perhaps the rainfall he mentioned doesn't occur everywhere, but I really don't know. Regardless, that's a heck of a lot of rain!

madamevauquer said...

Not generally something I read, but this one sounds really good.

My TT this week is from a Tolstoy novella. http://wp.me/pZnGI-ci

Juli Rahel said...

For a moment I got confused when you said a place as a character, but then I totally clocked what you meant! This sounds like a really interesting book although I'm not so sure about the first person narrating, it's just not really my thing! I'm glad you enjoyed it :) thanks for stopping by!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Leila @ Readers' Oasis said...

Very intriguing opening! I like the cover, too.

Cleo Bannister said...

Oh this sounds like a read that puts you through the wringer. Glad you were rooting for him as that shows that the characters are well-drawn. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/teaser-tuesday-september-2/

Alicia Batista said...

Ummm..This sounds interesting! I'll have to check it out on goodreads, because you've got my interest peaked! :)

Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! :)

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I like the sound of this one! I read a fantastic memoir set in Alaska called Still Points North by Leigh Newman...I also love the writing in the intro and the gritty story. I'll add this one to my TBR.

Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/fiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-back-channel-stephen-l-carter/

Valentina Cano said...

Sounds great!

JC Jones said...

He does have more problems than anyone should have to face but I think there are more people like him than we realize.

Laura said...

Sounds interesting and sounds like the setting numbers among his problems in part, but he also must have some sort of love for it. Imagine the same is true for how he feels for his daughter. Hope he got the ending he deserved. Thanks for coming by my blog.

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for telling me about Still Points North. I'll read that one.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

After reading this story, I felt like I knew the main character very well. The author did a great job.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You're right. The book made me stop and think about the many people who live a marginal existence where any financial setback can be catastrophic. This character managed to find a way to provide for himself and his granddaughter, through hard work and the help of his friends, and in spite of his misfortunes.

Laura Thomas said...

Rich in culture and characters. I can see why you couldn't stop until you reached the end. That's a very telling cover too. I like it. Thanks for stopping by my tease.

Kerry O'Donnell said...

Ouch, that tease sounds like there's definitely going to be an interesting relationship going on, and the description in the intro was cool too. Vivid. Thanks for sharing!
My Teaser.

Dewey Girl said...

I really enjoyed the intro for the book; beautiful and quite captivating. I've said this about so many people's Tuesday Teasers and similar, but I think I might have to add this to my TBR list!

Here's my TT: http://deweygirl.co.uk/2014/09/teaser-tuesday-greywalker/

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

That is a lot of rainy days! Wish it rained that much where I live; we are in a terrible drought. Anyway! I do hope you enjoy your book :)

Sparrow's TT

Yvonne said...

Great intro and teaser! You have my interest.

PD Workman said...

Yes, definitely interesting.

Thanks for stopping by mine today:

Mine this week is a YA disability story:

http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-window-boy-teasertuesday-yalit/

Nise' said...

After recently visiting Alaska, I want to check this book out.

kelley jensen said...

I like that, I like a well defined setting. I like to know where I'm at. I'd keep reading. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Naomi Hop said...

Oooh.... I wonder too!! Good one!!

Thanx for visiting my TT
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

I love the cover of this book. I really want him to have a super happy ending b/c he sounds like a very sweet man! Thanks for sharing (:

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm not sure I'd call him "sweet" (he's kind of crusty), but he is definitely loving in his own way. It's obvious that his granddaughter is of utmost importance to him.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Every week I'm tempted to add at least a dozen books to my Kindle! It's hard to resist so many good stories.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

At one point he says: "But since moving here, I've never wanted to live anywhere else."

checkmybooks said...

Love your tears. They are very intriguing. Thanks for visiting my teaser tuesday

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It will give you a new appreciation for the hard life of an Alaska fisherman.

writenotereviews.com said...

I like both the teaser - they draw out the atmosphere and emotion well.

Thanks for visiting Write Note Reviews.

writenotereviews.com said...

I meant, both the intro AND teaser :)

Deasy Yolanda said...

This looks interesting, with Alaska as the background. I've heard about that city a lot on the movies and tv serials and kind of curious about it. Great review by the way. Hope you have a good week!

Kero Sunshine said...

That opening is really intriguing. This story sounds really different.

Kero @ KBB

Dani @ Refracted Light said...

The descriptiveness is fantastic, and that intro really drags you right in. Also am loving the cover for this book.

Thanks for visiting our teasers! :)

Eustacia Tan said...

I hope it's the first one!

Thanks for having visited my blog!

^_^

jacquie said...

I love the stories where you find yourself really pulling for the characters...really invested in theri well being:) Plus I love the title:)

Rachel Hoyt said...

Ooh, this sounds really good! I am dying to go to Alaska, and love that it acts as such a big part of the book. :) Great teaser!

Rachel @ Paper Cuts