First Line Friday — The Red Ribbon

30 Oct

I’m headed up to the North Georgia mountains again this weekend — that is definitely my happy place! And again I am taking a book set in the Blue Ridge, this time Virginia. The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham is part of the True Colors series. With Pepper’s Appalachian roots, this book is sure to be a perfect read for my time at the cabin.

Here’s the first line:

The coming dusk cast gray shadows across the box-shaped buildings of Main Street, Hillsville, as Ava Burcham kept a vigilant watch toward Beaver Dam Road.


An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912
Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with a southern Appalachian flair. Her books have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsys, and the ACFW Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer selected as a 2018 finalist in the RT awards. Both her contemporary and historical romance novels consistently receive high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she’s introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by The Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WW2 espionage in her novella, Façade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour’s wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. Her books are seasoned with her Appalachian heritage and love for family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can get to know Pepper on her website,, on Facebook, Instagram, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.


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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Red Ribbon”

  1. Becky October 30, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “When I’m with You” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Michael Reed’s text alert chirped, disturbing the light sleep he’d been drifting in and out of since his alarm had gone off earlier.”

  2. Anneliese Dalaba October 30, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

    On my blog today, I’m featuring More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer. I’m currently reading The Case for Miracles by Lee Strobel. I’m about to begin Chapter 11, so I’ll share the first line from this chapter. “Even for a decorated cold-case homicide investigator, this was a formidable challenge.”

  3. Paula Shreckhise October 30, 2020 at 7:08 pm #

    The Red Ribbon was quite a story!

    My first line is from HER SECRET SONG by Mary Connealy:
    “March 1874. Hope Mountain
    Near Bucksnort, Colorado near Grizzly Peak, Colorado
    Wax Misley was living a life that was going to kill him.”

  4. sassybookishmama October 30, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line of Rocky Mountain Revelation by Lisa J. Flickinger
    “A sharp squeal pierced the air, followed by a dull thud.”

    Happy Weekend!!

  5. Nicole Santana October 30, 2020 at 8:20 pm #

    Happy Friday! 😀
    On my blog, I’m sharing from Forgiven Again by Gina Holder. I’m currently reading The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Even, so I’ll share the first line from there.
    “Hollis Darby learned two things at the knee of his not-so-dear, long-departed, low-life, scoundrel of a father: how to gamble beyond what was advisable and how to be an utter disappointment to his family.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

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