Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Beginning: The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne


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Mud and rain invaded my dreams after Donna's death.

-- The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne, published by the up-and-coming Forest Avenue Press.

What an evocative opening sentence! 

The Gods of Second Chances is available in a Kindle edition now, and at select book stores, like Powell's.  It will be officially released March 1.  Ask your local bookstore or library to order a copy --  The Gods of Second Chances is a book to get excited about.


Family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit-happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed her college fund, Ray seeks help from a multitude of gods and goddesses—not to mention ad-libbed rituals performed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend.

But kitchen counter statues and otter bone ceremonies aren’t enough when his estranged daughter returns from prison, swearing she’s clean and sober. Her search for a safe harbor threatens everything Ray holds sacred. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss, Dan Berne’s gripping debut novel explores the unpredictable fissures of memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing.


  1. Sounds very interesting and intriguing.

    THANKS for sharing. I love the cover too.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  2. That is something that could lead to a lot of upset. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'd definitely keep reading after that opening sentence! I'll be watching for this book.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: WILD.

  4. Interesting start. I am going with fluffy this week though - it has been a rather bad week.

  5. Nicely designed cover and intriguing opening line. Thanks for hosting!

  6. I like the premise. Gonna check it out!

  7. Wow! That sure grabs the reader's attention!

  8. I agree - it does look like a book to get excited about!

  9. This sounds really good, you're right! I haven't read a lot of books about fishermen, but the Billy Joel song 'Downeaster Alexa' always made me want to be one. Ok, random sharing over! Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. Thanks so much for sharing! I fell in love with these characters in the slush pile and am so excited to be releasing the book today as the first novel in our fiction catalog. Happy book birthday to Dan Berne!


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