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First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 38 | The Man He Never Was

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line of the latest novel from award-winning author James L Rubart, The Man He Never Was:

First line from The Man He Never Was by  James L Rubart:  Toren Daniels rolled over in bed and light pierced his closed eyelids, which meant five a.m. had come and gone.

I laughed at that, for all the wrong reasons. Five a.m. has always come and gone by the time I open my eyes (unless my cat wants love and attention in the wee hours). But I’m guessing Toren Daniels is regularly up at five … so why?

About The Man He Never Was

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

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First Line Friday | Week 37 | No Less Days by Amanda G Stevens

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line from No Less Days by Amanda G Stevens, a speculative Christian novel that’s somewhere between Fringe and Forever. Here’s the first line:

First line from No Less Days by Amanda G Stevens: His books were burning.  He let the glass door slam behind him and charged into the shop.

I can relate to a character who worries his books might be burning. What about you?

About No Less Days

David Galloway can’t die.

How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.

Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?

David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own. . .protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?

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First Line Friday | Week 36 | Winning Miss Winthrop

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from the wonderful Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller.

Here’s the first line:

First line from Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller: The deeply blue Gloucestershire sky brought comfort as Catherine Winthrop emerged from the tenant farmhouse.

About Carolyn Miller

Carolyn MillerCarolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. She is married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!).

A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

Her stories are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus ‘true love’, and other challenges we all face at different times.

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First Line Friday | Week 35 | Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels. Here’s the first line:

First line from Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels: Seven dollars was a small price to pay for a latte and a little conversation.

This is a brilliant book! I’m currently writing my review, which will post in a couple of weeks.

About Shadows of Hope

A story of hope in the aftermath of inconceivable betrayal and broken dreams
What if. . .

. . .you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband’s pregnant mistress?

What if. . .

. . .the woman you were seeing behind your wife’s back gets pregnant, threatening your job and marriage?

What if. . .

. . .your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you’re pregnant?

Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.

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First Line Friday | Week 34 | Hurricane Season by Lauren K Denton

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Hurricane Season by Lauren K Denton, which releases on 3 April:

She usually stayed in bed until at least six, but this morning she was restless, like animals get when the barometric pressure drops before a storm.

About Hurricane Season

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

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First Line Friday | Week 33 | A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal, which I won in a giveaway at International Christian Fiction Writers. Here are the first lines (I couldn’t stop at one):

First Line from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal: This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room.

Isn’t that brilliant?

About A Season to Dance

Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.

Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?

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First Line Friday | Week 32 | The Heart Between Us

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel, which I’ve read and am about to review:

Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to the past. But it's not that simple.

That’s from Amanda, the original owner of the heart in the title. One of the items on Amanda’s bucket list was to give her heart away—which she did. To Megan. So The Heart Between Us is the story of heart transplant recipient Megan, and her twin sister, Chrystal. I’ll post my review of this brilliant book next week!

About the Book

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

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First Line Friday | Week 31 | Firing Line by Mike Hollow

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Firing Line, book four in The Blitz Detective series by Mike Hollow. Here’s the first line:


She wondered what it would feel like in the instant your body was blown to pieces.

A bit macabre, but doesn’t it make you want to keep reading?

About Firing Line

Flames leap skyward from a blitzed factory in West Ham as an air raid destroys all in its path. When the blaze threatens neighbouring houses a volunteer fireman breaks in to rescue a trapped resident – but instead finds only the body of a young woman, strangled in her bedroom.

For Detective Inspector John Jago the scene brings back memories of the Soho Strangler. He suspects this woman had a secret – that she is not what she seems – and that this may be the root of her untimely end. Investigation reveals a drunken sailor may hold the key to what happened in Joan Lewis’s flat.

But his information points Jago towards family jealousies, violence, robbery, and the underworld of political terrorism. Was Joan as innocent as her friends claim, or was she mixed up in crime? Jago must unpick multifarious motives if he hopes to reach the truth.

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First Line Friday | Week 30 | If I Live by Terri Blackstock

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from If I Live, the final book in the If I Run trilogy from Terri Blackstock. Here’s the first line:

Quote from first lines: Fried rice isn't worth dying for. I never should have come inside. I should have stuck with fast food.

Isn’t that a great line? Doesn’t it make you want to start reading? But don’t read this unless you’ve read If I Run and If I’m Found first. And in that order!

About If I Live

The hunt is almost over.

Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.

Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

With If I Live, Terri Blackstock takes us on one more heart-stopping chase in the sensational conclusion to the If I Run series.

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First Line Friday | Week 29 | Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Kill Shot, the second book in the White Knights series by Susan Sleeman.

Here’s the first line:

Quote from Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

Does that make you want to keep reading?

About Kill Shot

Some fears haunt you forever….

As the ballistics and weapon’s expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets–which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper–would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren’t the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI’s prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can’t–no he won’t–let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

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