It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing a combination cover reveal and first line from A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Australian author Jessica Kate. Woot!
So here’s the cover!
Isn’t that fun? I love the colours, and the little kangaroo bouncing along the bottom …
And here’s the first line:
What’s the book nearest you, and what’s the first line?
About A Girl’s Guide to the Outback
Kimberly Foster needs help from the last man in the world who would give it.
She and Samuel Payton fought so much during their three-year stint as colleagues that they now reside in different halves of the globe. She’s still the business director of the Virginia-based youth ministry that Sam founded, while he’s back at his family’s farm in rural Australia.
But Kimberly can’t find a suitable replacement for Sam, and the ministry is in trouble. She needs him back. What she doesn’t know is that the Payton farm’s finances are scarier than statistics on Australian spider bites.
She and Sam strike a deal: if she can use her business savvy to save the farm, he’ll return to Virginia and recruit and train his replacement.
Soon Kimberly’s on the edge of the Outback, working more closely with Sam than ever before. Can she protect his family’s legacy, the ministry, and her heart?
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It’s obvious I didn’t write this question, because there is no way I would have asked which “book” (singular). I definitely would have asked which “books” (plural, with emphasis on the plural. Lots of emphasis).
There are currently 528 books on my Goodreads To Read list, and that doesn’t include a bunch of books I’ve one-clicked on Amazon, or have on pre-order. It also pays no attention to the number of books already on my to-read pile … as in, actual physical paperbacks or ebooks I own and haven’t read yet.
However, my Goodreads list does include several books which don’t release until next year (e.g. the new releases from Kara Isaac, Jessica Kate, Carolyn Miller, David Rawlings, and Becky Wade), so which I can’t possibly put on my Christmas list.
So what does that leave?
That leaves my Book Depository basket, which currently holds a bunch of writing craft books, a couple of paperback pre-orders, and a book I want just for me. But I’ll have to order asap or I’ll miss the pre-Christmas shipping deadline (which is tomorrow).
The book on that list that’s just for me is probably the best answer to this question. It’s Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Have you read it?
What book (or books) are on your Christmas list?
I know today is Monday and Monday is usually when I post a new review, but I’m mixing things up a little this week to bring you something special: the cover reveal for the debut novel from my critique partner, Jessica Kate.
Isn’t that gorgeous?
So what’s Love and Other Mistakes about?
Here’s the book description:
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. Preferably youth ministry with a side gig as an M&M connoisseur.
But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s evangelist father was diagnosed with cancer. Her grand plans evaporated . . . and God has seemed disappointed ever since.
Seven years later a church internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny, but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer is worse than a life sentence of tofu.
Seven years ago, Jeremy ‘Jem’ Walters left Charlottesville, Virginia to escape his father, God, and heartbreak over Natalie.
Now he’s back in town, a committed Christian, and desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili—who’s hiding an explosive family secret.
When Natalie and Jem join forces, sparks fly. But will they be burned in the process?
If you’d like to read the first chapter, click here to pop on over to Jessica Kate’s website.
Love and Other Mistakes releases in July 2019.
It’s easy to find out about the big-name authors in Christian publishing.
Think Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury. It’s not hard to find out about some of the middle rank—the authors whose books you see reviewed, or you find on the shelf of your local Christian bookstore.
But, as a reader, it can be harder to find out about the lesser-known Christian authors.
It’s equally hard—or harder—for those authors to find readers.
I try and feature some lesser-known Christian authors on my blog, either through book reviews, author interviews, or First Line Friday posts. But I still have to find out about them somehow, and that’s often through them contacting me to request a review or interview.
Anyway, here’s my completely biased list of ten lesser-known Christian authors I suggest you watch out for:
What do you think? Which lesser-known Christian author do you wish more readers knew about?
It’s almost Christmas!
I have teamed up with my critique partner, Jessica Kate, to bring you a giveaway of two of our favourite novels: Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter, and Then There Was You by Kara Isaac.