First Line Friday – 11.01.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

With my debut novel, Waltz in the Wilderness, releasing for preorder in both ebook and print versions, it has been an exciting and busy couple of weeks around here. But I’m rarely too busy to squeeze in a few minutes of reading, and this week I’ve been enjoying Within My Heart, book 3 in Tamera Alexander’s Timber Ridge Reflections series. I’m listening to the Audible version to give my eyes a break at the end of a long day. Do you enjoy audiobooks?

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Here is the first line from the Prologue:

Dusk, Hours Following the Battle of Nashville

December 17, 1864

Half hidden beneath the bare-limbed canopy of a dogwood tree, the gravedigger kept a reverent distance, patiently waiting for the last whispered prayers to be uttered and for the final mourner to take her leave.

Here is the first line from Chapter One:

Timber Ridge, Colorado, Rocky Mountains

April 12, 1877

Rachel Boyd stood motionless in the main aisle of the general store, knowing she shouldn’t eavesdrop.

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From the USA Today bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment comes an unforgettable story about faith in the face of fear, about tarnished hopes and second chances, and ultimately about the resilient courage and tenacity of hearts broken–and mended–by love.
  

Determined to fulfill her late husband’s dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she’s forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He’s a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks . . .

Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand’s dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient’s life is threatened, Rand makes a choice–one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd’s stubborn heart.

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First Line Friday – 10.25.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

THIS IS THE DAY!!!! In just a few hours, I’ll be unveiling the cover for my debut novel, Waltz in the Wilderness! I am so excited! It has taken me years to get to this point and it is finally here! I finally get to share this precious story with the world! To celebrate, I’m offering a giveaway so be sure to check out my cover reveal post happening TODAY at 1pm PT/4pm ET.

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This week I’m sharing the first line from a book I just added to my TBR by new-to-me author, Elaine Manders. It’s called Lacy’s Legacy and I just fell in love with the cover.

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Here is the first line:

Montana, 1872

Lacy Avant got as far as the door and something burst in her.

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A sweet historical western love story with heart-pounding danger.

Ethan Wilkes plans to go west to start a horse ranch, but he sure isn’t ready for a wife, especially a grieving widow, great with child. But his Aunt Milly, proprietress of the Western Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency, disagrees. She believes Lacy Avant is perfect for him, and after she explains Lacy’s plight, he heads to Montana Territory.
When he arrives in Buffalo Run to claim his mail-order bride, he finds Lacy fighting a ruthless rancher who’s taken over the town, run off half the farmers, and murdered her husband. Can he win Lacy’s heart while hunting down the killer before he strikes again?
Can Lacy trust Ethan with her life and her heart? And is the land really worth the risk of losing another husband?
The bullets will fly and faith and love will be tested in this fast-paced Christian romance set in untamed Montana Territory, the first in a new multi-author series taken from case files of the eccentric matchmaker who runs the Westward Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency.

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First Line Friday – 10.18.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

You guys! I have the most exciting news! Next week my debut novel, Waltz in the Wilderness is going on preorder and, with the help of several book blogger friends, I get to reveal the cover! AAAHHH! I am SO excited! And there are so many more big things happening in the very near future. If you haven’t already, be sure to join my Kathleen’s Readers’ Club for all the latest news! I’ll be sending out my fall newsletter very soon and you do NOT want to miss it!

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Okay, now back to our regularly scheduled, First Line Friday fun. 🙂

This week I’m sharing the first line from a book I just finished reading and will be reviewing soon. It’s Marisol – Spanish Rose by Elva Cobb Martin.

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Here is the first line:

Cadiz, Spain
1740

Marisol Valentin pressed her tearful face against the warm neck of her beloved mare, blocking out for a moment the sickening smell of human blood in the barn corridor.

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Escaping to the New World is her only option…Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.

Marisol Valentin flees Spain after murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?

Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.

As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.

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First Line Friday – 10.04.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

Can you believe it’s October already? Time has been flying by lately and as proof I offer this week’s title which has been taunting my lack of time from its spot on my Kindle. I’m speaking, of course, of Angela K. Couch’s novel, The Return of the King’s Ranger. I absolutely love Angela’s writing, but I haven’t been able to squeeze this one into my reading schedule yet. I am hoping to do so this month.

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Here is the first line:

Mohawk Valley, July 1785

Up and down, up and down, Nora Reid plunged the dash in the butter churn, trying hard not to think about how the motion followed the pattern of her life.

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The war for American freedom is over, and the British have gone back to England. Not knowing what has become of his family since he was forced into the Continental Army nine years earlier, Myles Cunningham wants to go home as well. He returns to the Mohawk Valley with the understanding that he is believed to have been shot for deserting—fiction that might be made real if anyone recognizes him as the son of a Tory and a King’s Ranger.

Everything is wonderful in the growing community along the Mohawk River, except Nora Reid is still alone. With her brother happily settled and both her younger sisters starting families of their own, Nora feels the weight of her twenty-four years. A long walk leads her to the overgrown rubble of the Cunningham homestead where a bearded stranger begins to awaken feelings she’d lost hope of ever experiencing.

With secrets abounding—including whether Myles even cares for her—Nora must determine what she is ready to give up and how far she will go to secure his affections. She begins to break through his defenses, but Myles can’t risk staying. Not if he loves her.

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First Line Friday – 09.27.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

It seems I am on a Kimberly Rose Johnson roll this month because I am featuring another of her novels this week. This time I am sharing the first line from Edge of Truth, the first book in her Law Enforcement Heroes series. I recently added it to my Kindle and I’m really looking forward to reading it!

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Here is the first line:

The hair on Kara Nelson’s neck prickled as she sat behind the wheel of her car parked near the Miami Beach Marina.

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Two DEA agents.
One undercover mission.
Lives changed forever.

The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected.

A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them?
Or will they die trying?

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First Line Friday – 09.13.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

This week I am sharing the first line from Kimberly Rose Johnson’s prequel novella, Until I Met You. I’ve just finished reading it and I absolutely loved it. There is something about Kimberly’s writing voice that is completely my cup of tea. Her characters feel real to me in a way that is different from other writers and difficult to describe. Also, the situations her characters experience seem like things I or my friends would actually go through. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Better yet, it is currently FREE on Amazon! What are you waiting for?

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Here are the first lines:

Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. She raised her hood and tightened the belt of her trench coat as rain pounded the ground.

“Bring it on.”

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Graphic designer, Brandi Prescott hopes to work her way to the top at the Seattle ad agency where she’s employed. She’s dedicated and distraction-free since she’s taking a hiatus from men to focus on her relationship with the Lord and get to know herself without the influence of another person.

Software engineer Ian Parker is in a good place. He loves his job, his social life and the direction his life is going. At least that is the case until one fateful rainy morning when he meets a woman who changes everything. The only problem is, she won’t go out with him because she made a pledge to not date for six months.

Brandi’s six-month pledge ends on Christmas. Will Ian wait or will his scheming to get to know her destroy what might have been?

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First Line Friday – 09.06.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

This week I am sharing the first line from the first novella in The Cowboys novella collection: Healing Hearts by Cindy Ervin Huff. I’m in the middle of reading the third book in this collection and so far I’m loving it!

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Here’s the first line:

Kansas 1866

If I only do one good thing in my life, I’m getting my brother home.

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Taming the west—one heart at a time.

 

Healing Heart

Lonnie Holt’s external scars remind him of his failures, his internal scars torment him. Genny Collins seeks safety at the ranch once owned by Lonnie’s uncle. When Lonnie and his brother arrive, sparks fly and distrust abounds. While Lonnie and Genny fight the love growing between them, his past haunts him, and her past pays them a visit.

Becoming Brave

When Coy Whittaker stumbles upon a grisly scene littered with bodies, he wants nothing more than to get his boss’s cattle out of Indian Territory. But when a bloodstained Aimee Kaplan draws down on him, his plans—and his heart—screech to a halt.

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Wade Chadwick has no money until his boss’s cattle sell, so he takes a kitchen job at Abby’s Home Cooking. The beautiful and prickly owner adds spice to his workday. Abby Cox hires the down-and-out cowboy even though the word cowboy leaves a bad taste in her mouth. Just as she’s ready to trust Wade with her heart, money starts to disappear … and so does her brother.

Loving a Harvey Girl

Eva Knowles can’t imagine why the local preacher doesn’t like Harvey Girls—women who work serving tables instead of finding a husband and falling in love. But if Eva can get the handsome and wayward cowboy Cal Stephens to join her in church, maybe the reverend will accept the girls. Or maybe she’ll forfeit her job for a husband, hearth, and home!

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First Line Friday – 08.30.19

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This week I am sharing the first line from a book on my TBR: Teach Me to Love by Kari Trumbo.

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Here’s the first line:

Tinton, South Dakota
May 1899

It wasn’t right to pray he would just die.

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Izzy Lawson has taken her last abuse.
When her husband dies, she has a choice to make: go home and face the family who made her stay with the beast, or head to Belle Fourche to the only friend she has left. The reserve she’s worked so hard to build crumbles in the verdant rolling hills, can she find a second chance at love in the arms of a man so different from her husband?

Conrad Oleson can’t read, and it’s shamed him for longer than he can remember.
When another teacher shows up on his front step, he’s sure his brother is meddling again. But when Izzy reveals her painful past, he can’t stay away. It’s as if fate has stepped in and created a soulmate just for him. If learning to read brings him closer to her, he’ll do about anything to make that happen. Including, teaching her how to love.

Don’t miss this sweet, western, cowboy romance. This book was originally published in the Timeless Love: Romantic Stories That Span the Ages collection.

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First Line Friday – 08.22.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

This week I am sharing the first line from a book I’m currently reading: The Bride Blunder by Kelly Eileen Hake.

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Here’s the first line:

Baltimore, Maryland
1859

“No.” Marge Chandler shook her head, wishing it were so easy to shake away the sudden image springing to life in her mind.

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Come visit Buttonwood for a marriage mistake like no other in the third novel of Kelly Eileen Hake’s Prairie Promises series.

In the Nebraskan Territory of 1859, Gavin Miller writes home to request the hand of Miss Marguerite Chandler.  Unfortunately, while he never forgot Marguerite was the French word for Daisy, he’d failed to recall that the two cousins shared their grandmother’s name, and Marge was the nickname of the wrong Miss Marguerite Chandler! When his surprise bride comes to Buttonwood, unexpectedly followed by the very cousin he’d meant to marry, will Gavin be able to solve The Bride Blunder?

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First Line Friday – 08.02.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

This week I am sharing the first line from Full Steam Ahead, a book by one of my favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer. I am *finally* getting to listen to this one on Audible after my print copy suffered a sad fate at the hands of a toddler a few years ago before I got the chance to read it.

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Here’s the first line:

Galveston, Texas
April 1851

Nicole Renard gripped her mother’s letter in her gloved hand as the carriage rattled down Bath Street, away from the docks.

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Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston and finds her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, he’s only ever focused on what she’s not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to secure a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it’s too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family’s greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But when her father’s rivals come after the dagger, she’s forced to change her destination.

Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed since the fatal boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana that nearly took his life. He will do anything to stop such disasters. Even hire a female secretary. Sure he can ignore the distraction of her pretty face, he’s not sure how to proceed when drawn to her clever mind.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grows between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to an unsuitable candidate? And worse, when her father’s rivals discover her hiding place, she will have to choose between that love and her family’s legacy.

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