First Line Friday #35

First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends!!! It’s time again to peek at a first line and chat books in the comments but first I’d like to invite you to poke around a bit! I’ve been tweaking things here and there on the blog (including an about page, fancy schmancy) and I would love to hear what you like and what you’d like me to consider adding!

As always, you can find my blogger buddies at the bottom of the post and I encourage you to go check out their featured books once you’ve said hi and dropped off your first line here!

Today’s featured book is a brand spanking new novella collection from eight fabulous authors releasing March 6! We’ll peek four of the first lines today and catch the other four next week! This collection is available for preorder (I already ordered my copy!) so you can hop over and get it for yourself.

Love at First Laugh

by Pepper Basham, Christina Coryell, Heather Gray, Elizabeth Maddrey, Jessica R. Patch, Krista Phillips, Laurie Tomlinson, Marion Ueckermann

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Love at First Laugh set

Second Impressions by Pepper Basham

Birthdays were not her happy place. Or at least they hadn’t been for the last three years.

Second Impressions by Pepper Basham

An Informal Affair by Heather Gray

Lia Promise stared at the man across the table from her. This couldn’t be happening.

An Informal Affair by Heather Gray

Unleashing Love by Jessica R. Patch

Just once Emma Kate Lambert wanted to be the center of the sandwich and not the crust. But she couldn’t even catch a break from a dog.

Unleashing Love by Jessica R. Patch

That’s When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson

Bless her heart. Chelsea Scott’s sales director had no idea what she was getting them into.

That's When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson

Okay, okay! I shared the first TWO lines… we ARE celebrating this collection for TWO weeks… PLUS, I’m SO excited about it! Y’all should know by now that I have no bookish control… my blog, my rules! (Carrie taught me that one 😉 )

#DealAlert Snatch up this collection at the discounted pre-order price of $0.99!!!


So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line (OR TWO) in a comment below!

Then go see what all these lovely First Line Ladies are up to:

Reading is My Superpower | Bookworm Mama | Singing Librarian Books | Radiant Light | Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | All the Book Blog Names are Taken | Robin’s Nest | Fiction Aficionado | Bibliophile Reviews | Kathleen Denly | Lauraine’s Notes | With a Joyful Noise

If you’d like to share the First Line Friday fun on your blog, let Carrie know at Reading is My Superpower!

31 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Ooh! How did you get all those first lines already? Sneaky girl!

    But I’m going to one-up you today, because I have all FIVE first lines from The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection 😉:

    1170 AD, Ciar’s Kingdom, Ireland
    The skies were as unsettled as her own future.

    1715, Argyllshire, Scotland
    “Are ye ready, miss?”
    Meg’s stomach twisted at Mother Aila’s question.

    June 1798, New York City
    Abigail Van de Klerk opened the door to the house she shared with her father on Pearl Street.

    July 6, 1864, Roswell, Georgia
    Water roared over the dam behind her, an echo of the blood rushing in her ears.

    Late June 1890, Coronado Island, California
    Cold water slid across his body, the dip and rise of the swell bringing challenge to his course.

    I can’t wait to read the rest of the Love at First Laugh Collection!


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      Ask and ye shall receive! I’m looking forward to reading the Message in a Bottle collection 😍


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        Well, I may just have to do that. Or I could practise patience and wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive 😊 I think I’ll have enough reading material to last me until then… 😄


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    OOOOOOOOH!!! Can’t Wait to read these! My first line is: “The cheerful yellow house didn’t look all that imposing as Silas Jones stood in front of its fence for the fourth time that day.”
    From For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite


    1. // Reply

      Oh Becky! Now I have to go add that to by tbr! Thank you for sharing it!


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    Just started reading this collection and wow!!! I love all these authors so for me, it’s like my birthday and holidays all rolled into one. Here is my first line:
    “The world outside still clung to the previous night, the shadows not quite releasing their hold to the breaking light over the mountain ridge outside Aspen Hills, Colorado.”-Fatality by Firelight
    A Cat Latimer Mystery, Book 2
    by Lynn Cahoon


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    SQUEEEE!!!! I want to read both of these collections!

    My first line:

    It was the second time in fifteen minutes that the power had gone out at the church, and it was noticeable darker this time. The Reason by William Sirls

    Happy Friday and happy reading!


  5. // Reply

    I actually have a book right next to me for once! Mine comes from Sanctuary for a Lady by Naomi Rawlings.

    “Silence surrounded her, an eerie music more haunting than that of any chamber players.”


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    I love it when I can purchase books for my Kindle that are $0.99! 🙂

    An Uncertain Choice
    by Jody Hedlund

    And the first line is…

    Montfort Castle, Ashby
    In the year of our Lord 1390

    “My slippered feet slapped the dirt road, and my heart hammered aginst my chest like a battering ram.”

    Happy reading and Happy Friday!


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    Happy Friday!

    My line is from “Women of the Twelfth Century” by Georges Duby. I cheated a little this week and included my first paragraph this time around.

    “Beneath the dome of the church at Fontevraud – in the twelfth century, one of the largest and most prestigious abbeys for women in France – one sees today four recumbent statues, the remains of old funerary monuments, Three of them are carved from soft limestone: that of Henry Plantagenet, count of Anjou and Maine through his father, duke of Normandy and king of England through his mother; that of his son and successor, Richard Coeur de Lion; and that of Isabella of Angouleme, second wife of John Lackland, Richard’s brother, who became king in his turn in 1199. The fourth effigy, of painted wood, represents Eleanor, heiress to the duchy of Aquitaine, wife of Henry and mother of Richard and John; she died at Fontevraud, where she had finally taken the veil, on 31 March 1204.”


    1. // Reply

      Thanks for bringing the culture and class, Sarah! Have a great weekend!


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    Miriam crouches at water’s edge, bare knees quivering, thin legs scratched by reeds, heart aching as she listens to her baby brother wail from within a basket. She prays, pleading harder than she has ever prayed in her young life.
    When God Says “Wait” by Elizabeth Laing Thompson


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    I found the box in the attic of an old farmhouse in Norway.
    ~East by Edith Pattou


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    Hi Beth, and Happy Friday! I haven’t started my copy of those yet. My first line is from Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith.

    1297 BC

    Naomi lifted the hem of her robe as her feet fairly flew down Bethlehem’s streets toward the outskirts of town.


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    oh Oh!! Beth, thanks so much for featuring LAFL authors!!! YAY!!!! Can I use a first line from a book I’m writing??? Because I’m not reading anything at this very moment 🙂


  12. // Reply

    hahahaha! Yes absolutely – your blog, your rules 😉 I’m so excited for this collection I can hardly stand it!


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