First Line Friday #36

First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends!!! It’s time again to peek at a first line and chat books in the comments!

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 we’re featuring the remaining four stories in a brand spanking new novella collection from eight fabulous authors releasing March 6! If you missed our FLF fun last week, hop over for a peek at the other four! This collection is available for preorder (I already ordered my copy!) so you can hop over and take advantage of the special preorder price!

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

Mowed Over by Christina Coryell

With the magnifying glass dangling from the contraption atop her head, Willow Sharpe barely touched the tip of her toothpick into the black ink and made one more slight adjustment to the book that measured only an inch in height. It might be miniscule, but the camera’s close-up lens wasn’t forgiving.

Mowed Over by Christina Coryell

A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey

“You did what?” Deidre McIntyre held the phone away from her ear as her best friend, Lisette, screeched.

A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey

A (nearly) Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips

“… eighteen-one-thousand, nineteen-one-thousand, twenty-one-thousand! Ready or not, here I come!” Mari Jenkins bit her lip to keep from laughing as she stood from her employer’s leather couch and propped her hands on her hips.

A Nearly Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips

A Time to Laugh by Marion Ueckermann

Arms still extended on the Vortex Spin Bike’s handles, Elizabeth Dunham sat back down on the narrow seat. She leaned forward and rested her sweaty, silvery head on the bar between her arms.

A Time to Laugh

#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!

18 Comments


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    “Though the day would soon grow warm, the early coastal chill cut straight to the bone.” Malcolm by George MacDonald.


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    Anna’s Crossing
    by Suzanne Woods Fisher

    And the fist line is…

    April 15th, 1737

    “It’s a hard crossing, they’d been warned. Eight weeks in a wooden tub with no guarantee they’d ever get there.”

    Happy reading and happy Friday!


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    I LOVED reading the ARC copy of Love At First Laugh! And Marion Ueckermann had me laughing all the way through! My first line is: “Preston Tyler lowered his feet from the deck railing & leaned forward as his gaze followed the Jeep pulling up next to the Fontaines’ cabin across the lake.” From Presumed Dead by Angela Ruth Strong


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    Hi BethErin, I can’t wait to start this collection. Hope you have a great reading weekend!


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    “Flames lapped at the monk’s robes.” Prologue to The Message in a Bottle by Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Heather Day Gilbert, Jocelyn Green, and Maureen Lang

    I haven’t started this yet, but the book is so attractive with deckled edges on the pages.


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    I can’t wait to read that collection!

    I’m going to include my first line from ‘The Illusionist’s Apprentice’ by Kristy Cambron, because I just finished it last night and it was amaaaaaaaazing! You really need to read it!

    “Agent Elliot Matthews stared down a firing squad.”


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    The sparks danced like fireflies in the semidarkness of the storeroom. ~ prologue to A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

    The Fiction Guild sent me this one for review, I’m just a bit in to the first chapter and not yet sure it’s my cup of tea…

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