First Line Friday #38


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First Line Fridays

Hi y’all! It’s time again to peek at a first line and chat books in the comments! Today’s featured book is the newest release from one of my new favorite authors!

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!

Drawn by the Frost Moon by April W. Gardner

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Drawn by the Frost Moon by April W. Gardner

Fowltown Village, Georgia
Big Chestnut Moon (October) 1817

Captain Marcus Buck lowered to one knee beside an Indian’s crumpled form and swept a hand down her face, lowering her lids over sightless eyes.

Beneath the Blackberry Moon series

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 review book 1 | review book 2

April W. Gardner is also being featured this week on Diversity Between the Pages

So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line 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 | A Baker’s Perspective

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


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    “It was 2 p.m. on the afternoon of May 7, 1915. The Lusitania had been struck by two torpedoes in succession and was sinking rapidly.” The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie.
    It is two sentences but the first sentence alone didn’t seem complete. Happy Reading!

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    I am currently reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.
    First line says “Because the three Plumbs had agreed on the phone the previous evening that they should not drink in front of their brother Leo, they were all- unbeknownst to one another- sitting in separate bars in and around Grand Central, savoring a furtive cocktail before lunch.”

    I loved the irony in that statement and it hooked me in!

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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


    Paige’s Journal Entry

    During my time away, I often thought of home.

    Obsession by Rachel Trautmiller This novella is part of the boxed set Smoke and Mirrors: A Romantic Suspense Collection.

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    I tried a new author whom Carrie Pagels recommended because she needs reviews, and I am really enjoying it! My first line is: “Young lady, my marital status is none of your concern.” from Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff

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    Oops! It was Elaine Cooper who recommended it. I have Carrie on my mind because it’s her new website launch today.

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    Eyes closed. Hands folded. Don’t move. And be as quiet as you possibly can.
    At least as quite as a five-year-old can be.

    from Talking With God by Adam Weber – I had to include more than one line 🙂

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    I’m at work right now and the closest book to me is IN THE BEST INTEREST OF STUDENTS. The first line mentions No Child Left Behind legislation. Nobody wants to hear that! 🙂 But I am reading Cynthia Rutchi’s A FRAGILE HOPE…so the first line of that…which is on my nightstand at home. 😉

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      Yuck, government 😉 At least you have a good read waiting for you at home 🙂

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    Hey, thanks for this, Beth! I’m crawling out of my writing cave (met my word count goal, woot!) and am just now catching up.

    I’m reading Saratoga Letters by Elaine Marie Cooper. It’s great! Here’s the first line:
    “A dead soldier lay on top of him, but William was too weak to push him off.”

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      My pleasure, April! I need to read that book too!!! OH, I am buried in backlog 😀

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    I have not read this series yet…

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    First line from a book I finished recently.
    Hillsdale, Michigan February 8, 1856 Midnight
    In ten minutes, the westbound train would reach the town Euphemia Roper once vowed to never set foot in again.
    From Laurie Alice Eakes “Collision Of The Heart”
    I nearly forgot it was Friday.

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      Glad you like the cover! That is my gorgeous friend Karina, wearing a spencer/gown my mother made. The background is the actual setting of the book–San Marcos, Florida. And now you know! 😀

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    It’s April Gardner week! She’s everywhere 😀

    I’m sharing the first line from “If I’m Found” by Terri Blackstock this week. Such a good read! Come and check it out 😉

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