First Line Friday: Deadly Proof + giveaway

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Happy Friday, reader friends!

Well, I recently hit a milestone! No, it wasn’t a birthday or other reason to celebrate… more like a signal that I need an intervention or an assistant or some form of help.

My email inbox is out of control. I have surpassed 1,000 unread messages. It’s shameful, really.

So, if you have emailed me and not heard back, please accept my apology. I’m trying to do better!

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook


You can’t call that a settlement offer.


If this cover looks familiar, you might be remembering my review! This is one of my favorites from last month and now y’all have another chance to win a copy! YAY!



Thanks to a generous Faithfully Bookish reader friend, we have a paperback copy of Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan to send to one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader! (giveaway begins at midnight Pacific time)

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Happy reading, y’all!


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    “I let my heavy eyelids drop down.”
    Pay for my Sins-Iryna Combs

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      I do this a few times every night before I finally give up and put down the book 🙂

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    Happy Friday!

    “I snatched my bag off the luggage carousel at Boston’s Logan International Airport and plunked it next to my parents as a sticky-fingered urchin tried to liberate the brightly colored ribbons I’d tied to the handles.”

    Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

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      Oh, this line makes me want to take that series for a spin even though I don’t usually gravitate towards the mysteries. Thank you for sharing, Yvette!

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    Oh dear. Mine occasionally gets like that. That’s when I organise by sender and go through and delete all the spammy ones that have made it through the cracks!

    I’m featuring Sarah Monzon’s upcoming release, ‘The Esther Paradigm’ on my blog this week, but here I will share the first line of Irma Joubert’s ‘The Crooked Path’:

    Lettie and Annabel had been friends for as long as they could remember.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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      I’ve not read any of Irma Joubert’s books. Do you think I would enjoy her work?

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        Hmm. That’s a good question. I’m trying to think who else writes similar books. It’s more of a literary fiction novel. I think you might enjoy it, but it wouldn’t be a SWOOF read. Here’s the link to my review:

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    Happy Friday, Beth!

    “Sir? I think you need to hear this”. – Against All Odds by Irene Hannon

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    All my unread e-mails are from authors that I’ve ended up getting on their mailing lists by downloading their free books or entering contests. I really need to go through and unsubscribe from them!

    My book is “Fish and Chips” by Erynn Mangum.

    “In all honesty, it wasn’t me who killed the fish.”

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      Yes, even keeping up with authors I want to follow can be a challenge!
      That is an interesting title and first line you have there 😀

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    Happy Friday!

    My first line is from Divinely Yours by Karin Gillespie

    The red light on Skye Sebring’s computer blinked rapidly, announcing the arrival of her first client of the day. Within seconds a girl with darting eyes entered the cubicle. She wore a spiked leather wrist cuff and a t-shirt with the logo “Hustle or Die.”

    Have a great weekend!

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    Gay Street, so Jane always thought, did not live up to it’s name.
    Jane of Lantern Hill
    LM Montgomery

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      I have not heard of this book! I need to add some of the oldies to my tbr. Thank you for sharing, Lisa!

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    Those emails are tricky to stay on top of! I don’t have an extra line to share in the comments this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    “Hey, lady, that woman on TV looks just like you.” Undercover Amish. Debby Giusti

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    Happy Friday! I’ve had a couple days off work so am enjoying an extra long weekend 🙂

    I shared a line from Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson on my blog today but the first line of what I’m reading is…

    Is Daddy down there? (from Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock).

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    Oh, that line makes me want to know more! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Beth! 🙂

    I’m featuring Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh on my blog, but I’m currently reading a non-fiction book called She’s Got The Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle by Deepak Reju so I’ll use that today.

    Part 1:
    From Problems to Faith
    When it comes to dating and marriage, what problems do you face as a single woman?

    Happy Friday!!

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    “The light was dim and had a yellow cast. (Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke)

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      Cookies and Murder… how could anyone with cookies murder or be murdered?! Unless someone was trying to steal cookies… 😳

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    “My corns are bothering me terribly today!”
    Now and Then Friends
    By Kate Hewitt

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    Very excited to read this book!

    Today, I am featuring My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken, but I am currently in the middle of reading Hamlet with my AP Lit seniors. We are in Act 3, so I will share the first line from Act 3, Scene 1:

    Claudius: And can you by no drift of conference get from him why he puts on this confusion, grating so harshly all his days of quiet with turbulent and dangerous lunacy?

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    Jeremiah Ring had witnessed death as often as the next man on the Allegheny frontier, but in all his thirty years he had encountered no deaths more dismaying than those confronting him now.

    What a great first line to draw someone in. I’m starting to read Many Sparrows by Lori Benton today.

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    Don’t feel bad…my inbox gets out of control because of store emails that are sent to me. 🙂 Happy Friday Beth!

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    Love this book!

    And I can totally relate to the emails. They just tend to sneak up on me!

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    I like that first line. It makes me want to find out what the settlement offer was. I’m featuring The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen on my blog. But I will share the first line of Jody Hedlund’s Love Unexpected here. “The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.”

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    Absolutely. Loved. This. Book!!!!! I can’t wait until book two comes out!!

    I’m sharing two first lines on my blog (because I’m featuring a dual-novella book), but for commenting, my first line comes from the book I’m currently reading: “Giver of Wonder” by Roseanna White.
    “She would die today, one way or another.”

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      I wasn’t able to squeeze that one in, I will keep an eye out for your review!

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    “Lexie Grant’s father had to pick today, of all days, to come back from the dead.”” from Holiday Secrets by Susan Sleeman

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    Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the twisted alleys of Holywell. From 12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep. This was such a good book!

    I totally understand about the e-mails! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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      Ooooo, I adore Michelle Griep’s work but haven’t been able to squeeze that one in yet.

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    Rememberance Wilkins – Mem to friends and family – shivered, feeling to her bones the coolness of stone walls which never warmed. No Small Storm, A Coast -to-Coast Brides novella by Anne Mateer. I just got this in the mail today! I love Anne Mateer books!

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      I will have to add one to my tbr, she’s been on my radar for a while now!

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    Paulette marveled how her lived could have turned so quickly.

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    you’ve been hanging around me too long, girl! 😉 I currently have 845 haha!

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    Luke crouched behind an orange shipping container, dreading to think what it held.
    – Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey –

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    My first line is from The Color of Redemption by Lynn Cornell:

    “An eerie foreboding had jolted me from my sleep this morning, vexing my spirit – the kind of vexing that made me want to cower under my covers and stay in bed.”

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      It doesn’t take much to make me want to stay in a bed… like a good book!

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    Haha, my inbox gets that way too! My first line is easy. I recently bought “Just Look Up” and can’t wait to start reading it! Unfortunately, it’s on e-book so I will NOT be looking up from my phone while reading it. The irony isn’t lost on me! lol

    First line: “Just Breathe.”

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    “Miranda Morgan wouldn’t even know what had hit her.” Texas Christmas Twins by Deb Kastner. A delightful read!!!

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    “Home is where the heart is or so she’d heard.” ~ Heartwood Hotel A True Home

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    It was a warm, pleasant day, the summer sun beaming brightly down upon the wide, well-traveled road leading to the stronghold of Birmingham.

    In Search of Adventure A Tale of Courage and Devotion by Alicia A. Willis

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    “The Lady and the Lionheart” (by Joanne Bischof) starts with, “With the hiss of smoothing irons and the starchy scent of soap trailing her, Ella toted a bundle of hospital linens up the steps.” Thus begins an enchanting novel, I have read.

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      I get chills just thinking about this book and it’s wonderfulness, I have have read it twice so far and I simply adore it!

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    She returned his kiss with a gentle one of her own, then sighed and rested her face against his soft flannel shirt. (A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman)

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    From May through July 2011, when it seemed that every journalist in the planet was scrambling to get an inside angle on the Osamabin Laden kill mission in Pakistan, I was making my way around the United States interviewing over a dozen US Navy SEALs.

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