First Line Friday: The Cupcake Dilemma

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Happy Friday, reader friends! In honor of the little month of February, we’re celebrating little stories today in this special edition of First Line Fridays!

I’ll be around for a little while in the comments this morning but we’re tackling another phase of our flooring project so check out our progress on Instagram and I’ll catch up with the rest of y’all on Monday!


First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald

The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald

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Let me begin by stating this clearly. I was voluntold.

So, sometimes I send little messages of encouragement to my favorite authors while I’m reading their story. I don’t know if they are encouraged by this or honestly think I’m an obsessive book stalker (I totally am #sorrynotsorry).

For your reading amusement and to strongly encourage you to go preorder this story right now for the teeny tiny price of $0.99 (!!!), I hereby present a small (spoiler-free) sample of the honest to goodness gushing which I sent the author’s way while reading The Cupcake Dilemma

I’m fangirl squealing all over your novella and I’m just on the first page! 😍😍😍 If readers don’t rush the virtual shelves after tasting this story, they’re just WRONG.

5% seriously, this is so good! I keep getting chills. Serious reader satisfaction goosebumps.

ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!! SWOON!!! I’M A PUDDLE! 😍😍😍 Did you write this story just for me?!!

Yep, yep, yep! I totally, completely, deep in my heart LOVE The Cupcake Dilemma! ❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Do the right thing, reader friends. You need these stories in your life. (P.S. I didn’t read these stories in order and you don’t have to either)First Line Fridays on Faithfully Bookish hosted by Hoarding Books

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  1. // Reply

    Ha ha. Voluntold! Excellent word. And an adorable cover.

    Here’s are the first couple lines of a Love Inspired Suspense I finished recently but haven’t featured: Her head throbbed and grogginess gripped her. She rocked as if on giant waves. (from Thread of Revenge by Elizabeth Goddard.

    Happy Friday

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      Isn’t that great?! LOL! And yes, the cover! 😍
      I need to check out Elizabeth Goddard’s stories. Thanks for sharing, Suzie!

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    “Bailey Bird, stand still for a minute!” I said.
    By Daryl Wood Gerber

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    Happy Friday!

    This week my FLF comes from Still Me by JoJo Moyes.

    It was the moustache that reminded me I was no longer in England: a solid, grey millipede firmly obscuring the man’s upper lip; a Village People moustache, a cowboy moustache, the miniature head of a broom that meant business.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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      LOL! What a great line! Now I have to go check that book out! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

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    I happened to have recently received A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green, so here goes…

    Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivers listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest. A rumble that might have been mistaken for thunder.

    This was OH so good!

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    Beth, I love your excitement! 🙂

    March 1936

    A long black train scrapes across Mr. Sutton’s fields. – Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

    1. // Reply

      😊 hehehe Thanks, Caryl! I have a Julie Cantrell on my shelf! Have a great weekend!

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    This sounds like a fun read!

    I’m sharing Be the Hands and Feet by Nick Vujicic on my blog today, but the first line that I’ll share here is The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano. Loving this book so far!

    “Three hours in Saturday night dinner service and she was already running on fumes.”

    Happy reading! 🙂

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    Hey Beth! *waving*
    This sounds like a super fun book! I’m slipping over to Amazon now to snag a copy! Have a great weekend!

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    Voluntold. Love it! 🙂 On my blog, I’m featuring Serendipity by one of my favorite authors, Cathy Marie Hake. Here, I’d like to share a line from the 30th chapter of The Captivating lady by Carolyn Miller, which is the book I’m currently reading. “The hope filling his heart leaked out the next day when he saw the way Charlotte barely looked at him.” May you enjoy a blessed, joyful, and restful weekend.

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    Happy Friday! My first line is from Kizzie’s Kisses by Zina Abbott:

    “Kizzie Atwell felt her breathing become more labored.”

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      That is a great hook! I’ll have to look it up and see if there’s a preview! Have a great weekend, Becky!

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    I love the title! Purchased just a moment ago. 🙂 I’ve read and reviewed Ordinary Snowflakes, and it was great. Happy Friday!

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    Beth! First of all, I LOVED those messages you sent my way while you were reading. Totally made my day. Scratch that. Week. They totally made my week! <3 I'm so glad you loved The Cupcake Dilemma, because I sure had fun writing it! Thank you so much for featuring it today!

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    In my blog I am featuring one of my favorite author’s that show how words can effect an event or person. I am reading THE AWKWARD SQUAD by Sophie Henaff
    “Paris, August 9, 2012 Anne Capestan was standing at her kitchen window waiting for dawn to arrive. She drained her mug in one gulp and set it down on the shiny green tablecloth. She had just drunk her last coffee as a police officer. Or had she?”

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      How lovely! I just read a story with law enforcement officer leads as well ☺

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    Afternoon Beth! I have not read anything by Jennifer Rodewald yet.

    My first line is from the book I just finished reading a couple days ago: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky, fantastic book!

    February 1909
    Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadland’s south hall, and she released a soft sigh.

    blessings, Tina

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      Tina, I think you would really enjoy her heartwarming stories! I’m reading Across the Blue soon, too!

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    So what I’m getting is, “This book was okay and I might want to read eventually, someday, maybe.” 😉

    How can I resist that gushing and that price? I totally pre-ordered this. Book budgets are just suggestions, right? Right???

    I’m sharing the first line from Anne Mateer’s No Small Storm over on my blog, so I’ll share a different line here. It’s from A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears:
    September 1885
    At the sound of running footsteps, Kate Donovan glanced up from dumping mop water in the alleyway outside the school building.
    Happy weekend!

    1. // Reply

      LOL! RIGHT! I’ll have to drop by and see Anne’s book and I adore Melissa’s work 🙂 Happy reading!

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    Voluntold! Love it 😀

    I’m sharing the first line from Karen Witemeyer’s novella The Love Knot from the Hearts Entwined collection on my blog, so here is the first line from her first Ladies of Harper Station series novella, Worth the Wait:

    October 1894—Harper’s Station
    Baylor County, Texas

    “Are you sure it’s safe?” Victoria Adams stared down at her exposed right leg as her friend Grace Mallory fit the Remington Model 95 over-under double-barreled derringer into the small holster affixed to her garter.

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    Voluntold? That’s a great word … if not such a great concept 🙂

    I’ve shared from The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron on my blog, but I’m currently reading The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel. I’m really enjoying it. Here’s the first line:

    “Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to the past. But it’s not that simple.”

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