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BLOGWORDS – Friday 24 March 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED and RELUCTANTLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED and RELUCTANTLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

 

 

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THE BLURBS:    

Accidentally Married:

Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family.

Jared is stunned when Madison announces they are getting married. She pushed her revenge too far. How can he tell them it’s all a lie? And when his sick aunt asks them to be married before she dies, Madison comes up with a hair-brained plan to hire an actor and stage a fake wedding.

What they both don’t know is Jared’s father has found out about the fake wedding. And he’s got his own hair-brained plan.

 

Reluctantly Married:

Megan Holloway can’t stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he’s a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.

When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him—on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.

As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.

What she doesn’t know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.

THE FIRST LINES:   

Accidentally Married: Madison pulled her car into the parking spot, relieved she found an empty space so close to the building.

 

Reluctantly Married: Megan dug her fingernails into her palms and stared at her co-host, Adam, while the camera zoomed in on her. She couldn’t believe what he’d said.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Delightful and whimsical, Ms. Lieske has written a series of most improbable stories—and yet makes them not only come alive but seem actually plausible.

 

 

GENRE:

Romantic Comedy

 

STARS:

     Fun and whimsical stories with unexpected twists.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Accidentally Married, Reluctantly Married, Victorine Lieske

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 27 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

 

 

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THE BLURBS:    

Brigid of Ireland: In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God’s will and the desire to save her family.

 

Pages of Ireland: Aine, a young woman unwillingly pledged to marry, believes the book is a talisman with the power to change her circumstances. When she steals it from her betrothed’s clan, desperate to use it to help her mother’s impoverished people, events tumble out of control. She seeks help from Brigid, the woman who rescued her long ago, but doing so puts an entire monastery at risk as the king deploys his army to get the book back.

The formerly banished druid Ardan hopes the book can be traded for revenge, but a mysterious force curses him with a reoccurring mark in the shape of Brigid’s famous reed cross. Is it the power of a vengeful god or the command of the book that is causing his anguish?

While many seek to possess the book, it appears to choose who will hear its words. No one in Ireland will know the power of the words written on its pages if the book does not survive the battle.

 

 

THE FIRST LINES:   

Brigid of Ireland: “Does it bother ye? Being a slave, I mean?”

 

Pages of Ireland: Aine (pronounced AWN-ya) had the book under her cloak in less time than it took the scribe to light the candles in the scriptorium.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Pages of Ireland is a continuation from Brigid of Ireland, and as I said in my review [of Brigid] “Ms. Thomson has brought to life a person and an era dear to this reviewer’s heart—lover of all things Irish—and this tale has settled deep in my soul.” This is my favorite genre, and is a job well done that does not disappoint.

 

 

GENRE:

Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

     Well written, well researched, authentic retelling from myths and history and folklore.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Brigid of Ireland, Pages of Ireland, Cindy Thomson, Daughters of Ireland

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 3 March 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – AND THEN THERE WERE NONE aka TEN LITTLE INDIANS by AGATHA CHRISTIE

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – AND THEN THERE WERE NONE aka TEN LITTLE INDIANS by AGATHA CHRISTIE

 

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THE BLURB:    

One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from The Queen of Suspense—Agatha Christie—now a Lifetime TV movie.

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U. N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Once upon a time, I played Doctor Anne Armstrong in my high school production of Ten Little Indians. I’ve loved Agatha Christie ever since.

 

 

GENRE:

Mystery / suspense

 

STARS:

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Fell in love with Agatha Christie over this one!

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, And Then There Were None, Ten Little Indians, Agatha Christie

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 24 February 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER by ROBIN E. MASON

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER by ROBIN E. MASON

note: I share my books this months because it’s my birthday month!

 

 Reading is My SuperPower

Bookworm Mama

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All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

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Kathleen Denly

Lauraine’s Notes

With a Joyful Noise

 


 

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THE BLURB:    

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.

Seasons is the telling of their stories and Mercedes Renaldi’s story is first in The Long Shadows of Summer.

Mercedes’s friend, Simone, comes to her and Mercedes must now keep her friend’s secret. But Mercedes finds more than she bargained for—keeping Simone’s secret from their friends Pearl and Scarlett—and then Mercedes discovers that they, too, have secrets.

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

She looked so familiar to me, but I couldn’t place her. Sitting on the bench like she was outside Hooper’s Market. Her hat was at a rakish angle, her cocoa colored hair perfectly coiffed. Seemed there were tears in her green eyes. I was certain I had never seen her before. But she reminded me of someone…

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

First time writing in first person—and I likessss it!!! As usual, this story and its characters have taken on a life of their own—and it’s been a roller coaster ride! By the time this posts on Friday, I hope to have typed the two magical words, THE END—and jumped into the second book. Long Shadows releases in July.

As she tells her story, Mercedes’ voice resonates like she’s talking to a friend. [I hope] the reader is drawn to love her as they become familiar with her struggles.

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it! but FIVE STARS, right???

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Long Shadows of Summer, Robin E. Mason, Seasons Series, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Winds of Spring

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 17 February 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

note: I share my books this months because it’s my birthday month!

 

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THE BLURB:    

Evil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

 

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?

 

Can the lie be undone? Is there a word powerful enough to break the curse and undo the unsavory heritage?

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Cissy is not easy reading. She faces evil and succumbs to it. She is seduced at a young age, and learns to wield her body to manipulate and wound those most dear to her. There are no graphic scenes, but neither do my scenes merely allude to what is happening.

Cissy is the dark and gritty, high-tension climax to the unsavory heritage series.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

I hate you and I wish you was dead.” The window thrown wide, Cissy eavesdropped through the smudged glass of the attic window as her twin sister, Clara, permitted Virgil to kiss her, a token of their betrothal. Cissy welcomed the arctic air.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

My ministry and my writing platform really become evident in this story—our words have power to shape our lives, either for good or for evil.

 

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it!

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Cissy, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 3 February 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – TESSA by ROBIN E. MASON

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – TESSA by ROBIN E. MASON

note: I share my books this months because it’s my birthday month!

 

 Reading is My SuperPower

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian

Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

Fiction Aficionado

Bibliophile Reviews

 

 

 

 

 If you’d like to join us on your blog for First Line Fridays, shoot Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower an email and let her know!

 

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THE BLURB:    

One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

 

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

 

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Tessa flopped onto the divan, more worn and weary in her thirty-seven years than the faded and threadbare divan in its 137 years. What will I tell the others, she moaned to herself, too weary even to weep at the events of the past thirteen days.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Hmmm, not sure how to quantify my thoughts – reaction to my book. The more of it I wrote, the more vested I became in the story. I know I’m the author but I loved this story. She’s my first book baby and that alone took me to a whole new level of understanding and reading [my] characters.

 

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction

 

STARS:

I can’t rate it – I wrote it! But if I did, I’d give her five stars!  😉

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Tessa, Robin E. Mason, unsavory heritage series

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 27 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

 

  Reading is My SuperPower

Bookworm Mama

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All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

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 THE BLURB:    

A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life. Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior. Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Fauna coaxed a flower to bloom and leaned in to inspect it.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Just got started with this book, and not a genre I’ve read much, but I love the natural way Ms. Burke mingles the supernatural with the natural. I think too often we, as Christians, miss the supernatural move or voice of God because we’re so wrapped in the natural world we live in.

 

 

GENRE:

Spec Fiction

 

STARS:

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#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Bellanok, Ralene Burke

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