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BLOGWORDS – Friday 7 December 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BELIEVE IN ME by AUTUMN MACARTHUR

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BELIEVE IN ME by AUTUMN MACARTHUR

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

God’s gifts of love and forgiveness last all year round!

All Cara Talbot wants for Christmas is for it to be over.

The workaholic accountant has good reason to hate Christmas, along with charmers like actor Nick Callaghan, playing celebrity Santa at the failing London department store she has the thankless job of managing.

She’s determined to save her staff’s jobs, Hollywood golden boy Nick just wants to live up to his Mr Unattached reputation and enjoy life. They couldn’t be more opposite. But if accepting Nick’s dare – dates showing her the magic of a London Christmas – can raise enough publicity to keep the store open, she’ll do it. Even if she risks falling in love with him in the process.

Can this surprising Santa allow love to deepen his untested faith and learn to commit, while helping Ms Scrooge believe in Christmas, and in God, once more?

THE AUTHOR:    

Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of Christian inspirational romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband plus their spoiled guinea pigs and rescue cats, after a one-year working holiday turned into over twenty years!

She loves writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be. She’s thankful to be blessed with good friends and a patient husband. Most of all, she’s eternally grateful for God’s great love and mercy.

When she’s not writing or being a cat slave, she spends far too much time on Facebook. You’re very welcome to join her friendly Facebook reader group, Three Authors and a Blogger.

Sign up for her email newsletter at http://www.autumnmacarthur.com, and get a gift ebook, as well as news of new releases, special offers, and exclusive subscriber-only contests.

She’d love to hear from you!

THE FIRST LINE:   

All Cara Talbot wanted for Christmas was for it to be over.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Believe in Me, Autumn Macarthur

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A TALE OF TWO HEARTS by MICHELLE GRIEP

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A TALE OF TWO HEARTS by MICHELLE GRIEP

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such deception?

THE AUTHOR:    

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

THE FIRST LINE:   

In the tiny back courtyard of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, A Tale of Two Hearts, Michelle Griep

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 23 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – TWELVE DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR by MICHELLE GRIEP

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – TWELVE DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR by MICHELLE GRIEP

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

THE AUTHOR:    

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

THE FIRST LINE:   

Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the alleys of Holywell.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor, Michelle Griep

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 16 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE UNFINISHED GIFT by DAN WALSH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE UNFINISHED GIFT by DAN WALSH

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

Patrick Collins is seven years old, and on his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather’s house. And, for reasons even he doesn’t understand, he wants the soldier that’s tucked away in his grandfather’s attic.

Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift tells in an engaging, simple style the story of a family, and reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts–like a young boy’s prayers, a shoebox full of love letters, and even an old wooden soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of forgiveness will engage readers everywhere.

THE AUTHOR:    

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 20 novels, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and When Night Comes. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 4 Selah Awards, and 4 times his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven’t read Dan’s books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul

THE FIRST LINE:   

December 20, 1943

When the black sedan stopped at the traffic light, Patrick rose quietly to his knees in the back seat and peeked out the side window.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Unfinished Gift, Dan Walsh

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 9 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE SECOND SILENCE by EILEEN GOUDGE

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE SECOND SILENCE by EILEEN GOUDGE

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

Noelle realizes it is time to move on when, rubbing lotion on her leg, she cuts herself with her wedding ring. The cut is slight, but it makes her realize that her marriage to Robert Van Doren is causing her nothing but pain. Although successful, wealthy, and boyishly handsome, her husband is a heartless man, who cheats on his wife and makes a living at the expense of the environment. Although it takes time to build up the courage, Noelle knows that leaving him is the right thing.

 

But Robert Van Doren is not one to accept defeat. He punishes Nora by using his considerable power to get custody of their child. Leaving Robert is not the end of Noelle’s struggle; it is merely the first step on a treacherous journey towards freedom.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

I’m a writer by day, with 16 fiction titles and 1 cookbook to my name, and wife of a film critic by night. Be careful what you tell me or it might end up in one of my novels. I come from a large family with a few skeletons rattling around in the closet. I’m also a mom and serial wife (my current husband is not my first, though he’s without a doubt the last). Fortunately my friends and family are still speaking to me, and readers continue to read what I’ve written. Maybe because I’m not afraid to go there. So, please, pull up a chair if you dare.

THE FIRST LINE:   

BURNS LAKE, NEW YORK, 1969

Mary Jeffers gaped in alarm at the man charging through the front door

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Second Silence, Eileen Goudge

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 26 October 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ENDURING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ENDURING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

“There comes a point in every woman’s life where she must decide what to believe: the truth of the past or the circumstances of the present.”

Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.

Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.

When Belle’s past is revealed, Micah prays that his love can endure it.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find her at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

 

 

THE FIRST LINE:

There comes a point in every woman’s life when she must decide what to believe: the truth of the past or the circumstances of the present.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Still in my mountain of MRS (Must Read Soon.)

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Enduring Love, Toni Shiloh

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 19 October 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as she adjusts to a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. When she finally makes the decision to trust him, the world deals her a heavy blow.

Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. Hoping to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. He never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf, or will he finally find absolution?

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find her at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

THE FIRST LINE:

Luke Robinson rolled into The Maple Pit’s parking lot.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Two hearts broken by the same tragedy—sometimes the answers are the very place we don’t want to see them.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Finding Love, Toni Shiloh

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