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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

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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!

 

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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!

 

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 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!  😉

 

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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

 

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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:

slide5     Just started reading, so far so good

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 20 January 2017– FIRST LINE FRIDAY – UNDERSTORY by LISA J. LICKEL

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – UNDERSTORY by LISA J. LICKEL

 

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Lily Masters is not getting involved with any fake job scheme covering a sex trafficking operation supposedly cooked up by her stepbrother, prison guard Art Townsend. Hoping to get help at a friend’s place deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin before a blizzard, Lily loses her way. At first, she doesn’t realize how fortunate she is to be found by Cam Taylor, a poetry-spouting former lit professor. Cam has his own reasons to hide while writing a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents and accidentally stirs up a cold case murder involving a potential Supreme Court judge. When trouble follows, either of them is the likely target.

Beneath every story is layer upon layer of trust and lies. Who can they believe when things go from surreal to devastating?

 

 

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Friday, December 15

She wrestled with the wheel, white-knuckled as the view beyond the windshield deserved. Power steering locked as the engine coughed one last time and died. Her teeth rattled as they skidded over a county snowplow’s leftover chunks at the edge of the road and bumped into a ditch.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

WOWIE! I’ve only just begun reading and just WOWIE! This story leaps off the pages and grabs you by the throat. Very well written.

 

GENRE:

Mystery and suspence.

 

STARS:

slide5     Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Understory, Lisa J. Lickel

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 13 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LOVE ABIDETH STILL by SCOTT R. REZER

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LOVE ABIDETH STILL by SCOTT R. REZER

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

A grieving widow…
A country torn by civil war…
A handful of letters professing a husband’s love…

Five months after his death, the body of Sarah’s husband, a Union soldier, finally comes home for burial in Philadelphia. Taylor’s burial, though, rather than putting her unresolved grief to rest, begins a journey that will not just test her faith, but will plumb the depths of her devotion to her dead husband. Pushed to the edge of anger and despair, Sarah turns to the few letters sent to her by Taylor from the front lines in a desperate need to understand the guilt she feels over his death. From the bloody battlefields of Winchester and Bull Run to the quiet streets of Philadelphia, comes a tale of war and forgiveness–of a love rekindled from beyond the grave.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

March 1883. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The solemn gray heavens of early March wept a gentle rain, washing away the last snowy vestiges of winter.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

The history in this book! The passion of both husband and wife, as seen in the letters. The crushing blows of war. Mr. Rezer has written a compelling story, his knowledge of the war and its effects clear and evident. For me, it got bogged down with too much telling and narrative in places, but Mr. Rezer has won a reader-fan in me.

GENRE:

Historical fiction.

 

STARS:

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 6 JANUARY 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE GLASS LAKE by MAEVE BINCHY

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE GLASS LAKE by MAEVE BINCHY

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

An incandescent novel of love, obsession, and the secrets that take root in the human heart, by the author of The Copper Beech and Circle Of Friends. Lough Glass is at the heart and soul of the namesake town clinging to its shore. They say that if you go out on St. Agnes’ Eve and look into the lake at sunset you can see your future. But beneath its serene surface, the lake harbors secrets as dark and unfathomable as the beautiful woman who night after night walks beside its waters. Lough Glass is home to Kit McMahon, in a way it will never be to her lovely mother, Helen, who does not fit in with the ways of the people of Lough Glass, and who found an unlikely mate in the genial pharmacist Martin McMahon. Kit adores her mother, but can’t escape the picture of her, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face… or walking alone by the glass lake. Then one terrible night Martin’s boat is found drifting upside down in the lake. The night Helen is lost. The night Kit discovers a letter on Martin’s pillow and burns it, unopened, in the grate. The night everything changes forever.

 

THE FIRST LINE:    

Kit always thought the Pope had been at her mother and father’s wedding.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

There’s an eensy bit of personal history with this book. Without too much history, I had suffered chronic clinical depression for many years. In 1995 I faced that head on, and at some point in ’96, I was at the store and did what all good authors and readers do—I saw a book and bought it. That book was The Glass Lake. It was just shy of 700 pages and I read it in a week, something that had been impossible with depression.

 

The story was riveting to me, the storytelling captivating, and Ms. Binchy instantly became a new favourite author. (and now I’ll have to read it again, don’tcha know?)

 

 

STARS:        

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Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 December 2016 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ONE ENCHANTED EVE by MELISSA TAGG

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ONE ENCHANTED EVE by MELISSA TAGG

 

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THE BLURB:  

A delightful Christmas romance about finding the perfect recipe for love.

After years of mistakes and regret, Colin Renwycke finally has a plan: Hone his baking talent at the Denver Culinary Institute and embark on a new career as a pastry chef. If he’s lucky, he might even manage to earn back his family’s respect. But despite his skills in the kitchen, Colin’s a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he’s out of backup plans.

Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for the unruly student baker who couldn’t follow a recipe if his life depended on it.

But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can’t say no—even if it does mean traveling all the way to Iowa. It just might be that the snow-covered plains and a charming small town full of postcard Christmas cheer are exactly what her hungry heart needs . . . along with a man who is much more than he seems.

 

THE FIRST LINE:  

If Rylan Jefferson was lucky, after tonight she’d never have to see Colin Renwycke again.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Love it. Hands down. Ms. Tagg has become my new favorite author—well, she’s in good company anyway. She had a skill with words that supersedes most I’v read, and she crafts a well-told story.

 

STARS:  

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Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

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