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BLOGWORDS – Friday 21 April 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ALONE by EDIE MELSON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ALONE by EDIE MELSON


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THE BLURB:    

After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes. Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem. She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Only the chimes, oddly sweet, told the passing of time. This far beneath the surface, day and night were arbitrary, dictated by necessity, not nature.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

That first line sure intrigues me. What time is passing? What chimes? Are there no clocks? Why are there no clocks?

 

GENRE:

Science Fiction / Fantasy

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Alone, Edie Melson

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 7 April 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MOVING TARGET by LYNETTE EASON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MOVING TARGET by LYNETTE EASON

 

 

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THE BLURB:    

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die.

Fast, furious, and flirty, Lynette Eason’s relentless suspense barely gives her readers time to catch their breath in this third thrilling installment of the Elite Guardians series.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“… for it is written, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Although I have not read this one—yet—I have read Nowhere to Turn, #2 in Ms. Eason’s Hidden Identity Series, and When the Smoke Clears, #1 in her Deadly Reunions Series, both of which quickly drew me in and made her one of my favorite authors.

I have no doubt that Ms. Eason’s latest release—as well as all of her others—will do the same.

 

GENRE:

Mystery and Suspense

 

STARS:

     … can I do that based on expectation???

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Moving Target, Lynette Eason

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 31 March 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MISTAKENLY  MARRIED and BLISSFULLY  MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MISTAKENLY  MARRIED and BLISSFULLY  MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

 

 

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THE BLURBS:  

Mistakenly Married:

Penny’s gotten herself into another one of her crazy messes. She’s broke and about to be evicted. When her online boyfriend suggests they elope, she agrees. Why not? She loves him, even though she hasn’t met him, so she blows the last of her cash on a fun Las Vegas wedding. Except, William stands her up and the limo driver picks up the wrong guy. A smokin’ hot wrong guy. Too bad she doesn’t find out who he really is until after the wedding.

Harrison Williams needs a wife to gain access to his trust fund account. He goes to Las Vegas to meet someone, but there’s a mix up and he ends up at the Chapel-O-Love exchanging vows with Penny, a spirited girl in a cheap veil. When they realize the mistake, he convinces her to go back to Bel Air with him to prove that he’s married, and he agrees to pretend to be William so her family doesn’t have to know about her big mistake. Sounds like a good plan. What could go wrong?

 

Blissfully Married:

Sidney’s matchmaking business is suffering. When her best friend convinces her to put on a fake engagement ring to boost customer confidence in her, she reluctantly agrees. Couldn’t hurt to try, right? And when her childhood crush comes walking in, she’s glad to have her fake engagement as an excuse not to get involved with him. He shattered her heart ten years ago, and she can’t take another painful Blake incident.

Blake can’t believe it when he sees Sidney, all grown up. She looks amazing. But she’s also off limits, or so he thinks. When he finds out she’s not really engaged, he’s confused as to why Sidney would lie to him. He makes it his goal to coax the truth out of her, even if he has to go to great lengths to do it.

 

THE FIRST LINES:   

Mistakenly Married: Penny wrung her hands and walked to the back of the room. She opened the chapel door to peek outside for the fifteenth time in the last few minutes.

 

Blissfully Married: Sidney’s fingers flew across the computer keys as she held her breath and tried not to get her hopes up.

 

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.

ps –  Mistakenly was my first read in this series, and remains my favourite.

 

GENRE:

Romantic Comedy

 

STARS:

   Fun and whimsical stories with unexpected twists.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Mistakenly Married, Blissfully Married, Victorine Lieske

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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

 

 

Reading is My SuperPower

Bookworm Mama

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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!

 

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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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