First Line Friday: Lost Christmas Memories

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink is the fourth in the Gold Country Cowboys series from Love Inspired Suspense, and though I’ve only read the first 6% of the ebook, I can already tell you it definitely has two things in common with the rest of the series:  A Thorne brother and a high action start with the heroine in imminent danger.

A witness with amnesia

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

Here is the first line:

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Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit (short story review)

fateofthewatchman_pettit_ambintlA story of the supernatural with a bit of Scrooge meets Groundhog Day thrown in, this short story packs a whole lot into less than 100 pages.  As Lester Sharp is swept from location to location in one frozen moment, his life is changed along with his way of thinking and his heart.

While Lester is not an initially likable character, reading his experiences of that moment is riveting and empathy for him grows.  This is a bit of a breathlessly paced, suspenseful thriller that begs for continuation and expansion.  Recommended for those who enjoy supernatural stories with influences of an unabashedly Biblical bent.

Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit | Ambassador International, October 2018 | ebook, 93 pages

This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received through Just Read Tours.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

From the publisher:

Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.

The Cow Said Neigh: A Farm Story by Rory Feek, illustrated by Bruno Robert (board book review)

thecowsaidneigh_feek_thnelsonWritten with a songwriter’s skill, this story of animals seeing abilities in each other that they wish to emulate has a cadence that just begs to be read aloud.  Along with some of the most adorable barnyard illustrations, this is a story that will have the board book set interacting and joining in with delight as each animal makes the sound of another animal.  Even the farmer gets in on the fun! Continue reading

First Line Friday: Tell Her No Lies

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.


I’m traveling today and may not be able to fully participate in First Line Friday, but I couldn’t miss sharing the first lines from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin.  I am currently reading it as a NetGalley digital galley that I was sent access to in order to feature it on Instagram – today! – as part of a JustReadTours media takeover tour, complete with a tour wide giveaway.

Look for my Instagram post, and posts by other tour hosts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here are the first lines (and an uncropped version of my Instagram image):

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Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink (quick review)

cowboybodyguard_mentink_loveinspiredsuspenseThe third of four books in Dana Mentink’s Gold Country Cowboys series finally answers the questions about Jack that readers have been left with in the previous books.  Secretly married for seven years to the love of his life, his was an unintentional marriage-in-name-only.  But when Shannon Livingston needs him, Jack is there for her in true Thorn brother fashion. Continue reading

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin (review)

senddowntherain_martin_thnelsonIn Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin takes the story of a reclusive mountain man, a veteran who has become almost feral in his retreat from society, and turns it into a tale of redemption, of “getting back to good.”  First aiding an immigrant mother and her children to escape abuse, and then his lost love Allie to rebuild her life, the reader follows Joseph on a journey of recovery and reconnection. Continue reading