First Line Friday: Tell Her No Lies

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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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

The Man She Married by Cathy Lamb (review)

themanshemarried_lamb_kensingtonWith an intriguing premise and a solid opening, Cathy Lamb’s new novel has a lot of promise that it mostly delivers on.  While the reader is aware of the events of the first chapter, Natalie Shelton awakes several days later to the aftermath with no memory of the morning she learned that her husband has a past that is now a threat to her.  A woman who prioritizes safety in all aspects of her life, Natalie hears everything from her “coma coffin” as various friends, family, and medical personnel talk to her and about her. Continue reading

The Seven Trilogy Spotlight (Giveaway closed)

The Seven Trilogy

We are celebrating these gorgeous new covers for the Seven trilogy by Sara Davison, with a blog blitz and giveaway hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The End Begins - final coverTitle: The End Begins (Seven Trilogy #1)
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

One of them is a prisoner and one of them is free. The same one.

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. When martial law is declared, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and make sure they are not stepping outside of the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier.

His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future, and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.

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First Line Friday: The End Begins (with bonus mini review)

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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Though I’m a long time fan of Science Fiction, Dystopians, and Inspirational Romance with a recently discovered love of Romantic Suspense, I did not think I’d really enjoy an End Times setting for an Inspirational Romance.  But I did.  I really, really did.

The End Begins by Sara Davison is the story of an outspoken bookseller who refuses to abandon her faith as Canadian law first makes owning a Bible an act of terrorism, then re-instates corporal punishment while removing the ban on applying it to women.  It is also the story of a conflicted officer of the Canadian Army, who is immediately drawn to Meryn O’Reilly, and the danger they both face from enemies close to them.

Though the danger is immediate and unrelenting, this is a medium paced novel, with time for a relationship to begin to grow.  Meryn and Jesse are both interesting characters, and as they struggle with the increasing danger of the situation and Jesse grapples with his faith, I found myself engrossed in their story.  Written in a highly readable style, this was a quick read that I didn’t want to put down.

It is sometimes fiction books like this that point out how easily and quickly a government and a country can slide into seemingly benign evil.  I’m curious to learn more about these characters and looking forward to seeing where they, and their country, go in the next two books of the trilogy.  Here is the first line from The End Begins:

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First Line Friday: Her Fear

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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I still consider myself to be new to Amish Fiction, though it has been nearly two years since I first gave it a try.  But even early on, I knew that Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Amish of Hart County stood out as a favorite in the sub-genre mash-up that I quickly began to think of as Amish Romantic Suspense.  So I eagerly await each new book, though I’ve fallen a bit behind and it was only in this past week that I reviewed book 4, His Risk.  

With the sixth book due out in early October, I was so pleased to have my e-book hold come in at the library.  Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray will see danger stalking a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl, heaping bad upon worse for her.  Luckily she’ll have a certain Amish EMT by her side.

There will be peril, faith tested, and a bit of sweet romance.  Here is the first line:

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