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First Line Friday — Of Men And Angels

27 Mar

In keeping with my determination to share books from my TBR shelves, today’s First Line comes from Of Men And Angels, book two in The Galway Chronicles, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. This book, published in 1998, has been on my shelf a long, long time. I did read book 1, and really liked it. Now to find time to finish the series! I am supposed to go to Ireland for my birthday in May 😦 — plane tickets are purchased and hotel reservations made. But that probably won’t happen until later in the year. So, I really should get going with this series not only to prepare for my trip, but to pursue some virtual travel as well.

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This novel takes readers into the life of Joseph Connor Burke, who has reclaimed his ancestral acres and the manor he was born to rule. But in a turbulent time when Ireland struggles under an unjust English oppressor, Joseph’s dreams are inevitably shattered by violence and betrayal. Soon the village of Ballynockanor will be swept into storms of political strife that will eventually spread to the entire Emerald Isle. Just when hope for a better life seems brightest, the darkness of evil and tragedy could snuff it out. Will Joseph stand for what he truly believes, no matter what it costs him? And when he makes his stand, will the woman he loves choose to be at his side?

Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced “Tay-nee”) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won 8 ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered — the Thoenes are not only master stylists but also experts at capturing readers’ minds and hearts.


First Line Friday — Maybe It’s You

20 Mar

Happy Friday! This month was supposed to be a recuperating and healing month for me– not a lot for me to do but rest and get stronger. Little did I know that the rest of the country would be joining me! A lot of us now have plenty of time to catch up on our teetering, towering TBR pile! Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert fits the prescription. Calvart’s books highlight the lives of health professionals who have big responsibilities even in the best of times. I’ve had this book a long, long time, and I really need to read it. I loved the first 2 books in the Crisis Team series, and am looking forward to digging into the final book.

What are you reading this weekend?

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ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past ― new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.

Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.

Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.

Can hope spring from crisis?

Often called the author of “medical hope opera,” Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter — and faith — are the very best medicines of all.

Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical, and Crisis Team) offer readers a chance to “scrub in” on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense — and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think “Grey’s Anatomy finds its soul”!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to eight, Candace is a passionate “foodie,” equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at:


First Line Friday –Justice Buried

13 Mar

I am way behind on my reading, but I am trying to use my recuperation time catching up. Today’s first line comes from book 2 in Patricia Bradley‘s Memphis Cold Case series, Justice Buried. I have this and 2 more unread books from this series on my shelf. MUST. GET. READING. LOL!

What is your first line?

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In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she’s ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she’s out of her league–and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he’s the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Crackling with romantic tension and laced with intrigue, this suspenseful story from award-winning author Patricia Bradley will keep readers guessing — and looking over their shoulders.

Patricia Bradley is the author of SHADOWS OF THE PAST, A PROMISE TO PROTECT, and GONE WITHOUT A TRACE. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a Touched by Love Award. Bradley is a published short story writer and cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and makes her home in Mississippi.


First Line Friday — Playing with Fire

6 Mar

Happy Friday everyone! I scheduled this post over a week ago because of my surgery for breast cancer. It proved to be a great distraction as I scoured my shelves for those long forgotten books. Besides giving me fodder for First Line Friday posts, it also reminded me of some great books to read while I am recuperating. Today I am sharing the first sentence from Playing with Fire by Susan May Warren. This kissing book is the perfect way to spend the time healing. Suspense, romance, adventure — what’s not to love!

I hope you are having a better weekend than me 😉 , but I also hope you are finding time to get some great reading in.


What’s your first line?


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She can’t forget the man she walked away from . . .

Liza Beaumont knew she was playing with fire when she let smoke jumper Conner Young into her life. Just friends, she promised herself, but she couldn’t help but fall for the tall, blond firefighter who needed her. But loving him got her burned, and she’s not about to risk her heart again.

His one chance to get her back . . .

Conner Young knows he blew his one chance with Liza. His personal losses—and his profession—made him wary of offering any promises he couldn’t be sure he’d live to keep. So he let her walk away, but he never forgot the place she’d held in his heart.

A race to find a missing girl . . .

Until Liza is attacked in the mountains by a rogue grizzly. Her panicked phone call alerts Conner to everything he lost—and still wants. Now, with a teenage girl missing in the woods, and a predator on the loose, Conner and Liza must fight against time and the elements to save her. But when the old friendship ignites into fresh sparks, are they setting themselves up to get burned again? And when disaster happens, will their nightmares pull them apart, or will they find the courage to survive?

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at


First Line Friday — No Place to Hide

28 Feb

Happy Friday everyone! I am again searching my shelves to bring you a fabulous first line! Today I am featuring favorite author Lisa Harris and her Love Inspired Suspense title, No Place to Hide. I will read anything Lisa writes and am looking forward to this book as well. 🙂

What’s your first line?


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A witness to murder…

Now she’s running for survival.

Former navy diver Ryan Kendall’s father sent him to Brazil with a simple assignment: extract compromised witness Ellie Webb. But with Ellie determined to trek into the Amazon, following a lead on her father’s murder, Ryan must protect her. As cartel members and pirates chase them, though, can they survive the dangerous jungle . . . and take down a killer?



Bestselling author Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has sold over half a million books. She and her family have spent over fourteen years working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at


First Line Friday — Critical Decision

21 Feb

Happy Friday! I am happy to be spotlighting Critical Decision, the newest medical suspense novella by Dr. Richard Mabry. He always delivers a fantastic reading experience — this time there’s a kidnapping and a murder plot. I am looking forward to diving into this book soon!

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It began with an innocent-appearing package on her front porch.

The box contained a cell phone, which rang as soon as she opened the package. A voice that called Dr. Kathy Hoover by name said that her husband had been kidnapped. To get him back she would have to poison one of her patients.

At first, she didn’t believe that her husband had been taken from the conference he was attending, but soon she discovered that the kidnappers really had Darren. If she wanted to see him again, she had to give medication that would murder Kelton Rush, former Vice-President. What was she to do? How would she handle this critical decision?

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart”. He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.


First Line Friday — Valentines Day Edition!

14 Feb

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day! My husband and I are stealing away to our cabin for some much needed R&R. I plan on resting, reading, and reveling in the beauty of the north Georgia mountains. I’m also hoping some crackling fires and yummy treats will be on the agenda!

This week First Line Friday is celebrating kissing books, so I again went to my TBR shelves to find just the right one to share. I have been dealing with some heavy issues in my personal life, so Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist seems perfect — her books always make me laugh!

Do you have any kissing books on your weekend agenda?

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From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled — by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack’s rugged behavior by tutoring him in the ways of refined society, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie’s efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt’s lady’s maid. But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangled in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs . . . and their hearts.

With over a million copies sold, international bestselling, award-winning author Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her original, captivating historical & contemporary novels.

Deeanne’s awards include a RITA, USA Book News Best, National Readers’ Choice, Best Historical of the Year (by RT Reviewers), Librarians’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, the Maggie, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Seal of Excellent and Award of Excellence.

She has a very active online community on her website at and at