First Line Friday: Week 14 (plus a Giveaway!)

Posted July 1, 2016 by meezcarrie in awards, Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, Kathryn Springer / 73 Comments

first line fridays

Friday’s heeeeeere! Hip hip hooray!

And it’s a long weekend for those of us who live in the United States, so that makes it an even sweeter Friday 🙂

And since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

The book I’m featuring today is The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

(which recently won a 2016 Inspy Award for Contemporary Romance …aka, my judging category)

the dandelion field

And the first line is….

“Okay, Ginevieve. What’s bugging you?”

So… what’s your First Line on this Friday?

Let me know in the comments and then head over to these friends to see their First Lines:

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian

AND… drum roll please… we are adding a new friend to our roster!

Faithfully Bookish

Make sure you help her feel welcome!

If you’d like to join us on your blog for First Line Fridays, shoot me an email and let me know! 🙂

giveaway RIMSP

It’s definitely Awards Season in bookdom! To celebrate the wins and the final-ings (new word), I decided to do a reader’s choice giveaway.

One reader will receive one paperback or ebook of their choice, to be selected from any of the following lists:

The 2016 Christy Award winners

The 2016 Carol Award finalists

The 2016 Inspy Award winners/shortlist

The giveaway is open internationally

(paperbacks open to US mailing addresses only, ebooks open worldwide)

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73 responses to “First Line Friday: Week 14 (plus a Giveaway!)

  1. “Laurie Burke clutched the steering wheel of her father’s Model T as the car lurched down the deserted road toward the beach, the headlights barely denting the dark night.”

    Mistaken, by Karen Barnett (snagged a signed copy at a recent author event we attended together 🙂 )

  2. How fun! I do not envy you that job, to choose the best of the best. There are so many great books!!

    Here’s my first line: “Sometimes in the dead of night, Lynette Carlisle heard her mother’s voice.” (from The Things We Knew by Catherine West)

  3. “I still cannot believe that in less than six weeks I’ll become Mrs. Nathaniel Winthrop III.”
    ~Forever Safe (Beacons of Hope #4) by Jody Hedlund

  4. “Later, when I allowed myself to confront the memories, to dwell on the particulars, I realized my arrival at Am Meer marked the beginning.”
    -Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta (I’m re-reading the series! :))

    • Carrie

      I still need to read that series! I think I have at least a couple of the books on kindle.

  5. Rebecca Maney

    “Just once, Mackenzie would like to take the Oscar walk down Hollywood Boulevard in a pair of holey jeans, a Blue Devil’s t-shirt, and wearing her red Converse tennis shoes.” “You Don’t Have to be a Star” by Susan May Warren.

    I actually finished the book last night .. . .. great start to a new series!

  6. Andrea Stephens

    “See that man over there?” from a book I won and received this week in the mail! 😀
    The Bride Blue by Mona Hodgson. I haven’t read it yet but it was sitting right next to me. I’m so excited to have won a book!

    • Carrie

      winning books is the most fun! I’ve got that one on my “want to read eventually” list lol

  7. Awesome giveaway!! Thanks MeezCarrie!

    Now for my first line, it’s from “The Life We Never Expected” by Andrew & Rachel Wilson.

    “This is a book about surviving, and thriving, spiritually when something goes horribly wrong.”

  8. Cara

    “A woodlark sings of heartache.” – Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

    I am absolutely blown away by this book.

  9. EEEEeee! So fun!!! I want that book, Carrie. I’m so entering! 😀

    I am literally carrying No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer around with me today for motivation! It’s taking monumental restraint to focus here 😉
    “Malachi Shaw made the arduous climb back into consciousness with great effort.”

  10. Becca

    I’m reading Listening is an Act of Love: A celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project. The first line is:
    “StoryCorps is on a few basic ideas: That our stories–the stories of everyday people–are as interesting and important as the celebrity stories we’re bombarded with by the media every minute of the day.”

    It’s not fiction, but it’s a fascinating book of stories from people around the US.

  11. Marylin Furumasu

    “Jimmy’s journey began with a photograph.” The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck
    So far I’ve been really enjoying this book.

  12. “Late afternoon shadows chased Gilbert Whelan up the long drive to the O’Leary Mansion.” Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason is sitting on my desk and next in the TBR pile. Love the cover! First Line Fridays are such fun!

    • Carrie

      Those books are fantastic & all the covers in the series are gorgeous! Yay! I’m glad someone has fun with it besides me lol

    • Carrie

      do you know, I have yet to read a Ted Dekker book? I probably shouldn’t admit that out loud because the book blogger police may come after me and take my blogging rights away 😉

  13. Susan

    “I didn’t know much about the little town of Cranbourne,on The Swale of northeastern Kent, only that its abbey had been destroyed by a very angry Henry VIII, when the abbott if the day refused to take the King’s side in certain matters.” A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd.

    Besides Christian fiction, I love historical mysteries. This is the most recent in the Bess Crawford series.

  14. carylkane

    She was too softhearted to be an oil tycoon. Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

    Carrie, you need to read Ted Dekker…..;)

  15. Sylvia M.

    “She could have been more than she was.”

    The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

  16. Merry

    Sam Hinton was about to conclude one of the biggest business deals of his career.
    from Small Town Nanny by Lee Tobin McClain

  17. Pam K.

    “If you spot him again, shoot him on sight,” my father said. “I shall deal with the repercussions myself.” from Glittering Promises, book 3 in The Grand Tour Series by Lisa T. Bergren. I’ve had these books sitting in my TBR pile for quite awhile, waiting till I had time to read them one after the other in a short amount of time (each book is over 400 pages). They are fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway, Carrie.

    • Carrie

      reading that series one after another is the best way since one picks up where the other left off! Great series!

  18. Jan Hall

    Julia Beechy stood next to the open grave and prayed the wind would stop howling for one moment
    This is from A wedding for JULIA by Vannetta Chapman

  19. Amanda J.

    At this exact moment I’m in between books. I just finished Kara Isaac’s Close to You….wow, wow, wow. It was fabulous. Now I’m about to crack open Karen Witemeyer’s No Other Will Do, and Beth Erin provided the first line above. ☺
    And thanks for the giveaway. I can’t wait to enter.

    • Carrie

      I can’t wait to read both of those!!! They are burning a hole in my kindle TBR list!

      • Amanda J.

        Kara’s is one of the best this year…right up there with Finders Keepers, A Twist of Faith, and The Hearts We Mend.

        My last smiley face looks a little creepy. Sorry about that.

        • Carrie

          I have LOVED all of those other books (as I’m sure you know) so I’m even more excited now to read Kara’s than I already was!!

  20. Connie Saunders

    Secret Agent Bradley C. Whitemore pushed past the man who blocked the entrance of the Honey Jsm Cafe.
    “Black Mamba: A Story of Love and Faith” by Diane Theiler.

  21. I’m currently reading No Other Will Do, but that first line has already been shared & this book is pretty much equi-distant…

    ” The steep sides of the pass into the canyon pressed down on Heath Kincaid until he could hardly breathe. ” No Way Up by Mary Connealy

    And Carrie, I am also a member of the unofficial Future Readers of Ted Dekker group. ?

  22. sandra barela

    “Mrs. Brathay’s shrill voice shattered the late-morning silence like a warbler’s call unsettling dawn’s mist.”

    I am loving Sarah E. Ladd’s Dawn at Emberwilde. Drew me in right from the beginning!

  23. Trixi

    I am happy to return to cyber space & first line Fridays! 🙂 My mom and her husband were visiting from New Zealand for the month of June, plus my son graduated on the 13th so I did a self-imposed sabbatical to spend as much time with family as possible 🙂 I’m refreshed and ready to rock & roll (though I still miss them terribly!).
    Ok, my first line is from Protective Duty by Jessica R. Patch the second one of her LIS series.
    “Bryn Eastman refused to think about the bullet that had pierced her abdomen.”

    Which by the way, she’s an FBI profiler so it comes with the territory, lol!

    Good to be back among friends Carrie!

  24. When he emerges from the bathroom she is awake, propped against the pillows and flicking through the travel brochures that were beside his bed.
    “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes

  25. JJ

    “If only he could get away from the smell.” From Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury.

  26. Cyndi

    “The pathetic state of Allison Shire’s existence was perfectly summed up by the size-twelve prosthetic feet mocking her from the floor of the Mercedes minibus.” Close to You by Kara Isaac. I’m about halfway through… Very good!

  27. “Miss Brigham may I have a word with you? Professor Silvious strolled down the aisle toward the stage of the Boston Conservatory of Music’s auditorium.” – The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall.

    I’m on my emotional toes with this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway too!

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