First Line Friday (week 104): Two Years of FLF Giveaway!

Posted May 4, 2018 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway / 66 Comments

Today marks another 52 First Line Friday posts here on RimSP, making a grand total of 104 weeks –
TWO YEARS worth of great first lines!

Birthdays are always a good reason to celebrate so, instead of giving you one first line….


…here are my ten fave first lines from the past two years of FLF (in no particular order)

1. My name is Adeline Baillard, and my life may end today.

2. It was a dark and stormy night.

3. Once upon a time is ne’er what it seems.

4. There is a distinct difference between a heroine with a promised happy ending and a prodigal who must design her own.

5. Stephanie regretted driving over the wedding cake.

6. We rarely know when death will come.

7. Heaven must smell like bread baking.

8. Death’s threshold overwhelmed me in a swell of instant silence and intense heat.

9. Cupid had gone on a rampage in Marietta, Montana.

10. PhD was not supposed to smell like this.

And here are the books that go with them but not in order (oops.)
Think you can match the book to the first line? 😉

(I’ll include the answers next week)





Every birthday party should have presents sooooooo……

I’m giving one of you a chance to win TWO books from all the books I’ve featured the past 2 years on FLF!

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post (try matching the books to their first lines or just leave your first line!)

Open internationally, except where prohibited by law.
US winners can choose between print or digital.
International winner can receive digital OR a print copy IF chosen books can ship through Book Depository.
Subject to giveaway policies found here.
Ends 11:59PM May 11, 2018

Don’t forget to head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

If you’re a blogger or just a social media-er, we’d love for you to join us too!

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66 responses to “First Line Friday (week 104): Two Years of FLF Giveaway!

  1. OY to the HOLY VEY!! i know Wrinkle in Time – dark and stormy night. and i’ve read both of Pepper’s books – and my brain fails me – i cannot remember either first line!!! :-O (blame it on midnight and robin is sleepy… )
    Happy Blog Birthday my friend!!!

  2. Gloria

    I am not going to guess and try to match lines with books. I just finished Deadly Melody by Connie Mann. So good!

    Miami, Florida-Fourteen Years Ago

    “We’re going to do this right, Catharine,” he insisted, smile confident as he took her hand.

  3. Faith Creech

    I can’t guess! The first line of the book I’m reading is: Of all the days to be late. The name of the book is Home to Chapel Springs by Ane Mulligan.

  4. Winnie Thomas

    Happy 2 year FLF celebration, Carrie!

    “The what-ifs taunted me every time I visited my parents, but any hope of beginning again had vanished years ago–if there’d ever been one.” From Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt It’s sooooo good. I loved it!

    Carrie, did you notice that there are a lot of first lines there that have to do with death? You must start reading cheerier books!!!

    I’ve read quite a few of the listed books, so I’ll take a guess at them:

    1. The Space Between Words 2. A Wrinkle in Time 3. Unblemished 4. The Thorn Keeper
    5. Fetching Sweetness 6. Life After 7. Upon a Spring Breeze 8. Freedom’s Ring 9. The Valentine Quest 10. A Twist of Faith

  5. Natalya Lakhno

    Happy happy!!!
    My first line:
    “1965 The October night sky exploded with stars magnified through Sandra’s tears.” All in Good Time by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

  6. Vivian Furbay

    The book i am currently reading and all most finished with is Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie. for mystery lovers it is a really good book. The first live is: It was dusk when he came to the Ferry. He could have been there much earlier. the truth was, he had put it off as long as he could. I would love the chance to win two books.

  7. Marti Wilson

    Happy Happy Birthday!! Love this. I just finished This I Know- Eldonna Edwards- it was so wonderful. ❤️❤️

  8. Chanel Monroe

    What a fun post! Happy FLF Birthday! My guesses are: 1. The Space Between Words, 2. A Wrinkle in Time, 3. Unblemished, 4. The Thorn Keeper, 5. Fetching Sweetness, 6. Life After, 7. Upon a Spring Breeze, 8. Freedom’s Ring, 9. The Valentine Quest, 10. A Twist of Faith.

    And since I want to join in on the fun, here’s my first line:
    “Dear Sir, It has been a year since I turned down your generous offer.” -Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

  9. Oooh. Challenge accepted!

    1. The Space Between Words
    2. A Wrinkle in Time
    3. Unblemished
    4. The Thorn Keeper
    5. I’m going to guess Fetching Sweetness (cake = sweet!)
    6. Life After
    7. Once Upon A Spring Breeze
    8. I’m guessing Freedom’s Ring
    9. By a process of elimination, The Valentine’s Quest
    10. Twist of Faith!

    I’m featuring the first line from Susan May Warren’s ‘Storm Front’ on my blog, but right now I’m going to give you the first line from ‘A Worthy Groom’ by Angela K. Couch, which is part of ‘The Backcountry Brides Collection’:

    “The first shovelful of dirt struck Samuel’s crude hickory box, but Lorinda Cowden didn’t flinch.”

    Happy birthday, FLF!

  10. Lori R

    That spring, rain fell in great sweeping gusts that rattled the rooftops. This first line is from The a great Alone by Kristin Hannah .

  11. Cathy

    What a fun idea, but I think I would wind up hopelessly mired in trying to remember or determine that many first lines! Happy Birthday FLF! So, my first line is from Susan Mason’s newest release, A Most Noble Heir. “Noble Price scanned the fields of newly budding greenery that stretched as far as see could see and slowly inhaled the scent of grass, soil, and freshly spread manure.” Oops, now how is that on a just up and empty stomach?!

  12. Happy Friday! What awesome first lines!! Happy two year anniversary Carrie!?

    Today my FLF is from a book I will be reading very soon, An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund.

    “Stop prostituting yourselves and run to the loving Father who will embrace you with forgiveness.” Reverend Bedell’s voice rose above the sniffles and muffled weeping of the women crowded on trestle benches of Centre Street Chapel.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!??

  13. Tracey Hagwood

    Happy two year birthday FLF! I’ve only read three of your ten books,
    but they had great first lines!

    #10 Twist of Faith, #8 Freedom’s Ring, #6 Life After

    My first line today is from Regina Jennings novella Bound and Determined,
    “I don’t want to die on an empty stomach.” Lol!

  14. Lori H

    Happy FLF birthday!
    I just finished a book by Olivia Wildenstein, Rising Silver Mist. The first line of book: “While Dad read the paper, I squeezed a lemon into his mug of Earl Grey.”

  15. I like number 7. And! I agree. Heaven must smell like baking bread! 🙂 I have no idea which book this is from, but I’ll try Once Upon A Spring Breeze!

  16. Fun post! Thanks for sharing. I’m at the cabin, so my typing is sorely limited. I’ll just say my first line is from Presumption And Partiality by Rebekah Jones.

  17. Paula Shreckhise

    My first paragraph:

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund.

    Marianne Neumann’s fingers were shaking so hard she could barely pry open the first record book. There were half a dozen more in the drawer. How could she possibly search through all of them?

  18. MJSH

    Currently reading The Spirit of Christmas by Lauraine Henderson and the first line is “Stone and McAllister”.

    For the first line matchup:
    1 – The Space Between Words
    2 – A Wrinkle in Time
    3 – Unblemished
    4 – The Thorn Keeper
    5 – Fetching Sweetness
    6 – Life After
    7 – Upon A Spring Breeze
    8 – Freedom’s Ring
    9 – The Valentine Quest
    10 – A Twist of Faith

    So much fun!!

  19. Janet Estridge

    My First Line Friday is,
    “Shadows blurred the corners of the coffin-sized room in the psychiatric section of the hospital in Columbia, South Carolina”.
    From the book, “Golf Pro for God” by Johnny Spence.

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more years to come!

  20. Danielle Hammelef

    Happy Blogiversary! I love finding new books and authors here. Thank you for always sharing with us! Here’s my first line: “She was always the favored one.” from Julie Kagawa’s Legion.

  21. Well, I’ve only read like three of these books so far so I have no idea. I know the Ph.D. one goes to, “A Twist of Faith” though because that’s what I’m currently reading! Haha.

    I’m featuring Pepper Basham’s, “A Twist of Faith” on my blog today. Since I have Lindsay Harrel’s, “The Heart Between Us” in front of me, I’ll share my first line from here.

    “Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to past.”

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  22. I have not read any of the books so will not guess a Good thought to showcase books. Today, I am featuring Joanne Pence’s Rebecca Mayfield series, a police procedural s d mystery

  23. Jan Hall


    I am starting Line Witness by Rachel Dylan
    Guilty. That’s the only possible verdict.

  24. Thanks for sharing those. Very interesting. On my blog today, I’m featuring “The Substitute Wife” by Dorothy Clark. Here, I will share the first line of Chapter Three in “A Civil Contract” by Georgette Heyer, the book I’m currently reading. “When Adam left Mount Street Lord Oversley suffered some qualms of conscience, fearing that he had raised hopes that he might presently be obliged to dash to earth.” I love this authors writing style. Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Kailey Bechtel


    My first line is from Across the Blue by Carrie Turanksy.
    “Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadland’s south hall, and she released a soft sigh.”

    My guess on the lines above is that #8 is Freedom’s Ring.

  26. Linda

    My first line today is from Falling for You by Becky Wade-
    “I discovered a secret.”

    I’m impressed that you got your list of favorites down to 10, Carrie!

  27. Alison Boss


    Today my brain just isn’t up to doing the matching game so instead I will give you my first line from the book I am currently reading…..223 Orchard Street by Renee Ryan:

    Ellis Island, March 1905
    “Time had become her greatest enemy, the one obstacle Katie O’Connor hadn’t anticipated.”

  28. Jocelyn

    “There’s blood on the bottom of my shoes.” – If I Run by Terri Blackstock
    The first line of book one in her amazing series.

  29. Happy birthday to FLF! ? I’m currently reading Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller and the first line is “The deeply blue Gloucestershire sky brought comfort as Catherine Winthrop emerged from the tenant farmhouse.” Happy weekend!

  30. Connie Scruggs

    If she lived to be one hundred and five, Katherine Evangeline Ramsey would never understand why every debutante must begin the London social season by curtsying to the king and queen.
    The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

  31. Elly

    August 1885
    East of Fort Reno, Indian Territory

    I don’t want to die on an empty stomach.

    -Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings

  32. Carol Alscheff

    I am reading Falling For You by Becky Wade. The first line is “I discovered a secret.”

  33. I have no idea!! Other than #3 is from Unblemished because I cheated and I own the book lol. I really want to read Freedom’s Ring and Life After.
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is The Road Home by Beverly Lewis but here I’ll share the book I just finished today called A Higher Ransom by Aleigha C Israel: “Anna Haddington took a deep breath of the salty air.”

  34. Upon a spring breeze- 7
    A twist of faith-10
    The space between words-3
    Life after-6
    The thorn keeper-2
    The valentine Quest-9
    Freedoms Ring-1
    A wrinkle in Time-4
    Fetching Sweetness-5

  35. Happy 2nd FLF birthday!

    I’m sharing from my current read, No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens, on my blog today, so here is the first line from an upcoming read, Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber:

    “The moment Earth’s United World Council officially placed seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow at the top of their Imminent Terrorist Threat list, a siren went off in the circular downtown building, and she became the most wanted teenager alive.”

  36. Happy FLF Birthday!

    I remember the first line of The Space Between Words – that’s definitely an amazing line.

    Today I’m sharing the first line of That’s Amore by Marion Ueckermann on my blog. It’s the first book in the new multi-author Tuscan Legacy series. I’m now reading the third book, Rapsodia (Rhapsody) by Alexa Verde. Here’s the first line:

    Marco Carter would rather spend a day in a pit with snakes than an hour on a plane.

    Personally, I love flying and hate snakes. What about you?

  37. I have only read one of the books you listed but now I want to read them all based on those first lines! My first line is from the book Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones.
    “The sun beat down cheerfully on the last day of August in the year 1932.”
    Love your blog Carie!

  38. Julie Waldron

    My first line from the book I’m currently reading, The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle.
    “Every year on our wedding anniversary, smack-dab in the middle of the hottest month of the year, I know with all certainty the I was out-of-my-mind in love with Perry to marry him at noon in August.”

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