First Line Fridays – The Cupcake Dilemma

First Line Fridays on Hoarding Books

Happy Valentine’s Week and welcome to a special Valentine’s Day edition of First Line Fridays here at Hoarding Books! The holiday itself may be behind us for another year, but it’s never out of season to read a great romantic story! I’ve got a completely adorable one for y’all today: a sweet-and-goofy baker named Ian and a kitchen-disaster-waiting-to-happen teacher named Kirstin!

The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald

the cupcake dilemma

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And the first line is….

“Let me begin by stating this clearly. I was voluntold.”

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First Line Fridays — A Light on the Hill

Hello, reader friends! Let’s find some great reads, shall we?! Today’s featured book is a fabulous new release! I love love LOVE it! 😍 Adventure, diversity, romance, suspense, scenery… experience the Promised Land like never before!

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook

 

Prologue
Jericho 1406 BC

The priest’s kohl-lined eyes glazed over as he held the iron brand in the center of cedar-fueled flames. Pressing my back against the column I was tied to, I clawed my nails into the wood.

 

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

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First Line Fridays – Love in Three-Quarter Time

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Hi folks! Today we have a special edition theme. Short month…Short Book. I choose this particular Novella to feature because it releases on Valentine’s Day. I am SO excited for this story!!! Rachel McMillan is a FABULOUS author and I just adore her. You can pre-order this story for less than $2! I highly encourage you to do so.

Today’s First Line is From…
Love in Three Quarter Time
by Rachel McMillan

Love in Three Quarter Time

Prologue

If Evelyn Watt’s life were projected on a movie screen, it might look like the strand of Laura Linney’s story in Love, Actually. Not that she was far from home or responsible for an ill relative; rather, every time Rudy Moser walked by her cubicle, she touched up her lip gloss and melted into a puddle of idiot.

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First Line Fridays — Cecily Wolfe Mini-View & GIVEAWAY!

Winter

Today before we share our first line with you, we have author Cecily Wolfe visiting with us:

Which books/authors do YOU hoard?

I love Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Ruth Reid – so many great Christian authors out there today. Some authors I have hoarded for many many years: Catherine Cookson (old-fashioned British fiction, usually about a girl in terrible circumstances who rises above to take care of her family and better herself, often with a handsome rich man in the picture who joins her – but she is tough on her own first, because she has had to be), Shirley Jackson (terrifying and eye-opening), and I love Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series. It is pretty rough at times but there is a strong message throughout about family and honesty, about hope, and standing by those you love. I really appreciate that.

What is something interesting readers would like to learn about you?

Something interesting about me? I am a librarian, which is many a reader’s dream. I spend a lot of time in the community serving those who can’t come to the library, or visiting schools and helping students and teachers learn what resources the library has for them. A lot of people don’t know about databases and homework help that is available, or services for the homebound. I work with teens a lot, and value my time with them. I hope I can be a good influence, as some of them come from difficult backgrounds and don’t have strong role models. I try to model patience, good listening and response behavior, and encouragement – they tend to be (and this is developmentally appropriate) very self-centered, and I try to teach them that helping others is rewarding and enriching. I have seen many of them grow up to be young adults I can be proud of, and I love when them return to visit me.

What character was the haredst/easiest to write in the Throne of Grace? Crown of Beauty?

In Throne of Grace, I had difficulty with Mrs. Davenport. She is a lot more than she seems (aren’t we all?) and in Crown of Beauty, we get a little more of her background and why she is so hard on her children. I am working on a short story about how Mr. and Mrs. Davenport met for a Valentine’s Day anthology (I haven’t told anyone that, you are the first!) and of course, that will tell a lot more.

In Treasure of Hope, more of her personality will come through, and more explanation as to how her past has influenced her actions and expectations as a parent. In Crown of Beauty, Sarah. Sarah is a bit flighty and immature, and I’ve had some readers say that she acts more like a fifteen year old than an eighteen year old. I didn’t want the story to become too much about her, since her story is forthcoming in Treasure of Hope, and she kind of wanted to take over at times as I was working on Crown of Beauty. She is pretty pushy, but all that will change in the next book. Readers will see why at the end of Crown of Beauty, where I include the first chapter of Treasure of Hope.

What can you tell us about Treasure of Hope releasing later this year?

Treasure of Hope is the darkest of the three stories, and will focus on Sarah, the last of the Davenport siblings, and how she deals with the devastating guilt that overcomes her after a tragedy. The first chapter, featured at the end of Crown of Beauty, reveals what that tragedy is, so readers will know what awaits Sarah in Treasure of Hope. Sarah is spoiled and self-centered, but not cruel, though some may see her as such after what happens, and she is forced to manage the judgment of others as well as her failing self-worth. The right medicine for trouble in the Davenport household seems to be helping at the homeless shelter, so her brother and the rest of her family encourage her to spend time there serving those in need, in prayer and reflection as well. Meanwhile, someone else who is deeply affected by this terrible incident is a young man trying to get his business to thrive, someone who is already working with Arthur, Sarah’s brother. This young man, Sam, throws himself into his work to deal with his loss, and when he meets Sarah, the two tentatively find a friendship growing between them. The truth always has a way of coming to light, and the two discover facts about each other that complicates their friendship as well as their work at the shelter, where they both find consolation. It is a sad and difficult road they travel, but like Throne of Grace and Crown of Beauty, I promise a happy, hopeful, and faith-filled ending, and for those readers who continually ask for clues about the Davenport baby, yes, the baby will make an appearance, so you will have a name and gender before the series is over.

What type of research did you do to write the Cliff Walk Courtship series?

Research. Wow. So many books, maps, details . . . I love Newport and I adore the Gilded Age, so I started off with some knowledge, especially first hand of the Cliff Walk. It is gorgeous, with beautiful views of the water as well as the Gilded Age mansions that still stand. I have books about the time period, about what people ate, how they dressed, all of those details. Still, I have had a few readers catch some errors. I mention Josie’s ponytail, and a reader who specializes in this time period told me that term wasn’t used. Sure, she wore her hair tied back in a fashion we would call a ponytail, but it wasn’t called that. I always appreciate it when a reader tells me when I’m incorrect – I do my best to make everything as accurate as possible (right down to what Catherine is eating in her room for breakfast the morning that Josie comes in to tell her some happy news, or the gowns they wear to special events) but I like to know when I get it wrong. The focus is on the story, and the characters, but those details make it interesting and more realistic. I also have a large street map of Newport from that time and have it taped up on my wall behind my computer. I have those tiny sticky notes in different colors posted in important areas, such as where First Steps is located, and where the Davenport mansion stands. I love architecture and have several books about the homes built during that time, many of which still stand. The websites dedicated to those homes have been helpful as well. I enjoyed and learned much from The Glitter and the Gold: the American Duchess in Her Own Words by Consuelo Vanderbilt, who grew up during this time. She is mentioned in Crown of Beauty as an acquaintance of the Davenport girls, with details true to her autobiography. This speaks to how high-up on the social ladder the Davenports are, and why Mrs. Davenport is so fussy about how her young adult children comport themselves and with whom they spend their time, and even more importantly, who they wish to marry.

Christian Historical Romancefrom Cecily Wolfe

And now…today’s first lines are from

Cliff Walk Courtship Books 1 and 2
by Ceicily Wolfe.

 

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I won't ask for the moon just yet, but that doesn't mean I don't hope for it.

My First Line:

Throne of Grace:

Newport, Rhode Island
Summer, 1893

​Josie stopped once again to watch the seagulls circle above her, smiling as they cried together in a symphony of praise.

Crown of Beauty:

Catherine Davenport very carefully let the book drop to the floor as she bent down, then used her slippered foot to slide the volume under her bed.

Join us! + Giveaway

 

What are you reading?  What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below AND then enter your name in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win an e-copy of Throne of Grace, Crown of Beuaty, and some bookmarks (US addresses only for the giveaway).  Please note that you MUST comment and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to be entered in the giveaway (I will be checking).
Giveaway is open until 11:59PM on February 1, 2018

Enter the giveaway HERE.

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First Line Friday – Isaiah’s Daughter

Winter is FINALLY here in my neck of the woods, and I could not be happier! This Northern girl never gets enough snow here in Kentucky, but this little taste of it still makes my heart smile 🙂  Because if you’re stuck at home by the nasty roads and bitter cold (an introvert’s dream – no peopling required!), that means you probably have more time to READ!!!

One of the books I’m looking forward to reading this weekend is the book I’m featuring here today on First Line Friday!

Today’s first line is from…

Isaiah’s Daughter
by Mesu Andrews

isaiah's daughter

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And the first line is….

732 BCE (Spring)
Judean Wilderness

“My friend Yaira said to be brave – but why? Brave or sad, we kept marching.”

I am so excited to read this book, as Isaiah is one of my very favorite books of the Bible to study! And that cover – gorgeous, isn’t it??

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First Line Fridays — The Esther Paradigm

Hello, reader friends! It’s time for another special edition of First Line Fridays! This week in the United States we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to remember how far we have come, and to recognize how far we still need to press on towards the goal. As a small tribute, we are celebrating diversity with books!

Today’s featured book is one of my top favorites from 2017 and features an American heroine and Bedouin hero. The author crafts a wonderful story and knits together two cultures that often clash. I highly recommend it!

 

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah MonzonGoodreads | Amazon

 

Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest. The laughing desert flitted away in a game of tag like she used to play at recess.

 

RT Book Review 4.5 star TOP PICK The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

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First Line Friday – A Song Unheard

Winter is here! And here to stay…At least where I come from. I am looking forward to curling up with a good read and enjoying the snow…from inside my warm house, wrapped in a fuzzy WARM blanket…Drinking hot cider. I LOVE winter, but I do NOT like being cold. I am looking forward to reading this particular book over the upcoming weekend. What is on your TBR this winter?

Today’s first line is from…

A Song Unheard
by Roseanna M. White

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GOODREADS | AMAZON

London, England
September 28, 1914
The music seeped into her soul like fog over the Thames.

I don’t know about you, but I ADORE music! And this line makes me want to close my eyes and drink in the melodious sound drifting around her…*sigh*

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First Line Fridays — Heart’s Desire

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Today’s first line is from

Heart’s Desire
by Andrea Boyd.

Heart's Desire

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My First Line:

“Aiden, you have a couple of customers waiting in your office.  One of them said she’s here to buy a new car.” Lilly’s adoring grin always made Aiden feel uncomfortable.

 

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First Line Fridays – A Christmas Carol

Merry almost-Christmas everyone! It’s time for another special edition of First Line Fridays here at Hoarding Books & blog across the stratosphere 🙂

Since today is the last FLF before Christmas, let’s head to the most famous Christmas story outside of the Bible.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

a christmas carol puffin chalk
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“Marley was dead: to begin with.”

Doesn’t that make you just want to curl up with a mug of hot cocoa and a quilt and read this classic all over again? (Or maybe for the first time – #noshame )

Ok, now it’s your turn, reader friends! What are you reading? Share YOUR first line in the comments, then click the cute little blue blog hopping frog button below to visit more FLF folks!

 

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First Line Fridays — The Austen Escape

Hello, reader friends! It’s time for another special edition of First Line Fridays! In our neck of the woods, winter is blowing in with a vengeance (which always makes me want to run away to someplace warm)! We’re celebrating this change of seasons with a travel theme (or winter… or summer for our friends down under)!

Today’s featured book is next up in my to-be-read stack. I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s last release and it transported me all the way to Italy so I’m looking forward to escaping into this new release over the weekend!

 

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

The Austen Escape by Katherine ReayGoodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Christianbook

 

How can I help?” The world stilled. It wasn’t the first time I wondered how one voice, one presence, could quicken the air and simultaneously stop all motion.

 

Well now, those first two lines were just teeny teasers so I tossed in another and stopped right before the who!

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