First Line Fridays – All of You (Mini Interview & Giveaway)

First Line Fridays

Today’s first line is from

All of You
by Sarah Monzon

Welcome to our first Special Edition Friday!

I am excited to have Sarah Monzon with us today. She is sharing about All of You (which features a very swoon worthy military hero) and her NEW release, The Esther Paradigm. 

Which books/authors do you YOU hoard?

unnamed.pngAs you can see from this blurry picture of my kindle, I hoard Tamara Leigh books. ❤ I’m going to limit myself to just the one author, or we could be here all day.

Which character do you relate to most in All of You?

Michael. Not because our stories are even remotely similar, but because how we approach difficulty is. Michael has suffered a severe blow and I’ve had some fairly rotten things happen in my life too. But those things make us cling to God and to our faith, not turn away from it. We may ask God why, cry at our finite understanding of injustice, but in the end we trust the He loves us, is moved by our suffering, and covers us with His infinite grace.

Tell us an interesting thing you learned while researching All of You.

American Air Force Harlingen, WASP Texas, female pilot ww2 by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, via Flickr
My mind is going everywhere trying to pinpoint just one thing. Do I talk about how difficult it actually is to maim a fighter pilot? Or the process I learned about concerning amputation and prosthesis? Or the really amazing women who flew planes in WWII?  Honestly, I learned so much researching this book. I’m forever changed by it.
What can you tell us about your new book?
The Esther Paradigm is a contemporary romance inspired by the story of Esther from the Bible.

Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

The Esther Paradigm
Amazon | Goodreads

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?


What’s something that readers would find surprising to learn about you?

I’m terrified of talking into microphones. I don’t like speaking to a crowd at all, but if I *have* to do it I usually can do okay if there isn’t a microphone required. Put one of those things in my hand, however, and I start to shake all over, my mouth goes dry, and I get a bit dizzy.

Present Day, 100 Miles off the Coast of Virginia

Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington pulled up the zipper of his green flight suit and stared at the mass on the opposite rack.

Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings. Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.




What are you reading?  What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below for your chance to win an eBook copy of All of You!

Please make sure you leave your email address in the format: sample(AT)gmail(DOT)com to avoid spammers. Giveaway will end 11/16/17 at 11:59pm EST.

Then join the Linky below with the URL to your blog POST (not your blog), your name and your email (which will remain hidden). Then bounce around the Linky!

12 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – All of You (Mini Interview & Giveaway)

  1. I love Sarah Monzon books! I have read all of them and am waiting anxiously for the next one, which she probably hasn’t even started yet. 🙂

    My first line is from an anthology called Out of the Blue Bouquet. The first story is Sourting Callie by Hallee Bridgeman.

    “Callie Vaughn felt the telltale shudder of the car through her seat just as she started to pull through the gate.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I loved ‘All of You’!

    I already had Drew Farthering’s latest adventure, Death at Thorburn Hall, all lined up for today before I remembered about the Veteran’s Day theme, so that’s the book featured on my blog, but I thought I would pick one of Ronie Kendig’s books to share here in honour of Veteran’s Day. This is the first line from ‘Raptor 6’:

    “Can’t breathe. Can’t breathe.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. “Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.” – Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham



  4. I have this on my kindle waiting to be read. My first line (well, really first two lines because they are so good) is from Runaway Romance by Miralee Ferrell:

    “Ann Stanway sat in her television producer’s office trying to still the butterflies doing battle in her belly. No, not butterflies, more like buzzards.”


  5. Happy Friday!

    Happy Veteran’s Day…I thank all the service (past & present) men & women & their families who sacrifice so much to protect us all & pray for them.

    Sarah Monzon is a new-to-me author. I have placed her book, All of You, on my very looong TBR list.

    My first line is from Runaway Romance by Miralee Ferrell.
    “Ann Stanway sat in her television producer’s office trying to still the butterflies doing battle in her belly”.

    Blessings, Tina


  6. I love Sarah Monzon’s books! Happy Friday, Rachel! 🙂

    SEPTEMBER 1943

    Esther’s father halted the lazy swaying of the porch swing. – While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin


  7. I love Sarah Monzon novels!!!

    Happy Friday!

    I’m showcasing The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner on my blog this week. So, here I will share a line from the book I’m currently reading, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. I’m just starting chpt. 15, so that’s the line I’ll share:

    “On Monday morning, Kate heard her email ping and saw the message was from the Northern District of Georgia. Her heartbeat sped up as she clicked to open it.”


  8. I LOVE the new cover! 😍

    My current read is An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
    Eton College, Berkshire, England, 1797
    “The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.”

    Liked by 1 person

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