First Line Fridays — Father’s Day Edition + Prarie Sky Series (Mini-Interview & Giveaway)

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Happy Friday!!

This week on Hoarding Books we are celebrating Fathers!

Today’s First Line comes from

Guess How Much I Love You

by Sam McBratney & illustrated by Anita Jeram.

Guess How Much I Love You


First Line:

“Little Nut Brown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nut Brown Hare’s very long ears.”

FLF Bonus

Today’s first bonus lines are from

The Prarie Sky Series

by Cynthia Roemer.

Under this Same Sky


First Line:

“Nothing could have prepared her for this. Nothing.”

Under Prarie Skies


First Line:

“The sound of a spry whistle froze Charlotte Stanton in her tracks. She tightened her hold on her bucket of creek water, eyes narrowing.”


We’re also honored to have Cynthia Roemer stopping by for a chat today. Please join us in welcoming her to Hoarding Books!

What books/authors do YOU hoard?

I have a fetish for inspirational historical romance novels. I especially enjoy Laura Frantz, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Connilyn Cossette.

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

I wrote the rough draft for my first novel, Under This Same Sky, while in college–thirty years prior to its publication. As part of my degree requirements, I had to complete 300 hours of work related to my major (English/Creative Writing), so I petitioned to be allowed to fulfill my 300 hours researching and writing a novel. My petition was granted and during that time, Under This Same Sky was born, though a much different version from the one that was published. =)

What inspired the idea for your Prairie Sky Series?

Each of my novels begins with a take-away I feel the Lord would like readers to gain from the story. In Under This Same Sky, it’s that God loves and cares for us no matter what hardships we go through in life. Under Prairie Skies is more relational in nature, demonstrating how the Lord uses people to sharpen each other as “iron sharpens iron.” This second novel is a spin-off featuring one of the minor characters from Book 1 in the series and is best read after the first book. With my love of the 1800s’ and growing up in the Midwest, the Illinois prairie was the perfect backdrop for this series.

What is your current WIP?

Currently I’m working on Book 3 in the series, Under Moonlit Skies. Three years have passed since Under Prairie Skies ended. This is the story of Esther Stanton (another minor character from previous novels in the series). Set, in part, in historic Cincinnati, OH in1858, there’s a rising tide of prejudice and division brewing as the Civil War nears. It’s a tale of love and acceptance, of seeing past outer appearance and glimpsing another person’s heart. There’s a bit more intrigue in this third installment in the series, and I’m looking forward to delving more deeply into the story and its characters.

When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?

In the warmer months, I enjoy gardening, hiking, biking, an occasional motorcycle ride with my hubby, and riding side-saddle in the combine during harvest. In the cooler months, I enjoy baking, reading, and cozying up with my family for a movie.


For a chance to win a print copy of Under Prarie Skies,

(US addresses only for the giveaway).

Enter the giveaway HERE.

Giveaway is open until 11:59PM on June 22, 2018


What are you reading?  What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below…

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16 thoughts on “First Line Fridays — Father’s Day Edition + Prarie Sky Series (Mini-Interview & Giveaway)

  1. Father’s Day? I’m sure that’s not until September …

    My children loved Guess How Much I Love You. I loved it at first, but the magic wore off after I’d read it several hundred times 😉 Beautiful illustrations though.

    Today on my blog I’m sharing from Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall. I’ll share the first line from another story in the collection here, Teach Me to Love by Kari Trumbo:

    “It wasn’t right to pray he would just die.”

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  2. I have Cynthia’s books on my kindle and I’m looking forward to reading them!! My first line this week is from Tricia Goyer’s A Daring Escape. I don’t have a bonus line to share, this week because I borrowed it from my local library and had to take it back yesterday. So, you’ll just have to stop by my blog to see the first line! ❤

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  3. Happy Friday, Sydney!

    February 1909

    Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

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  4. My first line is from Laura Ingall Wilder’s, “Little House on the Prairie” which I am sharing on the blog today. I’m still currently reading “Just Let Go” so I don’t have an actual first line to share today that isn’t from the blog. 😀

    Happy reading!

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  5. Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from Nina Lane’s The Secret Thief.

    “The jagged, rocky coastline spills into the ocean as if it’s breaking apart. Trees stud the cliffs sweeping downward to the water’s edge, the striated patterns of the slate bedrock crafted through centuries of pounding waves and rough weather. Gray-black clouds bruise the sky, throwing shadows over the sea.”

    I’, loving this book so far. Th imagery has been simply beautiful!

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  6. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog today is Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line of my current chapter (12): “‘Do you think he followed you there?’ Parker asked, taking a bit of kung pao chicken.” Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading! 🙂

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  7. My first line comes from Alison Stone’s Plain Outsider: “The headlights on Deputy Becky Spoth’s patrol car illuminated the lines on the deserted country road.”

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  8. This week, I’m showcasing the first line from The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Here, I will share the first line from the book I just started reading, More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer.

    July 1894 — Pecan Gap, TX
    Logan Fowler dismounted outside the Lucky Lady Saloon, anticipation thrumming in his veins.

    I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of reading time!

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