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First Line Fridays — Color of Danger (mini-interview + giveaway)

Hello, reader friends! We have a special guest author and giveaway today so let’s hop right in!

Color of Danger

by Alexa Verde

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Dr. Luke Goodman slammed on the brakes and jerked the car to the right. Knuckles white, he gripped the steering wheel.


I love it! What a great hook! Join me in welcoming today’s featured author, Alexa Verde!

Hi Alexa! What books (and/or authors) do YOU hoard?

Alexa: First and foremost, the Bible (I have Bibles in different editions and in different languages)! Though I wouldn’t use the word “hoard” here but the word “treasure.”

And as you can see from one of my bookshelves, I grew up on classics and I love languages (the reason for dictionaries). Not only I read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, but I wrote a thesis about it and other books by him, as well as about books by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

I use my Kindle way more than my bookshelves these days. I probably have hundreds of ebooks there, nearly all Christian fiction. I strive to write God-honoring books, and that’s what I read, too.

Beth: That is a pretty shelf and I love my Kindle, too!

Do you have a favorite reading spot?

Alexa: I like reading in bed. It’s super comfortable, and my back thanks me for it (though my eyes probably don’t).

Beth: I also do a lot of reading in bed. It’s usually quiet there!

What can you tell us about your experience with the Tuscan Legacy series and authors?

Alexa: I absolutely loved it! When I heard about the idea of Christian contemporary romance series with mysterious paintings thread and an international flavor, I couldn’t sign up fast enough. There’s so much talent in this group, and it was fun to see A Tuscan Legacy books come together.

And I couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful response from our readers! My contribution to the series, Rapsodia, is one of the favorite books I’ve written so far. I just don’t want to say goodbye to Marco and Samantha!

Beth: It looks like a fascinating series! (Readers you can find out more in this series of spotlights on Faithfully Bookish!)

Tell us a little bit about your featured book.

Alexa: Today I’m featuring Color of Danger, Book 1 in the Secrets of Rios Azules series. Even after publishing, I believe, 13 books after it, Color of Danger is still close to my heart. Did I mention I get attached to my characters? 🙂

Beth: Job hazard, right?!

What are you working on now?

Alexa: Thank you so much for asking! I hope to have my Christian romantic mystery, Gabriel’s Secret, available for pre-order soon. It’s part of the 12 Mysteries of Christmas multi-author series but can be read as a stand-alone.

It’s a Christmas story that features a hunky security officer, a spunky rookie cop he never stopped loving, an extravagant hotel guest (first alive and then murdered), and a pet iguana. I hope Gabriel’s Secret will make readers turn pages and leave them smiling!

Beth: Oh boy! Christmas in July! Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Alexa!


About the Author

Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and love. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.

Alexa would love for you to connect with her! And if you follow her on BookBub or her Amazon page, you’ll make her day.

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Alexa is offering a giveaway prize of a Color of Danger ebook AND the winner’s choice of one of her other ebooks (will be gifted via BookFunnel).

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33 thoughts on “First Line Fridays — Color of Danger (mini-interview + giveaway)

  1. Great interview, Beth!

    I featured the first line of Suzanne Rindell’s new book, Eagle and Crane on my blog but let me share the first line of the book I’m currently reading, Ghosted by Rosie Walsh.

    “Dear You,
    It’s exactly nineteen years since that luminous morning when we smiled and said good-bye. That we would see each other again was never in doubt, was it? It was a question of when, not if. In fact, it wasn’t even a question. The future might have seemed as insubstantial as the curled edge of a dream, but it unequivocally contained us both. Together.”

    Hope you liked it. Enjoy the weekend! 😀


  2. Happy Friday, Beth!

    The email from Jay’s wife clearly demonstrated that miracle happens. – Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock


  3. My first line is from No Place to Hide by Lisa Harris:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Ellie Webb made her way down the steep incline of the favela, where hundreds of homes sat packed together in a sprawling maze of steep streets and unpaved narrow alleys.

    This one is a page turner!


  4. I’m a fan of the classics too! Although I’m yet to tackle War and Peace… I actually looked in up on Audible the other day and saw that it’s over 60 hours of audio listening!

    I’m featuring the first line from Jaime Jo Wright’s upcoming release ‘The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond’ on my blog, but right now I’m going to share the first line from my current read, A Love Restored, by Kelly Goshorn:

    Land sakes it was hot.

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  5. Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Rachel Fordham’s debut book “The Hope of Azure Springs.” I hope you get the chance to check it out! Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter Five.
    “Em stood on the front porch, quietly looking heavenward. The sun had yet to rise.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Today’s first lines come from “Getting Schooled” by Emma Chase

    “Every town has its stories.  The urban legends, history and heroes. that set it apart from the surrounding areas.  Lakeside, New Jersey, population 8,437, has some real winners.”

    This was a truly fabulous second chance romance with some really laugh out loud moments of the inner workings of a high school teachers and students.

    I’m featuring lines from Alexis Anne’s new release “Come For Me, Darling” on my blog today. Hope you can stop by.


  7. I’m a fan of Alexa’s writings! I can’t wait to read Gabriel’s Secret!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt:

    “At the sound of a footfall behind her, Cady Matthews’s back muscles tightened faster than a mousetrap snapping its prey.”

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I have read Alexa’s prequel, River Of Danger, and cannot wait to read more of this series!
    “Staring at a blank sheet of paper felt as productive as watching grass grow.” First line of chapter 15 in Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Happy Friday! Great interview Beth!

    My first line is from No Regrets #1 Angel of Hope by Vickie Fisher.

    Nicholas McFadden scaled the six-foot privacy fence with ease.

    Blessings, Tina

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I’ve been reading the Tuscan Legacy series, and Alexa Verde’s story was definitely one of my favourites.

    I’m sharing from Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano on my blog today. But I’m reading Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon, the final novella in the Timeless Love collection I featured a couple of weeks ago. It’s ticking all the boxes for me—contemporary romance, first person point of view, a bookish heroine, and a good friend who might become more … Anyway, here’s the first line:

    The hunter had become the hunted. Poetic? Not really.

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  11. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey but here I’ll share the book I’m currently reading The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham: “‘She dead?’ Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her.” Hope you have a great weekend!


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