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 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

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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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Reminder…

Next week is our New Year’s special edition!
If you’d like to play along, select a book you’re most anticipating for next year and share the first line!

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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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Next week is our Christmas special edition!
If you’d like to play along, select a Christmasy book and share the first line!

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First Line Fridays – 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

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I am excited to share my First Line with you today! YAY for more Christmas books!!! Today’s First Line comes from Michelle Griep’s Christmas Novella, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. Book One in the series, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas. I can not wait to read it this month!


London, 1850
Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the twisted alleys of Holywell.

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First Line Fridays — Welcome to Wishing Bridge

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Today’s first line is from

Welcome to Wishing Bridge
by Ruth Logan Herne.

Welcome to Wishing Bridge

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My First Line:

Letchworth State Park
Mount Morris
Wishing Bridge
Exit 1 Mile

Don’t do it.

Kelsey mcCleary stared straight ahead as the wipers slapped thickly falling snowflakes from her windshield.

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First Line Fridays: Jane of Austin (Mini Interview & Giveaway!)

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Today’s first line is from

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Jane of Austin
by Hillary Manton Lodge

San Francisco, CA
2009

“Well, girls,” our father began, “it’s been a good run. And I’m not saying it won’t be again, but we’re going to have to … economize.”

Amazon | Goodreads

Welcome to our special FOODIE Edition Friday!

We hope all our USA readers enjoyed their Thanksgiving yesterday, and that you’ve found a few minutes amid the Black Friday craziness to sit down with a good book and some yummy leftovers!

I (Carrie) am super excited to have Hillary Manton Lodge with us today to chat about her latest book, Jane of Austin, and tell us about a great sale going on for a foodie fave! Oh…and did I mention an awesome giveaway??

Hi Hillary! We want to know…which books/authors do you YOU hoard?

Hillary: Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan – I love the audiobooks, too, because it means getting to listen to an English or Scottish accent for eight or so hours!

Carrie: Oh blissful sigh! Those accents always make an audiobook better. Even the dictionary would sound interesting when read with an English or Scottish accent 😀

Which character do you most relate to in Jane of Austin?

Hillary: That’s a tricky one – mostly Jane?

tea-690495_1280“…life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos” – Do you have a favorite tea recipe? What about breakfast tacos?

Hillary: I drink a lot of tea – all of it either herbal or decaffeinated, because caffeine and I are not friends. Harney & Son’s Spiced Plum tea is my current favorite. I found some lavender-flavored syrup at Homegoods several months ago, and it’s really yummy with my decaf Earl Grey tea, with a splash of milk on top!

As for breakfast tacos, I really like this recipe! https://food52.com/recipes/68749-breakfast-tacos-for-dinner-with-eggs-chorizo

Carrie: Yum!

Ok, let’s get really serious now… Which Austen book is your fave?

Hillary: That’s another tricky one. I love the plot and character arc of Persuasion, but for pure pleasure reading – there’s a reason Pride & Prejudice is such a perennial favorite!

Carrie: Persuasion has some of the most romantic quotes, but I’m with you that Pride & Prejudice is the most fun 🙂

enchanted mtaggWhat’s coming up next for you?

Hillary: I have a lot of projects in the hopper! The most pressing is getting my first two books, Plain Jayne and Simply Sara repackaged and re-released. I’m working on another Austen adaptation as well, and my brain is mulling a couple nonfiction projects. Writing aside, I’ve started designing book covers for indie authors! I’ve made covers for Jayne and Sara, but the first released is Melissa Tagg’s Enchanted Christmas novella collection. It was a lot of fun getting to work with books in a new way!

Carrie: That cover is gorgeous!!!!!!

We’ve heard rumors about a great deal on one of your books?

Hillary: The third book in my Two Blue Doors series is on e-book sale! It’s one of my favorites – there are two storylines, one contemporary, one set in WWI France, both sweetly romantic. Between the chapters are several favorite recipes, as well, so you get a lot for $1.99!

together at the table sale

Carrie: Yay! I just bought my own copy!

About the Author

Hillary Vignette - bwHillary Manton Lodge is the author of the critically acclaimed Two Blue Doors series and the Plain and Simple duet. Jane of Austin is her sixth novel.

A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, graphic design, and finding new walking trails. She resides outside of Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two pups.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Hillary’s Etsy Shop – HillaryMakes

Thank you, Hillary, for joining us today!

Giveaway

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 a copy of Jane of Austin PLUS an item of your choice from Hillary’s Etsy shop! (US addresses only for the giveaway)
Giveaway is open until 11:59PM on November 30, 2017

For the purposes of this giveaway, Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies apply.

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First Line Fridays — Catching the Wind

Open the book nearest to you and share the first line!

Hello, reader friends! It’s FLF time! Today’s featured book is a captivating time-slip set in WWII Germany and England and modern-day England and America. It is a beautiful, immersive story of love, loss, and belonging.

 

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Catching the Wind by Melanie DobsonGoodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Christianbook

 

Maple leaves draped over the tree house window, the silvery fronds linked together like rings of chainmail to protect the boy and girl playing inside.

 

Doesn’t that paint a lovely picture across your reader heart?! I’ll have my review up next week over on my blog.

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Next week is our Foodie/Thanksgiving special edition!
If you’d like to play along, select a book that features FOOD!
(or feasting, restaurants, Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, etc…. whatever floats your Mayflower 😉)

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

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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
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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.

 

 

Giveaway

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.

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First Line Fridays — The First Gift

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Today’s first line is from

The First Gift
by Ruth Logan Herne.

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My First Line:

“Brady, make sure that extra apple finds its way to the Carrutherses’ mailbox this afternoon,” Amanda Stanton instructed in a voice that meant business.

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Specel Edition Reminder:

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If you choose to particiapte in “special edition FLF,” our theme for next Friday is Military/Patriotic/Veterans Day.  Choose a book that has this theme and share it.