First Line Fridays – No One Ever Asked

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Happy Friday! Welcome to First Line Fridays with Hoarding Books!

Today’s first line comes from Katie Ganshert’s powerful new novel, No One Ever Asked.

no one ever asked

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“An earthquake started it.”

Now it’s YOUR turn! Share your first line in the comments below!
Then click on the adorable little blue frog & hop around to visit other FLF-ers!

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First Line Fridays: Among the Crepe Myrtles (Mini-Interview & Giveaway!)

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Happy Friday, reading friends! Today we have a first line, a mini-interview and a giveaway! High-fives all around 😀

Today’s first line is from

among the crepe myrtles

Among the Crepe Myrtles
by Kim Williams

1916
Commerce, Texas

“Two days ago he was a husband.”

Amazon | Goodreads

Intriguing first line! Makes me want to read more, how about you?

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

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

Kim: I am so glad I wasn’t limited to one author in this question! I read leadership, children’s ministry, spiritual growth, and parenting books for my ministry job. My shelves are filled at work. Personally speaking, I have been a book hoarder since childhood. I tried to purchase and read as many of the classics as I could as a teen, and later used those to start my personal library in my classroom when I taught school. My son, a lit and comp teacher, inherited my book hoarding gene. At this point in life, I read primarily Christian Fiction, especially Historical Christian Fiction. I especially enjoy Kristy Cambron, Kate Breslin, Cathy Golhke, Elizabeth Camden, and Sarah Sundin. I definitely hoard their books. Author LN Cronk, who writes in the YA genre and for whom I have beta read, encouraged me to put my own words onto paper. I hesitantly gave in to buying ebooks so that I could carry my hoard of books with me (current hoard is 273), but I love the feel of a book, so I end up purchasing many in paperback. I shamelessly read my favorite books many times over.

KW Shelfie 1   KW shelfie 2

Carrie: Let’s not talk about how many ebooks I’m hoarding on my Kindle…

Do you have a favorite reading spot?

Kim: The beach. Ha! Since I don’t live anywhere near a beach, my favorite spot is a cozy couch in my den overlooking my backyard.

Carrie: A fair substitute 🙂

Tell us a little bit about Among the Crepe Myrtles.

Kim: A few years back, my family had gathered to celebrate my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. At dinner, my cousin began talking about letters she had found in her deceased mother’s things. These letters were written by my great grandfather to my great grandmother. I found them heart wrenching when I read them. They were letters of a husband begging to be forgiven by his wife and asking to be reunited with her and their child. The story of my great grandparents’ romance and tragedy remained locked in their generation. What I do know is that the forgiveness never took place. Among theCrepe Myrtles is a fiction story based on the emotions in the letters. The foundation of the story is the need most anyone can relate to — the need to forgive and to be forgiven. The story points to ultimate forgiveness through Christ. The setting is rural Texas during the mid 1900’s.

Carrie: Wow! What a moving story-behind-the-story!

What can you tell us about the next installment of the Letters to Layton series?

Kim: I am so excited about the next book in the series. The story picks up exactly where Among the Crepe Myrtles leaves off. Readers will further get to know the inner struggles of the characters as they continue to face what life gives them. I am very excited for readers to meet a new character who has grown to be one of my favorite people and has more to tell than I can fit into this installment. Hint. Hint.

Carrie: Ooooo sounds like a character to meet for sure!

What are you working on now?

Kim: I am currently in the re-write stage of my next installment. I am also doing research for the third book in the series. Its storyline hits close to home for me personally, delving into an issue many families face.

Carrie: Can’t wait to learn more!

About the Author

kim williamsA former school teacher, Kim Williams has spent the past twenty-five-plus years on staff at her local church. Kim has traveled in both the US and abroad conducting training in leadership and ministry to children. She had a desire to write for a long time; one day her story met her head on, and she got busy making words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters.
She resides in the Atlanta metro area with her husband, whom she met the summer after fifth grade. They have two grown children who are educators and who have the best spouses a parent could hope for.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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

Giveaway

For a chance to win a copy of Among the Crepe Myrtles, click on the Rafflecopter link below (US addresses only for the giveaway)

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Giveaway is open until 11:59PM on March 15, 2017

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Remember! Next week (March 16) is our special St. Patrick’s Day edition of First Line Fridays!

 

First Line Fridays – The Cupcake Dilemma

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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

 goodreads | amazon

And the first line is….

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

Your turn, dear reading friends! Share YOUR first line in the comments below!

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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

GOODREADS | AMAZON

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??

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

Then join the Linky below (click on the cute little blue frog) with the URL to your blog POST (not your blog), your name and your email (which will remain hidden).

Bounce around the Linky and see what others are sharing!

 

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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
Goodreads | Amazon

“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!

 

Join us!

We also invite you to participate in First Line Fridays on your own blog!

Simply share the URL of your blog POST (not your blog), your name, and your email (which will remain hidden) with our froggy friend above! Please remember to link back to Hoarding Books within your post or grab a button from the sidebar so everyone can find the FLF fun.

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!

As always, participation in the special editions is completely voluntary and y’all are encouraged to share links to your non-themed FLF posts as well.

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

flf foodie edition

Today’s first line is from

Jane of Austin for sidebar

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.

Don’t forget to 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 and see what everyone else is reading!

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First Line Fridays – Lady Jayne Disappears

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

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Happy Friday!! Today’s featured book is the kind of book I love to read this time of year – British manors with secrets, spooky relatives with secrets, a heroine with secrets, a hero with … well, you get the idea.

I had the privilege of meeting the author at CFRR in August and she is just plain adorable.

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

lady jayne disappears
Goodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Christianbook

London, England, 1861

“Well, Miss Harcourt. Are you, or are you not, Nathaniel Droll?”

Your turn, reader friends! What are you reading? Share YOUR first line in the comments, then click the blue blog hopping frog button below to visit more FLF folks!

Join us!

We also invite you to participate in First Line Fridays on your own blog!

Simply share the URL of your blog POST (not your blog), your name, and your email (which will remain hidden) with our froggy friend above! Please remember to link back to Hoarding Books within your post or grab a button from the sidebar so everyone can find the FLF fun.

 

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Welcome to Hoarding Books & First Line Fridays! (plus, a launch giveaway!)

We all know that it’s NOT hoarding if it’s books. But that was a little long for a catchy blog title so we opted to shorten it be honest and go with “Hoarding Books” 😉

WELCOME to our new home base for First Line Friday and other potentially bookish shenanigans!! We are so excited about this new group blog and opening FLF up to even more friends!!

Right about now, you may have some questions. I’ll do my best to answer them for you 🙂

First: who are we?

You can learn more about the four of us here, but the short answer is: a group of four friends who love each other and books (duh). We’re mamas and cool aunts, bookworms and bloggers.

Carrie | Sydney | Rachel | Beth

Second: what is First Line Friday?

In 2016, we started a weekly blog meme called First Line Fridays, borrowing the idea from other bloggers who were no longer organizing the linkup. The basic premise is simple: grab the book nearest you & share the first line!

Since nearly everything is more fun with friends, particularly bookish everythings, we link up to each other’s blogs and see what first lines we’re all sharing each week. Over the last year, we’ve grown from the original four into over twenty-four bloggers!

Third: what’s this whole linky business?

Starting next week, we’ll have a linky widget attached to our first ‘Hoarding Books’ First Line Friday post. (It will turn out something like this.)

Everyone is welcome to participate each week, whether you’re a current FLF blogger or a brand new recruit 🙂 We only ask that you link back to the Hoarding Books blog on your own First Line Friday post. You can also add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (which will be live Fridays at midnight eastern). This lets everyone know who is playing along at home & gives them a way to check out your post too. You may even find a new fave blog to follow!!

No blog? No problem. Just post your answers in the comments!

The HTML proficient can snag the button in the sidebar. The rest of us can right click and save this one!

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Fourth: I heard something about a lunch giveaway?

Umm…LAUNCH giveaway… but Yes, yes you did!

Click that there Rafflecopter link and enter for a chance to win a 4-book prize pack! (US addresses only) For the purpose of this giveaway, Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies apply. They can be found here.

Hoarding Books First Line Fridays Launch Giveaway

Books included are:

  1. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig
  2. Weaver’s Needle by Robin Carroll
  3. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
  4. Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

Pay attention now! Here are the first lines of these books, in no particular order. Can you guess which line goes with which book? You’ll get bonus entries for guessing!

a. ‘Unless you get one of those miracles they’re always talking about in church, I don’t see how you’ll be able to keep the business open into spring.’

b. Jeremiah Ring had witnessed death as often as the next man on the Allegheny frontier, but in all his thirty years he had encountered no deaths more dismaying than those confronting him now.

c. ‘I fear that our wassailing has become a nuisance.’

d. It took one ten-thousandth of a second – exactly 0.000169 seconds – for the bullet to rip through his shoulder.

ENTER HERE:

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We are so excited about this new home base for First Line Fridays! As we transition to the linky widget and away from copying & pasting everyone’s links each week, we want to give a shout-out to the bloggers who have been with us each week for some portion of the past year!

Radiant Light || Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names are Taken || Robin’s Nest

Fiction Aficionado || Bibliophile Reviews || Kathleen Denly || Lauraine’s Notes

With A Joyful Noise || A Baker’s Perspective || Joy of Reading || C Jane Read

Moments Dipped in Ink || Molly’s Cafinated Reads || Romances of the Cross

It’s Storytime with Van Daniker || Iola Goulton || The Christian Fiction Girl

Book Reviews by Tima || A Brighter Destiny || Sprinkles And Pink

Susan Loves Books

Think you want to join in the fun?? Come back next week & link up with us!