First Line Fridays — More Than Meets the Eye

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Today’s First Line comes from

More Than Meets the Eye

by Karen Witemeyer.

More Than Meets the Eye

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My First Line:

1879 — Fannin County, TX

“Don’t lose heart children.”

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First Line Fridays – Caught By Surprise

Happy Friday, dear friends!

We’ve got a brand new release for you today & if you haven’t read any of Jen’s books yet, you really must!! In fact, I come as close to insisting as I legally can 😉

Caught By Surprise

by Jen Turano

caught by surprise

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And the first line is…

September 1883 – New York City

The first inkling Miss Temperance Flowerdew had that her rather mundane day was about to turn anything but mundane happened when a closed carriage trundled up beside her, keeping pace with her every step as she walked down the sidewalk adjacent to Broadway.

Don’t you just love that heroine’s name? Temperance Flowerdew. I like saying it out loud lol. Jen Turano has the best character names.

Speaking of Jen Turano…

CFRR 2019 Speakers

Jen Turano is, along with Dani Pettrey and Rachel Hauck, one of our keynote speakers at 2019’s Christian Fiction Readers Retreat! You can find out more info on this FUN event HERE.

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First Line Fridays — Dolce Vita (mini interview + giveaway)

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

Dolce Vita

by Autumn Macarthur

Dolce Vita by Autumn Macarthur Goodreads | Amazon 

 

Rachel Golding stiffened as the master of ceremonies straightened his red tailcoat and tapped his gavel against its sounding block to request silence. Easy to guess what came next.

 

Oops, I got a little distracted there (for a chapter and a half) before I remembered we have an interview and giveaway to get to yet! 😉 Join me in welcoming today’s featured author, Autumn Macarthur!

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

Autumn: I have a confession – I hoard free Christian romances! My Kindle is packed with more books than I could ever read! And I added at least four more today. I justify it, tell myself by downloading their free book, I’m helping the author. And that’s true. Every book downloaded lifts the Amazon ranking of the book a little and helps more readers see it. It’s my duty to support other authors, right?

Uh, somehow I think it might be a little more than that!

Here’s a screenshot of a fairly typical section of my Kindle bookshelf. Christian fiction, mostly romances, and Christian nonfiction. Almost certain all the fiction was free! I’ve only read one of the books on that page, and it’s nonfiction.

Because we live in a very small house, almost all my books are ebooks. I used to have a wonderful “real” book collection. All of L M Montgomery’s books. I have those now – in a single ebook compilation! Many old Harlequin romances from the 60s, 70s, and early 80s by Essie Summers, a Christian author from New Zealand, near impossible to get now as her books are out of print since her death and for copyright reasons aren’t released in ebook. All of Georgette Heyer’s books. A fab collection of vintage homemaking books. A lot of antique children’s books.

Losing all those and more when my one year working holiday in England turned into a decision to sell my house in Australia and move here permanently was a big ouch!

Beth: Oh my reader heart aches for your literary loss!

Do you have a favorite reading spot?

pixabay.comAutumn: Bed, propped up with lots of pillows. Though I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like. My one regret since I started writing seriously is that it chews into my reading time.

As a kid, I read anywhere and everywhere. I’d walk around reading a book. Even once, I somehow managed to read in the shower, holding the book out a narrow gap I left in the shower screen. Not sure how clean I got, but far more important was making sure I didn’t splash a drop of water on the book!

Beth: I know what you mean! My reading time has dwindled since I started blogging.

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

Autumn: It’s been an amazing journey from the first throwaway comment “Why don’t we write a multi-author series?” I made to Marion Ueckermann in September 2016, through to publication of the final book. As we brainstormed ideas and prayed over which authors to invite, I felt sure God would bring us the right authors to work with, and I still feel sure He did. Every author added something uniquely theirs to the series. It’s like a patchwork quilt where every fabric is completely different, yet they come together to make a beautiful and unified whole.

There are definitely challenges in writing a closely linked multi-author series. Issues that don’t arise writing a single-author series. A lot more time decision making, planning, ensuring the timelines of all the books work together, and asking “Would your character do this?” and “Would they say that?” But the final result was worth it!

Beth: What a great experience! (Readers you can find out more in this series of spotlights on Faithfully Bookish!)

Tell us a little bit about your featured book.

Autumn: Dolce Vita (Sweet Life) is book 8 in the series, and my first A Tuscan Legacy book. The only two characters Marion and I knew when we began planning the series were Rachel Golding, the heroine of this story, who’d appeared in one of my other books, and Rafaele Rossi from Book 1, who’d appeared in one of hers. I’d waited a while to give Rachel and Jon their own story, and I’m glad I finally got to write it. They deserved their happy-ever-after! It’s a sweet friends-to-more story, with a core theme of family and forgiveness, like many of the other books in the series.

Beth: It was certainly hard to put down just a moment ago! Friends-to-more is one of my favorite romance tropes.

What are you working on now?

Autumn: Choose Again, a second chance romance with a difference! The hero and heroine are both in their early seventies and haven’t seen each other in almost fifty years, since Meg chose career over marriage. It’s Book 4 in my Huckleberry Lake series, and will be part of a boxed set of older-couple romances, due to release in late August.

Beth: Fifty years seems like a long time but life has a way of slipping by quicker then we realize.

 

About the Author

Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of clean Christian inspirational romances with a strong touch of faith. If you love happy-ever-afters, sweet romance, and Hallmark movies, chances are you’ll enjoy her stories!

Originally from Sydney, Australia, she now lives in a small town not far from London, England, with her husband (aka The Cat Magnet), and way too many rescue cats for their tiny house! You can visit her at her website or on social media. She’d love to hear from you!

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Giveaway

Autumn is offering a giveaway prize of a Dolce Vita ebook AND a second related bonus ebook.

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First Line Fridays – Sons of Blackbird Mountain

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With as many books as we read each year, it can be hard to narrow down our favorites. But I think it’s safe to say that this book is one of the BEST books I have EVER read. If you only read ONE book this year…Let it be this one! – Rach

Today’s First Line comes from

Sons of Blackbird Mountain

by Joanne Bischof

Sons of Blackbird Mountain

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Blackbird Mountain, Virginia
August 27, 1890

Aven peered down at the letter again, noted the address written in Aunt Dorothe’s hand, then looked back to the wooden sign that was staked into the ground.

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First Line Fridays — The Orphan’s Wish

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Today’s First Line comes from

The Orphan’s Wish

by Melanie Dickerson.

The Orphan's Wish

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My First Line:

Summer 1401
The Holy Land

Alad’din’s mother’s eyes were closed as she lay on her funeral bier.

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First Line Fridays – The Lacemaker

Hello dear readers!

We hope those of you in the USA had a fun and safe 4th of July and, in celebration of this week’s holiday, today’s First Line Friday is a special Patriotic edition!

The book I’m featuring today is set in the throes of the American Revolution in Virginia…

The Lacemaker

by Laura Frantz

the lacemaker

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And the first line is…

May 1775

Elisabeth took a breath, breaking an intense hour of concentration.

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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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Giveaway

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).

Alexa Verde #giveaway on Hoarding Books

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Next week is our Patriotic special edition of First Line Fridays, see sidebar for details!

First Line Fridays – Together Forever

Happy Friday!

I may have been purposefully putting off this book…Only because, I LOVE Jody’s books SO.MUCH. That I need to savor them…make them last…I even went back and listened to the first book on audio…I can’t get over how Jody’s books capture my heart, how the characters feel REAL, and how their circumstances speak to me. The way that God is portrayed is so REAL and so TANGIBLE, that often times, I am brought to tears. Jody is without a doubt one of my top 5 favorite authors of all time.

Today’s first line is from…

Together Forever
Jody Hedlund

New York City
June 1858

Marianne Neumann’s fingers were shaking so hard she could barely pry open the first record book.


Who is one of your favorite authors?

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

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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

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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

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First Line:

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

Under Prarie Skies

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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.”

Mini-Interview

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.

Giveaway

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

(US addresses only for the giveaway).

Enter the giveaway HERE.

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First Line Fridays – Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Happy Friday!

If you have not had the pleasure of reading this cute and fun romance, I definitely encourage you to check it out!

Today’s first line is from…

Love, Lace and Minor Alterations
V. Joy Palmer

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When a bride finds The Dress, there is joy, laughter, and on some occasions, even spontaneous dancing.
There is none of that right now.

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