Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today, I am super excited to share with you the first line from Sarah Monzon’s latest book, “The Esther Paradigm” which is newly released this week. You may remember the cover reveal post, which includes some behind the scenes details.


“This was not how I’d thought I would die.”


Wow! Talk about an attention grabber. To find out what happens next, you will have to buy the book!


Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books



32 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – The Esther Paradigm

  1. I loved The Esther Paradigm! Sarah Monzon wrote yet another amazing book, didn’t she? 🙂

    For my first line, I’m featuring Masquerade by Janette Rallison. I re-read it earlier this week.
    “Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.”

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  2. I can’t wait to read this book. Sounds so good.

    My first line is “Sometimes leading also means following. Sometimes being first means you actually arrive second.” Service Tales by Ace Collins

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  3. “A hush fell over the small crowd loitering outside Lyric Carter’s house as paramedics placed the bodies of the two men, both encased in body bags, onto separate gurneys, and wheeled them to the waiting ambulances.” — Frozen Notes, by Fay Lamb


  4. Happy Friday!

    My first line is from Pepper Basham’s Charming the Troublemaker:

    “Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.”

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  5. That line is totally an attention grabber! I’m still making my way through this! 🙂

    I’m featuring The Princess Bride on my blog, but I’m currently reading Meg Mitchell & the Secret of the Journals by Kimberly McNeil so I’ll share that here.

    If I say I go to the White Raven for the food, I’d be lying, and I’m a journalist, which means I don’t lie.

    Happy Friday!

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  6. My first line is from Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels:

    “You’re too young to be hanging around with a bunch of old ladies. You need to be with girls your own age,” Daniel Greenwood explained to his eleven-year-old daughter, Holly.

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. I loved this book so much!

    Happy Friday!!! Today, I’m showcasing A Mother For His Family by Susanne Dietze. So here I will share the first two lines from the novel next in line on my review pile, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan.

    “You can’t call that a settlement offer.” Kate Sullivan looked directly into the dark eyes of her opposing counsel, who represented a medical device company.

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  8. Oooh, that IS an attention-getting first line!!! I’ll be reading it soon.

    Here are the first two lines of my current read (I’m loving), Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano: “Well, Miss Harcourt. Are you, or are you not, Nathaniel Droll?”

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  9. My first line is from Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris:

    Special Agent Garrett Addison snapped a photo of the freshly dug grave located inside the yellow roped-off crime scene.

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  10. Just started this last night, and I already love these characters!

    I’m featuring the first line from Pepper Basham’s ‘Charming the Troublemaker’ on my blog, but I’m going to leave you with the first line of a book I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, ‘The Bachelor Missions’ by Jes Drew:

    “One bulky figure stands alone in the rain, keeping his head down–his identity obscured by a hat and large raincoat.”

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  11. This has just arrived on my Kindle. And it’s Saturday, and raining outside … tempting. So tempting.

    I’m sharing from Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter on my blog today, and I’m currently reading the Regency Brides collection. Here’s the first line to the second novella in the book, Masquerade Melody by Angela Bell:

    Whoever coined the phrase to “bite one’s tongue” was sorely mistaken in believing that silence inflicted mere physical harm.

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  12. I can’t wait to read this one later this month!

    The first line of the book I’m currently reading is:
    England, December 23, 1813
    Holly Gray’s courage faded with every step she took deeper inside the castle conservatory where, according to Grandfather’s stories, a ghost resided.

    Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

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