First Line Friday’s (9/8/17) The Case of the Clobbered Cad

Welcome to Friday and a chance to share the first line of a book that you are either reading or a book that you are planning to read soon.

This week I am choosing to feature a book that I finished a little bit ago (watch for my full review coming soon).

The Case of the Clobbered Cad is the first book from Debra E. Marvin that I have had the pleasure to read, and I’ll be going back for more of Debra’s books soon!

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Edinburgh, Scotland 1956

Heather Munro gazed down Victoria street so long, she became another gray-suited statue along the Royal Mile.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //  A Brighter Destiny // Sprinkles and Pink //

Would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog? Contact one of the following:
Rachel at Bookworm Mama // Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Sydney at Singing Librarian // Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower

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First Line Friday’s (9/1/17) Many Sparrows

Welcome to the first Friday of a new month!  In case you missed it, this week was the release of Many Sparrows. This stunning book zoomed right to the top of my favorites list. To read my full review (click here).

I had the great pleasure this week to visit with author Lori Benton here on my blog. Don’t miss reading the full interview & entering the giveaway (click here)

 

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May 1, 1774
Ohio River, Near Yellow Creek

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.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima // A Brighter Destiny //

 

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact one of the following:
Rachel at Bookworm Mama // Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Sydney at Singing Librarian // Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower

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Cover Reveal & Interview with Sarah Monzon – The Esther Paradigm

Welcome, I am super excited to be teaming up with Sarah Monzon for the cover reveal of her latest book The Esther Paradigm. While this new book is a stand-alone, those who have read Sarah’s other books may notice a commonality with her debut book The Isaac Project. I’m happy to have Sarah with us today to share some inside details about The Ester Paradigm. But first, let’s take a look at this eye-catching cover!

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Hi Sarah, I’m getting excited about your new book, “The Esther Paradigm”. This cover is gorgeous. The lovely bride and the window frame around her. It sure captures my eyes and makes me want to know what her story is about.

Trisha:  Please tell us about “The Esther Paradigm”, what is the story about?

Sarah:  So you don’t get my canned “It’s a book about people who do stuff and fall in love” answer, I’ll just give you the blurb.

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.

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?

-casablanca-morocco-front-doorsTrisha:  What was your inspiration for this lovely cover?

Sarah:  Hmm…I’m not sure I had an inspiration, per se. In fact, I created three or four different mock-ups that didn’t fit for one reason or another. I only had one thing I knew I wanted, and that was a bride on the cover. This book is a stand alone, but it does have the same feel as my debut, The Isaac Project. Because they are both inspired by biblical stories, I wanted to loosely brand them together and did that through the titles and the bride. Besides that, I wanted something that would hint at the setting and the flavor of the book. Something that would immediately grab the reader and make them go, “Ooooh! I want to read that!”

 

Trisha:  This book obviously isn’t set in the US. Where exactly is the setting?the-window-bible-studies

Sarah:  Good question! And one I’m not answering. Haha. Actually, it’s never specified in the book. A bit of a mystery. The only thing I can say is that it is set in the 10/40 window–the region 10 degrees south and 40 degrees north of the equator where the majority of those un-reached by the Gospel live. This includes North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In a lot of these areas proselytizing and Christianity is illegal.

 

 

--princesses-wisdomTrisha:  What do you hope readers will learn when reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah:  I hope readers will come to it with an open heart. More than any of my books, this one wrote me more than I wrote it. There is a lot of diversity in the book. A lot of sensitive material not commonly found in a lot of Christian fiction currently on the market. I hope readers’ worldwide perspective will expand after reading the book. And, lastly, I hope readers turn the last page with a sense of enjoyment and contentment.

 

Trisha:  Thank you for sharing with us a little inside information today. One last question before you go: When can we look forward to reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah: You can pre-order it today for only .99 cents and it will automatically be downloaded to your kindle on November 2. =)

There wasn’t a question for this, but I wanted everyone to know that Trisha’s awesome hubby helped me out a bit with this cover. Thank you, Trisha’s hubby!!

 

SarahSarah 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.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon

 The Esther Paradigm (pre-order today for .99c)

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

  All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

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First Line Fridays (8/25/17) Vow Unbroken

I don’t know about you, but for me Friday’s are busy! The good news is that all that by the end of the day on Friday we can hopefully relax and put up our feet for a bit. It kind of makes the weekend all that more enjoyable.

This Friday I’m happy to be featuring a new-to-me (this year) author, Caryl McAdoo. Earlier this month I had the privilege to read ‘Vow Unbroken’. Please make sure to enter the giveaway (click here)!

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This book will take you on a journey that you heart won’t soon forget. Filled with sigh-worthy tender moments as well as heart pumping action that will keep you turning pages long into the night. (see full review here)

Ok, so this isn’t the first line, I just had to share another favorite line from this wonderful book. Make sure to see the first line below!

Be sure to check out the author interview with Caryl McAdoo and enter the giveaway!

 

 

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He took the pinch of cotton Sue offered and rubbed it between his short, pudgy fingers. “I’m truly sorry, Mis’ess Baylor. Two cents is all I can pay.”

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //

 

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.

 

The Last Summer by: Brandy Bruce

Synopsis:

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

Does growing older mean growing apart?

My Review:

I picked up ‘The Last Summer’ with memories of my own early 20’s floating thru my memory. Brandy’s writing is so smooth and seamless that I easily inserted myself right into the circle of friends as if they were my own. By chapter 3 I found my heart clenching in heartache and in chapter 4 my poor battered heart was flattened; I paused there to come up for air (okay, so my lunch break was over and I had to go back to work – isn’t that a cruel joke? Bahaha, as if I could focus well at that point). But don’t despair, dear friend, our heroine, Sara will be just fine.

I took two days to read this fabulous story (because work, family, life) and every time I had to put it down it was like coming out of a deep book fog. You know the one, I’m sure you’ve been there yourself.  I was so immersed in the story, It felt like literally climbing out of the pages.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on all the delightful feelings this book evokes, and then there is the handsome pilot, Everett, the old-flame Jason, and we can’t forget the best-friend, Luke. With such handsome, gentleman what’s a girl to do? If you asked Sara, I’d imagine she’d say, “Help my best friend plan a wedding and spend time chatting with the girls.”

I highly recommend this fantastic book. Trust me when I tell you that you won’t be able to put it down. The Last Summer easily earns 5 stars. I couldn’t go to bed without finishing this story, I was in too deep!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“God must ache with love for us. Hurting for us. Wanting us. And sometimes we respond to Him in kind. Other times we reject Him.”

Bonus:

Would you like to read an excerpt? CLICK HERE to drop by my friend, Katie’s blog.

For an wonderful author interview, stop by my friend, Becky’s blog (click here) 

About the Author:

BrandyBruceBrandy Bruce was scribbling stories in spiral notebooks at the age of 12. She finally traded in notebooks for a laptop and now writes romance novels. Having worked as a book editor for a traditional publishing house for more than a decade, Brandy is thrilled to work in an industry she loves. She’s currently a freelance editor, a writer, a wife, a mother to three fabulous children, and she’s someone who really loves dessert. Brandy makes her home in Colorado with her family.

 

Web Page // Goodreads // Amazon // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

 

 

   The Last Summer

 

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Liebster Award

What is the Liebster Award?

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The award is to recognize the blogger’s work. “Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. The Award is more about fun and building community than anything; but having guidelines to follow sure makes things cleaner and easier to understand. There are several versions of the ‘rules’ so feel free to follow the ones you like best ♥   Click Here To read more about the Liebster Award.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  •  Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.
  •  Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  • Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  •  Nominate 5 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  • Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.
  •  List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

Thank you Arlene from Arlene’s Book Club for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Please check her wonderful blog!

 

My Q & A:

1. What is your favorite part about blogging?
I enjoy getting to know the authors and making friends with fellow bloggers

2. Which book has made a big impact on you?
Of all the books I’ve read, I really have to say that The Bible has made the biggest impact in my life, and continues to do so. I can read it many times over and find something new every time.

3. Which is your favorite, audio book, e-book, paperback or hardcover?
I love ALL books! Each format has it’s own advantages. I read mostly e-books, because of the portability, and I can read in the dark.  Audio books are nice, for long drives. Paperbacks and Hardcovers are nice to have for adding favorites to my bookshelf collection.

4. Which author would you like to meet?
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I only get to pick one?!  I’d love to join Liz Curtis Higgs on one of her Scotland tours. It would be fun to visit Scotland with Liz!

 

 

5. What are your top 3 books?
290252  Thorn In My Heart by: Liz Curtis Higgs

11422  Redeeming Love by: Francine Rivers

16142057  Burning Sky by: Lori Benton

 

6. Where is the weirdest place that you’ve read?
Is there a weird place to read?  I always have a book with me, and I read where ever I go. I’m able to tune out the ambient noises and focus on the book I’m reading.

7. What is your favorite children’s book?
824204The Little Engine That Could holds special memories, as I remember my mother reading this book to me when I was little. She would read the “I think I can” slow at first and then gradually faster as the train sped up. I found myself doing the same when I read it to my son.

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In elementary school my favorite was Misty of Chincoteague.  I had the old-cover edition with the white horse. I read and re-read that book. I would happily read any book with either horses or native americans.

I can’t forget the Mandie Collection. Between the ones given to me as birthday gifts, and others that I borrowed from the school library, I read the entire collection, some more than once.

 

8. What Young Adult series is your favorite?
24503114My favorite Author for Young Adult books is Melanie Dickerson. I’ve especially enjoyed her Hagenhiem series & the Regency Spies series.

9. What book would you recommend a friend to read now?
It would really depend on the friend. I like to recommend meaningful books, that I know my friends would enjoy.  Do they want a light historical story, or a historical story with lots of historical facts. Are they looking for a contemporary story that is light and fun?  Do they enjoy dual timeline stories?  If historical, what time period do they most enjoy

10. Is there a movie that you prefer over the book version?
No, I have found that I always prefer the book over the movie.

11. What sort of book covers draws you in?
I like book covers with the main character on the cover, with maybe something in the book as part of the background. I also, like to see something from the setting on the cover. (follow my pinterest board)

My Nominations:

Beth Erin @Faithfullybookish
Susan @SusanLovesBooks
Deanna @SingOverMe
Becky @ ByTheBook
Courtney @ TheGreenMockingBird

Questions for the nominees:

Aside for a love of books, what started you on this blogging journey?
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t reading & blogging?
What were your favorite book(s) as a child?
What are 3 of your current favorite books to recommend to your friends?
What book has had a lasting impact on your life?
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
What is the strangest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

 

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