Friday, May 5, 2017

First Line Fridays


I am so excited about this week's First Line Friday, because I get to introduce a brand new book!  The text entitled Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age debuts this summer, but the best part is that a friend of mine, Natalie Monk, is one of the authors!  I am so happy for her and so proud of her, and I can only imagine how thrilling this must be.

Right now, you can pre-order this novella collection at Amazon: Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection.  So please go and check it out--I know this will be another wonderful novella collection to add to your bookcase.  :)

I asked Natalie if I could showcase her story this week, and she said she would be honored.  Of course, it is my honor, because I get to brag about my friend's publication.  :)  As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:     

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
 
 Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:

Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age
by Michelle Griep, Erica Vetsch, Susanne Dietze, Anne Love, 
Gabrielle Meyer, Natalie Monk, Jennifer Uhlarik, 
Jaime Jo Wright, Kathleen Y'Barbo



And the first line is...

For Richer or Poorer
by Natalie Monk
www.nataliemonk.com

Newark, New Jersey 
April 1885

"If you get caught in this dress"--Ella whispered to herself--"there'll be the devil to pay."  

Happy reading and Happy Friday! 






28 comments:

  1. Looks like a great collection of authors!

    I have the first line of Tosca Lee's 'Firstborn' on my blog today, but here I'm going to share the first line of "Wings of the Wind" by Connilyn Cossette:

    "Forging through the teeming mass of Canaanite soldiers in this vast army camp, I'd never felt more alone."

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    1. I recently saw this book on the Bethany House website. It looks really interesting...what a compelling first line.

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  2. I think this is going to be a great novella collection!

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  3. On my page I'm sharing the first line from Such a Hope by Sondra Kraak. However, here I'm going to share the first line of book on my TBR stack; "The Miracle of the Seventh-day Ox" by Bradley Booth: "Nickolia Panchuk stared at the four walls of the jail cell around him. The cold gray concrete made him feel as if he were in a tomb--cold and frightened and alone."

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    1. What an earth-shattering first line...the imagery is so specific and intense.

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  4. September 1939
    If I'd known I was about to meet the man who'd shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta, I would have slept in. ~ Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

    Dinh @Arlene's Book Club

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    1. I think that is a first line many could identify with...the mysterious "what if" question in life.

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  5. Congratulations to Natalie...and I love the cover! My first line comes from an advance read of a book that will have a permanent home on my "favorite books" shelf. THE ASTONISHING THING by Sandi Ward releases in November. It's so clever and touching...told from the point of view of a cat, Boo, who is trying to solve the disappearance of her human mom and help her family heal. So, so sweet! "Let me tell you about my mother." (Mainstream with references to faith, 99% clean)

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    1. Thank you, Karen!
      THE ASTONISHING THING sounds like a terrific book! And so unique. How fun to have a mystery from a cat's point of view!

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    2. This sounds like an adorably amazing book! Here is another book told from a cat's perspective that I read and reviewed last year: The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks by Cindy Vincent http://englishmysteriesblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html

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  6. I definitely want to read this book!
    My first line is from True to You by Becky Wade:
    “Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games.”

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    1. I just downloaded Then Came You by Becky Wade, so I will have to pick up this book next! :)

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  7. I LOVE these collections!

    My first line comes from Live Free or Die by Hunter Lee.

    Friday, 19:00 GMT

    Dawkins Eames tugged on his collar while he gazed at pedestrians jockeying for position at the crosswalk.

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    1. This author does such an amazing job with imagery in this first line. Happy Friday!

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  8. The cover is beautiful! Happy Friday!

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  9. Heather, thank you so much for featuring Of Rags and Riches and For Richer or Poorer! I can't wait for readers to get a hold of this collection, because of the eight other authors in the anthology! What a lineup! I'm thrilled to be able to debut with these talented and award winning authors! So even if my novella's no good, you'll have eight fabulous ones to make up for it, hahaha! ;)
    Seriously though, Ella (heroine) and myself are thrilled to be mentioned on your blog today, and I'm enjoying reading everyone else's first lines, too!
    Today, I've got A SEASON TO DANCE by Patricia Beal:
    "This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room."

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    1. You are so welcome! Oh goodness, I know your novella is going to be wonderful! I plan on reading it this weekend. :) And I know I've already said it, but I am so excited for you as you embrace this amazing literary adventure!

      I haven't read any books by Patricia Beal yet, but this book sounds wonderful...I absolutely love ballet. :)

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  10. Harley Diekerhoff looked up from peeling potatoes to glance out the kitchen window.
    From – Christmas at Cooper Mountain by Jane Porter

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    1. What did she see out the kitchen window? I want to know! :)

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  11. I love that cover!! Happy Friday!!

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  12. I love the Gilded Age, it is one of my favorite eras to read about - specifically New York of course. Can you imagine all those mansions lining 5th Ave?? Happy Friday!

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    1. That would be incredible to see...I'm picturing the scenes from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Happy Friday!

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  13. I'm so looking forward to reading this--and yes, it's because I'm also friends with Natalie. ;)

    Last night was my brother's college graduation, so while I was waiting for the 200+ students before him to get their diplomas, I read "Love at First Bark" (Dana Mentink). It was short and amusing. :) The first line...er...paragraph... was great...

    "Marcy Deveraux was surprised to discover she didn't actually miss the prince very much. The naked truth was, he'd been high maintenance with all that dark broodiness and not much of a sense of humor to speak of. By the end of their time together, he'd even gotten on her nerves just the tiniest bit. Still, Prince Rafe's departure left her at a loss. It was not as though His Royal Highness was required to save anyone else from assassination, and it had been twelves months since that perilous jungle crossing, complete with poisonous spiders and the one-eyed bandit. The prince had survive more adventures than could be expected of anyone, fictional or not, and he deserved his happy ending.
    So now what?
    Marcy chewed her pencil eraser, staring at the blank pages of her notebook as the summer wind rattled the cabin windows."

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    1. Aw! I hope you enjoy ORAR, Amanda! And Love at First Bark sounds so fun!!

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    2. I love the title of this book! Happy Wednesday! :)

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