Friday, August 23, 2019

First Line Fridays


This week I wanted to share the first line from one of my favorite books and films.  
Have a wonderful day friends!  



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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen



And the first line is...

"Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above.  There dwell the Sea King and his subjects."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, August 16, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Poisoned Pages
by Lorna Barrett



And the first line is...

"Never had 221b Main Street, Stoneham, New Hampshire, seen so many people enter its doors."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, August 9, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Murder in the Locked Library 
by Ellery Adams



And the first line is...

"Don't touch that book!" 

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, August 2, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh 
by Carolyn Miller



And the first line is...

London 
November 1818

"Surely a prospective husband must elicit greater feeling than the comfort experienced when wearing one's favorite slippers?"  

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Subject of Malice - Spotlight Book Tour


 

 


The Subject of Malice (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery) Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Henery Press (July 23, 2019) 

 

The organizers have rustled up plenty of surprises for the literary conference at Tattered Star Ranch. But the murder of an influential scholar wasn’t on the program—someone has clearly taken the theme of Malice in the Mountains to heart. This shocking crime is only the beginning: Other dangers and deceptions are soon revealed.
English professor Lila Maclean has a full agenda: She must convince a press to publish her book (possibly), ace her panel presentations (hopefully), and deal with her nemesis (regrettably).
However, when Detective Lex Archer requests Lila’s academic expertise, she agrees to consult on the case. While her contributions earn high marks from her partner, it could be too late; the killer is already taking aim at the next subject.
As Lila races to keep her colleagues alive, publish or perish takes on new meaning.

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Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries: The Semester of Our Discontent, The Art of Vanishing, The Spirit in Question, and The Subject of Malice. Honors include an Agatha Award for best first novel and Lefty Award nominations for best humorous mystery. 

She blogs with Chicks on the Case and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. 






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Friday, July 26, 2019

First Line Fridays


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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Booking the Crook 
by Laurie Cass



And the first line is...

"I stood at the kitchen window, staring out into the backyard as January's chill seeped through the glass and into my bones."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Summer Snoops Unleashed - Spotlight Book Tour


Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes by Judith Lucci Anna Celeste Burke, Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan, Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan
 

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Friday, July 19, 2019

First Line Fridays


Happy Friday friends!  How is your summer going thus far?  Have you had any exciting plans or adventures?  This is my favorite season, and I love to travel, but I also love that this time of the year delivers time to read more books!  As you know mysteries are my favorite genre, and today's FLF is from a book I just discovered.  I can't wait to read this one--happy reading! 

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Coffee Club Mysteries
by Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Elizabeth Ludwig, Dana Mentink, 
Candice Prentice, and Janice Thompson



And the first line is...

Coffee, Tea, or Murder 
by Cynthia Hickey

"The store definitely needed a new sign.  I stared up at the faded plastic rectangle with the hand-painted words THE COFFEE PERK across its surface."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, July 12, 2019

First Line Fridays


Happy Friday friends!  I was looking at all the books on Amazon the other day, and I purchased a few new Kindle books--when they are $.99 you just have to!  At least, that is what makes sense to me.  :)  So today's book is one I ordered, and I'm excited to read it.  I don't think I have read anything by this author before--maybe in a novella collection--but I'm not sure.  Have you read any books by this author, and if so which stories?  Also, what periods of history do you most enjoy reading and learning about?  Let me know in the comments below.  As always, happy reading! 

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Give Me Thine Heart 
by Andrea Boeshaar



And the first line is...

"My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." 
Proverbs 23:26 

Kingsley Manor 
Periwick, England 
July, 1814

"Ladies in pastel gowns of pink, green, and blue skipped by as the orchestra played a lively tune."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Friday, July 5, 2019

First Line Fridays


In lieu of the 4th of July, I wanted to highlight a seasonal book today.  Did anyone ever read the Berenstain Bears books?  They were always so good!  So here is a first line from one of their stories.  Happy reading friends!  

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  God Bless Our Country 
by Mike Berenstain



And the first line is...

"It was a beautiful early summer afternoon in Bear Country.  Bees were busily buzzing in their hives and cowbells clunked over at Farmer Ben's farm as milking time drew near.  Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear were busy too.  School was out and the first big event of summer vacation was coming up--the Bear Country Fourth of July Parade."

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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The Portrait - Spotlight Book Tour





The Portrait 

by Cassandra Austen


Publication Date: December 31, 2018
Apollo Grannus Books
eBook & Paperback; 340 Pages
Genre: Historical/Romance/Suspense



Lady Catherine, banished to the countryside as a useless girl with a lame leg, got her revenge by playing a dangerous game. And now it will ruin her.

When the old earl dies, his only child feels no sorrow. The earldom will now revert to the crown and Lady Catherine will continue to live life exactly as she pleases. But when she learns that she is the heir to a secret family title, everything changes.

Marriage had once seemed unnecessary and out of the question; now it is the only thing she wants. The two men in her life both need her influence and wealth. Whom shall she choose? The kind but secretive Captain Avebury? Or the notorious Sir Lyle, the handsome smuggler? Both men deal very differently with honor. And when Catherine's secret self-destructs, which man can be trusted to save her?

The Portrait is about a strong woman, foolish decisions, trust, and the definition of honor. Fans of Jane Austen's independent women will recognize in Catherine a voice which will not be silenced.

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Cassandra Austen writes historical and contemporary fiction set in both old and New England. She is the author of The Portrait, a historical romance that takes place during the Regency period in England, and Coming Home to Greenleigh, a contemporary New England romance.

She lives and works in her 1700s farmhouse in northern New England, but you are welcome to visit her at her virtual home: cassandraausten.com. You can also find Cassandra on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.




“Your mother, Lady Catherine, was the Countess Delamare through her marriage to your father. But she was also the Countess St Clair, a title she held in her own right from her mother, the previous Countess St Clair.”
“But I have never heard of such a thing!” Catherine protested, a little alarmed. “Are you absolutely sure?”
“Most certainly. In fact, all of the staff here at Albrook knew her as the Countess St Clair before she married your father.” He paused. “After you were born, however …” His voice faltered, but his gaze held steady. “… after you were born, the staff were forbidden to mention your name, and certainly never to speak of you as the heiress to the St Clair title. In fact, he allowed people to assume that your mother had ceded it to him on their marriage. Nevertheless, you have been the Countess St Clair since your mother’s death.”
Catherine jerked back in her seat. Her voice trembled. “Who-who is responsible for keeping this from me?” she managed to choke out.
“Primarily, your mother,” Beaseley said. “She feared what would happen if it became known while you were still a child that you were both extravagantly wealthy and held your own title. She did not want evil people to manipulate you for their own gain. And she hoped that your father would come to love you as his own flesh and blood, without the constant reminder—”
“—that my mother had borne an heiress for her own line and left his bankrupt! Oh, how she misjudged him!” she cried. “My poor mother! She thought that her actions would protect me, but she underestimated the power of my father’s resentment!”
“And secondarily, of course, your father. As I said, he would not permit the name to be mentioned in this house, the servants could not address you as countess and, when he sent you to Wansdyke, he dismissed the old servants. No one knew your mother or could tell you anything about her.”
Catherine felt numbly in her pocket for a handkerchief. She wiped her eyes, but they filled again. She was unaccustomed to having her armour pierced. Venturing into the hotbed of gossip that was Bath after years spent alone at Wansdyke had taught her how to maintain her calm. It had not been easy to insinuate herself into society; it would have been far easier to remain in seclusion as her father had intended. Those difficult first excursions into the public eye – when she had been stared at, whispered about, and occasionally laughed at – had led her to believe she could endure anything.
But now she discovered she was not quite at that point. There was, apparently, some feeling in her yet.
“Shall I send for Clara, my lady?” Beaseley was looking concerned. She shook her head.
No.” She choked a little on the word, but raised her head. “No. I … there are things I need to know, questions …”
“Of course, my lady.” He bowed. For a moment, the silence hung thick between them.
Catherine spoke. Her voice rasped. “This is in writing?”
“Yes. That was the source of the disagreement when the marriage contract was drawn up. Your mother insisted that the St Clair properties were to be held in trust for future heirs to the title. They never entered your father’s hands. The documents are in my possession. Your mother passed them to me and required my oath of secrecy.” He looked deeply upset. “I am sorry that I felt I could not honour her request to the end. With your father so ill – and unsure as I am when I might see you next – it seemed impossible.”
Catherine shook her head. She was still confused. “My mother, and her mother before her – Countess St Clair. Does the title only pass through the female line?”
“No, my lady. It is an earldom.”
“An earldom!” For a moment, she couldn’t speak. Beaseley filled the silence for her.
“It is a very old title, much older than your father’s. It was originally meant to pass to heirs general – the heir might be male or female, at the pleasure of the Crown. But your grandmother was the only living heir of the last earl, and your mother was her only heir, so both became countess without challenge. Should you have a son, he would become the next Earl St Clair.”
A son! The thought had never entered Catherine’s mind. She had a fleeting image of a plump golden-haired child, laughing and toddling. A son who would become the next Earl St Clair. She shuddered and chided herself. It was a ridiculous, far-fetched thought.
She looked at Beaseley blankly.
“You have a castle in Wales,” he continued. “It is more or less in ruins, although there is a manor house on the site as well. It has not been lived in for a very long time, although it is the seat of the St Clairs – with the line passing through several females, maintaining even that has been a difficult task. The women married into other families,” Beaseley said apologetically. “And they … well, they made only token acknowledgement of the needs of the St Clair estates. But if … if there were a male heir, the family could thrive and grow once more.”
Catherine stared. This hardly seemed possible. A male heir? A St Clair earl?
She suddenly understood. This was why her father was so deeply angry. This was why he wanted her hidden away in Bath. Because, were she to one day bear a son, the St Clair dynasty would live to see another century but the Clavertons would be gone.



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