Friday, January 12, 2018

First Line Fridays

I am very excited to announce today's featured book for First Line Fridays, because it's the first line from my published story!  :)  I had the honor of submitting a piece that was picked and published in People Are Good, and I still cannot believe my story was chosen.  The word amazing is such an understatement!  Yet I am so thrilled to be part of this incredible book along with all the other wonderful authors who contributed to this work.

You can find my story in the section People Are Good...Even When Our Health Isn't, and the title of my story is Strawberries.

I pray that my story is encouraging to your heart, because that is its ultimate purpose.  The event I wrote about is special to me, and I hope it helps you find hope in world that can be quite bleak.  Ultimately, the Lord is my encourager, but I know He can use my life experiences to help others.
Thank you so much for all of your support!  

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

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  People Are Good: 100 True Stories to Restore Your Faith in Humanity
by AnnaMarie McHargue 

And the first line--from my story--is...


"In 2006, my thoughts were focused on waiting for a liver and kidney transplant."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!  

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 


  1. Congratulations on your story being published!

    I'm sharing the first line from Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano on my blog. It has so many great lines!

    I'm currently reading 'Aint Misbehaving by Marji Lane. Here's the first line:

    "Her future wasn't the only thing at stake."

  2. Wow! Congratulations!

    I'm sharing the first line from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" today, in keeping with the diversity theme, but here I'm going to share the first line of "One Plus One Equals Trouble" by Sondra Kraak:

    "Killing Edward Stevens was beyond her proper ways. So instead, Claire Montgomery made tea."

  3. how wonderful!

    and I love all the first lines!~

  4. Congratulations on getting your story published!

  5. Happy Friday and congratulations!!!!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading later this month, The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane....

    I was born twice. The first time was on July 9 to Paul and Mimi Haas in Cleveland, Ohio. My mother died six years later.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  6. That is so exciting! I got excited when I saw your post on Instagram about this! Congrats! Definitely will have to check your story out! :)

    I'm sharing A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd on my blog today, but I'm currently reading Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews so I'll share that here.

    732 BCE (Spring)
    Judean Wilderness

    My friend Yaira said to be brave - but why? Brave or scared, we kept marching. She told me to be a big girl, not to cry, but I'm only five and I've seen big men crying.

    Happy Weekend!

  7. Congratulations!!! 😊
    I'm diving into Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse today!
    A sleepy purple twilight wrapped around the farmhouse, its tall windows glowing with warmth from somewhere inside.

  8. Congratulations!


    Night crept over the hills, smothering the landscape in a cocoon of darkness that would hide him in a few minutes. - Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

  9. This is SO awesome!!! Congrats on your work being published. I will definitely have to check this book out.

    Happy Friday!!!!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from the novel The Gift of the Inn by Golden Keyes Parsons. So here I will leave the first line from the book I am starting next, Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren.

    Chapter 1
    "Sierra should have brought marshmallows."

  10. I love these Fridays & reading the first lines from all these books I've either enjoyed or want to read!

    My first line is from Rush by Jayme Mansfield:

    "I can't stop shivering when I sleep alone."

  11. Congratulations on your story being published!

    My first line today is from Robin Lee Hatcher’s You’ll think of Me. I’m reading it now and I have trouble putting it down! “Brooklyn Myers sat on the narrow stretch of lawn beside the brick apartment building, watching her ten-year-old daughter.”

  12. Congratulations, Heather!! I am absolutely grinning from ear to ear, to hear that your story has been published!! It couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Good job!!

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! And thank you for your kind words! :)

  13. I am so happy for you, congratulations. I will have to find a copy of this ASAP. Happy Friday!

  14. This is my favorite "First Line Friday" to date! :) Loved your story in this collection, my friend. So excited for you and proud of you too!!

    1. Thank you so much friend! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words Savanna! :)