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Sins of the Past: First Line Friday #33

First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends! I’m hoping the saying we often hear for March, “in like a lamb, out like a lion” and vice versa, can be applied for the year as a whole because 2017 has certainly been a lion for me thus far… exciting, busy, and bogged down with a king sized head cold that just won’t shake loose!

As always, you can find my blogger buddies at the bottom of the post and I encourage you to go check out their featured books once you’ve said hi and dropped off your first line here!

Don’t miss this week’s giveaway on Faithfully Bookish courtesy of Katherine Reay!!!

Sins of the Past by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

goodreads | amazon

Sins of the Past A Romantic Suspense Collection

Missing by Dee Henderson

John Graham, police chief for Cheyenne, Wyoming, knew the value of remaining calm in a crisis.

Shadowed by Dani Pettrey

July 1979
Gulf of Alaska, off the coast of Yancey, Alaska

Libby sliced through the frigid water, her limbs burning and weak… so weak after a dozen miles.

Blackout by Lynette Eason

Macy Adams wished she could remember the sins that haunted her.

I’ve read some excellent reviews for this collection and I can’t wait to dive in! Check out the individual novella covers:

Sins of the Past Collection

amazon | goodreads

So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!

Then go see what all these lovely First Line Ladies are up to:

Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower | Rachel @ Bookworm Mama | Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books | Andi @ Radiant Light | Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken | Robin @ Robin’s Nest | Katie @ Fiction Aficionado | Bree @ Bibliophile Reviews | Kathleen @ Kathleen Denly

If you’d like to share the First Line Friday fun on your blog, let Carrie know at Reading is My Superpower!

18 thoughts on “Sins of the Past: First Line Friday #33”

  1. My first line is from Still Life by Dani Pettrey: “He glanced around what had become a dumping ground by the river’s edge. Dark, silent…deserted. Perfect. (Sorry-I know that’s more than just the first line, but it’s so good!)


  2. Beth, I’m sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I’m sending prayers and (((HUGS)))

    My first line comes from Promise of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper


    Huzzah! It’s over! The treaty’s been signed! Huzzah!


  3. I had the honor of meeting Dani Pettrey at Liberty University several years ago, and I won one of her books. 🙂

    The Mark of the King
    Jocelyn Green

    And the first line is…

    Paris, France
    September 1719

    “There it was again. Suddenly wide awake, Julianne covered her ears. Straw crunched beneath her, needling her skin through the ticking as she inched away from the dank stone wall and closer to the warm body beside her.”

    Happy reading and happy Friday!


  4. Those are all great first lines, but the one from Shadowed makes me really curious why on earth she is swimming twelve miles in the gulf of Alaska. A very compelling reason to keep reading.

    Here’s mine:

    The Boden Birthright
    by Mary Connealy

    Boston, Massachusetts
    August 1852

    “Bad boy!” Grandmama Bradford slapped Cole’s Wrist. “You’ve sloshed teas on the lace of your shirt.”


  5. So many novellas today – and my first line is from one as well, Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson:

    “Romance is officially dead,” Emma Burcelli proclaimed as she reached for the last empty crate.


  6. Feel better soon!

    My First Line is from Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen by Desmond Seward:

    “When Eleanor of Aquitaine died in 1204 her long career had been the most colorful and the stormiest of any English queen consort before or since.”

    Happy Reading!


  7. The old-time car horn a-oogaed, and David Harrington slowly reached over to the nightstand for his cell phone.
    ~The Triple Date Dare by Lauraine Henderson


  8. Piccolo. The restaurant matched it’s name – – a tiny and delicate white stucco building with a short, neat brick walk leading from its front door to the parking lot.

    From The Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay


  9. My first line this week is from The Memoir of Johnny Devine (It is fiction lol) “A tiny cyclone of dry leaves raced ahead of Eliza as she crossed 35th Avenue, urging her to hurry.”


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