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First Line Friday #63: Crown of Souls

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It feels like autumn has arrived this week in my neck of the woods and I am craving a hot mug of apple cider followed by a cold glass of apple cider, a slice of warm apple pie ala mode, and while I’m at it, wool socks and a big fuzzy blanket sound pretty wonderful, too!

Y’all!!! I’m down to my final four non-blog reads! Please forgive me for my lack of blog comments lately. I do read and appreciate each comment y’all share here on the blog and I’ll be back to replying just as soon as possible!

After you say hi and drop off your first line in the comments, hop around to the other First Line Friday ladies for more great book recommendations!

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

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Find the first line of Chapter 1 at Fiction Aficionado! Here is the first line of Chapter 2:


It was stupid, but she couldn’t shake from her mind the glittering grains of sand in Cole’s hair. Glints of gold in his dark brown hair. Framing his head and face.


Okay, so stopping is an issue when reading The Tox Files!
Haven is clearly stressed and not thinking in complete sentences so you’re welcome… first paragraph instead of first line!!

Dear Tox, You might not be big on the romancy stuff since you’re busy saving the world from bad guys but shoot fire if that isn’t the most romantical thing a man can do… woo wee! P.S. your cover is smokin’!


The Tox Files series

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig 

I’m having way too much fun seeing this handsome face plastered all over the interwebs this week! ????



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So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!
Share your own “Dear Tox…” just for fun (and BONUS entries)!

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23 thoughts on “First Line Friday #63: Crown of Souls”

  1. I need to get reading the Tox Files books – and I share in your admiration of the cover 😀

    I bought my first M.L. (Marylu) Tyndall book today, a pristine used copy of The Falcon and the Sparrow from 2008. Here’s the first line:

    “Dominique Celine Dawson stepped off the teetering plank of the ship and sought the comfort of solid land beneath her feet, knowing that as she did, she instantly became a traitor to England.”


  2. From Lisa See’s The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (not labeled as Christian fiction but it’s the closest book to me other than my Bible in which the first line is “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.)

    “No coincidence, no story,” my a-ma recites, and that seems to settle everything, as it usually does, after First Brother finishes telling us about the dream he had last night.


  3. Ahhhh Tox! ???? My very own copy arrived today, and it looks soooooo good on my shelf!

    I’ve FINALLY managed to get around to reading Susan May Warren’s “A Matter of Trust”, and I almost didn’t even want to put it down to do the First Line Friday rounds! But here’s the first line:

    “Gage Watson blamed the trouble on the bright, sunny day.”


  4. Don’t need to be entered into giveaway but just wanted to say TOX ROCKS!!!
    Though I think of him as “Cole” and not Tox. Haven has clearly rubbed off on me. A lot.
    Y’all – this is a must read for all the fans out there of action, adventure, suspense, and mystery! And there’s even a large dose of romance thrown in!


  5. Good morning Beth!

    I haven’t read any of the Tox Files yet.

    My first line is from chapter 18 from Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter…

    “Riley looked down at the temporary prosthesis as the technician gave it one final tweak.”



  6. My first line is going to be the first paragraph because It is short! It’s from These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart. And her writing has captured me again!
    Francine Howard stepped off the bus into another world. She should have been prepared. She’d studied the Frontier Nursing information until she almost knew it by heart. That should have given her a glimpse into this place.

    There are sooo many good quotes to glean from this book and I’m only on page 53!


  7. Come to a turable mountain that tried us almost to death to git over it. -WILLIAM CALK, HIS JURNAL MARCH YE 25TH 1775 SATTERDAY

    APRIL 1777

    What cannot be cured must be endured. A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz


  8. First on Tox- my word- LOVED Crown of Souls! I think it’s even better than the first one! But, poor Levi (still!)!!

    My first line for today is from Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey. I’ve been waiting since February when I read Still Life for this one to come out and was lucky enough to get an ARC! Here’s the first line:

    “Luke crouched behind an orange shipping container, dreading to think what it held.”

    So for those who have read the other two books in the Chesapeake Valor series, my first thoughts were “Luke IS alive!!!!!”.


  9. “The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.” ~ An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

    I have absolutely loved this series and am loving this one as much as the previous books.

    As for Tox, I can’t wait to read this series. Ronie is such a great author.

    Thank you,
    Stephanie C.


  10. I’ve not read the first book. Should they be read in order? (I have the second already). Thank you for sharing the first line 🙂

    On my blog this week I’m sharing the first line from a book I just finished. The Case of the Clobbered Cad. It was a fun story to read.
    I’ll share here the first line from a book my son is currently reading.
    Tree Tall and the Whiteskins by Shirlee Evans
    “Tree Tall crept through the high dew-damp grass along the creek bank. It was early. The sun was not yet over the hill.”


  11. My first line on my blog is from Colleen Coble. But I grabbed a book beside me for here.
    “He’d found her.” by The Texan’s Courtship Lessons by Noelle Marchand. My mom gave this book to me and I haven’t read it yet.


  12. Happy Friday!!

    My first line is from For Such a Moment by Marie Wells Coutu:

    “Ellen Nielson scanned the large office, seeking a secret corner where she could escape.”

    For Tox: I can’t wait to read this!


  13. Yay! It’s Friday!!!

    My first line is from The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen:

    London, England
    May 1817

    “I sat across the table from the man I most admired, feeling self-conscious.”

    As for Tox, I am so looking forward to reading Crown Of Souls. Nothing like a good suspense by Ronie Kendig to start the fall season 🙂


  14. As if a rogue summer wind had suddenly swept over the cobblestone plaza, the door to Fry Me a Sliver flew open with a bang.
    A Frying Shame
    By Linda Reilly

    I can’t wait to read the adventures of Tox in Crown of Souls!


  15. I think I like the Crown of Souls cover best, but they’re both very nice. I will have to check these books out! Never heard of this author before.

    My quote comes from The Pursuit of Lady Harriet by Rachel Anderson. This is book #3 in series. I highly recommend all three novels!

    “‘How dreadful it would be to live on one’s own permanently,’ Lady Harriet Cavendish said to no one in particular as she walked through a thick grove of pines in Askern, Yorkshire.”


  16. Haven’t read The Tox Files series yet. As for the first lines, the book I was reading today was The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White, and here’s the first line.

    “She could have been more than she was.”

    Okay, that was a half line.
    Have a great weekend!


  17. Aah Tox, I have not met you yet, but I can’t wait. Heard so many good things about these books.
    First line Friday “Man, I can’t get enough of this stuff” (Book I am reading today is “Freedom’s Ring” by Heidi Chiavaroli. p.259…and it was about doing research at a museum 🙂


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