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First Line Friday: A Sidelined Christmas

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Happy Friday, reader friends!!

We have less than 20 days until Christmas, however, TODAY we mark post number 500 here on Faithfully Bookish!

squeeeee! virtual hugs for all y’all! ????

My sincere thanks to YOU, dear reader and author friends, for joining me on this crazy blogging adventure! I couldn’t do it without y’all… well I could but then it would just be an online journal and I wouldn’t be nearly as happy talking only to myself.

Let’s carry on with the First Line Friday fun, shall we?

A Sidelined Christmas by Toni Shiloh

A Sidelined Christmas by Toni Shiloh

included in Making Spirits Bright: The Christmas Lights Collection 2017

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God love her daughter, but going to early morning flag football games was utterly exhausting.


Oh! *insert sympathetic groan* I’m not a fan of early morning anything unless the continuation of a late night binge read counts! Seriously though, if you haven’t read a story by Toni Shiloh, this is an excellent opportunity to sample her work (and three additional sample-worthy authors as well) for less than a dollar!

Keep your eyes open for today’s special celebratory giveaway and you could win this collection for yourself or a friend!

First Line Fridays on Faithfully Bookish hosted by Hoarding Books

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29 thoughts on “First Line Friday: A Sidelined Christmas”

  1. Hey Beth! This one is on my list to read, and I’m looking forward to it!
    On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Gina Holder’s debut novel “Whither Shall I Go?” so do stop by and check that out! I’ll share with you here the first line of a book that has been on my TBR for several months, I really loved this book!
    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.”
    -Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn


  2. Early mornings are my friend! But I’d rather not have to go anywhere early. Snuggling up with a book is so much nicer. 🙂

    I had the pleasure of reading Holding the Fort so I could review it. From the very first line I was captivated.

    June 1885 Wichita, Kansas

    The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the stage protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.


  3. Happy Friday!

    My first line is from the book I’m reading next, Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley….

    People never ask me the right question when they ask me what happened the beginning of my senior year. They always ask what his last words were.

    Have a great weekend!!


  4. Congrats on blog post 500 ! It’s has been a pleasure getting to know you! I look forward to the day we meet in person! Happy Friday, Beth! 🙂

    My mother’s name was Sarah. – Take This Cup by Bodie and Brock Thoene


  5. I’m adding this to my TBR! This looks fantastic! And congrats on blog post 500 Beth! 🙂

    I’m sharing about Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar on my blog today, but I’ll share a book that is on my TBR here.

    “Come on, come on. I know you’re here somewhere,” Magdalena Henry murmured, squinting through the viewfinder of her camera at the ragged line of coffee pickers sorting their day’s yield.
    -Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden


  6. I’m not a fan of early morning 🙂 especially when you spent half of the night reading a good book 🙂
    I’ve just finished reading “A Whole Latte Christmas: A Small Town Holiday Short Read” by Sophie Mays – very sweet short story.
    “A soft skitter of snowflakes shimmered through the air as the two female figures made their way through the low-limbed trees.”


  7. I’m not a morning person, but manage to muddle through.

    My first line is from Patricia Bradley’s Justice Buried:

    “It wasn’t too hot for 10:00 PM in the middle of May unless you were about to climb over the ledge of a fourteen-story building in downtown Memphis.”


  8. Thanks for featuring A Sidelined Christmas! I’m reading The Scent of Romance by Danica Favorite in the Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley collection.
    First line: When Caroline Hearst walked through the doors of Arcadia Valley Community Hospital, her stomach didn’t twist in fear at the look on Dr. Sloan’s face as he met her.


  9. Happy Friday!

    My 1st line is from Shattered Memories by Debbie Lynne Costello:

    “Why can’t you have him arrested and demand our money back?”


  10. Congratulations on your 500th post!

    I totally agree with you and with Toni Shiloh’s character: I don’t do early mornings 🙂

    I’m sharing from The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright on my blog, but had to put it down because nighttime and suspense and a need to sleep. So I’m currently reading something a little lighter: Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings. Here’s the first line:

    The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the stage protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.

    Just the kind of lighthearted read I enjoy! The weather forecast for the weekend is looking bright and sunny, so I’m planning to get back into The House on Foster Hill when the sun comes out 🙂


  11. The euphoria of winning a hard case vied in her thoughts with wondering what came next as Hayden McCarthy left the Alexandria courthouse. From Beyond Justice by Cara Putman


  12. I’m chiming in late with FLF, but CONGRATS on 500 posts!

    Here’s the first line of the book I’m currently reading: “Who am I?” From His Forgotten Fiancee by Evelyn M. Hill

    Have a great weekend!


  13. I am sharing the first line from the YA Christian Dystopian novel All Things Now Living by Rondi Bauer Olson on my blog. Here I will post the first two lines from the novel I am starting next, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn:

    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.”


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