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Soldier On + First Line Friday

Hello, reader friends! We’re joining a blog tour today for Soldier On! As I mentioned in yesterday’s October favorites post, my hometown high school football team is participating the sweet sixteen round of state playoffs. A little personal trivia for y’all, we made it to the playoffs my junior and senior years so I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic.

My guy played the center position and I was a cheerleader, rah-rah! So, despite the fact that we haven’t attended more than a few games since we graduated way back at the turn of the century… it looks like we’re taking the family to a tailgate party and playoff game this weekend!


Soldier On book launch blog tour


Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen

Soldier On

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Meg Winters gnawed on the tip of her thumbnail, her petite frame huddling over the yellow paper as she reread the items. Tapping her pen at each line, she paused only to tuck her hair behind her ear each time it fell loose against the page.


Since today’s featured author is blessing TWO readers with cozy prizes, I figured two first lines was the least I could do! ?


tour schedule

10/30 Mary J Moerbe | 10/31 Grit & Grace | 11/1 Cammo Style Love | 11/2 Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife | 11/3 The Naptime Author | 11/5 Christian Shelf Esteem | 11/6 Pure Joy Creative | 11/7 Lights in a Dark World



Vanessa Rasanen is giving away TWO tour-wide prize packs in celebration of her debut novel.

Winners will receive:
1 “rest” mug from MudLove
2 wood coasters from Rush Creek Rustics
2oz soy candle from Mitten Candle Co.
Rise and Chai tea from The Tea Spot
Campfire Roast coffee from Snowy Elk Coffee Company

Soldier On giveaway

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11 thoughts on “Soldier On + First Line Friday”

  1. Ooh, this looks like a great read as well. Thanks for the giveaway, Beth!

    I’m sharing about “A Lady of a Thousand Treasures” by Sandra Byrd over at my blog, but I’m almost finished reading, “The Bullying Breakthrough” by Jonathan McKee. So my first line will come from there.

    It’s 6:37 a.m., and I haven’t slept for hours.
    This has been an emotional project for me, probably the toughest I’ve ever tackled. Not because the research has been any more burdensome or the topic more daunting, but because never have I heard so much anguish and hurt.

    Happy Friday! Hope you have a wonderful reading filled with lots of good books to enjoy. ?


  2. Happy Friday! This week on my blog I’m featuring Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (13) here: “Doing what I haven’t ever done before has become a kind of purpose for me.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time!


  3. My first line is from Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas. It is from the Barbour Collection, Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides.
    Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron
    October 4, 1883
    The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed.


  4. I was reading your sidebar. I too have a huge TBR pile 🙂

    Great opening for this book!

    This week I shared from The Storm-Tossed Family (Russell Moore)
    So here I’ll share from my next book Basics for Believers (D.A. Carson)

    `The five chapters of this book provide an introduction to a letter the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Christians almost two thousand years ago.`


  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Oceans Apart” by Clare Revell, included in the set “Somewhere Beyond the Blue”:

    “Oliver Voight checked his passport for the third time.”


  6. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from An Hour Unspent by Roseanna White. Currently, I’m reading The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. This book is SO good, I’m absolutely loving it. I’m on chapter 28, so I’ll share a line from there:

    “The women came for her very shortly after, and while leading her off, they shooed Crying Bird away.”

    Hope you have an amazing weekend filled with great reading time! ???


  7. What a nice giveaway! I’m sharing from my current read, Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Here is a line from the top of page 9:

    “She thought she would never tire of watching him at the piano, his fingers caressing the keys, a look of such tenderness on his face as if he would gladly die for each and every note.”

    Happy Friday & have a wonderful weekend!


  8. “Where are the lamb?” Ernestine asked when she and I caught up to the rest of the group at the pasture fence.
    DYEING WISHES by Molly MacRae
    Have a great weekend, but don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  9. Vanessa’s book and this giveaway are perfect for fall! I’ve never done a “first line friday” but currently reading “As Bright as Heaven” for book club.
    “Morning light shimmers on the apricot horizon as I stand at the place where my baby boy rests.”


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