First Line Friday: All That Really Matters

Today for First Line Friday, we’re looking at All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese. First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books.

I used to marvel at the way my Great Mimi’s arthritic fingers would pinch her eyeliner pencil and trace a perfect stroke of midnight black along her upper lash line.

About the Book

Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a big paycheck each month. When her manager-turned-boyfriend says she has an audition to appear as a host on a makeover show that nominates underprivileged youth, her dream of further fame seems to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

When her manager-boyfriend convinces her to partner with a local organization, she begins volunteering with a summer youth program. The program’s director, Silas Whittaker, challenges her at every turn, but she swiftly grows more attached to the kids–and him–every day.

As Molly experiences an acceptance unlike anything she’s known, she wrestles with the lies she’s been believing about herself for years. She thought she knew what mattered most in life, but maybe she’s had it wrong this whole time, and there’s more to being truly seen than what she’s built her entire life on.

(Source: Goodreads)

About the Author

Nicole Deese’s eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award Winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and Inspy Awards. Both these books are from her best-selling Love in Lenox Series. The first book in her upcoming contemporary romance series with Bethany House Publishers is set to release in early 2020.

When she’s not sorting out characters and plots of her own, she can usually be found reading near a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest (most often while sipping a sparkling water). She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two towering-over-her pre-teen sons, and her princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

(Source: Nicole Deese Website)

First Line Friday: ‘Til I Want No More

Today for First Line Friday, we’re looking at Til I Want No More by Robin W. Pearson. First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books.

“You know trouble ain’t catchin’.”

About the Book

When the man she loved years ago returns to town, one young woman’s complicated past rises again, threatening to expose her well-kept secrets.

If Maxine could put her finger on the moment when her life went into a tailspin, she would point back twenty years to the day her daddy died. She tells herself he’s the only person who ever really knew and loved her, and if he hadn’t left her behind, her future would’ve taken a different path. No absentee mother, no stepfather, no rebellious ripping and running during her teenage years. And no JD, who gave her wandering young heart a home, at least for a time.

But that’s over and done with. All grown-up now, Maxine has pledged her heart and ring finger to Theodore Charles, the man she’ll promise to love, honor, and obey in front of God and everybody. At least that’s what she’s telling anybody who will listen. The only folks buying it are the dog and the readers of her column, however. Her best friend and family aren’t having it–not even Celeste, the double bass-playing thirteen-year-old the community of Mount Laurel, North Carolina, believes is Maxine’s adopted sister. And apparently, neither is the newly returned JD, who seems intent on toppling Maxine’s reconstructed life. As her wedding day marches ever closer, Maxine confronts what it means to be really known and loved by examining what’s buried in her own heart and exposing truth that has never seen the light of day.

A Christian fiction novel with a poignant story of romance, a search for truth, and a journey to redemption. For fans of Chris Fabry, Lauren Denton, and Charles Martin. (Source: Goodreads)

About the Author

Robin W. Pearson’s writing sprouts from her Southern roots and her love of her husband and seven children. Both lend authenticity to her novels. After graduating from Wake Forest University, she has corrected grammar up and down the East Coast in her career as an editor and writer that started with Houghton Mifflin Company twenty-five years ago. Since then she has freelanced with magazines, parenting journals, textbooks, and homeschooling resources. Follow her on her blog, “Mommy, Concentrated,” where she shares her adventures in faith, family, and freelancing. (Source: Robin W. Pearson’s book club kit)

Top Ten Tuesday | Places in Books We’d Love to Live

Welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is places in books we’d love to live. Here are ten books set from Alaska to Georgia, India to Northern Africa, and many places in between.

Do you have a book set in a favorite location? Tell us below or join the conversation over on That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books On Our Spring 2021 TBR

Welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is about books on our Spring 2021 To-Be-Read list. Here are some of our most-anticipated reads releasing March, April, or May:

What books are you looking forward to reading over the next few months? Tell us below or join the conversation over on That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had

Today’s Top Ten prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about the jobs held by the characters in the stories we read. I asked this question of my fellow Diversity Between the Pages contributors and together we created our top ten list of favorite jobs held by diverse characters.

  1. Nurse – Pecca Gallegos in Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters.
  2. K-9 Officer – FBI Agent Julianne Martinez in Sheriff by Laura Scott.
  3. Hostage Negotiator – FBI Special Agent April Ramos in Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills.
  4. Dive Team Investigator – Gabe Chavez in One Final Breath by Lynn H. Blackburn.
  5. Boardinghouse Owner – Millie Middleton in The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark.
  6. Ballerina – Octavia Ricci in The Price of Dreams by Toni Shiloh.
  7. Detective – Amara Alvarez in Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill.
  8. Firefighter – Omar Young in An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh.
  9. Outdoors Store Owner – Tomás Santos in A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze.
  10. Diner Owner – Piper Miller in Alaskan Christmas Redemption by Belle Calhoune.

Tell us below – What character’s job intrigues you the most?

For more lists of characters and their jobs, visit That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Romance Books

This week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re exploring romance stories. These books are either written by diverse authors or feature diverse characters. Have you read any of these or are any on your to-be-read list?

You can join the conversation at That Artsy Reader Girl or tell us in the comments what are your favorite romance stories by diverse authors or ones with diverse characters.

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Cover Love

For Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, today is a Holiday/Seasonal topic featuring snowy, wintery, cozy cover scenes. I scanned the backlist of several authors we’ve featured here on Diversity Between the Pages to bring you a Wintery Cover Collage.

Don’t those covers make you want to curl up with a good book? Do you have a book with a favorite winter/Christmas scene? Visit That Artsy Reader Girl to join the conversation!

Top Ten Non-Bookish Hobbies

Here at Diversity Between the Pages, we love books. We love reading books, talking about books, writing books, buying books, anything involving books. However, today’s Top-Ten prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl asks about our non-bookish hobbies.

To help you get to know us better, I asked the contributors to Diversity Between the Pages what their hobbies are. You know, the ones that don’t involve books.

“I don’t understand the question.”

~ Diversity Between the Pages Contributor

Like I said, we all love books and many of us love books so much they are even a part of our careers. So it took some thinking on our part to come up with non-bookish hobbies that aren’t only ones our favorite characters happen to enjoy.

Here are our top ten answers:

  1. Crafting. The variety is endless: sewing, quilting, hand-embroidery, knitting, crocheting, making earrings
  2. Cooking/Baking. Personally, my creative side often emerges in the kitchen.
  3. Walking Outside. With the dog.
  4. Photography.
  5. Playing video, tablet, or phone games.
  6. Gardening.
  7. Watching Movies.
  8. Puzzles.
  9. Visiting historic homes/museums/botanical gardens/parks.
  10. Researching family genealogy.

And, of course, consuming our preferred brand of coffee, tea, or other such beverage.

Tell us below – What are your favorite non-bookish hobbies?

For more non-bookish hobbies, visit That Artsy Reader Girl.

First Line Friday: Heart of a Warrior

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Today we’re traveling back in time to the Oregon Trail as it wove through the Rocky Mountains in the historical romance Heart of a Warrior by Angela K. Couch. The first line is:

Autumn 1859

Eyes clamped shut against the subsiding ache in her abdomen, Christina Astle sucked in cool mountain air.

About the Book

Heart of a Warrior

The Man She Fears Is Her Only Chance For Survival . . .

All Christina Astle wants is to reach Oregon before her baby is born, but the wagon train is attacked, and her husband killed, stranding her in a mountain labyrinth. Raised in the East, within civilization’s embrace, survival is not a skill she’s learned. Neither is evading the lone warrior dogging her trail.

Disgusted by the greed and cruelty of men like his white father, Towan has turned to the simpler existence of his mother’s tribal people. He is not prepared for the fiery woman who threatens to upturn his entire life … and his heart.

This is an Inspirational Historical Romance published by Pelican Book Group. You can find this book blurb as well as various purchase links on Goodreads.

About the Author

Angela K Couch To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after four munchkins. (from her website)

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First Line Friday | Different Like Me

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Today we’re branching off a bit to open the first page of a children’s picture book: Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon. The first line is:

I look all around me and what do I see?
So many kids who are different from me.

About the Book

Different Like Me celebrates differences while also highlighting what binds us all together. Whether a child feels different because of their race, disability, or another reason, this book shows children working together and acknowledges God made each one.

This is a Christian Children’s Picture Book published by Our Daily Bread. You can find various purchase links here on the author’s website.

About the Author and Illustrator

Xochitl Dixon

Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon authors devotionals and other articles that facilitate spiritual growth by sharing God’s truth in a way that makes it understandable. Her month-long devotional Waiting for God: Trusting in God’s Plan and Pace released last year. A native Californian, she recently moved with her husband to Wisconsin. She also battles chronic pain with the help of her service dog, Callie, who readers will notice joins the children in the illustrations of Different Like Me.

Bonnie Lui is an illustrator for children’s books, animation, and games. She loves to have fun and it shows through her art. You can learn more about Bonnie and her work on her website.

What’s the first line of the book you’re reading?
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