First Line Friday: When Stars Rain Down

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown.

and the first line is…


“The inside of Miss Peggy’s house was hot like the end of days the preachers preached about during summertime revival meetings.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

This summer has the potential to change everything.

The summer of 1936 in Parsons, Georgia, is unseasonably hot, and Opal Pruitt can sense a nameless storm coming. She hopes this foreboding feeling won’t overshadow her upcoming eighteenth birthday or the annual Founder’s Day celebration in just a few weeks. As hard as she works in the home of the widow Miss Peggy, Opal enjoys having something to look forward to.

But when the Ku Klux Klan descends on Opal’s neighborhood of Colored Town, the tight-knit community is shaken in every way. Parsons’s residents—both Black and white—are forced to acknowledge the unspoken codes of conduct in their post-Reconstruction era town. To complicate matters, Opal finds herself torn between two unexpected romantic interests, awakening many new emotions. She never thought that becoming a woman would bring with it such complicated decisions about what type of person she wants to be.

In When Stars Rain Down, Angela Jackson-Brown introduces us to a small Southern town grappling with haunting questions still relevant today—and to a young woman whose search for meaning resonates across the ages.

GOODREADS | AMAZON


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She is the author of the novel Drinking From A Bitter Cup and has published in numerous literary journals.  Angela’s play, Anna’s Wings, was selected in 2016 to be a part of the IndyFringe DivaFest and her play, Flossie Bailey Takes a Stand, was part of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. She also wrote and produced the play It Is Well and she was the co-playwright with Ashya Thomas on a play called Black Lives Matter (Too). In the spring of 2018, Angela co-wrote a musical with her colleague, Peter Davis, called Dear Bobby: The Musical, that was part of the 2018 OnyxFest in Indianapolis, IN. Her book of poetry called House Repairs was published by Negative Capability Press in the fall of 2018, and in the fall of 2019, she directed and produced a play she wrote called Still Singing Those Weary Blues. Her new novel, When Stars Rain Down, to be published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins, is forthcoming in 2021.

WEBSITETWITTER | GOODREADS 


Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: As Long As I Cling

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of As Long As I Cling by Kim Cash Tate. As Long As I Cling is the fourth book in Kim Cash Tate’s Promises of God series.

and the first line is…


“Jillian waved her hand, beaming as her sister made her way across the crowded Roy Rogers cafeteria in the Student Union.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

SPECIAL DELUXE VOLUME

For Tommy Porter life is nowhere near what he thought it would be. His deepest desire is simple—to love and to be loved. But pain and heartbreak have taught him that that’s not possible for him. In fact, the pain let him know that the better path is to remain single—for the rest of his days. But a timely sermon challenges him to cling to God like never before, and Tommy begins to see the Lord move in unexpected ways. Will he hold fast to his fears? Or will he cling to God and allow His love to conquer those fears?

Stephanie London is certain her marriage will never be what she’d hoped. Even now, as she and her husband are expecting their first baby, she’s painfully aware that she longs for more. When she and Lindell finally take the honeymoon vacation they never got, Stephanie allows herself a glimmer of fresh hope. But the trip ushers in their greatest test yet—and Stephanie fears it could be the end.

Jade Rogers has never fit into anyone’s circle. Outspoken and even mean by nature, her disposition has meant a life in which she can’t name a single friend, besides her twin sister. But now that she’s given her life to Christ, the old Jade is gone—at least, in spirit. But what does that look like in reality? And when a potential friend suddenly crosses her path, will she allow the Lord to do a new thing in her life?

In the midst of these stories and more, Hollywood comes to St. Louis to film the movie based on the life of Pastor Lance Alexander—and the Living Word family encounters more than a few twists and turns as a result.

Join characters you’ve come to know and love and meet a few new ones in this special deluxe volume in the Promises of God series!

GOODREADS | AMAZON


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim Cash Tate is an author, bible teacher, speaker, and singer/songwriter. As an author, she has written several books, including Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God and her fictional Promises of God series. In addition, Kim has an active YouTube channel featuring bible studies and practical, biblical teaching. She has also created and written a scripted web series called Cling The Series, in which she also played a leading role, airing on her YouTube channel.

As a singer/songwriter, Kim wrote the songs on the Cling Soundtrack and performed on the album as well. She has spoken in several cities with Women of Faith and has been featured on national broadcasts such as The 700 Club and Discover the Word. She has also written for Desiring God, Christianity Today, and She Reads Truth. Formerly, Kim clerked for a federal judge and practiced as a partner in litigation with a large Midwest law firm. She and her husband Bill currently reside in St. Louis, Missouri. Kim can be found online at http://www.kimcashtate.com and on social media platforms @kimcashtate.


Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: Hiding in Alaska

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of Hiding in Alaska by Belle Calhoune. Hiding in Alaska is the fourth book in Belle Calhoune’s Home to Owl Creek series.

and the first line is…


“Isabelle Sanchez shivered as the cold Arctic wind whipped against her cheeks.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

A new life. A secret past…

Can this witness risk opening her heart

in her new Alaskan home?

Forced to reinvent herself in witness protection, Isabelle Sanchez begins working for an Alaskan chocolate company under the alias Ella Perez. Her new warmhearted town is a peaceful refuge—as is the company of chocolate empire heir Connor North. She may never be able to tell Connor the truth about her fresh start…but can they find love despite her secrets?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

GOODREADS | AMAZON


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Belle Calhoune is a Publisher’s Weekly Best-Selling author of Heartwarming, inspirational romance. A member of the RWA Honor Roll, Belle is the author of over thirty-five books. A lifelong New Englander, Belle now resides in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters and two very spoiled dogs, a toy poodle named Copper and a black Lab named Beau. Her book, An Alaskan Christmas, is now a television movie, “Love, Alaska” and aired on the UPTV channel.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB


Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: She Knows Her God

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of She Knows Her God by award-winning author Joy Ohagwu. It is the first book in her new Asia Bancroft Christian Suspense series. If you enjoy suspense and are new to Joy Ohagwu’s books, this is a perfect opportunity to add She Knows Her God to your TBR list. Happy Reading!

and the first line is….


“There are two sides to every story.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

A gripping Christian Suspense series by an award winning USA Today bestselling author.

Her sworn duty was finding missing girls. His was to make her dead.

Asia Powers, a small-town girl with big dreams and secrets of her own, founded Missing But Treasured Inc. with one goal—to find women like her who were taken from their place of safety.

Traveling overseas to find a missing only daughter sets a dangerous criminal hot on her trail. Caught in the thick web of international trafficking, and confronting more than one dangerous enemy, she is given a single warning: Not to return home if she wants to live. Will she comply?

She Knows Her God is Book 1 of the gripping Asia Bancroft Christian Suspense series by USA Today bestselling, top 17 Christian Fiction Author Joy Ohagwu. Grab your copy now and prepare to read past your bedtime.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By God’s grace, USA Today Bestselling Author Joy Ohagwu is an award-winning author of Christian Suspense and Romance & Christian Inspirational Fiction.

Named by Book Riot in August 2019 as one of the 17 best Christian Fiction authors, she writes heartwarming stories with a healthy dose of suspense, divine inspiration, and happy endings.

She credits Jesus with having turned her life around, averted multiple life derailments for her, and she’s grateful to be writing stories that embody grace, hope, love, and second (and multiple) chances.

She earned a Masters’ degree in International Affairs, a Bachelors’ degree in Political Science and has been honored with fourteen individual academic awards for excellence by her alma mater and her peers.

She lives in the Washington DC capital region.

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB


Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: Target For Revenge

Good morning reader friends. Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

And the first line is…

“You’re up to your pretty eyeballs in danger.”

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The North Korean regime is seeking revenge…

When Sun Lin’s old school friend Mack Remington shows up unexpectedly, she’s both surprised and suspicious. But when she learns he was attacked by members of the North Korean Regime, and the possibility they are seeking revenge against her mother for defecting years ago, Sun can’t ignore Mack’s dire warning. Unfortunately, she’s in the middle of a case, searching for a suspected North Korean nuclear bomb that has allegedly been smuggled into the city. She also doesn’t know where her mother is, to warn her. Despite her secret childhood crush on Mack, she reluctantly accepts his help.

Macklin Remington has always considered Sun a friend, they’d bonded during the years of Mensa boarding school. Seeing and working with her now, brings his protective feelings to the surface, along with an intense longing for something more. Working together, they fight assailants around every corner, while trying to track a small nuclear bomb, targeted for the upcoming presidential inauguration. The clock is ticking. Can Mack keep Sun alive, find the bomb, and convince her how much he loves her, before it’s too late?

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I’m so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty-three years. My daughter Nicole is married to a wonderful man named Mike and my son Jonathan is a Registered Nurse at the same hospital where I work. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

I’m a dog lover and had to put my Westie named Mac down a year or so ago. I still miss him but now have a chance to dog sit for my sisters and brother. I try to incorporate pets in my my stories as much as possible

In May of 2017 I was the humble recipient of the Wisconsin Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m blessed to be a member of such an amazing group!

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

Let me know the first line of the book closest to you and then head over to Hoarding Books to see wo else is participating!


Post by Contributor Allyson Anthony

First Line Friday: A Future for His Twins

Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I’m sharing the first line of A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze! This book sounds awesome, be sure to check it out!


And the First Line is…

Faith Latham had downed her usual portion of morning caffeine, but it was adrenaline, pure and simple, that made her hands shake when she locked the door to her antiques store.


About the Book

Will these children get their greatest wish?

A battle over a building could lead to a mother for his twins.

Tomás Santos and Faith Latham both want to rent the same building in town, and neither is willing to give up the fight. But Tomás’s young twins want a new mom—and they’re sure Faith’s the perfect fit. Can these little matchmakers inspire Tomás and Faith to put their differences aside and become a family?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Widow’s Peak Creek
 

Amazon | Goodreads | Bookbub


About the Author


Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s an award-winning, RITA®-nominated author who’s seen her work on the Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com


Post by contributor Caitlyn Santi


Wow, did that first line grab you and make you want to read more? It sure did me!!!

Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: Holiday Stalker

Happy Friday friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line.

Today we’re featuring the first line from Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott. Holiday Stalker is the first story of the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn Christmas, 2 novellas in 1 book. And the first line is…


Eden Chang hunched her shoulders and tucked her chin beneath the neckline of her bright red winter coat.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Their mission: saving Christmas

Two exciting new True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn novellas

In Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott, Max Santelli and his furry partner protect the team’s tech guru, Eden Chang, when she becomes the target of deadly attention. And in Gift-Wrapped Danger by Maggie K. Black, army veteran Adam Jolly teams up with Noelle Orton and her keen-nosed K-9 to take down someone smuggling drugs using toys donated to the single dad’s Christmas charity.

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Laura Scott

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I’m so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty-three years. My daughter Nicole is married to a wonderful man named Mike and my son Jonathan is a Registered Nurse at the same hospital where I work. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

I’m a dog lover and had to put my Westie named Mac down a year or so ago. I still miss him but now have a chance to dog sit for my sisters and brother. I try to incorporate pets in my my stories as much as possible

In May of 2017 I was the humble recipient of the Wisconsin Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m blessed to be a member of such an amazing group!

WEBSITE |FACEBOOK | TWITTER

Let us know the first line of the book closest to you and then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!


Posted by contributor: Allyson Anthony

First Line Friday: Forever In My Heart

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

Today we are featuring the first line of Forever In My Heart by Dionne Grace. And the first line is…

Sherry Palmer listened to the gentle rustle of the trees and green foliage in the distance.


About the Book

Sherry’s God-given gift allows her to see far beyond the naked eye, just not what He has planned for her.

Throughout Sherry’s life, there was only ever one man. Adrian Chase. She fell deeply, and when they made plans to marry, she thought her life was set.
Strong in the Lord, she has a gift to see into the spiritual realm. But when unforeseeable, uncontrollable circumstances change the course of their lives, the only man she has ever loved ends up with someone else.
Years on, plagued with memories of their past, she is left in limbo and has given up the possibility of ever seeing Adrian again.
All it takes is one fateful weekend and one look into his soulful brown eyes to undo the years of work it has taken to bury the pain that now threatens to tear her apart all over again.

Plagued by her past and the love in her heart, can she move forward with her life?

Amazon | Goodreads


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

Post by Contributor Toni Shiloh

First Line Friday: Finding Seguridad

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of Finding Seguridad by Allison K. Garcia, which released last month in October. It is the second book in her Buscando Home series.

and the first line is…


“Fear gripped eight-year old Emanuel Martinez’s heart as he and his mother ran down the hill from their trailer towards Dove Peak Presbyterian Church in Lederville, Virginia.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

How do you feel safe when chaos is ever-present?

Eight-year old Emanuel and his mother, Ana, had finally begun to understand what it meant to be a family when a domestic violence situation caused them to flee their home. Now they need to start over, this time with things more dangerous than ever.

Carlos’ life, as he knew it, was ripped away from him in an instant. Furious about his arrest yet longing for the familiar, he has to choose between winning Ana back and taking revenge.

As Lauren and Peter begin their awakening to systemic racism, their world is shattered and replaced with doubt. Questions about what is real versus what lies they’ve been told lead them to ponder how their faith fits into their new reality.

In this time of grief and loss, who will they turn to for support and safety?

GOODREADS | AMAZON


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allison K. García is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for writing. Latina at heart, Allison has absorbed the love and culture of her friends and family and has used her experiences to cast a glimpse into the journey of undocumented Christians.

WEBSITE |FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB


Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: Fourth Day

It’s Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line from Fourth Day by Lisa Phillips, book 4 in in her Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce series.

And the first line is…

“I need help!” Allyson huffed out a breath, then yelled again. “Medic!”


ABOUT THE BOOK

A dead woman returns.

The trap is set.

Allyson can’t get caught up in feelings. Not when there’s work to do. The night her phone rings, the voice on the other end changes everything. Drawn into the latest Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce case, Allyson has to figure out where her loyalties lie.

Sal knows things are changing with the team, but he isn’t sure what’s next for him. As soon as he clears this one last investigation he’ll figure it out. Trouble is, finding Allyson might be the hardest thing he’s ever done.

The Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce is on the case.

*a Christian romantic suspense*

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London, Lisa attended Calvary Chapel Bible College where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.
Lisa can be found in Idaho wearing either flip-flops or cowgirl boots, depending on the season. She leads worship with her husband at their local church. Together they have two kids and an all black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.

WEBSITE | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK |INSTAGRAM | TWITTER


Let us know the first line of the book closest to you and then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!


Post by contributor Allyson Anthony