FIRST LINES FRIDAY

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Happy Friday! This week went by much slower than the last, but I somehow did much less reading!
I’m hoping that I can fit in some more reading into this weekend.

Today’s lines come from a book I have owned for a long long time. I don’t even know where this book comes from, whether it’s from the old owner of a house I moved into or from a library book sale, but I definitely did not buy this because it spans back to before I started to read any thrillers. The first few pages and the synopsis sounded pretty interesting and since it’s a mystery thriller, I’m sure it’s something I’ll eventually pick up. Maybe.

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This week’s lines:

Whitehall Palace
January 28, 1547

Katherine Parr saw that the end was approaching. Only a few more days remained, maybe a mere few hours. She’d stood silent for the past half hour and watched, as the physicians completed their examinations. The time had now come for them to deliver their verdict.

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

The King’s Deception (Cotton Malone #8) by Steve Berry

Blurb

Cotton Malone is back! Steve Berry’s new international adventure blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery, and high-octane thrills into one riveting novel of suspense.
 
Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown—an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.
 
At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for “humanitarian reasons.” An outraged American government objects, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene.
 
Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.
 
Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.
 
Blake Antrim, the CIA operative in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire, the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations: a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire forty-five-year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another—and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.

Week’s Wrap Up

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Hey! I somehow managed to string together 12 days of posting. I think that’s a personal record!

This week in life:

It’s been a fairly busy work week with deadlines for financials and home life has been just about as busy.

I spent the entire yesterday cleaning, and this time, I was even motivated enough to take everything down (including all of the 80+ rubber ducks I own) gave every duck a little scrub to get the dust off, wiped down the shelves on my bookcase, and ran over most of the books with an alcohol wipe. I ended up reorganizing my shelf so that all of my books were on one shelf and the other stuff (binders, craft papers, etc) and ducks on the other shelf. Unfortunately, I ran out of duck room and all of the 16 winter themed ducks ended up back on the main book shelf. I even ended up fixing up my nightstand and threw some of my current read books there too.

I’d say, my weekend has been fairly productive and pleasant so far (minus the tornado warning that I was not expecting) and I even managed to get some reading in after a 4 day reading slump!

Some of my ducks. I have 16 winter/Xmas ducks that went to the book shelf along with 6 other random ones.
Most of them are gifts from my brother ❤

This week in posts:

I started Monday off with a Spotlight for Shadow Stained by Rachel Hobbs. The spotlight was for book 1 in which the 2nd book is to come out later this year!

Of course, I followed that with the usual Teaser Tuesday post. I started the book out confused and honestly, I’m still a little confused. There’s a lot of philosophy and a bit of religion in it and I’m honestly so mindblown and enjoying the book so much that a part of me is (slightly) fearing that the book is “too smart for me.” I sat there in the kitchen last night, tabbing and loudly commentating (and squealing), so reading’s going well for me so far 😂 This is the reason why I never sit and read in the library anymore. I’m too annoying!

I had just finished reading one of the last review request backlogged books last week and it was right on time for a WWW. I’m nearly finished with Sons of Valor and hoping to make it before the next WWW. I might open requests back up, but I think I’m going to take a little bit of time for myself and for BBNYA excerpts first.

Having finished that book for WWW, Thursday’s post was the actual book review for River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson. I loved the book and was so happy to finally get to the book review.

For Friday, the last of my 5 posts that I had written and scheduled back last Sunday, I posted this week’s First Line Fridays for a book I recently got for free on Amazon and I’m stoked! I honestly can’t wait to read it and hope that I can get to it before the year ends.

Finally, yesterday’s post was a book tag for the Mid-Year Reading Check In tag. I was tagged by Danni from ForBooksSake and was so happy because I sat in my chair last Sunday wondering, “I have a post for the work week, but what the heck am I going to do for Saturday?” Thanks Danni for tagging me when I was stuck in a creative rut! You’re a mind reader ❤

That’s my week!

With Sons of Valor coming to a close, I’m hoping to keep up my posting streak. I quit last time, about a week in, but this time, I’m challenging myself to keep the streak up for as long as I can!

How was your week? Do you have any nice plans for the upcoming one?

First Lines Friday

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Oh boy! It’s Friday! Happy Friday!
And happy Summer Friday to me! I might get out of the office a little earlier today which is a nice way to greet the weekend.
Today’s lines come from a book that I’ve recently added to my TBR when it went on sale (free) on Amazon. I actually saw it when the author had tweeted about it that day and then I discovered the free section of Amazon book deals.

That’s a scary place for my TBR, but at least it’s not a bad place for my wallet!

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!


This Week’s Lines:

No matter what century you live in, the world will always be filled with assholes.

“Watch the threads, man!” my prisoner cried as I led him roughly toward the booking officer’s workstation. The suit’s hands were cuffed behind his back. I put my hand on his shoulder and drove him face-first into the top of the metal desk.

Hard.

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

Bloodlines (The Guardian of Empire City #1) by Peter Hartog

Goodreads Blurb:

When former hotshot homicide detective Tom “Doc” Holliday is recruited to join Special Crimes, he trades in his boring desk job for a second chance to do what he does best, hunt down killers. And his first case doesn’t disappoint: a murdered woman with a bogus past, her body drained of blood, and two eyewitnesses wasted on the designer drug goldjoy claiming a vampire did it.

For Holliday is no stranger to the unusual. He wields the Insight, a fickle clairvoyance that allows him to see the dark and terrible things that hide upon his world. After all, when you live in Empire City, where magic and technology co-exist, and humanity endures behind walls of stone and spell-forged steel, anything is possible.

Saddled with a team whose past is as checkered as his own, Holliday embarks upon an investigation that pits them against bio-engineered vampires, interdimensional parasites and the magical masterminds behind it all.

From nightclubs and skyscrapers, to underground drug labs and coffee shops, Holliday’s search for the truth will uncover a shadowy conspiracy that spans the ages, and forces him to confront a destiny he never wanted.

Bloodlines is Peter Hartog’s debut novel, the first in the Empire City Special Crimes series. Scroll up to order your copy, and start reading today!

First Lines Fridays

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FIRST LINES FRIDAY

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Once again, it’s Friday!

Father’s Day is this weekend and I’ve nary a clue on what to get my father other than knowing that today’s the last day I can either order online with hopes that it’ll reach by Sunday or I find something during my lunch break walk.

At this point, I’ve forfeited to the fact that I have about 3-4 books started and reading at the same time. I guess my little reading slump has resulted in me book jumping and mood reading! Today’s lines for First Line Fridays are from an audiobook [current read] from Netgalley. It’s a book that includes the narrator half singing, half speaking the lines from Baby Shark…so you know you’re in for a good time!

Can you guess what the book is?

THIS WEEK’S LINES:

“At half past eight in the evening, the musicians played “Ahesta Bero,” prompting bride and groom to enter the wedding hall after hours of symbolic isolation. Qasim Nadar, along with the three hundred other guests, got to his feet and turned to watch the bridal procession. Round tables and high-backed chairs with white cloth covers filled the cavernous event space, leaving a wide central passage.”

ENJOYED THAT PREVIEW? THIS WEEK’S BOOK IS…

Sons of Valor (Tier One Shared-World #1) by Brian Andrew and Jeffrey Wilson

Blurb

Sons of valor …

Navy SEAL Keith ”Chunk” Redman has been one of the military’s top doorkickers since the day he pinned on his trident: loyal, single-minded, lethal. Tasked to lead a new, covert team of Tier One SEALs — the most elite special operators in the world — Chunk can no longer simply rely on the status quo. To safeguard America, he needs help to stay a step ahead of its adversaries.

Brilliant at spotting patterns in the data that others miss, ex-CIA analyst Whitney Watts sees evidence of a troubling link between illicit Chinese arms sales and an attack on a US military convoy in Afghanistan. If she’s right, it would portend not only massive casualties, but a devastating threat to global stability.

Sons of war …

From the ashes of a never-ending war, a new generation of terrorists has arisen: sophisticated, tech-savvy, and hiding in plain sight among America’s allies. Battered by the Taliban and by the West, they call themselves al Qadr — Power and Destiny — and they’re determined to wrest back control of their homeland. Armed with a powerful combat drone, they can strike with deadly precision at US forces in the region — but their ambitions reach far, far beyond that.

A new legacy …

The new Tier One’s first mission will require them to not only prove themselves, but to stop an enemy who’s using military tactics against them. Chunk and his team aren’t just the tip of the spear; they’re America’s first, last, and best counterterrorism defense. And they couldn’t have arrived at a more urgent — and perilous — time.

First Lines Fridays

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FIRST LINES FRIDAY

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Once again, it’s Friday! The week always flies by so fast! Granted, I didn’t have work on Monday, so maybe that’s why…

This week’s First Lines Friday comes from the book that got me started in my favorite genre: mystery thrillers! I picked this book up from my college’s free books book cart on my way out of the library one day. Safe to say, I devoured the book and quickly fell in love with mystery thrillers, PI, forensics, and police procedural books! I know that First Line Fridays are generally for your current reads or your TBR, but I started this series in the middle so I’m placing this book back on my TBR for a reread so that I can get back into the series (from the start this time!)
Can you guess what the book is from the first line? 

THIS WEEK’S LINES:

“Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they’re nervous. By definition, they’re all first-timers.”

ENJOYED THAT PREVIEW? THIS WEEK’S BOOK IS…

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13) by Lee Child

Blurb (Oh look…the first few lines are also in the blurb…)

Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they’re nervous. By definition they’re all first-timers.

There are twelve things to look for: No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.

New York City. The subway, two o’clock in the morning. Jack Reacher studies his fellow passengers. Four are OK. The fifth isn’t.

The train brakes for Grand Central Station. Will Reacher intervene, and save lives? Or is he wrong? Will his intervention cost lives – including his own?

First Line Friday

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

It’s Friday! I have a lot to do this weekend and hoping to squeeze some reading in, but after finishing a big book, I feel more than motivated again. My reading slump has been lifted! Right on time too!

This week’s lines come from a paperback book I have in my mini book shelf next to my bed that I lovingly call and use as a nightstand. I have zero idea where this book came from because I have no recollection of buying it, but it’s been on my shelf forever and I keep meaning to read it…eventually.

This Week’s Lines:

” ‘You’re here, aren’t you, to tell us everything we do wrong?’
Prison Superintendent Shaukat Abbas posed his words as a question but the irritated tone of this voice made it clear they were an accusation. Abbas leaned back in a shabby office chair behind a worn, gunmetal-gray desk inside the drab, institutional walls of the warden’s office at the provincial prison and lit a Morven Gold cigarette. He did not offer one to the guest seated before him.”

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

Duplicity (Brooke Grant #1) by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley

Blurb

The greatest nightmare for the free world today would be a master terrorist hiding somewhere, controlling and coordinating radical Islamic groups at the highest level around the globe.

In Duplicity, the newest thriller from former Speaker of the House and bestselling author Newt Gingrich, such an invisible hand overseeing havoc worldwide plays a major role. Gingrich has teamed with former Washington Post reporter and bestselling author Pete Earley to create a highly plausible mix of domestic and global action in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.

And of course, it’s set during an American presidential election.

When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America’s Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and Marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly, they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.

The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.

Only Newt Gingrich’s unique in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen . . . if America’s leaders aren’t wary of a world full of Duplicity.

First Lines Friday

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Hoooo boy! This week has been a true, trying and tough one, but alas…the weekend is here! And before we can enjoy a nibble of this corporate world treat of ours, let’s take a look at this week’s First Lines Friday around a book in which one of the themes…is about this corporate society we humans live in.

The review for this book will be dropping tomorrow 😉

This Week’s Lines:

You’re scare. You knew today was coming, but you thought it would be easier to do what needs to be done. You thought you’d find yourself overwhelmed with adrenaline and ready to complete the task at hand. You know nothing happens without hard work. Your mother used to say that the only guarantee any living thing has is that each moment of its life will be spent in a desperate fight to justify its existence.”

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

I Am Not a Wolf by Dan Sheehan

Blurb

Life is good! You have a job, an apartment in a nice part of town, and an online dating profile that’s recently yielded as many as three matches. From the outside, it would appear you’re a human man that has all the trappings of a stable and functional life. But you also have a secret. You’re not a human man at all. You’re a wolf.

Assume the role of one of nature’s greatest predators, just barely maintaining a fake identity as a part of the human workforce. Each choice you make in this interactive story is crucial to your survival and, more importantly, your burgeoning career in the corporate world. Will you navigate water-cooler gossip without arousing suspicion? Can you go on a date without bringing up how much you love ham? Or is it perhaps time to throw this human life to the wind and return to the woods from whence you came? These choices and many more await you in this story about trying to find your place in a world that barely makes sense to you. 

First Lines Friday

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Happy Friday! I swear yesterday was just Sunday, but hey! That just means that the week flew by and I can look forward to the weekend again!

Alas, I’m still reading the same book from the last First Line Friday, so instead of pulling from a current read, I’m pulling off a random book from my bookshelf.

This week’s lines:

When a high-powered rifle bullet hits living flesh it makes a distinctive—pow WHOP—sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance. There is rarely an echo or fading reverberation or the tailing rumbling hum that is the sound of a miss. The guttural boom rolls over the terrain but stops sharply in a close-ended way, as if jerked back. A hit is blunt and solid like an airborne grunt. When the sound is heard and identified, it isn’t easily forgotten.

Enjoyed that preview?
This book is…

Open Season by C.J. Box

Blurb

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden–especially on like Joe who won’t take bribes or look the other way–is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he’s had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in. Even after the “outfitter murders,” as they have been dubbed by the local press after the discovery of the two more bodies, are solved, Joe continues to investigate, uneasy with the easy explanation offered by the local police.

His young daughter finds secret pets, and contributes to the dialog. As Joe digs deeper into the murders, he soon discovers that the outfitter brought more than death to his backdoor: he brought Joe an endangered species, thought to be extinct, which is now living in his woodpile. But if word of the weasel gets out, it will destroy any chance of InterWest, a multi-national natural gas company, building an oil pipeline that would bring the company billions of dollars across Wyoming, jobs to locals, including Joe, through the mountains and forests of Twelve Sleep. The closer Joe comes to the truth behind the outfitter murders, the endangered species and InterWest, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear. 

First Line Friday

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Ooooh yeah baby 😎

It’s the last day of April!

It’s National Boba Day!

And it’s FRIYAY!

And you know what that means! It’s time for First Line Friday!

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This week’s Lines:

A large, bronze bell rang loudly and quickly and filled the air of this small town in the late afternoon sun. Usually, the church bell tolled every hour on the hour, but this was a different bell. This was a symbolic bell that put joy in the hearts of the children of Fellowship. It was the final school bell before summer began, and each and every child anticipated hearing it. (Gosh, the teachers did, too…)

Enjoyed that preview?

The Sheriff (The Fellowship Book #2) by David Scott Meyers

Remember that book with the fun font choices and hand drawn illustrations? I was lukewarm about the first book but it had a draw in it that pulled me back. Here’s to fulfilling that promise because I refuse to let myself leave this series/trilogy at just book 1. I have to find out what happens!

This’ll be my first read of May!

Blurb

Two years have gone by in the surrounding area of Fellowship. Huey Morgan continues to feel unappreciated in his role as the deputy for the sheriff’s department of Duck County. Playing second fiddle to Sheriff Absalom Holmes, a well-respected constable who has been getting too comfortable in his job and becoming lazier and lazier, Huey feels the weight of the work falling solely on his shoulders. Late one, hot summer night, Huey is awakened by a phone call, which leads to a gruesome discovery that will shake the foundations of this small town…

Links

Review to Book 1: The Contractor

Amazon: amazon.com/Sheriff-Fellowship-Book-2-ebook/dp/B08G76J56L

Goodreads: goodreads.com/book/show/56502052-the-sheriff

Author Website: finscottpublishing.weebly.com/

First Line Friday

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Happy Friday! This day has been a day I’ve been waiting for all week!
I spent the entire previous waking weekend on doing my family’s and my taxes so this weekend I get to spoil myself with relaxation and reads.

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This Week’s Lines:

Dark, moonless night, in the dog days of early August.

A funky warm drizzle kept the world quiet and wet and close.

A. Wayne Sharf slid across Winky Butterfield’s pasture like a greased weasel headed for a chicken house. He carried two heavy nylon leashes with choke-chain collars, two nylon muzzles with Velcro straps, and a center-cup pork chop.

Like the preview? This book is…

Deadline by John Sandford; Virgil Flowers Book # 8

Blurb from Goodreads

It’s Virgil Flowers! And this is one of the thrilling novels in the #1 “New York Times” bestselling series.

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is the correct word. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier—a team of dognappers supplying medical labs—when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found—and the victim is a local reporter. . . .