First Line Friday #16

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First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog or on the Hoarding Books link at the end of the post. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer. This book is part of a wonderful series by this gifted author.

Texas Panhandle

Summer 1893

Neill Archer sighed and slouched a bit in his saddle when he caught his first glimpse of Dry Gulch.

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out other bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

First Line Friday #14

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is At Your Request by Jen Turano.

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“Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff was reluctantly coming to the unfortunate conclusion that there were absolutely no perks to be had when one obtained the unenviable title of wallflower.” 

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

First Line Friday #13

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is The Christmas Journey by Winnie Griggs.

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November 1892, Knotty Pine, Texas

“Hey!” The reedy voice coming from inside Wylie’s Livery and Bridle Shop thrummed with outrage. 

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

 

First Line Friday #12

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is one of my favorites, Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick. This ebook is currently on sale for only $3.99.

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“The dark-haired woman walked from the tall stone building, her coat pulled close against an early frost. It felt good to be headed home, and even better to know that tomorrow was Sunday, a day off.”

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

 

First Line Friday #11

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring this week is Mail-Order Mommy (Boom Town Brides) by Christine Johnson.

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“Amanda Porter had made her decision, and there was no going back on it now.”

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

 

First Line Friday #10

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring this week is Mail-Order Christmas Brides: Her Christmas Family by Jillian Hart. This is not a new book, but contains two very enjoyable Christmas stories.

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“Tate Winters tipped the brim of his Stetson to cut the glare of the sun, watching as the westbound train squealed to a noisy stop along the depot’s platform.” 

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

First Line Friday #9

First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring this week is The Regency Brides Collection. In particular, I will feature the first story First Comes Marriage by Amanda Barratt.

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“A lady never sallied forth unchaperoned. Least of all to a place with the reputation of Vauxhall Gardens.”

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.

 

 

Read if You Want to Write

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From the time I was a young girl until now that I’m a grandmother, I have loved to read. Anything from inspirational reading to self-help books to clean romance novels, I devoured these books. I’ve also read through the Bible several times and have read many of the books it contains countless times. If you stacked up all the books I’ve read, I imagine the stack just might compete in height with a high-rise building (I’m probably not exaggerating.)

Now that I’m writing and publishing books, I realize I owe the easiest part of my writing to the years I spent reading. I’m not saying that writing isn’t hard work for me, but when a part of the writing process becomes easy, it’s almost always due to the fact that I’ve read a lot of books. Words that are not necessarily a regular part of my vocabulary come to the forefront as I search my brain for words to help me more clearly express a thought or action. How could that unfamiliar word suddenly be there except that I had read it somewhere.

Most of my writing is in the historical fiction genre — a genre I especially enjoy reading. The years I spent reading in that genre have given me a grasp of the language as it was spoken back then. I don’t write exactly as the people spoke in that time period because I doubt most of my readers would understand and grasp the story, but I include enough of the past to place them in the setting of that day. The important thing, after all, is the enjoyment of the reader and their ability to be swept away to another time and another place. And how did I learn to write like that? From reading many great historical fictions.

I love this quote by author, Stephen King:

“It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.”   

If you want to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. Read a lot and read broadly. And I would encourage you, for your own mental and spiritual health, read wholesome material. There is no end to the books you could be reading. I’m currently reading six books and I have 27 books I’ve downloaded and am looking forward to reading.

Please don’t tell me you don’t have time to read. Everyone makes choices as to how they want to spend their free time. My choice is to read. I carry a book with me wherever I go. On my last flight last month, I finished one book and started another. I read while waiting in a doctor’s office or while on-hold on the telephone. Instead of watching television in the evening, I pick up a book.

You certainly don’t have to be a reader. For some people, reading is just not their thing. But if you want to be a writer, you must be a reader first.

 

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Comment from a recent customer:  “Okay, here’s the story on this book. I decided to download the book onto my iPad before going to bed last night so I could read it today. It was late but I decided to read the first chapter before snuggling into bed just to get “a feel” for the book. Well, I cozied into bed, plugged the iPad in for charging, and couldn’t resist reaching over to read just a little bit more. Finally, at 1 am, when I could no longer keep my eyes focused on the page, I put the iPad down. I was at Chapter 11. Needless to say, I love the book and am so impressed with Anneliese’s writing skills.” 

First Line Friday #8

What First Line Friday is all about: This is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line.

The book I’m featuring today is The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen.

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“He is reading my letters now … Margaret Elinor Macy sat at her dressing table, heart pounding.”

Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape being forced to marry a dishonorable man. She becomes a housemaid at the home of Nathaniel Upchurch. He had been her suitor at one time and she had rejected him hoping to win his brother’s affection instead. Now, she hopes no one will recognize her until she can inherit from her spinster aunt and gain her independence. As a housemaid, she has the opportunity to observe both brothers. Over time, she begins to question whether she had been seeking the attention of the wrong brother. Margaret learns a valuable lessen that appearances can be deceiving and that things are not always as they seem.

Now it’s your turn. Place your first line in the comments and then check out some more bloggers who participate in First Line Friday. Just click on the link below.