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First Line Fridays – Lighthouse Stories

First Line FridaysHere’s another First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books!  It’s a fun way to share good books and spread the love of words on the page.

I got a new book in the mail! The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, featuring novellas by  Lena Nelson Dooley, Rebecca Jepson, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Candice Sule Papperson, Kathleen Rouser, Pegg Thomas, and Marilyn Turk.

About the book:

The Great Lakes Lighthouse BridesLighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.
Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

First Lines

Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas: The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed. 

Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson: Ava Ryan walked the shoreline of Lake Huron, enjoying the most beautiful day of the year – until she crossed paths with the devil.

Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson: Rose Miller tried to silence her grandfather’s warning, but it kept whispering in her mind, an echo that seemed to fill her wintery world with peril.

Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels: Standing alone in the Island Pharmacy, Valerie’s hands shook as she removed the scrap of paper from her reticule.  

The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser: She struggled to maintain her grip on the splintered wood plank, the only thing keeping her from drowning beneath the roiling waters of Lake Huron. 

The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley: Defeated. The word drummed through Norma Kimbell’s head as she gazed out at the pine forest rushing by the window in a blur.

The Wrong Survivor by Marily Turk: Pausing from her daily lens polishing, Lydia Palmer peered through the windows of the lantern room high above the sapphire-blue water of Lake Superior at the boat heading toward the dock below.

flourishFirst Line Fridays_Hoarding BooksNow it’s your turn! Grab the nearest book (or the book you are reading) and share the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books and check out the linky with more First Line participants. 

Have a great weekend!

 

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First Line Fridays – Hearts Entwined

First Line FridaysHere’s another First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books!  It’s a fun way to share good books and spread the love of words on the page.

I got a new book in the mail! Hearts Entwined, featuring novellas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagers.

About the book:

Hearts EntwinedFour top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer’s “The Love Knot,” Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister’s arrival by train. Mary Connealy’s “The Tangled Ties That Bind” offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers “Bound and Determined,” where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears’ “Tied and True” entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.

First Line

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer: Claire Nevin frowned at the cheerful white clouds frolicking across the blue sky and tried to close her ears against the melodies the birds insisted on singing in response to the deceptively fine morning. Ignorant creatures.

The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy: Home. One more hour on the trail and Connor Kincaid would be home for the first time in five years.

Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings: I don’t want to die on an empty stomach.

Tied and True by Melissa Jagears: The pounding of hammers above them ceased. 

flourishFirst Line Fridays_Hoarding BooksNow it’s your turn! Grab the nearest book (or the book you are reading) and share the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books and check out the linky with more First Line participants. 

Have a great weekend!

 

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Are you NaNo-ing?

NaNoingTomorrow, November 1, begins National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is the month where writers all over the country attempt to write 50,000 words on their current work-in-progress (WIP). That means you have to write 1,667 words a day, which is about seven pages a day.

I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo twice and failed both times. There were several factors contributing to my inability to finish, including a stressful full-time job and, of course, all things Thanksgiving.

But this year is different!

This year I am at home with only a part-time job where I set the hours. This time I have prepared. I’ve had an idea for my second medieval and have four chapters written, but I knew if I wanted to be successful and write quickly, I needed a roadmap for my writing.

So this week I’ve worked out a skeleton plot, with ideas for about 25 scenes. I’m hoping as I get into the story, my imagination will spark with even more ideas.

I’ve worked a little on a Pinterest board with pictures of my characters. You can go to this link to view how I picture the characters I will be writing about: His to Keep Pinterest Board

Plus, I’ve set up a file in Scrivener (an organizational writing program), included some character sketches, research on certain topics like handfasting, inheritance rules, etc… Everything at my fingertips.

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I’m set!

Now all I have to do is sit down every day and write, write, write!

If you are a writer, are you NaNo-ing?

If you are a reader, dd you know that some of the books you’ve read have been written during NaNoWriMo? 🙂

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First Line Fridays – Just Let Go

First Line FridaysHere’s another First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books!  It’s a fun way to share good books and spread the love of words on the page.

I haven’t read any of Courtney Walsh‘s books, but I keep hearing about them and decided it was time. I’ve downloaded Just Let Go and it is next on my list to read.

 

About the book:

Just Let Go_Courtney WalshFor Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.

Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

First Line

He shouldn’t be here. A diner in some little tourist town in Michigan was no place for Grady Benson, but here he was. 

Okay, I had to include the second sentence. 🙂 

First Line Fridays_Hoarding BooksNow it’s your turn! Grab the nearest book (or the book you are reading) and share the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books and check out the linky with more First Line participants. 

Have a great weekend!

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First Line Fridays – When You Look At Me

First Line FridaysHere’s another First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books!  It’s a fun way to share good books and spread the love of words on the page.

Oh, how I love Pepper Basham’s books. Whether contemporary or historical, they pull me in and don’t let go. She writes stories full of fun and laughter, and she never disappoints…especially when it comes to kissing scenes.  Ooo-la-la. 🙂

Today I’m featuring Pepper Basham’s newest book When You Look At Me. You can pre-order it HERE.

About the book:

When You Look At Me_Pepper BashamAn unexpected mother-to-be
A romance-leery composer
And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. As she goes through her aunt’s treasured possessions, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

First Line

Julia Jenkins was a glass-half-full person. Well, most of the time. Even with her sordid backstory. So she’d spent massive amounts of energy over the past few hours trying to think of all the positive aspects of her abdomen bulging overnight to show her full seven-months pregnancy. Stomach sleeping? Out. Reaching her feet without sandwiching an actual person in the middle? Impossible. Going anywhere without scouting out the restroom signs? Dangerous.

Okay, I had to include the first paragraph because it sucked me in fast. 

First Line Fridays_Hoarding BooksNow it’s your turn! Grab the nearest book (or the book you are reading) and share the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books and check out the linky with more First Line participants. 

Have a great weekend!

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First Line Fridays –

First Line FridaysHere’s another First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books!  It’s a fun way to share good books and spread the love of words on the page.

I love medieval books and Tamara Leigh is fantastic at writing them. I haven’t read her Age of Faith series and decided to begin. I am loving The Unveiling! Wow! You should definitely read her books because they are filled with action, adventure, and sigh-worthy romance.

About the book:

The Unveiling_Tamara Leigh12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.

For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

First Line

A nightmare seized him from sleep, turned around his throat, and filled his mouth so full he could not cry out. 

Starting off with a bang!

First Line Fridays_Hoarding BooksNow it’s your turn! Grab the nearest book (or the book you are reading) and share the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books and check out the linky with more First Line participants. 

Have a great weekend!

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The Value of Writerly Friends

Ladies_StockSnap_pixabayWriting is a solitary adventure. Writers spin tales inside their heads, then spend hours pouring their stories onto the page … alone. But there comes a time in every writer’s life when they need people. They need a hug. They need encouragement. They need a friend who truly understands.

Writers need writerly friends. 

I’m writing my second book. I have a good foundation for this story, but at the end of chapter three, I froze. I had just finished a massive edit of my first book and I was paralyzed by the fear of writing a book that needed so much rewriting. I would start and stop, start and stop, thinking everything I wrote would have to be deleted and rewritten.

I don’t want to have to do that! But I need to write, especially when I’m supposed to take ten pages to my critique group.

I belong to a fabulous critique group that meets every other week. We share chapters/scenes and discuss them … the good and the bad. This week I had nothing to bring because I choked while trying to write. I was embarrassed. Writers write and I hadn’t written anything in two whole weeks! I didn’t go because I was so embarrassed.

I forced myself to go. I forced myself to be honest with the group and share my frustrations and my fears. And you know what? These ladies hugged me. They shared their own stories of fear, of writer’s block, of frustration. They prayed over me and then we brainstormed possibilities for where the story could go.

These writerly friends lifted me out of the pit of writer despair, and I left with a sense of peace and hope.

Friends, hope is such a powerful thing and gives life to the soul. 

Writerly friends – those people who think like you, daydream like you, talk to imaginary friends like you – these are the people you need to surround yourself with on this writing journey. They are the ones who will encourage you on the road that God leads you on. They will pick you up when you fall, and they will speak hope into your dark days.

There’s nothing more valuable (besides the good Lord) than writerly friends. I know I’m thankful for mine!

Do you have a writerly friend(s)? Do you have support on your writing journey?

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