Friday, November 17, 2017

First Line Friday - Week 28

Happy Friday!!!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books. I was introduced to Shanna Hatfield's writing a couple years ago and she quickly become one of those authors where I try to pick up their newest book as soon as possible. Last week book 5 of her Rodeo Romance series released, a series that is Christmas focused. I decided this was the perfect time to re-read the series from the beginning since it had been a while since I read the the earlier books and will help me get in the Christmas spirit. Today's book is number 2 of the series. Disclaimer - the first line might have you thinking this is not going to be a clean read, but it is. 

Today's book is: Wrestlin' Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Wrestlin' Christmas

First line is:
"The raspy, slobber-laden tongue scraping across his cheek combined with the malodorous scent of dog breath rousted Cort McGraw from his drunken stupor."

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!


  1. What a way to wake up!

    I’m featuring Melissa Tagg’s new Christmas novella on my blog this week, but I’m going to share the first line from ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’ by Christine Dillon here:

    “You have cancer.”

    Despite its opening line, it’s quite an uplifting read!

  2. I’m sharing the first line from The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from the book I’m currently reading here. “If you’re willing to admit it, you probably know me as Raine de Bourgh.” The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner. Happy Friday!

    1. I've read both of those and really enjoyed them.

  3. Gives puppy kisses a whole new meaning!

    “Mama?” Emily Carver whispered the word as she opened the door to her parents’ bedroom. – A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

  4. Hahaha! That is one way to wake up! ;-) I don't think I've read anything by Shanna Hatfield, but she sounds like she has a sense of humor!

    Over on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Joyce Rogers' Lean Hard on Jesus, but I'll share the first line from Where We Belong by Lynn Austin here:
    "Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert."

    1. Oh she definitely has a sense of humor. I highly recommend her books for an entertaining read.

  5. Happy Friday!

    Today, my first line Friday is from Christmas at Grey Goose Lodge by Phyllis Clark Nichols.....

    When Maude opened the door to the Christmas closet in early December that year, she had no reason to think there would only be nine more Christmases celebrated at Grey Sage.

  6. Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris on my blog for FLF, so here I will post from the book I am currently reading, A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal. Currently, I am on chapter 9, so I'll post the first line from that:

    "Fumbling with a keychain that grew lighter every day, I closed my apartment door for the very last time on the day before our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. A cold, ordinary Thursday to everyone else -- extraordinary to me."

  7. I like Shanna's books! Happy Friday! My first line (a little longer) is from Anne Greene's Avoiding the Mistletoe:

    Olivia Rose Baker glanced up from the headlines in the Massachusetts Matrimonial Gazette. With an explosive smack, she slapped the newspaper on the top of the breakfast table. "No! I refuse."

  8. Awww, puppy kisses! Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray is featured on my blog today with a giveaway but I’m currently reading The Vexing by Tamara Leigh. Here’s the first line:
    Normandy, France
    Early December 1161
    Women were more trouble than they were worth. Or so Sir Durand Marshal told himself each time one dragged him into a mess like this one promised to do.

  9. Oh my goodness! I agree with Beth...puppy kisses! Happy Friday!

  10. I read that one a little while ago. I always like Shanna's books!

    This week I did an author interview with Joyce DiPastana, Medieval fiction writer. The first line from her short story The Girl by the River:

    Robert almost tripped over the scythe.

  11. Thank you so, so much for including Wrestlin' Christmas! And for your kind words! <3

  12. I too amgetting in the Christmas Spirit this week with my FLF blog post, but here are the first lines from the book I’m currently reading:

    “Being a teacher was turning out to be a little like having the flu. Simon O’Keefe. Her heart broke for him at the same time her stomach twisted with dread for herself.” From The Calico and Cowboy Romance Collection by Mary Connealy.

  13. I'm featuring Mail Order Mommy on my blog. It's a Christmas story. I'm in the mood for the holidays and have already finished decorating my house. :)

  14. Ewww!

    I'm sharing from Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman over on my blog today. But I'm currently reading Piercehaven by Robin Merrill, which is kind of a girls basketball version of Friday Night Lights, except set on an island off the coast of Maine. Here's the first line:

    She had expected it to be a poetic voyage. She had expected sunshine and whitecaps, a sea song to serenade her as she sailed toward her new home.

  15. Christmas stories (books & movies), some of my favorite things!