First Line Friday - Week 2

Friday, January 13, 2017

About the book:

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you” —Job 12:7

Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.

In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice—the animals follow their master’s journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings—even if they don’t fully comprehend the divine events they witness.

Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

First Line

The Roman Legionaries called the dog Old Gray.

It's easy to play, just grab the closest book to you, open to the first line, and leave it in the comment section, then visit these other bloggers to see their first lines, and leave yours in their comments.

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Bookworm Mama

Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen

Faithfully Bookish

Reading is My SuperPower

Robin's Nest

Singing Librarian

Fiction Aficionado

Golden Globes . . . Meryl Streep . . .Mark Wahlberg. . . Keep politics out of show-business!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” he told Task & Purpose last week, at a swanky luncheon in New York, held on behalf of his upcoming film “Patriots Day.” We were talking about the parade of actors and musicians who lined up to denounce Donald Trump in the months and weeks leading up to Election Day.
“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”
“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” he continued. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”
This election cycle has certainly been about the regular guy, the average American and things that affect them. As it should always be, and it still seems to be reflecting that message everywhere, to the annoyance of the left.

By now you've probably heard what Meryl Streep said at the golden globes when she accepted her award, she is one of my favorite actresses, but I am very disappointed in her. Her opinion is her own, I just don't think that an award show is the time or place to disrespect the President elect. I'll never understand why they can't just accept their award, enjoy it, without getting all political.

This has been floating around social media and it is so true . . .

Dear Hollywood celebrities, You exist for my entertainment. Some of you are great eye candy. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you can scare the crap out of me. Others make me laugh. But you all have one thing in common, you only have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it. You make your living pretending to be someone else. Playing dress up like a 6 year old. You live in a make believe world in front of a camera. And often when you are away from one too. Your entire existence depends on my patronage. I’ll crank the organ grinder; you dance. I don’t really care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your stance matters far less to me than that of my neighbor. You see, you aren’t real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer and you cease to exist in my world. Once I am done with you, I can put you back in your little box until I want you to entertain me again. I don’t care that you don't like Mr.Trump. But I bet you looked cute saying it. Get back into your bubble. I’ll let you know when I’m in the mood for something blue and shiny. And I'm also supposed to care that you will leave this great country if Trump becomes president? Ha. Please don't forget to close the door behind you. We'd like to reserve your seat for someone who loves this country and really wants to be here. Make me laugh, or cry. Scare me. But realize that the only words of yours that matter are scripted. I might agree with some of you from time to time, but it doesn’t matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment.

Of course they aren't smart enough to realize that the people they are dogging are the ones that go and watch their movies, TV shows, concerts etc. So it doesn't make much sense to tell them that they're wrong. We are all entitled to our own opinion, I just don't believe that an award's show, such as the Golden Globes are the place to make a political statement. 

 I am not dogging Meryl, I just think she had poor timing in speaking her opinion about President elect-Trump. Eight years ago I was not a happy camper about Obama but I was willing to give him a shot. It seems as though the liberal left isn't even willing to do that. Prior the the election they said over and over again, that they would accept the outcome of the election. Well . . . they haven't, if anything they've tried to make things more difficult for Trump. 
Since Meryl's statement Sunday night I know that I will be very selective of the movies I pay to see. And maybe that's the answer. Since we are customer's of their entertainment the only way to let them know how we feel about their behavior is to not to go to their movies.

Little does she know, that there is a huge number of us that love football and MMA, so saying that is all we'll have to watch doesn't bother us, because a lot of us would rather watch sports.


At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd 0.5) by Jen Turano

Monday, January 9, 2017

About the book:

After Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff’s father lost the family fortune in a poor investment decision, she finds herself banished from the fashionable set within New York society and directly into the wallflower section. Taking on work as a social secretary in order to help with family expenses, she spends her time penning out invitations to all the most sought-after events, wondering if her life will ever improve.

While languishing one evening at a ball given by one of the esteemed New York patriarchs, Wilhelmina is appalled to discover that Mr. Edgar Wanamaker, her oldest and dearest friend, and the first gentleman to offer her a marriage proposal, has shown up at the ball unexpectedly, having been absent from New York ever since she rejected his offer years before.

About Jen:

Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at

My Thoughts:

Jen's books are my go to when I am in need of a true laugh out loud book, and this new novella which kicks off her new series Apart from the Crowd is full of laughter, fun, and mayhem. It lives up to her signature style. As with all of Jen's books I was up way past my bedtime reading this one and I loved every second!
I purchased my copy, FREE, yes FREE, on AMAZON!
This is a perfect prequel to her new book Behind the Scenes that releases on April 4, 2017.

About the book:

Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind "The Quill" gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she's determined to warn him. Away from society's spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there's more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.

For the Record by Regina Jennings

About the book:

Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance
Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

About Regina:

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

My Thoughts:

Betsy has to be one of my favorite characters ever! She was so fun, quirky, sassy, and definitely determined! She was a definite woman after my own heart, she watched Deputy Puckett and created her own hero, people watching is one of my favorite past-times. 
A true chick-lit book that you will enjoy from beginning to end.

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Sunday, January 8, 2017

About the book:

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn't expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe's skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

 About Laura:

Christ-follower, history lover, wife, mom, author. Felt called to write since age 7 and have been writing ever since. My first love is 18th-century fiction, especially colonial history. I feel blessed beyond measure to write books. I hope you are doubly blessed reading them!

My Thoughts:

Laura weaves a story that spellbinds you from the beginning, her attention to detail is rich and vivid. With each sentence you are transported to the 1700's, walking the trails with the surveying party. I could feel the spray from the waterfall and see the lights from the fireflies. I even dreamt I was in Kentucky walking with Tempe, and Scion. I love books that transport me to another place and time, and A Moonbow Night did just that. Scion is a favored hero. He had a special way with Tempe. Tempe was a perfect heroine, her abilities to track and shoot were fun.
We're only eight days into the new year and this book is already on my top reads list for 2017!
This is a must read!!



Winter Doggie Issues

Friday, January 6, 2017

See this cute, adorable doggie, she is cute and I love her to pieces however I do not love her refusal to go potty outside in the winter! She's done fine until recently when she refuses to poop outside. In her defense we have about 2 feet of snow in our backyard, and even though we have sunshine today our temperature is 6 degrees. Yes, you read that right 6 degrees! We live in Idaho, not in the mountains, in the valley about 20 minutes from Boise, and this is the most snow we've had since 1985.

I did some reading online and apparently this is not an uncommon problem with small dogs in the winter. Solutions, putting them outside immediately after eating which I do, tossing a frisbee or even a snowball to get them to play which gets their bowels moving that didn't work today our snow is powdery and won't form a snowball, also crating them and only letting them out to go potty so they re-learn where to go, no matter how much they don't like it. Since most small/lap dogs want to be with their owner they will run out pee and run back in because they want to be with you, it's warm in the house and the little activity has started to move their bowels so they go inside where it is warm. Besides crating the other suggestion was putting them on their leash tying it to a chair so they can move around in the same place you are. Shiloh usually sits right beside me on the couch, and guards the kitchen, bathroom and our bedroom when I am in there. Since she likes to disappear down the hallway I created an obstacle that includes her crate, a chair and an ottoman. She can go in her crate but she will not be out of eyesight of me. If I walk out of the room or house she will go back in her crate not only for my carpet's sake, but my sanity!

Happy Weekend!!

First Line Friday - Week One

About the book:

Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Before I go into the first line of this book, isn't the cover just gorgeous???? I love it! There is some Cajun French on my birth mother's side, so I am really excited about this book.

First Line:

Paris, France 1719

There it was again. Suddenly wide awake, Julianne covered her ears. 

Hi Katie! Welcome to the First Line Friday, gang!

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

Bookworm Mama

Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen

Faithfully Bookish

Reading Is My SuperPower

Robin's Nest

Singing Librarian

Fiction Aficionado

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