Welcome to a special Veteran’s Day edition of First Line Friday. Today we were challenged to post a first line along the theme of military/patriotic/Veteran’s Day.
I am going with Susan Sleeman’s Cold Terror. This novella features a former Navy Seal who has created a business and hired injured military peers.
“Murder and vacation do not go together.”
About the Book
Forensic artist, Hannah Perry’s skills made her a valuable asset to the police…
A young woman has been murdered. Her body unidentified. Her skull recently discovered by the police, and Hannah feels compelled to help find the killer. Even if she’s on a much-needed vacation on a secluded island with her young son. She could work on the reconstruction in the evenings while her son slept. But as the woman’s face takes shape, an assailant invades Hannah’s cabin and tries to end her life. Before he can permanently silence her, she and her son flee the island in a small boat. Trouble is, as they approach Cold Harbor, ocean waves capsize the boat, enveloping them both in cold terror.
But it also makes her the next target.
Former SEAL Gage Blackwell can’t believe his eyes as he plunges into the raging waters to rescue the pair. Owner of Blackwell Tactical—a law enforcement training facility and protection services agency—Gage pulls the woman he once loved from the angry ocean. When he learns of her attack, he vows to protect her while hunting down the killer. Alone and vulnerable, Hannah has to accept Gage’s protection—even if it means staying close to the man who’d once walked out on her without a backward glance.
Now it’s your turn. Share your first line and then head over to the Hoarding Books Blog to read other FLF posts and perhaps find your next great read.
Trisha Robertson says
“The Sun skimmed the horizon in the eastern sky, bathing the far hillside in a pink morning hue.”
— The Heart of an Agent by: Tracey J. Lyons
Becky Smith says
I don’t have that type of books with me, but here is the one I have now:
My first line (well, really first two lines because they are so good) is from Runaway Romance by Miralee Ferrell:
“Ann Stanway sat in her television producer’s office trying to still the butterflies doing battle in her belly. No, not butterflies, more like buzzards.”
Happy Friday, hope you have a great weekend!
Susan Dyer says
My first line is from a book I’m going to be reading soon Hope Travels Through by Loni Kemper Moore…..
The first time Dad picked me up at the Evansville airport in his 1976 Corvette, I should have recruited a fairy godmother. Not that I believed in such things.
Have a great weekend!
Oh my goodness! Brilliant first line! Happy Friday!
Phyllis - Among the Reads says
Great first line for a mystery!
My first line is from an anthology called Out of the Blue Bouquet. The first story is Sourting Callie by Hallee Bridgeman.
“Callie Vaughn felt the telltale shudder of the car through her seat just as she started to pull through the gate.”
I love romantic suspense, and Cold Terror sounds excellent!
I’m currently reading The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright, which looks like it’s going to be full of suspense. Here’s the first line:
Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.
Caryl Kane says
WHOA! Great first line! Happy weekend!
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Esther’s father halted the lazy swaying of the porch swing. – While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin
Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line from A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from a book near the top of my TBR pile here. “Blizzard-like conditions are expected to last through the evening.” That line is from The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips.
Nicole Santana says
Great first line!
I’m showcasing The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner on my blog this week. So, here I will share a line from the book I’m currently reading, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. I’m just starting chpt. 15, so that’s the line I’ll share:
“On Monday morning, Kate heard her email ping and saw the message was from the Northern District of Georgia. Her heartbeat sped up as she clicked to open it.”
Beth Erin says
My current read is An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
Eton College, Berkshire, England, 1797
“The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.”