First Line Friday – 16 February 2018 – Love the War Woman (April Gardner)


Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Do you enjoy reading novels about Native Americans? If so, you need to discover April Gardner’s Creek Country Saga! I read the first in this series at the end of last year, and I was hooked! (You can read my review here.)

Book number five in the series, Love the War Woman, released last week, so I’m going to share the first line with you today.

~ About the Book ~

For the DEFIANCE of a nation. For the DEFENSE of a tribe. For the LOVE of a war woman.

War woman Fierce Mink has loved Tall Bull as long as memory. He is beauty and power, but in the secret pockets of her spirit, he is vastly more. He is the brave to whom she swore her heart, the friend to whom she owes her life, and the chief to whom she will never be bound. Soon, he will be required to take a wife, but lamentably, Mink is severe, intimidating, hard-bitten by war—qualities a man appreciates in combat, not so under the bearskins. But perhaps it’s best he’s blind to her, for he clings viciously to the Beloved Path, and unbeknownst to him, she has joined her fire with Jesus.

Since his youth, Chief Tall Bull has treasured Mink. Even now, in their turbulent refugee world, she is comfort; she is home. Better yet, she shares his passion to preserve the Beloved Path and his fight to start anew in a land where they are no longer hunted. Then, a startling omen: before the blood moon, Tall Bull must make restitution for his transgressions, or the spirits will take payment. From her. A tragedy he would die to prevent.

Another portent looms—that of a horde of bluecoat soldiers pecking at their borders, threatening to drive the Red Stick Defiance into uninhabitable swamps. The Defiance will not go quietly, and as Tall Bull prepares for a brutal strike, he realizes the bluecoats aren’t his only enemy, and Mink’s life isn’t all he stands to lose.

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~ First Lines ~

To hold on to life is to grasp the rain, contain a breath in the palm of a hand, or halt the gushing of a punctured blood vessel.

What an opening!

I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂

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22 Responses to First Line Friday – 16 February 2018 – Love the War Woman (April Gardner)

  1. nashpredsfan27 says:

    Happy Friday!
    The first line from a book I plan to finish this weekend: Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home could be as bittersweet as leaving. -A Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

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  2. Oh, I have been eyeing this series and buying the books as I can! I am really looking forward to a binge reading session 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  3. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line is from Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer:
    The cheerful tinkle of a bell alerted Grace Mallory to the arrival of a guest.


  4. Lookie there, Tall Bull is on Katie’s First Line Fridays! A high honor. 🙂 Maddo!
    My first line is from Naomi Rawlings’ “Love’s Bright Tomorrow.” I’m only on chapter two, but so far so good!

    The dream came in waves, soft and gentle at first.


  5. That’s a well written first line. It paints a picture with words. Love it! The book I’m featuring on my blog is Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser. Since I’m on chapter 14, I’ll share the first line from that chapter here. “I insist that you stay here and rest today, Sophie.” Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. That does sound good! I’m sharing from the Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection (read through NetGalley) today. Here’s the first line from Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough:

    “Run, Laurel. Run!”

    Happy Friday!


  7. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from the new novella by Bell Renshaw, As Easy As Riding A Bike. It’s a really fun read.

    I am currently reading The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere. I am LOVING this story so much. I am just beginning chapter 7, so I will leave that first line here:

    “Rosalyn drew the blanket around her to ward off the chilly night air as the carriage moved briskly down the near-empty streets.”


  8. j9reads says:

    What an extremely powerful first line!

    Here is mine: “Vladimir Kolnikov sat in his Corvette in a nearly empty parking lot for a long time.  Just a few feet away was the entrance to the private hotel where his friends, teammates, and the woman he loved waited for him to arrive.  He was getting married in less than an hour, but instead of heading inside to change into his tuxedo, he was sitting here sweating.  Thinking.  Panicking.“ Las Vegas Sidewinders: Vladimir by Kat Mizera


  9. Iola says:

    I’ve heard good things about April Gardner’s books. This sounds fascinating.

    I’m featuring Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman on my blog, which doesn’t have any link to pink or hearts (although it is romantic suspense so there is some romance). I’m currently reading, Focus on Love by Candee Fick which has a Valentine’s Day scene, even if it’s not central to the plot. Here’s the first line:

    Elizabeth Foster ripped the Christmas wrapping paper from the box on her lap.


  10. I’m so excited for all the new books that are coming out! Happy Friday!


  11. I read a lot of native American books but this sounds a romance. Today in my blog I am featuring Elaine Orr’s Jolie Gentil series. I am reading TILL DEATH DO US PARTY. “Landing in Las Vegas was somewhat akin to touching down in Oz.” .


  12. Beware Of The Reader says:

    So poetic and lovely written! Happy Friday! Here are my lines from the blog: “It was her favorite dream.

    The golden dagger lay before Valia on a velvet cushion. Beautiful. Powerful. Deadly. She picked it up, the golden hilt ice cold against her skin.”

    These are the lines of a much awaited conclusion of the Falling Kingdoms series: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes.


  13. carylkane says:


    Vincentio Rossi lifted his glass of ten-year-old Lombardi Brunello di Montalcino, closed his eyes, and sniffed the complex bouquet of the ruby red wine. – Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading


  14. Carrie says:

    such a great book!

    My current first line is from Missy Tippens’ new novella “Her Valentine Reunion” (in the Back to You collection) – “In a preemptive strike against the Valentine’s Day funk that hit her every year in February, Abbie Rogers had been working on her latest craft project she’d dubbed Operation Kill Cupid.”

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  15. lelandandbecky says:

    I know I’m late but yesterday was busy! Happy Weekend! My first line is from A Langhorne Romance (which is in Right Where We Belong collection) by Deborah Raney.

    “No sooner had Lily O’Neal plunged her hands into the sticky bread dough than the doorbell rang. Why did it always work that way?”

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