Friday, April 24, 2020

First Line Fridays: Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today I'm sharing the first line from Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock:

"He left me for a size-two selfie star and didn't want me to make a scene."

Have you read this book? I'll be reading it in June with my local book club.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love to read your first line! 🙂

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!

About the Book:

A gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock.
One father was murdered. Another was convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.
Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado hometown. His mother begs him to come back now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.
Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher’s daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate’s drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down not long after, people assumed Nate set the fire to get even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left town without looking back.
Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and now she’s fighting a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he’s using lies and his family’s money to sway the judge. Brenna is barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her.
As Nate and Brenna deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—the past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she’ll have to learn to trust him again first.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. What a first line, WOW! Happy Friday!!

  2. My first line is from chapter 6 of One Hundred Valleys by Bonnie Leon:
    The Indians had kept moving, but Emmalin held on to the rifle.

  3. That's quite a first line!!

    Today on my blog I'm featuring The Traitor's Pawn by Lisa Harris. Right now I'm reading Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham, so I'll share the first line here: "One step into the massive, glass-walled waiting area was all it took."

    Have a great weekend! Happy reading! :)

    1. I haven't read either of those. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Collateral Damage" by Lynette Eason:

    "Sergeant First Class Asher James stared at Captain Phillip Newell, sure that he'd heard wrong."

  5. Happy Friday!

    That's a pretty amazing line to start the story off with.

    On my blog this week, I'm sharing the first line from The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White:

    "The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own."

    Hope you have a great rest of your weekend :)

  6. I’m currently reading Sweet As Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand and the first line is “Dan Kanagy stopped his open-air buggy in the middle of the deserted road and turned on his flashlight.” I hope you have a nice weekend!

  7. I haven't read this one. I hope she does make a scene. LOL Makes for good reading even if it isn't necessarily what I'd recommend in real life. ;)

  8. Happy Friday!
    On my blog I'm sharing from Being Known by Robin Jones Gunn. It's such an EXCELLENT story. Currently, I'm reading Hadley Beckett's Next Dish by Bethany Turner. I'm just getting into chapter 2 so I'll share a line from there.
    "Meemaw? Are you home?"
    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🙂