First Line Friday — If I Live

20 Apr

Gut Freitag from Deutschland! As you are reading this post, I am (hopefully) enjoying a tea and pastry at my friend Martha’s neighborhood bakery in sunny (again hopefully 😉 ) Germany! I’m super excited to be traveling with friends, this time to Germany and Poland. Because the flight there and back is 9+ hours, I hope to read a number of books including If I Live by Terri Blackstock. The third and final book in the suspense-filled If I Run series, this one should help make the hours in the air fly by (sorry/not sorry for the pun 😉 )!

Please leave a comment with the first line of your current read. I will be checking in periodically, but may not be able to respond to your comments until I return home. Be sure to also check out all the fabulous first lines over at Hoarding Books.




Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.

Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

With If I Live, Terri Blackstock takes us on one more heart-stopping chase in the sensational conclusion to the If I Run series.


Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots while challenging her readers. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — If I Live”

  1. Paula Shreckhise April 20, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Ty Remington blamed homemade orange marmalade cake for why he found himself huddled under an overhang off some farawy path in Glacier National Park, shivering, praying he might live through the night.
    From Storm Front by Susan May Warren

  2. susandyer1962 April 20, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from a book im reading now, Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.

    My husband is leaving me. The thought , the reality, presses against my throat as I stand outside and take in the view from the back patio of our home.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😁

  3. thebeccafiles April 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    The If I Run series was amazing!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is The Butterfly and the Violin, but I’ll share here what I’m currently reading- All Things New by Lynn Austin: “Josephine Weatherly thought she’d already lived through the darkest hour of this endless war, but she had been wrong.” Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Yvette - Bookworlder April 20, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    I’m sharing from Where the Fire Falls on my blog today but I’m currently reading The Backcountry Brides Collection, so here is the first line from the first novella, Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels:

    Philadelphia 1753
    “Ladysmith, you have a gentleman caller–maybe two.” The voice of her employer, Jacob Owens, held a slight tease.

    Happy Friday and have a great time!

  5. Iola April 20, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

    This was a great end to the series. Enjoy Germany and Poland!

    I’m sharing the first line of The Man He Never Was by James L Rubart on my blog, a modern retelling of the story of Jekyll and Hyde.

    I’m currently reading The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon, a modern marriage of convenience story based on the Book of Esther. Here’s the first line of the Prologue:

    Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest.

  6. Heather April 26, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    I was having techy difficulties last week, but I still wanted to say happy Friday and happy reading!

Comments are closed.