First Line Friday — The Father’s Day Edition

15 Jun

Happy Friday! Today I am killing two reading birds with one book — a book for dads featuring a dad — with  The Queen by Steven James. My husband, a great father, is currently devouring James’ Patrick Bowers Files series. He is binge listening to the audiobooks, and it is rare to see him around the house without earbuds. He loves this series! Although I introduced him to these novels, he is way ahead of me now. So, I am featuring the book I need to read next. Besides being great for dads, these books feature a character who is a dedicated FBI agent and father, although his cases often land stepdaughter Tessa in a lot of trouble. LOL!

For more books featuring fathers, be sure to visit Hoarding Books.



While investigating a double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-tech conspiracy that twists through long-buried Cold War secrets and targets present-day tensions in the Middle East.

In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a multi-layered storytelling tour de force that not only delivers pulse-pounding suspense but also deftly explores the rippling effects of the choices we make.

The Queen is a techno-thriller that will leave you breathless, offered by the author Publishers Weekly calls a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.”


Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the art of fiction writing, STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE, won a Storytelling World award. Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

28 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Father’s Day Edition”

  1. joyofreadingweb June 15, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    My first line this week is from Tricia Goyer’s A Daring Escape. I don’t have a bonus line to share, this week because I borrowed it from my local library and had to take it back yesterday. So, you’ll just have to stop by my blog to see the first line! <3

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 8:37 am #

      🙂 Happy Friday!

  2. lelandandbecky June 15, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck:

    “He must finish. He must.”

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      That book is the next up in my TBR pile. Have a great weekend!

  3. Paula Shreckhise June 15, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    My first line is from Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan:
    “You can’t call that settlement an offer.”

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      Great book! Happy Friday!

  4. Becky June 15, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    My first line is from Laura Ingall Wilder’s, “Little House on the Prairie” which I am sharing on the blog today. I’m still currently reading “Just Let Go” so I don’t have an actual first line to share today that isn’t from the blog. 😀

    Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      I’m reading Just Let Go too. It sure is keeping me from my chores!

      • Becky June 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

        Haha, I know the feeling. It’s sooo good. 😀

  5. carylkane June 15, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    I’ve not yet read Steven James. I’ve heard great things about his books.

    February 1909

    Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      And I’ve heard great things about Turansky’s book too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. susandyer1962 June 15, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    Happy Friday!😎

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading soon, The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown.

    I have a complicated relationship with my memory. Most of us, me included, believe our memories are fairly accurate.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚🌼

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      Thanks! Happy Friday!

  7. Anneliese Dalaba June 15, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    Wow! Fascinating first line! What is on the computer monitor? It certainly pulls the reader right in. The book I’m sharing this week on my blog is “Before the Apocalypse” by Taylor Jaxon. This is a Young Adult Christian Suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Here, I will share the first line in Chapter Fourteen of that same book: “Sam extended his hand through the doorway of the ivy-covered mansion. An appendage the size of a catcher’s mitt engulfed his palm.” Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your weekend too.

  8. Colletta June 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Very interesting! I’ll have to check it out! I hope you can stop by:


  9. thebeccafiles June 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    The book I’m sharing on my blog today is Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line of my current chapter (12): “‘Do you think he followed you there?’ Parker asked, taking a bit of kung pao chicken.” Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading! 🙂

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

      Great book! Enjoy it.

  10. j9reads June 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today’s first lines come from Finding Wicked by Kathryn L. James

    “The day started out like any other, but then I received an email from Cordelia Irwin, the human resources director, and it was tagged urgent.”

    Sounds ominous, doesn’t it!

    I’m featuring lines from Nina Lane’s The Secret Thief on my blog today. I hope you can stop by!

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

  11. Yvette - Bookworlder June 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    I’m reading a novella today, The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller. Here are the first lines:

    “Lucy Fisher had never been so drenched in her entire life. Still, she managed a smile as her bus drove away.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 16, 2018 at 6:45 am #

      Good first line! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

  12. Heather June 16, 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Happy Saturday!

  13. Heather June 16, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    Happy Saturday! My first line is from Candace Cameron’s new book, Kind is the New Classy: “Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for the amazing job I have. I get to entertain people through comedy, romance, drama and heartfelt storytelling by acting my way through your television screens.” Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary June 16, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Sound like a good book!

  14. bellesmoma16 June 16, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    This week, I’m showcasing the first line from The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Here, I will share the first line from the book I just started reading, More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer.

    July 1894 — Pecan Gap, TX
    Logan Fowler dismounted outside the Lucky Lady Saloon, anticipation thrumming in his veins.

    I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of reading time!

    • rbclibrary June 16, 2018 at 11:43 am #

      Love Witemeyer’s books. Have a wonderful weekend!

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