First Line Friday — Burden of Proof

5 Oct

Happy Friday! Today I am featuring the first line from DiAnn Mill‘s newest romantic suspense novel, Burden of Proof. I received an ARC of this action-packed book and will share my review and and interview with Mills in a few days. For now, here is the first line to pique your interest.


Please leave a comment with the first line from the book nearest you then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines!


Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

Pre-order HERE.


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the following social media platforms or others listed at

12 Responses to “First Line Friday — Burden of Proof”

  1. Paula Shreckhise October 5, 2018 at 7:42 am #

    Just got DiAnn’s book in the mail for a book club read.

    My first line is from Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd:

    September 1866, Oxfordshire, England
    A threading of voices spooled throughout the expansive chamber wherein we waited, voices so decently quiet as to be murmurs.

    • rbclibrary October 6, 2018 at 8:09 am #

      I am excited to read Byrd’s newest book. It looks so, so good.

  2. thebeccafiles October 5, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Happy Friday! I forgot about this week being about favorite genre but I DID share one from one of my favorite authors. I have to say historical fiction is my favorite, but I also like suspense to change things up a bit. I’m currently in-between books but I’ll be be starting a new book after dinner tonight. Hope you have a great weekend with lots of quality reading time!

    • rbclibrary October 6, 2018 at 8:08 am #

      Enjoy your weekend and the new book you choose.

  3. susandyer1962 October 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My first lines come from Jacob’s Bell by John Snyder…

    A deafening screech, then a loud thud jolted Jacob McCallum upright from his slumber as the freight train pulled into the Chicago yards on a chilly September morning in 1944.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚🎃

    • rbclibrary October 6, 2018 at 8:07 am #

      I haven’t heard of this book. I need to check it out.

  4. Iola Goulton October 5, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    I’m sharing from Burden of Proof as well 🙂

    I’m currently reading Calm Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane, which is about forming good online habits. Here’s the first line:

    “Imagine a small device that has gone from nonexistent to indispensable in less than a decade. You’ve probably guessed it. That amazing little invention is the smartphone.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary October 6, 2018 at 8:07 am #

      Sounds interesting. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  5. lelandandbecky October 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson, which is included in the collection A Christmas To Remember:

    “Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.”

    • rbclibrary October 6, 2018 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

  6. Yvette - Bookworlder October 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m featuring Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd on my blog, here is the second line:

    “All present quickened as lightning pierced the ground just outside the wide panel of windows, like a finger pointing deep within the earth.”

    • rbclibrary October 6, 2018 at 8:06 am #

      I can’t wait to start that book.

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