First Line Friday — The Killing Tide

2 Aug

Happy Friday! I am a little late getting this posted today — lots going on at home and work. But it is never too late — or too early — to share a new book by Dani Pettrey! The Killing Tide, the first book in the Coastal Guardians series, releases next week! Woo hoo! Check out the blurb and that killer first line below, then pre-order your own copy. 🙂

What’s your first line?


Be sure to head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines.



When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter — and Finn’s boss’s sister — Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award.

From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves–full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, click here.

14 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Killing Tide”

  1. Jessica at Booked J August 2, 2019 at 11:35 am #

    Ohhh!! I am definitely looking into this one!

    • rbclibrary August 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm #


  2. Paula Shreckhise August 2, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    Coincidentally, that’s mine for today. Get ready for nonstop excitement!

    • rbclibrary August 2, 2019 at 10:05 pm #


  3. bellesmoma16 August 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden: I’m currently on chapter two of A Daring Venture by Camden. I’m on a Camden kick! 😀

    “By the time Rosalind arrived at the crowded Manhattan restaurant to meet Mr. Drake, her nerves were wound as tight as a piano wire.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 😀❤📚

    • rbclibrary August 2, 2019 at 10:05 pm #

      A good kick to be on!

  4. Babbling Becky L August 2, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    ”He waits, hidden in the shadows of the tall stately trees that line the street. He is the only one who who knows that hell has just opened it’s doors.” ~ Fire Storm, Nancy Mehl

    • rbclibrary August 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm #

      Can’t wait to read that book!

  5. Narelle Atkins August 2, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

    A great opening line! I’m wanting to read on and see if he’s okay.

    I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate.

    Natalie Groves eyed the bag of Gingerbread M&M’s on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions.

    • rbclibrary August 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm #

      That’s a pretty great line too!

  6. lelandandbecky August 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Brett, Billionaire Bodyguard” by Autumn Macarthur & Alexa Verde:

    “Brett Jarvis grimaced, yawned, and snatched up his ringing cell phone. Two a.m. phone calls rarely meant good news, especially in his business.”

    • rbclibrary August 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

      Have a great weekend!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) August 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

    I’m looking forward to that one! Today I’m sharing the first lines from Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson: “‘Who’s there?’ My mother’s haunted whisper drew me to her bedside.” Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!

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