First Line Friday — Fatal Strike

30 Aug

Happy Friday! Can you believe that September is right around the corner? We are kicking off the fall season with a college football game. That means a road trip and plenty of book time in the car. What are you doing for Labor Day weekend? One last vacation, a reading marathon, football and more football? I’d love to hear about your plans.

Today I am featuring a book that releases in September — Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills. I love a good suspense, and Mills always delivers. Can’t wait to dig into this book.


Leave a comment with the first sentence of the closest book to hand and how you plan to spend the holiday weekend, then head over to Hoarding Books for more first line fun!



There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.

As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. 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 Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is Director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

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10 Responses to “First Line Friday — Fatal Strike”

  1. Rachel August 30, 2019 at 9:07 am #

    Happy Friday!

    I shared the first few lines of my current read Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron on my blog. But, here, I’ll share the first lines of a book I recently finished – City of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty.

    “He was an easy mark.

    Nahri smiled behind her veil, watching the two men bicker as they approached her tall. The younger one glanced anxiously down the alley while the older man – her client – sweated in the cool dawn air. Save for the men, the alley was empty; fajr had already been called and anyone devout enough for public prayer – not that there were many in her neighborhood – was already ensconced in the small mosque at the end of the street.”

    Hope you enjoyed that. Have a great weekend!

  2. Paula Shreckhise August 30, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    Anxious to read DiAnn’s new book!
    I chose chapter two of One Final Breath by Lynn Blackburn:
    Anissa brought up the rear of their somber crew as they each nodded at Bill, the security guard in the Carrington Memorial Hospital emergency department.
    I loved all three books in this series.

    • rbclibrary August 30, 2019 at 11:34 am #

      And I’m anxious to start Lynn Blackburn’s book!

  3. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) August 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson: “Anne Norris knew two things for certain. Some things could be forgiven. And some things most certainly could not.”

    • rbclibrary August 30, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

      Love those lines! On my TBR list.

  4. bellesmoma16 August 30, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Art of Rivers by Janet Ferguson: Currently I’m finishing up Finding Miss Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano. I’ll share a line from that book here. 🙂

    “As we hurried through the hallway, his grip on my arm tightened until I half expected to hear my bones snap.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📚

    • rbclibrary August 30, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

      Hope you have a great weekend too!

  5. Ellie August 31, 2019 at 7:56 am #

    My husband went to a football game today which leaves me with a whole day of “me time” (minus a little cleaning). I’m planning to scrapbook, cross-stitch, read, and watch the game he’s at. 🙂

    I’m sharing the first line from Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus this week on my blog, but I’m currently reading The Amish Christmas Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman and the first line is “Annie Kauffmann thought she’d just experienced the perfect day – business had gone well, the fall weather was exquisite and each member of her family was happy and healthy.”

  6. thebeccafiles August 31, 2019 at 9:06 am #

    Sorry I didn’t get around yesterday! The book I shared on my blog this week was In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse but I am now currently reading Out of the Ashes which is the next book in the series. I just recently started but I’ll share the first line from chapter 2 here: “Gazing down at the coffin that housed his father’s physical body, Jean-Michel counted the scoops of dark soil as they hit the lid and began to cover its surface.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂

  7. lelandandbecky September 1, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    Happy Labor Day Weekend! My first line is from A Love So Real (New Hope Falls Book 1) by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Elijah McNamara gave the lightbulb one final gentle turn then glanced down at the man holding the ladder for him.”

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