First Line Friday — Playing with Fire

6 Mar

Happy Friday everyone! I scheduled this post over a week ago because of my surgery for breast cancer. It proved to be a great distraction as I scoured my shelves for those long forgotten books. Besides giving me fodder for First Line Friday posts, it also reminded me of some great books to read while I am recuperating. Today I am sharing the first sentence from Playing with Fire by Susan May Warren. This kissing book is the perfect way to spend the time healing. Suspense, romance, adventure — what’s not to love!

I hope you are having a better weekend than me 😉 , but I also hope you are finding time to get some great reading in.


What’s your first line?


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She can’t forget the man she walked away from . . .

Liza Beaumont knew she was playing with fire when she let smoke jumper Conner Young into her life. Just friends, she promised herself, but she couldn’t help but fall for the tall, blond firefighter who needed her. But loving him got her burned, and she’s not about to risk her heart again.

His one chance to get her back . . .

Conner Young knows he blew his one chance with Liza. His personal losses—and his profession—made him wary of offering any promises he couldn’t be sure he’d live to keep. So he let her walk away, but he never forgot the place she’d held in his heart.

A race to find a missing girl . . .

Until Liza is attacked in the mountains by a rogue grizzly. Her panicked phone call alerts Conner to everything he lost—and still wants. Now, with a teenage girl missing in the woods, and a predator on the loose, Conner and Liza must fight against time and the elements to save her. But when the old friendship ignites into fresh sparks, are they setting themselves up to get burned again? And when disaster happens, will their nightmares pull them apart, or will they find the courage to survive?

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at


8 Responses to “First Line Friday — Playing with Fire”

  1. joynealkidney March 6, 2020 at 7:27 am #

    “It was after midnight when Leora and Clabe were awakened to the barking of their dog Spats.”

    The first line in my very first book, “Leora’s Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II.” Five brothers enlisted. Only two came home. They are featured on the new Dallas County Freedom Rock here in Iowa.

    I’m 75 and am working on two more books, both about Leora, who was my grandmother. I can relate to trying to “keep on” after surgery. I had a Reverse Shoulder Replacement last month, in the middle of physical therapy, but am so thankful to be out of the sling which means I can type again! (I had a month’s worth of blog posts scheduled, but am “at it” again.)

  2. Paula Shreckhise March 6, 2020 at 3:11 pm #

    My first line comes from The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear
    June1,1797 Knox County, Tennessee
    It was unbecoming to be jealous of a dear friend’s marriage.

  3. kathyscottage March 6, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

    I hope you are well and recovering.

    • rbclibrary March 6, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

      I’m doing pretty good! Thanks!

  4. lelandandbecky March 6, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Take a Chance on Me” by Becky Wade:

    “The hospital’s electronic doors whooshed open as Penelope Quinn rushed toward the emergency room.”

  5. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) March 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

    Happy Friday! I love Susan May Warren’s books, but I haven’t read that one. Today, I’m sharing the first line from An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz: “Why could she not quit pondering that flounced petticoat?”

  6. bellesmoma16 March 6, 2020 at 10:56 pm #

    Happy Friday! 🙂
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Promised by Leah Garriott: It’s such a good book. I’m currently reading When He Found Me by Victoria Bylin so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Getting the apartment ready in twenty four hours took all the energy MJ could muster.”
    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! ❤📖

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder March 7, 2020 at 3:29 am #

    I’m sharing from A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews on my blog today. This is the second line:

    “The water lapped over her head, leaves and debris floating along the surface in the midmorning sun.”

    Happy Friday and have a restful, recuperative weekend!

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