First-Line Fridays- A Musket In My Hands

A Musket In My Hands

By Sandra Merville Hart

For the next couple of weeks on First-line Friday’s, I am sharing the first line to each of the books I got at the Faith and Fellowship Book Festival in Ohio.

Clopping in the yard drew Callie Jennings’ hand to her throat. She rushed to the window and lifted the curtain. A moment of relief washed over her.

Who does she think was in the yard? Why is Callie relieved?  Who is in the yard?

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Now grab the book nearest to you or the one you’re reading and comment with the first line. Then head to HoardingBooks for more participants in First Line Friday’s.

About the Book:

Can I count on you in times of great need?

Callie Jennings reels from her pa’s demand that she marry his friend, a man older than him. Her heart belongs to her soldier hero, Zach. Pa won’t change his mind, and Callie has nowhere else to go. Then her sister, Louisa, proposes a shocking alternative.

Zach Pearson still hears his pa’s scornful word — quitter. He’s determined to make something of himself as a soldier. He’ll serve the Confederacy until they win the war. If they win the war.

Callie and Louisa disguise themselves as soldiers and muster into the Confederate army in the fall of 1864. Times are tough and getting tougher for their Confederacy. For Callie, shooting anyone, especially former countrymen, is out of the question — until truth and love and honor come together on the battlefield.

About the Author:

Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Sandra Merville Hart’s debut book, A Stranger On My Land, IRCA Finalist 2015 and Christian Small Publishing Book of the Year 2016 Finalist, is the first book in a Civil War Romance series published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Her second Civil War novel, A Rebel in My House, is an Inspirational romance of love and sacrifice set during the turbulent days of the Battle of Gettysburg that won the 2018 Illumination Silver Award. This novel was also second place in the 2018 Faith, Hope, and Love Readers Choice Award.

Sandra is also very excited to announce that her novella, Surprised by Love, is part of an anthology that released in September of 2018—”From the Lake to the River.” Her historical romance novella is set during the Troy 1913 Great Miami River Flood. This collection of novellas and short stories located in Ohio and written by Ohio writers is published by Mt. Zion Ridge Press.

Watch for her story, Trail’s End, in “Smitten Novella Collection: The Cowboys” releasing in August of 2019.

Sandra Merville Hart loves to uncover little-known yet fascinating facts about our American history to include in her stories and drags her husband along on her adventures. Thankfully, he also enjoys these fact-finding missions.

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3 thoughts on “First-Line Fridays- A Musket In My Hands

  1. Anneliese Dalaba says:

    On my blog, I am featuring Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano. Since it’s also my current read, I will share the first line from the 28th chapter: “I watched the moon from my window that night, knees tucked to my chest as I curled into the wingback chair.” I wish you a joy-filled Merry Christmas!


  2. Paula Shreckhise says:

    Merry Christmas!

    My first line is from Mind Games by Nancy Mehl: ( a fabulous book)

    He stood in the middle of his secret room, staring at walls covered with old newspaper clippings.


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