First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons

I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.



Words Jack never thought he’d say during the course of his career, and yet they weren’t the strangest he’d uttered, not by a long shot. He braced for the sound of shattering poodle, but instead silently cheered when Ace took a last minute leap over the life-size pink-and-blue ceramic canine positioned outside the eclectic shop’s door

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“Um, I sent an internal email to everyone on the team more than a month ago.”


Sil removed his company phone and tapped away at it. His deep frown didn’t bode well. “What the hell?”

“What’s wrong?” The question was irrelevant. Jack knew exactly what was wrong.

“It’s gone. I just used it, but now it’s gone.”


Picking up his oce phone, Jack hit the speed-dial button for Emmett, who was downstairs working on a new client’s network upgrade.

“Hi, boss.” “Hey, can you forward me the email on the White Ouroboros app? Sil sent it over a month ago.”

“Sure. One sec.”

A heartbeat later Emmett hummed.

“What is it?” Jack asked, though he had a feeling he knew what Emmett was going to say.

“That’s weird. It’s not there.”

“Could you have deleted it by accident?”

“No way. You know me. I keep all those emails and file them away for later reference. That’s just weird, Jack. Is something going on?”

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Ex-Special Forces Communications Sergeant Jacopo “Jack” Constantino knows a thing or two about communications technology. As head of Cyber Security at Four Kings Security, Jack spends his days working with high-tech systems. Life for Jack is pretty uneventful—despite working with his brothers-in-arms—and he finds himself longing for a little excitement.

Be careful what you wish for.

Two years ago, Fitz Harlow captured Jack’s heart and walked away with it. Now he’s back.

Fitz spent the last two years picking up the pieces of his life after a disastrous end to a ten-year relationship. After much therapy, and ice cream, Fitz leaves the fashion world behind and returns home to St. Augustine to open his own high-end salon, Hair Comes Trouble. Two years later, Fitz finally has the quiet, peaceful life he’s wanted for so long. There’s only one thing missing, or rather, one man missing, but Fitz has his doubts. With Jack, he’s not just gaining a boyfriend, he’s gaining a boyfriend, his family of mischief-magnet ex-Green Berets, and one highly opinionated Belgian Malinois.

Fitz and Jack discover their connection has only grown stronger over time, thanks in part to meddling friends, but just as they start to pick up where they left off, someone takes objection to their reunion. Danger hides in the shadows, a stalker determined to keep Fitz out of Jack’s life, no matter the cost. With the odds stacked against them, can Jack and Fitz win a battle against an unknown enemy, or will Jack lose Fitz forever?

The Kings: Wild Cards series is a spin-off of the Four Kings Security series.

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What first lines grabbed your attention this week?

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