#FirstLineFriday #Giveaway – #FreeDownloads

It’s time for our 3rd #FirstLineFriday Trivia Quiz, and I’m going to try to do this as simply and neatly as possible. You may refer to the Rules in the Black header bar at the top of the page if you have questions on how this works. The most important thing is please do NOT post your answer on this blog where others can see. Email me instead. marciameara16@gmail.comย 

The first five emails I receive giving me the correrct title and author of the book quoted below will win! Easy as pie!ย  ย Winners will receive a free download of one of my books for themselves or someone of their choice. (If they prefer, I’ll add them to a list to receive a free download of the next book I publish, instead.)

I know last week’s first line turned out to be even harder than I expected, so I’m going easier on you guys today. MUCH easier. ๐Ÿ™‚ No more clues, though. Those resulted in too much cross-posting. If you don’t know this week’s answer, just try again next week. I plan to be doing this for a long time, and you’re sure to win now and then. ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

Remember, honor system applies. No Googling, please. THANKS!

Now, are you ready for what will surely be much more familiar to many of you? Well, here you go then, and good luck!

โ€œWhen he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.โ€




#FirstLineFriday Trivia Quiz is Now Closed to Submissions, and the #Winners Are …

Okay, folks. It’s all over but the accolades! This one turned out to be even harder than I expected, but we had two winners: Mae Clair and Robbie Cheadle. Congratulations to them on winning a download of one of my books for themselves or someone else of their choice, or a credit for a free download of my next book.ย 

For future contests, I need to remind you folks NOT TO RESPOND IN THE COMMENTS OF ANY POST ON THE BLOG. Please email me only! (If you respond publicly, others see the answer and the contest is spoiled.) Thanks so much for adhering to that rule.

I promise to go easy on you next Friday with an opening line that won’t be quite as much of a challenge, but for this week, here’s your answer.

โ€œThe cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.โ€

Answer: This is the first line of Stephen Crane’s classic American Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Lest you think I was giving those in the U.S. an edge, it was also made into an internationally acclaimed film in 1951, starring Audie Murphy, and remade as a successful TV movie in 1974, starring Richard Thomas of The Waltons.ย 

Because it was an older book than even Fahrenheit 451, I knew it would be a bit more difficult, but I didn’t expect it to be quite as hard as it was. It is, after all, still being sold in bookstores and on Amazon, and I believe there are audio books out as well. It’s also still being studied in some college courses.ย  See? Classic. ๐Ÿ™‚

I DO promise to make next week’s quiz a bit easier on your gray cells, honest. And thanks for playing today. Hopefully #FirstLineFriday 3 just might be the one that makes you smile.


Amid the nightmarish chaos of a Civil War battle, a young soldier discovers courage, humility, and, perhaps, wisdom. Uncanny re-creation of actual combat. Enduring landmark of American fiction.


#FirstLineFriday Clue #1

Decided to take pity on your guys and give you a little clue. The answer to today’s quiz is considered a classic look at war. Many of us read this in high school, I’m sure. Think harder. Dig back! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll give you another clue at 11:00, if I haven’t received some answers by then.ย 

I knew it would be trickier than last week’s but I did think a few would have ventured a guess by now.ย  Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

A Word or Two on Headers

Getting ready to head off for a presentation at Enterprise Museum on “Those Squirrely Guys,” but I wanted to take a minute first to thank you all for the terrific emails I got yesterday on our new Friday feature. I think this is going to turn into something fun, even for those not interesting in winning free books. ๐Ÿ˜€ You guys rock!

And I also wanted to mention the latest header at the top of the page. I’m sure you’ve all noticed that I change them pretty frequently, because, why not? I have the power! And the same old picture bores me after awhile, so I switch, just for “pretty.” The header above has special significance for me, though, because my daughter took it.

Erin & family have lived in Charleston for the last few years, but decided to relocate to Denver. They rented their house, packed up all their belongings, and hit the road, determined to make the drive west one they’d never forget. They’ve been on the road for 3 weeks, camping at some gorgeous places, and visiting many of America’s most beautiful locations. My favorites so far have been Niagara Falls (which I visited many years ago) and Mt. Rushmore, which I’d dearly love to see. But it was the pictures of the Badlands, themselves, that amazed me the most. I never expected them to be so beautiful.

Now I won’t say they look like a place I’d want to live–which might be why you see no housing developments in the immediate vicinity ๐Ÿ˜€ –but they are utterly gorgeous. So for the next few days, you’ll have those stunning rock formations with the colorful striations to enjoy. After that, who knows what I’ll put up. I have a plethora of images to choose from, stretching all the way across the country.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

#FirstLineFriday Submissions are Now Closed & We Have Winners!!

Wow, it has been interesting seeing how my new idea worked for today’s trial run, and I’ve already made a list of ways it can be better by next Friday. A tweak here or there will make it smoother on both your end and on mine. I will be posting mid-week to let everyone know how it’s going to work going forward, so you can all mark your calendars. That way, you’ll not miss out on getting your answers to me. More on this later. But not to worry. I really want to make this a fun thing each week, and I WILL figure out the best way to do that, so no one misses out.

Thanks for the great response so far. Our winners are: Harmony Kent, Staci Troilo, Jeanne Owens, Deborah Jay, and Bill Engelson. Jeanne, Debby, and Bill, email me with your book of choice, and let me know if you want it sent to you, or to someone else.ย 

THANKS so much for playing. Have a nice night, everyone!

Huh? What’s that? Some of you would like to know the answer???ย  ๐Ÿ˜€ Okay. I suppose I can give you that. ๐Ÿ˜€

*ahem* “It was a pleasure to burn” is the opening line of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. One of my favorite authors, btw, and a most excellent book. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Next week’s challenge might be harder. It might be easier. Depends on which one I pick. The post will go live at 8:00am, and submissions will close at noon, which I think makes it 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the U.K.ย  Mark your calendars. And keep an eye out for a mid-week post with more details. Got some ideas for ways to make it all even more fun.

Stay tuned for more, and whatever you do, don’t touch that dial! ๐Ÿ˜€

#FirstLineFriday is Still Open for Submissions


Either my selection today was harder than I thought, or you guys figure you’ve already missed out. If it’s that second one, let me reassure you, you still have chances to win a free download for yourself or a friend. If you know the answer, email me at marciameara16@gmail.com. The lines are open! (I always wanted to say that. ๐Ÿ˜€ )

#FirstLineFriday – New #GiveawayContest – #BookTrivia

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I would be starting a little giveaway contest today, and here I am, doing just that. If you’re like me, you probably have a head stuffed full of trivia, much of which comes from books you’ve read.

With that in mind, on Friday mornings, I will be posting the opening line from a famous book. It might be classical literature, pulp fiction, or anything in between. But it will be something most of us have heard of and possibly even read. Your assignment, should you choose to play along, is to email me at marciameara16@gmail.com with the title and author of the book in question. The first 5 people to do so will win a download of one of my books, their choice.ย 

For those winners who have already read all of my books, you may either 1) get a credit for a free download of my next release, or 2) give me the email of a friend or family member you’d like me to send the free download to.ย 

That’s it. Easy-peasy.ย  When I run out of ideas for first lines, I’ll switch to other book-related trivia. My only criteria will be keeping it relatively simple, quick, and fun.

Of course, I’m trusting you guys to play fair. No Googling, please. No, I have no way of knowing if you look up an answer or not, but I think at least most of you are good sorts who wouldn’t dream of peeking. And the rest? Well I’ll just have to hope you aren’t eager to bring that kind of BAD KARMA down on your little punkin’ heads. ๐Ÿ˜€ Seriously, it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

Also, keep in mind, some of these will be much more obvious than others, as I plan to mix it up a bit. (Not everyone has been reading for over 65 years, as I have.)

Again, just email me with the correct title and author of the book from which the quoted opening line is taken.ย  If you are among the first five correct answers I receive, you win. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Hopefully, this will be a fun little test of your book trivia knowledge, prize or no prize. Ready to play?ย Here’s your first opening line:

It was a pleasure to burn.

Have at it, and good luck!