COTT: Entrusted by Julie Arduini

From Julie:
Well, this is a first! This week’s Clash of the Titles Blog Alliance features me and my Adirondack romance, Entrusted. Isn’t that fun? I hope you enjoy the post!

Before we bring you our featured novel, Clash of the Titles wishes to congratulate Kelly Goshorn manuscript “A Love Restored” for taking home the crown during our Olympia Awards.
Congrats, Kelly!
The Olympia is COTT’s annual contest for pre-published authors.
To learn more about the Olympia and Kelly Goshorn, please visit us at
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If you enjoy a sweet romance in a quaint village, you’ll love Julie Arduini’s debut novel. She fills the town with delightful and insightful characters. The story has a good balance of humor, wisdom and love. Buy this book, wrap up in a warm blanket with a cup of team, and snuggle in for a great read.

                                                                    –Amazon customer

About the book:
Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl from Youngstown, Ohio, plows–literally–into Adirondack village, Speculator Falls, with a busted GPS. She gets a warning from the sheriff but has ideas for the senior center to prove she belongs in town as their director. Town councilman Ben Regan is as broken as the flower box Jenna demolished. He’s grieving and wants to shut down the center before there’s too much change and heartbreak. They work on community projects and build a slow relationship, but the council needs to vote on the senior center’s future. Can Jenna show Ben both her and the center are worth trusting?

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What COTT voters had to say:

–Julie Arduini I love this book & am beyond thrilled to hold your passion in my hands. I am happy to be able to vote for you, but as you know, you’ve already won!!

–Julie Arduini can’t wait to read this book.

–Julie Arduini so excited to see what God does with your book!!

–Love the cover and the novel Entrusted by Julie Arduini.

–Congratulations on your novel Julie Arduini!!!

–Julie Arduini, the setting of your book and the language brings me back home.

–May God keep blessing your writing ministry for Him, Julie Arduini

–Julie Arduini, this sounds like my kind of story. I like the term, “the fir flies.”

–Julie Arduini has a heart of passion and the gift of penmanship!!! What a Blessing!!

–Love the cover Julie Arduini!!

–Julie Arduini is one of my favorite people– including one of my favorite authors. Love her book “Entrusted”!

–Just so exciting to watch God work in your life Julie Arduini . Surrendering your writing to Him and Wow look what he does …and he’s not done ! ??

–Julie, I loved the book. Thank you!! Blessings, Jenn

, the characters, the setting, and Julie’s good writing!

The author shares how Entrusted came about:

My writing includes surrender issues and in Entrusted, Ben and Jenna both struggle. Jenna wants to

belong and Ben’s afraid of loss. They have to surrender those things to their Heavenly Father and trust that He’s taking care of them. Book 2 and 3 also give a clue to the surrender journey with Entangled and Engaged.

The book came about after my first visit to the real village of Speculator in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY. As I walked the street and drank in the mountain air, the characters came alive. I’m excited to return to Speculator June 12 as I share my writing experience at the Lake Pleasant library. Then, starting June 25th I’m participating in an Entrusted book club in Youngstown where I plan to share exclusive footage of me visiting the places I used in Entrusted.

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Sabbath Sunday: When I See a Cave

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John 20:8, NIV

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John 20:8, NIV

Every time I see a cave, I think of the empty tomb.

I think about Jesus.

What were His first thoughts as He looked and saw the linens?

The angels as they received that assignment and positioned themselves?

The guards, when the cave started to shake?

Mary, when she realized the tomb was empty?

The questions consume me as much as the curiosity of a cave.

What about you? If you’re not familiar with the story, read a chapter a day from John in the Bible.

And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

This is the Kunjamuk Cave in Speculator, NY, the area I based my contemporary romance, Entrusted, on. Photo credit by CT

Saturday Confession: Walking with Whoppers

91LVPrvc+FLApril is Infertility Awareness Month and the release date for A Walk in the Valley: Christian Encouragement for Your Journey through Infertility. I am one of the authors and I thought today I’d give a snippet of my life as an infertility patient. The book takes each author’s story from diagnosis to where things are today. None of our stories are the same, especially the endings. I believe any woman who has experienced infertility and/or miscarriage at any time, even years ago, would be encouraged by this book. It’s real, but infused with hope from God’s Word.

I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries in 1995 but looking back, I had symptoms not long after puberty started. I had pelvic pain. Acne. Depression. As I grew into my twenties, each symptom became much worse.

I was engaged when the diagnosis came and the book goes into detail what life was like. But a typical wedding planning and newlywed experience wasn’t mine. Imagine monthly shots in the backside administered by someone scared to death to give them. The wide mood swings that took me very dark places. Pelvic pain so bad I had trouble walking.

My answer to prayer came in a surgery that is rarely performed anymore. I had a wedge resection where half of each ovary was taken out. At the time I thought that would end my chances to conceive. My surgeon explained it would enhance them. I was so desperate for relief from pain I surrendered it all. I just wanted to live.

After the surgery my doctor let me know why I was in so much pain. My ovaries were each 5x the size of normal. His words? “You were walking around with whoppers.”

I was pain free for years.

To pre order A Walk in the Valley, click here.

Youngstown-Warren Sister Rally

I will be sharing my writing journey, my faith story, and why being Equipped keeps me free in Christ and able to love chocolate this Saturday at the Youngstown-Warren Sister Rally.

This sectional event from Assemblies of God will feature worship from Deb Dorman, light refreshments and time to connect with other women from the area. Summit Church in McDonald is hosting the event.

I’d love to see you there!

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Book Review: Winning the Teacher’s Heart by Jean C. Gordon

Julie’s note:

This is one of six books sent to me from the Love Inspired Line as part of their Mother’s Day promotion. The books are on sale from April 21-May 28.

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Book Description:
Single mom Becca Norton is surprised to discover her high school crush Jared Donnelly is back in town. The motocross champion hasn’t been home in years, but the former bad boy is as gorgeous as she remembers. And his kindness toward her kids melts her heart. But when she learns his true purpose in town is to build a motocross school on land near her home, she has to put on the brakes. Her children’s welfare is her priority, and her former in-laws have made it clear they don’t approve of Jared or his plans. Soon Becca may have to choose between her heart and her home.

As an author who writes Adirondack backdrops, I was excited to see this was one as well. I enjoy a dedicated mom premise who has conflict with someone who was always known as the bad boy. It makes for a great romance.

Although I loved the premise and characters, I had trouble with the Adirondack part. I’ve been there many times and I didn’t get the authentic feel from it. I wanted to be transported there. Even the cover isn’t exactly what I was hoping for. Adirondack chairs aren’t enough. Upstate New Yorkers don’t drink soda, it would be pop. Even my friends in Albany drink pop. Little things like this can distract the reader. I understand I’m expecting more as an author who writes about the same area.

But it is a good romance and I do recommend it.

BONUS: Love Inspired is giving $1 off. Click here to Save $1.00

To purchase, Winning the Teacher’s Heart or any of the other Mother’s Day Love Inspired titles, click here.

I received Winning the Teacher’s Heart from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble

91YsXZgmCSL._SL1500_Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.

In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.

But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.

Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

REVIEW:

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is full of mystery and suspense. Claire goes missing as a child and when she’s returned, she doesn’t remember anything. Now an adult, she’s having flashbacks no one in her family wants to talk about.

Luke does want to talk, his mother went missing around the same time but Claire doesn’t have answers. I loved the desperation between the two of them.

I thought this was a great read that clearly shows the fallout from sinful choices. I wish Kate had been developed with a little more dimension but overall that didn’t take away from the mystery that kept me turning the pages.

I enjoyed The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and I think you will, too.

To purchase The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, click here.

I received The Inn at Ocean’s Edge from the publisher is exchange for an honest review.

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