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COTT: As a Shield by Danny and Wanda Pelfrey

Posted by Julie on April 22, 2017 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

 

Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are
longtime writers of non-fiction books in the educational and inspiration
markets. They have for most of their lives been avid readers of
mystery/suspense. AS A SHIELD and a previous mystery title are the
result of a desire to entertain themselves and others as well as drive
home important spiritual messages. Their passion is now “mysteries with
a message.”

 

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AS A SHIELD is one of four planned Davis Morgan mysteries set in a small
North Georgia town. Davis, a pastor for almost twenty-five years,
returns to his hometown after the death of his wife, to operate a rare
and used bookstore. He is promptly appointed chaplain of the small
police department and recruited by city officials to write a history of
his home town. Mystery and romance seem always to be lurking around the
corner for the popular bookseller.The reoccurring characters such as
Charley Nelson, young police officer; Amy Morgan, Davis’s young daughter
who is an English teacher; her roommate Deidre, who Davis is more and
more drawn to as time passes; Miss Helen, the local historian and a host
of others add to the fun and excitement.

A visit to little Adairsville, Georgia will surely be a memorable
event for anyone who chooses to drop-in. In AS A SHIELD, Davis, through
his encounters with two strange villains, comes to experience for
himself the truth of Psalm 5:12, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the
righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”


About the Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are a husband/wife
team who in the past were active writers of non-fiction material,
having, between them, cranked out several books. They are both graduates
of Point University and Danny has a Masters from Kentucky Christian
University. Danny has spent most of his adult life as a pastor and Wanda
as a teacher.Their interest at present lies in the creation of mysteries
with a message.

Danny and Wanda are the proud parents of two daughters and five
grandchildren. They reside in a little Cape Cod style cottage in the
small town in North Georgia that is the setting for their mysteries.

About the Book: Davis Morgan, having left the ministry after the
death of his wife, returns to Adairsville, Georgia, his hometown. There
he operates a used and rare bookstore while being appointed chaplain of
the police department. He and Charley, a young policeman, after
discovering the body of a tattooed man find themselves in a serious
battle to bring justice to two strange villains who are threating the
safety of Davis’s daughter. While all this is going on, Davis is
struggling with interpreting his relationship with a young history
teacher who happens to be his daughter’s roommate.

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COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash

Posted by Julie on April 3, 2017 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
Congratulations to Jennifer Vander Klip
and the novel
Protective Custody
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COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash

 

COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash

About the book:
A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the
town’s rich and powerful.

Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at
the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith and life into a tailspin.
As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town’s power
brokers, doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her
life.

Detective Kyle Taylor is in the midst of solving the town’s worst crime
spree, a case that cold make or break his career, when the woman he
thinks he might have a future with witnesses a gang initiation gone
wrong before they can finish their first date. He has spent his entire
adult life protecting his hometown. Now he’s protecting a woman he’ll
risk everything to save.

With more than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from
trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they
think.

Christian Romantic Suspense

What Reviewers Are
Saying:

I just kept turning pages to see what would happen next! Can’t wait
for the next one!
—R. Cole

This is my second novel from Vander Klipp and I continue to be
impressed with her writing.
–Kelly T.

Add this book to your must-read list!—Regina F.

What COTT Voters Had to
Say:

~Great Book, Jennifer! Kept me on the edge of my seat!!
~Jennifer Vanderklipp, keep on writing. Some days it may seem as if no
one appreciates
your books, but believe me, we, your readers, are out here just waiting
for your next
release. A. Zuniga
~You have an awesome cover.The book sounds great.
~In love with Jennifer’s writings!!!
~Enjoying so many new titles from amazing authors that pour their hearts
in to their work. However I have to say that Protective Custody is a
nail biter beginning to end. I could not put it down. Kudos to Jennifer
Vander Klipp. Looking forward to more great reads from her.
~I like suspense like Jennifer VanderKlipp writes!

About the Author:
I make beauty from neglect, order from chaos. I like fixing messes!

And I get to do that a lot since I’m a mom to two and stepmom to four,
navigating the tweens and

teens while battling my daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the
delights of my son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California
native transplanted to the Midwest, my favorite thing is discovering
with my husband how much there is to love about seasons, snow, and the
delight that is Michigan.

Upcoming Release:
Promise Me is a prequel novella to Protective Custody, and it is
releasing in May. With the same great setting as Protective Custody,
(Orange County, California) this story focuses on Cait Bellamy and
Grayson Kendall, who make brief appearances in Protective Custody. But
we also get introduced to the stars of Protective Custody, Detective
Kyle Taylor and Heather McAlistair.

Marketing director for Samashima Family Farms Cait Bellamy, on a break
from the endless restoration of her farmhouse, witnesses
potentially-devastating vandalism at the farm. Car restoration hobbiest
and real estate attorney Grayson Kendall finds himself intrigued by the
happenings at the farm which seem to be related to his latest real
estate development. He does some digging, unknowingly putting Cait and
her beloved farmhouse in danger. Can they both learn trust each other
and create something new out of the wreckage their pasts while trying to
discover who wants to put the farm out of business?

To find out more about her books, her latest releases, and get free
chapters sign up for her newsletter at www.JenniferVanderKlipp.com
<http://www.JenniferVanderKlipp.com>

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COTT: Vote for Spring Clash!

Posted by Julie on March 29, 2017 in COTT, encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

 

Clash of the Titles presents four new
springtime reads!

Peruse the images, read the
blurbs,

then vote on your favorite in the
survey.

I know which one
is my favorite.

Enjoy, dear readers!

 

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He’s a nature photographer returning to
make amends, and she’s a camera-shy naturalist seeking privacy. Their
love for a boy brings them together, but the camera could drive them
apart.

~ ~ ~

Lifestyle magazine editor Heather
McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a crime
that shakes the roots of the town’s power brokers and sends her life
into a tailspin. Previously burned by love, Detective Kyle Taylor has
spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown, but now he’s
protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

~ ~ ~

She’s ready to fly free of a life-long
cocoon; he’s looking for anything but Raine. Can Paradise Pines find a
miracle for two unwilling hearts?

 

~ ~ ~

 

When a homeless man rescues Glorilyn
Neilson from violent assault, he’s not the man he seems. What powerful
secret keeps him on the streets?

VOTE
BELOW!

 

If you have trouble viewing the entire survey Click Here to load a dedicated page to the
survey.

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COTT: Interview with Judith Rolfs

Posted by Julie on March 8, 2017 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

http://www.judithrolfs.com/
This week we have a special treat! Author Judith Rolfs has been
published in every genre. As an author and professional marriage and
family counselor, Judith focuses on motivating people to live their best
lives – emotionally, physically and spiritually. In her thirties, she
researched the complexity of the natural world and moved from
agnosticism to faith in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today, she
talks about her latest novel, Never Tomorrow.

Tell our readers about your new mystery novel Never Tomorrow.

Thanks for asking. It’s like having a new baby – I welcome a chance to
talk about Never Tomorrow after literally years in the writing. This is
a powerful murder mystery, plus more – a psychological thriller that
probes the marriage relationship, infidelity and forgiveness. I use my
insights and experiences as a psychotherapist for three decades to
instill deep emotions in my characters– the grieving, the loves, and the
deep joys, that we all experience in real life. These are integrated
with a compelling murder mystery.


This is your seventeenth book but only your third mystery novel. Tell
us about your switch to fiction from non-fiction.

My previous books were how-to books about marriage and parenting and
family issues, also a devotional and a teen book. Mysteries are a huge
change. They are much more difficult to write, but seem to have a
greater impact on readers.


Which leads to my next question. I understand your slogan is
Mysteries With A Message. Explain please.

My mysteries center on real life family issues while keeping the
suspense steaming. Directive 99, my first self- suspense novel is about
conflict between a woman’s career vs. family priorities. She makes major
life changes when her husband is kidnapped. My next mystery novel
Bullet in the Night with Prism Books is about genuine
rehabilitation leading to life change and the value of nurturing
friendships. I want readers to have a takeaway to ponder that can help
them face situations in their own lives with more wisdom and
confidence.

Tell us about where you like to write and a bit about your
process.

My favorite writing places are my cottage in the woods in
Fontana-on-Geneva Lake and a winter beach condo we rent in Venice, FL. I
need solitude to create the story and develop my characters, but then I
love to edit in coffee shops where I’m immersed in the energy of people.
Relationships have always been fascinating to me, which is why I became
a psychotherapist. Of course it’s helpful as an author to develop
well-rounded characters. I also love to travel. In fact, Never Tomorrow
starts out in Ballybunion, Ireland which I researched during a
three-week trip there.

How and when did your writing career begin?

My writing career began at age ten creating stories for neighborhood
children. I wrote newspaper editorials in high school, and was part of
the Superior Student program at Marquette University, which published me
in their literary journal. I love everything about writing especially
contact with readers and other authors who are so gracious! I recently
met Pat Gussin, New York Times Best Selling Author of After the Fall and
she offered to read Never Tomorrow prior to publication. She blessed me
with an amazing review: “Layer upon layer of intrigue—laced with
murder–propels this novel to the pinnacle of suspense. An ingenious
plot, dynamic and complex characters, and an insight into the troubled
avenues of human behavior rarely exposed make NEVER TOMORROW a stand-out
for readers of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense.”

In closing, where can we find your new book baby?

Never Tomorrow is available through Prism Book Group, on Amazon
and Barnes
& Noble
and through local libraries. If it’s not at the local
library I hope readers will request it. Thank you for featuring me on
your blog. It’s been a pleasure.

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Visit Judith at http://judithrolfs.com/Dr._Judith_Rolfs/Home.html

 

A compelling mystery with a powerful theme of forgiveness and
healing…

Journalist
Whitney Barnes investigates the mysterious death of her mother and
three women from Cortland City seeking the thread that links them to an
enigmatic killer. Why are women being murdered with no apparent motives
for their death? Police are mystified at the lack of clues and a growing
sense of fear surrounds the community. Who will be the next victim?

Determined
to find the killer, Whitney discovers these women were dealing with
wounds from their troubling pasts, but what was their connection? She
teams up with Dr. Sarah Stevens, an expert on women’s issues, to ferret
out information while TV talk show host Rich and real estate broker
Jordan vie for Whitney’s affection.

Whitney discovers new
strength within her, but is it powerful enough to cope with this dark
force of evil? Suspense escalates as Whitney becomes the killer’s next
target.

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COTT: Child of Dust by Shoba Sadler

Posted by Julie on January 16, 2017 in COTT, encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

 

http://clashofthetitles.com

Today we’ll sit down to chat with Shoba Sadler, author of
the contemporary title Child of Dust. Shoba will take us behind the
scenes of her unique new novel and give us a glimpse into her
writing.

Shoba, why did you choose to write this type of novel?
Social status and cultural barriers makes for great conflict. Child
of Dust is like a modern-day classic of Romeo and Juliet only instead of
opposing families, these lovers, Kim and Bryan have cultural and social
barriers to contend with.

Kim, the rich and spoilt socialite who loses her money is taken under
the wing of her reluctant chauffeur, Bryan, who has his own struggles to
deal with. They find love under the most unexpected circumstances.

Can you tell us why you started with an Asian setting for your first
two novels?

I was founder of Agape Christian magazine in Malaysia. I also freelanced
for the leading English, secular newspaper in Malaysia, The Star. My
feature stories forThe Star were several page write-ups with gorgeous
photos. Many of my stories were selected by the features editor to be
cover stories as well.

As I interviewed people all over the world for Agape, I saw God moving
powerfully in Asia and yet there were so few stories coming from there
especially in the Christian romance genre.

In Asia, Christianity is seen very much as a Western culture. Yet so
many Asians have had powerful encounters with Jesus Christ. Then there
is the struggle to validate their faith in the midst of culture,
tradition, loss of identity, social stigma and so on.

There alone you have so much material for backdrop, tension, drama,
conflict and final resolution.

An example of what I mean can be seen in my short story Finding
Enlightenmentthat was awarded second place at faithwriters.com. It can be read
here:http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level3-previous.php?id=54362

Talk a little about your unique setting.
When I read novels I am drawn to the backdrop and setting. A great
description of the setting subtly woven into the story is what makes the
difference between being a narrator who takes a person on a journey
through his “telling” and a facilitator who steps out of the way
altogether to allow the reader to explore the journey on his own. The
writer should aim to be the facilitator and not the narrator.There is nothing like a great setting to make the reader feel like they
are there with the characters. It is like the difference between
watching a 2D and 3D movie.

Unfortunately, many formulaic romance novels that are churned out in
quick production-line succession fails to capture this allure of setting
because it takes research and time. It is also not easy to write setting
discreetly in the background and that is the only way to write it.
Otherwise it will seem like reading lecture notes instead of a story.

I read one review of a multi-cultural romance set in an Asian country
where the reviewer said she felt like she was reading a tour company’s
brochure and that is the wrong emotion to invoke.

So another reason I wrote Child of Dust was to give romance readers a
chance to explore unique settings and backdrops not normally experienced
by a reader in the current trend of romance novels available out
there.

We’d love to hear a little about the historical background for your
novel. Will you talk about that?

The main character, Bryan, Kim’s chauffeur has been deeply affected by
the Vietnam war in the sense that he is the illegitimate child of an
American GI and a Vietnamese woman. This historical background sets a
different dimension to the story and adds intrigue and authenticity.

Who would you say is the audience for this novel?

Child of Dust is an appealing read for anyone. As I have also
written for the secular press, I am able to write in a manner that
appeals to all walks of life both Christian and non-Christian. I have
had non-Christians tell me they were so engrossed in the story that they
didn’t not notice the message of the gospel woven into the story. Yet
that message is undoubtedly there.

I am an inspirational writer and everyone loves a good inspirational
story just as they love watching a Hallmark movie.

What readers have to say about the novel:
“Make sure when getting ready to read Child of Dust that you don’t have
anything else planned for the day, you won’t be able to put this book
down. I could go on and on about this book. Highly and strongly
recommend it. Is it possible to give a book 10 stars?” — Debra Dunson,
reviewer at The Edgier Christian Fiction Fan

“I found the writing of this story to be close to excellent…. I found
this book to be one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long
time. It was interesting, the story kept moving along, and I learned a
lot as I read this story. I found myself intrigued with the constant
difficulties faced by the protagonists – and their stories were
presented so much more like real life stories than any other book I have
read in a long, long time.” — Marina, Community Writer, California

“This novel has a consistent rhythm, adding surprise after surprise,
twisting our emotions at each new difficulty Kim faces. I couldn’t put
this book down, waiting to see if any or all the ends would be tired up.
I would actually like to see the novel transcend into a movie. An
amazing read.” — Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews

About Child of Dust:

Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese
socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents shocking death from the
dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.


Kim steps out of a world of crystal
and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi. She
finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with
Bryan and his adoptive family.


Ever
conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional
ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her
an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life.


He still bears the scars of
abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops
pulled out of Vietnam.


Eventually Bryan and Kim’s powerful attraction to each other
begins to break down the wall between them.

About the author:
Shoba Sadler has been a journalist
for 20 years and founder of Agape magazine in Malaysia. She is a
versatile inspirational author that likes to write in multiple genres.
She has pioneered a new genre in Christian multi-cultural writing with
her novel Child of Dust and her many award-winning short stories can be
read here http://shobasadler.com/?page_id=250


Her passion for writing is matched only by
her passion for cooking with farm fresh produce. She lives a healthy
lifestyle on a farm with her husband, Kevin, a talented musician, who
also loves to surf and ski. They grow their own vegetables and fruits
and share their home with a multitude of animals and wildlife. They are
passionate about buying directly from local farmers who practice organic
farming.

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Ten Years Later

Posted by Julie on December 31, 2016 in About Me, ACFW, COTT, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

I clearly remember the night. While most people were out for New Year’s, I was staring at the little box on my laptop screen. Clicking the “Create Blog” box in my mind felt as tense as dismantling a bomb.

Around 2006

It was my first act after promising God I was done with fear.

Afraid of what people might think.

Afraid of rejection.

Afraid, afraid, afraid.

I can’t put into words how scary creating that first blog was.

December 31, 2006.

Fast forward, and here we are. A decade later. A blog or two after.

Not afraid.

And so much more.

For years, blogging was my baby. I was content to make that my only writing outlet if that was all God had for me. But it wasn’t. I don’t blog as much as I want to, and I’ve watched blogging popularity ebb and flow as much as my own life has. But I still love it.

2011

I’ve shared parenting journeys from pre school age milestones to teen drama.

Middle school drama to college achievements.

Thirty-something wife and mom to forty-something grandma to-be in 2017.

Seasons of friendships, heartbreak, betrayal, creativity, hardship and mountain views.

Companies wanting my space. And only this year did I agree because I personally use their products and believe in them. I hope you check out iBloom and love them as much as I do.

Oh, and writing.

2016

Anthologies. Gift books. e-How. FaithWriters. ACFW. NaNoWriMo. Spectacular Falls to Entrusted. Entangled. Now, Engaged.

Wow.

I saved the best for last.

You.

I’ve heard from you in comments and on Facebook. Pulled aside at church and through text. E mails. You have been so, so kind.

Let’s keep it going.

Another ten?



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