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Rumspringa’s Hope by Beth Shriver—Kindle Fire Giveaway

Posted by Julie on June 9, 2014 in Book Review |

Don’t miss the first book, Rumspringa’s Hope, in Beth Shriver‘s new Spirit of the Amish series.
Beth is celebrating the series launch with a Kindle Fire Giveaway!


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Rumspringa’s Hope by Beth Shriver

Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 22nd. Winner will be announced June 23rd on Beth’s blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Beth’s blog on June 23rd to see if you won.

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Book Review: Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Posted by Julie on February 7, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini |

ShelleyShepardGray_Hopeful_300-125x188Book Description:

In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?

Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something’s missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she’s always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she’s pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she’s thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he’s only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she’ll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

I personally know the ache of getting attention from a boy so they can get to know your friend. Shelley did a great job making Miriam a heroine we can relate to. Miriam isn’t a natural beauty. She’s had her eyes on Junior forever and his attention has her family all excited. Thing is, Junior wants to get to know her friend Mary Kathryn, not Miriam.

This is a sweet story where true friendship and love are explored against the backdrop of Sugarcreek, Ohio. I wanted a bit more of Sugarcreek, but that’s me being selfish because I don’t live too far from the area and I love reading about it.

Mary Kathryn has her own story as well, and the ending is full of suspense.

Overall,reading about Miriam’s heart and how excited her parents are for her and Junior’s affections is heartbreaking to read, but impossible to put down. I hope you’ll give Hopeful a chance.

To purchase Hopeful, click here.

I received a copy of Hopeful from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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COTT: A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

Posted by Julie on October 28, 2013 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Clash of the Titles is so excited to check in with Amanda Flower, one of the founding members of the COTT Family. From the looks of things, she has some pretty exciting things going on!


USA Today recently hailed award-nominated author Amanda Flower for A Plain Death, calling it “the first Amish rom-com . . . bring on the next one!” As the enthusiastic reviews continue to mount, she’s back with her third Appleseed Creek mystery, A Plain Disappearance.


It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date. Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.




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Amanda Flower started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and the first in a series featuring amateur sleuth India Hayes. Like her main character, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Her next mystery, Murder in a Basket, was released in January 2012 from Five Star. In July 2012, her first Amish mystery, A Plain Death, was released from B&H. For Penguin/NAL she writes under the pen name Isabella Alan. Visit her online at


“The third installment of the outstanding Appleseed Creek series is a mystery with twists and turns and an unexpected ending that will keep readers up until the wee hours of the morning. Readers are reunited with characters from the first two books and will meet some new ones. Flower has hit it out of the ballpark with this series and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”- 4 1/2 stars Top Pick RT Book Reviews

Be sure to check back with Clash of the Titles for all the latest in Christian Fiction!

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Featured Video of the Week: Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton

Posted by Julie on June 26, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Last week I let you know that I plan to utilize a new feature on my site, the featured video sidebar. Last week was Dog Tags by Heidi Glick.

This week I’m thrilled to feature award winning author Laura V. Hilton and her book trailer for Healing Love. I’ve read this book and the trailer does the book amazing justice. If you love Amish fiction, you’ll enjoy Healing Love.


Purchase Healing Love here.

Visit Laura Hilton’s blog here.

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COTT: Love’s Journey Home by Kelly Irvin

Posted by Julie on April 1, 2013 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

The Winner of our February New Release Clash is:


 Love’s Journey Home, by Kelly Irvin

Huge congrats to Kelly!
And a special thank-you to the competing authors for taking part in this sparring match:
Traci Hilton, author of Good, Clean, Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery
Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Catherine’s Pursuit
Anne Patrick, author of Wounded Heroes Book Three: Betrayal
and Matthew Horn, author of Nothing Good is Free   
Believe me when I say, it was a tight race! Everyone did great!
Comments from voters:
  • I love reading Kelly Irvin’s books.
  • Keep up the good work. Love to read about the Amish.
  • Love Amish reads and mysteries, but the Amish is my personal winner!!!
  • Love the way Kelly Irvin makes her characters so real! No cookie cutter Amish here.
  • Kelly is one of my favorite authors. She has an interesting, informative and entertaining style.

RT Reviews calls Kelly Irvin’s new book

Love’s Journey Home a delight!

“Irvin’s warmth and authenticity shines through in her latest novel. She brings back her heartwarming characters that reside in the Amish community of Bliss Creek. She touches on values that bind family and community together and the conflicts that arise when individuals rebel against them. Irvin’s knack for good storytelling makes this book a delight.”


About Love’s Journey Home :

It’s been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing just fine. She’s selling her jams and canned goods at the bakery and making a tidy living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town. Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common—the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith—so why can’t they seem to speak without arguing?

And that’s not all that’s going on in Bliss Creek this summer. In the middle of a punishing drought, the community is faced with the decision to uproot their families and establish a new settlement. As families struggle to say goodbye, each one must find the faith to follow the Lord’s direction.

Join the families of Bliss Creek in the dramatic conclusion to their story, and discover with them the joy of finding home.



About the author:

Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series, which includes To Love and To Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love’s Journey Home, published by Harvest House. Her new series, New Hope Amish, debuts with Love Still Stands, on September 1.

Kelly has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, published by Five Star Gale in 2010 and 2011.

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She also serves as secretary of the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso.

She has worked in public relations for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department for 19 years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-five years, and they have two young adult children. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.


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COTT: Mary Ellis and Her New Amish Fiction Release Living In Harmony

Posted by Julie on October 22, 2012 in Book Review, COTT, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |
The Clash of the Titles Blog Alliance is proud to share great August
release with its readers.
Ink still damp from the presses, Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis, currently
sits on a store shelf near you! Want more good news? It’s the first in a
series—perfect time to jump on board.

About the book:

in Harmony
is the first book in bestselling author Mary Ellis’s New
Beginnings series. It’s about fresh starts and love…and how faith in God
and His perfect plan for our lives provides us with the peace and joy we

Amy King–young, engaged, and Amish–faces difficult challenges in her life
when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé,
John Detweiler, persuades her and her sister Nora to leave Lancaster County
and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives
who can help the women in their time of need.

John’s brother Thomas and sister-in-law Sally readily open their home to
the three newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the
district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting
instead a period of adjustment and counseling. During this time Amy
discovers an aunt who was shunned. She wishes to reconnect with her, but
this puts a strain on her relationship with John.

Can John and Amy find a way to live in happily in Harmony before making a
lifetime commitment to one another?

For those addicted to Amish stories, you
won’t want to miss this one. To everyone else, this might be the book that
you hooked on this
wildfire genre.

Here’s what reviewer Rachel Brand of the Christian Manifesto has to say about
in Harmony

Just when you think nothing new and original can come out of the Amish
genre, a book like this comes along and proves that you’re completely

It’s hard to express exactly what I loved so much about Living in
Harmony. It’s not just the setting, the new community and the realistic
secondary characters that made this novel so refreshing and unique. Mary
Ellis crafted her hero and heroine as
incredibly relate-able characters, flawed human beings who prove
that even the Amish don’t have perfect relationships or marriages.

Each character had their own personality and purpose in the novel, which
means that there’s bound to be at least one character that every reader can
relate to.

If you need a little bit more realism in your Amish fiction, or just
don’t want to read a happily-ever-after romance, then Living in Harmony is
the book for you.

About the author:

Mary Ellis grew up near the Amish and fell in love with them. She has now
written nine bestselling novels set in their communities. When not writing,
she enjoys gardening, bicycling, and swimming. Before “retiring” to write
full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey
Chocolate. Her debut Christian book, A Widow’s Hope, was a finalist for the
2010 ACFW Carols and the Holt Medallion Award of Merit.

You can find Mary at these locations:



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