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Broken Trust by Lillian Duncan (GIVEAWAY)

Posted by Julie on March 21, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

BROKEN TRUST

 

My latest book, BROKEN TRUST, uses a butterfly to symbolize the spiritual aspect of the story. When we see a beautiful butterfly most of us don’t think about the caterpillar and what it went through to become that butterfly.

As it was hidden in the cocoon, it might have been thinking it was the end of the world, but it wasn’t. It was actually being protected so it could become what God created it to be. We often have those same “cocoon” times in our life—a time to learn and grow so that we can become all that God created us to be.

Certainly childhood and young adulthood would be examples of that. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be other cocoon times in our life. A time when we need to step back and let God protect us as we change into yet another butterfly.

For the past five years I’ve been dealing with brain tumors and their aftermath of which some are still evolving and are permanent—such as a significant hearing loss and balance issues. It’s certainly been a cocoon time for me but I’m more than ready to transform into that butterfly.

One of the changes is that my writing is also in the process of transforming. Even though my books have always had a spiritual message, the message has deepened as my health issues have changed me.

BROKEN TRUST is an example of that change. The main character is Chrysalis better known as Chryssie. A chrysalis is another name for a cocoon and a cocoon is one of the necessary steps for a caterpillar to become a butterfly.

Chryssie wants to soar like a butterfly but because of a lifetime of bad choices she seems to be stuck in the caterpillar stage. She knows good choices can propel her forward but it’s not always easy to make the good choices.

Chryssie is only days away from graduating when she witnesses a murder. Common sense would tell her to call the police, but she’s so focused on taking her final exam for nursing school, she decides to take the easy way out—again.

Chryssie makes a bad choice—and even worse consequences follow! Her easy way out not only puts everything she’s worked so hard for in jeopardy but her very life!

Each day we make hundreds of choices—they may not be life and death choices like Chryssie, faces in BROKEN TRUST, but they will either move us toward our goals or away from our goals. It’s not easy to break patterns and bad habits but it can be done—one choice at a time and with God guiding us in our choices.

 

GIVEWAY INFORMATION:

 

To celebrate the release of BROKEN TRUST, I’m giving away Amazon Gift Cards. All you have to do is hop over to my blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com and leave a comment under one of the Broken Trust posts and you’re entered. Easy Peasy!

 

BROKEN TRUST

Broken Trust

Life is all about choices…and consequences. Chryssie Mason longs to soar like a butterfly, but a lifetime of bad choices has kept her in the caterpillar stage. After years of struggling, her dreams are finally within her grasp. Her only goal is to graduate from nursing school so she can have a better life—so she can morph into a butterfly. With her final exam only days away, she witnesses a murder. A butterfly would call the police, but she decides to take the easy way out…once again. Life has taught her to never trust anyone, especially herself. With her freedom and her very life at risk, it’s time to trust. And that choice changes everything.

 

 

 

Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at www.lillianduncan.net or www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.

 

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Book Club Launches Tuesday

Posted by Julie on October 10, 2016 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

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When I was sent to the assistant principal’s office in middle school it wasn’t for mouthing off or fighting. Nope, I got in trouble for reading ahead.

Story of my life.

Reading remains my favorite relaxation. Although most of my time is invested in writing, I love sitting down with a good book. I long to talk to people about it.

Starting Tuesday, I’m combining writing and reading by launching my Fall Book Club. My plan is to connect with fellow readers and start reading and discussing my first contemporary romance, ENTRUSTED. We will discuss the chapters, and I’ll share behind-the-scenes features with characters, chapters, plot, and the Adirondacks. I’ll talk about the writing process. Some weeks will feature other authors and an interview with them, as well as “free surprises.” Once we finish ENTRUSTED, we’ll move onto ENTANGLED. Hopefully, ENGAGED will be after that. If not, we will read the third installment of the Surrendering Time series. I also look forward to reading books from my favorite authors.

Tuesday’s meeting is a kick-off with no reading required. I want us to get to know each other and I’ll release the reading schedule. After that, we’ll meet weekly.

Here’s more information:

The Surrendering Time series is an entertaining yet reflective adventure to the Adirondack Mountains. Each book takes an element of time (past, present, future) and explores through flawed and humorous characters what a surrender journey looks like.

In ENTRUSTED, Jenna Anderson leaves her Ohio hometown for the unknown in Speculator Falls. She’s determined to make her new job as senior center work and become one of the locals.

Ben Regan’s family is the backbone of Speculator Falls and he’s made a vow to protect the rural village. When his grandfather passes away and his former girlfriend leaves without even saying goodbye, Ben’s determined to prevent further transition in his life.

But Jenna produces a lot of change for Ben in a book about surrendering the present fears we have about change and wanting to belong.

BOOK CLUB KICK-OFF:

Tuesday, October 11, 8pm, EDT
Julie Arduini’s Facebook Author Page
Format: I’ll paste a graphic a few minutes ahead of time saying that all our discussion will take place under the picture. You might need to refresh, if so, hit F5.

To purchase ENTRUSTED: click HERE.

 

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Book Review: VeggieTales every Day with God

Posted by Julie on October 5, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Book Review: VeggieTales Every Day with God

Book Review: VeggieTales Every Day with God

Book Description:

Newly updated VeggieTales art and content refresh these daily devotionals, giving kids a fun and meaningful way to think about God each day
Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day! Ages 4-7

My love for all things VeggieTales goes back over 15 years. Although my kids are 18 and 13, I still pay attention when I hear a VeggieTale song or learn a new product is out. That’s why I wanted to check out the VEGGIETALES EVERY DAY WITH GOD: 365 Devotions for Boys.

This is perfect for boys ages 4-7. It’s small enough for them to hold, bright, colorful, and features all the favorite characters. It numbers each devotional by “Day 1” instead of January 1, so you can start any time of year and keep organized. The readings are short with a verse, a topic boys can relate to, a thought of the day and a short prayer. I think it makes for a great evening routine where you can keep the conversation going before bed.

I highly recommend the VEGGIETALES EVERY DAY WITH GOD.

To purchase, click here.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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COTT: One Thursday Morning by T.K. Chapin

Posted by Julie on September 5, 2016 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

 

Congratulations to T.K. Chapin

and his novel

One Thursday Morning

for taking home this month’s Clash crown!
PURCHASE ON Amazon



About the book:
Running not only for her own life, but that of her unborn baby, Serenah moves across the country to a little town outside of Spokane Washington called Newport. It’s here she’ll begin to build a new life and go by a different name in the hopes of staying hidden from her abusive husband John. Can Serenah find happiness in her new life? Or will the past eventually catch up to her?

 
From the best-selling Inspirational Christian Romance Author T.K. Chapin comes a story of love, faith and passion that will keep your fingers turning the page to see what happens next.


 

 

One Thursday Morning is book one in the Diamond Lake Series by T.K. Chapin.

 


What Voters had to Say:


Thank you T.K. Chapin for providing real life in your books.

I really like books by T.K.Chapin, Because he writes with a theme of religion and hope. I especially like One Thursday Morning.

Excellent story. I have also read Friday Morning. Good story line Makes me feel like I am at the Lake with them.

T.K. Chapin, I was enticed by the beautiful cover and description of the novel, One Thursday Morning. Can’t wait to read it.

I love your stories. Very enjoyable, heartwarming and inspiring. Keep them coming,

I enjoy finding new authors and found T.K. Chapin’s writing adding to my authors’ list.

I think “One Thursday Morning” by T. K. Chaplin will be one popular book. I love the plot and can’t wait to read it.

I love to read and discover new authors. T.K. Chapin is quickly becoming a favorite! He tackles tough topics, and tells the story in such a way as to keep you interested. Ups and downs, twists and turns, T.K. knows how to keep the plot line tight and the story believable and uplifting.

Sounds like a good book. I hope you have a great career!

Keep writing. It helps me escape my everyday life.

TK – love your writing and your interest in your reader’s lives.

I love TK CHAPIN books!

 

Have a blessed week, everyone!
From your friends at Clash of the Titles!

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CHECK THIS OUT: Angel Beneath My Wheels by K.S. Moore

Posted by Julie on July 26, 2016 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Julie’s Note: I love to introduce readers to new-to-them authors and books. Each month I try to accomplish that with the Check This Out feature. I hope you take a look at Angel Beneath My Wheels!

Bio: Kathryn Moore grew up working on cars with her father in Indianapolis and now lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, two children and a little Yorkie named Bear. She is a graduate of Purdue University where she studied information technology, engineering, and chemistry. When she’s not working, writing or serving in her local youth ministry, she enjoys the outdoors with family and friends.

 Through her writing, Moore strives is to bridge the gap between Christian literature and mainstream best sellers, to depict contemporary Christians in real-life stories of love, drama, action and adventure, to show (not tell!) what it means to live a Christ-centered life in today’s culture, and to provide wholesome fodder for more family-friendly movies.

A prolific reader, she’s always enjoyed the escape of a really good book and four years ago decided to try her hand at writing one of her own. Her first book, Angel Beneath My Wheels, was released on February 29th, 2016. If you’d like to receive her monthly short stories called Touches, join her mailing list here.

 

Angel Beneath My Wheels by K.S. Moore

Angel Beneath My Wheels by KS Moore

Book Blurb: 

Beneath his playboy façade, young NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for a family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, is determined to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only two muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she wants nothing to do with him. But Luke’s gentle ways and down home country charm just might win her over—if his painful past doesn’t push her away.

 

When she begins to touch his heart, he’s haunted by bitter memories of the only woman he’s ever loved—the mother who abandoned him as a little boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, her innocence and grace breach his defenses and his walls begin to crumble. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love, their very lives, are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the whole auto industry and Luke realizes his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him… and always will.

 

 

Endorsements:

 “Creating stories has always been a powerful tool to communicate truths that need to be heard in a relevant way. Angel Beneath My Wheels captivates you and takes you on an ages old journey of the potential to discover trust lost. Often hidden beneath the surface of our personas we create resides, in many of us, a need to trust once again, and in the process receive healing. Kathryn has written a wonderful and creative novel that will take you beyond fiction to fact… that trust is healing, and when built upon a foundation of faith in Christ, saving, and conquering.” ~ Billy E. Mauldin Jr., President and CEO, Motor Racing Outreach, co-author of The Race: Living Life on Track

 Kathryn Sue Moore’s inspiring debut, Angel Beneath My Wheels, is brimming with romance, passion, and heart. With a spunky protagonist who can turn heads and change carburetors how cool is that?! Christian romance readers and NASCAR fans will flock to this charming, uplifting novel. ~ Lori Nelson Spielman, best-selling author of The Life List and Sweet Forgiveness

 Having been married for more than 40 years, and having ministered to late-stage cancer patients for more than 10 years, I had thought that perhaps my heart might have lost its ability to be moved and made emotionally vulnerable. Angel Beneath My Wheels reminded me of the sweetness and innocence of first love.” My heart was touched by this story and I believe yours will be too. ~ Rev. Dr. Michael Barry, author of A Reason for Hope, A Season for Hope, The Art of Caregiving and The Forgiveness Project

To purchase Angel Beneath My Wheels, Click HERE

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COTT: All that Glitters by Lisa Flickinger

Posted by Julie on May 23, 2016 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
“A wonderfully unpredictable plotline!”
“All that Glitters was a beautifully written story that speaks of
redemption and forgiveness.”
“The author draws you in and keeps you engaged to the last page.”
About the book:
The world has gone plum crazy over gold. Men and women alike
would do almost anything to make their fortune. Leaving behind her family
and a
dying father, Ginny Connor follows the cunning Logan Harris up North to
strike
it rich. Twenty-year old Vivian Connor embarks on a cross-country chase to
rescue her sister Ginny and they are both led into the chaos of the Klondike
Gold Rush.
Meanwhile, Ben McCormack leaves his farm to retrieve his
intended bride from a rowdy, tent town on the Alaskan coastline. Ben’s path
inadvertently entwines with Vivian’s and he finds his heart tugging him in a
different direction.
Danger and disappointment plague all their journeys to the
far North. Will Vivian find her sister in time to return home to see their
father? Can Ginny forgive herself for the decisions she’s made? Will
Ben
find the lifelong love he searches for? When the world listens only to the
call
of gold, redemption and love become scarce treasures.
PURCHASE

Chat with the author:

How do you connect with God best?
I love
listening to the Lord speak into my heart during worship.
Which Christian author has influenced you the
most?
I have
been a fan of Allison Pittman’s work for years. Even more amazing, The
Christian Communicator assigned my novel All
That Glitters
to her for editorial. Her encouragement and insight
helped me
develop as a writer and take the leap toward publication.
Are your books only for Christians or would other
people also enjoy them?
My books
definitely embrace a Christian worldview; however, the settings and
characters
are memorable enough for anyone who enjoys a good read.

About the author:

Lisa Flickinger lives in the shadow of the Rockies with her husband Matthew
and their dog Zeke. When not writing or reading, you will find her combing
antique shops, walking in the woods, or sipping a latte with friends. All
That Glitters fulfills the lifelong dream of sharing the characters in her
head with you, dear reader. Enjoy!



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