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Book Review: First Kisses by Six Favorite Inspirational Romance Authors

Posted by Julie on March 17, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini |

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Book Description:
A new anthology from some of your favorite inspirational authors–no reprints here!

Enjoy this collection of love stories with a theme of FIRST KISSES. The First Kisses collection includes:

From New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Linda Goodnight comes a new historical romance The Rambler’s Bride
In 1870’s Kansas, Widow Esther North will do most anything to save her land from her powerful cousin and the coming railroad-even kiss a stranger! The kissing cowboy, Jericho North is bent on revenge from his brother’s widow, and the will hidden in his pocket is all he needs to make it happen. But he hadn’t reckoned on a baby…and neither he nor Esther had reckoned on love.

From USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author Janet Tronstad comes a new retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe
Janet pens a brand-new Retro Café Sweet Romance starring a 1950’s truck driver (Buddy) and a waitress (Penny) who both have enough trouble without everyone in Webster’s Crossing thinking they are falling in love.

From #1 Amazon Bestselling author Debra Clopton comes a new contemporary romance Her Mule Hollow Cowboy
Rescuing a beautiful cowgirl from being trampled has professional bull rider, Cliff Masterson, dreaming of romance, home, hearth and that first kiss…but Maddie Rose has had enough people in her life leave and she’s not willing to risk her heart on a rambling cowboy—Sparks fly when these two are near. Can the Matchmakin’ Posse of Mule Hollow help this couple find their happily ever after?

From #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Margaret Daley comes a new romance suspense Deadly Hunt
All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.

From fan favorite Camy Tang comes a new romantic suspense Necessary Proof
Alex Villa became a Christian in prison, and because of his efforts to help stop a gang producing meth in Sonoma, he has been set up for the death of a cop. Can computer expert Jane Lawton find the evidence that will prove his innocence before the gang eliminates them both?

From fan favorite Lacy Williams comes a new contemporary romance Kissed by a Cowboy
Former shy-girl Haley Carston is back in Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. She didn’t count on cowboy Maddox Michaels, her high school crush and the man who might just bring her dreams of marriage and family back to life…

I love the concept of this anthology series, all around those first kisses. What made this extra enjoyable beyond the dynamic pool of author talent was it crossed different genres. There was humor. Westerns. Suspense. And through it all, romance. First Kisses were fast reads that still had full stories complete with multi-dimensional characters. I couldn’t pick a favorite, I truly enjoyed them all.

Whether you’re familiar with these Inspirational romance or not, I think you’re going to enjoy reading all about First Kisses.

To purchase First Kisses, click here.

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

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First Kisses Anthology from Six Inspirational Romance Authors Available for .99

Posted by Julie on March 16, 2014 in Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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For a limited time only – Six unforgettable love stories 

 

Julie’s Note: Stay tuned for my review of First Kisses. You can read it tomorrow.

99 cents! 

 

Buy now at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo – iBooks – Google Play

 

A brand new anthology from six of your favorite inspirational romance authors – no reprints here!

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About the novellas:

 

From New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight, historical romance The Rambler’s Bride: The kissing cowboy Jericho is bent on revenge, but discovers the truth and falls in love with widow Esther.

 

From USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad, retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe: Truck driver Buddy wasn’t looking for love, but waitress Penny and her quirky family take over the cafe and his heart.

 

From bestselling author Debra Clopton, contemporary cowboy romance Her Mule Hollow Cowboy: Independent cowgirl Maddie swears she doesn’t need help from bull rider Cliff. But the Mule Hollow Matchmakers seem to have other plans…

 

From bestselling author Margaret Daley, romantic suspense Deadly Hunt: Bodyguard Tess rescues wounded businessman Shane from dying in the wilderness, but can she protect her heart when Shane gets too close?

 

From fan favorite Camy Tang, romantic suspense Necessary Proof: Reformed ex-con Alex is on the run from those who have set him up to take the blame for a cop-killing. Will tech-expert Jane be able to prove him innocent?

 

From fan favorite Lacy Williams, contemporary cowboy romance Kissed by a Cowboy: Maddox has given up all his big dreams to care for his niece. When Haley returns to her hometown, will Maddox find a new dream with her?

 

Special promo – March 17-19 – #SENDAKISS

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If you purchase First Kisses during our promo dates and send a special tweet, we’ll gift a copy to a friend, absolutely free! Find out more at bit.ly/sendakiss .

 

What readers are saying:

 

 Six amazing books from six different authors. They are all Christian fiction set from the 1800’s to present time. Each is a stand alone book with great settings, story lines and characters. All the books had family and faith. Some of the authors were known to me and some I was unfamiliar with. I really enjoyed each book. I can not wait to check out books from these new authors. – Amazon reader

 


 I didn’t know what to expect – I am not a fan of anthologies. Usually I find that the stories are too brief and the plots move too fast and don’t go into any detail and don’t make a lot of sense. Well, let me tell you that this anthology is not like this, not at all. It is wonderful! I enjoyed each of the novellas immensely. Each one has well developed, thought out characters and detailed plots that move at exactly the right pace. You have suspense, romance – everything in each of the novels. I enjoyed reading each of the novellas and couldn’t put the book down. Even though I have about 15 other books waiting to be read – I plan on reading this book all over again in the next week or so – it is just that good. – Amazon reader

A visual look at the collection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMoqdn-x03Y

Interact with the authors:

www.inspykisses.com

facebook.com/inspykisses

@inspykisses

 

Buy now at Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

 

 

 

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Christians Read Now Available on Kindle for .99 a Month

Posted by Julie on August 3, 2012 in About Me, Christians Read, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

If you enjoy reading Vicki Hinze, Hannah Alexander, Kathi Macias, Elisabeth Goddard, Maureen Lang, Sarah Goebel, James Rubart, Camy Tang, Lynette Sowell, Yvonne Lehman, Kristen Heitzmann and me, subscribe now!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QEOTGI

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Christians Read Team with The Book Club Network for Contest

Posted by Julie on June 6, 2012 in Book Review, Christians Read, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Julie’s Note: I blog every other Wednesday with Christians Read.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Christians Read has teamed up with The Book Club Network for a special contest. Details follow!
June 19-21

Enter the contest at The Book Club Network HERE.

Contest runs for the month of June. Be sure to enter–otherwise, you can’t win!

And please join us on FACEBOOK and Twitter!

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Book Review and Free Book Opportunity: Guideposts Mornings with Jesus 2012

Posted by Julie on January 23, 2012 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Are you getting used to 2012 yet? Writing the right year on your checks? Still working on those resolutions and goals?

I feel like 2012 is starting off with a bang. A break-neck speed of chaos where I’m on one of those conveyor belt sidewalks at the airport. I’m walking, but it’s fast. Things are happening without a lot of effort on my part, but I have to keep the pace or I trip.

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And I need a railing to hold on to.

I’ve got that railing, and I want to share it with you.

Guideposts is one of those names that even if you’re not pursuing a personal relationship with Christ, you respect the Guideposts name. Their products are about encouraging, inspiring and empowering, and their latest offering is no different.

Mornings with Jesus 2012 is that railing I can grab first thing in the morning (or any time of day) to steady me before I get on that accelerated conveyor walkway called my life. There are 366 devotions by favorite authors such as Judy Baer, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Tricia Goyer, Sharon Hinck, Keri Wyatt Kent, Erin Keeley Marshall, and Camy Tang.

 

I'm giving away one copy of this book. See post for details.

 

Each devotion starts with a comforting Bible verse, followed by a short but powerful devotion. The end of the brief reading has an action step, a sentence challenging you to make the devotional real for your life.

This is a perfect start to my day, or, if as it’s already under way, a great way to press pause, if only for a moment, and get things under a Biblical perspective in a way I can relate. The authors are women first—wives, moms, daughters, sisters, and as you read, you’ll discover they are friends. They want you to experience the presence of God and the peace He is so willing to give.

Guideposts believes so much in this book, and for good reason, they gave me an extra copy. I can’t wait to give Mornings with Jesus 2012 away. So, let’s work on giving a copy away.

 

I will give one copy of Mornings with Jesus 2012 away to one person in the world who reads English that can best explain in the comments why they need a copy of this book. Why you are desperate for something to enhance your personal time with the Lord. You know I’m all about surrender and transparency, so be honest. Maybe you’ve never had a quiet time and want to start. Perhaps your life is falling apart and you’ll devour anything Biblical you can get your hands on. Who knows? Maybe the ladies in this book are the small link to girlfriends you’ll have in the sea of diapers and spit up your day is about.

Whatever the case, you want to leave a comment on this post only and try to win this book. I will share the comments with my family and we will choose Saturday, January 28th, after 6pm EST what we believe is the best comment fitting. Our choice is not up for interpretation or debate, and like I said, I’ll send it anywhere, as long as the winner can read English. I know most contests are about North America, and I understand the cost. It’s a sacrifice.

So is giving up a few moments of your busy day to experience comfort and peace with the One who loves you most.

I can’t recommend Mornings with Jesus enough.

About the book:

“Be still and know that I am God.” is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it’s not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that—“be still” in Jesus’ beautiful and powerful presence. For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life. With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day. Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Each day’s selection includes: • a Bible verse • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives.

Buy the book here

Other bloggers are posting about this book AND giving you a chance to win this book, too.

Visit them by reading the schedule here.

I received this book and the giveaway copy from Guideposts in exchange for an honest review.

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But God Had Other Plans

Posted by Julie on September 15, 2011 in About Me, Christians Read, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

If you love reading you’re going to be as excited as I am. It was mere weeks ago when author Vicki Hinze had an idea. You can tell when God is behind it when the doors of favor swing wide open. She wondered if there was such a thing as a blog where writers share thoughts about reading, writing, quotes and inspirational thoughts. Her original plan was to join a pre-existing blog.

But God had other plans.

It didn’t take long before Vicki knew she was meant to start a blog with the intentions she was looking for. Authors of all levels came forward expressing their interest to join them.

I was one of them.

Soon the blog had an URL, Facebook page and Twitter account. Authors completed the paperwork. Vicki created a schedule.

Today is launch day for the new blog Christians Read.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Goddard is the first Christians Read blogger. Other authors include Lynette Sowell, Vicki, Hannah Alexander, Maureen Lang, Yvonne Ortega, Yvonne Lehman, Kathi Macias, Camy Tang, and Sarah Goebel. Weekend posts will be from authors sharing more on the writing craft.

My first post will be Wednesday, September 21.

Join us, won’t you?

 



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