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New Kindle or Echo? ENTRUSTED Free eBook December 26-28

Posted by Julie on December 26, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Writing |

If your Christmas was like mine, you’re overstuffed on fudge but hungry for books to put on your new tablet or Kindle. I’ve heard many talk about their new Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, and guess what? Alexa can read books to you.

I wanted to end this crazy but amazing year by celebrating. I never thought 2016 would have me publishing books through my new writing and speaking ministry, Surrendered Scribe Media. In May I re released ENTRUSTED and released ENTANGLED. The reviews for Carla’s story on surrendering regret are more than I could have hoped for. That was a HARD book to write, and now I get it. I’m thankful God is using it to help people let go of their past.

So to celebrate these things AND put some FREE reading on your new device, ENTRUSTED eBook is FREE December 26, 27, and 28. Wait, I’m not done. ENTANGLED will be FREE December 29 and 30. Both books are compatible with Alexa.

(Check price first.)

ENTRUSTEDJenna 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.

ENTANGLED:Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son’s father is back in their lives.

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Thank you for being loyal readers. Here’s believing 2017 will be full of exceptional blessings!

 

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About Gumbo Weather Author Marian Merritt

Posted by Julie on December 18, 2016 in Julie Arduini |

About Marian Merritt

Marian grew up in south Louisiana in a small community south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her love for the written word began reading books while sitting on her grandparent’s front porch swing. The stories allowed her to meet interesting people, took her to far away places and challenged her to think beyond her own world. 

 Her desire to write about the south keeps her grounded in her roots and the hope that one day she can do for someone what many of the authors of her childhood did for her.

 Marian has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama. 

 She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She hones her writing skills by attending writer’s conferences/retreats and reading many books on the craft of writing.

 Marian writes from her new Texas home which she shares with her husband and a labradoodle, named Chili. 

 This bayou girl is glad to be back in the south because she loves her Southern roots. While she doesn’t wear white after Labor Day, says y’all, and can make a killer roux, she can’t help but miss living in the mountains with it’s low-humidity air and white Christmases! That’s why you’ll find a Louisiana/Colorado connection in each of her books.

(From marianmerritt.com)

Ten things Marian likes a lot:

 Jesus

My Family

Sunshine

Rain

Snow – only when it’s falling

Baby Giggles

Puppies (who doesn’t love puppies?)

Optimism

Vintage Sports Cars

Saints and Broncos Football

Marian Dislikes:

 Negativity

Shoveling snow

Dull knives

Feeling helpless

Burrs in my dogs fur

Flies in my kitchen or soup!

Bullies

Insincerity

Painful shoes

Liver

About Marian:

 I cried when I saw Michelangelo’s David.

I drive a truck.

I’ve climbed Diamond Head in Hawaii.

I’ve owned two Harley Davidson motorcycles – A Sportster 883           and a Road King Classic.

I believe in pursuing your dreams.

I can shuck an oyster.

I graduated with a degree in physical therapy at thirty-four.

I’ve walked on the Great Wall of China.

Most of my childhood was spent running around barefoot.

I “kinda” speak Cajun French. (I can understand a lot and speak a little.)

Learn more about Marian and sign up for updates HERE.

Purchase GUMBO WEATHER on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Pelican Book Group.

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Don’t Miss This: Gumbo Weather by Marian Merritt

Posted by Julie on December 17, 2016 in ACFW, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Gumbo Weather by Marian Merritt

Gumbo Weather: A Bijou Bayou Christmas Novella

 

Colorado sports reporter, Noel Winters heads to Louisiana after finding love letters in her deceased mother’s belongings. When her car breaks down near Bijou Bayou, a handsome, struggling pitcher and part-time mechanic comes to her rescue by fixing her car, and offering to help her find her father. Only problem? As her alias, Micki Barrett, Noel wrote an article criticizing Justin Gravois’s big league debut. Now she’s fallen for him, can she ever find the courage to tell him the truth? Justin Gravois, professional pitcher, wanted to make his uncle proud. When he finally got his shot, his dream turned into a nightmare. It didn’t help that sports reporter, Micki Barrett, wrote such terrible things about him. Now, Justin wants to forget about the past and move forward to next season. When he falls in love with Noel he wonders if she’s an answer to his prayer.

 

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Book Review: Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on October 28, 2016 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies

by Susan May Warren

“Watching Kacey and Ben maneuver past hurts and fall back in love made for a perfect afternoon reading. Wild Montana Skies is a wonderful love story.”–Dee Henderson, author ofTaken

The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.
 
But her mistakes aren’t so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.
 
Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn’t realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart. 
 
Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

This is book one in a new series by Susan May Warren and I love how she shook up the hero and heroine. It was new for me to read about the heroine being in the military and having PTSD consequences, as well as struggling with needing to leave just as her and her daughter re-connected. That brought great conflict to the story, impacted by Ben’s return and the revelation he is Audrey’s father.

The sparks kept me turning pages as Kacey and Ben never got over each other but there is hurt, miscommunication, betrayal from others and the question of how would they become a couple with a daughter when both have demanding careers? The conflict was palpable and made for a great read.

I definitely recommend WILD MONTANA SKIES.

To purchase, CLICK HERE.

I received this book from the publisher and this review is my own opinion on it.

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How to Become a (Romance) Author

Posted by Julie on October 22, 2016 in ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |
How to Become a (Romance) Author by Julie Arduini
This is part of my Fall Book Club discussion Tuesday nights, 8pm, EDT at http://facebook.com/JulieArduini/Author. I’m going through my first contemporary romance, ENTRUSTED, and also sharing writing tips and behind-the-scenes info on the characters, chapters, plot, and the Adirondack Mountains. I just started, so feel free to grab your copy and join me!

Entrusted, from idea to tangible book, took twenty years. Don’t let that be you!
I’m not sure my journey into contemporary romance is normal, but I thought I’d share my experience into how ENTRUSTED came to be and see if you can glean anything to encourage you.
One thing I know isn’t normal but it seems to mark the authors from the rest of the world is that I was always asking questions. There was one I was constantly putting out there as an observer in life.
“What if?”
What if that goodbye in the airport is a break-up?
What if that phone call in a parking lot is the start of a reunion?
I was, and continue to ask the “what if” question everywhere I go. From there, story ideas take a life of their own. It gets the creative juices flowing. Take it a step further and journal those thoughts.
1. Ask “what if” to people you see in everyday places and let your creativity flow. Journal where your mind takes you.
I was a recent college graduate the first time I visited the village of Speculator in the Adirondack Mountains. As my friend walked me around, I pictured Ben and Jenna and asked myself, “What if Jenna moved here from somewhere else and wanted to belong?” “What if Ben owned the grocery store and had lived here forever, and resented change—including a new girl in town?” That’s the genesis of ENTRUSTED.
Years passed thanks to marriage and kids, but the desire to write never truly went away. About ten years ago I took a course from the Christian Writer’s Guild and I wrote articles and flash fiction for FaithWriters.
2. Never stop learning. Read books on the writing craft. Read books by authors in your genre. For me, I read a lot of craft books by authors associated with Writer’s Digest. I signed up for blogs that featured writing tips and read them. I joined American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW, and joined critique groups. ENTRUSTED was more than one draft. I think it might have been five. If you truly want this, you will persevere through the red marks, suggestions, and parts you know have to go.
3. Write! It sounds easy, but this remains my biggest challenge. I let my mind get the best of me and convince myself I’m wasting my time. If you are called, you’ll be equipped. You can do it, but only if you actually write. If being at home is a problem, set office hours. Go to the library. But take yourself and your writing seriously. Your book will never be published if you don’t write it. ENTRUSTED, from idea to tangible book, took 20 years. TWENTY. YEARS. That doesn’t have to be your story.
I’d love to hear from you!

Author Julie Arduini
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ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past

Posted by Julie on April 18, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

So many of you were kind enough to read the original ENTRUSTED and have been so patient. You’ve asked when is the next book coming out? Well, hold on. We are so close to release.

Today, I give you the cover.

ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is coming soon!

ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is coming soon!

ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is Carla’s story and I’m excited to share it with you. The story dropped in my lap as I prayed about the end of ENTRUSTED. It’s a theme I know well, and I think you might, too. Carla’s been given everything she could possibly want, but she feels she’s unworthy because of a rebellious choice she made years ago.

Carla’s been given her dream, to leave her job as sheriff and attend cosmetology school. The gift is so overwhelming that she struggles with feeling unworthy, especially since she still feels guilty for becoming a mom as a teenager. When Wayne Peterson reenters her and their son Noah’s life, Carla creates some tangles between her and her steadfast boyfriend, the flannel-wearing, truck driver Will Marshall. Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

My hope is to have ENTANGLED available next month, along with the re release of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present. ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, Trish’s story, should be ready by year’s end.

The critique groups and beta readers who went through ENTANGLED had a hard time trying to guess the ending and how Carla would find freedom through surrender. There were definitely “Team Will” and “Team Wayne” fans, and I look forward to seeing what YOU think.

My hope is to release the  ENTRUSTED e version for free for awhile and do so as ENTANGLED: Releasing the Past releases. Do me a favor and grab both copies. Read them, and if you enjoy them, leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are vital for authors, and I can’t encourage audiences to find freedom through surrender if they don’t know what resources I have for them. I truly believe through fiction readers will relate to characters and their surrender journey, and take that next step toward freedom for themselves. Partnering with me by spreading the word and leaving reviews will make all the difference.

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