COTT: Vote for Ideal Curl Up in Front of a Fire Read!

Posted by Julie on November 30, 2016 in COTT, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
It’s the end of our CLASH year, and we’ve lined up some awesome holiday reading (and gift ideas!) for this month’s Clash of the Titles.
Vote for your Ideal curl up in front of a fire read!

Scroll through these releases and cast your vote for your perfect idea of a next read.

It’s a tough choice, but it’s up to you to determine our Clash Champion!
Risking Love
Brenda S. Anderson

A play-it-safe bank employee falls for a down-on-his-luck, risk-taking widower.
Can she risk loving a man whose home she may have to take away?
An Unexpected Role
Leslea Wahl

Josie’s island getaway becomes the summer of her dreams as friendships grow,
romance blossoms and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. But as
she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only
realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also
discovers her true self.
Forest Child
Heather Day Gilbert

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable,
conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life and is Book Two in the
bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.
Can’t Help Falling
Kara Isaac

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a
mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and
picturesque Oxford, England.
The Cautious Maiden
Dawn Crandall

In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with
a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. With danger stalking her and a new
fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust
and who to leave behind.


The Thorn Healer
Pepper D. Basham
A wounded nurse battles resentment against a German prisoner as the two work together to save an Appalachian town from deception and disease in the wake of World War 1.


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COTT: Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson

Posted by Julie on October 2, 2016 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |


Congratulations to Janet W. Ferguson and the novel Tackling
the Fields
for taking home this month’s Clash crown! We’re pleased
to feature this guest post, which gives us a little insight into Janet’s
book and football…yes, football!

In the South, most of us love football. It’s something we talk about,
cheer for, and spend time watching with friends, whether in person or as
a group viewing it on TV. The adrenaline seems to flow as the leaves
begin to turn from deep greens to those fall yellows and oranges, a
chill touches the air, and those pads and helmets are put on.
My husband played high school football. He was a center. I’ve always
watched the sport at whatever school I attended, and of course, in
Mississippi, a lot of us follow the SEC games. I never thought a whole
lot about why we enjoy watching so much or about the injuries the
players battle with—until my son played the sport.
His junior year, he tore his ACL and his shoulder labrum participating
in this sport he loved. And he was not able to make a comeback. I saw
the game through different eyes as he struggled with the loss. He missed
the comradery, the goal, the discipline, the friendship. Everything
about being a part of a team.
While he was going through three of four surgeries that he ended up
having, I began writing Tackling the Fields. It combines this love for a
game with the loss of a dream for one character and the loss of
innocence for another. It was a challenging, almost painful, book to
write. But in the end, God heals our wounds and helps each of us recover
from our broken places.
He’s there to free each of us from the heartaches that try to take us
About the book:Cole Sanders is a changed man. The university
quarterback questions his direction in life after serving on a mission
trip in Honduras. Things that used to fill Cole’s ego seem empty after
witnessing the developing country’s extreme poverty and the death of a
precious child. The one glimmer of hope through his confusion is the
fresh perspective he now has about his tutor, Audrey. She possesses
something beautiful inside and out—something that might help him become
the person he wants to be.

University senior Audrey Vaughn
tutored Cole Sanders for an entire year and never imagined the popular
quarterback would see her as anything more than a friend. After
partnering with him on the mission trip, they are drawn together. And he
appears to have changed for the better. To let Cole into her life,
Audrey will have to overcome not only her brother’s distrust, but also
the paralyzing fear still lingering from a past she’s tried to leave

Cole can’t walk away from Audrey now that they’re back
in Oxford. He’ll have to figure out how to keep her giant of a brother, a
lineman on his football team, from killing him when the coach has his
back turned. But can Audrey trust her heart to a player so similar to
the one who stole so much from her in the past?


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COTT: Jennifer Uhlarik Crowned Olympia Champion

Posted by Julie on September 19, 2016 in COTT, encouragement, Julie Arduini |


Many deserving competitors entered the fray. One became the victor!


Congratulations Jennifer
2016 Olympia Award Champion.

We took a few moments to get to know
Jennifer a little better, and now here’s your chance to do the

Congratulations to Jennifer Uhlarik, 2016 Olympia Champion.

Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when
she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s
bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured
Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at
the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old
West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won five writing
competitions and finaled in two other competitions. In addition to
writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher,
a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer
is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of
the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her
husband, teenaged son, and four fur children.

How did you come up with the idea for this book and what made you
want to write this particular story?

While working with a few other authors on some novella collection ideas,
I came up with the idea of three adult siblings who reunite after being
separated by adoption in their youth. This story and the two that follow
it are the result of that idea—three strong siblings devoted to law and
justice, each in their own way.

What does winning the Olympia Award mean to you?

It is such an honor! I love the Olympia since the first round is judged
by readers. That is probably the truest group of judges one can have.
And I know the competition is always stiff in contests, so just to final
is quite humbling. To win is indescribable (and I’m an author, so that
says a lot. I’m speechless. LOL)

How can people find you online/contact you?

I can be found in the following places:

Website: www.jenniferuhlarik.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferUhlarikAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferUhlarik
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jenuhlarik/

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COTT: More Summer Books Need Your Vote!

Posted by Julie on July 25, 2016 in Book Review, COTT, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Summer’s Sizzlin’
Vote for your Fave!

Scroll through these THREE new reads and vote below
for which you’d pick up first to read while sippin’ iced tea.
It’ll be a tough choice! But somebody’s gotta do it. May as well be
Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. VogtShe’s won an all-expenses-paid, luxurious wedding — all she needs now is
the groom! Winning a destination wedding would be a dream come true …
if Caron Hollister and her boyfriend, Alex were already engaged — and if
her ex-boyfriend, Kade, wasn’t back in her life, causing her to wonder
“what if?” when she thought she was ready to say “I do” to someone

Rescue Me by Sandy NadeauRisking her life to save him is easy. Risking her heart to give him a
second chance is impossible.

River Rest by Susan Page DavisUnable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is
afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own
grief. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him.




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COTT: Becky Wade Wins Clash

Posted by Julie on July 5, 2016 in About Me, COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Congratulations to Becky

and her novel
Her One and
for taking home this month’s Clash crown!
About the book:
After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to
obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a
stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until
the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache,
especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female
half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?
Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none
of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to
rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker
and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a
romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the
mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer
to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to
trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.
Becky also has a FREE book sale going on RIGHT NOW!
Undeniably Yours
What Becky’s voters had to say:

~I have read and loved Becky Wade’s books for awhile now! She is talented
and brilliant. I love having the option to read romantic fiction that is
Christian based and clean for the soul. It’s wonderful! Thank you!!
~I wouldn’t even need a beach to want to read your book, Becky Wade!
~LOVE Becky Wade!! Loved the conclusion to the Porter Family Series!!
Perfect book poolside or other Summer destination or really any place any
time!! 🙂
~Even though I have only read one of the books on this list (I look forward
to checking some more of these out) i want to thank all the authors for
doing what they do. I believe God uses you to help others. I love reading
because it can just help me escape sometimes and than start fresh and go
forward. Also encouraging our relationship with God through seeing your
characters growing in faith. Thank you for writing even when it toughs
because it makes a difference and matters to people like me!!!
~I just received a whole set of Becky Wade’s books and can’t wait to read
~Becky Wade, I love your books. Keep up the great work
~I have loved all of Becky Wade’s books! I am never disappointed with any
of her books – I look forward to each next one. They are always on my to
purchase list as soon as they come out – one of my new favorite authors!


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COTT: Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta

Posted by Julie on May 16, 2016 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |



An illness comes of out nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a
county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun,
sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her
belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts
romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing
a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?




“Gail Pallotta’s contemporary romance novel, Barely Above Water,
is a touching story of loss, hope and healing.” ~Nancy Mehl—award-winning
author of the Finding Sanctuary series.


“The main theme in Gail Pallotta’s Barely Above Water is
“overcoming incredible odds.” Readers will find themselves rooting for
characters who face illness, unemployment and heartbreak. I think you’ll
thoroughly enjoy this story about trust and faith!”
~Loree Lough—bestselling author of more than 100-award-winning books,
including RT 4.5 star Top Pick, Saving Alyssa {Harlequin

The Story Behind the Story:

Ten years ago I grew very ill. After a month of tests the doctor told me he
couldn’t diagnose my malady, so he couldn’t treat me. I had no idea where
to turn for help, but the last name of a chiropractor a friend of mine had
seen ten years earlier kept popping in my head. I ignored it because I
needed medical assistance, not an adjustment, but the name persisted.
Finally I called my friend and asked about him. He turned out to be David
Lee, D.C., Ph.D., C.Ad., now an alternative doctor as well as a
chiropractor. He started treating me immediately for a toxic substance.
Later, a scan showed the bacteria for Chronic Lyme Disease. Since then,
I’ve met or heard of many people suffering from the ailment, or a malady
that can’t be diagnosed. Their stories touched my heart and inspired me to
write Barely Above Water, which details symptoms and treatments for the
disease. The technical material is woven around a romance and a cute group
of youngsters on a summer league swim team, so it’s fun as well as


Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God,
beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A regional
Writer of the Year for American Christian Writers Association in 2004, she
was a 2013 Grace Awards finalist. Gail’s published four books, poems, short
stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in
anthologies while two are in museums. Connect with Gail on her web site blog Facebook twitter

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