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COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash

Posted by Julie on April 3, 2017 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
Congratulations to Jennifer Vander Klip
and the novel
Protective Custody

COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash


COTT: Protective Custody by Jennifer VanderKlipp Wins Clash

About the book:
A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the
town’s rich and powerful.

Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at
the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith and life into a tailspin.
As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town’s power
brokers, doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her

Detective Kyle Taylor is in the midst of solving the town’s worst crime
spree, a case that cold make or break his career, when the woman he
thinks he might have a future with witnesses a gang initiation gone
wrong before they can finish their first date. He has spent his entire
adult life protecting his hometown. Now he’s protecting a woman he’ll
risk everything to save.

With more than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from
trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they

Christian Romantic Suspense

What Reviewers Are

I just kept turning pages to see what would happen next! Can’t wait
for the next one!
—R. Cole

This is my second novel from Vander Klipp and I continue to be
impressed with her writing.
–Kelly T.

Add this book to your must-read list!—Regina F.

What COTT Voters Had to

~Great Book, Jennifer! Kept me on the edge of my seat!!
~Jennifer Vanderklipp, keep on writing. Some days it may seem as if no
one appreciates
your books, but believe me, we, your readers, are out here just waiting
for your next
release. A. Zuniga
~You have an awesome cover.The book sounds great.
~In love with Jennifer’s writings!!!
~Enjoying so many new titles from amazing authors that pour their hearts
in to their work. However I have to say that Protective Custody is a
nail biter beginning to end. I could not put it down. Kudos to Jennifer
Vander Klipp. Looking forward to more great reads from her.
~I like suspense like Jennifer VanderKlipp writes!

About the Author:
I make beauty from neglect, order from chaos. I like fixing messes!

And I get to do that a lot since I’m a mom to two and stepmom to four,
navigating the tweens and

teens while battling my daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the
delights of my son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California
native transplanted to the Midwest, my favorite thing is discovering
with my husband how much there is to love about seasons, snow, and the
delight that is Michigan.

Upcoming Release:
Promise Me is a prequel novella to Protective Custody, and it is
releasing in May. With the same great setting as Protective Custody,
(Orange County, California) this story focuses on Cait Bellamy and
Grayson Kendall, who make brief appearances in Protective Custody. But
we also get introduced to the stars of Protective Custody, Detective
Kyle Taylor and Heather McAlistair.

Marketing director for Samashima Family Farms Cait Bellamy, on a break
from the endless restoration of her farmhouse, witnesses
potentially-devastating vandalism at the farm. Car restoration hobbiest
and real estate attorney Grayson Kendall finds himself intrigued by the
happenings at the farm which seem to be related to his latest real
estate development. He does some digging, unknowingly putting Cait and
her beloved farmhouse in danger. Can they both learn trust each other
and create something new out of the wreckage their pasts while trying to
discover who wants to put the farm out of business?

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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:


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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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