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Remembering John Denver through HER ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGHNESS

Posted by Julie on October 14, 2017 in ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Julie’s Note:
Darlene Franklin is a writing friend with a release that needed some promotion help, and I wanted to help out. I didn’t know on Thursday it was the anniversary of John Denver’s death, and her book pays tribute through her fiction. Check it out!

Krystal Black had helped foreign dignitaries before but never was tempted to join their ranks.
Prince Johann “John” van Koppelberg came to the Colorado Rockies expecting a vacation. He hadn’t planned to fall in love with his tourism director.

But like John Denver, the prince found a home and fell in love. Now if only he could get Krystal and his parents to agree.

Purchase Her Rocky Mountain Highness HERE

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Thankful for What God’s Taught Me in 2016 by Darlene Franklin (GIVEAWAY)

Julie’s Note:

Darlene has graciously offered to give away one physical copy of her book below. Please leave a comment on what you’ve learned this year and I’ll draw one winner on November 28.


I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising, all the generous bounties of God, his great goodness to the family of Israel—Compassion lavished, love extravagant. (Isaiah 63:7, MSG)


Oh, my, the list is endless, as infinite as God Himself. But I’ll limit my list to a couple of things God has taught me over the last twelve months. They seem to state opposite things:

God wants me to want Him. “I’m after love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.” (Hosea 6:6, MSG)

Two things came together. I’ve spent a lifetime wanting to spend more time in prayer. Also, living in a nursing home gave me a glimpse into my potential future. If I get Alzheimer’s or dementia, what will spew from my mouth? I decided to cram my brain as full as possible of Bible verses as possible.

A little more than a year later, I’ve memorized almost 400 verses. (Try The regular review recommended on the website takes me an hour a day and most of Sunday—and I wish I could do more.

As I’ve spent more time memorizing God’s word (and hearing Him speak to me), I’ve spent more time talking to Him. My barely ten-fifteen minutes a day, maybe fill up a page of a prayer journal has grown to an hour a day, sometimes as many as five pages—often filled with prayers inspired by the verses I’ve memorized. I wish I could spend more time in prayer.

Do I sound like I’m bragging? It’s more like, I wish I had discovered this years ago! But years ago, I didn’t have this kind of time, a reward for living in a nursing home.

Here are one some of those scripture prayers: See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:24 NIV) What a burden lifted to learn my anxious thoughts aren’t automatically offensive to You. You test them and weigh them, and then show me the better way. May I take your anti-anxiety pill by following the path You have made clear and straight before me, one step at a time.

Lesson #2: God is a Fire and He burns away impurities in my life. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire! (Hebrews 12:29, MSG) He refines us in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10, MSG)

This is something I’d rather not be thankful for. I’ve been terrified of fire ever since I saw Bambi’s mother die in the forest fire. But from heaping burning coal on our enemies’ heads to the burning coal from the altar cleansing Isaiah’s sins and this passage from Hebrews, I’ve been running into the image of fire as an instrument of sanctification.

God only disciplines His children. So, burn, Darlene, burn—until I shine as pure gold, see through so that God’s glory shines within

My theme for this coming year: hope. I can’t wait to see what God has to teach me.




Author Darlene Franklin

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over forty books and more than 250 devotionals.

Website and blog


Amazon author page


Blurb of Blue Ribbon Brides, which has my story, A Taste for Honey:

blue-ribbon_editedMeet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?

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Physical Giveaway copy is possible if you do that kind of thing.

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COTT: Vote for Your Favorite Winter Release

Posted by Julie on February 24, 2014 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |
In the Winter Doldrums between Post-Valentine’s Day and Easter,
we all need a little pick-me-up.
We at COTT are pleased to present these amazing stories for you—from Biblical times to World War Two to Witness Protection to Dramatic subjects—something to intrigue every reader.
Check out the following New Releases. Which one is calling you the loudest? Take a moment to browse, then make your choice below to let us know which you’re most likely to read first.
VOTE BELOW from Now until next Wednesday – tell your friends – then come back and see which book is this month’s champion!
Happy reading!


Ryan Reid is a first-grade teacher and a Christian with a heart for neglected kids, but a chance encounter during an earthquake with Sandy Arrington, a beautiful young nurse, rocks Ryan’s carefully guarded world and unearths the secret he has held deep in his heart. Though Sandy falls in love with him, Ryan’s forbidden affections lie elsewhere, and he must depend on the Lord to see him through a battle he always hoped he’d never have to face.
Mayor Clarinda Finch and high school principal clash over tradition vs. change during World War II. Can they put aside their differences and fight for both their town and a future together?



Witness Protection promises they can keep anyone safe if they follow the rules, so she follows every one of them to keep her daughter safe. But her husband just called–from the grave!



Forced to flee war-torn Jerusalem in 70 A.D., Rebekah and her husband, Ethan, each take something of value: Rebekah, the cup of the Last Supper; Ethan, a copper scroll detailing the whereabouts of a vast Temple treasure. Ahead, separation and danger face them as the struggle to survive and discover where their true treasure lies.


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