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COTT: A New Clash to Vote For

Posted by Julie on February 23, 2015 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

Hostess: Gail Pallotta January 2015, brought us many great fiction books. Contemporary, historical, young adult futuristic and a suspense novel round out this month’s Clash. Which of these will you put at the top of your to-be-read list?

During the 1960s, Henry Youngblood feels the call to plant a new church. Meanwhile, his wife
wonders how to pay the bills for the new baby, keep their teen-aged daughters under control, and temper the family’s dreams with reality.
Spain 1493: In order to flee the Inquisition, Isabel, accompanied by the husband she was forced to marry, must sail with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Indies. There, amid the hardships of the New World, her character is forged and her destiny reshaped as she comes to terms with who she is.

When Jen unravels the family scandal within the walls of an English country manor, will she reveal the truth she’s hidden for so long as well? Or will she choose to live the lie in order to keep the man she loves?


Sixteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins never questions her country’s pregnancy termination law for underage girls until she becomes pregnant. Now she must comply or fight to save her unborn child, but fighting means Vivica must abandon her mother, a powerful governor, and side with a rebel organization that’s determined to start a revolution.

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COTT: Books by the COTT Staff

Posted by Julie on February 10, 2014 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
As the below featured novels
Clash of the Titles staff is a talented
Please enjoy this sampling of our latest

The Last Detail

by Lisa Lickel

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can
they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?
Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage?
Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…When tragedy strikes, they
must learn to rely on each other in ways they couldn’t have prepared



Lea’s Gift

by Delia Latham

A victim of a house fire during infancy, Lea Dale’s severe facial
disfigurement pales in comparison to the scars Laren Meadows carries
inside…and his painful secret could destroy their chance at true love.
For the first time ever, an emotional Lea questions her special connections
with Heaven even as she investigates cruel pranks

at her father’s ranch for disfigured teens and tries to deal with her
roller coaster heart.


A Cowboy Christmas

by Delia Latham

A mom on the run; a special child and her “imaginary” friend; a cowboy; and
God. Shy horseman Dex Beckett longs to help lovely Layne Mabrey and her
daughter, but Layne’s lack of faith and stubborn refusal to relinquish her
distrustful heart could get in the way of even Heart’s Haven’s heavenly




by Gail
Margaret McWhorter lives in tranquil
Mistville, North Carolina, but there’s no peace in her life since her
Sean, took a steroid and nearly died. Margaret and Sean’s father demands
excellence in sports, but Sean fell short. Margaret’s still hustling to win
swim meets at Meriwether Christian High, where Sean was the number one
quarterback for the football team. In quiet moments she asks
God to heal Sean. She’s angry at her father for pushing Sean, but hate for
drug dealers drives her to find them. A clue overheard at a teen hangout
Margaret and two friends to the edge of this dangerous




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Beth Prescott realizes there’s more to her new job with the Hammondsport senior citizens when her clients keep trying to match her with their grandsons. She wants to excel at her job and push past the memories of a bad romance.

Dean Kellerman returns to the area to help his grandfather and forget his mistakes.

The two run into each other and find the only thing they have in common is Walt Kellerman. As they work together can they enjoy a friendship, or, will their secrets divide them once and for all?

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COTT: Max Elliot Anderson’s River Rampage Wins Competiton

Posted by Julie on August 10, 2012 in Book Review, COTT, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |


Max Elliot Anderson’s book for boys, River Rampage, wins the Clash of The Titles competition for New June Releases. His film background adds dramatic action to his writing.
River Rampage by Max Elliot Anderson
  A hearty congratulations to Max!

A special thank you to all the talented authors who were part of this fun week!

Carol Cox, author of Love in Disguise

Myra Johnson, author of A Horseman’s Gift

Terri Reed, author of The Deputy’s Duty

Louise Gouge, author of A Proper Companion

About River Rampage:

Sam Cooper and his friends have the chance of a lifetime to go rafting down the mighty Colorado River. The rains have been heavy this season, making the raging river even more treacherous. The boys become separated from the main group, their rubber raft is going flat, and now they’re on their own. They have their hands full with a crusty prospector, his gold mine, a gang of outlaw bikers, and a desperate river escape on their makeshift wooden raft. Think that’s the worst that could happen? Well, it isn’t.

“Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!” Bill Myers – Author, McGee & Me

River Rampage Review

By Wayne S. Walker

Do you think that you would enjoy going down a raging river on a raft? Twelve-year-old Sam Cooper and his family have moved to Harper’s Inlet on the Treasure Coast of Florida. His new friend, Tony Dodds, invites him and another friend, Tyler Peterson, to take a white-water rafting trip on the Colorado River in Utah with Tony’s Uncle Harlan. After some initial hesitation Sam’s parents give their permission, so Sam gets all his gear ready and Tony’s father drives the boys to Moab, UT. Everything is planned to make the trip as safe as possible, but the unexpected can always happen. And with Sam, Tony, and Tyler, it usually does.

The second day out, the rope tying the boys’ raft to the one ahead of it catches on a small log wedged into some rocks and snaps, leaving them stranded. Battling the raging waters in a raft that is punctured by a rock and is now taking on water, the three manage with great difficulty to bring the raft to shore in a very desolate place. Then when they try to walk out, they find themselves in a box canyon with a kindly old prospector named Gus who has found a gold mine but is trapped in by a group of motorcycle-riding claim jumpers. What can the boys and Gus do? Is anyone looking for them? Will they ever be able to escape?

If your tween boys, and girls too, like adventure and excitement, they simply have to try Max Elliot Anderson’s books. I’ve never read one that I didn’t like. There is nothing objectionable. Families are usually presented as father, mother, and children in loving relationships. That’s not to say the kids in them never face any problems, but there are always appropriate solutions which meet the needs. I like the way that Sam and his friends attend church services, believe in prayer, and look to God for guidance. Yet, the tone is not “preachy” but just filled with good, clean fun. Most of Anderson’s other books have had completely different characters and settings, so a series is a departure for his writing. Book number 1 of the Sam Cooper series is Lost Island Smugglers, which I have read, and book number 2 is Captain Jack’s Treasure.

No wonder one of our voters says, “Max Anderson’s books are always a favorite with my boys!!!”

About Max      

His background in film adds a dramatic boost to his books.

Max grew up in the film production business. His father, Ken Anderson, was the founder of Gospel Films in Muskegon, Michigan, and later, Ken Anderson Films. At the age of eight Max was “killed” by a hit-and-run driver, while riding his bike in one of his father’s motion pictures. But, since the film was being shot in black & white, the blood came out of a chocolate syrup bottle.

As an adult Max excelled in film and video production. He won Best Cinematographer for his work on the feature film, “Pilgrim’s Progress.” This was also the first feature film for actor Liam Neeson, known for his work in “Schindler’s List,” “Star Wars,” and other films. Mr. Anderson has also won national Telly awards for his productions of “Youth Haven,” “A Safe Place for Kids,” and “Tracy’s Choices.” “Tracy’s Choices” was also awarded Best Christian Documentary. Other programs he has produced have won numerous local, regional, state, and national awards.

Author Jerry B. Jenkins says, “Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries.”

Max says, “Even though I grew up in a house full of books–my dad was an author of over 70 books–I didn’t love reading like my siblings. I’d be the first person to tell you I was a reluctant reader….”

Five years ago Max decided to explore why. He says, “In that research, I discovered a pattern: the books I looked at just didn’t interest me. The style was boring, the dialog was sometimes sparse or when it was used, it seemed too adult. I was looking for action, adventure, suspense, and humor.

“I started writing action-adventure & mystery books that I would have liked if I could go back in time. My books are written for 8- to 13-year-olds, especially boys, who are reluctant, unhappy, or struggling readers. Yet they are also enjoyed by avid readers too.”

Now that Max has a career in film and books, he says, “The responses to my books have been the most surprising, and rewarding. Newspaper Caper, Terror at Wolf Lake, North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott’s Cave & Legend of the White Wolf are compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.”

Max is listed in WHO’S WHO in Finance and Industry, Entertainment, Advertising, The Midwest, Emerging Leaders in America, The World, and WHO’S WHO In America (1999 – present).

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Guest Post by Gail Pallotta
A former Clash of The Titles winner, Gail has published two hundred articles, several poems, one short story and two books. She’s a 2004 regional writer of the year for the American Christian Writers Association.

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COTT Survey: What Summer Book Would You Read First?

Posted by Julie on July 30, 2012 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
Hostess: Gail

Summer’s the perfect time to spend a day by the shore, an afternoon on a lake or several
hours in a hammock with a good book. The June releases featured are brand new
and offer a great variety in selection. They include a boy’s book, contemporary
and historical romance, western mystery, and romantic suspense. The presses are
small and traditional. Find your favorite summer reading spot to enjoy these
books. Then use the voting box below to let us know which you’re likely to read

Three boys have their hands full
with a raging river, a crusty prospector, his gold mine, a gang of claim-jumping
outlaw bikers, and a desperate river escape on their makeshift wooden raft.
Think that’s the worst that could happen…well it isn’t.

Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore disguises herself as
Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, to land a position with the Pinkerton
Detective Agency. In her wildest dreams, she never imagined having to add a
second character to her repertoire in the form of Lavinia’s dazzling niece,
Jessie . . . or considered the problem of losing her heart to Steven Pierce, who
has no idea that the woman he’s falling in love with doesn’t

With her father’s death, Anna
Newfield loses everything—her home, her inheritance, and her future; she had
nothing left but her faith. Major Edmond Grenville longs to rescue her, but
loving her means going against his family’s rigid control and perhaps losing his
entire future.

Amid murder, mystery and mayhem, Deputy Chief Ryan
Fitzgerald and Free-lance journalist Meghan Henry must set aside their personal
hurts in order to work together, risking their lives to solve a murder, catch a
killer and rescue a baby before it’s too late. And in the process discover that
the biggest, most rewarding risk of all is love.

Filipa Beltran is tired of living
out her parents’ dreams, while Nathan Cross would give anything to make his late
father proud. When a childhood friendship blossoms into romance, can this couple
find common ground as they search for contentment in their God-given

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COTT: Gail Pallotta Interviews Winter Author Kevin Newsome

Posted by Julie on April 18, 2012 in COTT, Guest blogger, Writing |

Clash of the Titles Congratulates Keven Newsome, author of Winter  and winner of the Comparable Cover/ Book Blurb Clash! One of the commenters at Clash of the Titles said, “Just finished Winter, loved it.”

About Winter:
We’re all freaks. It’s just a matter of perspective.
Winter Maessen didn’t ask for the gift of prophecy. She’s happy being a freak – but now everyone thinks she’s crazy. Or evil. Goths aren’t all the same, you know. Some are Christians…
Christians to whom God sends visions.
Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there’s more than flesh and blood at work. Her gift means she’s the only one who can stop it – but at what price?
Keven talks about Winter.

Winter is a four book series. As the series progresses, Winter’s ability as a prophetess grows to rival Elijah. She does not just have a gift of prophecy, but is an Old Testament style prophet. I worked very hard to make sure everything she does is theologically and Biblically accurate. Everything she does has a corresponding Biblical example.
The story is not necessarily about Winter being a prophetess or her battle with a Satanic priest. It is more about her fall and redemption through Christ. That’s why the story is told in two parts. The flashback story shows how she fell to become unlovable and unwanted. The modern day story shows how God can take the most unlovable and unwanted person and transform them into something amazing.  I want this story to inspire all readers that even though they don’t think they’re good enough for God, God thinks otherwise.

About Keven:Keven Newsome is a graduate student at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology specializing in Supernatural Theology. He writes stories that portray the supernatural and paranormal with a Biblical perspective. He’s also the found and administrator of The New Author’s Fellowship and produces music and videos through Newsome Creative. When asked about himself, he says, “I am a child of God, husband, father, and friend, in that order. I am a musician, novelist, and sometimes artist. I know the difference between Star Wars, Star Trek, and Firefly, but I prefer Lord of the Rings. My mp3 player contains a mix of Christian rock and movie soundtracks. I am more of a nerd at heart, but I am equally comfortable sleeping under the stars with a log for a pillow, playing Halo with a bunch of guys with cold pizza on standby, or playing intra-mural sports such as tennis or flag-football. In short…I am strange.”
He currently lives in Louisiana with his wife and their two children.
Visit Keven’s Web site here

Submitted by Clash Hostess: Gail Pallotta
Bio: Gail has published several hundred freelance articles and two books. While some of her articles are included in anthologies, two of her historical pieces ended up in museums. In 2004, the year she published her first book, Now Is the Time, the American Christian Writers Association named her a regional writer of the year. Gail’s first Christian romance, Love Turns the Tide, was published by Awe-struck E- books in their inspirational category. Learn more about Gail here Visit her blog here
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Clash of the Titles Interview with Gail Pallotta by April W. Gardner

Posted by Julie on March 12, 2012 in COTT, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
*guest post by COTT Sr. Editor, April W Gardner

This week, it was my privilege to spend a few extra minutes with author Gail. Gail is one of the blog alliance correspondents at Clash of the Titles.

Her husband, Rick, says she’s the only person he knows who can go in the grocery for a loaf of bread and come out with someone’s life story. That’s probably because she inherited her mother’s love of people and enjoys talking to them. Working as an editor and freelance writer, Gail published a couple hundred articles. While some of them are in anthologies, two ended up in museums. In 2004, the American Christian Writers Association named Gail a regional writer of the year. She recently published her first romance, Love Turns the Tide. When she isn’t writing she likes reading, swimming, and getting together with friends and family. Gail wants to write books of faith that show God’s love. She and Rick live in Georgia. Just a couple hours north of me, actually! We’re practically neighbors. 🙂

Every COTT staff member is a professed child of God. Gail, can you tell us about your relationship with Christ?
I can’t remember when I didn’t love Jesus. My father’s father was a minister, so I grew up listening to Bible verses and references to Jesus. But my mother played a huge part in helping me establish a relationship with Christ. At bedtime she said prayers with me and told me stories from the Bible. First, she taught me “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” but even then I had a copy of “The Lord’s Prayer” hanging on the wall above the headboard of my bed. She taught it to me a few lines at a time. We soon started saying it instead of “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” She also told me about the Crucifixion in her own words, explaining how much Jesus had to love me to die for me. She taught me to talk to Jesus, to say the things I was thankful for, to praise Him, and ask for things I needed. I did the same with my daughter. I’m so grateful for the many blessings Jesus has given me and that He’s always there for me. I don’t always get the answers I want to my prayers, but I get the answers I need to fulfill God’s plan for my life. Whenever I’ve needed a miracle, Jesus has supplied one. There are several hymns that touch on how I feel about my relationship with Christ. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “He Leadeth Me” are two. My daughter recently gave me a CD, Elvis, An Evening Prayer. The first song on it, “His Hand in Mine,” conveys how I feel about my relationship with Christ. It’s an old gospel song written by Mossie Lister. It’s on YouTube. The URL is

Beautiful testimony! A mother’s faith is essential in a child’s life, and you’re proof of that!
None of us are perfect though, so what’s the craziest thing you did as a teenager? 

Gail Pallotta

I grew up at the foothills of the mountains. At a reunion a few years ago, many of us told our beloved biology teacher how much she meant to us. She replied, “Well, I had to teach biology. There was no one else in town that could.” Teachers were scarce. We had a very old algebra teacher. He couldn’t stay awake during class. Nope. He took the roll and told us to turn to the next chapter and work the problems. Then he pushed back his seat and propped his feet on the trash can. We’d give him about ten minutes, and he was out like a light. His classroom was in the basement with a window level to the ground. In the spring as soon as he started snoring, we went out the window, got in my friend’s convertible (she had the only car) and went to the lake.

No way! That’s so funny!! How long were you gone? What is something else people would be surprised to know about you? 
At age twenty-two when I graduated from college, I packed my clothes in a medium-sized suitcase and moved to a large city with eighty dollars in my pocket. Had no car, no job, and nowhere to live. 
Wow! You can’t leave us hanging, lol! How did that work out for you?

On a slightly more serious note, what is the nearest book to where you’re sitting? 
I love to read anything, non-fiction, fiction, any genre, Christian and many secular. But the book closest to me, probably because I also write as well as read, is Essentials of English.

I’d imagine that covers grammar? Forms of writing? Sounds like a must-have for every writer! What are three things you can’t live without?   
Faith, family, fun

Three very important f’s! Makes me wonder though, when I say the word “fun,” what’s the first thing to pop into your mind?

What is the message you most want to convey to readers with your writing? God loves you. Accept His love and let the greatness of it overcome the imperfections of this world. 

That brings to mind. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” NAS (©1995)
Anything else you’d like to add? 
I was honored when asked to be part of the Clash of the Titles Staff. I love helping to promote Christian books and writers.
And we love having you!!
Get to know Gail better by visiting her website or her blog.

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