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COTT: Giveaway Tuesday!

Posted by Julie on June 23, 2014 in Book Review, COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |
Winner announced at

of the Titles

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


By entering the contest, you understand
The books may arrive in Kindle, Nook, or paperback format, according to
each author’s preference.
Each author will send his/her book directly to the winner.
COTT cannot be held responsible for prizes not received.
Entry in this contest does NOT subscribe you to any feeds, newsletters, or
other publications or networks


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COTT: Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson Wins Latest Clash

Posted by Julie on March 31, 2014 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

All the best things in life are worth striving for,

such as Christmas, babies,

and winning at Clash of
the Titles

Our latest winner is a YA novel that, according to one of our voters, is
the “perfect high school drama.”
The readers have spoken!
Hats off to you, Laura, for your smashing win!To celebrate Worth the Wait’s win, the e-book will be on sale for
$1.99 now through April 1st!


Worth the Wait
by Laura Jackson
–March’s Clash Champ!–

About the Book:

Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the
perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her
drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is
diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right
thing – doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie
learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning
and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.



We interrupt this article to make a special announcement! COTT has the
pleasure of introducing our 2014 Olympia finalists! To learn more, follow this

What COTT Voters Had to Say:

* Loved Worth the Wait!! It was such an inspiring story….looking forward
to your next novel!

* Laura Jackson Perfect high school drama and I can’t wait to see what God
has in store for Ellie and all her other friends.

* Keep up the great work, Laura. Loved your book, Worth the Wait.

* All of the books sound great. The one I’ve been most excited about though
was Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson.

* Follow your dream, Laura Jackson! It’s worth the wait.

A Note from the Author:

I love books. Back in third grade, my cousins teased me because I was
reading a very thick book about the Battle of New Orleans. I don’t remember
anything about that battle now, but I remember wondering why they didn’t
want to read it.

After graduating with a BA in English and history (where I didn’t learn
anything about that Battle of New Orleans), I taught 7th grade language
arts for eight years. That’s where I fell in love with YA books.

Wanting to share my passion for books with more kids, I earned a Master of
Library Science degree and switched to an elementary school. I loved
sharing great books with kids, but I missed writing with my students.

So, I started writing on my own. My first book was a flop, and I didn’t
even finish it. Then, Ellie kept popping up in my head, and I had to write
her story.

Now, I have the best of both worlds–reading all day with kids and writing
YA at night.

A Glowing Review:

“I would buy a hundred books like this! As someone who has worked with a
lot of young people navigating the extremely tough world of high school and
young adult culture I was so impressed by how accurate the culture was and
how open and honest the main character (Ellie) was about her internal
struggle. This is definitely a book I would recommend to any of the girls
in my classes or youth group because it tackles tough questions head on but
doesn’t linger on graphic or questionable material…. This book has it
all–raw truth, messy struggles, family issues, peer pressure, huge life
issues,true love, finding an authentic relationship with God and an
unshakable element of hope that will inspire you to see God in a new way. I
can’t wait to read whatever else this author puts on a page!” –jmoliver<a
Read the rest of the review here.


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COTT: Vote for Your Favorite Spring Read

Posted by Julie on March 24, 2014 in COTT, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |


Spring Has Sprung!


And so have these brand new must-read Christian novels.
Clash of the Titles brings you five novels of every variety. There’s something for everyone! Enjoy these blurbs, then scroll to vote and help send your favorite novel to COTT’s annual Laurel Award.

But first, a shout-out to Diana Montgomery who is the WINNER of our March Book-bundle Giveaway. Woot! Diana, the authors of the following three novels will be contacting you shortly:

Heaven’s Prey by Janet Sketchley

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert
Ryan’s Father by June Foster

When Annie Whitaker and her merchant father set out for Cañon City and the Pikes-Peak-or-Bust gold rush, Annie finds much greater wealth in the heart of a runaway preacher. Will her love change that preacher’s view of women—and God—and help him on his way back to faith and love?



Acclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, used to be in love until a root of bitterness between their Irish grandparents separated them. Then a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry, only to find she’s too late—Ruth has passed on, leaving a mysterious painting in the attic that stirs up questions about the entwined past of Naomi’s and Keith’s grandparents and their own broken romance.

Plus-sized woman seeks validation in small-minded man. After betraying a friendship when seeking this validation, Ava spirals into a depression and continued self-destruction until she turns to God for help.

Nissa, a sharp-tongued Jewish girl with a deadly secret, and Longinus, a Roman centurion, are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the mercy Jesus offers is real or just another false promise.

Ellie’s perfect life is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for her is always worth the wait.

Enjoy the blurbs?

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