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Don’t Miss This: The Patriot and the Loyalist by Angela Couch

Posted by Julie on May 3, 2017 in ACFW, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Completing his three years in the Continental Army, Daniel Reid still has no desire to return home—not after losing the woman he loves to a British Captain—so he volunteers to ride south through enemy lines and deliver a message to Colonel Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. With his temper needing a release and a dark haired beauty finding her way into his broken heart, Daniel decides to join the Swamp Fox’s efforts against the British. Little does he know the British still have the upper hand.

Lydia Reynolds has learned that love comes at a price, and she refuses to pay. Better to close her heart to everything and everyone. When her brother-in-law won’t grant her passage to England, where she hopes to hide from her pain, New Englander, Daniel Reid, becomes her only hope—if she can induce him to give her information about the notorious Swamp Fox and his troops. When the British grow impatient and Daniel evades her questions, Lydia must decide how far to take her charade. The poor man, already gutted by love, hasn’t grown as wise as she. Or so she supposes…

Until the truth is known, the muskets are loaded…and it is time to decide where true loyalties lie.

Available at: Barnes & Noble Indigo/Chapters Amazon

Reviews:
A poignant blend of adversity and love set against the gritty backdrop of war, Angela Couch skillfully weaves a redemptive story that will keep fans of historical romance turning pages and rooting for a happily ever after.
~Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled and Covering Home

From the descriptive pen of award-winning historical author Angela K Couch comes an intriguing tale of lies and deceit that will keep you turning the pages way into the night… I always enjoy Angela’s stories where history meets fiction. The Patriot and The Loyalist was no exception.
~ Marion Ueckermann, USA Today Bestselling Author

The Patriot and the Loyalist brings readers a Revolutionary War historical that will keep them reading both for the romance and the intrigue.
~Janet Ferguson, author of Leaving Oxford

Angela K Couch delivers once again. The only problem with The Patriot and the Loyalist−it is impossible to put aside. Filled with realistic characters, its wonderful storyline stays with you long after you finish reading.
~Lucy Nel, author of The Widow’s Captive

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New Release: Finding Freedom Through Surrender

Posted by Julie on February 28, 2017 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

It was one of those God taps that I wanted to ignore. Late last year I felt I was supposed to write a devotional using the surrender themes explored in my contemporary romance series, Surrendering Time. Not only that, but write it from the characters point of view. I’d never heard of such a thing, and by obeying, I knew I was delaying book 3, ENGAGED, even more.

But obey I did. It took longer than I thought with unexpected travel and child sickness, but it’s done.

Finding Freedom Through Surrender-A 30 Day Devotional available on Amazon.

FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER-A 30 Day Devotional, features short readings on surrendering fear, loss, change, regret, and the future. If you’ve read ENTRUSTED or ENTANGLED, you will visit with beloved characters like Ben, Jenna, Carla, Will, Sara, and more. If the series is new to you, no worries. The devotional will introduce you to the characters without spoilers. Then, once ENGAGED is released this spring, you will be ready to jump in.

It’s in eBook format, so download the free Kindle app and you can read on your phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, and of course, Kindle. It’s only available on Amazon.

I’d love for you to spread the word. Early feedback showed that many of the readings were exactly what readers were struggling with at that time. That’s God, and I’m grateful He allows me to write for Him.

Take a look!

FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER HERE

 

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Book Review: When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Posted by Julie on August 3, 2016 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |
When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Book Description:
Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.

Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.

This was a ride, and a wild one at that. I am deathly afraid of snakes. I can’t look at stuffed animal snakes, cartoon ones, none of it. So I wasn’t sure how I would do with this book that tackles snake-handling in church.

I confess, I couldn’t read it at night. There was only one scene that was scary for me, but the thought of it made me read during the day, and I really enjoyed it. It is obvious the author thoroughly researched this book. The characters were so well-developed, especially Gwen. This is not the first book in her series, but it definitely can stand alone. I learned a lot about her. Single mom. Cancer Survivor. Forensic Artist.

I enjoyed her daughter working with her, and that I could not figure out why was good, and who was evil. As Gwen kept saying, “Trust no one.”

I hope you trust me, though. When Death Draws Near is a suspenseful plot I’ve never run across before that keeps you on edge. It’s dynamic, humorous at times, and full of action.  I definitely recommend it.

To purchase When Death Draws Near, click here.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Entrusted Hits #23 on Amazon Kindle Bestseller List

Posted by Julie on November 19, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Well, hello!

While you’ve been reading the amazing thankful posts this month, I watched my first book, my Adirondack romance titled Entrusted, release. It’s been fun watching it go through the stages and then see my name listed as the author. With it comes a lot of marketing, more than I have hours in a day to tackle.

I thought I’d share what’s going on with Entrusted and invite you to click away on any link that interests you. This is our journey, and I’m thankful that we can all go on this ride together.

The praise is within days of release, Entrusted reached #23 on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list for Women’s Christian Fiction.

Entrusted blurb:

Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl, plows–literally–into Adirondack village, Speculator Falls with a busted GPS. She gets a warning from the sheriff but has ideas for the senior center to prove she belongs in town as their director. Town councilman Ben Regan is as broken as the flower box Jenna demolished. He’s grieving and wants to shut down the center before there’s too much change and heartbreak. They work on community projects and build a slow relationship, but the council needs to vote on the senior center’s future. Can Jenna show Ben both her and the center are worth trusting?

 You can purchase Entrusted through:

  • Amazon

  • Barnes and Noble

  • CBD.com

  • I updated the website. Take a look at what readers are saying about Entrusted by clicking here. I’m visiting other blogs to talk about the book and other fun things. Those links are there, too. Stick around and look at the entire site. Update: I’m at Inspy Romance and they have one copy available for giveaway. Click here.

  • Readers are asking about having me sign their copy. If you aren’t local and would like me to sign, technology can take care of that. Click here for your free, personalized authorgraph.

  • Reviews are key. If you enjoyed Ben and Jenna’s story, please leave a kind review at Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, CBD.com and Barnes and Noble.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see something fun I did with the cover.

So far the feedback has been very positive. Readers connected with Ben and Jenna as I have. Next up is Entangled, Adirondack Surrender #2, Carla’s story.

I appreciate all the support and promotion. I’ve worked a long time to see this day and my prayer is readers relate to Ben and Jenna and their struggles to surrender fear, change and loss.

Thanks!

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COTT: Deadly Additive–An Action-Packed Gift!

Posted by Julie on December 3, 2012 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

 

Clash of the Titles hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food and fellowship! Today, we are thrilled to talk to you about Donn Taylor’s newest book, Deadly Additive. What an exciting book!
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To soldier-of-fortune Jeb Sledge it seems like a simple job: Rescue an heiress and her journalist friend Kristin Halvorsen from their kidnapping by Colombian guerrillas and collect a sizable paycheck. But Kristin has other plans. After stumbling onto a mass of dead bodies, she wont leave Colombia without the proof she needs for the story of a lifetime. While she and Jeb wrangle over her obstinacy, they discover a hidden factory where the guerrillas build a new and deadly type chemical weapon for the international black market. Their discovery triggers a raid on the factory, followed by a desperate search through the Caribbean and the U.S. to prevent a catastrophic attack by weapons the factory has produced. But who is behind that attack, and what are the planned targets? Finding out brings Jeb and Kristin again into peril for their lives and leads them both into an unexpected spiritual Odyssey.

What others are saying:

An edge-of-the-chair plot in prose that reads like satin, with a nails-tough hero who still has time for introspection.

-Donna Fletcher Crow, author of A Darkly Hidden Truth, The Monastery Murders

I loved Deadly Additive! In this wonderfully written story, Donn Taylor offers up a perfect blend of suspense, intrigue, humor, romance, and inspiration. I savored every page and didnt want it to end.

-Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Travelers Rest

Donn Taylor continually thrusts his two leading characters into impossible situations, but their escape is always believable. His characters are well drawn, authentic.  You find yourself physically trying to help them out of a certain-death trap.  I recommend it without reservation.

-James Callan, award-winning author of Cleansed by Fire

reached the level of making me forget I was reading. It was an intellectual action novel with likable charactersreminded me of Tom Clancy’s novels.

author Rose Munevar on Goodreads

Sounds good to us! Want to take a peek?

Opener from Chapter 1: 

By habit, Jeb Sledge disapproved of people who pointed weapons at him. The present offenders tuxedo did not qualify him for an exception, and the silencer on his pistol only aggravated the offense

View the video book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doMqtrIKOMw&feature=youtu.be

Preview Deadly Additive and other suspense novels on Donns Web site: www.donntaylor.com.

A bit about the author:

Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature (especially Renaissance) at two liberal arts colleges. His novels The Lazarus File and Rhapsody in Red have received excellent reviews, and he has also authored Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond. He is a frequent speaker at writers conferences such as Glorieta and Blue Ridge. He and his wife live near Houston, Texas, where he continues to write fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics. His Web site is www.donntaylor.com.

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