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How to Become a (Romance) Author

Posted by Julie on October 22, 2016 in ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |
How to Become a (Romance) Author by Julie Arduini
This is part of my Fall Book Club discussion Tuesday nights, 8pm, EDT at http://facebook.com/JulieArduini/Author. I’m going through my first contemporary romance, ENTRUSTED, and also sharing writing tips and behind-the-scenes info on the characters, chapters, plot, and the Adirondack Mountains. I just started, so feel free to grab your copy and join me!

Entrusted, from idea to tangible book, took twenty years. Don’t let that be you!
I’m not sure my journey into contemporary romance is normal, but I thought I’d share my experience into how ENTRUSTED came to be and see if you can glean anything to encourage you.
One thing I know isn’t normal but it seems to mark the authors from the rest of the world is that I was always asking questions. There was one I was constantly putting out there as an observer in life.
“What if?”
What if that goodbye in the airport is a break-up?
What if that phone call in a parking lot is the start of a reunion?
I was, and continue to ask the “what if” question everywhere I go. From there, story ideas take a life of their own. It gets the creative juices flowing. Take it a step further and journal those thoughts.
1. Ask “what if” to people you see in everyday places and let your creativity flow. Journal where your mind takes you.
I was a recent college graduate the first time I visited the village of Speculator in the Adirondack Mountains. As my friend walked me around, I pictured Ben and Jenna and asked myself, “What if Jenna moved here from somewhere else and wanted to belong?” “What if Ben owned the grocery store and had lived here forever, and resented change—including a new girl in town?” That’s the genesis of ENTRUSTED.
Years passed thanks to marriage and kids, but the desire to write never truly went away. About ten years ago I took a course from the Christian Writer’s Guild and I wrote articles and flash fiction for FaithWriters.
2. Never stop learning. Read books on the writing craft. Read books by authors in your genre. For me, I read a lot of craft books by authors associated with Writer’s Digest. I signed up for blogs that featured writing tips and read them. I joined American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW, and joined critique groups. ENTRUSTED was more than one draft. I think it might have been five. If you truly want this, you will persevere through the red marks, suggestions, and parts you know have to go.
3. Write! It sounds easy, but this remains my biggest challenge. I let my mind get the best of me and convince myself I’m wasting my time. If you are called, you’ll be equipped. You can do it, but only if you actually write. If being at home is a problem, set office hours. Go to the library. But take yourself and your writing seriously. Your book will never be published if you don’t write it. ENTRUSTED, from idea to tangible book, took 20 years. TWENTY. YEARS. That doesn’t have to be your story.
I’d love to hear from you!

Author Julie Arduini
You can find me at http://juliearduini.com where there are free resources on the left sidebar. I’d love if you followed me on Amazon and Goodreads. I enjoy connecting on social media @JulieArduini, including Snapchat. Please find me and say, “Hey!”

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Book Club Launches Tuesday

Posted by Julie on October 10, 2016 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

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When I was sent to the assistant principal’s office in middle school it wasn’t for mouthing off or fighting. Nope, I got in trouble for reading ahead.

Story of my life.

Reading remains my favorite relaxation. Although most of my time is invested in writing, I love sitting down with a good book. I long to talk to people about it.

Starting Tuesday, I’m combining writing and reading by launching my Fall Book Club. My plan is to connect with fellow readers and start reading and discussing my first contemporary romance, ENTRUSTED. We will discuss the chapters, and I’ll share behind-the-scenes features with characters, chapters, plot, and the Adirondacks. I’ll talk about the writing process. Some weeks will feature other authors and an interview with them, as well as “free surprises.” Once we finish ENTRUSTED, we’ll move onto ENTANGLED. Hopefully, ENGAGED will be after that. If not, we will read the third installment of the Surrendering Time series. I also look forward to reading books from my favorite authors.

Tuesday’s meeting is a kick-off with no reading required. I want us to get to know each other and I’ll release the reading schedule. After that, we’ll meet weekly.

Here’s more information:

The Surrendering Time series is an entertaining yet reflective adventure to the Adirondack Mountains. Each book takes an element of time (past, present, future) and explores through flawed and humorous characters what a surrender journey looks like.

In ENTRUSTED, Jenna Anderson leaves her Ohio hometown for the unknown in Speculator Falls. She’s determined to make her new job as senior center work and become one of the locals.

Ben Regan’s family is the backbone of Speculator Falls and he’s made a vow to protect the rural village. When his grandfather passes away and his former girlfriend leaves without even saying goodbye, Ben’s determined to prevent further transition in his life.

But Jenna produces a lot of change for Ben in a book about surrendering the present fears we have about change and wanting to belong.

BOOK CLUB KICK-OFF:

Tuesday, October 11, 8pm, EDT
Julie Arduini’s Facebook Author Page
Format: I’ll paste a graphic a few minutes ahead of time saying that all our discussion will take place under the picture. You might need to refresh, if so, hit F5.

To purchase ENTRUSTED: click HERE.

 

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Don’t Miss This: Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

Posted by Julie on September 8, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage, but a jealous cast member and numerous fruitless leads threaten to drop the curtain on her dreams and shine a spotlight on her longing for a place to belong. Meanwhile, Alex Sheridan is living his dream except for someone to share it with. When Dani dances into his life, he hopes he’s found the missing piece to his heart but fears the bright lights of a bigger stage could steal her away. Will the rhythm of dancing feet usher in their deepest desires or leave them stranded in the wings?

BIO: Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
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COTT: Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis Wins Clash

Posted by Julie on October 5, 2015 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

Congratulations to…

 
by Mary Ellis
About the book:
 

What Lies Beneath the Black Water of the Bayou?


Hunter Galen, a New Orleans securities broker, suspects his
business partner, James Nowak, of embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s
reluctant to jeopardize their friendship. After James turns up dead, Hunter
realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his
life.
Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder
as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out
fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley
Menard, rubs her the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman
who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to
Hunter—the police’s only suspect—her true reason for disliking Ashley?
As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and
death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the
mysterious dark water of the bayou. Only their reliance on faith and
fearless determination give them hope they will live to see another day.
PURCHASE
What COTT voters had to say:

–I normally enjoy reading mostly Amish fiction. But, because Mary Ellis is
such a wonderful writer, I would choose Midnight on the Mississippi.
–Mary Ellis, Looking forward to reading this.! Congratulations !
–Love to read books written by Mary Ellis. She writes great stories.
–Mary Ellis as with all your books i love this one too, you amaze me each
time i read one of your books, they just get better and better
–Mary Ellis, wishing you much success with this one!
–Just love Mary Ellis writing style and always look forward to new
releases !!
–Love your books, Mary! Best of luck with MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI!
–Go Mary Ellis! Your books are always wonderful
–Mary Ellis pulls you into the story in the first few pages!
–Mary Ellis, love her work. She writes a character so well, you can feel
like you know them, and you can’t wait to see what’s on the next
page.

About the author:
Mary has written twelve bestselling Amish fiction novel
along with three historical romances. She is currently working on a
romantic suspense series called Secret of the South mysteries for Harvest
House Publishers. First of the series, Midnight on the Mississippi is set
in New Orleans and was given 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews. Book two, What
Happened on Beale Street, is set in Memphis and will release in March. She
is a former middle school teacher and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog
and cat. She can be found on the Internet at her Website or on FaceBook.

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COTT: The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

Posted by Julie on June 1, 2015 in Book Review, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

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We Have A Winner!
Congratulations to Dawn Crandall! Her book, The Captive Imposter, won this month’s clash!

 

Thank you all for voting, and a special thank you to all of our authors this month!

Here are a few of our voter comments:

  • Dawn Crandall is a very gifted writer. She is a master @ blending romance & suspense !
  • Dawn! You know I love your books so much that I dream about the character!! 🙂
  • I love the writing style of Dawn Crandall. This is one of my favorite books. Keep up the good work Dawn
  • The Everstone Chronicles series is not to be missed! The characters are so absorbing and their story compelling. Readers, keep a look out for these and future stories by author Dawn Crandall! You will be glad you did. YaY, Dawn Crandall; thank you for sharing your story adventures.

 

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The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone is living under an assumed name in the awkward presence of her ex-fiance. However, as hotel manager Dexter Blakeley, slowly captures her heart, will the layers of family secrets and the knowledge of her true identity end up severing his love for her?



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The Captive Imposter is book three in THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES. Here are some reviews for the series:

PRAISE FOR THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES

“Romantic! Engaging and absorbing! Dawn Crandall brings America’s Gilded Age to life on the page with vintage amour and emotional depth.”— KRISTY CAMBRON, author of The Butterfly and the Violin

“Visit a bygone era filled with romance, intrigue, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the book. Dramatic and engaging, THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES is one series you won’t want to miss.”— MICHELLE GRIEP, author of Brentwood’s Ward

PRAISE FOR THE HESITANT HEIRESS

*Winner of the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence Romance Writers of America book contest

“Delving deep into the human heart with prose as polished as beach stones, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is a marvelous romance and an impressive debut.”— LORI BENTON, author of Burning Sky

“Dawn Crandall is a new author to watch!”— ELIZABETH CAMDEN, author of Against the Tide and Beyond All Dreams

PRAISE FOR THE BOUND HEART

“Dawn Crandall’s second novel in the Everstone Chronicles is an intense, powerful journey of one woman’s search for true love and true forgiveness. It is a beautiful reminder to us that nothing is too broken for God to piece together with the power of his grace. Lawry is a delightful and consistent hero worth falling for and Meredyth’s desperate longing for wholeness comes to its full completion in being loved well! Absolutely beautiful.”— PEPPER BASHAM, author of The Thorn Bearer (May 2015)

“In THE BOUND HEART, Dawn Crandall creates a cast of broken characters whose struggles spoke to me from the prologue.”— CARA PUTMAN, author of Shadowed by Grace

PRAISE FOR THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER

“Dawn Crandall is a fresh new voice in inspirational romance, and her latest offering, THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER, does not disappoint! Estella is sweet but imperfect, intelligent but not harsh. Blakeley is handsome: mysterious and contradictory, the perfect Byronic hero. Is Estella the woman to soften his hardened heart and is he the man to help her put her past firmly behind her? Creepy, mysterious settings with lots of lush, sensory details escort the reader through the pages as we wonder—will her secret spill? As more and more people learn the truth about this imposter, that coming reveal might just change everything.”— SANDRA BYRD, author of Mist of Midnight (March 2015)

“A blend of elegant drama and mystery, THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER tells the story of a love unexpected. Dawn Crandall quickly became a favorite author with her first two books, and the element of hidden identity in The Captive Imposter entwines with the style I’ve come to expect from Crandall—resulting in one satisfying read.”— RACHELLE REA, author of The Sound of Diamonds (June 2015)

Find them all on Amazon:
Book 1, The Hesitant Heiress
Book 2, The Bound Heart
Book 3, The Captive Imposter

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{About Dawn Crandall}

Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband, her three cats [Lilly, Pumpkin and Clover] and their newest addition, a little baby boy named Rhett (March 2014).

A former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn didn’t begin writing until her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

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Clash of the Titles: Vote for Your Favorite Release

Posted by Julie on April 27, 2015 in Julie Arduini |

Welcome to our March release Clash!

Spring is coming, and we have some amazing backyard patio
reads for you. Take a look at the compelling covers below and answer one
question: Which one is a MUST for your to-be-read pile?

Go
ahead and vote below. Be sure to check back for the winner on Thursday,
April 30!

Follow the Amazon link below each book if you want to
learn more or purchase a book. Don’t we have some amazing titles this
month?

And on with the clash!

The Tomb, a Novel of Martha

by Stephanie Landsem

Everyone in Bethany admires Martha,
the ideal Jewish woman, but only she knows the price she’s paid for her
perfect reputation. You’ll never see the story of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus
the same way again.

Find it
on amazon

Andrea and the Five Day Challenge

by Cindy K. Green

A Bible Study Challenge, a Prayer
Journal, and Homecoming, the combination just might change her life.

Find
it on Amazon

 

Nila’s Hope

by Kathleen Friesen

She has survived years of abuse.

Find
it on Amazon

Broken Silence

by Annslee Urban

SHE’S HIDING A DEADLY SECRET…and someone
wants to make sure Amber Talbot never reveals it. The person charged with
protecting her is police detective Patrick Wiley—the fiancé she walked away
from but never forgot and now he must save her from an unknown attacker
from their past.

Find
it on Amazon

The Hawk and the Dove

By Penelope Wilcock

A young girl learns the stories of a
group of monks in fourteenth century Yorkshire. They lived six centuries
ago, yet their struggles are our own—finding our niche; coping with
failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the
impossible ones.

Find
it on Amazon

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