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COTT: More Summer Books Need Your Vote!

Posted by Julie on July 25, 2016 in Book Review, COTT, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Summer’s Sizzlin’
Vote for your Fave!

Scroll through these THREE new reads and vote below
for which you’d pick up first to read while sippin’ iced tea.
It’ll be a tough choice! But somebody’s gotta do it. May as well be
Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. VogtShe’s won an all-expenses-paid, luxurious wedding — all she needs now is
the groom! Winning a destination wedding would be a dream come true …
if Caron Hollister and her boyfriend, Alex were already engaged — and if
her ex-boyfriend, Kade, wasn’t back in her life, causing her to wonder
“what if?” when she thought she was ready to say “I do” to someone

Rescue Me by Sandy NadeauRisking her life to save him is easy. Risking her heart to give him a
second chance is impossible.

River Rest by Susan Page DavisUnable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is
afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own
grief. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him.




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Book Review: The Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton

Posted by Julie on April 21, 2016 in ACFW, Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |
The Amish Firefighter by Laura Hilton.

The Amish Firefighter by Laura Hilton.

This is the second part of my Don’t Miss This feature. Yesterday I shared that Laura and I are in the same critique group, so I’m able to see her work firsthand. She’s such a master at Amish romance that what you read as a finished product is pretty much what I see in the critique group.

The Amish Firefighter is available for pre-order, and my review is based on my critique experience.




The Amish Firefighter

Can they overcome their past?

Abigail Stutzman’s life is about to change – whether she wants it to or not. Her mamm is getting remarried to a widower with a large family. Abigail is sent to live with her aenti and onkle in Jamesport because she and her new step-brother had dated and their parents anticipate problems. (Her step-brother is needed on the farm.) Abigail launches a full-scale plan to return home to her family—and Mark—when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Abigail and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble, her punishment includes helping a collection of crazy old maids with housekeeping. In the midst of her atonement, Abigail uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Abigail must decide if she’ll continue her messed-up legacy or embrace a new beginning with the man who’s stolen her heart.

Sam Miller has trouble of his own. When Sam and his close friend Ezra Weiss are in a drug/alcohol-related car accident in Pennsylvania, Ezra is killed. Though Sam survives, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and vows to help other victims. Now a new Christian, Sam is a volunteer firefighter and a college student working to earn his EMT and paramedic license. But Sam has a past. When it comes time to confess his crimes, he finds that the truth may set him free—but it might also land him in some uncomfortably hot water. Will Sam and Abigail be able to find a future together? 


As always, Laura delivers a page turner of an Amish romance for readers. The Amish Firefighter is a standout to me thanks to Sam and Abigail’s chemistry. Their conflict starts immediately and between circumstances and attraction, they can’t stay away from each other. Yet, both have their issues that keep the two at arm’s length. I love how Sam calls Abigail “firebug,” and Abigail is a strong character in her own right. There is also the fire aspect, and that only adds to the page turning. All the dynamics are here for a satisfying read. I think this is a must read for summer.


10628159_10208001517851690_2507809979360088405_nAward winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.


Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard,  and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three

book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter releasing in May 2016, followed by two more Amish books and a Christmas story releasing in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 respectively.


She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.


Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.

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COTT: Finding Mia by Dianne J. Wilson Wins Clash

Posted by Julie on August 3, 2015 in Book Review, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

Thank you to all of our authors

To quote one of our Clash of the Titles visitors

This is “Another WOW reading list for us avid readers.”

And the winner is!

Finding Mia by Dianne Jennifer Wilson

Isobel is on the hunt for her missing muse. What she finds instead is an
abandoned toddler who is sunburned and close to death. Dr. Liam Brigham
keeps little Mia alive, but needs Isobel to save the girl from a far
greater danger–a killer with an agenda for kidnapping.

With Mia’s life next in line, Isobel and Liam have to put aside their
differences, face their past and throw their trust at the only One able to

From our voters

Finding Mia sounds amazing…and I love the cover!

Well done, Dianne…Your book sounds very intriguing!

Thank you Dianne Wilson for an amazing book, Finding Mia

Finding Mia for me-ah!!! Love this Dee-Lightful lady…Go Di

Dianne J. Wilson, hoping we can look forward to many more wonderful books
from you. You are truly a Blessing. Dianne J. Wilson, keep writing and
being as inspiring as you are!

An Amazon Review

“I’m glad I found Finding Mia. This author has a writing style that drew me
in and kept me involved with the story from the very first page. There were
passages that I still remember vividly, and I felt the joy, hope, fear,
angst, or confusion right along with the characters. And there’s a scene
with a broken mirror- WOW! This is romantic suspense at its best. And Mia?
I just want to hug her tight. God bless that little girl even if she is
“just” fictional. Well done, Ms. Wilson. I will keep a sharp eye out for
your next book! Jan Elder

What Inspired Dianne to write Finding Mia

At its heart, Finding Mia is about restoration. I wrote prompted
by the John 10 v 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I
came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” It is my hope that as
my readers laugh and cry along this journey with Isobel, that they will
come to trust that God’s intentions for them are always good and loving, no
matter what they face.

Buy links for Finding Mia



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Bio: Writer by night, Dianne J. Wilson is a graphic designer and ballet
school administrator by day. Working as a freelance writer has paid the
bills, but communicating Truth through fiction is her passion, whether
through words in books or by dance, music and drama on stage.

She lives in East London, South Africa with her husband, Scott, and three

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Book Review: When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on August 7, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |


About the book: 


Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled-or maybe yanked-away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

I believe it hasn’t been since Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption series with the Baxter family have I become so enamored with a fictional family. Once again Susan May Warren paints a realistic family with flaws and issues to overcome, but also with a bond so tight I want to be a Christiansen, too. I really was rooting for Grace and understood Max and his choices.

I loved the Hawaii setting and the cooking competition backdrop. There was great chemistry between Grace and Max. It made for fast reading to see what was going to happen next.

If you’re looking for a great read to wind down your summer, although this is a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and get the series. When I Fall in Love is a perfect summer romance.


Purchase a copy:


About the author: 


Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. 

Find Susan online: website, My Book TherapyTwitter, Facebook

I received a copy of When I Fall in Love from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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COTT: Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard Wins Clash

Posted by Julie on August 4, 2014 in Guest blogger |



Thank you, voters and encouragers, for a great Clash of the Titles, June 2014 Release Battle.

We’ll begin our champion announcement with the kindness of the voters….
Comments of Encouragement for this Month’sCLASH Authors:
They are allstunning… I love though how Tamara writes in the medieval time… Hard tofind clean fiction in that time period 🙂
Heather DayGilbert’s previous novel convinced me to put any other fiction she writes inthe top level of my “to read” list, so this month’s choice waseasy–even though there are some other books here that are also on my list.
Anytime a bookweaves a tale that crosses generations is always a draw for me. Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert offersthat and a peak into WV life with a great mystery. Love it!
Oh my goodness –too many wanna-reads in this list, not the least of which are Blind Trust, APlace in His Heart, and Lady of Eve. No fair we only get to vote for one!! 😉
A Place in HisHeart is a beautiful story! So amazing that it’s based on the author’sancestry.
JolinaPetersheim, I read “The Outcast” and I’m looking forward to readingyour new book “The Midwife.” I enjoy Amish fiction. Keep up the greatwork!
Best of luckHeather Gray Jackal is one of my all time favourite books!!
Rebecca DeMarinois off to a good start in her first of “The Southold Chronicles.” Iam looking forward to the second novel.
And Now, on to our Champion, with a sweetkudos to another clasher:
Sandra, BlindTrust looks intriguing, so I ordered a copy. I’ve already read Moon overMaalaea Bay at least 30 times. 🙂
Love Sandra’sromantic suspense!
Sandra Orchard, Iam looking forward to reading all the book in this series. Love the characters! Blind Trust looks great!
Sandra Orchard isthe best. I enjoy her books and can’twait till the next one. Blind Trust is agreat book.
Sandra Orchard –Your cover is fabulous — I can’t wait to read the story.
And the winner is– Sandra Orchard, and Blind Trust!
About the book:



Blind Trust
June 2014
Revell,paperback, 325 pp.
Revell, e-book,$14.99
Buy on Amazon
Caught passingcounterfeit bills, Kate Adams races to expose the true counterfeiter beforeunwitting suspects pay with their lives, but the truth could endanger her mostof all.
Book 2 in thePort Aster Secrets series
Kate Adams had noidea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can’t believe that it camefrom her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one ofDetective Tom Parker’s investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor’sinnocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than atwo-bit counterfeit operation–and strikes too close to home for comfort. Asfamily secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–beginto crumble. To Kate, it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers allof Port Aster’s secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?
N.B. Eachbook in this series is a stand-alone mystery featuring Kate Adams, a herbalmedicine researcher turned amateur sleuth, and Tom Parker, Port Aster’s newestdetective. Together the three-book series reads as a romantic suspense, withKate and Tom’s romance and an underlying suspense plot arcing the series. Forthat reason, and because book two is a spoiler for book one, we recommend theseries be read in order.
A review fromBooklist:
The second of Christianromantic-suspense author Orchard’s Port Aster Secrets novels, Blind Trust findsKate Adams still reeling from her friend’s murder as she attempts to get herlife back in order. However, what begins as a seemingly small-time counterfeitoperation soon spirals into something much bigger, with Kate at the center.Detective Tom Parker has his eye on Kate, and not because she’s a suspect. Hisfeelings for her continue to grow, as does his desire to protect her, butKate’s determination to get to the truth on her own means that Tom is oftengetting her out of trouble, rather than keeping her from it. When the actionshifts from mere counterfeiting to poisoning, theft, and decades-old secrets,Kate insists on researching her way to the facts. Orchard infuses romance withsuspense and keeps the excitement coming page after page. Readers will love theever-deepening mystery as Kate extends her investigation and finds herself andher long-dead father tangled up in an international corporate conspiracy. WillKate be able to clear her father’s name, and stay safe? — Carolyn Richard
About the Author:


Sandra Orchard is anaward-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries with Love Inspired Suspense and Revell Publishing. She is an active member of AmericanChristian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild(Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada withher real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her younggrandchildren. You can learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus featuresat or connect at

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COTT: New Releases Clash

Posted by Julie on May 28, 2014 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Summer’s on the way. We have five great books to add to your beach bags. To take readers back in time, there’s a historical novel set in ancient Rome. Or relax with a southern romance with mystery and suspense. Then check out a medical suspense, a contemporary novel and contemporary romance–all fantastic stories. Let us know by voting below which  of these you’ll put on the top of your list.

Thanks to all of our contributors!


Betrayal made him a slave, and love made him a gladiator. Faith would give him the courage to rescue an empire.

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A frightened runaway with a checkered past co-inherits her grandfather’s farm with the man responsible for the scars on her heart. Can Chance and Dakota lay aside old hurts and grudges to build…A BRIDGE UNBROKEN?

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A celebratory dinner party becomes a nightmare for The nightmare begins for Dr. Shannon Frasier when a man is shot dead on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar incident a decade ago. The rough voice on the phone asks, “What did he say before he died?” and won’t give up until Shannon tells him–even if she doesn’t know.

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Pam’s divorce broke her heart, the cruelty of her ex husband broke her spirit, a bottle of skeeping pills almost took her life. Now, with Alan’s return to Garfiekd, OK, Pam must learn that buied secrets and carfully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

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Nobody cares about Ivy Clark’s broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on, even move to Greenbriar, South Carolina to model wedding dresses for her stepmother. Here Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer, sees through the facade and challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth.

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