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Book Review: Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on October 28, 2016 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies

by Susan May Warren

“Watching Kacey and Ben maneuver past hurts and fall back in love made for a perfect afternoon reading. Wild Montana Skies is a wonderful love story.”–Dee Henderson, author ofTaken

The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.
But her mistakes aren’t so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.
Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn’t realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart. 
Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

This is book one in a new series by Susan May Warren and I love how she shook up the hero and heroine. It was new for me to read about the heroine being in the military and having PTSD consequences, as well as struggling with needing to leave just as her and her daughter re-connected. That brought great conflict to the story, impacted by Ben’s return and the revelation he is Audrey’s father.

The sparks kept me turning pages as Kacey and Ben never got over each other but there is hurt, miscommunication, betrayal from others and the question of how would they become a couple with a daughter when both have demanding careers? The conflict was palpable and made for a great read.

I definitely recommend WILD MONTANA SKIES.

To purchase, CLICK HERE.

I received this book from the publisher and this review is my own opinion on it.

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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.


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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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It Had to be You $100 Visa Giveaway from @SusanMayWarren

Posted by Julie on March 19, 2014 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.


One winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

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Book Review: It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on March 12, 2014 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Book Description:

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.


It Had to Be You is Book #2 in the Christiansen series, but I believe it could be a standalone. However, I also believe you’re going to fall in love with the Christiansen family and want to read the series.

This book is about Eden Christiansen, who longs to be a serious reporter but spends most of her time chasing her hotshot hockey playing brother around. He’s reckless on and off the ice and she’s doing everything she can to keep him from harm.

Jace is a NHL player at a crossroads and Eden thinks he needs to be involved in Owen’s life. No one is really happy about any of their roles, but as Owen finds himself in a crisis, she and Jace find themselves together, like it or not.

I enjoyed It Had to be You because Susan May Warren is a master at creating heartfelt Midwest characters. In this particular book she uses hockey as a backdrop, something I haven’t seen before. I found this realistic given the dangers of the sport and really enjoyed reading about it and how the characters interact because of hockey.

I also enjoy stories that take you through consequences without beating you over the head about it. It’s great romance, and I think redemption, too.

I recommend you check out It Had to be You.

To purchase, click here.

I received It had to be You from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Authorpreneurship by Sharon C. Jenkins

Posted by Julie on February 8, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Authorprenuership-3-d-coverTake control of your writing career!

What does it take to become a successful author in today’s publishing world?  It’s not enough to write a powerful book – today’s author must understand and leverage the business side of writing.  Authorpreneurship by Sharon Jenkins takes the aspiring writer from curiosity to career, combining both sides of publishing – author and entrepreneur – to empower writers with direction, publishing options, marketing solutions and business savvy to grow their career.


You’ll learn:

  • What publishing model is right for you
  • Branding and how it sells your book
  • Your publishing personality, and how to leverage it
  • A business plan for a successful book launch
  • How to manage your time
  • How to create a powerful product
  • Winning traits of a personal support team
  • How to financially support your dream
  • Strategic and easy marketing secrets – online and off!

And resources to help you apply what you learn!



The book I wish I had when I started my writing journey.  Authorpreneurship is a practical, thorough, empowering tool for writers at every level to that will equip them to create a thriving career.  Best-selling, award-winning novelist and founder of My Book Therapy, Susan May Warren

I want thank Sharon for her dedication in supporting aspiring writers and authors like myself! In writing my first ever published book, Stories of An Entrepreneur in August, 2012, I dedicated it to Sharon Jenkins for providing me the tools and resources to write and share my book with my audience of start-up entrepreneurs of Women Entrepreneurs of America. Yolanda Lamar Wilder, Founder of Women Entrepreneurs of America

Sharon has been working with authors for years, giving us opportunities to learn from one another and benefit from her wealth of knowledge. Finally, she has gathered her resources and put them in an easy-to-read guide that will help authors follow their dreams! Best Selling Author Michelle Stimpson

Sharon Jenkins’ book, Authorpreneurship: Build a successful business as an Author , is a must read for anyone aspiring to master the art of writing, while at the same time learning what it takes to market and publish a book in today’s competitive landscape. You won’t be disappointed! – Cynthia O’Neal, TM3, LLC, Founder

Julie’s Thoughts:

I agree with Susan May Warren. I wish I had this book when I first started. Sharon has a way of presenting every possible thing a writer needs to know, including up-to-date information and connections, in a very easy way to understand. She covers everything, including finding out what your personality type is and how to use it in your writing journey. I think that’s a real stand-out, and she includes quizzes on many steps of the writing journey to help gauge where you are at.

She’s very generous with her resources, including the Appendix where she shares her non fiction proposal. There are summaries for each chapter. Even through her writing you can tell she’s a great encourager.

I recommend Authorpreneurship for anyone wanting to make writing a career, or if it is their passion. She gives the tools to make your writing plans a reality.

Ms-JenkinsokSharon C. Jenkins is a literary project manager, author, motivational speaker and visionary who serves as the Inspirational Principal for The Master Communicator’s Writing Services.  Formerly the managing editor of four electronic and print journals (business, community, health and wellness, faith-based) for one of the largest African American marketing and communications companies in Houston, she has also written articles in various national and local publications. These include Yahoo Shine, Diva Toolbox, Beauty Come Forth Magazine, Gospel Truth,, Houston Black Book and Small Business Today.

Jenkins is also the best-selling Amazon author of Beyond the Closet Door and has co-authored two other books,Songs of Three Sisters and Ready, Set, Succeed: Making Your Dream Come True.

Known as the Master Communicator, because she is proficient in communicating in multiple forms of media: radio, newspapers, magazines, and spoken word, her prevailing mission is to equip authors to live their literary dreams without emptying their bank accounts. She started this undertaking four years ago with the Desire to Inspire Workshops, which progressed to the 2010 – 2013 Authors Networking Summit, which were hosted in Houston and Detroit.

To purchase Authorpreneurship, click here.

I received a .pdf of Authorpreneurship from My Book Therapy in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Writing and Selling the Great American Novel by Janice Thompson

Posted by Julie on September 13, 2013 in Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

When it comes to writing how-to books, I admit I start to gloss over when I hear there is a new one.

I’m a voracious reader and I’ve read them. Of the stacks and stacks I’ve finished, only a few stand out as ones with new information and help I find amazing and worth telling others about.

And Janice Thompson’s newest offering, Writing and Selling the Great American Novel is one of them.janice

This book gives the aspiring novelist everything needed to start, plot, write, edit, complete, sell, and market your work. I’m literal when I say everything. There are acronyms that help break down tips. Exercises to help you practice and flesh out what you read. Quotes from authors and agents emphasizing Janice’s points. Books and links she recommends. I can’t think of a single thing she didn’t think of, and it’s presented in easy to find, read, and refer back to fashion.

I’m not quite at the beginner stage, but I’m not yet published. Writing and Selling the Great American Novel is a reference I plan to have nearby when I’m plotting, editing, working on a query letter…honestly, it works for any aspect of writing. I’m in a couple critique groups (another subject Janice writes about) and when I read something that needs more than I know how to help with, I always recommend Susan May Warren/Rachel Hauck’s  From the Inside…Out:discover, create, and publish the novel in you. For someone wanting to know about writing romance, I also tell them to get ready to dog ear Gail Gaymer Martin’s Writing the Christian Romance. Now I have a third command because Janice includes all the genres and tips on writing for each one, and that makes this a resource that stands apart.

I can’t recommend Writing and Selling the Great American Novel enough. Janice included everything for our benefit. Buy the book, read and keep it close by, and get writing. You won’t have any regrets.

To purchase Writing and Selling the Great American Novel by Janice Thompson, click here.

Note: it is available for a reduced rate September 13-15. After that, the book will sell at $8.99 (worth every penny, but hey, don’t you love a sale?)

I received a download of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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