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COTT: The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots by Karla Akins Wins Latest Clash

Posted by Julie on October 7, 2013 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |



This week, COTT announces TWO great
events!

September’s Clash Winner

and the 2013 Laurel Finalists.



We’ll start with the Clash.

And the winner is….





The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker
Boots

by Author Karla Akins
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Pastor’s wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops
on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the
conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of
Eels Falls.
Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty,
but she’s not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a
ministry. However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when
God uses Kirstie’s ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed
bikers, those secrets could be exposed…and some will stop at nothing to
hide the truth.
Join Kirstie and her motorcycle “gang”—two church matrons and a mouthy,
gum-smacking non-church member—as they discover that road-toughened bikers
are quite capable of ministering to others, and faith is fortified in the
most unexpected ways.
PURCHASE:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karla Akins is a pastor’s wife who rides her own
motorcycle. She is the mother of four boys and one step-daughter, and
grandmother of five. She lives in North Manchester with her husband who is
the pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, her twin teenage boys with
autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s and three rambunctious dogs. Karla
and her husband have been in ministry together for 30 years.

AND NOW FOR THE LAUREL
FINALISTS!
The entries have been read and the scores
have been tabulated. Our unique panel of judges, comprised strictly of
readers, has determined our three finalists. And they are…

Ruth Reid’s “An Angel by Her
Side”

MaryLu Tyndall’s “Veil of
Pearls”

Delia Latham’s “Gypsy’s
Game”

 

Congratulations to all three!!
 
Thanks you to all our Laurel entrants for
participating—the panel enjoyed reading all of your
excerpts!
 
The three finaling submissions will be
returned to the same panel of judges for a final vote. The winner will be
announced on October 18, 2013.

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COTT: Vote for What Would Make Your First Fall Read with COTT

Posted by Julie on September 30, 2013 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |
 
Happy autumn from your
friends at
Clash of the
Titles!
So, which is your favorite genre? Contemporary or historical?
YA or Women’s Fiction?
Please scroll, have a quick read, and vote on which you’d read first. We
encourage you to share the contest on your social media sites. Spreading
the word about an author’s latest novel is the best way to encourage
her!
(Voting closes Wednesday, October 02, at midnight.)

RUNNING LEAN

by Diana L. Sharples

Still reeling from the loss of his brother in Afghanistan, Calvin Greenlee
pours himself into fixing his motorcycle and spending the rest of his time
with his girlfriend, Stacey, who always has the right words to say. But
when Stacey starts losing weight—a lot of weight—it’s clear she has
problems of her own. Calvin is determined to cure her—but could that only
push Stacey further into danger?

RASPBERRIES AND VINEGAR

by Valerie Comer

Outspoken advocate for local food Josephine Shaw moves onto a rundown farm
with two friends to prove to the world that she can live sustainably, but a
mouse invasion and the cute reluctant farmer next door test her resolve.
Zach Nemesek is itching to get back to his easy life in the city, but a
Border collie puppy and the woman next door make him wonder if he’s better
off embracing God’s plan for his life…or running from it!

SNOW ON THE TULIPS

by Liz Tolsma

After the German occupiers kill her husband, the last thing Cornelia de
Vries wants is to be involved with the Dutch Resistance. Wounded
underground worker Gerrit Laninga brings nothing but danger to her doorstep
– and the chance at love she thought had gone forever.

 

THE PASTOR’S WIFE WEARS BIKER BOOTS

by Karla Akins

Pastor’s wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she
hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the
conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of
Eels Falls. Certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses
Kirstie’s ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers,
those secrets could be exposed, and some will stop at nothing to hide the
truth.

THIS DANCE

by Jerusha Agen

No love, no pain—no God, no games.

A tragedy three years ago destroyed Nye’s rise to the top of the dancing
world as an upcoming tango star, making her shut out God and all emotional
attachments that could lead to pain, but when a handsome lawyer and elderly
landowner enter her new life to make her face the God she can’t forgive,
will Nye learn to dance again?

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