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COTT: This Dance by Jerusha Agen

Posted by Julie on October 14, 2013 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |


If you’re a fan of “Dancing with the Stars,” have dreamed of being swept
across a ballroom floor, or if you’re any sort of lover of romance, you’ll
want to know more about this week’s featured novel! It’s volume one in the
Sisters of Redemption Series and is a resource for those seeking to recover
true joy in their lives.


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, and in the process destroyed her reason
for living. She survived the pain and built a new life resembling nothing
like the one she left behind, determined never to hurt again.

Nye’s emotional walls hold up perfectly until she meets a handsome lawyer
and an elderly landowner. They seem harmless, but one awakens feelings she
doesn’t want and the other makes her face the God she can’t forgive. Will
these two men help Nye dance again?





Q. What issues do your characters face that will speak to the heart
of your readers?

A. Where do I start? Nye’s story hits on a lot of pertinent issues
that I think most of us have to deal with in our lives. On the basic level,
there are the issues of grief and loss, as well as fear of experiencing
more loss in the future. While Nye likes to think she has control over her
life, she’s really being controlled by her repressed grief and fear of
being hurt again.

Then there’s the issue of joy. Nye has lost whatever enjoyment she once had
in life. Her fear of pain keeps her from seeking anything that might bring
her joy, while her sorrow prevents her from believing there could be
anything that would bring her happiness ever again.

I hope that readers who are struggling with a painful loss, who know the
fear of being hurt, or who have lost the sense of joy in their lives will
find hope in reading Nye’s story.

Q. What advice based upon scripture would you give a reader who is
dealing with the issues that are front and center in your current

A. Remember that God is in control and that He’s a loving God, who
will work out ALL things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).
You can try to control your life like Nye does and try to avoid things that
might cause you pain. It might seem to work for a while, but, sooner or
later, you’ll realize that you can’t control anything.

That might sound scary, but it isn’t when you know the God who is in
control, when you know that He’s good, that He loves you and has the wisdom
to see the big picture that you can’t see (Jeremiah 29:11). As much as
whatever you are going through may hurt right now, cling to the truth that
God is there and that, in the very end, everything, no matter how awful it
seems now, will be turned into victory (1 Corinthians 15:54).


Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story–a passion that has led her to a
B.A. in English and a highly varied

career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her fiction and
nonfiction have been published in various journals, magazines, and
newsletters. Jerusha is the author of the Sisters Redeemed Series. Book
One, This Dance, released in August 2013. This Shadow, Book Two, will be
released in February 2014.

Jerusha is also a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have
been produced as films. In addition, Jerusha is a film critic, with reviews
featured at the website,

Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her large, furry dogs and
one little, furry cat.

Visit Jerusha at the following locations:

Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords

Facebook (Jerusha Agen – SDG Words).


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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
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
(Voting closes Wednesday, October 02, at midnight.)


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?


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!


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.



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


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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