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Blog Talk Radio Interview: Step Into the Light

Posted by Julie on February 26, 2017 in About Me, ACFW, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Sorry it’s been quiet here, there’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes, and I’ll share more in the coming days. It’s a busy time, but an exciting one!


A big part of being an author is also being in marketing. That’s not natural for most authors, we just want to write, and that’s true for me. Thankfully, I went to college for public relations/communications, so I have a handle on marketing challenges. Like everyone else, I don’t love it, but it’s part of the call.


Some people make talking about our books very easy. Patti Shene is one of those people, so it’s no wonder she hosts a show on Blog Talk Radio called Step Into the Light.


Patti interviewed me on Valentine’s Day and it was a fun time. We talked surrender, chocolate, Valentine’s Day and about my writing.

It’s about 45 minutes long and if you wondered what Upstate NY sounds like, give my interview a listen!


Julie Arduini interviewed on Blog Talk Radio, Patti Shene’s Step into the Light.

It is also on the right sidebar of

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Valentine’s Day: Surrender, Chocolate and Interview on Blog Talk Radio

Posted by Julie on February 13, 2017 in About Me, ACFW, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

Have you ever connected with someone through e mail and it was just a click? You felt like you knew the person and wanted to have coffee with them? That has been my feeling towards author and blog talk radio host Patti Shene. Through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers,) we somehow crossed paths online and touched base because of the Adirondack Mountains.


You probably know my Surrendering Time series, ENTRUSTED, ENTANGLED, and ENGAGED are all based in the Upstate NY region that features 1 million acres. Patti has history there as well, so I always enjoy when I hear from her.


Tomorrow Patti and I are going to have a chat, and YOU are invited! Patti hosts STEP INTO THE LIGHT, a program on Blog Talk Radio. My interview will be live at 10am Eastern. We plan to talk about surrender issues, chocolate, and Valentine’s Day. I’m sure we’ll talk about writing, too.


If you would like to learn more about any of these things, or, if you’re just curious to hear what an Upstate NY accent sounds like, come check it out!

Listeners can access show via telephone or over the internet

Internet URL

Guest call in: 646-564-9712


I’m thankful for people like Patti that have a passion to share her time to encourage others. She has a great roster of speakers who have given their personal stories to share in hopes of helping listeners. I hope you check it out!

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Book Review Revisited: Pulling Back the Shades

Posted by Julie on February 13, 2015 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Christian women don’t have to choose between being sexual and spiritual. 
They have legitimate longings that the Church has been afraid to 
talk about, and books like Fifty Shades of Grey exploit. Whether 
you are single or married, sexually dead or just looking to revive your sex 
life, Pulling Back the Shades will address your desire 
to be both sexual AND spiritual. With solid Biblical teaching and transparent 
stories, trusted authors Dannah Gresh  and Dr. Juli Slattery, offer an unflinching 
look at the most personal questions women ask. The book offers practical 
advice for women to address five core longings:

to be 
cherished by a manto be protected by a strong manto rescue 
a manto be sexually alive to escape reality

designed women with these longings and has a plan to satisfy them. It’s 
time for women to identify their intimate longings and God-honoring ways to fulfill 

I knew there would be a Christian response to the “50 Shades” phenomenon. What I didn’t realize until after I read Pulling Back the Shades is the deep need there is for a Christian response, and for every woman and clergy member to read it.

Pulling Back the Shades explains that the Fifty Shades of Grey is about in easy to understand terms. Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery go through and inform readers what actions in the book are real, and not. What actions are Biblical, and not. They explain that Christian women ARE reading not only Fifty Shades of Gray, but erotica in general. And defending themselves. Instead of judging women who read these books, the authors explain what is driving them to.

Women, even Christian women, single and married, are lonely.

They long for romance.

And escape.

And right there ready to pounce is the true defeated one, offering what looks like a perfect solution. Instead of having an affair, women feel justified reading erotica. But the after effects, the consequences of taking the mind to those words are far reaching and devastating.

I really was shocked by the grip satan has on women through erotica. Pornography is well documented and spoken about in sermons and counselor offices. But women reading Fifty Shades of Gray and books like it, and that it is causing problems? I was naive. I had no idea how many Christian women are reading these books. How many find the situations real and long for them enough in their lives they are leaving their marriages and seeking satisfaction where they can find it, thinking what they read in the books will be as thrilling as real life.

But devastation lays in the wake.

I applaud Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery for tackling the subject, and for Dr. Slattery reading the Shades series. She did so with her clinical background and her faith, but covered herself in prayer as she read. Beyond the clinical things she discovered that I hinted at above, she was taken aback at the spiritual mocking the 50 Shades books takes, so subtle that EL James probably didn’t even realize it as she wrote. The “hero’s” name is Christian. The word holy is misused over and over and over again. Scriptural reference is employed in direct contrast to the Bible. And I could go on.

This book needs to be in every woman’s hands. Christian or not. All clergy should have this book and be ready for the women who will be coming in seeking counsel, or for the sermons they should prepare in an effort to set women free from a stronghold they might not know is destroying them.

Pulling Back the Shades is a must read. I’m sorry that it has to be as much as the authors struggled with writing it because the topic is so graphic. But I’m so glad they did.

To purchase Pulling Back the Shades, please click here.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Match Made in Heaven Releases Tomorrow

Posted by Julie on February 13, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

I love giving.

Valentine’s Day is a little unusual for me this year, but I don’t want that to stop me.

So, I’m releasing the first installment of my contemporary romance, Match Made in Heaven, to Julie Arduini newsletter subscribers only, tomorrow.

For those of you on email, that means Valentine’s Day/Friday.

DSCN0729This is a story I first penned in 1993 as a single woman just out of college. I’ve learned a lot about writing and life since then, so I picked it up and decided to re write it with no intention to publish it beyond my newsletter.

Beth Prescott didn’t know part of her new job working with senior citizens was fending off all the matchmaking attempts with the grandsons. She’s focused on her work and moving past a bad breakup.

Dean Kellerman moves to the Hammondsport area to help his grandfather and forget the mistakes he’s made. He runs into Beth and the two share a common goal of assisting Walt Kellerman.

As the two work together, can they overcome their secrets and failures to find romance?

If you enjoy contemporary romance, the Finger Lakes wine country of Upstate NY, flawed characters, and chocolate, I believe you’ll like Match Made in Heaven.

You can subscribe to my newsletter by filling out the info on the right sidebar at Watch for the confirmation email from Julie Arduini/MailChimp, because it won’t activate without it. If you already subscribe, you should be all set. If you have any problems, drop me a line at

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Memories

Posted by Julie on February 14, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

So, Valentine’s Day…

Hallmark conspiracy or a great day to focus on love?

I’m spending my day in an unconventional way (hint: Cue the Law and Order music) but thought I’d share a couple Valentine memories over the years. It’s funny how my romance meter ebbs and flows.

I’m 6 and in the first grade and I get the stomach flu. I miss an entire week of school including my Valentine’s party. I remember my bag being overstuffed with valentines. I felt so loved. I remember the guy I had a little first grade crush on gave me a Hong Kong Phooey card.  Oh the days!

I’m 26 and a newlywed. My husband comes home and I have such huge hopes that our time together will mirror one of his black and white movies we watch together. He comes home and hands me a plastic shopping bag with an oversized pink kitten sweatshirt. I’ll never forget his words as he handed the bag to me.

“This was on sale.”

I laugh now and it took a long time to communicate my disappointment. He felt pressured by a coworker to buy something and knew I was practical so he thought saying it was on sale would sound practical.  I admitted handing me a bag with those words didn’t make me feel valued. He then confessed the shirt was all that was left. You know what though? I wore that thing for years. It’s a good story to talk about expectations.

The last Valentine’s that stands out I think I was 30. Our son was hooked on the show Lizzie McGuire. We watched every episode including what the heartthrob character wrote in Lizzie’s yearbook. I thought it was a stroke of genius that I wrote that statement in my husband’s card. An inside joke. An ode to Lizzie.

I chuckled all week thinking about him opening the card.

That morning, we exchange cards at the same time.

Would you believe we both wrote the same line from Lizzie McGuire?  We both wrote this to each other:

You rock. Don’t ever change.

I still laugh about that, we became so one in communication we wrote the same thing to each other!

What Valentine memories do you have?

First posted 2/14/11

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Marriage Monday: Favorite Romantic Couples

Posted by Julie on February 11, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |



Marriage Monday, and it’s a blog-whatever-comes-to-mind theme.

With it so close to Valentine’s, that’s an easy one, right?

But I have to tell you.

I’m just not feeling Valentine’s Day.

Honestly, I’m not feeling much of anything.

We go through seasons and we seem to be in winter.

Numbing, never-ending winter.

I think it’s grief, literal grief from a family loss, and grief from a lot of change that came on pretty fast.

Too fast if you ask me.

And today at church I was reeling.

And God met me there.

So, my brain is still mush.

How about I share with you my favorite couples and why?

In random order, here they are:

Andrew Paxton and Margaret Tate, The Proposal. This wasn’t an Oscar winner, but I don’t care. I have to watch this romantic comedy everytime I see it on my channel guide. Margaret is tough and unlikeable until she slowly reveals the layers on why she acts the way she does. You can’t help but root for them.

Bob Rueland and Grace Briggs, Return to Me. This is my favorite movie of all time. Sweet, romantic, funny, and a beautiful soundtrack. Grace needs a heart transplant and receives one, and that’s where the conflict begins. My favorite line comes from the late Carroll O’Connor. He tells Bob (David Duchovny) “When Grace met you, her heart beat for the very first time.”th_9120d9a6

George W. and Laura Bush. Yes, I’m a Republican, but this is about marriage. They have the perfect story for a bestselling romance. He was a wild, partying rich bachelor and she was a librarian with a personal heartbreak. (She had been involved in an auto accident as a teen that resulted in a fatality.) When he needed taming, she was there with her gentle way, and he listened. Swoon.

Clark Kent and Lois Lane. This couple has had my attention since middle school. He’s the best thing for her and right under her nose. She comes off as independent but needs his rescue every time.

Jesus and His Bride: Oh, I know. Not a typical couple. The Bride is His church, and I don’t mean the building. I mean me. And you, if you know Him in a personal way. The closer you draw to Him, the more you learn. He is romantic, passionate. Hysterical. Kind. A gentleman. Patient. Rich.Forgiving. No matter the season, all He wants is for us to save a place for Him on the couch so He can tell us about His day.

Now that’s love!

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