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Video of the Week: Charisse by Fay Lamb

Posted by Julie on November 21, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Each week I put a video in the right sidebar of my website (new and improved, by the way) and use it to promote book trailers. This week is Charisse by Fay Lamb.91rLp4-rytL._SL1500_

Book Description:

Charisse Wellman’s husband has been gone a year, and she’s about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She’s quit law school but the money just isn’t there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband’s killer go free, and Gideon doesn’t know the connection. Gideon Tabor can’t believe that the woman interviewing for the job is the girl he loved in high school. Charisse is hesitant about accepting his job offer, and when she does, Gideon makes every attempt to apologize for his relationship-ending blunder in high school. Charisse accepts his apology, but she keeps him at a distance. When Gideon learns that Charisse’s anger actually stems from his release of the man who ran down her husband, he tries to explain, but Charisse doesn’t want Gideon’s excuses or the love he has to offer. She wants her husband’s killer to pay.

To purchase Charisse, click here.


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Video of the Week: The Art of Characterization by Fay Lamb

Posted by Julie on November 10, 2014 in Writing |


It’s the video of the week on the right sidebar! Another great book by Write Integrity Press author Fay Lamb. To purchase, click here.

Put on your director’s cap and prepare to set your story world’s stage with memorable scenes and unforgettable characters.

Great storytelling isn’t done haphazardly. Storytelling is an art which requires practice to master. In The Art of Characterization authors are shown elements of storytelling which, when practiced correctly, utilizes forward–moving description and back story, deep point of view, dialogue, and conflict to create a cast of characters readers will never forget.

Take a look! to

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Video of the Week: Amelia’s Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens

Posted by Julie on November 3, 2014 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

This week’s video of the week in the right sidebar is Amelia’s Legacy by Better Thomason Owens.

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Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?


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Video of the Week: The Inheritance by Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Posted by Julie on June 10, 2014 in ACFW, Writing |

The video of the week is The Inheritance by Jo-Anne Berthelsen81931AayILL._SL1500_

 Book Description:

He struggles with bitterness and betrayal.

She wants to follow God’s way.

To be together seems impossible.

Michael Trevelyan is determined to claim his inheritance at all costs. Bitterness consumes him

and he refuses to forgive those who have betrayed him. Yet, when he meets Alexandra Hope,

things begin to change. She challenges his views but also listens while he shares his pain.

Can Michael move on from the past and learn to forgive? Can Alexandra hold onto her faith

in God as she deals with their deepening relationship? Can they both learn to trust each

other—and God?

The Inheritance is a stirring story of family secrets, forgiveness and faith—of leaving behind

a dark, painful legacy and walking into the light of God’s eternal inheritance.

This book is available on Amazon as a hard copy and e-book, from Jo-Anne’s website (, from her publisher ( and from Christian bookstores in Australia.

Jo-Anne Berthelsen lives in Sydney but grew up in Brisbane. She holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school teacher, editor and secretary, as well as in local church ministry. Jo-Anne loves communicating through both the written and spoken word. She is the author of six published novels and one non-fiction work, Soul Friend. Jo-Anne loves music, reading, mentoring younger women, and sharing with community groups about writing. She is married to a retired minister and has three grown-up children and four grandchildren.

For more information about Jo-Anne or to contact her, please visit

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Video of the Week: A White Christmas in Webster County by Laura V. Hilton

Posted by Julie on June 3, 2014 in ACFW, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Writing |

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Mercy Lapp is ready for a fresh start. Having lost her beloved fianc? in a fishing accident during his rumschpringe, she escapes the painful memories by moving from her community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to Seymour, Missouri, where she takes a job as a mother’s helper. She isn’t exactly shy, but she’s hesitant to get involved with the youth in the community because she isn’t going to stay. She especially doesn’t want a new romance.

An Adventurous Abner Hilty is excited to see his twin brother, Abram, for the first time in years. The two fled their hometown of Shipshewana when their witness of a murder put their lives in danger, Abner heading to Montana to work on a ranch and hunt big game, Abram meeting a girl in Missouri, marrying, and settling down there. Abner decides to spend the holidays with them in Seymour, but he has every intention of returning to Montana, maybe even for good.

At a chance encounter, Abner is immediately drawn to Mercy, and even more so when he realizes that they’ve met before, back in Shipshewana. Initially alarmed, Mercy soon warms to his attentions, even though she keeps him at arm’s length. She also branches out and begins attending youth functions, forming new friendships that are solidified during a rare snowstorm. Just when Mercy and Abner are beginning to think about a long-term relationship, Mercy gets a phone call that changes everything. The information would have been welcome months ago, but now that she knows Abner, she’s torn, and she will have to do some serious soul-searching to decide how to act on it.

I don’t know about you, but I love a good Christmas story year-round. The book trailer for A White Christmas in Webster County is out, and I look forward to the September release. You can pre order now, and I hope you do. Laura and I are in the same critique groups and she is an amazing author.

Check out the book trailer:

To pre-order A White Christmas in Webster County by Laura V. Hilton, click HERE

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Video of the Week: Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson

Posted by Julie on May 13, 2014 in ACFW, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Each week I post a video on my right sidebar that features a Christian book trailer. This week is Eleanor Gustafson and Dynamo.


To purchase Dynamo, click here.











Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania’s mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. He earns his living by training and showing Rob’s jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion. Everything changes when God enters his life–in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriend–and ignites a new, greater passion within him. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God’s hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, make him moan plaintively, “Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I’m being set up for something.” He is, indeed. Jeth’s life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption. This story is God in your face: Who is He, really? What does He ask of us?

To purchase Dynamo, click here.

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