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Unlikely Merger Authors: If We Could Have Been Part of a Company Merger it Would Have Been…

Posted by Julie on June 9, 2015 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

All this week and next chapters from Unlikely Merger are being released at Write Integrity. We invite you to read the chapters, tell others. Starting June 20, readers have the chance to vote on what hero they want Mercy to choose. Then, from July 1-5, Unlikely Merger with the ending readers chose, will be available for FREE.

Here is Chapter Two PLUS other special posts from the other authors.

Tuesday, June 9

Write Integrity Press: Unlikely Merger Chapter Two

Marji Laine:  Human Icicle

Carole Towriss: Dustin’s Detour Bellview Texas

Betty Thomason Owens: Unlikely Merger in Progre

Jennifer Hallmark: Sacred Journeys by Carole Towriss

Fay Lamb:  Meet the Heroes of Unlikely Merger: Dustin Rogers



To celebrate, this week I’m sharing posts from the authors about business related things.

Today’s topic is:

If you could be present at any merger or business reveal from the past, what would it have been?


Our custom made Hershey bars.

I’ve been to Hershey, Pennsylvania a couple times and I confess, I’ve tried to place myself there when the chocolate factory started. Can you imagine?

Marji Laine

I would have loved to have been in on the first personal computer reveal. Back in the mid-seventies, my best friend’s dad designed a gaming computer and we played chess on it. Not sure who he worked for, but he was instrumental in the pc revolution according to her.

Carole Towriss:

Oh…I don’t know…maybe Coca-Cola? Does that mean I get stock options?

Jennifer Hallmark:

Project Gutenberg was started in 1971 by Michael Hart at the University of Illinois with the aim of establishing an electronic public library of 10,000 books. It would’ve been amazing to see the concept being explored at this early stage.

Betty Owens:

The highly successful merger of Disney/Pixar would be fun! Of course they are always a lot of work, but it would be interesting to see what they did right to make this such a successful venture.

Raelee Carptenter:

Man, if I could have bought a few shares of Microsoft at the IPO, I’d have retired years ago!

Phee Paradise:

If I could be present at any business reveal in the past I’d like to be at Hobby Lobby. I love crafts and it would have been great to hear a Christian reveal how he would run a business to the glory of God.

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Unlikely Merger: Authors Share their Corporate Experiences

Posted by Julie on June 8, 2015 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Today’s the day! Hop on over to Write Integrity to read the first chapter in Unlikely Merger. We’re releasing a chapter a day and starting June 20, you vote for the hero you want to see win Mercy’s heart. Mercy was one of the women from The Love Boat Bachelor. Now we get to see her back at work on assignment, courtesy of her Dad and Uncle Thomas.

Once the ending is completed Unlikely Merger will be available on Kindle July 1-5 for FREE!11391536_858579607541022_8504991036842170166_n

Can you tell we’re excited?

Here’s how to find Chapter One plus other special posts from the authors.

Monday, June 8

Write Integrity Press: Chapter One

Marji Laine:  New Job, New Direction

Julie Arduini: Unlikely Merger Authors Share Their Corporate Experiences

Betty Thomason Owens: Introduction to Unlikely Merger

Carole Towriss: Mercy’s Home The Mile High City

            Fay Lamb: Unlikely Merger: Behind the Scenes of the Newest Write Integrity Press Multi-Author Novella


I thought I’d join the fun by asking the authors if they ever worked for a corporation and what was the experience like. Mercy wants to please her father and they are a family that keeps Christ first, even above work. That’s not every experience…

Like mine.

I was a temp employee for a corporation that is no longer around where I used to live. At the time the future’s company was shaky and there were a lot of temp workers. I was hired to work in the corporate offices and I was privvy to some of the news that affected the company.

For example, my boss was in the know on what temps were staying or being let go. She said to motivate the factory workers because they weren’t true employees of the company they would tell them that if they did well, they would be hired permanently and receive benefits. Then, when their contract was near up, they would wait until they knew they’d get voicemail and call to announce they were done. The company saved money because they didn’t need benefits. The worker was crushed because most were family men who were depending on that job.

I felt sick when I heard this and even sicker when I walked in the very group calling—my voicemail to tell me I was done. I was single and already had a job so I was happy to leave. But for those families, that bothered me so much.

My other experience was the corporate divide. Because I worked in the Communication Office my boss felt I was white collar and that I should be untouchable to anyone she considered blue collar. Thing was, I had one friend, my dear friend’s husband, who worked in the factory. He was so kind to me and we enjoyed eating lunch together. The boss found out and reminded me I was to associate with my own kind. I ignored her.

I learned fast from that job I was not created for that kind of lifestyle. My husband works in the corporate world and although there are a lot of deadlines and pressure, they seem to treat each other well and care for another.  As for me, I’m happy to be on the sidelines and cheer him on.

Here’s what the other Unlikely Merger authors said about their corporate experience:

Raelee Carptenter:

I have, and it was great for quite a well. When the economy went bad, things got a little too cutthroat for my tastes. I’m a lover, not a fighter. *winks*

Betty Owens:

I worked for an engineering firm that was officially a corporation, though not a large one. They bought and merged with our smaller company. I appreciated the new depth of knowledge they brought in, along with the excellent benefits and the raise in pay.

Jennifer Hallmark:

I’ve never worked directly for a corporation, but as chicken farmers, we were part of the Pilgrim’s Pride team. They supplied the chicks and food. We supplied the houses, water, light, heat, fans, etc. We made a good team for twenty years.

Carole Towriss:

I worked for Burger King and Jack-in-the-Box when I was in college, and I worked for a bank for a few years. (Other than that I’ve only worked for schools and churches.) The restaurants, though part of huge corporations, were of course locally owned franchises and quite nice to work in. The bank was also a single branch, family owned, but they played favorites (by department) quite a lot, and the atmosphere wasn’t quite as friendly.

Marji Laine:

Sure, Mary Kay and Close to My Heart, but I was a home office consultant for both.

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Unlikely Merger Latest Book from Write Integrity Press Authors

Posted by Julie on June 4, 2015 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |


You’ve been asking when the sequel to The Love Boat Bachelor is coming out.

Well, I have some answers. First, let’s admire the pretty cover. Because I’ve read all the chapters but the ending (because YOU get to vote for the hero you want to see in the end) I think it’s a perfect cover.

Okay, June 8th. That’s the day chapters start to release on Write Integrity Press. Follow the chapters AND all the extras that will be available on our pages throughout cyberspace. Tell others. Share links. We want to get a lot of people reading so we have a huge voting turnout. Voting will be later in the month.


We can’t do it without you. Thanks for reading, sharing, voting, and buying our books!

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COTT: Entrusted by Julie Arduini

Posted by Julie on April 21, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

From Julie:
Well, this is a first! This week’s Clash of the Titles Blog Alliance features me and my Adirondack romance, Entrusted. Isn’t that fun? I hope you enjoy the post!

Before we bring you our featured novel, Clash of the Titles wishes to congratulate Kelly Goshorn manuscript “A Love Restored” for taking home the crown during our Olympia Awards.
Congrats, Kelly!
The Olympia is COTT’s annual contest for pre-published authors.
To learn more about the Olympia and Kelly Goshorn, please visit us at

If you enjoy a sweet romance in a quaint village, you’ll love Julie Arduini’s debut novel. She fills the town with delightful and insightful characters. The story has a good balance of humor, wisdom and love. Buy this book, wrap up in a warm blanket with a cup of team, and snuggle in for a great read.

                                                                    –Amazon customer

About the book:
Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl from Youngstown, Ohio, plows–literally–into Adirondack village, Speculator Falls, with a busted GPS. She gets a warning from the sheriff but has ideas for the senior center to prove she belongs in town as their director. Town councilman Ben Regan is as broken as the flower box Jenna demolished. He’s grieving and wants to shut down the center before there’s too much change and heartbreak. They work on community projects and build a slow relationship, but the council needs to vote on the senior center’s future. Can Jenna show Ben both her and the center are worth trusting?

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What COTT voters had to say:

–Julie Arduini I love this book & am beyond thrilled to hold your passion in my hands. I am happy to be able to vote for you, but as you know, you’ve already won!!

–Julie Arduini can’t wait to read this book.

–Julie Arduini so excited to see what God does with your book!!

–Love the cover and the novel Entrusted by Julie Arduini.

–Congratulations on your novel Julie Arduini!!!

–Julie Arduini, the setting of your book and the language brings me back home.

–May God keep blessing your writing ministry for Him, Julie Arduini

–Julie Arduini, this sounds like my kind of story. I like the term, “the fir flies.”

–Julie Arduini has a heart of passion and the gift of penmanship!!! What a Blessing!!

–Love the cover Julie Arduini!!

–Julie Arduini is one of my favorite people– including one of my favorite authors. Love her book “Entrusted”!

–Just so exciting to watch God work in your life Julie Arduini . Surrendering your writing to Him and Wow look what he does …and he’s not done ! ??

–Julie, I loved the book. Thank you!! Blessings, Jenn

, the characters, the setting, and Julie’s good writing!

The author shares how Entrusted came about:

My writing includes surrender issues and in Entrusted, Ben and Jenna both struggle. Jenna wants to

belong and Ben’s afraid of loss. They have to surrender those things to their Heavenly Father and trust that He’s taking care of them. Book 2 and 3 also give a clue to the surrender journey with Entangled and Engaged.

The book came about after my first visit to the real village of Speculator in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY. As I walked the street and drank in the mountain air, the characters came alive. I’m excited to return to Speculator June 12 as I share my writing experience at the Lake Pleasant library. Then, starting June 25th I’m participating in an Entrusted book club in Youngstown where I plan to share exclusive footage of me visiting the places I used in Entrusted.



Enjoy this trailer for The Love Boat Bachelor by Jerusha Agen and Theresa Anderson!


Find more great new releases all year at Clash of the Titles!

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The Love Boat Bachelor: Behind the Scenes in Cozumel

Posted by Julie on February 19, 2015 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Have you finished The Love Boat Bachelor yet? I’m not a fan of iguanas, but I am a huge fan of Betty Thomason Owens, author of the heroine readers chose for Brent Teague, Eliana Grayson. If you haven’t picked up your Kindle copy, you can still find it at a very reasonable price.

Purchase The Love Boat Bachelor here.

All week long Write Integrity is sharing tidbits about The Love Boat Bachelor and I thought today I’d share some behind the scenes nuggets from the chapter I wrote, Cozumel with Nora Laing.

I chose Cozumel because it is a port I’ve been to. The first time was in the mid 90’s and the stop was short, and at night. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, I’m not sure cruise lines even disembark at night anymore. I mean it was nine to midnight and at the time I was a 20-something that had never left the country. The night life was something. Shudder.

The second time was with my husband to celebrate our fifteen anniversary. Like Brent, I was the seasick one and it was worse than what Brent went through. I became very ill during a presentation and ran, I mean RAN to the bathroom. People wouldn’t move out of the way and wouldn’t even allow me a stall, so I got sick in a sink. Then the people had the nerve to look at me. So once I cleaned up I said, “You know, if you hadn’t been so selfish with your line, I would’ve been able to get sick in a toilet!”

My husband and I also enjoyed shopping. The scene where Nora negotiates for the “Papi” hat was my husband’s experience. He really wanted that hat but as a Navy vet who had traveled the world, he wasn’t going to pay anything near what she was asking for. The two went back and forth until she cried, “Papi, you’re killing me!” To this day when he wears the hat I call him “Papi.”

We also enjoyed a glass bottom boat tour. It was absolutely breathtaking to be that far down to see the coral and fish.IMG_20120202_123310

It was fun to re visit those memories and pictures as I wrote Nora’s chapter.

Have you been to Cozumel? What are your memories?

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The Love Boat Bachelor is FREE on Kindle

Posted by Julie on February 16, 2015 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Have you read The Love Boat Bachelor? It’s FREE on Kindle the 14th-17th.

Romance is a joke.

After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too.

Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?

Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.

As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.

What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

Learn more about Brent in A Dozen Apologies, available on Kindle.

You can learn more about the authors, Brent Teague and fun about the book throughout social media and our blogs. Write Integrity is the central hub for all things Love Boat Bachelor.

One of the most fun things associated with the book is the video our creative leader, publisher Tracy Ruckman, from Write Integrity Press, created. It’s in my left sidebar this week.

It’s also here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Purchase The Love Boat Bachelor here.

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