3 Questions Wednesday with Julie Arduini

July2018Good morning! It’s my pleasure to welcome author, Julie Arduini, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Julie.

Who is your favorite author?

This is a hard one! I have to say the one constant where each book is a homerun for me as a reader is Susan May Warren. She creates characters and conflicts that I can’t get enough of. I love her work.

I would struggle picking a favorite too.  Next question…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

These two ideas come from loved ones and I honestly don’t know how I could pull these ideas off, but here you go….one fiction idea a loved one wishes I’d write is in the Amish genre, covering a story line that includes the real journey Amish families often take to Mexico for healthcare. The second would also be fiction and would tell the story of a family and the impact of using a donor and finding (half) siblings who also used the same donor.

I enjoy all things Amish. Their way of life is so interesting.  Now for your last question.

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I think because I just finished her story and I related to her, it would be Lena Calloway from You’re Amazing. She’s a mentor in the Linked ministry but by no means does she have a perfect life. That’s part of her problem, she feels ill-equipped to mentor because her life isn’t perfect. She’s completely overwhelmed as a mom and struggles because others inject their opinions about her motherhood, causing more self-doubt. I was part of MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, as a mom and a mentor and I know those early years are confidence killers if you allow it. I’d take Lena out for coffee and just let her vent. I’d encourage her and build her up and make sure she knew I was available. If there’s a mom who can relate, I hope you check out MOPS. It was a lifesaver for me!

MOPS is a fantastic program. Julie, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

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One lucky winner will receive a copy of You’re Amazing.  US winner has the choice of print or eBook. Outside US will receive the eBook. Comment below to enter and good luck!


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Book 2, Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Julie Arduini/Hannah Arduini

A middle schooler and her mentor, a mom of young boys, realize they both have a lot to learn when they come across criticism.

Jazmin’s a natural at dance until a series of changes make her wonder if she should even keep up with her favorite hobby.

Lena’s a mom with young children overwhelmed with her schedule when a woman remarks that what Lena does isn’t even important.

Both Jazmin and Lena belong to Linked, a mentoring ministry where all ages encourage each other and build friendships.

Can these two surrender the lies they are believing and realize they are amazing?

A novella for tweens, teens, and women of all ages by mother and daughter team Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini.

Pre-Order You’re Amazing on Amazon

Releases eBook Format February 4. Print Format February 2019.

 


Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY.

Her latest release, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah. A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance blog that will be available for pre-order mid-September. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at Juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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Cupid and The Fairy Godmother

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This month, here on Inspired Prompt, we are sharing pieces of our writing. The scene below was deleted from my novel Truth Be Told. Though I loved the scene, it didn’t fit with the pacing of the story, so out it went. But I kept this wonderful exchange between these two older women in my file.

One item I learned from a more seasoned writer was to save all your words.

Now, years ago for me that would have looked like hoarding, but thanks to technology, we can keep most of our written words without any storage issues.  Since hearing that tip, I started saving deleted scenes and tidbits of paragraphs and sentences that I thought might bloom into something new.

So, with that in mind, enjoy this little extra from Truth Be Told.

Adele closed and locked the door as the headlights from Kyle’s vehicle washed into the room. Betty’s house felt quiet now that everyone was gone. 

Kyle and Daisey had been the last to leave, taking the remnants of lunch with them. Adele worried Kyle didn’t see how much Daisey cared for him. She didn’t want him to lead her on, but they were grown. Well, almost.

She figured Betty would be in the small office. She spent more and more time there the closer it got to her surgery.

“Hey, do you want me to fix you something for dinner? I think there’s still some Chinese from the other night.” Adele asked. She waited in the doorway for an answer.

Betty pulled her feet up beside her on the love seat. “No, I’m not hungry but help yourself if you are.”

“I think I’ll wait a while. I’m still stuffed from lunch … and pie.” Adele moved to the chair and lowered herself into it. She drummed her fingers against its arm, trying to decide if she should say anything or not.

Betty set aside the magazine she had been thumbing through and leaned her head back, closing her eyes.

Adele had held her curiosity in check all day since Sarah’s appearance, but she couldn’t go home without knowing.  

“Didn’t you think it strange that Sarah showed up today to ask Haden to take her to the ball.”

Betty opened one eye, then closed it. “Yes, very.”

“I mean since we just talked about that very thing the other day. The day we were planning our strategy on how to get Claire to go with Haden.”

“I remember.” Betty, alert now, reached for the blanket that laid along the back of the love seat.  She spread it over her lap.

“You had said I was the Fairy Godmother and you were Cupid.”

Betty smiled. “I like playing Cupid. You usually get that part as the resident matchmaker. I’m rather enjoying it.”

“Uh huh, maybe a little too much. How did Sarah know Haden didn’t have a date?”

Betty’s eyes widened. “Are you accusing me of telling her?”

Adele didn’t answer.

Betty squirmed under her gaze. “Let’s just say Cupid might have let it slip, to the right people.”

“Out with it. Who did you tell?” Adele leaned forward in the chair with her elbows on her knees.

“I might have inadvertently sent an email to Carol White, saying Haden may or may not need a date to the ball.” Betty moved the magazine and stretched her legs out on the love seat and fussed with the blanket. “I don’t appreciate the third degree. It all worked out didn’t it?”

“Yes, but I thought we had agreed not to involve Sarah. That it’d be too awkward for Haden.”

“I know.” Betty frowned. “But I didn’t see any other way. And since I’m Cupid, I made a judgement call. I thought it was better for him to feel a bit awkward then to miss out on one of the best things that’s come into his life.”

 Adele leaned back with a thud. “I don’t want him finding out we’re meddling and blow his top. Or think Claire had anything to do with this.”

“Oh, I hadn’t thought about that. Surely, he wouldn’t think Claire was part of this.” Betty’s brow furrowed into a tight knot, and her gentle brown eyes filled with concern. Eyes that Adele thought looked a lot like Haden’s.

“If he finds out we’re helping, I don’t know what he’ll think.” Adele signed. “But I’m sure he won’t find out, and even if he does, I think he might be grateful. He’s so smitten with Claire.”

“And Henry.” Betty added.

“Yes, and Henry.” Adele chuckled. “but promise me from here on out you’ll let me know what you’re up to. I don’t want any more surprises.”

“You’re right. We’re in this together, and maybe if I had talked with you first, we could’ve found a way without Sarah.”

Adele detected a gleam of mischief in Betty’s eyes.

“However, it did work beautifully. Didn’t it?”

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Betty and Adele a little better. They are two of my favorite characters. I’m so glad they are around in book two of the series Seeds of Love coming out this spring.

If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of Truth Be Told, leave the name of one of your favorite characters, from a favorite book in the comments.

 

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Haden Sawyer, owner of Sawyer Construction, didn’t mean to lie to the whole town of Miller Creek, but what was he supposed to do when his fiancé left him two week before the wedding.

Now, Claire Reed and her son Henry have entered his life, and with another lie, he’s placed them both in the center of his world.  Add to the mix his matchmaking Aunt Adele, and a mom who’s desperate to be a grandmother, and Haden’s not sure which way is up. All he knows is what started out as a lie of convenience has transformed into something worth fighting for.

Can Haden win Claire’s trust and heart, or will she see him only as the man who took the easy way out?

If you like a little zing sprinkled with humor, you’ll love Truth Be Told. A sweet contemporary romance with family at its heart.

Available on Amazon, Kindle eBooks, and free on Kindle Unlimited.

March Madness and Inspired Prompt Blog: Think Winners

By Jennifer Hallmark

March Madness. The Division I men’s basketball tournament is considered one of the premier events in sports. The 68-team single-elimination tournament holds 67 games in 19 days, a jam-packed end to the season that aptly earned the nickname March Madness.

Here at Inspired Prompt, we’re having our own tournament of sorts. But without the basketball and cheerleaders and buzzer-beating wins. Throughout March, you’ll hear from many of the writers how they wrote their books, why, and a lot more interesting information. No competition here, though. All of our authors are winners. 🙂

You might be too!

The best part is the tournament trophies—er—prizes. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you’ll have a chance to win books and other fun things. And for March only, we’ll even let you win twice.

Stop by and visit.

Leave a comment.

Let us know how you’re doing and how we’re doing on the blog. We’d love to see you!

Maybe you’ll even find a basketball…

Click to tweet: #MarchMadness  Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in March, you’ll have a chance to win books and other things at Inspired Prompt blog. #winners

3 Questions Wednesday with You

Our regular 3 Questions Wednesday has met with a last-minute cancellation. So, since you’re here,

Who is your favorite author?

Tell us about your favorite author in the comment section. Or, maybe you’re an author. 3 Questions Wednesday is a wonderful way to promote a new release or even a book that’s been on the shelf a while. We have openings, starting in May!

Whether you’re Indie-published, or traditional, or even a wannabe-published, you can take part in our Wednesday interview.

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Intriguing, right? Include your answer in the comments.

And about the book:

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Use your imagination on this one. If you don’t have a book written, use a favorite character from your favorite book!

Now, you know what it’s like to take part in our 3 Questions Wednesday interview. What fun!

Want to schedule an interview? Click the “Contact Us” tab near the top of this blog and let us know. Something’s blowing in on the March winds! We have big plans for March. We’re giving away a book with every post! Each Monday and Friday during the entire month of March, you—dear reader—will have the opportunity to win a book. It’s March Madness!

So, keep us on your calendar, and be sure to come back next Wednesday for another 3 Questions Wednesday Interview. It could be your favorite author.