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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Book 2, Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’

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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.

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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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3 Questions Wednesday with Julie Arduini

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Julie Arduini. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Julie:  Encouraging. Faithful. Sassy. If I was allowed to expand on that, I’m working on the sassy part being more grace and prayerful.

Good choices. And we’re all working on something. 🙂 Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Julie:  That’s a great question! I’ve been intentional about using regions in Upstate New York as my settings. My current series I’m working on is set in the Finger Lakes, where I grew up. A future setting I’d like to use and would need to do research on as I haven’t visited since I was a little girl would be the 1000 Islands. My heart is to show readers places apart from NYC that are typically small town. My first series, Surrendering Time, was in the Adirondack Mountains. The biggest compliment I received was from residents in the real Speculator who looked at a map to make sure my fictional village of Speculator Falls was fake.

Sounds like an interesting place. What a compliment! Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Julie:  So many songs come to mind as music really speaks to me. There have been seasons where I have a theme song because it ministered to me at the time. “The Anchor Holds” and “I’m Still Standing” (yes, Elton John.) The one constant song is “I Won’t Back Down,” the Sam Elliott version. I’m tenacious and prayer is important to me. The lyrics really fit my life, even though it’s a song used in an animated movie.

Interesting choice. I like a lot of songs from animated movies too.I love that song. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Julie: Thank you, this was fun!

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Julie: I would love to give away a copy of You’re Beautiful, a novella for girls 10-100 that I co-wrote with my teen daughter, Hannah, plus Entrusted, my first contemporary romance in the Surrendering Time series. It’s based in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY and my favorite place to visit. US winner can choose print or eBook. International winner will automatically receive eBook.


 You’re Beautiful by Hannah Arduini & Julie Arduini

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?

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 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 http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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The Transformation-Deadline Resolution

By Julie Arduini

butterfly-1518060_960_720Resolutions. Honestly, the word conjures up the image of a few years ago when I tried to find a parking spot the first Monday in January for my YMCA swim class. The lot was full with new members with their resolutions. By the third week, the parking lot was back to the regulars.

It’s probably apples and oranges, but I use the new year to have a theme. It’s often a word, sometimes two, that I am constantly on the lookout to see how it applies to my life. Previous words have been activation, chosen, preposterous, fierce, and perspective. This year?

Transformation.

My problem is I always try to define what the word will mean before the ball drops. I knew going into 2017 I was growing my hair out and using a deeper shade of red hair color. I’m hoping to use contacts and be done with glasses. We will become grandparents this year. But I know as true as these things are, God’s got something more for me with this theme.

As an author, I know I have my work cut out for me no matter how I look at the new year. Resolution or word of the year, I want to improve my craft. Find more dedicated readers who can spread the word about my books. Meet and pray with other women who have been impacted. Already I’ve come across readers who are transforming as they find freedom through surrender in Christ. How do I keep that momentum going? What are ways I can bring goals and transformation to my laptop?

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The biggest thing I’ve done is take my *iBloom planner and set some specific deadlines. I realized I didn’t pencil in previous years when a certain chapter should be written, or when I should revise something that was sent back by critique partners. With that kind of vague plan, I can see how I got sidetracked. I had written in goals for other aspects like answering emails and marketing. And before I knew it, those things bled into my writing time.

Will I perfect the process? Probably not. I missed a couple writing goals for one project as I shuffled kids to medical appointments. I need to give myself grace. However, I also need to keep the YMCA emptier-lot-in-late-January visual close in mind. I don’t want to let go of my self-imposed deadlines. The transformation I want to see at the end of 2017 should be a positive one. I really believe creating deadlines for my writing will help me get there.

Do you keep deadlines for yourself? Do you have a difficult time meeting them?

Writing Prompt:  Chelsea had the mall’s gate nearly closed for the tween store called The Jewelry Box when she heard heavy breathing and footsteps coming in her direction. Chelsea turned and saw a woman with a stroller blazing toward her. The stranger stopped short of the gate, panting. “Please, I need your help. Let me inside the store before…”

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december2016daycareJulie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—chocolate. She’s the author of the re-release, ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities at JULIE ARDUINI: SURRENDER ISSUES AND CHOCOLATE and the weekly e mail. SUNDAY’S SURRENDER AND CHOCOLATE.

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Entangled: Surrendering the Past

Book #2, Surrendering Time Series

entangledfinal“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”

Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son’s father is back in their lives. 

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Purchase Link:  Amazon (Kindle and Print):  http://www.amazon.com/Entangled-Surrendering-Past-Time/dp/0692713476/

Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177/

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CongratulationsEntrusted FRONT Cover_edited Harriet Michael! You’ve won a copy of Julie Arduini’s book Entrusted! 

There’s still time to win Joan Devene’s book Saving Eric or Deborah M. Piccurelli’s book Love Comes Calling. Just leave a comment under their interview.

Tomorrow Lori Roeleveld joins us and talks about Amadeus, C.S. Lewis, and her latest project. Don’t miss it!

We hope you’re enjoying our Monday and Friday posts on “What did you want to be when you grew up?”

Next month, we’ll discuss the monster under the bed…

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3 Questions Wednesday with Julie Arduini

Today’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is author Julie Arduini.

melodylodgekoct132_editedWelcome to the Writing Prompts blog, Julie. Here’s our first question:

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Julie: It’s hard to pick just one. I’ll go with Susan May Warren. Whether it’s the Mission: Russia series, Deep Haven novels, the Christiansen ones or the Trouble series, I devour them all. She’s got the amazing ability to write across the board and nail it every time.

Excellent choice.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Julie: I hope it’s okay to go with a comic book/television/movie character. Lex Luthor, especially from the series Smallville. They wrote him with so many levels, so multi-dimensional, that I use him as a template for my own villains. You can’t just create a “bad guy.” You need to give a back story. Lex was written so beautifully as a wealthy heir desperate for a father’s love that I was conflicted between rooting for him, or Clark Kent.

I agree with you. Lex Luthor is a villain’s villain, one of the best. And it’s Michael Rosenbaum…

What project are you currently working on?

Julie: I’m working on Entangled, book two in my Adirondack Surrender romance series. Readers first met Carla Rowling in Entrusted, and Entangled is her book. She’s been given the opportunity to pursue her dream of being a hair stylist. Thanks to mistakes she’s made in the past, she’s creating a lot of split ends for herself and everyone around her, including her son and boyfriend, Will Marshall.

We wish you great success, Julie. And thanks so much for taking the time to complete our 3 Questions.

Readers, Julie is giving away a Kindle version of her book, Entrusted. Leave a comment to be entered to win.

More about Julie Arduini:

Julie Arduini is an author with a passion to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. Her first Adirondack contemporary romance, Entrusted, gives readers hope to surrender fear. A Walk Through the Valley will soon be available as an infertility devotional with 5 other authors. She blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read and is the contributing fiction editor for the new digital magazine, Imaginate. She also collaborates with fellow authors at Write Integrity Press on novellas like The Love Boat Bachelor and its sequel. To learn more about her writing and love of chocolate, visit http://juliearduini.com. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.

Entrusted

Entrusted FRONT Cover_editedJenna 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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