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Monday, August 29, 2016

Julie Arduini - Entagled

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, Julie Arduini visits
 Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Entagled.

Welcome, Julie!

Tell us a little about ENTANGLED.
ENTANGLED is the second release in my Surrendering Time series. This is Carla Rowling’s story, a single mom and sheriff who has been offered all the means to pursue her dreams. She feels so guilty about her past choices and how she was a teenaged mom that she can’t accept the amazing grace she’s been given. Her present choices about her past are causing terrible consequences for her and her loved one’s futures. The series is set in a fictional village in the Adirondack Mountains.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what's on your writing playlist these days?
I listen to Pandora, and lately I’ve hit the “Thumbprint” playlist. This takes all the songs I’ve liked and plays them. I have everything from 80’s music, worship, country, electronic music when I work out, and instrumental praise.

What Bible verse speaks to you the most?
Proverbs 3:5-6 is my life verse. No matter what I’m facing, this is the verse that helps me plant one foot in front of the other and KNOW it is going to work out. That God is with me. He truly straightens my path.

Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
My brand is Surrender Issues and Chocolate, and my tagline is “Encouraging you to surrender the good, the bad, and---maybe one day---the chocolate. I truly believe when you surrender everything to Christ, there is freedom. I know from experience some of that He’s asked me to let go of has been good stuff, because He had something better. Some has been bad habits or sin. But I’m human, and there are days I’m not ready to let go and His love is still there. I used to be so addicted to chocolate I ate M&M’s for breakfast. I am much better at that then I was. But completely surrender chocolate? Maybe one day. J

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I don’t search for them. I used to be very tied into what people thought of me. It emotionally crippled me. That had to be one of the biggest surrenders I’ve laid down. Once He set me free, I truly am not attached to people’s opinions. But, I absolutely understand how important reviews are and the time it takes to write one. My work depends on them. I do look for them in marketing, but I can’t allow myself to look every day and see what’s been written. I do have less than amazing reviews, and God helped me so much. What helps me is advice a friend gave me. “Have the heart of a dove and the skin of a rhino.” That set me free, and I hope it does anyone worrying about a bad review.

What can we expect from you in the future? 
I’m working on the last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. Trish Maxwell was the “bad girl” in ENTRUSTED, Book One. This time she’s back in Speculator Falls with no job and a lot of explaining to do. She needs a plan, but isn’t sure if it includes the paramedic who comes to her rescue.


Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Magazine: Country Living
Y’all or You Guys? You Guys
Women’s Fiction or Romance? Romance

Entangled: Surrendering the Past

Book #2, Surrendering Time Series

“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:

Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr=

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the 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.

Snapchat: @juliearduini
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Julie, thanks for sharing!

Readers thanks for stopping by Lagniappe.

Julie's question for you:

What story would you like to see that features a surrender issue? 

I pray you find
"a little something extra"
in each of your days.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Anita K. Greene - Under Starry Skies

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, Anita K. Greene visits
 Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, the third book in her SeaMount Series, Under Starry Skies. 

Welcome, Anita!

Tell us a little about Under Starry Skies.
Under Starry Skies is the third book in my SeaMount series. Except for the opening scene, it is set in Rhode Island and New York City in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the first novella I’ve written, and I enjoyed the process.

Here is the blurb:
Two years ago Ethan Thomas lost his family in a horrific car accident. Now on assignment surveying the floor of a shipping canal, a woman’s face appears wavering ethereal as sea smoke in the swaying weeds. The vision leaves him shaken. Soon after he meets the real flesh and blood woman. Will grief continue to hold him captive or will he chose to love again?

Talia Combs has her life all figured out. A career she enjoys, a home she loves, and the best in Alzheimer’s nursing care for Papa. But then Agent Thomas steps into her life, and everything she thought she knew about herself and her family is turned upside down. Can Talia forgive her Papa for the secrets he kept? 
Can she give up her plans and follow where love leads?

Will Ethan and Talia trust God as His perfect plan for their lives unfolds?

What Bible verse speaks to you the most?
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This verse has carried me daily since my son was small and diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (atypical autism). I continually prayed this verse over him and soon it became my life verse. Just last week, Kent was awarded Employee of the Year at the Big Y Mystic store (a supermarket). God is so good. He has answered my prayers for my son time and time again.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Hobbies, etc.?
I enjoy handwork. In the past, my sister and I made decorative items from old quilt pieces and sold them at craft shows. We no longer do the shows, but I still have tubs filled with fabric, buttons, fur, and ‘stuff’ to play with. Working with my hands puts my writer brain in neutral where it can wander at will. New plot ideas often pop into my mind while I’m sewing.

What were some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, or logistical) you faced in bringing this story to life?
Research is always my challenge. I began writing Under Starry Skies saying, “I’m going to keep the research to a minimum and write what I know.” Ha! That lasted all of a day, or maybe two!
Because the agents in the SeaMount Series are all former military men using their skills for a privately owned company, much of my research centers on getting characterization correct. The opening chapter of Under Starry Skies is a dive scene involving dry suits, rebreathers, and other things this landlubber knew little about before doing the research. I also had to take a deeper look eat music! I can carry a tune, but that is the extent of my musical knowledge. So what do I do? Make the heroine a music teacher, of course.

Can you give us a brief summary of your writing process from idea to holding a published book or a download onto your eReader?
Ideas come from everywhere. I keep a notebook for recording random thoughts, names, titles, quotes, and you name it. As for creating something out of all those jottings, I have written by the seat of my pants, outlined, plotted and re-plotted, all with the hope that my story will magically come together with ease. I can definitively say, there is not a magic method.

The beginning process is messy and always the hardest part. The real fun begins after the first draft is nailed down. Now it’s time to play with words, flesh out characters, fill holes, and enhance themes. Then I move on to editing. Checking scenes and sequels, and removing words that are just like, you know, unnecessary! Once I’ve gone through my checklist, the story goes off to my beta readers for their input and corrections. After I muck around with it again it’s off to my editor. I have a hard time letting go because there is always something I want to improve.

As an Indy author, I’m responsible for the cover and formatting of my books. Knowing my limitations, I don’t try and do these things myself. I work with others who are more qualified. They make my books shine. When I have all the parts I need, I upload my book to Amazon, B&N, and Apple’s iBooks. Making print copies available follows soon after.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Shout from the rooftop, “I love this book!” On second thought, don’t do that. You may fall off the roof, or get in trouble for being a noisy neighborhood nuisance. Truly, if you would like to help an author, please tell other readers—family, friends, the hairdresser, and coffee shop acquaintance. Then spread the word through your social media contacts. When you finish the book, hop over to your online retailer or Goodreads and post a review. It doesn’t have to be long or eloquent. Two or three words will suffice. Reviews are like gold for authors, and we appreciate that you take the time to do them. So, thank you very much.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently editing a stand-alone novel, Miracle in Black. The story takes place in the same Rhode Island town as my SeaMount series so those characters are making cameo appearances in the book. I’m still researching and pulling together the plot for Book 4 of the SeaMount Series. This book will be Whit McCord’s story. My working title is Whit’s End.

Lightning Round:
Crawfish Etouffee or Seafood Gumbo? Neither - Rhode Island clam chowder (clear broth)
Sandals or FlipFlops? Sandals
Women’s Fiction or Romance? Romance
Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Thank you, Marian, for extending your southern hospitality to the New England gal. 

An avid reader at a young age, Anita was a teen when she decided to try her hand at writing stories. She started out re-writing the TV episodes of HERE COMES THE BRIDES. What would now be called 'fan fiction' filled a notebook. She collected and read all Emily Loring's romances. A grand feat at a time when there was no internet to aid in the search. She also enjoyed many of Grace Livingston Hill's works. 

Life intervened and it was many years before Anita decided to get the stories in her head down on paper. She attended an on-going short story workshop advertised by the local library. Soon she was writing what she loves to read - novel length romance stories. 

When Anita isn't writing, she enjoys reading, needlework, quilting, arts and craft projects and making cards. She serves on her church's prayer team and is an adult Sunday School leader and lay assistant.

Anita lives in Rhode Island with her husband, son and a spoiled Belgian Malinois. She has lived in Oregon and Colorado, but Rhode Island—the Ocean State where she was born and raised—are where her roots are deepest.


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Anita, thanks for sharing!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe

I pray you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.