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WELCOME AUTHOR JULIE ARDUINI
Saturday, May 11, 2019 by Patti Shene

Featured Book: Match Made in Heaven

Author:  Julie Arduini

Publisher: Surrendered Scribe Media

Genre: Christian Romance

Series or Stand Alone:  Stand Alone Novella

Target Age: 13+

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JULIE ARDUINI TO PATTI’S PORCH. JULIE SHARES HOW SHE LEARNED TO HEAL FROM HURT AND SURRENDER HER ANGER TO GOD.

JULIE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.

Match Made in Heaven, Julie’s Christian romance novella is a free eBook today, Saturday, and Mother's Day. Grab a copy here and share the news!

 

Job’s Wife & Me

by

Julie Arduini

 

When I decided to update the first Christian romance novella I wrote, Match Made in Heaven, I wanted to add a surrender issue readers could relate to. The heroine, Beth Prescott, has congenital hypothyroidism, the same endocrine diagnosis our daughter has.

Through the years, our daughter has not only struggled with weight gain and exhaustion. She’s needed consistent lab works that have always been difficult draws. We also learned with hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Then for us, another diagnosis, the rare disorder called Albrights Hereditary Osteodystrophy. In our situation her bones fused and her height maxed out at 4’9”. There are certain aspects of puberty that are delayed, and there isn’t a lot of information on Albrights patients her age to know what to expect.

After a while, I was angry. Mad enough I started pointing fingers. At God. Like Job’s wife, I couldn’t see anything in her situation to be thankful about. “His wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’” (Job 2:9). I looked at our daughter’s friends surpassing her in height and cried hot, hurt tears. If God is such a good Father, why was He allowing this?

It took time for me to heal and transform from Job’s wife thinking of cursing God and Job, who blessed the name of the Lord even when He gave and took away. The biggest thing I had to do was lament. Thanks to the book No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece, I realized I had to let my real feelings out. I was mad. I didn’t understand. But I couldn’t stuff it. I let God know everything He knew anyway. Then I let Him have it all. Surrendered the pain and questions and chose to trust Him with her and her health.

I’ve had to lament quite a bit since then with big stuff, and small irritations. I realized when revising Match Made in Heaven that Beth’s health and her reaction could be something readers could relate to. She grew up noticing she wasn’t exactly like her peers, and she resented it. Her family were barely church-goers to begin with, so it was an easy slide to fault God. When Dean Kellerman enters her life, he’s trusting God with every single thing because he knows too well what it’s like to live without Christ in his life. Writing Match Made in Heaven was a blessing and a challenge, and I believe readers will find their own healing and peace with Jesus as they relate to the story.

Have you ever blamed God, or do you need to? Please leave a comment below and I will randomly choose one to win a copy of Match Made in Heaven. US winner can choose between print or eBook. International winner automatically wins eBook.

 

Match Made in Heaven: A Novella by Julie Arduini

Beth Prescott wants to make a difference with the senior citizens she serves as a volunteer coordinator, but their matchmaking efforts leave her guarded. She’s experienced too much pain to make that leap again.

Dean Kellerman returns to the Finger Lakes area to help his grandfather and heal his own broken heart. He’s recommitted his life to Christ, and doesn’t want any distractions.

When his grandfather needs assistance with a senior program, it places Dean right in Beth’s path. Can these two surrender their pasts to Christ and have faith in each other and their future?

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DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, MAY 21ST AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (US residents only eligible for print copy).

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novella, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. 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 website, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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Comments

Julie Arduini From OH At 5/21/2019 1:06:37 PM

Vivian, Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate that very much.

Julie Arduini From OH At 5/21/2019 1:06:03 PM

Kathy, Oh, the time I've spent asking why. I've learned over the years He may never answer that one this side of heaven, BUT, He will grow me through the process. Each time I've answered yes to Him faster because I know whatever is happening has purpose, and He is a good, good Father. Thank you!

Julie Arduini From OH At 5/21/2019 1:04:23 PM

Trudy, I had no idea until our daughter's issues with her thyroid how such a tiny part of our body could wreak such havoc. I pray your medicines get worked out. I appreciate you reading and I'll pass along that hug!

Julie Arduini From OH At 5/21/2019 1:03:17 PM

Vicki, thank God for God, right? I shudder to think where we would be without Him. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment!

Vicki Carson From Jacksonville, Florid At 5/19/2019 10:34:28 PM

I’m convinced we all have problems. My way of coping, is to pray thru the issues at hand. Some things I’m just not knowledgeable in so I just let God handle it, He’s in charge anyway. I would love to read your book and write a review. Thanks for a chance with the drawing.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vicki. Yes, that sounds like a wonderful way to handle life's trouble spots. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion.

Trudy Cordle From Florida At 5/19/2019 7:26:58 PM

Oh, I can relate!! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, and still haven't gotten my meds figured out!! Thankfully, my only "real" symptom was the weight gain; however, put that with my going through menopause, and it's a double whammy!! Please give your daughter a hug from me!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Trudy. Thank you for coming by and contributing to the discussion with your own personal experience.

Kathy From Texas At 5/19/2019 6:13:19 PM

Thank you Julie for sharing your story. I have struggled with similar things in my life and my children and grandchildren. It’s hard to accept “WHY”. I admire how you have come to handle your situation and pray that through your witness, I too will, with Gods help, get through the situations in my life

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathy Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 5/13/2019 7:09:35 AM

This sound like an interesting story. I read the interview and synopsis for the book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Julie Arduini From OH At 5/11/2019 2:30:14 PM

Patti, Thank you so much for featuring Match Made in Heaven and my post!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Julie, it is always a pleasure to host you. Thank you so much for sharing with my readers and I. God bless you .

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8/22/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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8/13/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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8/6/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/29/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
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6/3/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR LEANN BETTS
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5/20/2016

Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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5/7/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE KALAS
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4/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TANYA EAVENSON
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4/1/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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3/18/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
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3/4/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
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2/24/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
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2/6/2016

REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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1/29/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
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1/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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1/2/2016

IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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12/26/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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11/29/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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11/6/2015

PERSPECTIVE
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11/1/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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10/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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10/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
Patti Shene
2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
Patti Shene
1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
Patti Shene
12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
Patti Shene
11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
Patti Shene
10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
Patti Shene
9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
Patti Shene
5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
Patti Shene
5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
Patti Shene
5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
Patti Shene
4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
Patti Shene
4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
Patti Shene
4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
Patti Shene
4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
Patti Shene
2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
Patti Shene
2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
Patti Shene
1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
Patti Shene
1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
Patti Shene
1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
Patti Shene
1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
Patti Shene
1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
Patti Shene
1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
Patti Shene
1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
Patti Shene
12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
Patti Shene
12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
Patti Shene
12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
Patti Shene
12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
Patti Shene
12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
Patti Shene
12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
Patti Shene
12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Going Home
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
Patti Shene
11/13/2012