Thank you, Valerie, for letting me share today! When you last heard from me, I was stepping down from IR to grieve my mom’s sudden passing and tie up her business affairs. That took most of 2021, and writing was not a priority.
In fact, there were days I wondered if I would ever finish the manuscript I’d started years before, Anchored Hearts. Every time I tried to capture the story about two colleagues with control issues, something else came along. I wrote a Christmas novella. I finished a YA series with my teen daughter. My mom needed care, and I left home and moved in for two months to watch her go from near death to celebrating Christmas. Even after I returned home, I drove 600 miles round trip to take mom to specialists. My family missed me, and I of course missed them.
It was a lot.
Once I finished up most of the business side of things and worked through a lot of the stress and grief, it was time to write. This new series, Surrendering Hearts, is about a family with a unique birth story who stays in the national spotlight because of tragedy. The first book, Anchored Hearts, shares sextuplet #1, Jordyn Hart’s journey as she is forced to confront her need to control everything and everyone around her. This time, Jordyn’s transformation poured out of me.
God’s timing is amazing because if it had been up to me, I would have released this book years ago. It would not have been ready, and people would not have had the opportunity to surrender their own issues as they related to Jordyn and her handsome colleague with his own set of problems, Spencer Collins. This time, I KNEW Jordyn. I could feel her fear and frustration as she watched everything change around her. I grieved as Jordyn kept Spencer at arm’s length because the thought of further heartbreak was too much for her to even consider.
Now I have a new release that I am so proud of. I love the Hart family with their squabbles and pain, and I love Spencer and all he brings to Anchored Hearts. I’m rooting for the characters as much as readers. There is such a healing in my own life I’m anxious to start Repairing Hearts, Book #2 and Ryan’s story.
If you’ve ever hit delay after delay and questioned God’s timing, I pray you surrender to His ways. The other side is a beautiful experience full of His presence and revelation.
Here’s a snippet of Anchored Hearts, available now on Amazon.
Spencer sipped on his drink, stealing a glance at Jordyn. They’d crossed paths a couple times when he gave a live report from Binghamton, but this was their first time in the same room. Something about those big brown eyes and the lingering trail of rose and vanilla created an energy around her. He took a deep breath and intentionally shifted his seat so he’d instead focus on Vince and the big announcement.
The boss cupped his hands together and placed them on the table. “WFRN is the Southern Tier’s leader in news. Rise and Shine is the most watched morning program in America. We’re going to marry the two by creating a local morning show that will usher in Julia’s national program.” He walked over to the conference room laptop and touched a few buttons. An image appeared on the huge screen in front of them. “I present Early Rise and Shine, premiering sweeps week in November.”
Spencer stretched his legs under the table as he took in the bright blue, orange, and yellow logo. Impressive. The move made sense. Why though, was he invited to attend?
Vince returned to his seat; his smile as electric as the logo. “The co-hosts will be Jordyn Hart and Spencer Collins.”
I hope you’re as excited about Jordyn and Spencer’s story as I am. I’d love to give one copy of Anchored Hearts to a US winner, either Kindle version or softcover. Leave a comment regarding anything I shared today and I’ll choose a random winner on June 16. Thank you again for letting me post today!
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 new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, and 4 more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at juliearduini.com and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://linktr.ee/JulieArduini.