“You need to leave me alone. It’s the
least you can do.”
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
Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she
burn her options worse than a bad perm?
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.
I was about two-thirds done revising
my first Adirondack romance at the time, the manuscript eventually became
ENTRUSTED. The heroine, Jenna Anderson, was a strong character with a great
surrender message to tell about trusting God with fears about change and
wanting to belong. Helping Jenna was her new best friend, Sheriff Carla
The more Jenna and Carla hung out,
the more I realized Carla was someone I wanted to know better. As I gave her a
secondary story within ENTRUSTED as a single mom who loved to “do hair” as a
hobby, I had fun with her. At the time I was trying to finish the first story
and wasn’t thinking long term. If I needed to create a series, I figured I’d
use the “bad girl” of ENTRUSTED, Trish Maxwell, as a lead in another story. I
never dreamed Carla would get her own.
I revised ENTRUSTED so much from
what the first draft was that I ended up re writing the ending. I had no idea
how I was going to wrap up some loose ends when it came to Jenna, Ben, and the
Speculator Falls senior center. I was praying, and I have a team of ladies that
pray for me. One writing session at the laptop not only did all the loose ends
come together, it gave Carla her own story. I was floored.
Fast forward and I’m moving through
2016 as a new indie author. I’m re branding all my writing and speaking to fit
under surrender issues and my other favorite topic, chocolate. ENTRUSTED will
not only be rereleased as ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, but Carla’s story
will debut as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. You will see both available
Carla’s been given her dream, to
leave her job as sheriff and attend cosmetology school. The gift is so
overwhelming that she struggles with feeling unworthy, especially since she
still feels guilty for becoming a mom as a teenager. When Wayne Peterson reenters
her and their son Noah’s life, Carla creates some tangles between her and her steadfast
boyfriend, the flannel-wearing, truck driver Will Marshall. Can Carla release
her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options
worse than a bad perm?
I love that when I couldn’t see
beyond the page God dropped an entire character’s history and transformational
story into my laptop as I tried to finish my first novel. I hope everyone
enjoys Carla’s story as much as I do.