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27 May 2011

Reveal Day ~ Two Great Christian Fiction Authors

This clash's host: Jennifer Slattery

Shellie Neumeier, author of excerpt A, holds a degree in Secondary Education from the UW-Madison. Her first YA novel, Driven, released 3/2011 and The Wishing Ring will be available 2/2012

Married for almost 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the UW-Madison, she acquired an early childhood education certificate and served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries.

She enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across Wisconsin. Once in a while, she gets to read big people books (the kind without pictures) and loves it.

Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over.

What readers have to say about her Clash competing novel, Driven:

"A must have for any teen. The Christian based book is a breath of fresh air."

"Writing to teens, [Shellie Neumeier] captures the drama and angst of the age group as well as the durability of friendships and faith."

"Driven is a book that has you thinking about spiritual battles right from the first page! What an amazing story!" (Read the back cover blurb for Driven here.)

Hop over to Amazon to order a copy of Driven Now!

Julie Carobini, author of excerpt B, taken from her novel Fade to Blue, has penned five seaside novels and hundreds of magazine articles. She has also edited a variety of books. Julie lives with her family in California.

Julie Carobini’s idea of a favorite day includes sipping a latte and walking to the beach with her husband, Dan, and Charlie the Dog. She’s a happy mom to three kiddos in three very different stages: college, high school, and middle school. Julie has been writing magazine articles for twenty years and books for five, but sometimes dreams of chucking it all to crew for one of the yachts that takes tourists to the nearby Channel Islands.

Here's what readers have to say about her Clash competing novel, Fade to Blue:

"Julie Carobini is the queen of the summer romance - she writes the perfect books to read while laying out under the sun soaking up the rays."

"Fade to Blue is an insightful contemporary Christian Otter Bay relationship drama.... With a profound underlying message that you can pray for others but like that proverbial horse not make them drink the water of faith."

(Read the back cover blurb for Fade to Blue here.)

Hop over to Amazon to order a copy of Fade to Blue now!

Come back next week to learn more about these great authors and their COTT worthy novels. In the meantime, do you have any questions for these lovely ladies?

I do! Shellie, ever spook yourself out when writing about spiritual warfare type stuff?

Julie, have you been to the Hearst Castle? If so, tell us about it. If not, tell us what you find most intriguing about the castle.
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April Gardner said... Friday, 27 May, 2011

Welcome, ladies! I'm always thrilled to see more christian YA hit the shelves. Our kids need good stuff to read! Great question for Shellie, Jen. I'm curious about that too!
So, Julie, you want to be on the crew of a Channel Island yacht? So cool. When I hear Channel Islands, I think the British Channel Islands, but I thought you lived in California. Maybe you can clear that one up for me.
Good to have you both!

Shellie said... Friday, 27 May, 2011


Hmm...freak myself out. Actually, when it came time to write those scarier scenes I did a whole lot of praying. Ironic, isn't it.

Then the scenes would come to me while walking with the dogs (do a lot of great quite times that way:D) or in the middle of the night. Yah, they'd wake me up. Like the opening scene came at 2am. Perfect timing. It was dark outside, the house creaked and groaned in the wind, and the only company I had was my own breathing. Talk about being in "the mood." I didn't get scared, per se. But I did draw closer to God:).

Lisa Lickel said... Friday, 27 May, 2011

I can see you writing at 2 AM. They were pretty intense scenes. Glad you could join us on the clash!

And hi, Julie - enjoying your book right now.

Julie Carobini said... Friday, 27 May, 2011

From Julie Carobini: Hi, everybody, thanks for stopping in today. I've een having trouble with Blogger all week, so Jennifer graciously agreed to post a comment for me...

In answer to your question, yes, I've been to the Hearst Castle several times. It's about a 3 hour drive up the coast for me. Such an intriguing place. Did you know it took more than 30 years ti build and was never really finished? You can find out more information, including tours offered at this link: http://hearstcastle.org

And April, the Channel Islands National Park is a string of five islands just outside my door. Well, sort of. I can see the islands from the beach here in Ventura. Island Packers is a tour company that takes visitors out there for hikes, kayak tours, even camping. Really beautiful. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/chis/index.htm

Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 27 May, 2011

Welcome aboard, I hope you enjoy your ride. =) Both excerpts facinate me. I'm reading Julie's book right now, and Shellie's book looks like a wonderful book for teens and adults alike. I'd love to win a copy but I'm not eligible, lol. Can't wait to get to know you more next week, ladies.

Christine Lindsay said... Saturday, 28 May, 2011

Wonderful scenes, I was drawn into both of the equally.

Item Reviewed: Reveal Day ~ Two Great Christian Fiction Authors Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Jennifer Slattery