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A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin February 10, 2016

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Kit’s alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past.

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life.

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

My thoughts:

This book will have you guessing from the beginning. What happened to Joanna? What was her encounter with Kit? My mind was guessing at something, but was it correct? That alone kept me reading more.

I really enjoyed both of the characters, they obviously had been changed by circumstances. I loved the way Kit allowed the love of Jesus to redeem his past and then make a difference in other people’s lives. He had no fear in reaching out, which is exactly how we all should be with our lives.

Joanna seemed a bit unsure of herself but as the book progressed she changed too and became stronger.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. 


Write to the Point with Sandra Ardoin December 9, 2015

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Sandra Ardoin_Headshot (1)Today we get write to the point with Sandra Ardoin. Read on to see what she is up to.

Tell us about your newest book.

A Reluctant Melody grew out of my Christmas novella that released last year, The Yuletide Angel. It’s historical romance set in 1892 and is the story of Kit Barnes and Joanna Stewart, two people with a past relationship that led to betrayal, strife, and abandonment. Here is the back cover copy:

Kit’s alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past. 

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life. 

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching TV, cheering on my sports team (Keep pounding, Panthers!), or trying to get some gardening done. I also like to window shop, eat out, and prowl around antique stores.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. I’ll read something that will resonate with me and I’ll start seeing a character and situation in my head. Sometimes, it’s simply a line or an image in my mind that sparks an idea. I keep a notebook and try to record those ideas as they come to me, because they aren’t polite and wait until I’m in a position to write the story. J

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I’m an in-betweener, a plantser, or whatever you want to call it. I used to be totally seat-of-the-pants, but have learned to do some plotting—GMC, major plot points, etc. I can write a synopsis that hits the high spots, but I’m not AReluctantMelody (1)one to plot out every scene. Though I admire those who can, that would drive me nuts.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Most of us have those unpublished favorites, don’t we? It’s hard to see them rejected. Mine is the first novel of a trilogy set in Texas in the 1870s. I love the heroine—her stubbornness, strength, and the heartache she experiences. In fact the series involves three strong women I really enjoyed getting to know. The second book is finished, but without the first selling, I’ve never submitted it anywhere. Maybe one day.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I suppose all of a writer’s characters have something they take from their creator, even if it’s just an opinion about a theme or topic. Joanna has the joy I get in gardening and the sorrow I feel over past mistakes. That’s all I can think of right now. However, we never know ourselves as well as we believe, so someone who knows me might answer that question in a different way.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am working on the first book of a three-book series I’m hoping to contract. It’s historical romance set in Texas in 1886. I’m also pondering a novella series, but my mind is only good for one project at a time.

Anything you would like to add?

I want to thank you for having me on your blog, Melissa! After years of writing in a closet (figuratively), I love talking about my work.

Readers, you will find The Yuletide Angel in both print and e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have a Goodreads giveaway going on through December 15, so hurry on over and enter for a chance at a signed, print copy of this Christmas novella!

A Reluctant Melody releases January 11 and is available for pre-order on Amazon. We’ll be celebrating the release with a Facebook party on January 12. Please put it on your brand-spanking new 2016 calendar to attend! Come and go (or stay) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. We’ll have lots of fun interaction and giveaways! As soon as the event page is set up, I’ll post the link to the event on my Facebook page.

Become a part of my email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story and visit me at and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

It was great hearing from you again, Sandra and what you are up to. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 



Write to the Point with Sandra Ardoin October 22, 2014

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Sandra Ardoin_HeadshotToday we get write to the point with Sandra Ardoin. She had a book release this month. Take a minute to learn about her and leave a comment to win an  e-copy of her book.


Sandra Ardoin is a multi-published author of short fiction who writes inspirational historical romance. Her Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel, releases October 2014. She’s the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Born in Indiana and transplanted to Texas at sixteen, I think I’m finally settled in North Carolina. My husband and I have a daughter who graduated from college last spring.

My hobbies include reading and gardening. I love NASCAR, the NFL (Carolina Panthers!), and when I get a chance to see it, professional bullriding. Maybe one day, I’ll have a horse again. I miss that part of my past.

I started writing in 1986 with a poster quote being my first sale. From there, I wrote and sold devotions, greeting cards, and more posters. In 1992, I began writing children’s short stories for denominational publications. My serious novel writing didn’t begin until 2008.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was twelve. After fits and starts of church attendance during the first several years of my life, we settled in a church and became active. I’d received a small, plastic, glow-in-the-dark head of Jesus for my birthday and had it sitting on my nightstand. One Saturday night, I was looking at the trinket and felt the Spirit’s pull. That’s when I prayed, accepting Jesus as my Savior. The next morning I made it a public decision in church. I still have that glow-in-the-dark Jesus, though, it’s no longer on my nightstand. J

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My novella, The Yuletide Angel, released this month. It’s Christian historical romance set during the Christmas season in 1890. Here’s a quick summary:

A shy, spinster-in-the-making, Violet Madison secretly delivers food to the poor at Christmas and earns the title The Yuletide Angel. When confirmed bachelor Hugh Barnes Ardoin - TYA Coverdiscovers the truth, he vows to protect her—in secret. Neither realizes someone else waits in the shadows, threatening to ruin Violet’s generosity and her reputation.

The themes of this novella are forgiveness, trust, and pride. We’ll never forgive or learn to trust if we don’t make an effort, and sometimes, we can become prideful even when something is done with the best of intentions.

It’s available on

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

On my personal blog, I post on Tuesdays and an occasional Friday. I do Christian book reviews and run the ACFW new releases list. Sometimes, I host a guest author. I aim my blog at readers of Christian fiction.

I’m also the Wednesday hostess for the Seriously Write blog where we encourage writers and post writing tips.

Once every quarter, I’ll be posting a mystery/suspense book review on the Suspense Sisters blog.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Of course, this changes over time, but in the past few years I’ve read Tamera Alexander’s From a Distance and Rekindled at least twice each. I’ve also become a big fan of Elizabeth Camden and love her novel Against the Tide.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

This may not be quite what you’re looking for, but I consider it a story of God’s provision against Satan’s troublemaking.

When we moved from Texas to North Carolina at the end of 1995, we left in the early evening in terrible weather (Dallas was expecting ice). We’d been up since early morning with the closing on the house and waiting on the movers. I drove our ’72 Celica, towing a small boat, and my husband drove an old pickup, towing a small U-Haul trailer. He had our daughter and dog with him. About an hour out of Dallas, the car started giving me an oil problem. We babied it along for what was supposed to be a twelve hour drive to my in-laws in Mobile. When we reached Shreveport, the car smoked so bad, I was pulled over by the police, who graciously let me go on without giving me a ticket for polluting their air. That poor vehicle chugged and smoked all the way to Mobile, arriving several hours late. We reached my in-laws and it died a noble death. Fortunately, they had a vehicle to loan us for the rest our trip. My husband and I have never forgotten that trip or the way God protected us! It’s always a reminder of His provision.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Too many to whittle down to one.

As far as my writing is concerned, I’ve always relied on Jeremiah 29:11-13. There’s so much hope there. I fully believe God has a plan for our lives, which includes our writing. To go along with that, I’ve always loved Isaiah 55:8 – “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”

One of my favorite books in the Bible is Colossians—so much great stuff there, like 1:17 “He (Jesus) is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Gives me goosebumps.

Where can we find you on the web?

Visit me at and the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Check out my Pinterest board for The Yuletide Angel. Sign up for my newsletter to receive upcoming news, fun facts, and special offers.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

First, Melissa, I want to thank you for letting me tell you about myself and my novella.

Second, I keep telling people that God spit this story out for me, so my desire is that it blesses others. It has certainly blessed me.

And third! The Yuletide Angel has led to a contracted novel (my debut in that length), A Reluctant Melody. The story revolves around my hero’s brother, Kit, and will release in early 2016.

Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with my readers.

Readers, Sandra is giving away an ecopy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment by October 28th  at 5:00 p.m. to be entered in the drawing.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Giveaways start and end on the dates and times posted. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries.Entrant must be 18 years or older at the time of entry. Participation is subject to an entrant’s local laws. Participation is restricted to residents of the United States. See Sandra’s website for additional disclaimers.