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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Learning to Trust Release Day Blitz with Cynthia P O'Neill

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Title: Learning to Trust
Author: Cynthia P. O'Neill
Genre: Contemporary Erotic 
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours

Learning to Trust Blurb:
When Garrett Andrews finds something that catches his eye, he goes after it, letting nothing stand in the way of what he wants to possess...
The first woman to arouse his heart could be the one person who helps him to finally open up and feel again.
Laurel Hart was a swimming champion until a frightful event and unknown health issues derailed her career…
With a recent degree from MIT in Bio-Medical Engineering and an offer to join one of the leading innovators of medical equipment in the world, she plans on making a new life for herself; letting nightmares from her past stay in the past, or so she thinks.  
Once Garrett finds out about Laurel’s past, all rules in regards to "relationships" are changed, because one false move could drive her away. He attempts to calm her nightmares and gain her trust so he can show her who he really is and the relationship he desires from her.
Will they be able to overcome the damage their hearts have encountered?  Can they find happiness? Can they trust their minds or will life throw each of them another curveball?
Only time will tell if they can…
learn to trust…
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I grew up in a small town in South Florida called Clewiston and moved to Central Florida to attend college.  I married my friend, love, and soul mate and still reside in the area with our amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little doggie boy.  
In my books, I draw on my background in healthcare, business, and science, along with my husband’s engineering and wireless technology knowledge. 
I currently write on all levels of Romance.   The Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of Contemporary and verging on Erotica, with a hint of Suspense.  The Remembrance Series encompasses Young Adult, with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. A new contemporary romance series is underway, called Need.  It will be different than the others, because each book will focus on a new couple, while the other characters will still have a large presence throughout the series.
I try to make my writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for my books, but I'm only limited by imagination taking ideas to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist. 
On a more personal note...I love to cook and create in the kitchen and on the bbq grill.  I sometimes lose myself in a song at the piano.  I often sing with my son while we are driving or making dinner together.  I enjoy crafts (flower arranging, making wreaths, painting pottery, needle point and drawing in pencil and charcoals).   My music tastes are eclectic at best, ranging from classical piano to hard rock/heavy metal.  It all depends on the song, group, and if it has a good beat or is a soulful ballad. 
To learn more about me, feel free to check me out at www.cynthiaponeill.com.

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Cynthia P. O’Neill Links:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/cynthiaponeill     or @cynthiaponeill

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He pulled his phone from his pants pocket, typed some words rather quickly, and then returned it to his pocket. 
“What are you doing?” I wondered aloud. I sincerely hoped that wasn’t about me.
“Nothing you need to concern yourself with.  Just had a thought that I’d like to run by someone and wanted to jot it down before I lost it.”
”Just so you know, I don’t like it when people are secretive around me.  It makes me nervous and I tend to push people away.”  I don’t know why I was being so upfront with him, but, this phone messaging had me on edge.  I can’t stand secrets.
He walked towards me with a wry smile and backed me slowly against the wall.  He leaned into me, tracing his nose up my neck, and I heard the closet door close.  “I like that you’re feisty, Laurel, makes life more interesting.”  His hands came to rest on the wall along each side of my head, caging me in, as he continued to trace his nose up to my face, across my chin, and down the other side of my neck.  His tone in his voice became sultry. “Do you still trust me?”
The electricity between us hung heavy in the air.  It was so palpable you could taste it. My skin was on fire from his touch.  Every synapse of every nerve ending was firing off rapidly and my breathing continued to accelerate.  Something felt dark and dangerous about Garrett, but at the same time, I’d never desired anyone more.  No one had ever managed to elicit the kind of reactions he was driving from my body. 
He leaned in closer, his body molding up against mine. “Are you going to answer me?” he whispered in my ear, his voice becoming a little more commanding.
  My eyes closed, trying to make sense of what I was feeling.  Just his voice and soft touch made my head spin; I was thankful that I had the wall to lean into for support.  I finally found the strength to answer. “Yes,” I murmured.
His lips began to nibble on my left earlobe. “Yes, you’ll answer, or yes, you trust me?”
“Yes, I trust you.”
His hand began to caress my face as his lips continued their assault on my earlobe and neck.  “Do you have any idea how breathtakingly beautiful you are tonight?  You’re driving me crazy.”
My head began to spin as his lips moved up across the side of my cheek to my chin at an achingly slow pace.  At the same time, his right hand started to travel down my neck, where his fingers traced the low neckline of my dress. 
My heart raced as the palm of his hand brushed gently across one of my breasts.  I was surprised by how heavy my breasts felt.  I could feel my nipples harden, straining against the fabric of my bra.  Soon his lips were pressed hard on my mouth, tugging at my bottom lip.  “Ahh,” I moaned as his tongue plunged deeply into my mouth, sending my mind scattering to the heated overload of sensation my body was feeling.  Our mouths began to move in perfect unison with one another.
            My conscience screamed at me. Tell him to slow down.  You know this is moving too quickly.  What are you thinking?!
            I tried to move away, ever so slightly put some distance between our bodies, but his hips pressed harder, grinding into mine.  His erection felt huge, bulging out hard from his slacks and pressing up against my belly.  I couldn’t believe how much this man wanted me and was surprised that my body was responding with unheeded desire for him.
            Garrett finally pulled back long enough for us to take in deprived lungs full of air.  After a few more breaths, I asked, in a rather shaky and exhaustive tone, “Can we please slow things down a bit?” 
            Both of his hands rose up the wall to rest on either side of my head.  He took a few more deep breaths and kissed me chastely on the lips before resting his forehead against mine.
            “My apologies, Laurel, I don’t know what came over me.  There’s something about you that makes my body respond so intensely.  I’m like an alcoholic drawn to your intoxicating beauty and scent; I just can’t seem to get enough.  I’ve never had this kind of reaction to anyone before.”  He paused for a moment, taking in a deep breath to clear his mind. “I agree, though, we need to take things slower.”
He lifted one of my hands towards his lips and kissed it gently before placing it atop his shoulder.  He repeated the same thing with my other hand, indicating he wanted me encircling his shoulders.  Then he cupped my face with his own hands and leaned in for a gentle kiss.
The tenderness of this new kiss made me feel more secure in his arms.  We continued this way for what seemed like an eternity, until I heard the door open and Hannah walk in calling, “Laurel?  Are you here?”
We both pulled away from the wall.  He had a quizzical look on his face, as if he’d forgotten we were in the closet in my dorm room. “Roommate?” he whispered. 
I nodded in response. What are we supposed to do now? Wait her out?
We waited to hear what she was doing.  As soon as we thought the coast was clear, we tried leaving the closet, only to find her standing there with her arms crossed and smiling up a storm, knowing she’d caught us.
She didn’t wait for an introduction, but stuck out her hand to Garrett. “Hi, Handsome, I’m Hannah, Laurel’s roommate.  And you are?”

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Release Day Blitz for Two Breaths Too Late by Rochelle Maya Callen


Two Breaths Too Late

by Rochelle Maya Callen

9.30.14

Young Adult



After years of secrets and bruises, Ellie Walker takes her own life only weeks before her high school graduation. She expected to be free, but instead is forced to face the brokenness she has left behind. 

This story isn't about happily-ever-afters. 
It is about the millions of terrible and beautiful moments that make up a life and the hope that lives in even the darkest of places. 


A Message from the Author:


EXCERPT:

Death,
I let you take me. I handed you a rope, a chair, and a hollow shell of a girl forgetting that I didn't have to be hollow at all.
I press my forehead against the glass. The feeling rakes through me. There is no relief or freedom here, in this in-between, in this limbo. This is not the sanctuary I wanted.
Hope can't be a hollow wish or dream. It needs to be filled, levied, brimming over with intention and action and belief and reaching, reaching, reaching, stretching until your muscles ache because you want it that damn much, and you won't stop reaching until you hold it.
Until it is yours.
I let go too soon.



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About the Author:


ROCHELLE MAYA CALLEN is a bestselling YA author. Her first novel became a #1 Hot New Release on Amazon in 2013 within 24 hours of its debut. She has pet llamas in Ecuador, built homes in Mexico, played with orphans in Argentina and has spoken the words of Mother Teresa in front of 27,000 people at Reliant Stadium. She has been a speaker to young people since she was a teenager and has been a behavioral coach for 10 years. She lives with her husband and young daughter near Washington, D.C. Her personal experiences of loss and strength inspired her novel, TWO BREATHS TOO LATE and the #HoldOn2Hope suicide prevention project.


FIND ME ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.
Follow the HoldOn2Hope project.
www.RochelleMayaCallen.com
www.HoldOn2Hope.org

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Monday Muse & Give-Away with Guest Author ~ Almost Wrecked by Crystal Firsdon


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  Almost Wrecked 

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Crystal Firsdon



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Book Blurb

1 creep. 2 bodyguards. 3 men who change Molly’s life forever. 

Guitar player Molly Davis is taunted with disturbing gifts by some creep she hopes like heck is a harmless, misguided fan. The owner of the bar where her band plays isn’t taking any chances, however, and hires Gabe Cooper and Caleb “Ram” Ramsey to stand guard over Molly and the rest of the band. 

Cooper is all business and doesn’t mess with Molly’s emotions. She can handle that. Ram is a different story. He’s gorgeous, has a good heart, and is sometimes infuriating. He doesn’t take Molly’s crap, giving him the potential to be the first man to shove his way through her stubbornness and into her life. 

But a violent attack proves the creep isn’t going away. And that almost wrecks everything.

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Women’s Fiction/ Contemporary Romance

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Author Bio:

Crystal Firsdon is a former high school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned part time substitute teacher and school volunteer. Of course she loves to read, but any book she picks up must have romance! Crystal lives in Michigan with her husband and children.


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Book Excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE
I unplugged my guitar and set it in its case, then grabbed the towel I always brought and wiped the sweat off my face and neck. Some guy yelled out a semi-lewd yet oddly flattering comment about my ass as I stood up, so I cracked a smile and half-waved. If I wasn’t already so hot I’m sure they would’ve seen my face turn red. The air conditioning in Brett’s Bar was fighting a losing battle thanks to August’s high heat and humidity and the couple hundred customers, many of whom had been dancing.
Since turning the big three-oh a couple weeks earlier, vocal appreciation of my backside didn’t bother me like it did ten years ago, but it still made me blush. It was nice to know that all the hours I’d put into running, yoga, lifting weights, and dancing wasn’t wasted.
But man, good thing whoever yelled that couldn’t smell me.
“Whooo!”
“The Song Wreckers, baby, yeah!”
I smiled bigger. Song Wreckers fans were the best. They had to have been roasting hot, and we were done playing our three sets, but they still cheered for us as if it were starting—rather than quitting—time.
“Good Lord,” Katie, my best friend and lead singer said, “It’s hotter ‘n hell in here.”
Fanning my face with my hand, I asked the rest of the band, “You guys wanna sit outside for a few before packing up?”
I needed fresh air and a cool breeze, but wasn’t going to stand in the back alley by myself while everyone else did all the work.
Courtney set down her violin case. “I could use a few minutes outside.” She looked at her husband, Josh. “You coming?”
“Yeah. I’ll grab some waters.” Josh set his drum sticks across his snare and headed toward the bar, while Katie yanked the curtain aside that ran along the back of the stage so we could hop down.
Once off the stage we took the few steps to open the door that led into the back alley where we all parked. Our footsteps crunched on the gravel as we each found a spot against the wall to lean, away from the Dumpster and our cars. The humidity was high, but the breeze was strong enough to feel somewhat refreshing, even with the smell of garbage twenty feet away. I lifted my ponytail to let the air cool my neck.
None of us four girls talked. After being in a loud bar for the past few hours, the quiet was a welcome change.
Josh walked out and handed each of us a cold bottled water. I rubbed mine on the front and back of my neck before opening it and guzzling half the bottle.
He walked toward his wife, and because he was wearing heavy boots, the crunch of gravel practically echoed.
“God, that’s a creepy sound,” I said. “Especially late at night with no one else around.”
Our bass player Heather hummed the “Doo-doot, doo-doot” of the Jaws theme song, then said, “Seriously, Molly. We’ve been parking in this alley for years. Nothing scary has ever happened back here.”

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Give-Away:

2 lucky winners will receive 1 ebook copy of Almost Wrecked PLUS a $10 iTunes gift card!

The give-away starts September 29th and ends October 13th

To enter:

 visit Crystal's webpage 


or her facebook author page 


and click on "giveaway"

Rafflecopter Give-Away: http://bit.ly/YMf9Jd

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Author Interview:

Hi Crystal and welcome to my blog

Firstly can you tell us about yourself?
I’m pushing forty, but still consider myself twenty-nine. I hate the question What do you do for a living? because I have no idea what that is. I used to be a teacher, but was a stay-at-home mom for longer than I taught. Now I substitute teach at my kids’ school part-time, and am president of the PTO and that’s like another part-time job—except I don’t get paid. I feel like I run around like a chicken with its head cut off half the time, wondering how I’m going to get everything done. I often sacrifice my writing time (which I can only do when I’m home alone in the day) for other stuff. One day, I’m going to get it together. Probably.

How long have you been writing?
In my head—forever. In reality—about four years.

Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I’m desperately trying to finish the sequel to Almost Wrecked. The working title is Almost Ordinary, and it picks up where book one left off. I have several other manuscripts outlined and started, however I’m not allowing myself to work on any of them until Almost Ordinary is submitted to my publisher.

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
 Just write.  Even if you feel what you’re writing isn’t any good, write anyway. You can fix anything later, or you can use the ideas in another piece.  It’s better to get too much on the page and have to refine and cut, than to have a piece that feels incomplete.

When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG  what am I doing with this plot line? Or:  Who are these people I created? etc…
With the sequel, I had always planned to kill of this one character. But when I tried to write it, I just couldn’t do it. I firmly believe readers want this specific character, and, as a reader, killing that character off would probably make me mad enough to put the book down for good. Now I can’t believe I ever planned on killing the poor guy/gal.

Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
I have to write in silence and solitude. However, Almost Wrecked and Almost Ordinary revolve around country music so I have a kick-ass playlist that I always listen to when I work out or am driving by myself that pumps me up: Miranda Lambert, the Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Jane Dear Girls, Pistol Annies, Gretchen Wilson, Ashton Shepherd, Taylor Swift, etc. Twangy, female empowerment, revenge, love songs really helped me shape The Song Wreckers, the band in Almost Wrecked.

Which type of book do you prefer to read?
           a. ebook
            b. paperback
            c. hardback
            d. Non – I listen to audiobooks

I only read ebooks, and have for four or five years now. I tried an audiobook once. I kept hitting the pause button and saying the words how I would’ve said them. It was annoying and too time consuming! I only read a paper book when I get called to Jury Duty every other summer of odd numbered years. Even then, I don’t have time to finish the book and return it to the library on my way home.

Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
I am definitely a morning person, after I’ve had my coffee.  In fact, today was a late start day for my kids’ school. By the time the bus picked them up at 9:30, I had showered and gotten ready, dusted, vacuumed, done some laundry, and even scrubbed my upstairs shower until it sparkled.

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
The self-doubt. It’s horrible! Sometimes I feel as if every word I write is complete garbage. Luckily I have two people who I can always let read my work and their enthusiasm gives me the boost I need to keep writing. Thank you Mom and Nancy!

Are you a:
a.      Laptop Writer
b.      Desktop Writer
c.       iPad Writer
d.      Pen and Paper Writer

Laptop all the way! I call my laptop my third child.

Can you tell us why you think we’d love to read your novel?
The characters are flawed, open, honest, funny, and struggling—in other words… they’re real! The story is fun and a bit scary, and doesn’t focus on the main character’s, Molly’s, main problem.  Molly lives her life despite the trouble she finds herself in, and when she makes mistakes they don’t necessarily define her. Almost Wrecked will keep you guessing and has turns you won’t see coming!


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Many thanks to Crystal for being here and sharing her novel, herself and a give-away with us!

I'm back tomorrow with 2 new posts for you, so join me if you can.



Addiction Cover Reveal with Angela McPherson

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Addiction

Book two in the Distraction Series


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Angela McPherson



Genres: New Adult/College Contemporary Romance
Published: December 2014
Untold Press www.untoldpress.com

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Don't miss book 1, Distraction! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MU0NY9M
  

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Blurb:

Despite denying their love for years, in the end no distraction could keep best friends Tristan and Elle apart. Passion and heat explode as the two finally discover what they’ve been missing, needing, wanting for so long.

When Tristan and Elle return home for Christmas break, the two are gifted with a few unexpected surprises. Heather, Elle’s sister, has come home and even better, she's now clean and sober. During this time, Tristan and his dad manage to work through their strained relationship, finding compromise and understanding. For the couple, everything is coming together—until circumstances change, threatening their newfound happiness.

Love is an addiction both craved, but when devastating secrets are revealed, Elle pushes Tristan away. He won't let go. She can't hold on. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?  Falling in love was never an issue, but for Tristan and Elle, falling apart may be.

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Author Bio:

Angela McPherson
Born and currently residing in Midland, Texas, Angela shuffles three busy children (not including her husband) all over the place. She works in a busy pediatric doctor's office as a nurse during the day, and writes at night. She is addicted to coffee–who isn’t? And firmly believes chocolate can fix all–especially chocolate ice cream. She laughs a lot, often at herself and is willing to try anything once (she thinks). When Angela isn’t rushing kids around, working or writing, she’s reading. Other than life experience, Angela turns to a wide variety of music to help spark her creative juices. She loves to dance and sing, though her kids often beg her not to.

Twitter: @abt3mcpherson


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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Sunday Spotlight featuring Julie Dewey

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Julie Dewey

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Book Blurb:

Raised on a farm outside of Westchester County, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a sheltered existence. When tragedy strikes the family, the ten year old and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City. Known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves, the Five Points is a chaotic slum. The women find work as laundresses, struggling every day to survive in their squalid living conditions. 
When tragedy strikes again, Tabitha finds herself on the streets of New York City, alone. 

Summoning her courage and willing her legs that are numb with fear and grief to move, she takes to a life on the streets. Stealing food and running from the law, Tabitha dreams of the future. 

During this time the Sisters of Charity were plucking orphans off the streets with promises of a new life. Children were told to forget their pasts, including their religious beliefs, families, and names. They were to become Christian and were given new identities, only then could they board the orphan trains. The orphan trains carried the destitute children out west in search of new homes. Siblings were often ripped apart and many didn’t find homes but became indentured workers in exchange for room and board. 

The looming decision would alter her life course; boarding the train meant leaving everything and everyone she knew behind. Vulnerable and afraid she made her decision. 

The story is a true to life chronicle reflecting the saga of hundreds of thousands of homeless or neglected children who were placed on orphan trains from 1854 to 1929. The orphan train movement led to numerous reforms having to do with welfare and child labor laws. Many people believe it is the origin of modern foster care.

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Set in the majestic yet untamed Adirondack Mountains of New York more than a century ago, an extraordinary story unfolds about a little known town called Saranac Lake. The town is home to a man with a disease known as consumption, white plague, or as some called it, the red death. It is here that Doctor Edward Livingston Trudeau finds a hopeful cure for tuberculosis in the form of open air. 

Trudeau’s patients vary in age, gender, class, and race, but they have one thing in common. They must all choose to embrace life, even in the face of death, if they wish to heal at the sanitarium. 

Christine, a woman at the helm of her family, has already lost two children to the dreaded plague. But when her daughter, Collette, contracts the disease, she is determined to keep her alive. Venturing into unknown territory, Christine risks her own health and that of her unborn child, as well as her marriage, to help her daughter seek a cure that to many is absurd. Christine embarks upon a life-changing journey as she moves from caregiver to patient. In the face of adversity she must find the courage to sustain herself. 

When Lena, a factory worker and mother of three, begins coughing up blood she is faced with a decision no mother wants to make. She either stays with her family and risks her own death, or leaves her loved ones behind while she goes off in hope of a cure at the 'Sans'. 

Big Joe, once a strong man for a traveling circus, seeks a quiet place to live out his final days in hiding. When he is sent to the Sanitarium, he is terrified to learn he will be housed with fellow circus performers for he is a hunted man. Gaunt and thin, he can only hope no one from his past recognizes him in his current state. 

Little Amy, a six year old child, must care for her entire family of seven, all whom are afflicted with different forms of plague. When she is diagnosed with a very rare form herself, she is sent to the Sanitarium and put under the care of Dr. Trudeau. Alone and afraid, Amy faces her fears and allows herself to dream of a future. 

With a cast of characters so vivid, One Thousand Porches is a heart warming and engaging story that will instill hope and faith in even the most pessimistic reader.

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Author Bio:

Julie Dewey is a novelist who resides with her family in Central New York.  Her daughter is a singer/songwriter, and her son is a boxer.  Her husband is an all-around hard working, fantastic guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her falling for him the moment they met. 

In addition to researching and writing she is an avid reader.  She is also passionate about jewelry design and gemstones.  She loves anything creative, whether it be knitting, stamping, scrapping, decoupaging, working with metal, or decorating. 
Visit her at www.juliedewey.com to get your reading guide for this book and to read an excerpt from Forgetting Tabitha, the Story of an Orphan Train Rider.

Links:

Hi Julie and welcome to my blog

Firstly can you tell us about yourself?
I am a sister, daughter, wife, and mother of two awesome kids. My daughter is a Nashville crooner and my son is a boxer. My husband is the love of my life and it’s all good.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with poetry.

What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read, so naturally I was inspired to start there.

Are there any other genres you’ve written?
I am currently working on a romantic comedy. It’s a lot less research and I can have more fun with the details.

Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
I have published a historical fiction book, One Thousand Porches. It’s about the tuberculosis epidemic and sanitariums in Saranac Lake. Writing this was very cathartic for me because of my issues with lung disease. Interestingly, half way through the book we found out I had a great grandmother that stayed in one of the very sanitariums I was writing about. It was meant to be written.

Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
In addition to the romantic comedy, I am also writing my third historical fiction. This book is called The Back Building, and is about the Willard Insane Asylum on Seneca Lake. The research is incredible, and I find the topic of mental illness to be underwritten about and acknowleged.

What motivates and inspires you to write?
I love to read and have written for as long as I can remember. To most people pumping out ten thousand words a day is exhausting, to me it’s exhilarating.

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Just keep at it! It will all come together!

What is/are your all-time favourite novel/s?
Oh boy, I have so many favorites! As a child my favorite was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. As an adult, I have fallen in love with Isabelle Alende, particularly Daughter of Fortune. Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonder and March. Mary Pat Kelley has written a lovely novel, Galway Bay and Nancy E Turner, penned These Is MY Words. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is pretty amazy and I could go on and on.

Can you tell us who your favourite indie author/s is/are?
Elle Casey, hands down.

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
I just finished Mudbound and it was excellent.

Do you have a favourite quote, if so what is it?
“Life is too short to be little” and “Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life.”

Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?
I usually write the book, and then choose a fitting title.

Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so can you share?
First and foremost I am a mom. Other than that, writing is what I do!

Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
Intersting question, I have never considered writing while listening to music. I should try it.

If you were stranded on a faraway island:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Definitely Scotty. He’s a hard worker and easy to be around!

Which type of book do you prefer to read?
a. ebook
b. paperback
c. hardback
d. Non – I listen to audiobooks
I read a lot of paperbacks. That’s not to say I don’t use my Kindle because I do, I just still enjoy going to Barnes and Nobles and browsing and coming home with a large stack of books.

Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
Yes. I work hand in hand with a graphic designer to get the cover I want.

Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies that you’d like to share with us?
I love to make jewelry and have been doing so for ten years. It’s just another form of expression. I also knit, and decoupage. I love to walk everyday and spend time with my family.

Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
I am definitely a morning person. Give me a cup of coffee and I ready to go!

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
The only part of the writing process I find daunting is the editing. It gets easier though, because I am learning as I go to correct along the way.

What is the one book you can’t live without?
My dreamers guide. Weird right? I have these crazy dreams and always need to look up what they mean!

Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
Desktop all the way.

If you didn’t write or you went through a dry spell (aka a bit of writers block), what would you do to fill the creative void instead?
I would shop, clean my house, eat out, be with my awesome friends, exercise even more, and do whatever craft was hot for me at moment.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would have to say I want to go to the town of Wylam in Whales. It’s my maiden name and I think it would be a super cool experience. Although if my family had a choice, we’d vote for someplace like Hawaii.

If you had a choice – a dream come true - which would be your preference: Your books serialised - a weekly show or made into movies?
I’ve had dozens of readers tell me my book, Forgetting Tabitha the Story of an Orphan Train Rider should be made into a movie.

Tell us one thing that no-one else knows about you – your darkest secret if you dare!
This is deep and dark. I am starting to write Erotica……it’s a great little genre and it’s lots of fun!

Finally, what 7 words best sum up your novel?
Accurate, intriguing, vivid, thought provoking, sweet, not so sweet, and honest.

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I really hope you enjoy Julie's novels, I'm getting my copies!

Have an awesome day and I'll be back with quite a few authors and their novels this week, starting tomorrow, so I hope you can join me then.


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