Thursday, August 9, 2012

Don't Ask Julie Reece For Directions! #Giveaway Signed Bookmark

Julie Reece

Ms. Reece let me pick her brain for today's stop on her Crux Blog Tour. Brave lady. Click on the widget on the right to find out where else she's lounging this month to celebrate her new release!

Also be sure to swing back for my review of Crux scheduled for August 20th!

On to the interview ....

Q. What is up with the yellow eye?? (For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, check out Ms. Reece's blog.)

Ah, the eye belongs to Carlotta. The heroine from a YA paranormal historical romance (what a mouthful) I’m working on. I actually wrote it before Crux, but it needs more work. It is my favorite story I’ve produced so far and would love to see it published one day.
Q. How did you celebrate when you got signed for your debut novel, Crux?

After I jumped around like a lunatic for a while, my husband took me to dinner … then we made out in the parking lot. That counts as celebratory, right? ;)
Q. In a perfect Julie’s World, where and when would you write?
Okay, don’t roll your eyes. It’s going to sound nutty, but I’d like a little cottage that looks like something from a Harry Potter movie—all wood and stone and stained glass (and off kilter, just a tad) at the edge of a wood by a lake. I’d put a desk on the back (glassed in) porch facing the water and dream and write from 8 to 6 every day until my husband came home. You said a perfect world so I dreamt big!
Q. Authors that have influenced your writing?
When I was a kid I read the classics. Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Hardy, Webb, these influences are easier to see in my historical works. My beta readers and critique partners tell me when to ‘real it in’, so to speak. LOL. Then I jumped to Michael Crichton, James Clavell, J. R. R. Tolkien and Colleen McCollough. There are so many talented YA authors now, it’s tough to choose, but lately, I love J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, well … you get the idea. Can I also just say I was highly influenced by reading comic books? Thor and Conan were my favorites, but I loved them all and wanted to be Poison Ivy soooo bad!
Q. Would you mind sharing a bit about how you overcame dyslexia?
Mm. That was tough. I came through school during a time no one understood. You were labeled smart, average or, let’s face it, not so smart. I even had teachers that were cruel to me over my struggle, but there was this one … She put head phones on me so I could read along with the narrator of a book. What that did was give me love of, great, well told stories. That love drove me to want to read on my own, just me and the adventure. I worked very hard over the next few years. My disabilities are still with me. Don’t ask me for directions or to dial an old fashioned phone. Ha! But the passion I have for devouring books was worth every minute of work I put in.
Q. And finally … dark or milk chocolate?
Dark all the way, baby! Well, I take that back. I tried 90% dark and couldn’t hack it, but up to say, 70% and I’m smiling.

So what's all the hype about? Check it out ...

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Want a signed bookmark??? Leave a comment about why YOU want to read Crux (don't forget your email address!!) I'll toss the names into a hat & let my 2 1/2-yr-old draw the winner on Wed the 22nd. 

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  1. Hi!

    I wanted to drop by and thank the lovely Terri of Scribbler's Sojourn for having me on her awesome blog! I had a blast answering her questions. <3

    Thanks for checking out the site and if you plan on reading Crux, thanks so much in advance! I really hope you like the story :)



  2. I have had Crux on my TBR list for awhile, and even have the button on my blog. I look forward to reading it and reviewing it as well. :)

    1. You won't be disappointed!!!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I want to read Crux because it sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  4. I have a lovely bookmark, so please don't include me. Btu Crux is on my list of gotta reads. :-)

  5. It all comes down to, who can deny that book summary? It grabbed my attention right away.


    1. It'll hold that attention to the end, too. Best of luck & thanks for stopping by!