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Vikings, time travel, and romance: YA CRUX by Julie Reece only .99 while it lasts! @JTaylorPub #UF #YA #bookdeal

Looking for some Black Friday Book Dealz? 

 

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Well, if you like your romances with a little of this …

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Mixed with this …

 

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You might enjoy this one …

 

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Just sayin’

It’s  just .99, but the sale won’t last long …

 

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Crux-Julie-Reece-ebook/dp/B008HACN50/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448539734&sr=1-1

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crux-julie-reece/1111017373?ean=2940014657471

 

Blurb:

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.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway 2014 #FIFG14 #giveaway

 Hey everyone!

 It’s  time for the Fall Into Fantasy Blog Hop (#FIFG14) from Oct. 17th-31st.

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Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Join me and tons of great authors as we welcome the new season with a chance to win some amazing reads!

Including … 

A signed paperback copy of Crux

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Blurb:

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.

Links: 

Follow me on Titter here: @JulieAReece

Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

 

To Enter… 

Just click below and enter the Rafflecopter giveaways!

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Leave a favorite  book recommendation in the comments (w/your email)

for a chance to win one of 5 signed Crux bookmarks. 🙂

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You can also win great author SWAG from:

Ash Krafton
Jami Gray
Ronesa Avila
Sharon Buchbinder
M Pax
Debbie Christiana

So cool.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!!

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Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt

16th – 19th July 2014

Welcome to my stop on the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt.

There are awesome prizes up for grabs including a signed copy of my YA urban fantasy CRUX!

The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July).

To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect ALL of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.

Read on for more!

***My Summer Reading List***

There are  *** Twenty Two ***  books I want to read this summer. But I’ll spare you that many and give you my top picks.

Here are the  books I hope to read soon …

1.  Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

This dark and creepy fairy tale looks right up my alley!

2. On the Fence by Kasie West

I just love her writing, characters, and romances. I know I’m going to love this one!

3. Darker Days by Jus Accardo 

I’ve wanted to read this one for a while. The blurb sounds awesome and the story is calling to me.

4.  In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters 

The cover and premise of this book, gah! Sooo intriguing I can’t even stand myself! 

5.  Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I flipping love dragons. I can’t think of one good reason why I haven’t read this yet.  Which is why it’s on my list 🙂

So, which titles are on your Summer Reading List?

*** Entering is as easy as 1,2,3:

1. Like my Face Book page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

2. Like Gretchen McNeil’s Face Book page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gretchen-McNeil/195705662028

3. Comment on the post and leave your email address (to contact you if you win) for a chance to win swag from: 

 

GRETCHEN MCNEIL

YA Author of POSSESS, TEN, and 3:59!

WOW!

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 Pins and signed bookplates, both promoting her new book GET EVEN which comes out September 16th. 

Edit: ***WINNER! Brandi Dagwan!!!  Congrats!

Okay, so if you ready to hop across to the NEXT stop on the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt,  go here: 

 DELSHEREE GLADDEN 

http://delshereegladden.blogspot.com/

 

Or, if you have all of your numbers and are ready to enter, then hop across to the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.

Good Luck, Guys!


My Writing Process – Blog Tour

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Today is Blog Tour Day!

This  tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process.

My friend Juliette Cross posted hers last week.  She’s writing a full length novel set in her fantastical Morgon world.

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You can check out her writing process here: http://juliettecross.weebly.com/blog.html 

She’s kind of awesome.

JULIETTE is a southern writer with a love of sensual settings, snarky heroines, and dangerous men. Her NA urban fantasy romance debut begins with the Nightwing Novellas. SOULFIRE jump-starts this series as a loose retelling of Romeo and Juliet, except with a happily-ever-after, half-dragon men, and steamy sex. Publishing details are coming soon! If you’d like to find out more, you can follow Juliette here:

 More Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20640241-soulfire
  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliettecrossauthor?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Juliette__Cross

Okay, ya’ll, let’s talk about this writing gig…

What am I working on?

Hmm, many things, my precious.  Last November, I finished a modern gothic romance and was lucky enough to get super amazing agent Brittany Booker to represent that work! Woot! Currently, I am working on my first young adult contemporary based on a fairy tale retelling.  I also have an idea for another southern gothic, a dystopian, and … yeah. You can see the problem …

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Good question. It’s hard to be objective about your own work. First off, I’ll tell you that I’m mad as a hatter, so my special brand of insanity tends to bleed into my stories, but really, I like to take traditional or classic ideas and twist them into something completely new.

Why do I write what I do?

I loved fairly tales as a child and my parents read everything to me, including poetry and classics. I don’t think I ever grew out of a love for the fantastic. Also, I am an incurable romantic, so young adult is a perfect fit for me. I love the idea of birth, and beginnings, and seeing things with fresh eyes. Since teens are experiencing everything for the first time, I relive those exciting moments over and over with every new hero and heroine I meet. Reading their stories is a welcome escape that keeps me dreaming and daring to hope.

How does your writing process work?

Funny you ask. I’m in flux. I used to be a  total pantser, planning nothing. Now, I have started making rough outlines that I find help avoid those pesky plot holes later.

Monday through Friday, I write on and off throughout the day as I have time. Creativity comes in waves (I loathe the four am wave) so some days I write more than others. I have attention deficit disorder and dyslexia which means I take a lot of unplanned breaks. Ha! Weekends I spend with my family.

The creative portion of my work takes me anywhere from four to six months, (closer to six) and I tend to edit as I go. Actually, every three or four chapters, I go back and read through for continuity, pace and flow. I swear I’ve almost memorized my dang novel by the time I’m done. Then the suckers go off to a lovely band of betas worth their weight in gold. (I would buy them all new cars if I could afford it) They shred the work, send it back, and I edit some more.

Not too scientific, but there you have it.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!!

You can check out the writing process of my amazing writerly type friend: Iris St. Clair www.irisstclair.com , Monday, March 17th! She’s got a new book coming out soon that is completely amazing!

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20562718-louder-than-words?ac=1

 

… And …

So excited!

Here’s something huge I want to share with you:

Happy Book Birthday!!

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Release Date:  March 11, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Embrace Imprint

Genre: New Adult, PNR, Sci-Fi, Humor

Whoo hoo! Jocelyn has outdone herself with this one! Here’s the blurb … 

Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does.

Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world.

Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do.

Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work.

Normal was overrated, anyway.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20806102-darkside-sun

 This book is so awesome, people. Do yourself a favor: buy it and read it. Seriously. Like right now. 🙂


How I started writing seriously, got an agent, and other stuff

Once upon a time, my teen daughters complained about the required reading their English teachers assigned them in class. We spent a lot of time talking about what we loved to read, what made a good story, and what made one dry or boring.

This went on for months.

The more we talked, the more original story ideas our discussions produced. I’ve always been dramatic, always had a big imagination, and loved storytelling. If you write, you might be nodding right now, I don’t know. Anyway, after messing around a while, I decided to write my own story. And I did. Seventy thousand words of awesome premise and absolutely hideous writing. With no background in creative writing and a poor formal education, multiple learning disabilities remained a challenge. I had no clue what I was doing.

None.

BUT PEOPLE,  I LOVED DOING IT! The writing part. I just had to figure out how to do it well.

I used to dream some writer, who was further along than I was, would magically show up at my local Barnes and Noble and give me sage advice. I really did. That never happened. Then some gentle soul said, “Idiot! You need some help. You’re not allowed to write like Jane Austen anymore, with hundreds of pages of flowery description. Not if you want to get published. You need feedback from other writers, so you can learn. Your. Craft!”

Good advice. An though I would continue to write if I never published a thing, I hoped to someday see my stories in print. So, I persevered. I ended up joining some online critique sites and ultimately found an amazing group of women writers that form the bulk of my critique partners today. Thank you, Sisters of the Traveling Pens. You all rock baby kittens.

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They explained the definitions of common writing problems like, back-story, purple prose, superfluous descriptions, POV, slow pacing, flat characters, plot holes, conflict, and over use of the dreaded adverb.

Armed with new information, I wrote another book, a better one. My pen sisters shredded it. I rewrote and so on. Of course, in my ignorance, I continued to do everything wrong. I went to a writers conference and pitched my story to an agent. A really well known, super ninja agent. Oy.  She may have requested the partial out of sheer pity. I was visibly sweating and shaking, I was so nervous. She rejected the manuscript. She should have. It wasn’t ready. Did that stop me? Heck no, I edited my story (still wasn’t ready, people) and queried sixty agents at once. *sigh* Multiple rejections and non answers followed.

Back to the drawing board with another story that became my YA urban fantasy CRUX. After months of writing and rewriting, I queried J Taylor Publishing who accepted my story for publication. Yea! Thank you, J Taylor!

Yeah, that was beyond cool, but I still didn’t have an agent and my writing wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be. I started several novels that I didn’t finish. I wrote another urban fantasy that I loved, but it had some issues. I grew weary of what always needed fixing. People kept saying, don’t write what you think will sell, write what you love.

What do I love … what do I love …?

I love young adult. I love southern gothic romances, alpha males, magic, and adventure. I love courageous heroes with attitude and feisty heroines that won’t quit.  Fairy tales and their retellings are a favorite, too. That was enough to inspire a brand new story. I wrote the sucker. Sent it to a few trusted beta readers who, again, gave me amazing advice. One of those betas suggested I query the lovely, amazing and talented Brittany Booker of the The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She asked for the full, read it, and a few days later offered me a contract. (Did I mention Brittany Booker is lovely, amazing and talented?) I did? Good. She is.

Wow. My eyes are still dilated from my talk on the phone … with my agent!

So, that’s how I got to this point—with a long way yet to go …

I’m sure I’m not saying anything new, but maybe that’s okay. Maybe it bears repeating that the overnight success stories we hear about are rarely that.  Reading about other writers who are pursuing their dreams challenges me to work harder.  I love reading about their ideas, triumphs, and yeah, even their failures—because mistakes say nothing more than that they had the guts to try.  These writers remind me to take heart, keep going, that it can take a long time, and that each new goal met really is worth the struggle. I guess that’s what inspired this post. The idea of hope.  And while much of writing is a solitary effort, it’s nice to remember we’re not alone. We wordsmiths are in this together.

Keep writing, people.

I’m cheering for us all.

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Need $100? Enter The Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to the J. Taylor Publishing Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt!

Today, TEN J. Taylor authors are taking part in the Scavenger Hunt, which means there will be multiple chances to enter for a shot at an AWESOME GRAND PRIZE!

PLUS, there are more goodies up for grabs at EVERY stop along the way, too!

In fact, here’s MY mini-giveaway:

All you have to do is name your favorite Christmas movie in the comment section of this blog and you will be entered to win an EBOOK of REAPER by L. S. Murphy 

Congrats to Cassandra, winner of L.S. murphy’s REAPER!!!

Thanks to all who entered. Ya’ll rock!

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There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

You have until midnight of Friday 20th December 2013 to enter, after which a winner will be selected using Random.org

Good luck!

And back to the …

So … the GRAND PRIZE?

Enter in the Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt, and you could win $100 Giftcard prize.

just in time for Christmas!

Yep: $100 Giftcard prize.

Still got last minute shopping to grab? Fancy treating yourself as a reward for surviving yet another year?

Here’s your chance.

In order to enter, you will need to answer a variety of questions. There are ELEVEN questions in total—so eleven chances to win—and you will find ONE question on EACH of the nine other participating author blogs plus the J. Taylor blog.

As for the eleventh? Well, that one’s below:

Question: On which mythology is my YA novel CRUX based?

If you need help, here’s a hint: You can find the answer in red  >> HERE!

And you can enter in the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck!

And don’t forget to enter the NEXT STOP on the Hunt for another chance to enter!

Don’t worry if you get lost. Simply hop back to the J. Taylor Blog by clicking on the link or either of the Hunt buttons, where you can find the complete list of authors and links.

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4th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop!

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4th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop

November 15th to 30th

I’m grateful for every one my followers, so I’m offering the winner one paperback copy of:

Steel

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate’s life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

And one ebook copy and bookmark of:

Crux

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.

To enter:

Leave me a comment with your email in case you win and follow me any way you like:

Like me on Facebook

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Easy!

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