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Crux Unleashed! Today is the Day …

July 9th may be special for a lot of different reasons. Maybe it’s your anniversary, or the day you had a baby or reached a long time goal. I get that, because for me, it feels like all three. This day will be cemented in my brain forever because I’ve been married to an idea for two years, gave birth to a novel, and with that, crossed an unattainable, pipe dream. unreachable important finish line.

I’m excited, nervous and just plain tickled to introduce you to some people I love. Let’s get silly!

Its release day for my debut YA novel Crux! I want to tell you a little bit about the story and characters…

If you’ve done any beta reading for me, you know I write (and adore) young adult paranormal romance complete with purple prose and superfluous description. My favorites include characters that do a lot of longing, gazing deeply into one another’s eyes until someone falls over, brooding, glaring and sighing. Sorry, it’s simply true.

I also like adverbs.

Crux is not that book.

Crux is … well, it’s an urban story based in modern day Atlanta with a homeless girl playing the lead. I’m going to be really mean to her and send her back in time to face people like him …

Wait, there’s more! My story has this mythology and general hotness sprinkled in …

And if you act now (and before you get all mad at me for picking on my heroine too much) I’ll send some major dude buddy to help her out …

Yeah, he’s a dog. So? Oh, right, you were expecting, maybe, a hot-model-type guy to help? Hold the phone.

If you know me at all, there’s no way I’m going to leave it there, because I still want some romance. Are you with me?

Well, our story begins with our heroine here:

Hmm, it isn’t very pretty, but she gets infused with some of this:

And when she  meets up with some :

… it’s all good.

The above should give you a better idea of what you’re going to experience inside the pages of Crux.

If you’ve read an early copy of this book, God bless you. *bows, places hand over heart* I thank you a thousand times over, and I really hope you enjoyed it. If you plan to read it in the future, I’m just so grateful. I know there are plenty of awesome YA books to choose from right now, and I appreciate, in advance, if you’re taking a chance on mine.

So, where can we buy it my precious?

Patience, my love.

 

My publisher:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/13

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crux-julie-reece/1111017373?ean=9781937744069&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Crux-ebook/dp/B008HACN50/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1341655969&sr=1-1

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People are saying the nicest things: ( that’s right, and I  ya for saying them, too.)

♦ “Crux is completely original and addictive. Birdie’s voice is young and cool giving Crux a fresh tone that will appeal to all ages. A fun romance and adventurous read, Crux will stay with readers long after the last page is read!” — Lovey Dovey Books

♦ “The story line is flawless. Reece escorts you through her book with what seems like effortless prose. She reveals just the right amount of information at just the right time, building a story that is completing intriguing.” — BrookeD (Reader)

♦ “Reece pulls off some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming even though the clues were there all along. Thank you, Ms. Reece, for making sure I was so invested in Birdie and her mission I didn’t see the signs until she did.” — J. Keller Ford – Author, Amulet of Ormisez

♦ “Crux is a smart, heart-rending and empowering addition to YA urban fantasy that will appeal to Cassandra Clare fans, lore fans and really, anyone who appreciates tough characters that know how to tug readers’ heartstrings.” — Stephanie Lawton — Author, Want

♦ “Julie Reece has a gift for conveying deep emotions with her writing. I felt Birdie’s regret, distrust, apprehension, excitement and joy. And I love the characters – small and large!!!” — Known To Read

♦ “I have to say that Ms. Reece has to be one of the most talented authors on the planet. I know I’m gushing right now, but I loved this book that much.” — ChristieR (Reader)

♦ “Action-packed with a memorable cast of characters, Crux will easily appeal to teen and adult readers, whether or not they love urban fantasy.” — Mrs. ReaderPants

♦ “Julie Reece’s CRUX is a refreshing and gritty young adult novel with glimmers of the paranormal, glimpses of the historical, and more than a dash of romance and mystery.” — Surrounded by Books Reviews

♦ “What a dream to read. I laughed. I cried. I clutched my kindle, wishing I could read faster, frustrated when I couldn’t get to the end fast enough.” — Jocelyn Adams, Author, The Glass Man

♦ “… the author’s writing has an almost lyrical tone to it, a flow to her prose that can lure you along without you even realizing you’ve been captured.” — J.A. Belfield – Author, Darkness & Light

♦ “So, what did I think about Crux? How best to say this … it was awesome!” — Emi Gayle – Author, After Dark

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♣ Talented writer and friend Jennifer Eaton made this video (puppet) for me as a debut gift … isn’t she awesome!!!

I just want to take a second to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and kind support. I love you guys. Sometimes writing is lonely; I’m so grateful you are traveling this journey with me!

 

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Author Interview with Stephanie Lawton

….and here she is !

What a gorgeous cover! Makes you want to read, doesn’t it?

Bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

On her thirtieth birthday, she mourned (okay bawled) the fact that in no way could she still be considered a “young adult,” so she rebelled by picking up Twilight and promptly fell in love with Young Adult literature.

She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras–where does all that money come from?–and can sneeze 18 times in a row. 🙂

Ms. Lawton will now take your questions …

Q.   When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Not until a few years ago when we moved from northeast Ohio to Mobile, Alabama. I’ve always been a voracious reader and I earned two English degrees, but I focused on nonfiction writing — academic, TV news, and copy editing, etc. I think fiction was a way of working through culture shock!

 

Q.       What books inspired you as a teen? Who are your favorite authors now? 

I was a total nerd, so I stuck to the pieces my teachers had me read. If I liked a certain author, I’d go find more stuff by him or her. I read a lot of Shakespeare, Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Now I read as much YA as I possibly can. My absolute favorite YA author is Cassie Clare, but I also adore Michelle Hodkin, Myra McEntire, Kelly Keaton and Maggie Stiefvater. I’m also a fan of fellow Alabama YA author R.A. Nelson. There’s even a little nod to him and his first novel, Teach Me, in my book.

Q.       How did you meet your husband? Was it love at first site, or did you make him chase you around first?

Oh, jeez, this isn’t a good story. (Sorry, honey!) I was dating his friend, who called me up one evening and dumped me over the phone. (It was the first and last time I’d ever been dumped!) It was totally out of the blue and I was really, REALLY upset about it. So I called his friend and asked him if he knew what the deal was. He said he didn’t and was just as shocked. There was an off-campus party the next night, so I invited him up so we could talk about the situation. Well … I was really low, and there may have been some drinking involved. I kissed him, but decided I just wanted to be friends, so we hung out for a couple months and everybody kept asking me why I wasn’t dating him. Yadda, yadda, he was patient and persistent, my family and friends fell in love with him, so I gave him a chance, and now we’ve been married ten years and have two adorable kids. He’s my best friend. 🙂

Q.       Where do the inspirations for your stories come from? Do you have a muse?

Ideas don’t just hit me — they have to marinate for a while. Want was inspired by a snotty lady at a Mardi Gras parade and the culture shock I was experiencing. My second manuscript was partially inspired by two TV shows and some Mobile history. The story I’m starting now is a result of a little homesickness for rural Ohio, along with another TV show.

Q.       What does an average day look like for you? Can you take us through your routine?

“Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head … ” Beatles? Anyone? *sigh* I’m up early to get the kids fed, dressed and out the door to drive my son to school. That’s followed by grocery shopping or errands, and then home to check email, Facebook, etc. After about ten minutes of that, my daughter usually jumps on me and we spend the day together. Then we pick up my son, I make dinner, my husband comes home, and I get an hour to myself (to shower, write, read, whatever) with the bedroom door locked. We get the kids ready for bed, read stories, say prayers, and then I have about two hours to write. Glamorous, eh?

Q.       What speaks to you and why, Scottish castle, New York penthouse, or rustic, California beach house?

All of them and none of them. The history nerd in me would love to explore the Scottish castle; the adventurer in me would love a posh New York pad; and I can’t live without being near the water, so a beach house is appealing, too. And yet–this is going to sound weird–I don’t like to travel. Someday, though, I’d love to have a beach house on Dauphin Island, Alabama, right on the Gulf of Mexico.

Q.       What do you see as the next big trend in YA?

That’s a tough one. We’ve seen vampires, zombies, werewolves, angels (fallen and otherwise), dystopians … I think we’re going to see a lot of genre-bending and blending. I’d love to see more well-written YA horror.

Q.       What are you working on now?

I’m currently querying a fast-paced Southern ghost story, but it also could be magical realism, soft horror, paranormal, with a small thread of LGBT. It’s a total mutt. And I’m starting a contemporary story that blends in some semi-apocalyptic stuff, basically boy v. nature. I don’t want to give away any more. 🙂

Q.       Do you have any pets? Can you tell us how they joined your family and what they mean to you?

Sadly, we only have one cat now. We had two — Romeo and Juliet — but Romeo is now scratching in the litter box in the sky. Oddly, Juliet seems happier without her Romeo. We also had a Newfoundland mix, but she too is barking at birds in heaven. We have a few fish that no one pays attention to, and I’m considering naming our dust bunnies. 🙂

Thanks so much for joining us today, Stephanie. It was great having you.

For more information on Want or Stepanie Lawton, please see below:

Blog: www.StephanieLawton.com
Website: www.WantTheNovel.com
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432648-want
http://www.facebook.com/#!/StephanieLawtonWriter


The P.U.R.E. is here!

Whoo hoo! Ms Gillian will join us in May for an interview, but for today …

The P.U.R.E.

No one ever said Gayle Lindley’s first job would be a killer.
Fresh out of college, Gayle’s career path should follow the yellow brick road straight to the top. Thanks to a menial errand gone wrong, a wayward tongue, and a randy supervisor who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, Gayle’s stuck in corporate hell.
Discovering a company secret only turns up the heat.
The one part of her life not going down in flames is her friendship with the gorgeous, but intensely private, Jon Cripps. Jon would make the perfect consolation prize for Gayle’s pity party if dating a co-worker wasn’t career suicide. Then again, with all Gayle has been through, maybe falling in love is the lucky break she needs.
Hitting the cool sheets with Jon soothes her mind and body, but it also enrages whoever’s behind the smokescreen she’s uncovered at work. Someone is willing to kill to protect their secrets, and Gayle and Jon are the targets.
With both her heart and livelihood at stake, Gayle’s early career-limiting moves could turn into life-terminating ones.

Find out more here ….

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13057705-the-p-u-r-e

http://www.amazon.com/The-P-U-R-E-ebook/dp/B007SNMJUG/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

http://clairegillian.com/the-pure/

♦ Claire Gillian is an Adult Romance Writer