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This year, I’m thankful for writers, and my neocortex. What about you?

Hi guys …

So, here’s a picture of the inside of your brain:

Nice right, all that disgusting pink macaroni?

And here is a picture of the inside  of a writer’s brain:

If you are a writer, I’m sorry, but you know it’s true

Regardless, it’s that pink macaroni (on fire or not) that I am thankful for this year. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. A. She’s weird. (True dat) and B. WTH?

I’m doing research for my new young adult novel. I believe in working hard for my readers. If I ask you to suspend belief as I write the unbelievable, then I better root my lies in some basic truths so there’s a tiny shred of plausibility to follow, make sense?

So I find that the reason I care and the creativity that exists within me and you, for that matter, comes from our little friend here, the neocortex.

It deals with patience…

… and every writer knows you need patience to finish a novel. We have loads of it. (cough)

The neocortex deals with creativity, imagination, problem solving, abstract thought …

All that crap intelligent processing goes into writing a good story. Stands to reason, does it not?

Authors dream up interesting characters and put them in impossible storylines they then have to be savvy enough to get them out of in one piece.

Or not. Maybe it’s a tragedy, who knows? Either takes some serious brain power!

Point is, I have read some amazing novels this year from truly gifted authors. Books that make me want to throw my laptop against the wall, confess I’m a total poser in comparison to their brilliance and wish I had their talent … but I digress. Toward the end of the year, I’ll post my top favorite books for 2012. Today, I just want to say I’m thankful to people who write. For their exceptional brains. That they are willing to lay bare a piece of their soul and present it for the masses to inspect and peruse, to read and review, in all its raw, dazzling beauty or epic failure. They are all heroes to me.

Anything you dig out of your heart with a spoon and show the world takes courage. Be it writing or acting or music or dance or any other form of expression. Wild applause to you, my friends, if it’s your passion, never stop trying. Never ever give up. When you master your gift and use the gray matter within to its fullest capacity, with all that unlimited ability unleashed, the world will thank you.

I already am, and I’m taking this moment to say so.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

And just if you want to … drop me a line and tell me what you’re thankful for this year. I’d love to hear from you.


Character Interview with Mackenzie Thorne from After Dark

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13348320-after-dark

Me: ‘Hey Everybody! Today I am thrilled to have Mackenzie Thorne in the blog studio for an interview. She’s the Main character from Emi Gayle’s debut book, After Dark. Come on in, Ms. Thorne.’  *cheering* ‘Welcome, Mac. Er, can I call you Mac?’

Mac: ‘Please do. I really hate all the other names people like to call me’.

Me: ‘We’re so excited you could make it. I know you’ve been busy hanging out in graveyards and figuring out what paranormal creature you want to be once you hit the awesome age of nineteen. So, I’ve been running over my fact sheet … let’s see … Senior in high school? Check. Single? You are single, right?’

Mac: ‘Of course.’

Me: ‘Under race it says, er … Changeling. from your dark hair, I would have guessed your heritage Italian or Portuguese myself. Hmm. Changeling, is that somewhere in  Australia?’ Mac sits forward, learning toward me a little, her head cocked in my direction.

Mac: ‘New Zealand. Where else?’

Winn: ‘Don’t listen to her.’ Winn ( the hero) chimes in from where he’s sitting right next to Mac. ‘A Changeling is a creature who can, until her nineteenth birthday, choose any supernatural form that exists and change into it. Mac though, she’s from right here in the U.S.A, Rune, North Caroline to be exact. She’s not that different that you or I.’

Me: ‘Oh. Okay, not New Zealand, then. Very funny, Mac. Thanks for being here, Winn.’

Mac: ‘You’re absolutely welcome.’  He shifts his glasses, pushing them up his nose.

Me: ‘My notes describe Winn as a sort of brainiac-geek.’ I glance over at the handsome blond boy. ‘I don’t see that at all, do you, Mac?’

Mac: She turns toward him and back to me. ‘Of course I do.’

Me: I mean, he may be smart but he’s totally hot and adorable …

Mac snorts a laugh.

Me: ‘… and  I just said that out loud didn’t I?’

Winn’s cheeks pink-up.

Me: ‘Aw Sheeze. Sorry.  Anyway, Winn, can you tell us how you met Mac, and how you got mixed up in this whole business?’

Winn: This time, he takes off his glasses, big deep brown eyes starting back at me. ‘We met at school, though getting mixed up in the whole business is another story. Let’s just say, I’m kinda bound not to talk about it, but well … if we hadn’t been paired up for the school project, I’m 100% sure nothing would have happened between us.’

Mac snorts another laugh.

Winn: ‘What?’ He turns to her.

Mac: ‘Nothing. Carry on.’

Me: So something has definitely happened between you two, then? Are you a couple?

‘Yes. No.’

Me: ‘Hmmm.’

The two turn toward each other. Definitely a couple.

Me: ‘Changing into any supernatural form that exists sounds like a blast, Mac. Until you have to settle on just one. Do you like any one form more than another?’

Mac: ‘Good god, no. They all suck for various reasons.’

Me: ‘I suppose you have people trying to influence you. Your family perhaps?’

Winn: ‘They can’t influence her. That’s part of why her parents are who they are. The council does no influencing either. It’s all part of the rules.’

Me: ‘And what the heck happens if you don’t choose by nineteen? Do you turn into a pumpkin at midnight? Ha ha.’ *I clear my throat.* ‘Sorry.’

Mac raises an eyebrow. ‘A pumpkin? Why would I turn into a pumpkin?’

Winn: It’s a fairytale story … where Cinderella has to return from the ball … Winn stops and rolls his eyes and faces me. She’s not much into fairytales. Anyway, you know that’s a good question. And soon, I’m going to find out because now … that’s my job. He gives me a definite head nod.

Me: ‘Your job? Could you explain that, Winn?’

Winn: ‘For that info, you’ll have to read the book.’ He winks at me, and Mac gives him a friendly punch in the arm. ‘What was that for?’

Mac: ‘You know.’

These two are too cute together.

Me: ‘I imagine her ability is quite rare. All that jumping from form to form must be exhausting, but I don’t suppose there’s any danger.  Uh, is there?’

Mac: ‘Danger? Not for me. Only for you.’ Mac eyes me in a way that makes me wonder … just what supernatural creature she’d picked for this interview.  I hope it’s not a vampire, or hungry.

Me: ‘Ookay? But you probably prefer humans, and a human form, am I right?’ I glance at Winn and swallow as Mac’s forehead creases. Clearly, that’s not the right answer.  ‘I’m still perfectly safe, right? We’re all just friends talking. Why don’t you tell me all about your friends, Mac. How you like to spend your time.’

Mac: ‘Friends? I really don’t do this whole ‘friend’ thing you humans do. Way too clingy. If you can’t manage your own life on your own, what’s the point?’

Suze: ‘Hey! I resemble that remark.’ In has walked one of the strangest looking creatures around, dressed in parachute pants, a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops, I don’t know whether to laugh or bury my head in my hands. Fashionista, Suze is not. ‘I’m your friend, aren’t I, Mac?’ He bats his lashes. ‘Right?’

Mac: ‘Sure, whatever.’

Suze: ‘Goody!’ The clapping that commences can be described none other than by a giddy 2-year old in a six-foot-tall demon suit.

Me: ‘Suze? I have you in my notes as one of Mac’s ‘friends’, so nice you could make it (thought I don’t remember you being invited) Do I even want to ask how you’re involved in all this craziness?’

Suze: ‘I get to have all the fun.’ He grins like the Cheshire cat.

Me: ‘Winn, for my readers at home, can you shed some light on this fellow and how he figures in with Mac choosing which supernatural form she will take?’

Winn: ‘Let’s just say that Suze is … body armor … and like body armor, not all is as it seems. Kevlar is essentially a fabric and can withstand bullets and bullets can pass through metal. Go figure, right? It’s all in how it’s packaged.’

Me: I lean forward in my seat. And you two still aren’t answering my questions, what happens if she doesn’t choose by her ninetieth birthday, and what role does Winn play in the decision, Mac? Why do I get the feeling you’re going to make us read to find out? You are, aren’t’ you?

Suze: ‘Oh yeah, they can’t tell you that. Nooooobody can tell you that. ‘Cause noooooobody knows.’ Suze taunts me like a four year old with a secret.

Me: Well guys, you heard it here first. I guess we’ll have to read After Dark to see what Mac finally decides and how Winn and Suze fit into this tale. Speaking of which, Suze, buddy, can you put the sound man down. We don’t usually lift him by his ankle because he got too close to our guests. *sigh*

Anyway … I know I can’t wait to read this book! Good luck choosing, Mac. It was great to meet you. I don’t envy your decision, although I’ve always been fond of water nymphs myself. I grimace while Suze pets my cats and I turn to Winn, ‘he won’t eat my pets, will he?’ Winn’s shrug does not give me confidence.

Mac, I hope your senior year is great and good luck with picking the whole ‘witch or ghost or zombie’ thing. Thanks for coming and bringing your, uh, friends. Winn is adorable and Suze is … Oh Lord what is he doing now …

So that’s our interview!  How about it, guys? Will you read it to find out what’s going on?

♥ For more info:

http://www.emigayle.com/

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/16

 

♥♥♥♥♥

In other news: Cover reveal!

Rise of the Magi by Jocelyn Adams

Rise of the Magi

by Jocelyn AdamsRelease Date: June 4, 2013
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy, Fairy

Back of the Book

In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves?

In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself?

For Lila Gray, the answer is both.For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.

In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown. For which side will she fight?
So, what do you think?  I hope you check it out and love it as much as I do.

LINKS:

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/28

Other Books in this series include:

The Glass Mann (#1)

Into the Unknown Anthology – Tempted (#1.5)

Shadowborn (#2)

*** NOTE:  This is an adult paranormal romance series.


YA Mythology Hop Oct. 26 – Nov. 4

I love this button, don’t you? So purty.

We have a winner!

Congrats to:  nrlymrtl with her entry on October 26th, 2012 at 2:59 am |

“I have long been fascinated by the Chinese Quilin.”

 

Brought to you by:

(No, not the horse)

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/

AND

For Those About to Read…

http://www.abouttoread.com/2012/09/ya-mythology-hop-sign-ups.html

Okay, on to the good stuff you can take home! I’m giving away an ebook copy of Emi Gayle’s debut book:

(No, not the centaur)

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13348320-after-dark

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Looks like a great read, doesn’t it? And you can enter to win my book CRUX on Emi Gayle’s site here: http://www.emigayle.com/blog/?p=997

For the Win:

Help a starving artist out, will ya? (That’s right, I’m making this about me)

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

OR you could add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux (There is a hot hero and Vikings in here people!)

OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! :) https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite mythological creature is, and let me know how to reach you if you win. < sometimes people win and I can’t contact them 😦 Sad life.

One winner will be chosen at random on November 1st.  :)  Yea, hope it’s you!

This is a blog hop and there are other blogs participating, check the others out here: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=186025


Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, Starts October 24th to 31st

This is ‘I am a reader, not a writer’s’ biggest hop of the year!

So tell me … what scares the pee out of you, honey?

Congrats to the winner of ‘Rising’, Danielle Smiley.  Whoo-hoo! You go, girl.

Congrats to the winner of ‘Dark Matter’,  Toni Porter. Hope you enjoy the book!

Brought to you by the ever lovely:

Visit My Book Blast & Blog Tour Site

And

Here’s what I’m giving away … an ebook copy of …

Rising

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15778619-rising

Awesome, right? It’s the first book in the series. Okay, so it’s not straight up horror, but I know you’ll love it anyway 🙂

OR

Dark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13317510-dark-matter

This is the second book in the series. Want more? Okay. Right now, you can download a copy of the first book in the series, Five, here for free!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GVR4Y8?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative

Sometimes life is just so good!

To Win:

Give a girl a hand? No, I don’t mean applause. You guys are so cheeky sometimes.

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

OR you could add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux (Crux isn’t horror, but hot guys and Vikings are always a thrill. Are you with me?)

OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! :) https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me what scares the pee out of you and let me know how to reach you if you win. < sometimes people win and I can’t contact them 😦 Sad life.

One winner will be chosen for each ebook at random on November 1st. Two winners, one book each, make sense? :) Yea, hope it’s you!

Danielle Smiley. Whoo-hoo!!

♣ This is a blog hop and there are over 400 other blogs participating, check the others out here: http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=159014


Cover Reveal: Day After by Emi Gayle

Ain’t it pretty?

DAY AFTER

Book 2 in The 19th Year Trilogy

by Emi Gayle

Release Date:  May 16, 2013

Target Audience:  Young  Adult

Back Cover: 

Demon crypts. Vampire lairs. Glowing angels. Sexy sirens. The stuff of fiction.

Or so Winn Thomas always thought.

Since being accepted into the fold of the supernatural, he knows better. None of what he imagined is true, but everything he feared is, and binding himself to his Changeling girlfriend until her nineteenth birthday will give him an education far beyond what he’d get at his human high school.

Luckily, Winn’s not giving up, he won’t back down, and he definitely isn’t going to run away with his tail between his legs. After all, only werewolves have tails. Right?

In this, the second of the 19th Year trilogy, Winn’s facing the challenge of one lifetime. If he doesn’t learn the truth about mythological creatures, his girlfriend Mac Thorne won’t either. That means, in six months, when she chooses her final form, she won’t know what to pick.

Winn, though, has his own ideas about Mac’s final selection—plans she knows nothing of.

He intends to have her pick human.

Whether she can or not.

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I love the shadow of Mac in the background. What do you think? Would you read it? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!


Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop.  October 16th to 21st

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Speacial thanks to hosts …

Visit My Book Blast & Blog Tour Site 

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/

And

Congrats to winner:

The Write Path

http://www.dorinewhite.blogspot.com/

Cool huh?

My giveaway:

Win an ebook copy of:

Ta Da!

What’s it about? Well, I’ll tell ya …

Description

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.

Here’s what people are saying about it …

“Crux was amazing! That’s as straightforward as it gets. Julie Reece has written a captivating story that will draw you in, and will keep you trying to put the pieces all together.” — Burning Impossibly Bright

“ I found myself truly engrossed, emotionally, within the story – tears threatening to fall, as well as smiles breaking out.   I cannot wait to read more work by Julie Reece!” — Romancing The Book

“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)

“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

Aw, thanks guys 🙂

To Win:

Help a writing girl out?

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

OR you could add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux

OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! 🙂 https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to  leave me a comment telling me what your all time favorite fantasy book is and let me know how to reach you if you win. One winner will be chosen at random on October 23rd. 🙂 Yea, hope it’s you!

That’s it. Easy peasy, honies. You know how much I love, ya’ll.

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THE NEXT BIG THING

Hi guys!

Author Stephanie Judice tagged me to take part in “The Next Big Thing” and answer ten questions about my current work in progress, so away we go …
1. What is the working title of your next book?

See? This is hard already because I’m currently working on three books at once, and yes, I need psychological help. I guess I’d better pick one or this could get really confusing. 🙂

2. Where did the idea come from?

My eldest daughter. We were discussing parallel universes, ancient dragon folklore, medieval knights and well, erm, hot guys. The story unfolded from there.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance. Yeah, I guess that’s it 🙂
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Okay, Renne Castrucci works for my hero.
Hurts don’t it? Too old?  Maybe Marlon Teixeira
Now the heroine?
Quinn Cooper
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Or Emma Watson
5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Ex-gypsy, Kylie Rivers just wants to stay in one place, but when she accidently rescues a handsome boy from military experimentation, they’re forced to run—together—and life is anything but settled.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Good question! First I’ll focus on writing the best dern book that is within my power to write. (I want you to like reading my stuff, guys. I’m working my butt off to bring you something you’ll love) Next, I’ll send the sucker out there and see if I can get a publisher excited. I’ve not self-published before, I know I need more eyes on my work than my own. I admit I’m a bit of a helpless Bambi in this business and need the marketing/editing savvy of someone that is not me!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draught of the manuscript?
Ugh, still writing so I guess I can’t answer yet. The plot is uber complex, so this story has taken me longer to weave than Crux, my debut novel. That one took four months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within the same genre?
That’s the cool part. I can’t! I’m sure it’s out there, (my writing buddy, Claire Gillian, reminds me there’s nothing brand new, just twists on old ideas and she’s right) but I haven’t read a story exactly like this yet. Hooray! 🙂
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’m into mythology, fantasy, fairy tales and legends. I like the idea of twisting them to fit a modern scenario. If most myths are based on an actual event that was exaggerated over time, what was the ititial story and how can I bring that to life today? I love that crap! The more fantastic, the better. If you read Crux, you know I ask my readers to suspend belief, and trust me while I strap them to a bullet and take them for a ride.
10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
See question 4. Just sit there awhile and stare. 🙂 My interest is piqued, how about yours?

And now, I’m tagging Emi Gayle , J. Keller Ford , Amaleen Ison , Jennifer M. Eaton and Stephanie Lawton to share information on their current works-in-progress. Thanks to Stephanie Judice for including me in her post to begin with! ((hugs))

If you want to check out my debut novel Crux you can find it here:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crux-julie-reece/1111017373?ean=9781937744069&r=1%2c+1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

http://www.amazon.com/Crux-ebook/dp/B008HACN50/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1349436752&sr=1-1