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Book Release Party!!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Awesomeness Alert!!! JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay, my dear friend and writing partner, hits bookshelves August 9th!!

I can’t recommend this story highly enough and not just because it’s dedicated to me (although it is and I will be honest–having a book dedicated to you is pretty awesome). I loved this story WAY before it was a “real”book,before it was even a book deal. Let me tell you why:

Because Romeo and Juliet (yes, the Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare) is lame. There. I said it. Somewhere, right now, a University official has started proceedings to revoke my English degree. But it’s true! Yes, Shakespeare is a master of language and brilliant and who am I to critique him, blah, blah, blah, but that doesn’t make R & J any less lame. Think about it. Juliet killed herself over a guy she knew for less than a week! That’s not romantic. That’s . . . crazy. And Romeo–don’t even get me started on him. He didn’t love Juliet. He was in love with the idea of being in love. (Hello, Rosaline, anyone?)

Enter Stacey and her awesome creative powers. She has crafted an entirely new kind of Juliet, a Juliet who is brave, and strong, and makes me proud to be a girl instead of want to vomit. I urge everyone to check it out–even if you love the original R & J.

Here is the “official” description:

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

Law and Order

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

 Reasons why Julie is going back to practicing law

Reason Number One:I like dress clothes. Unlike (by my scientific calculations) the majority of my authorly peers, I do not like wearing sweat pants. Or sweatshirts. Or flannel pajama bottoms. Or tee shirts. Or jeans, even, unless they are designer and paired with high heels. In the writing world, this is odd. If asked to list the top 5 perks of being an author, almost all writers will put “working in my pajamas”–if not at the very top–somewhere close.

Not me! I liketo get dressed up every day. And (according to my mother’s calculations), I only have 5 more years before I turn into a shriveled old hag who should spend her days hiding in a dark house, interacting only with cats.* So, with my vanity-clock tick-tock, tick-tocking away, I have succumbed to the pressure of joining the “real” world.

* With proper plastic surgery and regular maintenance, this deadline could be extended 10- 15 years.     

Reason Number Two: Hurry up and Wait. Publishing involves a mind boggling, soul-crushing amount of waiting. And rejection. And waiting. And rejection. Did I mention rejection? From the editor who phones you up to discuss your “great” story idea then falls off the face of the earth to the editor who won’t even look at a manuscript that isn’t paranormal, surviving the publishing industry requires an incredible amount of mental fortitude. And while skin can definitely be toughened (I know mine has), it’s a rare person who can withstand the ebbs and flows of the publishing waters alone. That’s why writing organizations like Romance Writers of America  are indispensable to the serious writer. They are wonderful sources not only for information, but emotional support. And for some, that’s all it takes. A few good friends, an understanding critique partner, several pounds of chocolate and the bad cover or careless rejection or whatever is bothering them is dealt with and forgotten. Me? Not so much. Because I have to obsess. Not that I would ever admit to the obsessing, and certainly I’d rather die than confront someone (like the editor who fell off the face of the earth). I’m waaaay to southern for that. I’m a silent obsessor, which is a quick way to wrinkles and nervous tics. Unless I am too busy to obsess. Hence, practicing law.

Reason Number Three: Because what better way to get new material to write about? Duh.


Monday, February 8th, 2010

My be-a-better-blogger experiment = fail. Already! It’s only February and I’m already a bad blogger! I think part of the problem is that I keep waiting for something “worthwhile” to blog about. Like I’m some big-time news columnist and people are just waiting by their computers for me to unleash my profound wisdom on them or something. This is what my psychiatrist husband would call “Delusions of Grandeur.” In other words, I should just get over myself and blog about . . . something.

See?? It’s a vicious cycle!

Today, however, is a good day because I not only have TWO worthwhile things to blog about, they happen to be amazingly awesome as well.

First, my critique partner, Stacey Jay’s, awesome new book is out!


Isn’t this the most adorable cover ever??!!  It’s almost as cute as the cover of the first book in the Megan Berry series–


See? It’s like cuteness squared (cuteness ²? I told you I pretty much flunked all subjects involving numbers. Probably because I was too busy reading the romance novels stashed inside my math book). Anyway, think how cute these would look standing side by side on your bookshelf! And they are totally not just all cover. Both books are so, so fun. And I’m not just saying that because Stacey is my critique partner and I get to make fun of her giant clown mouth. Hello? That’s WHY she’s my CP, because she writes totally awesome stories. Duh. Who wants a crappy CP?

Too read more about Undead, go to our blog Zombies in Tiaras!

Second, Rhonda Stapleton has a new book out too, and its cover is equally adorable!

stupid cupid

And it’s also not just all-cover! I know, because I just finished reading it. SO good. And it will totally put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Plus, I have been hotel roomies with Rhonda and she did not hog the blankets or the bathroom (although I did catch her and Mandy Hubbard stalking a dude through the window) so you know she has to be a good person and we like to buy good people’s books.
Here is a preview:
Felicity’s no ordinary teen matchmaker…she’s a cupid!Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker…she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.)

Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired?and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.


So if you’re looking for something new to read, go check ’em out!



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