Happy brink-of-fall, kittens! For some reason, September always
feels like the beginning of my own personal new year much
more so than January does. Could have a little something to do with
an impending birthday for yours truly (ahem), as well as residual
memories of the start of a school year and all its attendant sights
and smells. Like...mmmm ...vinyl. There's nothing like that
new binder smell, is there?? Or the smell of a bag lunch you forgot
for a few weeks in the back of your locker, for that matter. Not
that I, um, ever did that. (Not more than twice, anyway.)
Anyhow, this September I'm particularly excited about
two things: 1)
Ways to be Wicked will be out practically any minute, and
my early readers so far seem to be gaga about it (we'll talk
about that in the books section); and
2) now that you've waved the kiddies off to school, I have
the world's best homework assignment for you. Hint:
It involves a lot of reading. :) More on that in the contest
What else is new? Well, here's where we talk about blogs:
For example, The
Julie Chronicles is my new blog, and if you go there you
unflattering photos of me, learn about the perils
of satin sheets, the mysteries
of anagrams, and my writing process, among other things. Oh,
it's riveting. I sometimes update five times a week, sometimes
twice a week (how often is how you can tell just how busy
I am.) And sometimes, completely on a whim, I give away signed books.
Like....right.... now! (hee!) In fact, if you stop
by before Monday evening, 9. .m., the 10th, you
might just win one.
calling all bloggers who'd like a free signed copy of BATS!
If you have a blogeither your own, or one you share
with a groupand you're game to post an excerpt from
to be Wicked sometime during the last week of September
or the first week of October, I'll send you a signed copy of BATS
and some signed bookmarks as a thanks! Pass the word on to all your
blogging friends, too, if you don't think they're on my mailing
list. If you're interested, just send
me a note with "Wicked Blog" in the subject
line, and tell me about your blog. I'll mention your blog on MY
blog, and in my newsletter, too. It might be fun!
I'll be visiting a few blogs, soon, too: the Idea
Boutique on September 26th, and Romantically
Inclined on October 16th and 17th, and I'll let you
know about a few other events coming up next month in my October
And in case you're wondering, up there to the left, just for fun,
is a photo of one of the things I did this summerthat's me
and my date Toni Blake
dolled up for the Rita ceremonies at the RWA conference in Atlanta
this year, which were both a blast, and a bit of a blur.
Hope your summer contained at least one moment that was both
a bit of a blast and a blur, too, and hope you made some wonderful
new memories over the past few months. But here's to a fabulous
fall! As always, feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone
you think might enjoy it, and take good care for now!
Ways to get ready for WAYS TO BE WICKED: Well, I steeled
my nerve and put early copies of Ways
to be Wicked in the hands of a few extremely
opinionated, dedicated romance readers at blogs like Where's
My Hero? and this is what they had to say: "Book
2 in the trilogy of three sisters is better than the first!!!...
The story is unique and fresh and I couldn’t step away from it
once! The hero, Tom, is…oh, gosh..so hot! I cannot say
this enough….preorder the book, put in on your calendars. It’s
LOL! I was thrilled to hear that! And furthermore, the
girls at Romantically
Inclined tell me I've "outdone myself!"
Among other things. They're posting an official review right before
I blog with them next month. I hope you guys do like it (and I
have a sneaking suspicion Amazon will be shipping preorders any
minute. ) Regardless, I'll share more wonderful reviews with you
early next month! And I've recently heard from a few reviewers
who haven't received review copies of it yetif you're a
reviewer and that's true for you, let me know! I'll see what I
can do to get one to you.
If you haven't had a chance to read an excerpt from WTBW, you
can find a couple on my website, and one special
little steamy one on my blog. Let me know
what you think! And if you'd like, here are a few preorder links:
& Noble, and Borders.
And as a reminder: The books in the Holt sisters trilogy
AND THE SPY, (March 06, out now), which is Susannah and
Kit's story; WAYS
TO BE WICKED (out any minute, the story of Sylvie and
Tom!) and THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION (out in May of 2007,
it's Sabrina and Rhys's story and wraps up the trilogy, big time!).
Oui, c'est vrai! The
Runaway Duke and To
Love a Thief will be published in French! (And how on
earth do you say "runaway" in French? Anyone
know??) I'll share images of their French covers, etc., with you,
when I have them.
NEW CONTEST: It's
September, and Time to Hit the Books....and talk about the world's
best homework assignment! This month, I'm giving away a tote bag
featuring a sexy front (the cover of Ways
to be Wicked) a sexy back (the cover of BATS) and an even sexier
inside: it's filled with EIGHT (eight!) signed books by wonderful,
diverse authors. We have Chick Lit, Suspense, Erotic romance,
and romantic comedy by award winners, NYT bestsellers and dazzling
newcomers. Here's the list: Beauty and the Spy, by
yours truly, of course; Everyone Else's Girl, Megan
Crane; Taken, Barbara
Freethy; Conversations with the Fat Girl, Liza
Palmer; Make Me a Match, Diana
Holquist;The Last To Know, Wendy
Corsi Staub. Check out my contest page for details
on how to win!
i n n e r s: Katie
S. of New Jersey won the Pearls
of Wisdom Contest, and Martha
R. of Tennessee won the Pair of Peridots! They both chose
signed copies of To Love a Thief, too. A big hurrah for both
ladies! Also, be sure to check out the Pearls of Wisdom your fellow
have a permanent home on my blog.
Magical History Tour~
A bit of ballet: In Ways
to be Wicked, Sylvie is a French ballerina, the toast of
Paris, and the bane of her existenceand the reason for her
excellenceis a certain Monsieur Favre. Monsieur Favre was
very loosely based on Jean-Georges Noverre, an influential French
dancer and ballet master born in Paris in 1727 and eventually became
ballet master at the Paris Opera. Noverre wrote Lettres sur la
Dance, one of the most influential documents in dance history,
in which he proposed a number of dramatic reforms. "I would
cut down by three-quarters the ridiculous panniers of our ballerinas,"
he said, thus freeing the dancer's movements. And he wanted to get
rid of the masks still traditionally worn by dancers at that time
(a custom originating in the theatre rituals of ancient Greece,
and for some reason still embraced), "calling them hideous
faces which conceal nature." Not a man to mince words, our
Monsieur Noverre. He also suggested that ballets should be based
on character and situation rather than purely personal display,
thus paving the way for the story ballets we know today. Read
a bit more about Noverre's significance to ballet here.
Another little interesting ballet tidbit: Many of the dance movements
familiar to us todaythe turned out legs and pointed toes,
the arms held gracefully wideevolved from courtly dances in
the 1600's: elegantly pointed toes were meant to show off shoe buckles
and ribbons, and arms were held wide to avoid brushing the full
skirts worn by both men and women.
the Magical History Tour Archives]
What I've been listening to.. Two
totally random old songs that make me glad to be alive
every time I hear them (and I heard them this weekend): 1)
Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell's version. "And
I need you more than want you/and I want you for all time..."
Oh...man. Call me a geek, I don't care. That song (written by the
brilliant Jimmy Webb) is purely stunning. I've heard all kinds of
versions, like R.E.M.'s live one, but the original is my favorite.
2) Sweet Child o' Mine, Guns n' RosesI've always
loved the contrast between the soaring joyousness, almost innocence,
of that opening riff and how genuinely, fabulously dangerous GnR
wasand that bass line is perfection. What
I've been reading: The
Slightest Provocation, by Pam
Rosenthal. Exquisitely written, lush, intelligent and oh
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newsletter archive, and oh my Goodness,
here's the sneaky contest! Be the first person to send
me an email with the words "sneaky contest" in the subject
line and I'll send you a signed copy of BATS! And in your email, tell
me where you found the sneaky contest! XO...julie
Take care for now, and
see you next time!
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