Author Guest Post With Julie Reese

Julie Reese has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her debut release, Crux.

 About The Author:


Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Find Julie Reese on the Web:
Official Website | Goodreads |
J. Taylor Publishing
 Guest Post:
When I was asked to write about my inspiration for becoming a writer, I admit I choked. Why did I opt to do this crazy thing? I’d never really thought about it. Writing is an ability, with some, it’s a gift, just like playing a sport, baking, public speaking, singing, playing an instrument, painting or a being a finance wiz. You get the idea … There are varying degrees of talent. Some come into this world not only knowing what they’re born to do, but knowing how to do what they love. I resent admire these people and their skill, geniuses they’re called.
I have no false modesty. I do not fit in this category. 
In light of early learning problems, it took me a while to figure out what I might like to do. A long while. Actually, it happened by accident…
I’ve always loved fairy tales. My parents read to my sister’s and me, and because I couldn’t read on my own for longer than most, I loved picture and comic books. I was almost as inspired by the artists as I was by the writer. I started to draw, but discovered in college my talent was only mediocre. I got married, and had kids.  When they got old enough to read, we all jumped into the Middle Grade and Young Adult book world together. We had a blast! Loved it. We devoured every book we could get our hands on, and then would sit around and talk about what we liked, didn’t like and what we would change if we were the author. J  Good times!
The more we talked, the more our own ideas grew out of the discussions. I thought, hey, why don’t I write something with all the elements my girls wanted to read about? The book we couldn’t find. So it started. I wrote for them, three novels, pumped them out in a year. The first was ridiculously bad. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, this novel still sits at T minus 100 or something really awful. We don’t talk about it. My girls were so patient, bless their hearts! They agreed to read my second novel and this time? A hit! It remains our favorite of my writings.  I wrote Crux, my third novel, and the very kind people at J Taylor Publishing took a chance on a newbe.  *bows gratefully* 
What happened to the second?  It’s a historic paranormal romance, undergoing a major overhaul, so I can sub it out and see if someone will publish the sucker. J In addition, I have two more YA urban fantasies that are in various stages of completion. As you can see, the writing bug bit and is permanently imbedded in my soul. Weird how things happen, huh?

So what’s my point? I guess it’s if it takes you a bit longer to figure out what you like to do, don’t worry and don’t give up. It’ll come. Keep trying new things, get bold and daring, go out on a limb and try something that interests you, even if the dream seems impossible. And what if you suck? Welcome to the club called ‘most of us suck when we start’.  Keep at it. Chase your dream down and beat it with a stick until it submits to your will! It will be worth every sacrifice, I promise. Very few of us are geniuses. (And if you are, I really do love you. J ) For the rest of us, be as brave as the person you admire most. Why can’t that person be you? 

 CRUX:

Title:CRUX

Author: Julie Reese
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing

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.

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  GIVEAWAY


Thanks to the wonderful
J. Taylor Publishing, I have 1 ebook (Kindle) of this novel to giveaway here on my blog as well as some awesome signed bookmarks!

***Open To Everyone!***
Giveaway policies:
  • To Enter: Please leave a comment indicating why you want to read this novel and leave your e-mail address.
  • This giveaway ends on July 29, 2012
  • This giveaway is open to those 13 years of age or older. 
  • All giveaway winners will be announced on the blog.
  • I can disqualify any entry as I see fit. 
  • I will use Random.org to select the winners.
  • Once the winners have been notified, they will have 24 hours to confirm their interest otherwise new winners will be selected.
Happy reading until next time!