Posts By: Julie

Nov 15
Guest Post: Create a Fictional Town by Janet Chester Bly & Giveaway

Guest Post: Create a Fictional Town by Janet Chester Bly & Giveaway

One Easy Way to Create a Fictional Town Janet Chester Bly My late husband, Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly, chose all his fiction story settings to happen in the West, whether historical (1880-1905) or contemporary. When I started writing solo adult novels of my own, I determined to stay with that brand and his specific geographical boundary. However, I also heeded the most basic sage advice for beginning writers: “write what you know.” As I conceived my own stories, I found inspiration outside my office window. Here I was in a small town (popl 350) at 4,200 foot… Read more »

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Nov 13
Chat Between Chapters: Books everyone has read but me

Chat Between Chapters: Books everyone has read but me

 There are books that it seems like everyone else has read, but you haven’t for whatever reason. What are they?  Julie: My reading has slowed down so much in the last couple of years so it feels like everyone has read everything but me! I mean, I was the one super late to the Harry Potter game (but better late than never)! Let’s see, here are just a few that I haven’t read. (or Fantastic Beasts – I did mention the original series before and should include these) or the series Game of Thrones series – series, though it’s on… Read more »

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Nov 10
Chat About Covers: Blind Sight

Chat About Covers: Blind Sight

  We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.   There is just so much going on with this cover it is kind of making me dizzy. First, the forest. It looks cool, right? It seems to fit the book blurb, about hunting someone in a backwoods cabin. But then, we have… Read more »

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Nov 07
Echo Review

Echo Review

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Date Published: February 24th 2015 Genres: Historical, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Social Themes, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 592 Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins Audiobook Narrator: Andrews MacLeod, David de Vries, Mark Bramhall, Rebecca Soler Rating: Description: Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a… Read more »

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Nov 06
Chat Between Chapters: Give up your Shoulds

Chat Between Chapters: Give up your Shoulds

 Give up your shoulds – what should we be doing instead of reading?  Julie: Things I should be doing (and usually am doing) instead of reading: Sleeping – what’s that again? Working – this takes up so much of my life Caring for my kid – this takes up the rest of my life, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing Caring for my pets – why are living things so demanding of my time? Eating – sometimes standing up, because of things mentioned above Cleaning the house – well, not that I really do very often Bathing – sometimes I… Read more »

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Nov 01
#ShelfLove: Bookish Items we’re Thankful for

#ShelfLove: Bookish Items we’re Thankful for

#ShelfLove Challenge 2016 We’re co-hosting the #ShelfLove challenge again this year so join us and read more of the books you already bought! November’s topic: Name one bookish item that you are thankful for. This could be your favorite book or gift or author. You decide. Share pictures if you can.   Julie’s Challenge Update: I’m thankful for books in general for existing and being awesome. But one thing that I’m thankful for the most? Audiobooks. With my super busy life, audiobooks on my commute are the only time I can read. And they save my sanity in traffic. So I… Read more »

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Oct 30
Chat Between Chapters: Scruffy/Bearded characters

Chat Between Chapters: Scruffy/Bearded characters

 So let’s just chat about those scruffy dudes with beards, shall we?  Julie: Goodreads likes lists. And I like to search lists. Goodreads has these cool lists about bearded dudes: Gotta Love a Man with a Beard Best Bearded Heroes I do not appear to have read any of them. Which sounds like I’m missing out.   Lynn: I’m pretty sure if I were a dude, I’d have an epic beard. I come from a long line of beards. My list of favorite beards includes: Zeb from Hagrid and Dumbledore from Radcliffe Emerson from the series Galdolf, Saruman, and the… Read more »

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Oct 26
Chat About Covers: Fomorian Earth

Chat About Covers: Fomorian Earth

  We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.   This book is particularly bad. It has two covers, one on Goodreads and one on Amazon for Kindle, and both are horrendous, wouldn’t you say? The one on the left looks like a bad Star Wars impression.  WTF is up with that… Read more »

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Oct 23
Chat Between Chapters: Magazines

Chat Between Chapters: Magazines

 Do you read magazines? Which ones?  Julie: When I was a teenager I read all the magazines. You know, Teen, YM, Seventeen. For a while I read Cosmo. I more recently used some expiring airline miles to get the smart magazines, like Time, and Parents. But dude, who has time to read magazines? If I read, I prefer my novels. ha. So I just have piles of magazines lying around and eventually getting thrown out.   Lynn: Unlike Julie, I’m pro magazine. I’m always tempted by their shiny covers while I’m waiting in line at the store. What I like… Read more »

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Oct 18
Interview with Nicky Peacock

Interview with Nicky Peacock

Author Interview with Nicky Peacock At what point did you decide to be an author and what was your path to publication? I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to be an author. But it was only back in 2010 that I started to take my dream seriously. I began writing short stories for the anthology market. I’d previously tried writing novels but had always lost interest halfway through. Short stories seemed to be a good way for me to learn how to finish something (something you wouldn’t think is a skill, but is) Next thing I knew I… Read more »

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