Sunday, May 27, 2012

Insomnia

Just read:


Legend says that when you can't sleep at night, it is because you're awake in someone else's dream.


What a lovely thought.

For Memorium: Act, Don't Expect


This is Memorial Day weekend.


This holiday is not about barbeques. Or family get-togethers. Or an extra day off to watch Star Wars reruns on TV.


It is a time for somber remembrance of our fallen heroes. 


To honor those women and men, we ought to try and make the world they helped give us into a better place for everyone.


Lately, however, I’ve been hearing a lot of whining. A lot of selfishness. Today I read someone proudly proclaiming that their “Sarcasm is [their] response to stupidity.” 


It's time to grow up. 


We need to spend more time focusing on our responsibilities to the world instead of what we "should" be getting out of it. We owe a lot and are entitled to very little. 


In a rare, ironic twist to the positive, however, is the fact that the more we do to mend the wounds of the world, the happier we will be, and the more we focus on our small, insignificant, selfish selves, the unhappier we will be.


And when is the last time you met a selfish hero? 


Ever?


No – of course not. Only the black hats are selfish.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Review!

Come read the latest review on Critique - our review site! Sounds like a FAB read!



Friday, May 4, 2012

A Word From Julie Anne Lindsey


Thank you so much Lauri for allowing me to be a part of your blog today. It’s fun being here. I’ve been looking forward to it. Meeting other voracious readers has been the best part of writing for me so far. I fancy myself a reader – who happens to like writing. You’ll find me with my nose in a book more often than typing up a story. Reading fuels my brain and often gets me feeling creative, but let’s face it, there are so many incredible books and amazing authors to read…it’s hard to find the time to cook or clean let alone write novels LOL. One thing I make time for every day is laughter. That’s how Death by Chocolate came to be. 


I’m a dedicated member of our local Baptist church. A shocker to most, but true none-the-less. I don’t fit into the mold with the same accuracy as some, but I’m happy there, and can thank a fund raiser for starting the tired little hamster I call a brain back on the wheel. I sat watching my kids dive and crawl under tables while a ginormous line of people came by for chicken noodle soup. The church ladies were raising money for a missionary, I think, or it was a celebration dinner? That part is fuzzy. What I remember with clarity is watching them smile and ladle soup into white Styrofoam bowls. All I could think of was how much damage those sweet ladies could do before anyone ever suspected them. They could cause a great upheaval and be long gone before we knew what hit us. I found this thought exciting. What if they dosed the chicken soup? Roofied us? YouTubed us and ruined the whole church as payback for a perceived wrong? Or what if they were the kid of nuts that think “The end is near so let’s take out all our loved ones with this cyanide and chicken soup.” What if? What if? What if? 


Soon the poor little hamster was going rocket speed. I started making notes on my napkin. The rest they say is history – for me it’s the present – potato – potato. Because I love irony, like talking babies on commercials, the idea made me smile. It still does. If you get the chance to read Death by Chocolate, I hope it makes you smile too ; )


Death by Chocolate
Ruby Russell has reached her limit. When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband's a stiff. Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby's son's wedding, but a nosy therapist, meddling minister and local news reporter are making it very difficult to get away with murder.
Video trailer here


About Julie:
I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.


You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile


Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey


Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads


And other books by me on Amazon



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Casting Keir

I've seen several authors doing this, but I originally posted this back in October 2010 after a fun discussion with my BFF Lauri about the actors we'd like to see play our main characters. This was six months before I got my contract for Keir, and more than a year before I finally had the cover art. We spent some considerable time discussing and surveying options of how we each saw Keir, and these are the results. Enjoy!


 Surfing the net for images gave me this one of a US musician whose face I 'stole'. It was the closest I had seen for the one that was in my head. To me, this is EXACTLY how Keir looked.





This, and the following photos are from a list of top 50 male actors that Lauri found, and that we researched heavily in a hunt for the perfect Keir. Yeah, research is a torturous thing! Milo Ventimiglia was the first.





Sean Maher. Another choice for the part. Firefly fans might find his face familiar. :) Let me know if you're getting bored yet....







Tom Welling was Lauri's first suggestion. And about the only one of these that I recognised, having watched one or two episodes of Smallville over here in the UK. Bit typecast tho?







This was (oddly) my husband's choice of actor for Keir. I was quite pleased that he chose Aidan Turner as the image he got from my descriptions of Keir, although not the one I would have chosen myself.












But this was the image that my publisher came up with for my cover. It probably isn't how I saw him in my head to begin with, but I adore it. (And strangely not too far off Aidan Turner either). So this is my Keir now. :)


Keir - a science-fiction romance available 7th May 2012 from Lyrical Press Inc:
http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=81&products_id=513
Blurb:
Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption?

For Keirlan de Corizi--the legendary 'Blue Demon' of Adalucien--death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand.

But Quin has secrets of her own. She's spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends' counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin's home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?

Book Trailer:


LINKS:
Twitter:  @pippajaygreen   http://twitter.com/pippajaygreen
Facebook:  Keir - Beyond Redemption (book page) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keir-Beyond-Redemption/114058821953752


So that was the shortlist for the male lead. Based on the images above, can you make any suggestions for actors you think might fit the role? If you let me know in the comments with your contact details, there's a $10 Amazon Gift Card (or UK/AUS equivalent) up for grabs to one lucky person. And if you hop over to my blog here from the 7th May there's a special release day prize available internationally. There's also a list of the tour dates and places, with copies of Keir to win, or you can jump straight to the Lyrical Press Inc site here where all new releases are 30% off for the first week. :)