Crimson and Clover

Ok so earlier tonight I posted a book review up over at Bluebird Reviews (read the whole article here:  www.bluebirdreviews.com), a web-based music review site.  I know I know.  It’s a music review site I get it.  But Juli Page Morgan’s books are not your average romance stories.  In fact none of her books are your typical everyday romance novels.   All three books:  Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words are all part of her Romance that Rocks series and that makes them unique.

I picked Crimson and Clover not because it was a finalist in Book Junkie’s Reader’s Choice Awards (it was), or even because Amazon chose the book to be part of its Kindle Big Deal promotion for December, I did it because I know the author, Juli Page Morgan; a fellow lover of Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, French onion dip, a coffee lover, and who is a fantastic friend.  Juli and I schlepped around Memphis, TN seeing all the musical sites and I know first-hand how much she loves music and its history.

Crimson and Clover is a story entrenched in the late 60’s early 70’s.  You can (almost) smell the weed, feel the flower power, and free love coming from within the pages.  Jay and Katie’s fire and passion never let up throughout the story, they are a couple you root for.  Ms. Morgan researches and strives to be historically correct in all her stories and weaves her knowledge of music and bands right into every page.  Her characters leap out of the book and you become enthralled with them.  Whether you’re male or female Crimson and Clover has it all and then some.

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                             by: Juli Page Morgan

Under Katie Scott’s flower child exterior beats the heart of June Cleaver.  Though she digs her bellbottoms and love beads, she longs for the idyllic family life she was denied as a child.

Laughed out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury after the Summer of Love for believing rock ‘n roll and white picket fences can coexist she decides to try her luck in the bohemian neighborhood of Ladbroke Grove in London.

When she discovers her new friend Adam is starting a band with Jay Carey, she’s ecstatic.  She’d admired the British guitar god from afar for years, and when she and Jay finally meet the attraction between them is instantaneous.

But life with a rock ‘n roll star doesn’t lend itself well to white picket fences.  And when Katie Jay the secret she’s carried for two years it may end the dream before it begins.

 

Juli’s thrilled that Crimson and Clover has been received so well by readers.  Since February, Juli’s published two more stories from her Romances that Rock catalog:  Athena’s Daughter set in 1975 Memphis, and Song Without Words primarily set in a radio station in New Orleans in 1982. (Gee, wonder where she got that idea? Find out in the full article over at www.BluebirdReviews.com ) In both books, Juli strives to keep the realism that touched so many of her readers in Crimson and Clover. And best of all they’re full of the music that we all love.

Juli’s working on her next book, Sister Golden Hair, set in present day and it’s the first story that doesn’t have a rock guitarist as the hero. This time around he’s a lead singer and you’ll get to meet him March 2014.

All of Juli’s Romances that Rock are available in eBook and paperback at your favorite online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Tower Books and more.   And right now through December 22nd, Crimson and Clover is AMAZON’s big steal deal at .99 cents.  Purchase it for yourself, your friends, wives, girlfriends, husbands, etc.   Jay and Katie sizzle; you need to read their rockin story.   Show Juli Page Morgan a Whole Lotta Love and purchase this book.

Go here to Ms. Morgan’s website:  http://julipagemorgan.com/buy-the-books/

Use the link here:  http://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Clover-Juli-Page-Morgan

 

AUTHOR BIO:juli behind the mic

Juli Page Morgan is a former rock ‘n roll radio announcer who had the great luck to meet and interview lots of bands over the years. During those interviews she heard lots of interesting stories, but it was when the microphone was turned off and they were just hanging out that she heard – and saw – the really juicy stuff! Incorporating these revelations in her books (with names and locations changed to protect the innocent, and often the not-so-innocent!) lets her remember those wonderful people that briefly rocked through her life, and to take her readers on a hard rocking journey full of love, music and happy endings while giving a “backstage peek” at some of the things that really happened.  Her Romances that Rock™ include Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband. When she’s not writing, she’s recording voiceovers for television commercials, remodeling her old house, and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and exceeds the speed limit when she drives.  Juli’s an unapologetic lover of rock ‘n roll, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and French onion dip, not necessarily in that order.

Like her author FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JuliPageMorganAuthor

Visit Juli’s website at:  http://julipagemorgan.com/

I have arrived…

On Facebook that is.   I’m not sure why it took me so long to create an author page but I’ve gone and done it.  I am determined to get my stories, REMEMBRANCE and ALL ACCESS out there to the public and I need a page (no, not that PAGE…though I wish…sigh) to help me get my information out there to my public.

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I’m also going to be posting here every week.  I’d like to say every day but I know me and my crazy life.   Let’s go with once a week and if I do more, well we can call it a banner week.  🙂

I can’t wait for everyone to read my stories.  I’ll be posting tidbits, music pieces, trivia from my stories over on my Facebook page.  Will probably do some contests too.  So come check it out.  Invite your friends.   Let’s rock-it-write over on my new site.

www.facebook.com/pages/S-A-Hussey-Author/383101255157699

Thank you in advance for stopping by.

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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RACHEL RUEBEN

Author Bio:

Rachel Rueben went to school to become an administrative assistant but instead, wound up an author.  In her defense, she tried freelance writing, virtual assisting, and blogging to pay the bills, but creating worlds was her one and only passion.

This past summer, Rachel entered the sacred order of authorhood with the release of her first novel “Hag” which made it to #10 on the Amazon’s Women’s and Girl’s Literature list.

To find out what Rachel is up to you can check out her new site at: http://www.rachelrueben.com

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Rachel:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter was chapter 8 because it was the part where my heroine has to accept her new life as a vampire.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

I would say Mark Twain he was simple and honest in his work.  He taught without preaching down to the reader.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

I have no clue, I would like to believe my work is a culmination of all the books I’ve read.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I learned to not force things and definitely not to chase trends.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Yes, I generally write in the morning and  afternoon.  I also make sure all my chores and errands are done before I begin.   I don’t want any excuses .

6.  Tell me about your muse?

My muse is a funny little creature that likes to wake me up in the middle of the night with the darndest stories.  And when I’m wide awake she loses the ability to speak.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

My book was an abandoned work, a starter novel if you will.  So the hard part was picking up the pieces and reworking the project.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yeah, this takes time as with any other career, you need to learn, practice and even explore.  Also, the business aspect is just as important as the artistic part.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with Apollonia, she was probably one of the most outrageous characters I’ve ever dreamed up.  I would like to go into her past and see what made her what she is in Eternal Bond.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment? 

The toughest criticism was when someone called me an amateur which I was at the time, but what surprised me most was that it came from another author.  Needless to say, I was disappointed that someone felt the need to do that.

The best compliment was when someone said they loved my book so much that they wanted to give it to their daughter.

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow RACHEL RUEBEN on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachelRueben

Website:   http://www.rachelrueben.com

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RachelRueben

Blog: http://www.writingbytheseatofmypants.com

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786176.Rachel_Rueben

To learn more of Rachel’s stories click here:  http://rachelrueben.com/my-books/

rachels book    Coming Soon in 2013    

I interviewed with each one these amazing authors.

Check out their blogs to learn more about me.

 

Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

Kristen Duvall: http://www.kristenduvall.com/blog.html

Ruth Davis Hays:  http://jorthusbooks.wordpress.com/

Juli Morgan:  www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Karen Vaughan: www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Karina Gioertz: www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

 

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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S. A. HUSSEY

 

Hey wait…that’s me! 

That means I am on tour!

Today I am guesting (hopping) on the other WRITE STARS blogs.   Check me out and my interviews (each will be different) on their blogs below:

Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

Kristen Duvall: http://www.kristenduvall.com/blog.html

Ruth Davis Hays:  http://jorthusbooks.wordpress.com/

Juli Morgan:  www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Karen Vaughan: www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Karina Gioertz: www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

Rachel Rueben: http://www.rachelrueben.com

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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KARINA GIOERTZ

Author Bio:

Although Karina Gioertz has been writing for most of her life, it never quite registered with her as something out of the ordinary or worth pursuing, because it was so closely connected to who she was. It wasn’t until she became a stay at home mom and finally took the time to write an entire book from beginning to end, that she understood what all of those ideas she had been jotting down all those years were really for. Since then, she has written several books, including Country Girls, Lucky In Love and Blood Bound.

While writing and motherhood have become her main focus over the years, she also enjoys many other creative activities such as painting and photography. Most sunny days she can be found in her courtyard working feverishly at painting and refurbishing old furniture…that is, of course, only if it wasn’t a suitable day to spend at the beach. 😉

Karina resides in sunny Florida with her family and two dogs.

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Karina:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

Hm…that’s a tough one…well, chapter 16 – The Art Of Possibilities was fun (see excerpt below)! That was when I first heard about whistling pots and nuntius parchment, both of which are pretty cool.

2. What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Most recently, Judy Schachner has been fun to read. Now, keep in mind, most of the reading I do these days is with my 5 year old, but you can’t find better bedtime entertainment than Skippyjon Jones. I mean, really, a Siamese cat that thinks it’s a Chihuahua?! That’s nothing if not brilliant!

3. Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Honestly, I haven’t a clue. Some reviewers have compared my writing to Fanny Flagg and Kristan Higgins…but they were two completely different books.

4. Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

Are we talking ‘personal growth’ learning or ‘I was researching the layout of a prison cell’ learning? ‘Cause I’ve learned plenty either way

5. What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

It seems to be evolving lately. When I first started, I had several steps I followed, starting with notes before moving on to writing out the story in primarily dialogue and then going in and really fleshing out the story. Recently I’ve figured out that I’m ready to skip step number two and go straight from notes into writing the book.

6. Tell me about your muse? Life is my muse.

She’s an endless source of entertainment, ranging from drama to comedy and sometimes both at the same time. She never lets me down…although she often gives me more material than I have time to write about…

7. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was telling that negative voice of self-doubt to shut up and go away. It creeps up from time to time, mostly when I’m pushing myself to write things that might be a little out of my comfort zone.

8. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep on top of that negative voice. Don’t let it get too loud or you might start to listen to it and that would be a shame. There’s quote, “Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” -Holley Gerth I think it’s probably the best advice any writer could follow.

9. Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I definitely think I’ll be working with the Wilson Girls again…and the McCarthy boys have been hounding me to make a comeback as well…but right now I’m going for round number two with Lucky and the guys and, of course, everyone from The Final Descendants will be back again for book 2 of the series.

10. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

I think it’s really hard when a reader totally misses the mark on what you were trying to say with your writing. Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but sometimes I read a review and I think – what book were you reading?? It doesn’t even have to be a bad review for that to happen, but it makes me wonder if I’m not articulating things as clearly as I would like. But then, when someone says that they completely related to my characters, that’s the best! When I’ve succeeded in making my fictional characters so real that people can connect with them and come to care about them, that’s pretty awesome!

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow KARINA GIOERTZ on:

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/friedgatortail

Website:        www.friedgatortail.wix.com/karinagioertz

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/friedgatortail

Blog:               www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

GoodReadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768892.Karina_Gioertz

To learn more of Karina’s story click the book icon below:

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Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author RACHEL RUEBEN

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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KAREN H. VAUGHAN

Author Bio:

Karen H. Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named Sugar. She is the mom of a 23 year old daughter and four grown step children and a 3 year old grandson named Ike. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers.  She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her third  book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL  is called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. Other than writing Karen loves to read, do crafts and play online games.Currently she co-hosts an internet radio show with Dellani Oakes and will be hosting WRITERS ROUND TABLE starting January the 14th.  She has a quirky sense of humor and show this in her mysteries

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Karen:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

I liked Chapter 7 of Daytona Dead because Laura (my protag got to face off with the annoying cop Dave Meecham and basically put him in his place. It was a very comical moment in the story after she had to deal with her exes death.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

My fave author has become Janet Evanovich. I love her casual style and how she can pull off comedy in a murder investigation.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

I think I write like Janet Evanovich and I have been told the same. Our characters are quirky and sarcastic and I think we both love the humor aspect. My stories are 90% comic relief.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

That I am getting more and more warped and sarcastic with every book I write.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

No not really; I seem to write when the flash of brilliance hits me. I try to sit down twice a week when I choose to take a break from my real life and create. Sometimes it feels forced and I don’t do my best work

6.  Tell me about your muse?

My editor seems to play that role and when she doesn’t think I am writing enough she sends me pictures in my emails of stick figures hold guns to the heads of other stick figures write the $%^& novel—she even personalized that one on a t-shirt—or QUIT PIDDLING AND WRITE !  My muse is a task-master!

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I hate editing! That task a necessary evil.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just keep to the writing. Don’t let people or rejection   letters discourge you.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with the characters from DEAD COMIC STANDING again. It was a fun book to write. I got to mix the comedy with the acts of a serial killer.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

My editing sucks and that I should fire my editor. However, people think my writing is hilarious.

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow KAREN  H. VAUGHAN on:

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-H-Vaughan/432730506846324     AND

https://www.facebook.com/FansOfOverHerDeadBody?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite

Website: www.karenvaughanbooks.com

Blog:        www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/karenvwrites

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1378692.Karen_Vaughan

To read Karen’s story click the book icon below:

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Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author KARINA GIOERTZ

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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Juli Page Morgan

JULI PAGE MORGAN

Author Bio:

Juli Page Morgan is a former rock ‘n roll radio announcer who had the great luck to meet and interview lots of bands over the years. During those interviews she heard lots of interesting stories, but it was when the microphone was turned off and they were just hanging out that she heard – and saw – the really juicy stuff! Incorporating these revelations in her books (with names and locations changed to protect the innocent, and often the not-so-innocent!) lets her remember those wonderful people that briefly rocked through her life, and to take her readers on a hard rocking journey full of love, music and happy endings while giving a “backstage peek” at some of the things that really happened.  Her Romances that Rock™ include Crimson and Clover published by Crimson Romance, and Athena’s Daughter from Carey On Publishing.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband. When she’s not writing, she’s recording voiceovers for television commercials, remodeling her old house,  and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and has never met a speed limit she didn’t exceed.  Juli’s an unapologetic lover of rock ‘n roll, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and French onion dip, not necessarily in that order.

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Juli:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

I think it would have to be the chapter in Athena’s Daughter when Athena and her sister Andi are unpacking the boxes after Athena’s moved into Derek’s house. That particular chapter almost wrote itself, and didn’t need a lot of editing afterward. Plus, I really like the juxtaposition of Athena seeing all the mementos of her past with Derek compared to the unsettled reality of their present.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Debi Matlack, hands down! I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the way she writes, and I think I’ve read her book Old Dogs about a thousand times since it was released last year. I can’t wait for her to release her next one!

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Honestly, I don’t know.  I’m not being coy or anything, but my books are different from other rock romances, so I don’t have a lot of comparison. Not only are my books set in the 1960s and 1970s (I’m on a mission to create a new sub-genre – Mid Century Romance!), but since I was fortunate enough to hang out with rock bands and musicians when I worked in radio, I was able to get to know them as real people, and not just that public persona they put out there. As a consequence, I don’t sugar coat the rock ‘n roll lifestyle – I put it all in there, the good, the bad and the ugly.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I learned to write books the way they want to be written. (Oh, yes; they’re very demanding!) I almost killed Crimson and Clover by trying to change it to fit the rules and the formulas of conventional romance novels, but it was only when I went back to the original manuscript that it found a home with a publisher. I was told that the storyline of Athena’s Daughter wasn’t believable, but I’d learned my lesson by trying to change my first book, so I let Athena’s Daughter stand as written, and it’s done very well!

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Oh, have mercy – I try.   I like to write for a couple of hours in the morning, and then for a lot of hours in the afternoon. If I’m on a roll, I’ll write at night, too, but I try to leave the evenings open to actually spend time with my husband.

6.  Tell me about your muse?

She’s just evil.  Out of the blue, she’ll just take off and leave with no warning, and sometimes she doesn’t come back for weeks! I keep on writing whether she’s here or not, though, and I think that makes her jealous. Then she’ll come back and real progress will be made.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

With Crimson and Clover it was knowing when to quit writing it! It was my first book, and I kept going back and tweaking things until one day I realized I was going to have to stop that and let the book stand. With Athena’s Daughter, the hardest part was typing fast enough! That book came to me fully formed, and I couldn’t get it out fast enough!

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

The only way to write a book is to sit down and write it. All the rules and things? You can’t put those into play unless you’ve written the book, so just do it and then worry about that other stuff. That’s what the editing phase is for.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

All my books are Romances that Rock, so that theme will always be prevelant in whatever I write. I learned a long time ago that rock musicians are just people – just because they’re rock stars doesn’t mean they’re all the same, so even though my books are rock romances, they’re all different to some extent. For example, Jay Carey from Crimson and Clover and Derek Marshall from Athena’s Daughter are both rock stars, but they couldn’t be more different from each other! As far as characters, some of the people from Crimson and Clover are pestering me to tell their story, and I plan to do that soon!

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

I’d have to say that the toughest thing I’ve heard so far is when my publisher told me that the storyline for Athena’s Daughter wasn’t believable. I mean, that didn’t destroy me or anything, but it did cause some consternation. I didn’t see it as unbelievable, and it had been read by several beta readers and my critique partners, none of whom found it unbelievable. And these are people who would tell me if it was. So after a bit of thinking, I went ahead and published it, and it’s sold very well and received fantastic reviews. That brought it all home to me that not everyone is going to like the same thing. I mean, I’ve loved books that my friends were all “Meh” over, right? No, that publisher didn’t love Athena’s Daughter, but there are readers out there who do, so it’s all good. The best compliment I’ve received? Those four and five star reviews that readers have left for the books. That absolutely floors and humbles me more than I can ever express!

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow JULI PAGE MORGAN on:

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/JuliPageMorganAuthor

Website:      www.julipagemorgan.com

Blog:             www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/julipagemorgan

GoodReadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6887176.Juli_Page_Morgan

To read more about Juli’s stories click the book icons below:

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Please VISIT these other blogs today.  JULI has a different interview with each one on the hop. While you’re there take a moment to LIKE their page. They are all WRITE STARS in my book.  🙂  ENJOY

Juli Page Morgan: www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Crimson Kildare and Kat Marlow: www.thrutheglass.net

Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author KAREN VAUGHAN