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    Starstruck in Seattle – new release from Juliet Madison

    10/1/2013

    Starstruck in Seattle - CoverHAPPY RELEASE DAY! Starstruck in Seattle (plus bumper giveaway)

    Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (romagic).

    Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of intuitive love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com to give her the courage and determination to follow her destiny. But fate has different ideas, Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans…

    Juliet tells us a little about how this book came to be…

    “I got the idea for this story when Sleepless in Seattle was on TV. I thought, instead of a call-in-radio show where people ask for advice, what if there was a website that specialised in helping people anonymously with their love dilemmas? So I thought up the idea for a Love Coach, but as I like to do in many of my stories, I decided to give it a slight magical twist, and gave the character of Lulu some other-worldly powers that help her to give destiny a shove in the right direction. But, as Lulu discovers, doing destiny’s work can be a pain in the wings, and may be more challenging than she thought. ”

    ~ BUY NOW: >> STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE is available worldwide and you can buy it from all ebook retailers,
    including:

    Amazon / Amazon UK / iTunes iBookstore / B&N Nook
    / Kobo / Booktopia / JB Hi-Fi / Google Play / ebooks.com
    / All Romance ebooks

    ~ You can also add it to Goodreads here, and visit Juliet online at her website, blog, facebook, and twitter.

    ~ GIVEAWAY>>
    Juliet is giving away four prize packs of ebooks from Escape Publishing until 10th October (20 ebooks in total). See the prizes on offer and enter here:

    http://julietmadison.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/release-day-starstruck-in-seattle-plus-bumper-giveaway/

     

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    Three Wishes Blog Blitz – three book-related wishes

    9/1/2013

    Three Wishes Blog Blitz BannerToday I’m participating in the Three Wishes Blog Blitz, hosted by author Juliet Madison! From 2nd to 6th September you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the blitz, including mine. All you have to do is follow my instructions below for winning the prize I have on offer, and then you can click over to Juliet’s blog to enter her prize draw, and see the list of all other blogs taking part and enter their giveaways as well. How cool is that?

    Why is it called the Three Wishes Blog Blitz? Juliet’s new romantic comedy release, I Dream of Johnny, is about three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo that proves magic isn’t all it cracked up to be…

    ***
    Today’s blog post is to be on the topic of three wishes so I thought I’d stick with wishes that pertain to books and writing.

    If I could rub the genie’s bottle I would ask for the following:

    Wish number one: I would like a big fat advertising budget for my books thanks Genie. I’d love to do an experiment and see if I had the money to spend if it would help more people find my books. I can’t change what they think of them, but I think there are people out there who’d like them who simply don’t know they’d exist. Thanks.

    Wish number two: I would like every little girl (or boy) who has a story to write to be encouraged to do so, thanks Genie. We have competitions where kids are lauded for kicking balls and singing songs and even for walking down runways with too much make-up on and that’s encouraging. Let’s have a world where using our imagination is encouraged. I bet it would be a nicer one. Thanks.

    Wish number three: I would like every person who leaves a book review to realise how hard it is to write a book and how easy it is to say “this book is rubbish!” I’d like them to keep that in mind when they write their reviews. Nobody minds honest well-thought out opinions at all (I certainly don’t and you hope that feedback is constructive and mindful) but people being unkind well, the world can do without that. Thanks.

    That’s it thanks Genie…those are my three wishes.

    ***
    I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card as a prize – all you need to do is tell me what one of your wishes would be. (It doesn’t have to have a bookish focus! You can go World Peace if you like. 🙂 )

    I’m not a fan of Rafflecopter so we’ll be doing it old school – I’ll be pulling the names out of a hat.

    Once you’ve entered my giveaway, visit Juliet’s blog & enter her giveaway too, and visit any or all of the other participating blogs to enter more prize draws. You could potentially win a whole heap of prizes! Good luck! Visit the official Blog Blitz post here: http://julietmadison.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/3-wishes-blog-blitz-official-post/

    NOTE: JULIET’S LINK is live from 12 noon Australian Eastern Standard Time. I’m a weeny bit early posting as I’m working all day and in meetings…so don’t click on it and get all cranky if you’re early too.

    Comments

    Elaine
    9/2/2013 02:39:25 am

    I’ll make my wish ‘booky’, too. 🙂

    I wish that every book was available in audio format from my library and was available whenever I want to listen to it.

    This Chick Reads
    9/2/2013 08:07:12 am

    I just wish I am happy every day, no matter what:) Thank you for the great giveaway!

    Gwen
    9/2/2013 09:16:17 am

    I wish we would get my kitchen floor laid, already 🙂

    gisele
    9/3/2013 12:39:50 am

    hmm. I have many wishes, but I will make this one book related. I wish my back deck was built, and furnished, so it would be a wonderful summertime reading, relaxing area. and I wish that I would have a whole stack of books to enjoy that space with.

    Deshipley
    9/3/2013 07:53:13 am

    Selecting at random out of the ton of wishes I have, I wish we could transfer the sometimes elusive pictures in our imaginations directly onto a page/canvas/screen/whatever, so we’d finally get a clear, complete image of exactly what they look like. Think how handy this would be when it comes to, say, really attractive characters. 😀

    Renee Brown
    9/4/2013 03:54:39 am

    I wish I’d get my basement cleaned out.

    Lee Todd
    9/4/2013 05:39:20 pm

    wish I had a job 🙂

    Sam Still Reading
    9/4/2013 09:12:43 pm

    Go the old school – I’m not the Rafflecopter type either!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I would wish for more leisure time with my family, friends and books!

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    Q&A with Juliet Madison the author of Fast Forward

    12/4/2012

    Juliet Madison1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    The idea for my debut novel, FAST FORWARD (coming out with Escape Publishing in February 2013) first came about when I was reading in bed one night. I don’t remember the book, I just remember that it mentioned a young character who behaved like they were years older, and I thought… ‘I would love to do a story where the character ages suddenly overnight!’. I was reminded of movies like Suddenly 30 (13 Going on 30 for those in the US) and 17 Again but wanted to do something a little different
    where the character becomes an age where they’re NOT in their prime. An age that they don’t want to be. I decided age 50 would be a good milestone to write about, and I chose to make the character a model with no desire for domestic life become a middle-aged housewife and mother overnight. The title Fast Forward came to me then, and gradually the main character and story developed in my mind and I wrote it all down as quickly as I could!

    2. When did you take up writing?
    I always enjoyed writing stories from a young age and in my early twenties I started to get ‘The Itch’.For writing that is. I began jotting down snippets of prose and story ideas, and even wrote one chapter of a mystery/suspense novel, but I never continued this story. Life got in the way and I forgot about writing until some major changes occurred in my life and I thought ‘It’s now or never.’ That was three years ago (late 2009) and I’ve been writing seriously ever since.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    It depends on the type of story I’m writing. For example, for the series I’m writing set in a small Australian town, the setting is very important, it’s like a unique character in itself. For my romantic comedy, Fast Forward, the setting is a
    combination of the city and the suburbs, but it’s more of a generic setting. What’s more important in this story is the time period it’s set in – twenty-five years in the future. I had to think up new inventions that would be plausible but add some interest and comedy to scenes in the book.

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    I should say my main character Kelli, but I have quite a soft spot for William – her geeky middle-aged husband in the future. He was the high school nerd who grew into a confident successful man and loving father. He’s a funny, charming, and affectionate character with a positive attitude about life, and will do anything for the woman he loves. He’s quite a Superman (joke – you’ll see why in the book!).

    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    ‘Write what you care about.’I care about making the most of life, following your passions, and staying true to yourself, and I try to incorporate these themes into my stories.

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    I’d like to, and I do my best to have a routine, but my son does his schooling from home so everything revolves around this. If I can get some writing or editing done in the mornings I will, otherwise I write whenever I can and as often as I
    can. Evening sprint sessions have been productive for me (the writing kind not the physical exercise kind ;)), because I find when I have a strict time limit and another writer sprinting along with me I get more words down. And sometimes
    I write best on the spur of the moment so a combination of going with the flow and military precision works for me.

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    I start with a basic premise in my mind and then wing the first scene or chapter to see what happens and find the voice of the story. Then I become a plotter. I usually start with the beginning and end so I have a clear idea of the purpose of the story, and then write an outline in dot points, listing as many scenes as I can think of to drive the story forwards. If needed I also get a long piece of paper and handwrite a timeline. I usually also work out my characters’ goals, motivations, conflicts, and what they need to learn by the end.

    8. Can you name three or four of your current favourite books?
    It’s hard to choose favourites, it depends on what I’m enjoying reading at certain times in my life. A classic I really enjoyed was The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, and two by Sophie Kinsella that I loved were Remember Me (because it inspired me to finally start my first book), and Twenties Girl (because it was so much fun – and I love stories with ghosts!).

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    I’m working on revising a manuscript, outlining the next book in my small town series, while also writing a new manuscript called HauntedHousewives. It’s a similar style and set-up to Fast Forward – taking a character and throwing them head on into an outrageous situation for which escape seems impossible!

    In this case… During a weekend away with her bridesmaids, bride-to-be Sally becomes haunted by the ghost of her fiance’s ex-girlfriend who seems intent on stopping the wedding, while having a lot of fun at Sally’s expense along the way. It’s in no way a horror or suspense novel, it’s a romantic comedy – with a ghost!

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    If you have a passion for writing, don’t give up! Keep writing and learning your craft, and be true to your own voice. Write the book you’d want to read, and join a writing organisation such as Romance Writers of Australia. Also, learn how to edit your book, and consider getting a critique partner or paying a freelance editor to assess your work and provide feedback before submitting to publishers.

    FAST FORWARD
    coming Feb 2013 from Escape Publishing: www.escapepublishing.com.au
    Blurb:

    Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.

    Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?

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    Comments

    Juliet Madison
    12/4/2012 01:22:45 pm

    Thanks for having me on your blog, Monique, I enjoyed doing the interview! 🙂

    Lily Malone
    12/4/2012 03:01:31 pm

    Enjoyed reading more about Fast Forward Juliet. Congratulations on finishing the book. Bigger congratulations on getting it published. And thanks for the interview Monique. I look forward to having a look around your site.
    cheers.
    Reply
    Juliet Madison
    12/4/2012 03:40:47 pm

    Thanks Lily, there are so many steps involved in writing & publishing a book, each milestone deserves a celebration I think!

    Kez
    12/4/2012 03:48:30 pm

    Great interview Juliet 🙂 I love your voice and I can’t wait to read whatever you bring out next! (Haunted Housewives sounds fun!)
    Reply
    Juliet Madison
    12/4/2012 04:02:08 pm

    Thanks for your nice words, Kez 🙂

    HH is very much a rough work-in-progress but I hope it will be a lot of fun!

    Caroline Praed
    12/4/2012 04:09:25 pm

    Fascinating to hear about how you came to write your book – and so thrilled for you, Juliet. [Australia seems particularly far away today when my part of the UK has heavy snow!] Reply
    Juliet Madison
    12/6/2012 06:44:08 pm

    Thanks Caroline. I’ve always wanted to experience a white Christmas, I bet a hot sunny one for you would feel weird! 😉

    Imelda Evans
    12/5/2012 03:39:55 pm

    I’m FASCINATED by this concept Juliet! I can’t wait to see what you’ve done with it. Great interview!
    Reply
    Juliet Madison
    12/6/2012 06:45:01 pm

    I’m glad, Imelda! I hope you like what I’ve done with the concept 🙂

    Sarah Bell
    12/6/2012 09:47:33 am

    They all sound amazing, Juliet. I can’t wait to read everything!
    Reply
    Juliet Madison
    12/6/2012 06:45:50 pm

    Thanks Sarah, I can’t wait for you to read them too!