Wednesday, 2 October 2013

It's Julie!!!! (and a tiny bit of insecurity - mine, not hers)

I'm being insecure at the end of this post - because I forgot about it... oops!

Today I'm welcoming Julie Flanders to my blog to share her new book cover. Looks good, doesn't it? I'm really keen to read the book, after checking out the blurb below!




Blurb:


A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out. But, it’s not at all what she expects ...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.



Author Bio:


Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.

Find Julie at:



The Ghosts of Aquinnah will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on December 5, 2013

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On the first Wednesday of the month, us writers get together for a mass panic. Today, I completely forgot, so although I have many insecurities this month, I don't have the time to word them eloquently.

So, one question: when you're feeling really down on your writing, what cheers you up?

For me, it's the gym, music and chocolate!





49 comments:

  1. It certainly does look and sound great, congrats again Julie.

    What cheers me up? A nice long walk usually helps give me some prespective.

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    1. Walking is great - getting out and about definitely refreshes you!

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  2. I am one of those depressing types of people, so nothing really cheers me up when I feel bad about my writing. I just have to ride out that wave of sadness or disappointment. Julie's book sounds really great.

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    1. Aw Murees. Perhaps you can try some of the suggestions in the comments here :-)

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  3. Congrats to Julie - and a darn fine bottle of Napa Valley Cab. always does the trick for me :)

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    1. I find writing with a good glass of wine beside me makes the words flow... Actually, a bad glass works just as well :-)

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  4. Yeh for Julie!

    Definitely chocolate. A favorite TV show marathon. Hunkering down with some good books. But also just holding on and riding it out, knowing that I will. I always do. :)

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    1. All great ideas. And, yes, we always come out of the other side!

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  5. Hi, Annalisa,

    First, Congrats to Julie... I had the pleasure of designing this cove and It really puts a smile on my face when I see it. I never get tired of looking at it. LOL.

    So don't stress! The reveal is all week...

    As for me , gym, chocolate, and music always work for me, too!!!! Although I do the chocolate first, then gym... It makes me feel better about eating the chocolate. LOL.

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    1. The cover is really good. It is awesome to see something you've created all over the internet, isn't it?

      Ah, but if you go to the gym first, you burn the chocolate off quicker... Okay, it's only by a minute amount, but in my head it makes a huge difference :-)

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  6. Julie's cover looks great!
    What cheers me up? Hmm. . . Sometimes I have to pout for a bit before I can admit I'm being ridiculous. ;)

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    1. Pouting is perfect. I think I might do that too :-)

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  7. Congratulations to Julie on her upcoming book release!

    When I'm down on my writing, sometimes what cheers me most is stepping away and focusing on something else. It helps me keep things in perspective.

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    1. Letting yourself think about something is a great way to unlock all those great subconscious ideas.

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    1. Yes, that seems to be the general consensus. Although sometimes if I step away, I don't come back for weeks - now, that's scary!

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  9. I love the cover, and I'm so excited for Julie! There's nothing better than a good ghost story. I'd say I usually use food and TV to cheer me up when I start getting overwhelmed with writing and commitments. It hasn't helped my waistline any, but I'm old and retired and don't really care about about my waistline!! :-D

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    1. And it always works that the unhealthy food works so much better than the healthy stuff!

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  10. Hi Annalisa .. Julie's book cover and blurb all look so enticing ... and then getting away - just having a break and switching off ... I'm not so good at it - but do my best ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Switching off is hard. Even when I'm relaxing I find to-do lists running around inside my head!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this, Annalisa! I laughed when I saw the title of the post! :)

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    1. You're welcome Julie. And you have nothing to be insecure about at the moment. Your cover reveal is fantastic :-)

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  12. I love that cover.
    Remembering why I started writing in the first place always cheers me up, as well as remembering what I've accomplished so far :)

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    1. Oh yes, looking back at all our achievements certainly makes us realise how awesome we all are :-)

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  13. Congrats to Julie!
    Reading keeps me going during those dry spells... and listening to good music always helps!

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    1. Reading is great - I especially like re-reading my favourite books.

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  14. Hooray for Julie!

    Distraction of any kind is good when the writing thing gets me down---I get away from it and find I miss it far too much to ever quit. :)

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    1. Yes, I'd miss writing too much to ever quit. What a great feeling that is :-)

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  15. Yay, Julie! Chocolate helps me too. Also getting away from the computer to read or watch a good show. Take a walk in the woods or tickle my kid. :)

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    1. My kids tend to run away from me, these days!

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  16. Yippee! I'm so excited for Julie's book. It sounds awesome. Period.

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    1. It really does. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  17. Congrats to Julie! What a cool cover.

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  18. You think you forgot. I posted have a happy October then had to go back and add the IWSG logo and a few words. So guess who did worse? And I mean change as in after 4 this morning. A good book cheers me up and congrats Julie.

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    1. Sometimes I just find I'm not insecure enough! I admire your dedication to the group to change it at 4am :-)

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  19. I forgot too! I think September went too fast! Hope Alex doesn't bump me off the list!

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    1. September did go very fast. I don't think still being able to wear t-shirts in October helps when it comes to realising the months are passing.

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  20. Congratulations, Julie!
    Music cheers me. Or reading a good review.

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    1. Reading a good review is something I might try!

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  21. For me, its writing something else. Something different. The other day I wrote a short story about a robot. Way out of my genre, but it gave me some clues into my own writing and let me go back to it with a new attitude.

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    1. That's a cool idea. I might try to do something similar.

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  22. Her book sounds intriguing! I turn to chardonnay...
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. I'll join you for a glass (a bottle?), Tina :-)

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  23. A really good walk or hike, preferably to somewhere completely new or to somewhere I delight in going. That's what cheers me up! It also gets the writing juices flowing.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Fresh air and exercise - a perfect combination :-)

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  24. For me, I'm cheered up after I work out, but not during, if that makes sense. And then yes, I reward myself with chocolate to add back the calories I'd just burned!

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    1. I know lots of people who have the same relationship with exercise. I'M the abnormal one because I actually enjoy it while I'm doing it :-) Nothing wrong with chocolate to keep your strength up either!

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  25. Writing cheers me up! Congratulations to Julie. She is everywhere lately!

    New follower. http://tonjamatney.blogspot.com

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