Monday, March 9, 2015

Miracle in March - 12 Things About Juliet & A Giveaway

Emma had plans, travel plans, going-far-away plans, but her family means everything to her, so when they needed help, she was there to deliver it. Running the family business of beachside cabins in Tarrin’s Bay might not be the same as the French Riviera, but Emma finds a certain level of peace in the beautiful setting and small town community.

But when she finds that her ex-boyfriend, a man she left behind without explanation, staying in one of the cabins, her peace is ruined. She knows the only way to get it back is to share the secret she’s been hiding for five years, and admit to him the limitations that she now carries. But James has his own truths to share, and he’s not the man that Emma once knew.

They are both in very different places than before, but it’s a time for renewal and second chances when their reunion brings secrets to the surface, dreams to be remembered, and the realization that they are both in need of a little miracle.

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“12 Things About Juliet Madison”

1. I accidentally became a writer.
Oops, I wrote a book. And then another one. And another, and so on. Okay, so it wasn’t a complete accident (or easy), but I hadn’t planned on becoming a writer when I did. I always wanted to write a book one day, but when I made an unexpected and quick decision to leave my business and homeschool my son, I decided to see if I could craft a novel, just for fun, even if only one person read it and didn’t think it sucked. Long story short – I was hooked, and the rest is history.

2. I’ve never been overseas – yet!
I’ve only travelled within Australia, but I will be going to the USA in May and June! I hope to meet a few of my online American friends who I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know via Facebook. J

3. I can’t stick to one genre.
I started out writing women’s fiction / chick lit, and then my stories morphed into wacky romantic comedies, some with a touch of magic, and also romance with drama and high emotion. Then I branched out into supernatural young adult mystery, and so I basically just write whatever I feel compelled to write!

4. I dance while I cook.
As an ex-dancer I can’t help but move and stretch in a dancerly way around my house, it’s ingrained in me. While stirring the pot, I might stretch my leg on the kitchen counter, or while waiting for something to cook I might do the odd pirouette or arabesque. I wonder if my neighbours can see me through the window…

5. I don’t write at a desk.
I don’t write at my desktop computer anymore, I use my Macbook Air or NEO (portable word processor). I write either on the couch, on my deck chair on the balcony, in bed, or at a cafĂ©. My office is wherever I open my laptop.

6. I almost became a doctor.
I’ve always been fascinated by the human body and after years of study I worked as a naturopath for several years. During this time I sat the (long and intensive) entrance exam for medical school – and passed. I missed out on an interview at my chosen university by two points though, and after seeing the great results my patients were getting with natural medicine, I decided to keep doing what I was doing and not to reapply the following year. And then, I became a writer anyway!

7. I can’t work on one project at a time, monogamy schmogamy.
My mind is like an internet browser with multiple tabs open. Although I may sometimes write one particular book, I am always plotting and writing down snippets of scenes for other books. Starting in April, I’ll be writing two completely different books at the same time.

8. I inject a lot of real life experience into my books.
I think many authors do, at least in some way. I don’t write an autobiographical account of my life experiences, but I do weave bits and pieces of it into my plots, and bits of me into my characters. For example, in The January Wish, Mark was a naturopath and I used my experience to help write his scenes. In my new release, Miracle in March, I included a child character with autism and drew on my experience raising a child on the spectrum, as well as dealing with autistic patients in my health practice.

9. I make up my own recipes.
Although I follow recipes sometimes, I often just experiment and throw things together and see what happens. Luckily, most have turned out alright! I call myself an intuitive cook. Except if it goes wrong and then I’ll just blame a pretend recipe! ;)

10. I never stop thinking. Ever.
I didn’t come with an off switch. Getting myself to go to sleep at a reasonable hour is a huge undertaking, and requires lots of mental preparation! I’m a deep thinker, I think about life a lot, and of course I think about my book ideas. 

11. I dreamt I got a book contract the night before I got one.
Yep! I saw the contract in my dream (including the publisher’s name), and the next morning I received my first offer in my inbox.

12. I love doing random acts of kindness.
I love spreading joy around and often leave little gifts for strangers in public, even though I don’t know who is going to find them. I don’t do it to get anything in return, but it’s amazing how often you do get gifts yourself in return! 

Author Bio:
Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing, and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put her characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance, and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.

Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends as much time as possible writing and coming up with new ideas, while doing her best to avoid housework.

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