and her book Zanna’s Outlaw
About the Author
Julie was born and raised in upstate New York. She married her high school sweetheart and accompanied him on his twenty-year career with the United States Air Force. One of his duty assignments was to Cheyenne Mountain Air Station in Colorado. She and her husband fell in love with the area and settled back in the Pikes Pike region after his retirement. Currently, Julie is a stay-at-home mom enjoying a career writing western historical romance.
Throughout her younger years, Julie enjoyed writing and reading. She credits her love for romance to a friend her introduced her to the genre. Her inspirations for a writing career sprang from Judith McNaught’s flawless voice and Johanna Lindsey’s Malory family novels. Julie has penned seven novels and two short stories. Whenever she’s not writing, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, exploring Colorado and meeting other fans of the romance genre.
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About the Book
Published January 15th 2012 by Amazon Kindle (first published January 13th 2012)
Notorious outlaw Buck Grayson is set to hang for the one murder he didn’t commit, until a last minute pardon sets him free. But there’s a condition to the pardon. He’s to cease outlawing and bring law and order to Revolving Point, Texas, the border town along the Rio Grande, with a reputation worse than his. Zanna is there and still in danger from the fancy-pants attorney seeking revenge against her. Buck will do anything for Zanna–even pin the tin star to his chest to keep her safe–except say the words she longs to hear.
Former soiled dove Suzanna Reynolds wants respectability, a home and children, and she wants them with Buck. Trouble is, Buck isn’t the settling type and has never openly acknowledged she’s his woman. Convinced Buck only took the sheriff’s job to settle a score and not to please her, Suzanna demands he court her to prove his love. Or leave town for good.
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Chatting with the Author
1. Can you us tell us a little bit about yourself?
Originally, I’m from New York. Colorado is now home. I love seeing Pikes Peak from my porch every day. I’m lucky in that my husband has a good job affording me to be a stay-at-home mom enjoying a career writing romance. Most days, I’m at the computer working on a scene, but I do enjoy spending time with family and friends and exploring Colorado.
2. Tell us about your book.
Zanna’s Outlaw is set along the Rio Grande in fictional Revolving Point, Texas. Overrun with outlaws, gamblers and soiled doves, Revolving Point’s reputation rivals that of any feared gunslinger. Before the story opens, a fire has nearly destroyed the town. Most people fled with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Those who remained are determined to rebuild and turn Revolving Point into a respectable place to live. And they have help from the governor. His niece wants to build an orphanage alongside the Rio Grande. To ensure Revolving Point doesn’t become overrun with riffraff in the future, the governor hires notorious outlaw, Buck Grayson, to bring law and order to the border town.
Buck is no lawman, but he either accepts the offer or he hangs for the one murder he didn’t commit. To add incentive to the governor’s terms, Zanna is in Revolving Point. The only woman he’s ever loved is still in danger. To keep Zanna safe, he’ll pin on the badge and restore order to Revolving Point his way.
3. Do you have a favorite character from your book?
While I love all the characters, including the villains, Buck is without a doubt my favorite. He originally appeared in Luck of the Drawn, because I needed an outlaw to help with the plot, and again in Lady Luck. By the end of those two books, I knew Buck needed his own story. Tall, dark and dangerous, there was more to him than I’d first realized and I wanted to know what specifically made him become a most feared gunslinger. Hard and temperamental on the outside, he keeps his feelings bottled up on the inside. The only person he trusts is his Zanna. He’ll do anything for her, except tell her he loves her. Those words stick in his throat. Not because he doesn’t love her, but because those words are the reason he turned to outlawing.
4. Do you keep a notebook by you in case you come up with an idea?
I don’t carry a notebook with me, or have one on my nightstand. I do have a notebook in my office that I use to keep track of scenes, character descriptions, personalities, backgrounds and employment, hand drawn maps of homes and towns. When writing a series, I find this useful when secondary characters from one book appear in another. This was especially true in No Luck At All when I almost gave a secondary character’s father one job only to find out I had already assigned him a different job in another book.
When I’m actually writing the book and something comes to mind, I run for the sticky note pads. I have them all over the house. And if I’m in the car, I write on napkins.
5. When you start writing a book do you know it will be a series?
The answer to this is yes, and all of my books are either part of my Weston Family Series or part of my Revolving Point, Texas series.
When I began my writing career, I was a big fan of Johanna Lindsey’s Malory Family books and the television show, Dallas. JR made for a great villain, but it was the family saga I loved most. Combining that with my fondness for horses and cowboys, I knew I wanted a series with three brothers, each a hero in his own book, a ranch and horses. From the first book, Buck Grayson was born and spun into the Revolving Point series. This time around, I wanted three outlaws turning to the right side of the law and three women whose first names ended in ‘a’. Don’t ask me why. I have no clue. It just seemed to fit the series.
6. Can you share a little of your current work with readers?
For my latest WIP, I went back to the Weston Family. They brothers have a sister who ran away from home. They have no idea why Rachael left, nor do they know where she went. At the time, I didn’t give much thought to Rachael. She just needed to be a runaway for the series to work. But after finishing the Revolving Point series, she nagged at me. It was then I realized I wanted to know why she left, where she went and why she’s stayed away for twenty two years. Without divulging too much, Rachael’s disappearance relates to the torment the Weston brothers lived with until they met their leading ladies. But her reason for not returning stems from a little boy’s tears.
7. If you could recommend one book which one would it be?
Without a doubt, The Help. I love western historical romance and The Help is a far cry from the old west. But this book pulls the reader in from the first page and doesn’t let go. Kathryn Stockett did a fantastic job defining all the characters, the scenery, and with weaving a story set during the Civil Rights Movement. I felt as though I was right there beside the characters watching the action. Have plenty of tissues on hand because The Help will make you laugh, cry, cheer and cringe.
8. Five random facts about yourself?
My family and home are most important to me.
I love my truck and absolutely hate when I park far away from the store and someone parks next to me.
I drink iced tea every day, all day.
Everyone knows I read and write western historical romance, but I love a good mob movie or television show. The Soprano’s is my favorite. (The hubby and I actually laughed out loud, and in the movie theater, when Joe Pesci’s character got whacked in Casino.)
New York City is my favorite city, with Santa Fe a close second.
9. How do you relax?
I watch television, read, or go for a walk. And during the day, I will sometimes take a cat nap.
10. Any advice for aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself and write for yourself. You cannot, and you will not, please everyone. Write what you know, or what you like, and write every day. Set goals. Reward yourself when you meet them, and with hard work and determination, and many hours spent sitting in front of the computer, the rest will fall into place.
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