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WriteOnCon 2012

As you all know, I am YA obsessed. Every year since the fruition of a particular super- ah-mahzing event, I have been at my computer absorbing everything I could. The event: WriteOnCon. This year will be the same.

What is WriteOnCon?

*Pulled directly from their About page:

WriteOnCon is the brainchild of seven writers who wanted to “pay it forward” and give something back to the writing community. The Conference is designed to give attendees many of the features of a live writer’s conference, but in an online environment. Thanks to technologies like blogging, vlogging, livestreaming, and chats, WriteOnCon connects writers with both industry professionals and fellow peers from the convenience of their own homes. Critique forums allow writers to receive feedback and exposure for their work, and the entire program is designed to be both informative and entertaining.

The conference is scheduled for weekdays, so that attendees won’t have to set aside an entire weekend to be glued to their computers. To accommodate day jobs, the schedule features more static elements during working hours, and most live events are saved for the evenings. Transcripts/replays for live sessions are also available for those unable to attend and all of the conference content is archived on our website.

It’s important to note, however, that WriteOnCon is not designed to be a replacement for larger, live writer’s conferences. Regional, national, and international conferences are a staple of the publishing industry, and WriteOnCon has been designed simply to supplement that experience in a free, easily accessible format.

WriteOnCon is also not exclusive to kidlit writers. In order to stay organized, the curriculum is focused on picture book, middle grade, and young adult writers. However, much of the information provided applies to all writers, and many of the publishing professionals who participate cross over. And since the conference is absolutely, 100% free, any interested writer is encouraged to attend.

So, if you’re interested, mark your calendars. It is a free writing conference and a great opportunity to meet other authors. Please know that many things discussed during the event will be widely applicable so don’t poo-poo on it without checking it out first. The forums bustle with feedback for everything form queries to concepts. Friends are there just waiting to be made. Don’t knock it till you try it as they say.

I hope to see you there!

Kent State University: Kent Reads

About *cough* *cough* *choke* years ago, I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in psychology. It was an exhilarating time in my life and some of my best memories came during the days leading up to graduation. I didn’t put my degree to  use for long before marrying, having kids and stepping out of the work force, though one could argue the degree helps with three kids and a husband LOL.  Personally, I think I need more help than any of them, but I digress.

Earlier this year, in preparation for the release of Death by Chocolate, I spent some time ruminating on how I turned from career-minded, psychology student  to novelist, and I came across a program through Kent State University Libraries called Kent Reads. Immediately, I was home. I contacted the witty and fabulous, Diane Sperko, Communications Director, and we talked about bookish things. I fell in love with her, the enthusiasm oozing from the KSU Library under the hand of Dean Jim Bracken, and the Kent Reads concept. I nearly fell off my chair when I was invited to be a featured speaker for the program.

On Wednesday this week, I had an incredible lunch at Kent ‘s Schwebel Room (Mmmmm), followed by an opportunity to give a little piece of me back to the establishment who taught me so many things about myself. Like, how much I love people, even when they’re unlovable. How a smile, even if forced, can make you happier. How feeding a black squirrel can result in the stalking of you by 100 more all the way across campus. How bad I suck at Spanish. How much I love to read, and THAT is how I ended up writing. In many ways, I can thank Kent and their amazing staff for encouraging me to write 5,000 papers LOL, teaching me how to improve on each effort and giving me the confidence to keep trying.

I had a handful of people who stayed to listen Wednesday while I rambled and wiped my sweaty palms on my dress. Many others paused and kept moving, because that’s college life. Busy. Busy. Busy. ANd there was an drool-worthy display of cupcakes to get your attention if the lady on the mic didn’t LOL.

It was an amazing experience. I officially love this program. I hope many other universities across the country have or will start similar programs. And I can’t wait to go back. What a great way to showcase the love of books, the power of words and the joy or reading.

Thank you so much KSU for all you’ve done for me and so many others.

Big Blue and gold hugs!

Julie

Dean Bracken & Me!  (I?) Us? We!  … I’m a writer LOL

Writer Wednesday Welcomes: Donna Fasano

Today I had the good fortune of having romance author Donna Fasano over to my blog. Donna is a romantic at heart, like myself. However, she has had the honor of writing romances with Harlequin for more than 20 years. She’s been kind enough to come by and talk to us today about why she writes romance. Thank you so much Donna! Leave a comment for Donna because she’s giving away 3 copies of her title, Nanny and the Professor!

Take it away:

Why I Write Romance Novels

By Donna Fasano

I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my 20-plus year career as a published romance author I have been asked, “When are you going to write a real book? You know, a [insert genre of choice, such as mystery, family saga, historical, thriller, horror, western, etc].” So I’d like to take this opportunity to tell readers (and anyone else who might be interested) why I write romance novels.

I suffered a lot of tragedy while I was growing up, the worst of which was losing my mother just as I was entering my teens. I felt as though I went from 13 to 35 overnight, and when my friends were off having fun, I was cooking and cleaning and helping my little brother with his homework. Romance novels were an escape for me. The Wolf and the Dove, The Far Pavilions, Whitney My Love, Rebecca, The Thorne Birds…if the book featured one man and one woman falling in love, I read it! Romance novels offered me hope for a happy future filled with love (hokey, yes, but I was young). As a young wife and mother, I discovered Silhouette Romance Novels. These books were short and sweet and uplifting. Each and every story put a smile on my face, and the happily-ever-after endings always boosted my spirits. Are romance novels real? No. Does every relationship end in HEA? Of course not. But if I wanted doom and gloom, I’d watch the evening news.

As an author, I can’t think of a better way to use my talent than to bring pure enjoyment to my readers. I tell people that I write cotton candy for the mind. Think about that. When you were a kid and you put a small cloud of that wispy confection on your tongue, what did you do? You smiled. And maybe you even laughed. That’s the reaction I’m going for with my short, upbeat stories. That’s why I write romance novels. So if you’re looking to get lost for a few hours in a fun, cheery story, I hope you’ll try one of my books.

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Nanny and the Professor

Professor Joshua Kingston thought he’d found the perfect nanny for his son. But once Cassie Simmons stepped into his life, she turned it upside down! His son no longer played by the rules – and Cassie kept making up new ones. He would fire her – if he didn’t find her so utterly enticing.

Cassie had a huge secret to hide, and she couldn’t afford to lose her new job. But her handsome employer wasn’t making things easy. All those silly rules. How was an eight-year-old boy supposed to have any fun? The professor definitely needed a lesson in laughter – and love!

Leave a comment for Donna because she’s giving away 3 copies of her title, Nanny and the Professor!

Find Donna online:

Donna is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels that have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide. You can find her on the web at www.DonnaFasano.com, or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DonnaFasanoAuthor, or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DonnaFaz. Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, and Apple iBooks.

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Ohio River Festival of Books 2012

Last night I had the honor of attending the Ohio River Festival of Books in Huntington, WV. It was quite a little adventure for Hubsy and I. He took half a day off work, his mom and devoted grandma, took the whole day off. She met us at home and kept Little Miss until the bus arrived with our boys that afternoon, then kept them all for the night. Someone give this woman a medal!

Meanwhile, I packed up, prettied up, and we hit the road! We talked about things from serious to silly and thanks to modern technology, we listened to our combined playlist we heard from House of Pain to LL Cool J, Nirvana and everything in between. It was so much fun. I always have a blast with my husband, and I gotta say, this writing thing is giving up legit opportunities to get away together.

West  Virginia truly is Wild & Wonderful as their slogan states. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I met dozens of wonderful authors and their spouses and some of their kids too. The speaker was lovely. The venue was pretty. The local band was phenomenal. We were all treated like truly special guests at the event. I’m always humbled at that concept. It was fun to be from Ohio down there too. After I’d say “Hi!” and they’d say “How’doo.” ( I got that a LOT) and “How y’all doin tuh-not.” I would smile so huge my face hurt. My dad was born adn raised in West Virginia. He lives there now. I don’t see him enough and the patrons at this event sounded like my dad. I wanted to squeeze them each. But, then, I’d say “I’m great. It’s really nice to be here” and they’d raise an eye brow…”Where y’all from?” Cause obvi I was not from Huntington :)

Something great about Huntington? Marshall University. Fabulous, gorgeous, beautiful school. My dad was jealous he couldn’t meet me for the event and check out the campus. It is, after all, home to his second favorite basketball team. You already know WVU is his first favorite :)

We had an amazing little get away. Hubsy and I. We got back home a little after one and slept like logs. While the music might’ve made us feel young again….the age kept us in check. LOL Now, I’m up and caffeinated and waiting for grandma to return those little Lindseys to me. I’m sure there’s a busy day ahead.

HUGE HUGE Thank you to the folks at Ohio River Festival of the Book for their lovely event and gracious invitation to join them.

Thank you!

My Week in Review: Death by Chocolate Blog Tour

I’m winding my way through the Web this month – again LOL. This time, I’m promoting my newest release,Death by Chocolate. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting EIGHT other blogs this week, so blogging here was a double bloggy-opportunity for me. Time for a recap:

Sunday: Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts Blog

Monday: Jackie Vick’s Blog

Tuesday: Romanceaholic blog

Wednesday: Twi-Mom 101Book Blog

Thursday: Vy’s blog

AND Thursday: Moonlight Lace Mayhem

Friday: Primrose Musings Blog

And if you just don’t have that many clicks left in you, here’s the deets about the story :)

Death by Chocolate by Julie Anne Lindsey

Ruby Russell has reached her limit.  When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband’s a stiff.  Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby’s son’s wedding, but a nosy therapist, meddling minister and local news reporter are making it very difficult to get away with murder.

Despite the growing chaos, bristling conflicts, and a mounting body count, these delightfully unstable girlfriends are determined to get away with murder come what may.

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