Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vlog post: Why I write YA

Hey guys!


New vlog post!  Why I write YA (Which is really hard to say on camera. Try saying "Why write YA" five times fast; you'll see what I mean, lol).


Please excuse sound quality.  We were fighting the wind all through filming.








-Julie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dragon Friday: Talon arc and custom dragon giveaway

Happy Dragon Friday!




Today's very special giveaway will be....




*drumroll*



A signed arc of TALON





Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.






And....



A custom clay dragon figurine!



Which means that, if you win, YOU get to decide what you want your dragon to look like.  You get to pick two colors and whether it is sitting or lying down.  You might want a black and green dragon:








Or a red and black dragon.






















Or a blue and white dragon.






















The choice will be up to the winner.  And don't forget the signed TALON arc, as well.  Giveaway will run until the 25th, and it is international.


So enter the Rafflecopter thingie below, and spread the dragon love!


(Giveaway is for one normal, two color custom dragon in the poses described. No crazy standing on head dragons or dragons with rainbow bellies. ;) After giveaway ends, I will contact the winner via email to determine what colors and poses they want for their dragon.)


ETA: WOW, 3000 entries!  You guys are awesome.  So, I'm adding a second prize.  IF we can get up to 4000 entries, I will add a SECOND Talon arc and a SECOND custom dragon figurine!  So keep spreading the dragon love, and good luck!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dragon Friday: Happy 4th of July

Hey everyone!



Happy Fourth of July!  And remember, only dragons are fireproof, so please be careful when playing with things that can explode.









-Julie

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Musings: ALA in pictures, Part 1

Hey everyone!


So I'm back from ALA and Vegas and man, what a trip!  I had an awesome time, and took a LOT of pictures.  So many, that I'll have to recap the journey one day at time or the post length will be ridiculous. Also, the the recap will be mostly pictures, hope you guys don't mind.

So, here we go.  Day 1.



 Arriving in Las Vegas



Literally the first thing I saw after stepping off the plane.  Slot machines.  Yup, I am definitely in Vegas.

























The gorgeous lobby of the Venetian hotel.










































Trying to find my room.  You have to traverse the casino floor to get anywhere in the hotel, including the elevators to the guest rooms.  I took ten steps away from the front desk and immediately got lost.

















Finally I found my room.  Quite possibly the biggest hotel room I've stayed in.  I think my sister's apartment in LA is smaller than this.


















After I checked in, I went on a quest to find the gondolas, which I heard were in the Venetian somewhere. There was much excitement when I finally tracked them down (on the SECOND floor of the hotel, think about that for a moment.) and I immediately sent out an Instagram post announcing that I HAVE FOUND THE GONDOLAS.

And yes, the ferrymen do sing.
















Then I had dinner at Canonita, a restaurant right next to the canal.  This was my view from my table. Watching the gondolas drift by, listening to the ferrymen's haunting voices while sitting in one of the biggest hotels in Vegas: here was the moment where it all felt very surreal.
























After dinner, I spent a good hour just exploring the hotel, inside and out.  In case you were wondering, its gorgeous everywhere.

































































A stretch of ceiling near the entrance.





















Lady with a gryphon.























Random volcano erupting across the street.  Turns out, it was part of a show at Treasure island, another giant hotel, otherwise my level of alarm would've been slightly higher.  






















I could have explored further.  Even after an hour, there were still parts of the hotel I'd never been to.  But it was late, and even at 10:00 pm it was still 95 degrees outside.  I went back to my room, cranked the AC down to about 65, and fell asleep to the faint sound of drums from Treasure Island.


And that's part 1.  Tomorrow will be part 2:  ALA, stingrays, and Wookies.


-Julie
















Thursday, June 26, 2014

My second vlog






In which I talk about how I got the Iron King published. :)




 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Giveaway: Book Dragon!

Hey everyone!


Who likes books?


Who likes dragons?


Who wants....a BOOK DRAGON?




























In honor of my upcoming TALON series, which is, of course, about dragons (you can find out more here), I'm giving away this cute little Iron King book dragon.  He has been handcrafted from polymer clay, sealed with a protective gloss, and initialed on the bottom.  A one of a kind figurine, and he is up for grabs if you are so interested.

Entering is easy.  You should all be familiar with the Rafflecopter thingie below.  Giveaway will run until July 8th, and yes, it is international.

Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Musings: Vegas bound!

Hey everyone!


Where has the time gone?  It seems I've just come back from BEA and New York, and next weekend its off to ALA.  Not that I'm complaining.  This year's American Library Association get together will take place in a little town called Las Vegas, Nevada.  Vegas, baby!





I'm doubly excited to be going this year because 1.) Las Vegas!  I've never been to Vegas before; it's sure to be exciting, if I'm not blinded by the billions of neon lights.  And 2.) Not to be spoilery or anything, but the book I'm working on right now takes place in Las Vegas. So hey, research!  What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?


This year, ALA will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Convention Center.  My signing is on Saturday, June 28th, from 1-2 pm, at the Harlequin Booth 363.  You can find out more on the ALA website here.  I, apparently, will be staying at The Venetian.  I've never been to The Venetian, of course.  When I got my travel itinerary, I saw the name of the hotel on the schedule and didn't think much of it.  Then, just today in fact, I started searching for pictures of The Venetian for this post and....











Holy cow.  That's the Venetian?  I'm staying HERE?  Surely not, that thing is a palace.  You mean I'll be staying at the hotel with this?









And this?










And this?








In the hotel.  You can take a gondola ride IN the hotel.  I mean, really?  *Checks travel itinerary.*  Yup, it does indeed say I'm staying at the Venetian.  So, yeah.  Wow.  I guess I should take lots of pictures of this trip.  Has anyone been to The Venetian before?  Did you ride the gondola?  Is it as amazing as it looks?  I've heard the gondola drivers will even sing if you ask them to.  =)    


See you in Vegas!




Julie