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I love to plan parties, especially for our family. And I’m blessed my family members, for the most part, go along with me.
Saturday we had our annual Halloween party. Everyone is supposed to come in costume. Some do. Some don’t. But they come, and we have a really fun time. The parents bring the treats for the children. The parents choose a room in our house and all the children go room to room trick-or-treating. My husband and I provide a fish pond. The children seem to enjoy that. Then after the fish pond and trick-or-treating we have a family dinner.
Already I’m looking forward to next year!
Finally I was able to read a fourth book in this series. No, I didn’t read them in order, but really that didn’t matter. I’ve enjoyed every single one of them independently. I wish the series was going to continue, but other than a novella, I’m told the series is complete.
If you like action and suspense mixed with a spark of romance, you’ll enjoy All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon.
This is what All Fall Down is about.
Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .
That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden—with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?
Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?
Saturday I participated in the huge event planned by the Salt Lake County Library Services–Local Authors & You. There were 40+ authors in one location in West Jordan available to the public for free. We gave presentations, signed books, gave readings, and provided advice to all who were interested. This was the first time Library Services has attempted to organize something like this on such a large scale. If they do it again and you missed it this time, be sure to attend. All the authors had books on special. Everything was for the benefit of the public.
I enjoy Traci Abramson’s novels because they are clean yet still suspenseful. She is good at implementing the element of mystery with unsuspecting twists. I found Smoke Screen to be no exception. It is particularly filled with action, right to the very last chapter.
I will be presenting at this huge library event this Saturday. My presentation is titled “The Writing Process for Children’s Fiction.” The time is 3:30, September 27th.
There will be a fantastic group of authors at this event. You can see them listed in this flyer.
Oh, that is a little too small. Does this help?
There were some wonderful presenters at the League of Utah Writers statewide conference held Friday and Saturday in Layton, Utah. I love getting to know good people. The presenter sitting by me at my signing table was Chantelle Aimee from Arizona. She is a suspense writer, an editor, and a book cover designer. She’s the one with the black hair in this picture. The blonde is Kathryn Elizabeth Jones. She is also a writer and a presenter. Yeah, the gray-haired lady is me!
My presentation was on “The Pacing and Production of Children’s Print Books.” I had a group of very responsive attendees, a really good class.
And I won the Silver Quill award. Thank you, League.
First, because there are only a couple days left, let me tell about a wonderful giveaway on Julie Coulter Bellon’s blog. Go there and enter and then read here all about this great book and this marvelous author.
My turn on Julie’s blog tour is tomorrow. I apologize, though, because I am speaking early in the morning at the state-wide writers’ conference for the League of Utah Writers. So I’m posting tonight. The tour is to promote her new book Ring Around the Rosie.
I loved this book. It is my favorite genre. Julie’s characters seemed so real I expected to read about them in the daily newspaper or to see actual scenes connected with the story unfold in front of me as I walked down the street.
It was Bellon’s fault that I did not get much of my work done during the reading of this book. The book was just too compelling.
I asked Julie if she uses any kind of photos or character drawings to work from when she writes. Here is her response.
Nope, it’s all in my imagination. I did use my brother-in-law’s name for the captain, though. At first it was just a placeholder, but then I didn’t change it, and here he is with his own book! Thankfully, my brother-in-law has a good sense of humor.
You said at the back of the book that this was one of the hardest books you’ve ever produced. What specific things did you do to work through the “emotional turmoil” and make it possible to write?
One thing I did was to keep writing. Most of what I was writing wasn’t very good, but I was able to feel some stress relief in just writing. When things got too hard, I gave myself a break, though, and came back to it later. Fortunately for me I have an amazing husband who is so supportive and a fabulous critique group as well, who not only listened to what was going on and supported me through it, but also gave me invaluable feedback on how I could mold the words I was writing into a coherent story. I couldn’t have finished the book without them all!
Am I right in my understanding that this is the last of the Hostage Negotiation Team series? I have missed some of them. Do they need to be read consecutively or are they each independent?
They are stand alone novels, loosely connected because of their Hostage Negotiation Team positions, but their order is All Fall Down, Ashes, Ashes, Pocket Full of Posies, then Ring Around the Rosie. I know, I know, it’s backwards, but I’d already written All Fall Down when the series idea came to me so I couldn’t change it!
I so much enjoyed this book. Any chance you could change your mind and give us a fifth book in the series?
Well, I am writing a novella right now, starring Colby and Sophia. I just loved them as a couple. And I’m so glad you liked Ring Around the Rosie!
Do you have a favorite book you have written?
All of my books represent a point in my life of where I was at as a person and as a writer. It’s fun to go back and see how much I’ve improved and remember all the fun memories associated with each book. I’d have to say my favorite book is my newest one. At least it is today, I can’t promise what it will be tomorrow!
Have you considered submitting this story for television or movie possibilities? I think it would be fantastic!
I would love for that to happen! But I haven’t submitted anything myself. I do have a Pinterest board for who I would want to cast as actors if my stories ever hit the big screen, though. You can see it here http://www.pinterest.com/juliebellon8/if-my-books-were-movies-i-would-cast/.
Here is the back cover copy for Ring Around the Rosie:
Revenge is a dish best served cold . . .
As the ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, Sarah Reed has known loneliness and loss. In order to cope, she makes a life for herself that’s full of routine while building a wall of ice around her heart. Everything about her is as predictable as she can make it until a tiny detour for her ex-husband, Ron, changes her life forever. Caught in a bomb crisis, Sarah is taken hostage by a man who wants Ron and everyone around him to suffer—and his idea of suffering is more terrible than Sarah had ever dreamed.
Captain Ron Reed has seen the worst of humanity in his job with the Hostage Negotiation Team, but he never expected his past to come back with a vengeance—literally. Aaron Starks, a criminal explosives expert, has stolen next-gen bomb technology and uses it to force Ron to bargain for the lives of his team and his ex-wife, Sarah, the woman he still loves. But the situation escalates when Ron discovers that Starks has an even bigger objective in mind—using the bomb to show how vulnerable America and her people truly are.
Ron is willing to risk everything to save his country and those he loves, but when negotiations break down, will his sacrifice be too little too late?
Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of ten romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.
Julie loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news—which is where she gets her story ideas.
Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/. You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website http://www.juliecoulterbellon.com/.
Today I had a really enjoyable afternoon, speaking at Ranches Academy in Eagle Mountain. I was there with six other authors. Each author spoke to a different grade. I had all of the second graders, 50 or so students. I talked about writing and about how to deal with bullies. After all the authors spoke to the different grades, the students went to the gym for teacher presentations and a treat. Then they came to our makeshift bookstore to purchase our books.
The children were just wonderful. Oh, how I enjoyed that! If any of you would like such a program for your children’s schools, let me know.
I just finished reading another extremely well written book, The Man from Shenandoah by Marsha Ward. I’ve been wanting to read one of her books for a long time, and I was not disappointed. It is a part of the Owen Family Saga.
I fell in love with one of the characters in this book. Well, not exactly in love. I guess it would be better to say I loved her character and want to be like her. This is one fictional character that really teaches a lot.
I found The Man from Shenandoah well written, well plotted, and well developed. If you like to read romance novels, particularly western romance novels, you will like this one. Especially if you like Civil-War-period books.
Here is the synopsis:
Young cavalryman Carl Owen returns from the Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave the Shenandoah Valley to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory. Crossing the continent, Carl falls in love with his brother’s fiancée while set to wed another girl, but he might lose everything if the murderous thug Berto Acosta has his way. Carl battles a band of outlaws, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother—all for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates.
Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the southwestern United States and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She became a storyteller at an early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her fanciful tales during after-school snacks. Her love of 19th Century Western history was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father’s stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the southern part of Arizona.
Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed post-American Civil War novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Pikes Peak Writers, and LDStorymakers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books.
Because Marsha was asked to provide this information, she says the book order in The Owen Family Saga is: 0-Gone for a Soldier, 1-The Man from Shenandoah, 2-Ride to Raton, 3-Trail of Storms, and 4-Spinster’s Folly.