Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey : Guest Post

Sweet Romance
In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one. Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom

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*Bloom is book one in Julie's new Seeds of Love series.

First of all, thank you Laurie for letting me a part of your lovely blog today. I’m always humbled when a blogger opens their site to me. As a blogger, I know it can make me a little nervous. Believe me when I say how much I appreciate it. And also that you definitely took a chance having me over. My life is a three ring circus. Each ring resembles one of my three children. (It’s them). And the big top is my life. I like to call myself the Ringmaster, so I feel like I have a measure of control over things. (I don’t). One of my favorite things to talk about is my nutty life. As a busy mom, wife, blogger, reader, writer and social media addict…it can be a feat no less impressive than the high wire. But I fall on my face way more often.

Writing with Children: Leads to an added ten pounds, unkept hair and a big butt print on your couch. (Mine).

It all started three years ago while I was up all night nursing a cranky newborn. You see, Little Miss came along and swiped my office. The stinker. She now has a pink princess castle room filled with toys. I have a laptop on the couch. Unfair, maybe. Motherhood? Totally. I used to write for sanity sake, and I liked to log the ins and outs of my kids’ lives for posterity. Then I caught a movie on late one night. I loved it. I was captivated. When my husband told me he thought it was a book, I couldn’t wait to read it.

The book did not disappoint. After that, my life changed. Completely. I wanted more than anything to write a story that would affect other readers the way my favorite authors have affected me. Suddenly, writing snippets didn’t suit me. I wanted to impact someone too. To reach out and put a smile on a stranger’s face is my new goal. It’s where I have focused all my extra energy.

But. (isn’t there always a but?) I am a stay at home mother to three kids. The oldest is now 8. When I started this journey they were 5, 3 and brand new. I also juggled homeschooling until this year. It was NUTS with a capital crazy. Teaching one kids how to draw letters and another to go in the potty and another how to hold a cup…plus all the other things we women handle every single day made for a very tired Julie. The good and also tragic of it all is: kids grow up fast. A simultaneous Hooray and flood of tears hits every time I think about it. Fast forward three little years and today my boys get on a bus and leave for 8 hours every day and my then newborn is now a proud part time pre-school student and tiny ballerina.

So, my days are quieter, but Little Miss still keeps me on my toes. She paints my nails with markers while I type one handed. She sends tweets before I’m finished by landing a little pony on the keyboard. My B key sticks from tiny peanut butter fingers trying to give me a hug while I’m still writing. Like everything worth doing, it’s a matter of balance and routine. I am mommy when mommy is needed, but when I write I can block out a hurricane from sheer necessity. I become oblivious to all that is happening to me. I’ve answer the door with a tiara and feather boa, never realizing she’d dolled me up while I typed away. I’ve climbed into the passenger seat when there are no other adults to drive. I’ve gone all day shopping only to find I wore two different shoes and my zipper’s down. Life’s an adventure in silly. I try to keep my eyes on the horizon.

If the writer life has taught me anything, it’s to “go with it.” I roll with whatever comes my way and have learned to be thankful for the blessings that come together so I can be in this chaos. I can stay home with my kids who are healthy and well. I have a job I love and my kids see me chasing my dream. My life is blessed. Reader/Writer/Blogger/Mommy is a super extra crazy job description, but I know I’m way more fun because of it. All women need to take a bow and smile wider for what all we can manage to accomplish on our worst day. We are a force to be reckoned with!

When I started writing, I hoped to provide an escape or a smile (or both) to a mom who needed a minute to herself. I try to keep the obstacles coming and the banter flowing. There’ nothing worse than barricading yourself in the bathroom for three minutes of solitude only to find them wasted thumbing through a book looking for a good part.

If you get a mommy minute and need a little escape, I hope you’ll consider something from me. For sweet romance, visit Honey Creek. It’s a beautiful place where anything can happen. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing and cuddle up to a steamy hot toddy. Taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : )

For a silly story of friendship and murder, my debut novel Death by Chocolate will be arriving soon :)

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey
*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series.  I’ll be planting those seeds all year.

Death by Chocolate

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.

I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile

Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey

Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads

And other books by me on Amazon
Born and raised as an only child in Ohio, Julie had plenty of time to people watch and make things up. When she didn’t think she could make a living at the latter, her love of people led her to Kent State University where she earned a BA in Psychology. A few years and three kids later, she discovered the thrill of writing and hasn’t looked back. Writing allows her to harness her seemingly endless supply of energy and create something of value in the wake.

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