Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Clean Reads Giveaway Hop & Author Interview with Julie Ford

Welcome to the . . .


I'm giving away a copy  of Count Down to Love.

Count Down to Love by Julie Ford was an excellent read. I read this spin off the popular reality show, The Bachelor in just a couple days.
Julie's protagonist--Kelly Grace has a no-nonsense attitude that made for some fun interactions and her wounded heart had me rooting for her to find Mr. Right.

Book Blurb:

Abandoned at the altar, Kelly Grace Pickens finds herself left holding not only the bouquet but also the exorbitant bill for an A-list wedding. Homeless, a once promising singing career floundering, and her life bearing an uncanny resemblance to one of her country music ballads, she reluctantly accepts a last minute offer to appear on a reality TV show akin to the bachelor. Pitted against silicon-enhanced supermodels in four-inch heels, Kelly feels confident that she will be among the first would-be fianc├ęs to be excused. Only, when the mysterious bachelor from New York City, Dillon Black, invites her to stay, Kelly finds herself thrust into the vortex of a game she doesn’t have the first idea how to play. Nursing her hopelessly broken heart while avoiding the foils of her fellow contestants, Kelly is oblivious to Dillon’s affections as she wades through hurt and betrayal to discover, in the end, that she has landed firmly on both feet.
Leaving behind Nashville’s Music Row for the majestic Grand Teton mountains, Count Down To Lovetakes readers on a journey from duplicity to sincerity as Kelly discovers that being true to oneself  is the first step in finding happiness and everlasting love.

I'm excited to share an interview with Julie Ford, author of Count Down to Love
Me: What is your favorite date of all time?
Julie: April 23rd because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket. Just kidding. Okay, so the first thing I thought of when I read this question was a quote from the movie Miss Congeniality. 
Seriously though, my favorite date of all time lasted for a week and was my fifteen-year anniversary date with my husband. We went on a cruise to Alaska and the entire week was perfect. We sat under blankets on the chilly deck watching Alaska drift by while reading and drinking hot chocolate and tea. We snuggled under a fluffy down comforter at night and let the ship rock us to sleep. We hiked and kayaked to glaciers and walked through the most beautiful, mysterious rain forests I’ve ever seen. The trip was the most magical, romantic week of my life.

If you could go on an exotic date with a budget to match your book's TV program, what would it be?
Hard question. There are just too many places I would love to go. If I had to stay in the US, as was the case with my characters in Count Down to Love, I would choose to go on a hot air balloon ride like Kelly and Dillon. Or, back to Alaska of course. Internationally, I’ve always dreamed of seeing London or just about anywhere in Great Britain.

What do you love about writing? Not love?

I love it when the plot and/or words just seem to flow effortlessly as if being sent from a special place I have yet to discover. It truly feels like my own little miracle.
I don’t love the publishing aspect of writing. I know that sounds strange, I mean if I don’t get published then what’s the point in writing, right? But I just don’t enjoy the business end of writing. I don’t like stressing over sales and bad reviews or the way publishers/agents want to niche me—that in order to make money, and a name for myself, I have to stick to one genre. I simply love to write and I want to create as many different types of stories as my brain can come up with. But in doing so, it’s likely that I wouldn’t ever become a well-known author. And after much soul searching, I’ve decided I’m okay with that.

Tell us what you're working on next.
My next novel is titled The Cadaver Ball and will be coming out sometime in 2013. It’s a women’s fiction/mystery about a woman from Southern California who meets the man of her dreams when she attends Vanderbilt Medical School’s, Cadaver Ball, with her college roommate. A year later she is married and living in Nashville with two step sons and has a sneaky suspicion that something doesn’t feel right regarding her husband’s first wife’s death. Being the curious person that she is, she just can’t help but go poking into the past, which lands her right in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. The story is sort of a modern twist on the Rebecca and Jane Eyre novels.

Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English Literature from San Diego State University. In addition, she earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has worked in teaching, childbirth education and family therapy. Besides writing, she spends many hours working along side her husband at their UPS Store franchise, but hopes to re-enter the Social Work field someday.
She is the author of three women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married (March 2011) and No Holly for Christmas (November 2011), published by Whiskey Creek Press. The third, Count Down to Love(July 2011), published by Bonneville Books.
Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one very feisty fish.
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There are 2 different giveaways on this post--Check them out!

Grand Prize Giveaway:
As part of the tour, Julie is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of a hard copy of Count Down to Love, a CD of the band Due West, and a copy of the single, “Who I Am”, which Julie and Due West wrote and recorded specifically for the book. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post or any of the other stops on the tour. (Visit the tour page for the full tour schedule.) The more stops you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!


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