I first met Julia when I hopped on her blog and read her brilliant post “Fifty Shades of Ignorance.” I immediately fell in love with her style and quick wit. Like me, she grew up with the classics and even has a long list of books she recommends you read (In addition to hers of course ).
Julia writes in multiple genres ranging from romantic suspense to science fiction to fantasy.
Please welcome her as she gives us a peek inside her mind.
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Julia has numerous books available. Here are her latest releases.
See all of Julia’s books on her Amazon Author page
Book description for Beauty and the Feast
Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who’s all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.
When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He’s not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe’s voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.
When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?
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Inside Julia’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Wow! So many things make me perfectly happy. Giving birth to my children, seeing their little faces for the first time, holding them in my arms. Bliss. Galloping on a horse across an open meadow. Spending time in the wilderness away from everything. My dog. A hawk circling above. My husband. I live in the moment so I guess pretty much everything gets a reaction from me. Let me put it this way… I don’t live my life in neutral.
What turns you on creatively? Activity switches on my brain. I tend to be scattered so I begin every day with a hike or a bike ride to settle myself. Usually I’m with my dog. He goes where I go. Cooking helps to get the juices moving, gardening, reading, a funny movie or a mystery. Since the days of reading Nancy Drew I’ve loved mysteries. A great mystery encourages you to think outside of the box.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Ack! I try so hard not to overuse words and phrases. To be honest, I don’t know. My readers could probably tell you. I’m sure I’m quite annoying!
What quality do you most admire in a man? Hmmm. What an interesting question. If I have to pick a single quality I guess I’d have to say honesty. But my husband possesses many qualities I admire.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Another good question. Maybe sincerity.
What is your greatest regret? I have a rule about regret – ignore it. If I pay attention to regret it will paralyze me. I don’t view regret as ‘regret’. I view it as a learning opportunity.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My butt. I hate my butt. Isn’t that stupid?
[Eden] Not at all. I’d say most women would agree.
What is your greatest fear? Most things don’t bother me, but I do have difficulty standing on the edge of a cliff with a sheer drop of more than say… fifty feet. I’m not afraid of failure. I’ve failed so many times in my life that I pay failure no mind.
Which living person do you most admire? I have a thing for James Earl Jones. If you asked me about the one famous person I’d like to meet it would be James Earl Jones. He’s an amazing actor and, hard to believe, a stutterer.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Oh, well, I’ve already worked in other professions. I’m a registered nurse – worked ICCU, CCU and Hospice and as a childbirth educator. I’m a pastry chef. Owned a catering company and a restaurant. I’m a trained legal secretary. I’ve waitressed, sold women’s clothing—designed women’s clothing. The one thing I’d love to do? Work with big cats, lions and tigers. Oh yes, no question about it.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? If I can come back as an animal, for sure a hawk. If I come back as a person – then by god I want to be a great singer and dancer. I so admire women with fabulous voices and legs that go all the way up to there.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My children.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty.
What is your greatest extravagance? It may sound silly, but I get a facial once a month. I have ethnic oily skin and my face tends to break out. I found an amazing esthetician. I call her my Nazi esthetician. She beats my skin into shape and keeps it healthy. She’s rough but damn good at what she does.
[Eden] OMG, that sounds painful!
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Oh, I’ve done so much. Um… I don’t have a bucket list. I can’t really answer this question.
What is your favorite music (genre/artist/album/song)? Now this question is loaded! I love so many kinds of music – Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, Folk, Rap, Classical, Jazz. The best driving music is the Allman Brothers. Anything by the Allman Brothers.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I don’t think your readers want to hear me cuss because I can cuss like a truck driver.
What is your motto? Huh… do I have a motto? I don’t believe I have a motto. I guess if I do it’s this – The only thing you can take with you is love, so love well.
Thank you Julia for sharing of yourself with my readers, loved your answers!
Readers, please connect to Julia. She’s a lovely woman to know.
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Connect with Julia
I’m married to the love of my life. We have three amazing children. I don’t just write; I’m a registered nurse, I’ve owned a catering company and restaurant, worked as a nanny, a secretary, a pastry chef, a waitress, an art teacher and a soccer coach – you name it, I’ve probably dabbled in it. I love to travel and I believe I’ve visited all fifty states and a few places outside of the U.S.
So, besides hiking with my dog and riding horses (yum!), I love to cook and bake, read and write and sell books.