The Fanstastic Blog Hop presents Juli Page Morgan
Let’s give an enthusiastic welcome to Juli! HI, JULI. Now, on to the 10 questions:
1 Who is your favorite author and what do you enjoy most about his/her writing?
My two favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon and Debi Matlack. Both of these wonderful women have the ability to pull me right into the story from the very first sentence. Before I’m two pages in, I’ve totally forgotten the real world exists because I’m living in their stories, feeling, seeing and experiencing it all.
2 What is your favorite book or movie?
Same answer for both – Gone with the Wind. It’s the only movie that deviates so drastically from the book that I like! Usually I end up griping my way through movie adaptations of books, but Vivien Leigh managed to pull it off.
3 What do you find yourself inspired by the most?
Music. It touches something within me, and makes me want to create.
4 Do you feel an affinity to any particular period of history? And do you ever use elements of it in your writing?
I’ve always wished I could have experienced the 1960s and early 1970s as a young adult. I envy the things my older cousins did, the places they went, the concerts they saw. So that’s why my first two books are set in the late 60s and early 70s.
5 Have you ever given up on a writing project and why?
No, I refuse to give up. I’ve put some aside, but I’ll come back to them when the time is right. I still love the stories, and believe that one day I’ll finish them.
6 Out of any of your own creations, do you have a favorite character? Why?
Maureen Smith from Crimson and Clover. She was based on and named after a friend I had long ago, a friend who I’ve lost touch with and cannot find, even in this age of internet accessibility. The Maureen in the book is a bit different from the real Maureen, but she’s a labor of love to someone I miss a whole lot.
7 What scene, out of any project that you have written, do you like the most?
I had to sit down and think about this one. But I think it’s the scene in Crimson and Clover where Maureen has it out with Jay about a decision he made that really hurt Katie. It wasn’t part of the original book, but a change my publisher asked me to make. At first I was stymied by having to write another couple of chapters to resolve an issue, but it’s ended up being one of my favorite chapters.
8 Have you ever found yourself, in regular daily activity, thinking like one of your characters?
Oh my, yes! And since a number of my characters are British, I’ve even found myself using British terms and phrases, and even using a bit of a British accent at times. Makes for some interesting reactions!
9 I was asked this once, a long time ago, so I will ask you: Why do you want to write?
Honest answer? I have no idea. I just have to write, so I do.
10 Sum up your current work-in-progress in one sentence/ or one word.
I’ve got three things in the works right now, so I’ll just pick one: “Emancipation.” Ambiguous, isn’t it?
ABOUT JULI’S BOOK CRIMSON AND CLOVER
Under Katie Scott’s flower child exterior beats the heart of June Cleaver. Though she digs her bellbottoms and love beads, she longs for the idyllic family life she was denied as a child.
Laughed out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury after the Summer of Love for believing rock ‘n roll and white picket fences can coexist she decides to try her luck in the bohemian neighborhood of Ladbroke Grove in London.
When she discovers her new friend Adam is starting a band with Jay Carey, she’s ecstatic. She’d admired the British guitar god from afar for years, and when she and Jay finally meet the attraction between them is instantaneous.
But life with a rock ‘n roll star doesn’t lend itself well to white picket fences. And when Katie tells Jay the secret she’s carried for two years it may end the dream before it begins.
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ABOUT ATHENA’S DAUGHTER
Seven years ago a lie caused Athena Hill to make a hasty decision that hurt the two people she loves most, only they don’t know it. Yet.
When Athena discovers she’s pregnant after her blissful summer in England, she isn’t too worried. After all, she and Derek Marshall plan to get married anyway – they’d already be married if it wasn’t for her visa expiring, sending her back to the States to apply for another one. But when she calls Derek to tell him about their baby, a girl answers the phone; a girl who tells Athena that she is Derek’s fiancée. When Athena’s sister urges her to forget about a man who would use her and then toss her aside, she’s conflicted. But frightened by her sister’s warnings that such a man might also try to take the baby from her, Athena enters into a hasty marriage of convenience with a man she doesn’t love.
Seven years later, Athena is divorced and raising Derek’s look-alike daughter on her own and regretting not finding a way to tell Derek, even if she could reach him. His once fledgling rock band is now a success and he’s surrounded by security, making contact with him impossible. Or so she thinks until the owner of the record store where she’s manager books the band for a personal appearance.
Now she’s face to face with Derek again, and he’s furious. He was never engaged to anyone else and has spent the past seven years thinking Athena ran out on him without a word. Realizing she was played for a fool, and ashamed for keeping Derek’s child from him, Athena knows she has to make right the colossal wrong she committed seven years ago.
But breaking through Derek’s anger at what he thinks was her callous abandonment of him is harder than Athena thought. That anger is nothing compared to his reaction when she finally tells him about his child, and it destroys the loving connection they’d re-established.
Now Athena’s daughter has the father she always wanted and needed, and Derek is overjoyed to have his child in his life. But even though there’s still an undercurrent of passion and desire between Athena and Derek, he still treats her like someone he used to know. Will he ever be able to forgive her for what she did, or have her past actions destroyed any chance of happiness with the man she still loves?
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Juli Page Morgan is a former rock ‘n roll radio announcer who had the great luck to meet and interview lots of bands over the years. During those interviews she heard lots of interesting stories, but it was when the microphone was turned off and they were just hanging out that she heard – and saw – the really juicy stuff! Incorporating these revelations in her books (with names and locations changed to protect the innocent, and often the not-so-innocent!) lets her remember those wonderful people that briefly rocked through her life, and to take her readers on a hard rocking journey full of love, music and happy endings while giving a “backstage peek” at some of the things that really happened. Her Romances that Rock™ include Crimson and Clover published by Crimson Romance, and Athena’s Daughter from Carey On Publishing.
Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband. When she’s not writing, she’s recording voiceovers for television commercials, remodeling her old house, and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off. She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and has never met a speed limit she didn’t exceed. Juli’s an unapologetic lover of rock ‘n roll, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and French onion dip, not necessarily in that order. Visit Juli at her website www.julipagemorgan.com!
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