Friday, July 19, 2013

The Blogger Book Fair and Friday Celebrations

Next week I'm participating in the Blogger Book Fair, which runs from Monday the 22nd through Friday the 26th.

The fair is the brain child of Kayla Curry, who puts in hours of work to get the event up and running. There are literally hundreds of authors participating in the BBF and many are hosting giveaways and other promotional activities throughout the week.

Next week I'll be interviewing authors Cathrina Constantine, Shah Wharton, Jeff W. Horton, and L.R. Wright here on my blog and in return they will be interviewing me on their sites. So please stop by and check us all out!

Click here to see all the authors and book bloggers taking part in this fun event.

For this week's Celebrate the Small Things hop, hosted by Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author, I'm celebrating the fact that I got my own website up and running. I can't deny it made me kind of giddy to see my own domain name. I've been kind of quiet online this week because, in spite of the fact that weebly did "everything" for me, it still took me forever and a day to get the site to a point where I wasn't embarrassed to share it. I went round and round trying to get the hang of what was clearly supposed to be a very simple process. Simple for everyone but me, apparently.

I'm still playing with the site and will be adding to it but if you'd like to take a look at it, you can find me here at :)

I also finished my latest (final?) round of editing and polishing my Ghosts of Aquinnah manuscript. I was thrilled to be able to get to the last page and beyond thrilled to be able to say that I still love the story. I also wrote a blurb for the story for my new site. So it was a productive week!

Finally, I'm celebrating that another week of summer is over. I know I'm in the minority, but I really don't like summer. I HATE the heat and humidity and I have such fair (some may say translucent) skin that sun is my nemesis and can burn me to a crisp in a matter of minutes. By this point in the summer, I've even tired of the long days when the sun doesn't set until after 9:00. So while I may regret saying this in the winter when it's dark and freezing and I'm trying to drive on ice, for now I am happy that we are one week closer to autumn, which is my favorite time of the year. 

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! :)


  1. Loving your new website, Julie! It was really easy to navigate, and I can't help but adore the streaky effect your layout has. I saw the summary for The Ghosts of Aquinnah on there and am now even more excited for it--congrats on wrapping up the edits for it already! :)

    Also, I totally know where you're coming from when it comes to fiddling with websites. I always disappear when I feel the need to tweak my website, too, since it can be such a time-suck for even the most mundane changes!

  2. Love the website. Great job!

    I'm excited to hear of the progress on your next book. Can't wait! :)

  3. New site is awesome! You'll get the hang of it. And I'm with you - bring on the cold weather.

  4. Congrats on your own website!! Woot! That's a huge thing.

  5. Hi Julie .. I'm going over to your new site - next to now!

    Gosh you've got lots going on - the Blogger Book Fair sounds a fun week .. and I expect I'll see you around ...

    I love summer and the long evenings - but am grateful I'm by the coast - where the temperature is cooler - it is also very hot here.

    Cheers Hilary

  6. Hi Julie .. love the way you've set your site up .. are you going to put your blog link on that front page?

    Cheers Hilary

  7. Fantastic new site. Really well done. And you did that yourself? Hmmm, I must look into this weebly thingy.

    And congrats on finishing your latest!!

  8. Glad your story is making you proud, Julie. Congrats on the blog hop, interviews and everything else.
    You and my husband are the same. He hates the hot weather,but I hate the Winter. He used to always say we were nuts to live in FL for so many years.)

  9. This looks like an awesome event! Going to check it out.

  10. I don't care for summer's either. YUCK!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  11. Great job on the site, Julie. And I hear you about how long things take - if the project is supposed to take an hour, my husband and I usually tack on an extra hour because we've learned. Oh, have we learned. :)

    And FL in the summer is no picnic so I look forward to Fall and Winter here. :)

  12. My youngest son would agree with you about summer and the heat. He keeps threatenning to move to Scandinavia for the cooler weather.

  13. You've been busy, Julie. I checked out your author's website and it's wonderful. I just noticed your plug for the BBF, good idea, maybe I should add that to my blog too. Congrats on your final edits. Now you can breathe easier. I'm with you on autumn being my favorite time of year!

  14. Your new site looks mahvelous, dahlink. Super job!

    The summer heat doesn't bother me a bit, and I don't burn to a crisp, either. (The secret is air conditioning...) Really, I can't take the heat, either. My fingers swell up like fat little sausages, and my face gets so red it looks like I'm suffering from apoplexy. Besides, I'm ready for football season to start.

    Happy weekend!

  15. Love your website! It's really cool!

    Congrats on your writing!

    And if I can, I'll be by to check out those interviews - it sounds like a fun week.

  16. @Heather, I'm so glad I'm not alone then LOL. And thanks so much, I'm thrilled you liked the site and the story blurb!

    @Melissa, thank you, I so appreciate it!

    @Alex, glad I'm not alone there either. I can't wait for the fall. Thanks!

    @Dani, thank you!

    @Hilary, love your new profile pic! Thanks about the site, I'm still working on how to link to everything LOL.

    @LG, thanks!! Weebly really did make it simple but I am just such a feeble brain sometimes LOL.

    @Deanie, I don't think I could handle living in Florida. The heat is already too much for me here LOL. Thanks so much!

    @Damyanti, great, I hope it will be fun.

    @Shelly, yay for another anti-summer person LOL.

    @Madeline, thank you! I think I needed to tack on about 50 hours for this LOL.

    @Donna, ooh, I think I'd like Scandinavia LOL.

    @Cathrina, thanks so much and I'll see you next week for the BBF!

    @Susan, thank you!!And I'm so ready for football season too, one of the reasons I love the fall. :)

    @Tryean, thanks so much!

  17. @Annalisa, I decided to try weebly after seeing yours, I love your site. Thanks!

  18. Wow. You're busy with some interviews a goin' on. Can't wait to read them.

  19. What a wonderful celebration. I'm a blogger site on the BBF. I look forward to checking out your site.

  20. Loving the new website, its awesome!

    Writing the blurb and *most likely* finishing final revision is really great, you've had a busy week lol

    Autumn is beautiful.... sigh. Enjoy your weekend ;)

  21. I love your new site, and I dropped by The Ghosts of Aquinnah page to read the blurb. I love it! Wishing you a cooler summer and lots of progress! :-)

  22. Your website looks lovely and congrats on finishing your latest Ghost of Aquinnah edits. Happy Autumn when it comes.

  23. @Nana, oh, I didn't know you were doing the BBF too. Yay! I'm looking forward to it.

    @SK, thank you! And I agree, I think the fall is such a gorgeous time of the year.

    @Lexa, thank you so much!

    @Sheena, thank you, I appreciate it.

  24. Hurrah to getting on with editing and setting up your own site!

    I must admit, it's a bit too hot for me at the minute...

  25. Your new site is gorgeous! And I'm like you. I hate the heat and humidity of the summer. I can't wait for autumn! Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. Congrats on getting your site up and running!

    I feel the same way about the heat. I love my air-conditioning. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  27. Vikki, thank you!

    @Christine, there are more of us than I thought! I really thought everyone loved summer LOL. Thanks about the site!

    @Dana, thank you, and I would die without ac LOL.

  28. I'm in the book fair, too. Wishing you great exposure next week. :)

    Woo hoo on the website. That's exciting. But I'm more excited that you finished your next book.

    I can't wait to write that for myself. Keep cool and out of the sun.

  29. Wow a new website, I will check it out. Congrats on the edits too.

  30. I like your new site! Very cool :)

  31. Love your website! Kudos on doing it yourself.

    I love long summer days and evenings. That's what I miss most of all about the other seasons.

    Happy Weekend!

  32. Hi Julie,

    Yes to make your weekend even better, you get a comment from shy and humble me :)

    I'm delighted you have your own website and I shall duly check it out.

    Hope that your editing is actually your final editing.

    A good and hopefully cool weekend to you.


  33. Will definitely visit your site. Have a terrific weekend and a great week ahead :)

  34. The new site looks great and I'm more of a Fall/Spring type person, myself.

    One of the few things I miss about living up North :)

    Have a great weekend.

  35. Checked out your webpage - congrats on that! I did one with Weebly as well. It does take a while to get it the way you want it. You can send your summer this way. I'm just fine with a bit too much heat. :) Writer’s Mark

  36. Lots of projects, Julie. All exciting. Here's to your productive summer.

  37. I've seen the Book Blogger Fair advertised all over. Looks like it's going to be a great event.
    I love summer, though it gets blistering hot this side of the globe.
    Congrats on the website. I'm off to check it out----------
    Writer In Transit

  38. @Mary, thanks and I'm wishing you great exposure too! And I hope you can write "the end" soon. :)

    @Suzanne, thank you!

    @mshatch, thanks!

    @Carol, thank you! And I hope you are having a happy weekend too.

    @Gary, your comment has made my whole weekend. :D Thanks so much and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    @Bames, thanks, I appreciate that!

    @Mark, thank you! And I'd be thrilled if we could just have fall & spring all the time. If only.

    @Nancy, thanks! And I would definitely send the heat your way if I could LOL.

    @Lee, thank you!

    @Michelle, I can imagine your summers are much worse than ours. I would probably go nuts there LOL. Thanks so much.

  39. Just love your new website, Julie! As someone said, it is very easy to negotiate! You are going great guns! :))

  40. Terrific new website Julie! I loved the blurb for The Ghosts of Aquinnah, and I'm impressed that it's almost ready for publication! I also have very translucent skin, but I still enjoy the late afternoons and evenings when the sun isn't blazing. Extreme heat doesn't agree with me either.


  41. Great celebrations, Julie!
    Congrats on your edits!

  42. I signed up for the book fair late and didn't really understand what it was, so I don't think I'm doing it.

    I love summer...though it makes my hair frizzy and I also have the kind of skin that is either white or red, rarely tan.

  43. Enjoy the Book Fair, and love the new site.

  44. The Blogger Book Fair sounds great! Sounds like a pretty big event :)

    Congrats on your website! I just got my own as well and it feels weird to have my name in a URL, but I do. I haven't done much with the actual site yet.

  45. Yay for your website. It looks great. I recently set up a website, and I just had to bit the bullet and click the 'live' button. I'm still a bit embarrassed to tell people about it though! :/

  46. @Carolyn, I'm so glad you like it, thanks!

    @Julie, thank you, I'm thrilled you like the blurb.

    @Jackie, thanks!

    @Elizabeth, I know what you mean, the Book Fair turned out to be more than I expected! I'm amazed how many people are involved. Frizzy hair is another one of my summer problems LOL.

    @Carole, thank you!

    @Trisha, oh, that's great you set up a site too, I need to check it out.

    @Rebeccah, thanks! And I bet your site is great, I will be visiting. I can understand what you mean, I was a nervous wreck hitting the publish button LOL.


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