Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Chat with Cherie Reich, National Mutt Day and a Lexa & Julie Blog Hop Update

I'm excited to be featured on Cherie Reich's Book Chat today with an excerpt from The Ghosts of Aquinnah, which is officially released in three days! Thanks to Cherie for hosting me! Please visit me at Cherie's place here.

Today is National Mutt Day and I feel I would be remiss if I didn't share a picture of the greatest mutt in the world, my Clancy.

National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige in order to celebrate mixed-breed dogs. Mixed-breed dogs are the most likely to be euthanized in shelters, and there are literally millions of mutts in shelters all over the country waiting for homes. So if you're thinking of adding a dog to your family, consider a mutt!

Hugs and kisses to all the mutts out there from Clancy and me. :)

Finally, we're also only a few days away from the Lexa & Julie's Dream Destination Blog Hop and Lexa Cain and I are totally overwhelmed by the response we've had. Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up and special thanks to the people who have donated prizes to us. You all rock!

Here is a reminder of the hop details:

1. Post about your Dream Destination with blog-hop badge.
2. Post links to Lexa and Julie's blogs --


--  and invite your visitors to go there and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.
3. Don't forget to go and enter the giveaway yourself!
4. Use the Linky tool to visit the other bloggers to see the wonderful places they want to visit!
 And here is our final list of prizes:

Ebook copies of our books The Ghosts of Aquinnah & Soul Cutter
A 5 page critique from Lexa's agent Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency
A query critique from Michelle Johnson
An ebook bundle from my publisher Ink Smith Publishing
An ebook from M. Pax
A Kindle copy of BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. by Medeia Sharif 
An ebook from Nicki Elson - winner's choice of Three Daves, Divine Temptation or Hans & Greta
A 5 page critique from C. Lee McKenzie 
A Kindle copy of Marionette by TB Markinson
A Kindle Copy of Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

In addition, Lexa and I will be awarding a prize for the best Dream Destination picture. That winner will receive ebook copies of both Soul Cutter and The Ghosts of Aquinnah 

It's not too late to sign up so if you'd like to take part in our hop please just sign up on the Linky List below. Thanks again to everyone who is participating and to all our amazing donors! 


  1. Three more days!
    All signed up and have my dream destination ready.

  2. Looking forward to reading everyone's Dream Destinations!

    Question: Do we post on Thursday 12/5 or just any time between 12/5 and 12/8?

    Yeh, Clancy!!! :)

  3. Clancy is so adorable. Looking forward to the hop.

  4. Mutts make the best dogs. :)

    Best of luck with the tour. I've got the release announcement post all set to launch on the 5th. ;)

  5. Didn't know about National Mutt Day. This is great. Your dog is totally adorable, by the way.

  6. @Alex, thanks!

    @Madeline, any day that works best for you is totally fine. Thanks again for participating!

    @TB, thanks!

    @Melissa, thanks so much. And I agree about mutts. :D

    @Vanessa, thanks!

  7. Woot! just three more days, Julie . :D

    I'm looking forward to the hop. Looks like so much fun! :)

  8. What a fun idea. I'm actually going to a dream destination in a couple of weeks.

  9. Cute photo of Clancy! I'm really looking forward to your bloghop Julie!


  10. @Cecilia, I can't believe it's only 3 days. Thanks!!

    @Donna, oh, have fun!

    @Julie, thank you!

  11. Best wishes for a great launch. I love the cover of your book. Lighthouses have always sparked my interest.

    Can't participate in the blogfest, but I will def try to visit those who do post. (It's no secret what my fave destination is - Paris)

  12. My goodness, that's an amazing list of prizes. Release day is on my calendar. Can't wait!

  13. @DG, I love lighthouses too. There's something so magical about them. Thank you!

    @Crystal, isn't it? I'm amazed how generous people have been! Thanks!

  14. Aw, can I take a mutt with me on my Dream Destination? Now I just have to narrow down my choices and figure out where that's going to be. :)

  15. Mutts are the BEST. The trouble with going to the shelter, though, is I always want to bring them ALL home.

    Looks like your first bloghop is gonna be a big hit... just like your upcoming book!

  16. I have a mutt, too! I've always had mutts, they are the best dogs! I'm going to give him an extra treat to celebrate as I eat my fritter for National Fritter Day.

  17. @LG, Clancy would volunteer to go with you! He loves traveling.

    @Susan, I know, I am the same way. I wish I could take them all. I hope you're right about the hop and the book, thanks!!

    @Jenn, I hope you enjoy your fritter and your doggie enjoys his treat. :)

  18. Woo hoo for Ghosts! You should write that as a dance song - woo hoo for Ghosts. :D OK, obviously I had too much chocolate with lunch. Is that possible?

    Looking forward a mental vacation. :D

  19. I'm happy to have you on my blog today, Julie, and I enjoyed reading The Ghosts of Aquinnah! Now I need to bump Polar Night on my to-read list.

  20. My first dog was a mutt and boy what a great dog he was. I still miss him *sigh*

  21. Hi, Julie,

    WOW … what a FUN HOP…. but THIS WEEK! EEEK!!!! I am just barely scratching the surface in catching up with everybody… LOL.

    LOVE MUTT day…. dogs are just the best. My childhood pet was a mix of shepherd and lab… what a wonderful family member. He was my best friend from the time I was ten until he died when I was 21… I was heart broken. I'll never forget him...

  22. I'm all signed up and ready to go! It's going to be a fantastic bloghop. :) And yay for mutts!

  23. I like national mutt day!

    I believe I'm ready for my dream destination blog hop.

  24. The US has such great National Days. Three days - eek! Good luck with it, Julie :-)

  25. Just saw your excerpt on Cherie's blog! :D

    And aw, that picture of Clancy is adorable!

  26. @Mary, LOL, I need a mental vacation too so I can relate. :D

    @Cherie, thanks!!

    @Marcy, aww, I bet he was a doll.

    @Michael, my childhood dog was a mutt too and I loved her to pieces. <3

    @Christine, thanks for signing up!

    @Cathy, Mutts definitely deserve their day. :D

    @Lynda, it has, kind of crazy LOL.

    @Annalisa, thanks!

    @Heather, thank you! And Clancy says thanks too. :D

  27. Hi Julie - lots of participants for a dream destination .. it has to be one where one can take mutts!

    Love Clancy - cheers Hilary

  28. @Hilary, LOL, of course mutts need to be included. Clancy would be so offended otherwise. :D Thanks!


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