Monday, March 26, 2012

Guest Post with Julie Anne Lindsey

 Please help me welcome back author Julie Anne Lindsey to A Buckeye Girl Reads.  Julie is a twitter friend, and I had the honor of meeting her last summer at the Lori Foster Reader-Author Get Together.  Julie is here today talking about her favorite comfort reads. Her newest release is Death By Chocolate, is a mystery is available to buy now. 

I Read for a Smile
When I’m craving an escape, I reach for YA. I read YA almost exclusively to be honest. I love their youth and fearlessness. I get caught up in the tension and romance and world ending danger. The characters will face anything to save their family, friends, even strangers. I wish the grown up world was more like that. Too often we get older and build a bubble of “things” around us. Then, we protect the “things” at all costs. We become bombarded with bills and creepy exes, pervy bosses and social commitments, only to forget to live in the moment. I’m super guilty of this. My calendar is filled line by line every. single. day. It takes effort to remember to play with my kids. I mean it. I work at it.
In YA this never happens. They put their friends, family and significant other first. I like that. I like the fighting spirit that goes with it, and I LOVE the toe curling, kiss-her-already! romance. YA authors knock romance out of the ballpark. I’m smiling as I type just remembering a book I finished today. A Simone Elkeles novel. She can write a hero to make a girl forget her sensibility. *suh-woon* YA authors are so incredibly effective at creating this inner turmoil and stress between the hero and heroine. I LOVE it.  Fifty pages in, I’m already convinced the welfare of the world rides on whether or not the hero will look at the heroine today and smile. If he does, I know she won’t eat at lunchtime because the butterflies will have filled her tummy. If he doesn’t, she can’t do anything at all aside from over analyze what went wrong since yesterday when he smiled in her direction. 

Oh, to be young again. No, I can’t go back (thank goodness LOL) but I can be reminded that every moment counts. We aren’t ever promised another day. But I can squeeze my kids tighter, chase them until my out-of-shape-sides burn, and kiss my husband like I mean it the minute he walks through the door. *sigh* YA makes me smile. I like to smile. I hope something I write will one day make someone else smile too : )

Death by Chocolate
Ruby Russell has reached her limit. When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband's a stiff. Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby's son's wedding, but a nosy therapist, meddling minister and local news reporter are making it very difficult to get away with murder.


 About Julie:
I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.
You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile
Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey
Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads
And other books by me on Amazon