How I Got Published: Julieann Dove

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Julieann Dove is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Virginia with her husband and five children. That’s right… Five children! She loves to mess outside in her flower beds, and work on her many quilting projects. Cooking new recipes is another joy of hers. “Although, when you’ve got five children, it’s difficult to please everyone’s palette.” A majority of thumbs up gets the recipe in the “keeper” file. At night, you’ll find her in the corner of her messy desk, writing about love. The Amy Series is one of her favorites to write.

HOW I GOT PUBLISHED

I took a hiatus from my job of 20 years and decided to write a book. I have always been a writer at heart, but never took the time to seriously calculate a novel. At the end of a few months, I’d written two books. It was as if someone turned on a spigot and out poured all these words…and people…with problems and solutions. I was never so happy. I joined RWA and received notifications of writing contests. Of which I entered my fair share! What I got in return was valuable feedback. I incorporated the suggestions into my books and sent out queries to agents–about fifty to a hundred or so! I had a few requests, of which fizzled out with some light criticism for what to change. Close calls but no cigars.

January 2015 I received word from a small publishing company that they wanted to place my book on their list. I worked all year striving for this to happen. One month before publication, we separated ways. I quickly formulated a plan to self-publish it and did so this last February…the date it was supposed to release! I never set out to self-publish, but I’m enjoying the freedom that comes with it. The second in the series releases May 1st. I’ve since contracted with another agency to release a standalone in June, and am in negotiation to publish a YA contemporary.

ABOUT WAKING AMY 

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Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

Today is Julieann’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Julieann. Please visit her blog to see what she has to say about her birthday and her upcoming books.

TEN GREAT FIRST DATES: SEEKING SANCTUARY

Warning: Just because you go somewhere spectacular on a first date don’t assume that the date will also be spectacular.

Parc des Rapides is one of my favorite places in Montreal. It’s a bird sanctuary. You will find it as a tourist attraction in Lonely Planet, Fodors, Tripadvisor, Tourism Montreal, Montreal sites and attractions and so forth. Yet, few Montrealers know about this wonderful wild and peaceful oasis along the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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What makes it unique is the contrast of the rapids churning on one side and the reservoir of calm water that flows through the dam built by Hydro Quebec on the other side.

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