Today I’m excited to have author Julie Brannagh on the blog. She’s talking about writing one page at a time and sharing her book Chasing Jillian. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her today, and I’m positive her beautiful book cover will have you anxious to check out her blurb and excerpt 🙂
And, please, don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway. The link is at the end of the post 🙂 GOOD LUCK!
Take it away Julie…
It’s one page at a time
People ask me what it’s like to write a book, and tell me they’d love to write one, too. They’ve had a novel (or memoir, or children’s book, or non-fiction book) burning a hole in their brain for several years now. They’re pretty sure it will change the world, or those who read it. It’ll be great. Here’s the problem: They don’t have even a page written. That’s okay with them. They all tell me they can write it when they get out of college/pay off the student loans/the kids are grown/they get some time off work/they’re old.
One of the sadder conversations I’ve had was with a Seahawks employee at the team’s training camp a few years ago. It went a little like this.
Me: I’m a writer. I write romance novels.
Guy: (barely restraining his distaste) I write, too. I write thoughtful, important things.
Me: That’s great. What are you working on right now?
Guy: Well, I don’t have time for it right now. I’ll write later when my life settles down a little.
Me: I told myself that, too. It took me thirty years to finally sit down and do it.
Guy: Well, what I’d like to work on is actually literary.
Aside from the veiled insults, I thought about what he had to say for a long time afterwards. I could throw out a bunch of cliches here that we all have heard a million times (“life is short,” “carpe diem”, bla bla bla) but mostly, what gets us out of bed each morning is another opportunity to live. Putting something you love so much on the back burner isn’t living. It’s existing.
Whether or not the guy in question approved of how I express myself and my art through writing, I don’t want to exist. I want to live. I want to express myself through sitting down at a computer desk each morning, and letting the distillation of my life’s experiences and my imagination flow through my fingertips.
Want to write a book? It’s easy. It’s one page a day. That page may take from twenty minutes to an hour and a half. Tell a story. Don’t worry about formatting, character arc, plot holes or anything else. Just tell your story. One page a day is all it takes. At the end of a year, you’ll have a 100,000 word novel, or you’ll be well on your way to finishing that book.
Don’t wait till your life is over. Tell your story. One page at a time.
Love and Football # 5
By: Julie Brannagh
Releasing July 7, 2015
Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.
Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.
And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?
She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.
Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning. She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference. The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.
She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.
Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little. Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more. When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.
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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/112833-love-and-football
USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.
Avon is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a Digital Download Bundle of Love and Football Series Bks 1-4