Monday, September 23, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Julie N. Ford

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

The central theme in Replacing Gentry is fate. Whether we want to call our destinies fate or God’s will, life has way of directing us down the proper path. If we’re able to learn from, and trust in the power’s that be, and allow a source greater than ourselves to lead us, sooner or later, we’ll end up right where we belong.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

When? Basically, I’m always writing, making notes, thinking about my current plot, hearing my characters talking in my head. I also love to read, garden, hang out with my girls, and see movies with my husband. Pretty bland, huh? 

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Anything by Kristin Hannah except this last novel, Fly Away. I didn’t like that one very much. But she is my favorite women’s fiction author. I love her stories, characters and writing style.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Marlie from Replacing Gentry. She is curious and tenacious to a fault. And as you can imagine, this combination gets her into a heap of trouble. She’s in over her head and still, she keeps digging. She’s a lot like me =D

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Currently, I’m working with six other authors on a series—A Ripple Effect Romance. All six of the books are connected by one character helping out another from the book that follows. Mine is about a young woman who dreams of fame, but hasn’t much luck landing a starring role. Then she’s offered a spot as one of the hosts of a home improvement reality show akin to Love It or List It. And despite the fact she has no design training, has never laid a hand on a power tool, she feels confident her destiny is finally within reach. After all, isn’t that why they call it acting? It’s more of a chick-lit/romance. Nothing creepy or suspenseful as is the case with Replacing Gentry.

What book are you reading now?

This answer will change by the time this interview is posted. But currently I’m reading The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen. My most favorite books I’ve read lately are, In the Stars, Heart of a Chain, Wings of Glass, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, The Snow Child, and Lovely Dark and Deep.

What is in your to read pile?

Finding Sheba by Heather Moore, Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Wolf, and Katherine by Anya Seton, to name a few. 

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The Indigo Quill – 

Replacing Gentry
Julie N. Ford

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Suspense

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Date of Publication: April 2013

ISBN: 1937178315

Number of pages: 286
Word Count: 88,000

Cover Artist: Steve Novak

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Book Description:

When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message. 

Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step-sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry, and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.

About the Author:

Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor.
In addition to Replacing Gentry, she is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. She also wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one baby hedgehog. For more information or see what Julie is working on now, you can visit her at

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Julie N Ford said...

Wenona, Thanks SO much for participating in my blog tour. Julie N Ford =D

Eva Millien said...

Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com