If you’re in the book industry or are a fan of colouring books or art for relaxation and creativity, and even if you aren’t, you may have noticed that colouring books for adults are taking over the bestsellers lists! More and more are popping up as people discover (or rediscover) the joy of getting out coloured pencils, markers, and pens and trying to stay between the lines!
Johanna Basford’s intricately illustrated books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest in particular have done very well, Secret Garden having sold well over one million copies since its release. You can read more about her success in this article on the NY Times.
I have both these beautiful books, and here is the result of my foray into colouring one of the pages!
Not only have I been colouring, but I’ve been drawing. I have an art background and often thought (and wished) I could make more time to return to creating artworks, as it is such a relaxing and rewarding pursuit.
Well, I have news… Now I HAVE to make time for it, because I have recently accepted a book deal with US publisher Sourcebooks for my own adults colouring book! *happydance*
You can read the deal announcement HERE. (the title mentioned has now been changed)
To sum it up, it is an inspirational colouring book, titled COLOR YOUR DREAMS! Each drawing is based around a particular positive word or theme, and contains not only unique hand-illustrated designs to colour, but written activity pages for each theme was well. So if you are wanting to attract more abundance into your life, there will be an abundance page to colour accompanied by empowering activities to do related to that theme, and the same for other themes such as wellbeing, love, wisdom, etc. It’s like a colouring book and self-help book in one! I’m so excited to be combining 3 of my passions into one book – art, words, and self-empowerment.
I’m busily drawing more of the pages, and can’t wait till I can show you some of the designs. The book is scheduled for release in early 2016, so to keep updated make sure you subscribe to this blog or my email newsletter, and follow me on Facebook.
>>You can also join my COLOR YOUR DREAMS group on Facebook! Share your creations, chat with others, and get updates on the book and illustrations and contests, HERE.
In the meantime, why not get into the colouring book craze if you haven’t already and check out the many great books available in bookstores and online now! And if you like, tweet me your completed colouring artworks at @Juliet_Madison and I’ll retweet them. :)
‘Me, My Shelf and I’ in conjunction with my publisher Diversion Books are organising a blog tour for the first book in my YA Delta Girls series, SIGHT.
If you have a blog and would like to be considered for one of the 7 available slots to review the book and host a spot for the official blog tour, please fill out the sign up form HERE. Sign-ups close June 17th.
And if you’re not one of the 7 selected but would still like to review the book, it is available by approval on Netgalley, and will be released for sale on July 14 in print, ebook, and audio.
*If you’d like to take part in a release day blitz on July 14 or 15 and share the cover, blurb/description, links, etc on your blog, feel free to extract the details from the following page, and let me know so I can promote your blog. :)
Thanks for your support!
That’s right, I have TWO covers to reveal!
Books 2 and 3 in THE DELTA GIRLS, my Young Adult series launching July 14.
Each book will be available in ebook and paperback, and…drumroll…AUDIO! I was so excited to find out that the series will be made into audiobooks and available for download from Audible, Amazon, or iTunes. :)
I will share the plot descriptions as soon as they are finalised, but for now, enjoy these amazing covers:
And just because, here is the cover again for Book 1:
I’m so excited to share that 3 of my romcom stories have been bundled together into one magical collection, all for the price of one ebook!
My new Romantic Comedy Collection is now available in ebook to buy or gift to a friend. It includes the following stories:
Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd. Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self?
I DREAM OF JOHNNY
Getting three wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy’s high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God to a Geek God. Before Mandy can request a replacement wish, she has to put up with him for twenty four hours, and the timing couldn’t be worse — it’s her friend’s wedding day, her ex will be there, and the God of Geeks insists on coming along for the ride!
STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE
Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of the love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com but fate has different ideas: Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans…
Thanks to Escape Publishing for putting this together, and thanks to my loyal readers who have supported my books. :)
You can buy it from all online ebook retailers, here are the main links, if your preferred store is not listed you can find all other links on the Escape page by clicking the buy now button on that page.
>> And, to WIN a signed tote bag featuring the book cover and filled with swag and surprise goodies, head over to my Facebook group, join (if not already a member), and comment on the giveaway post! Winner drawn April 29. Open worldwide.
Happy reading, and long live romantic comedies!! :)
~ Juliet xx
In less than 3 months my brand new Young Adult paranormal series, THE DELTA GIRLS, will be launched!
Beginning with SIGHT, the series follows five sisters who can each glimpse the future with one of the five senses. Each instalment will be released three months apart (following SIGHT on July 14 will be SOUND, SCENT, TASTE, and TOUCH). The series is published by Diversion Books and will be available in both ebook and paperback.
Add to Goodreads HERE.
When Savannah wakes up after two months in the hospital, she sees a whole lot more than expected, things that could put those close to her at risk.
The five Delcarta sisters have never believed in the paranormal, not like their woo-woo mother. Instead they believe in the power of sisterhood, of romance, and rebuilding their lives after their father’s mysterious disappearance nine years earlier. Starting anew in the small town of Iris Harbor, they see potential in all.
But Savannah’s awakening after having surgery on a life-threatening aneurysm brings a unique ability to the Delcarta sisters–together, each can predict the future with one of the five senses. And Savannah has the gift of sight.
A serial arsonist has been terrorizing the tight-knit community, and the Delcarta sisters have their suspicions on who could be to blame, including a boy who starts as an adversary to Savannah and then very quickly becomes her whole world. Investigating these crimes, trying to stop them before the next flame is sparked will call upon Savannah to use her newfound abilities with the help of her sisters, and will put each of their lives in danger.
This stunning new paranormal series blends the sweetest of romances with breathless suspense, and introduces five young women who share a haunted past, an extraordinary gift, and an uncertain future.
I’m celebrating the upcoming release of THE DELTA GIRLS with a worldwide GIVEAWAY of a selection of awesome YA books!
**First of all, if you’re in the USA you can also enter to win a paperback copy of SIGHT via Goodreads HERE.
Enter va the Rafflecopter link below to win one of the following paperback books (there will be 4 winners in total):
1. GRIM – a collection of unique fairytale retellings by authors such as Amanda Hocking and Julie Kagawa.
2. LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid
3. THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz
4. THE QUEEN’S CHOICE by Cayla Kluver
*Each book prize will also include a selection of signed Delta Girls swag!
ENTER HERE>>: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Comp closes April 29 and winners will be notified via email. Winner must provide postal address within one week of notification or another winner will be chosen. Books are suitable for teenage audiences and older.
Today is the release day for my 8th book – my 8th book on the 8th of the month, how appropriate! MIRACLE IN MARCH is the 3rd book in my bestselling Tarrin’s Bay series. It is also a stand-alone story, so if you haven’t read the first two it doesn’t matter, you can start with this one if you really want to! But if you’d like to read the first two you can grab them here:
Book 1: THE JANUARY WISH
Book 2: FEBRUARY OR FOREVER
Miracle in March is about a single father with an autistic son, and is a story close to my heart, with my own son being on the autism spectrum. It is also about Emma, the woman who broke his heart, and what happens when they are unexpectedly reunited five years later. I’ve been told that tissues are required for this one! I sure kept Kleenex in business while writing the book! ;)
Here’s the official blurb:
Emma had plans, travel plans, going-far-away plans, but her family means everything to her, so when they needed help, she was there to deliver it. Running the family business of beachside cabins in Tarrin’s Bay might not be the same as the French Riviera, but Emma finds a certain level of peace in the beautiful setting and small town community.
But when she finds that her ex-boyfriend, a man she left behind without explanation, staying in one of the cabins, her peace is ruined. She knows the only way to get it back is to share the secret she’s been hiding for five years, and admit to him the limitations that she now carries. But James has his own truths to share, and he’s not the man that Emma once knew.
They are both in very different places than before, but it’s a time for renewal and second chances when their reunion brings secrets to the surface, dreams to be remembered, and the realisation that they are both in need of a little miracle.
MIRACLE IN MARCH is published in ebook by Escape Publishing and is available from all ebook retailers worldwide. If you haven’t read ebooks before you can download a free reading app to read on smartphones, tablets, iPads, or computers, from the various links below. If you have iTunes you can download iBooks from the app store and purchase through your iTunes account, or Amazon has a Kindle app.
I’m giving away a signed copy of my print release, TIME FOR THE BEACH, which includes the first story in the Tarrin’s Bay series, THE JANUARY WISH. It also includes two other stories by Victoria Purman and Eliza Redgold, so you get 3-in-1 coastal reads!
Contest is open worldwide and I will draw the winner on Monday 16th March.
Enter via Rafflecopter link >> a Rafflecopter giveaway
I hope you enjoy MIRACLE IN MARCH! If you do, please consider rating it on Amazon or Goodreads and/or writing a brief review, and remember to tell your friends! ;)
So tell me, have you experienced a miracle in your life? Comment below and let me know, or tell me the best thing that’s ever happened to you… (this is one way to enter the giveaway above)
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Buy from Amazon Australia HERE.
Please enjoy this excerpt below, where the main character Anna writes a letter to intuitive love coach Lulu The Love Angel…
Subject: I need your help
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this letter, but your advice would be greatly appreciated. I’ve heard you’re the go-to person to help bring soulmates together and I hope you’ll be able to help me connect with mine.
A psychic once told me my soulmate’s name begins with K, and I think I’ve found him. We’ve been working together as actors for six months, but his role’s more important and we hardly get a chance to speak together privately. Every time we pass each other at work, every time he smiles at me, every time we chat about the upcoming twists in the script, I feel so alive. I’ve never felt this strongly about anyone before, it’s like there’s an invisible cord connecting us. Should I wait for him to make the first move or take a risk and ask him out?
The thing is; I don’t have much time. My contract will be up in a few weeks. I’ll have to find another job and I don’t want to waste the time I have left. How can I show my interest without looking desperate and blending in with the other women falling at his feet? And do you agree with the psychic – does my soulmate’s name begin with a K?
Star Struck in Seattle
Subject: Re: I need your help
Dear Star Struck in Seattle,
Thank you for having the courage to write your letter and faith in me to guide you toward the love you deserve.
Firstly, you must believe yourself worthy of true love, and treat yourself with the respect you would want another to treat you with. Don’t settle for second best, don’t put yourself down, and don’t sacrifice your deepest desires to please another. All happy relationships come from a happy relationship with oneself.
In answer to your question about whether to ask K out, I feel if you choose to do so you would be met with a ‘yes’, but I also feel it is best to hold off. I believe a proposition is coming your way very soon, and you need to remain open and aware of ALL possibilities.
My advice is to put yourself out there and don’t be afraid of judgment or rejection. Be proactive about seeking other work and trust that in good time all things will conspire in your favor. True love is on its way, but you need to listen to and trust your intuition. It will lead you in the right direction. Also remember: you will know you are with your soulmate when you can simply be yourself. Your soulmate will bring the best out in you. They will enhance the beauty and uniqueness already there. True love will make you feel like the best version of yourself is shining bright.
Lastly, I’d like to leave you with a Love Quote chosen especially for you:
“The eyes see only in front, the heart sees all around. Use your ‘heart-vision’ to guide you.”
P.S. Your psychic was right. Your soulmate’s name does begin with the letter K.
Lulu clicked ‘send’ and smiled. She opened a new message window, filled in the details of her mission, and sent it to New Angel HQ on Cloud Eight and Three Quarters. If this and subsequent missions went well, she’d be upgraded to Cloud Nine in no time.
Lulu rubbed her hands together as her red laptop hummed softly. Bringing soulmates together would be so rewarding and she was excited about her first day on the job. Even more excited knowing that one day, if she proved herself capable; she’d join the graduates on Cloud Nine and be responsible for saving people’s lives when death tried to take them before their time. For now, though, she needed to practice her skills and do her best to help destiny get things right in the love department.
Ooh, this is going to be fun!
She closed her laptop and slid it inside its protective satchel, placing it next to her ‘ready-to-go-at-a-moment’s-notice’ suitcase. With a quick breath she snuffed the flames on the dining table candles and picked up Spark, her snow-colored Maltese terrier, from his curled-up position on the sofa. He moaned at the intrusion, but promptly fell back to sleep after Lulu guided him inside the doggie carry-case. “Time for a little trip, Spark.” Lulu crouched, her long brown curls coiling on the floor as she secured the clasp on the carry case. “You and I are off to Seattle.”
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I hinted a little while ago that there would be a special surprise release on April 22nd, and here it is! From Juliet Madison, the Queen of Romantic Comedy, comes a collection of three funny, fabulous stories with a touch of magic.
Fast Forward Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd. Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self?
I Dream of Johnny Getting three wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy’s high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God to a Geek God. Before Mandy can request a replacement wish, she has to put up with him for twenty four hours, and the timing couldn’t be worse — it’s her friend’s wedding day, her ex will be there, and the God of Geeks insists on coming along for the ride!
Starstruck in Seattle Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of the love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com but fate has different ideas: Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans… It is available to preorder now, see links below. And don’t forget you can ‘gift’ ebooks, so if you’ve read and enjoyed these stories why not send a gift copy to a friend to help bring some love and laughter to their lives ;)