May 26, 2010

Guestpost and Giveaway with Author Julia Rachel Barrett

I very proud to have Julia Rachel Barrett here today. She is a multi-published author and one of my great discoveries of my blogging year. I love her books and so it is my pleasure to haver her here today. You can check out my review of her last book The Beauty and the Feast here. And because Julia is made of awesome we have a huge wonderful giveaway for you at the end of the post.
Please give her a warm welcome.

Happy Birthday Susi Sunshine!

When Susi asked me to be a guest blogger for her anniversary week, I felt honored. In my world, there is nobody more admirable than a book loving self-described Geek! Despite her busy schedule, Susi reads, she reviews our books with grace and good humor, and generously provides a forum for authors and readers, bringing the two sides of our special coin together. She also represents the next generation of romance readers. She carries the torch.

To quote the Machiavellian character, Yabu, from James Clavell’s masterpiece, Shogun, “The pen is a long arm from the grave.” I agree with him, no question about it. The written word reaches out to future generations. One generation imparts its essence to the next, not only in cultural mores and technological advancements, but in its literature, maybe most especially in its literature and art, even in the case of romance writers and romantic poets. Think of the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and George Elliott, Louisa May Alcott and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A few hundred years after stories like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein and Little Women were recorded, we still read and discuss them.

We can go back even further to the tragic story of Tristan and Isolde, The Canterbury Tales, Don Quixote, and the Arthurian romances written by Chretian de Troyes, a French troubadour. These are love stories, hero stories – the authors utilize the exact same themes romance writers use today – a roadblock thrown in the way of a relationship, a challenge that must be overcome in order to achieve the ultimate goal. What is the ultimate goal? What else? For the purposes of romance, the ultimate goal is true love. I’m a big fan of true love.

So keep dreaming, keep reading, keep enjoying our stories!


Julia offers 3 books for 3 winners:

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post

Open to everyone who own's a email addy.

Giveaway is open till Sunday May 30th and I will announce the winner on Monday.

Good Luck!


tetewa May 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

These are Hot covers, I'm intrigued!

Julia Barrett May 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

Happy birthday, Susi! Thanks for inviting me.

Mia Watts May 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

God. You make even smart people look dumb.

I wanna be Julia when I grow up. Especially if it means I get to have her husband.

Plus... *grin* You quoted Shogun. LOL!! I love that about you... all your randomly diverse interests swimming around in the pool of your consciousness, stirred by the wooden spoon of ironic humor.

SusiSunshine May 26, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Thanks Julia!

Mia, I agree that what I thought after reading Julia's post too. She is just awesome.

Little Tesoro May 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM  

Yes, please enter me :)

lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

Amber Skyze May 26, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

Mia said it all! You amaze me.

I loved Tristan and Isolde.

Cindy Spencer Pape May 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

My only grumble with some of the classics like Tristan and Isolde is the unhappy ending--I want my HEA! But you're right in that love and romance is a timeless part of the human experience!

Mia Watts May 26, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

Being told I'm right is like being on crack! Um, I'm told. Coz I'd have no way of actually knowing that. *whistling*

Just say no, folks.

Also, Susi, she's freakishly astounding. She actually talks that way too.

@Lisa: Soooo many ways to interpret that. heh heh heh

pattepoilue May 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

What a great guest post! True love...*sigh*

@Mia Ahhhhh So i'm not alone with a dirty mind! I giggle any time someone write that...but yeah dirty-minded I've been told. LOL

Julia Barrett May 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

OMFG! Do I talk like that?!? I spared Susi the truck driver speak! I suffer from a severe case of potty mouth! However, I also come from a long line of scholars and my dad taught me to read at 18 months of age - Black Beauty - I kid you not. (I love that book and it breaks my heart every single time I look at the cover because I still have the one from my childhood!) I got teased to the 'enth degree because my nose was/is always buried in a book.
So thanks all, and since I have no ego, your words will not go to it!
Mia - my hubby is cute, huh! I love him so!

s7anna May 26, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

Hey Julia,
I loved reading Captured...totally captivating. Can't wait to get my copies of My Everything and Beauty and the Feast.

Thanks for the great interview.


Lea May 26, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

What a great post! Trystan and Isolde is one of my fav's to be sure.

Thank you Julia for such a generous giveaway.

And, Susi, once again, happy geeky anniversary, thank you for hosting so many contests. ;)

Lucy May 26, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

Happy birthday!!
Please sign me up. Keeping my fingers crossed!

SusiSunshine May 26, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

LOL you girls are wonderful.

We sure have to find an ego for Julia. She deserves one.

Julia Barrett May 27, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

Thanks for letting me post here, Susi! Hey, how was Sex and the City, Two? Yummy?

elaing8 May 27, 2010 at 1:49 AM  

great post.
those covers are hot :)

plesae count me in for the giveaway

mbreakfield May 27, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

Please count me in. Those books look yummy.

SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

The evening was nice the movie was okay. It was kind of VIP preview with champagne and canapés. So we ate and drank before the film started.
I don't know what I expected but it was than the movie gave me. It was really funny- perhaps next I should go with my bestie again, she at least knows the series, not like my Mom in-Law who had her first Sex & the City contact yday.

I think I expected more smut too...
All in all a nice evening.

Stella (Ex Libris) May 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

Oh, Susi you must feel touched reading all the beautiful things Julia wrote about you :-)

Great guest post, I didn't know that quote, but it is so true! I find it amazing that something that was created hundreds of years ago is not only still present today but lots of people are still passionate about them (isn't Jane Eyre and the novels of Jane Austen, the playes of Shakespeare just to name a few, are some of the most popular books still sold today).

Thank you Julia for the great giveaway too! :-)

Please count me in.

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

katsrus May 27, 2010 at 5:13 PM  

These sound so good. Love the covers.
Sue B

Julia Barrett May 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

I'm glad you had fun at Sex and the City - I get your disappointment. My issue with the movies is that sometimes it seems to be all about the clothes.
Thanks, all of you, for your lovely responses!

Andrea I May 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

Happy Blogoversary Susi!
Julia - They all look like great stories.

SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

@Julia I think some side stories were ignored the whole time and at the end it was like here 20 seconds to solve that problem. And yes, some of those clothes are hilarious to say it nice.

JenM May 28, 2010 at 2:53 AM  

I read an excerpt of Captured and it sounded intriguing. I'd love to try these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

jen at delux dot com

Victoria May 28, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

My heaven, if those books are as hot as their covers...WOW! Thanks for the giveaway.

Cathy M May 28, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

Hi Susi, happy birthday.

Julia, can't believe I haven't read any of your stories yet, so thanks for the chance to win one.

am a follower


Shirley May 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM  

count me in, Those covers are hot!

christina May 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

Oh I love Julia's work, I'd love to win a book!

Christine H May 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

I too am a huge fan of Julia's! I love to win a book, a signed one even better!!! hint, hint, :)
Thanks for the awesome contest!!

Julia Barrett May 31, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

Thanks for your wonderful comments!

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