September 9, 2010

Guestpost and Giveaway with Author Stephanie Julian

I'm very happy to have Author Stephanie Julian here today. Her new novel, Size Matters (you can read my review here) was released yesterday and she is here to celebrate her new release and she will tell us how she started to plot her new series The Fringe. Be sure to check out the end of the post for a chance to win her new novel.

Hi, I'm Stephanie Julian and I'm a History Channel and National Geographic Channel junkie.

If there's a documentary about vampires, werewolves, weird sexual practices of the Egyptians, anything about the Etruscans or the Romans, I'm there. Throw in the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot and now we have a party. I can sit for hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon and devour Mayan 2012 prophecies or Stonehedge theories.

I can pick out Erich von Däniken from a crowd of talking heads and I have a very weird crush on Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, who's developed something of a cult following after his appearance on the series "Ancient Aliens" on the History Channel.

Know what the Antikythera device is? I do. (Don't? Go here.)  How about a Baghdad Battery?

I've always been fascinated by cryptozoology and what I consider "alternate" archeology. I love books, such as David Hatcher Childress' Lost Cities series, because they ask "What if?"

It's a question writers ask every time they start a story. What if my heroine does this, then what? What if my hero does that, then what?

What if I write a story about Bigfoot?

I honestly don't remember how I came up with the exact story idea for "Sizes Matters." I only know that when I started to write it, I thought, "You're nuts. How they hell are you going to make this work?"

Humorously, that's how.

Have no fear, there's a hunky hero. Tim would make any red-blooded female pant. He's handsome, hunky, and oh, so hot. And tall. Almost seven feet tall.

There's also a feisty heroine, Carrie, who has a knack for digging out a story, even after she's crashed into a tree on a snowy road and wakes up naked in bed with a hot guy.

What does this all have to do with Bigfoot?

Well, that's the "What if" of the story.

And if you want to know the rest of that questions, you'll have to read the book.

About the Author:
Stephanie Julian is the author of the Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers and The Fringe series from Ellora’s Cave and the upcoming Forgotten Goddess series from Sourcebooks Casablanca. A former reporter for a daily newspaper, she enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life. She’s happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two sons who love her even when they don’t have any clean clothes and dinner is a bowl of cereal.
Places to find Steph: website, twitter, facebook

About the Book:
Carrie Benton's got the best job in the world working as a reporter for the Weekly News Journal. Chupacabra picnicking at the Jersey shore? Check. Aliens in the White House? Absolutely. Bigfoot stalking the forests of northern Pennsylvania? Well, okay... but Bigfoot is so Left Coast.
Tim Sattizahn can't believe his luck. The six-foot redhead who crashed into his forest during a snowstorm is gorgeous, funny and hot for him. Everything would be perfect except for the fact that she's looking for Bigfoot.
And, unfortunately for Tim, she's found him...
You can read an excerpt here.



Steph generously offered an ebook copy of Size Matters for one Lucky commenter. 

All you have to do is ask her question or just tell us what kind of documentary is your favorite kind.

Leave me a way to contact you (Email in blogger profile or twitter name is okay with me- no contact- no chance of winning)

Giveaway is open to everyone who owns an Email addy!

The giveaway ends on Saturday, September 18th and I will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck everyone!


Stephanie Julian September 9, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

Good morning and thanks for having me over to chat, Susi.

Lea September 9, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

Hi Stephanie!

Great interview. "Size Matters", sounds to be a great read, I was actually talking to Susi about it yesterday.

I like documentaries about Egyptology and new surgeries/ medical discoveries. I don't watch much television because of time constraints but when I do that is the sort of programming I lean toward.

Thanks for the chance to win!

*waving at Susi*

Stephanie Julian September 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

Hey Lea, thanks for stopping by.

Egyptology is fascinating but med stuff makes me cringe. My youngest loves to watch shows where they cut people open and take out 20-pound tumors. EEWWW!!

SusiSunshine September 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

@Stephanie It's totally my pleasure. =)

@Lea I agree about Egyptology but these surgery shows are sooo bad. I always have to look away. Same goes for these Medical Detectives where they do all these autopsies. *shudders*

My favorite kind are those about new technologies and inventions in the building sector where they show what awesome new skyscrapers they can build and stuff like that. Can't see enough of those. =)

Stephanie Julian September 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

and skyscrapers make me dizzy. I'm such a wimp, lol

pattepoilue September 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

*waves* Hi Stephanie!!!

Oh I love watching archeology shows. I have always been interested in history. Ok not every civilization's History but some are just captivating.

I've read Susi's review of your book and it looks really interesting. And HOT! =P
You've picked my attention with this Bigfoot talk lol


SusiSunshine September 9, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

@Steph Actually I only like to watch them on TV. I'm a bit afraid of elevators. Nothing major but I do try to avoid them. So no living in skyscrapers for me. LOL

Stephanie Julian September 9, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

hi pattepoilue, thanks for stopping. I'm a history geek too, but only ancient history.

Lucy September 9, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

Great excerpt! Would love to read it all.

pattepoilue September 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

@Stephanie Oh yes I have a thing for Greek history in particular.
And I just love finding references to mythology or history anecdotes in the books I read =)

PS: I'm rambling but I love the cover of Size Matters. LOVE it. He looks so powerful and big *wipes drool*

Stephanie Julian September 9, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

pattepoilue, I've been doing research on Greek mythology for the second book in my Forgotten Goddesses series, starting next year with Sourcebooks.

The mythology I use in my Lucani Lovers and Magical Seduction series is Etruscan, as it will be in the Goddesses series but those Greeks make for great angst.

The mythology in The Fringe series is early American kitsch. ;)

And yes, that cover is wonderful, isn't it? one of my faves.

Blodeuedd September 9, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

HI Stephanie and Susi,
No need to enter me, I will read e-books one day.

Oh Däniken is great, hihi.

When it comes to documentaries I love things about history, aliens, the end of time and stuff like that

Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM  

Blodeuedd, I love shows about aliens, they're just so interesting. thanks for stopping by.

elaing8 September 10, 2010 at 12:39 AM  

Documentaries I like are archeology.
Stuff on mysteries or how things were made,like Stonehenge.


Audra September 10, 2010 at 1:59 AM  

I am not into documentaries as much- i like the nature or the history genres.

Anonymous,  September 10, 2010 at 3:05 AM  

I love archeolgy and Egyptology. I even like diving on old ship wrecks. Medical stuff makes me cringe!

skyla11377 September 10, 2010 at 3:25 AM  

I loved your guest post Stephanie. we have a few similar interests when it comes to documentaries like Vampires and Werewolves. I have always been fasinated by certain myths in history. I enjoyed Morgan Spurlock's documentary film Super Size Me. He documented the effects of himself eating nothing but McDonald's food for 28 days. It was very eye opening in my opinion. I also enjoyed Robert Greenwald's documentary film Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. It showed me things I had no clue about. I also enjoy documentaries on subjects like Greek and Roman mythology, King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot, Vampires, Werewolves to name a few.


Cecile September 10, 2010 at 5:12 AM  

OH this is a very interesting post! My fave (when I catch them on tv and I get to watch) would be the Egyptian discoveries or Greek. But I feel liek a geek cuz I would probably watch whatever, lol!

This sounds like a great book Stephanie! Please count me in!

JenM September 10, 2010 at 6:16 AM  

I love documentaries on any kind of history (totally an archeology geek), medical issues, DNA and science discoveries, astronomy, nature, underwater stuff - I love useless factoids and I pick them up mainly from non-fiction reading and documentaries. What I don't like are political documentaries, "true crime" stuff and environmental disaster documentaries - all of those are just too depressing.

I loved the Lucani Lovers series - can't wait to read Size Matters, it sounds great.


Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

elaing8, Stonehedge is one of my favorite topics for a documentary. one of these days I want to see it for myself.

Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

Audra, I loved the Earth series on, hmm, can't remember the channel, but it was breathtaking.

Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

Patsy, you're a diver? that's too cool. I read Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson and was absolutely consumed by the thought of it. Although that whole drowning danger throws me off...

Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

Skyla, they make the high school students watch Super Size Me in health class now. Really made my sons think about what they put in their mouths. For about two weeks. Still, it was fascinating.

Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

Cecile, yes, I love those too. My kids and I think Zawi Hawass is a rock star.

Stephanie Julian September 10, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

Jen, I'm with you on true crime. I just can't stomach watching those.

Pink Panther September 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

I love documentaries which are about paranormal things (not horror... just paranormal) or the possibility of forms of life in other planets (in other words, aliens). They are lots of fun! :)
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Stephanie Julian September 12, 2010 at 12:55 AM  

Hi Pink Panther, yes, fun is a good word to describe them, I always smile when I see any Bigfoot footage.

Maija A. September 14, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

I'm a documentary junkie too. I like to watch documentaries about everything - but egyptology, theology, ancient cultures, nature and crimes are my favorites.
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Marianna September 16, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

I never saw myself as a big documentary fan. But I do like to learn, so I do watch occasional docs. Just yesterday I watched The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender. I've also watched one documentary about Marijuana and one about sexual attraction. I do find myself more interested on documentaries on celebrities/people.

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Stella (Ex Libris) September 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

Hi Stephanie! Wow, Size Matters sounds interesting, what inspired you to explore the idea of 'Big Foot'? :-D

I love documentaries, I loove to learn and if I can do that while seeing beautiful pictures all the better :-) I prefer programmes about history and culture (ancient history, or how faraway civilizations live) I also love the travel documentaries. Also, the biography docs are interesting too!

Stephanie, do you like to read light, fun romance, or you prefer the steamy, passionate more serious one?

Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

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