Check out THE ARTISANS by @JulieAReece

Here is another amazing read to add to your YA collection.  It is fantastic and I’m so excited for Julie. She’s one of my favorite YA authors and deserves to be on top of every chart there is!!  Review coming soon!!

M9B Friday Reveal: Author Spotlight with Julie Reece with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals


Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are spotlighting Julie Reece, author of

The Artisans

presented by Month9Books!

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Get to Know Julie Reece in 10 Questions or Less!

Twitter or Facebook? -Both

Favorite Superhero? –One hero to rule them all: Thor

Favorite TV show? -Sherlock (British)

Sweet or Salty? -Ice cream is a food group.

Coke or Pepsi? -Tea (I’m a rebel)

Any Phobias? –Sharks and, ew, spiders … oh and drowning.

Song you can’t get enough of right now? –Caroline (or anything) by Kill It Kid *dies*

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend? ‘Weaver’ from May Webb’s, Precious Bane *swoons*

What are you reading right now or what’s on your TBR? -Saving Francesca , by Melina Marchetta

Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to? –OMG! Crimson Peak and Mad Max:Fury Road


Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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The Artisans

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic Beauty and the Beast.

The Artisans has all the elements I love – spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

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Title: The Artisans
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece



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YA 101: Gothic/Southern Gothic Genre –

What makes Gothic fiction goth?

Let’s start with the obvious.  There must be elements of horror, the supernatural, fear, encompassing darkness.  Throw in some dastardly villains like vampires and demons and a few heroes and heroines to come save the day and you have Gothic fiction.  To make it more fun, toss in a little romance, lust, mystery, especially between human and beast (think Twilight,  Heh, Bella’s in love with a werewolf AND a vamp.  Shameless hussy.  :-))  Anyway, the Gothic genre is a forerunner to your modern horror genre.  And here’s  a little trivia:  Gothic literature is quite old.  It originated in England in 1764 with the Horace Walpole’s The Castle  of Otranto and is considered to be an extension of Romantic literature that populated the late 18th Century.  Other works of fiction that fall into the Gothic genre are Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the works of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne (four of my fave writers, btw). The name Gothic refers to the (pseudo)medieval buildings in which many of these stories take place.  That’s why you’ll see so many of the settings take place in these architectural settings.

Gothic novels are heavy in atmosphere, using setting and speech to build suspense.  They attempt to leave you hanging on the edge of your seat with a hand over your eyes, one eye peeking through split fingers.  Common subjects you’ll find in Gothic literature are family curses, the supernatural, ghosts, mystery and mental madness.

Strangely enough, Southern Gothic is on the rise.  That’s where the author takes all the elements of the Gothic genre and takes it to the southern part of the US, usually around the Antebellum period (Civil War). Think the movie Lincoln the Vampire Slayer.  Southern Gothic literature, however, tends to focus more on the deranged psychopathic characteristics of its villain than on settings.  Southern Gothic literature usually deals with the plight of the oppressed by traditional southern culture.  Take William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”.  (one of my favorite, most bizarre stories I’ve ever read) which brings the Gothic theme of unrequited love leading to madness to a Southern town in which the disapproving residents narrate in a single voice.  Other authors who wrote Southern Gothic would be Flannery O’connor, and Eudora Welty.

What are some modern-day YA Gothic and Southern gothic novels?



Southern Gothic: