We’re thrilled to be welcoming back Julie Anne Lindsey to Ravens Retreat. If we could, we’d keep her here and never let her leave. Mwahahahahaaaaaaa 😀 On Wednesday she released her new YA suspense novel, Deceived. Check out the trailer here. As people who have suffered from paranoia, we can fully empathise with Elle. And we love her best friend Pixie, who’s a Goth, so we might be a little biased there 😀 It’s got everything you need in a story – great characters, a chilling serial killer and it’s written by one of our favourite people in the world. So check it out now and follow Julie on Twitter, in a nice stalking way, not the creepy stalking way of the Reaper…


Deceived Julie Anne LindseyDECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey

Ever since she could remember, Elle has had to hop from town to town to keep up with her dad’s demanding career as a corporate insurance agent. Each time, a reoccurring nightmare followed her wherever she went–until the day that the frightening figures haunting her at night became all too real. When news of a serial killer spreads throughout her new school, Elle worries that the Reaper has been leaving her his calling card in the form of cigarette butts on her doormat and an unusual ribbon in her locker. With the help of Brian, a boy she meets at a flea market, she discovers that this isn’t her first encounter with the murderer and that her father has been concealing her true identity for the past twelve years. But despite her father’s desperate attempts to protect her, Elle still comes face to face with the darkness she has been running from her whole life. Trapped in the woods and with help hundreds of miles away, will Elle be able to confront the Reaper and reclaim the life she lost?

Available September 18th on Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository and more.


About Julie:

Julie Anne LindseyJulie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. In 2013, Julie welcomed five new releases in three genres including her newest title, DECEIVED, a YA suspense from Merit Press, and her first cozy mystery, MURDER BY THE SEASIDE, book one in the Patience Price, Counselor at Large series from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin).

Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you’ll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book.

Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.

Find her online:

Tweeting her crazy @JulieALindsey

Soothing her book obsession on GoodReads

Pinning the pretty on Pinterest

Tumbling lamely on Tumblr

Blogging about books and writing at Musings from the Slush Pile


Welcome Julie A Lindsey

We are very excited today because one of our favourite people on Twitter, Julie A Lindsey has agreed to board this sinking ship. If you don’t follow Julie on Twitter, why the hell not? She’s hilarious, delectable (NOT a pervert, despite rumours 🙂 ) and a little crazy. Ok, a lot crazy, but that’s what makes her so much fun. So, welcome Julie, have a seat *moving a cat off and brushing off the hair* have some coffee – there’s a whole barrel for you. Ooh, and have a biscuit.

Hi! *waves wildly from Ohio* I’m all bouncy and happy to be here! This blog post took some serious work! I wrote it once and saved it nice and safely on my old laptop, then kissed it good night and planned to send it to you when you were ready for it.

Then my computer died.

I never backed my stuff up.


And so I have no idea what form my brilliance took last go, but it takes more than a complete loss of everything I have ever written to get me down. LOL. I’ll just write you a new, better, more fabulous post! Ha! Let my old dead computer suck on THAT.

I thought I’d tell you a horrifying real true story about one of my millions of rejections.  All writers get rejected and I have been rejected like a champion. But one stings a little more than all the others. Here it is.

I entered a contest and won a partial critique from an agent’s assistant I followed on twitter. (Serious. Get on twitter people. If you aren’t there you are missing out for reals). So, lucky-ducky me, I was polishing my very first (and last) paranormal romance. I had an in person pitch session with a big time editor at one of the big publishing houses coming up and this was the *perfect* opportunity to get some real agent-ish feedback before my pitch.

So I sent it and I waited.

A while later I received my first three chapters, covered in comments and track changes and commentary, none of which was good. In the email she said she liked my voice (I have an engaging personality, what can I say?) BUT perhaps paranormal and romance and especially paranormal romance was an area I should avoid. Ouch.

My story was basically this: A girl fell in love with a demon – fallen angel – you got that right? Okay so when she discovered he was a demon, she fled. He tracks her down because he’s learning to love again (corny and cliché’ I know now) and she keeps running. In the opening scene he’s found her and she’s singing in a church choir (hoping to redeem herself from having been with a demon) and he’s watching her…thinking the things a demon might think when he finds her in the choir loft looking all sweet and innocent.

Agent Assistant called me a pervert and asked me who my target audience was? Catholic priests? (because they get a bad rep for being pervs) but not them cause they like little boys. I don’t know…It’s probably still in my email somewhere and I’m half tempted to look for it and send it your way. Personally, I thought the scene was hawt, but as I already told you…I am apparently a pervert.

I cried rivers of tears after that. There’s no coming back from pervert. The way I saw it, I could either embrace it or run. I ran.  So, I don’t think about it more than I have to anymore and I will never attempt another pararom.

Today I write sweet romances for the Turquoise Morning Press’ new line of books called Honey Creek. Honey Creek books center around a small rural town in Ohio and I have three short sweets coming this year in my Seeds of Love series.  My first title, Bloom, is out now! I have never told anyone about my perverted writing LOL and now the whole world could know because I love you guys so much I had to share!

I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. It’s a beautiful place where anything can happen. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing and cuddle up to a steamy mug of cider. Taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) See you there!

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one.  Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.

*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series.  I’ll be planting those seeds all year.

Buy it here!

About Julie:

I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you’ll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile

Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey

Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads

And other books by me on Amazon