Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Amazon gift card & Julien Bradley's Beneath the Bedrock

You might not know it, but this author is the mother of Kimberlee Ann Bastian, another author I've previously featured on the blog. This is the first time I've featured both a mother and daughter!

Julien Bradley is an indie author of Beneath the Bedrock, the first in the Bakken trilogy. She is an adult drama/romance writer with Wise Ink.

Wise Ink is a boutique publishing company created to help passionate authors, like Julien, through the hurdles of publishing. Wise Ink believes in helping writers who seek a purpose-driven, intentional, and informed approach to publishing.

Julien Bradley's debut novel is Beneath the Bedrock. Set in the oilfields of North Dakota, the book is a timely romance and inter-generational inquiry into ownership, loyalty, and love.

Beneath the Bedrock is an adult family drama/romance set in modern time, about a middle age woman and her struggle coping with the untimely death of both her husband and father. Will she carry on each man’s legacy or choose to live a life of her own design?

Newly widowed, Ramona Brady Strong finds herself grieving doubly when her beloved father dies. After traveling back home to Williston, North Dakota to attend the funeral, she is caught up in a rekindled old romance while having to deal with pressures unique to an oilfield boomtown.

Ramona has inherited of one of the richest untapped oil fields in the region. But the son of an oil tycoon is threatening to usurp the mineral rights of the estate, and the only way to secure her family's legacy is to drill for oil.

Surrounded by family and friends, Williston begins to feel more and more like home. But as a web of deeply-held secrets begin to emerge, Ramona must decide whether to take control of the family oil business, or sell it all to the highest bidder.

Still curious about the author? Time for a Q&A about books with Julien...

What inspires you to write?
Reading! I read all kinds of genre, but I love contemporary romance, especially when it has a story line that's relatable. Unfortunately, I've noticed most stories lack two of my favorite topics. The first, there is a gross under-representation for the largest demographic group in the country, which is women over 50. Geesh, you'd think we stop living or something. And second, stories that take place in the Midwest (and I don't mean Chicago.) These two subjects are either misrepresented or not spoken of at all. I wanted to give voice to these two near and dear topics. The world of romance needs to know, not everyone lives in an apartment in New York, or a high rise in Seattle, and things do happen outside a big city. Of the second, I've worked as a nurse going on 38 years and I can tell you, the need for human intimacy doesn't end at 50. With the mass of baby boomers getting ready to, or have already retired, we need to have stories that represent an honest look at what's going on in our life. We're experiencing a rapid fire of life changing event ranging from cancer, widowhood, loss of a parent, reentering the dating pool or abuse survival. I wanted to be the author writing these stories. I want my fellow AARP members to know ROMANCE IS NOT DEAD!

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
I've only written and published one so far. My debut novel, Beneath the Bedrock took me a summer to write and was about 1,110 pages long before the final print. (Imagine the editing on that one!) My second book, has taken me about a year to complete and is not quite as long.

What are you working on right now?
I've just turned into my editor the second book in the Bakken series- working title, Fracture Lines, which will pick up six months from where I left off in the first book. It is the classic “getting the band back together,” sequence after parting ways in the first.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
I find writing is such a cathartic process. Much like journaling, so much personal growth and self-awareness comes from my ability to express myself in writing. It's like when I was a certified CPR instructor. At first, it was very intimidating, but after awhile, I become an expert on the subject, and performed the task like it was second nature. It’s very satisfying to be good at something that is important to you. My best tip would be to write for your own personal growth. Sure, we'd all like to see return on investment someday, (and I still hope to) but as an indie author, without a big company to back me or promote my work, I've accepted that my greatest payback is the satisfaction that I have accomplished something that most people could never do.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Well, of course you know Seth, my daughter Kimberlee Ann Bastian is an Indie author and I'm tempted to say, The Breedling in the City of the Garden, the first in the Element Odysseys series. But if I had to choose a story not written by a family member, I would say, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Kruger. What is the story setting you ask? You guessed it, rural Minnesota. Time period, the 60's. It's not a romance, per se, but it is romantic in it's narrative. It's a bittersweet coming of age story with characters I think people will find, very relatable.

So who wants to win something?! Julien Bradley and I have partnered up to give away a couple items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback of Beneath the Bedrock and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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