Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Ribbon of Darkness by Julie Coulter Bellon

Welcome to Author Julie Coulter Bellon!

Bio:

Julie is the author of six international suspense novels: Through Love’s Trials, On the Edge, Time Will Tell, All’s Fair, Dangerous Connections, and Ribbon of Darkness. You can read deleted scenes from All’s Fair at her website, www.juliebellon.com She also has one non-fiction title: Be Prepared: A Parent’s Guide to the Duty to God and Eagle Scout Awards—What You Should Know and is part of a true Christmas story compilation, How Will Christmas Find Us.

She is the mother of eight children and when she’s not busy being a mom or a writer, you will find her browsing through bookstores to add to her book collection, at the library borrowing books, or reading the treasures she’s found.

You can keep up with Julie at her blog http://LDSWriterMom.blogspot.com

Interview:
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My Kindle because it can carry up to 3500 books, some sort of unlimited chocolate source, and a hot spring so I could soak in it while eating chocolate and reading. (Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?)

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would choose flying because I love to travel. I have been lucky enough to travel to such places as Athens, Greece, Paris, France, and London, England, but I would love to do more and being able to fly would be a dream come true!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I would choose Shakespeare, and I know it sounds corny, but I’ve always loved his work and not just because I’m an English teacher. Even as a young girl, I loved to read his plays. When I was in England I got to see the home he was born in, the entryway that he proposed to his wife in, and some of the places he might have even written some of his plays in. I think he was an amazing writer, and he surrounded himself with interesting people, so he could follow his dreams, even in the face of adversity. Not only that, but his work lives on even hundreds of years later. I think he would be an interesting person to meet.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
I love pancakes and no one makes pancakes better than my husband. Thankfully he indulges me and makes his extra special pancakes for me quite often.

Night owl, or early bird? 
Definitely a night owl. Everything takes on a different perspective in the night-time.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you like spies, international adventures, and romance—if you like to be entertained and kept on the edge of your seat—then I think you would enjoy my books. (Is that cheating to put the dashes in? I hope not.)

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
 I am finishing up a non-fiction project and have two other fiction projects in the works. One is a sequel to Ribbon of Darkness, and the other is something totally different from any other work I’ve done. It’s sort of exciting and scary at the same time to try something new, but I’m hoping people will like it. I’m having a lot of fun writing it!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I worked with a unit of soldiers in doing research for my book, All’s Fair, (it’s partly set in Iraq). They would come back to base after disarming Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) all day, and sit down at the computer and answer all my questions. I was humbled by their generosity, especially in the conditions they were in. One of them made a comment that they really missed being able to eat Skittles, so I started a campaign called Skittles for Soldiers, and worked with the Red Cross in collecting food and hygiene items for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of the generosity of the people of Utah, we gathered over 950 lbs. of food and hygiene items to send them to give them a taste of home and to remind them that they are not forgotten and their sacrifice is appreciated. That experience will always have a special place in my heart.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I read every Nancy Drew book there was. She was my hero and I wanted to be just like her, right down to her convertible. That never happened, (with eight children I drive a van), but I still have a soft spot for Nancy Drew and her sleuthing skills.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up. The only difference between a published author and an unpublished one, is that one gave up. Keep going and reach for your dreams. When my first book was rejected, I was absolutely heartbroken. I put the manuscript under my bed where it stayed, gathering dust, for a year. I was sure that the only people who would read my stories were my family. But with the encouragement of another writing friend I got it out, dusted it off, changed some things, and submitted it again. I had a contract in my hands ten days later. I definitely learned my lesson!

Hidden talent?
I’m trying to learn how to play the bagpipes. It’s really hard and I’m not very good, but I’m determined to keep trying.

What TV show do you watch that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I am a huge Castle fan, and I also watch Dancing with the Stars, but the one show that I probably wouldn’t advertise that I watch is Downsized. It’s about a family that had to declare bankruptcy and “downsize” and how they deal with the transition. It’s sort of a train wreck that I just can’t turn away from! (I know, I know, what can I say? You got it out of me.)

Read the first chapter of all of Julie’s books on her website www.juliebellon.com
Julie’s books are also available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and Amazon, as well as on Kindle and Nook.

Ribbon of Darkness:

A split-second decision could change the world’s darkest hour to one of triumph–but who is willing to pay the price? Kennedy Campbell has been running away for a long time–using her position as an international journalist to escape the ghosts of her family’s past. She finds some solace working in an Afghan refugee camp, until the Taliban attacks them and Kennedy is forced to flee. She is pulled into a terrorist’s realm of darkness as she fights to save those around her, but will it come at the expense of her own life? Ethan Barak leads a double life, helping MI-6 bring down arms dealers all over the world until his father is murdered by an old associate. Ethan makes his next mission a personal vendetta by tracking down the killer to Indonesia. While there, he finds himself in a position to either avenge his father or stop a terrorist attack on the Malacca Strait that will jeopardize innocent lives across the world. Can he look past his father’s murder to save others? The line between justice and mercy is blurred with each passing second, and international intrigue becomes intensely personal as the age-old struggle for redemption is brought close to home.

Book Giveaway:
1 copy of Ribbon of Darkness
Open to US only
Ends 10/23

Optional Extra Entries:
+1 Follow Julie’s blog http:// ldswritermom.blogspot.com
+1 Follow Julie on Twitter: http://twitter.com/juliebellon

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