Ashes Ashes by Julie Coulter Bellon – Interview & Giveaway

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Are you ever really innocent until proven guilty?
Sophia Naziri is wanted for questioning in the murder of a U.S. senator. She’s worried the police will show up on her doorstep any moment, but when Detective Colby Black appears, it’s to help her put out a kitchen fire, not take her in. Yet. His easy smile and persistence in getting to know her pushes all her troubles to the back of her mind, until a hit man tracks her down. Getting arrested becomes the least of her worries and the handsome detective could be her only way out—if she tells him the truth.
Colby Black’s sniper skills have been a blessing and a curse to him. As a member of a Hostage Negotiation Team, he can use them to save people, but sometimes he can’t protect the innocent despite his best efforts. When a hostage situation goes bad, he tries to put it behind him by helping out his mysterious next-door neighbor, Sophia Naziri. But she pulls Colby into a web of lies and conspiracy that will force him to use every skill he has in order to survive. Faced with the moment of truth, can he trust anyone around him—including the woman at the center of it all?

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Author Julie Coulter Bellon

Julie is the author of seven international suspense novels: Through Love’s Trials, On the Edge,Time Will Tell, All’s Fair, Dangerous Connections,Ribbon of Darkness and All Fall Down. She loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism at BYU for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news—which is where she gets her story ideas.
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 two compilations, How Will Christmas Find Us and Life Lessons From Mothers of Faith.
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.

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Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.


Ashes Ashes has a storyline that will make you race to the end to see how it all turns out with adventure, lies, and conspiracy that are made more complicated with a little romance. 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?


I’m currently writing book three in the Hostage Negotiation Team series.  This one is Bart’s story and I’m really excited about it.  It’s called Pocket Full of Posies and I think the heroine in this one is probably my favorite to date.

What is your dream cast for your book?


I pin my dream cast picks on Pinterest and my older daughter claims I just like to look at the cute guys. (laughs)  Probably for Colby I would pick Michael Rosenbaum or Chris Hemsworth.  For Sophia I liked Megan Fox or Gina Carano.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?


For Ashes Ashes I’d have to say Imagine Dragons It’s Time.  It has the words “to ashes, to ashes” in it and I listened to it a lot while I was writing.  I love the lyrics to that song, too. I just love that band! So good.

Favorite places to travel?


I have been privileged to be able to travel to Greece, England, France, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and throughout the United States.  Each country has so many incredible things to offer and to see and do.  I loved all the historical sites in Greece and England, and the food in France and Germany was incredible.  Of course I’m partial to Canada and the U.S. because I grew up in Canada and I live in the U.S.  Most of all, though, I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve met in each country.  In the human family we’re all different, but have so much in common that binds us together and that is never more clear than when I’m in a foreign country.

Favorite quote from a movie?


“Never give up, never surrender,” from Galaxy Quest.  It’s the perfect motto/battle cry for a writer because this business can be brutal and we have to tell ourselves no matter what, never give up, never surrender!

What is next on your to read list?


Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.  I loved Edenbrooke and can’t wait to read this one!

How do you juggle writing & family life?


Very carefully.  I have eight children which takes up a lot of my time and energy, but they know they always come first no matter what.  At the same time they’re very supportive of my writing and are always willing to help me find those precious writing minutes, especially when I’m under a deadline.  I couldn’t do this without them, that’s for sure.


Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?


People in my neighborhood are used to finding their names in my books now.  It all started when I needed a villain’s name and really couldn’t think of one, so I used my neighbor’s name, intending to change it later on, but then I kept it in.  He was so proud that he was a villain in the book, and it’s sort of become a neighborhood thing now.  Each of my books has one of my neighbor’s names in it whether they are terrorists or heroes or what, but it’s all in fun and everyone seems to enjoy their cameos.

Describe your book in 5 words


Fast-paced suspense with romance.
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  1. Donna Durnell says:

    a new author. should i be lucky enough to win the Amazon Girt Card, ASHES ASHES will be my first purchase! [if i haven’t already gotten it first 🙂 ]

  2. Fun stuff, Julie! This is such a fun book! Interesting to see your dream cast. Michael Rosenbaum (with hair) fits my vision of Colby better than Chris Hemsworth (though it’s hard for me to picture him withOUT long hair, LOL), and Gina Carano fits my mental Sophia better.

    Now, everyone go and read Ashes Ashes and weigh in too 😉

  3. I really love the idea of using your neighbor’s names. It must be fun. And … I believe you did a great job raising very supportive children. May you always succeed in your writing and life as well. 🙂

  4. Sounds like a great read, we’ll have to pick it up. It’s always fun when suspense, drama and conspiracy are spiced up with a bit up romance!

  5. The title caught my attention right away. The blurb was very intriguing.