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Review Booklist Saying Goodbye to London

I am really pleased with this review from Booklist for my latest book Saying Goodbye to London (Second Story Press)

Shy Francis is so stunned when Sawyer asks him to dance that he can’t not accept. “I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of each other,” she predicts near the end of the evening, and, sure enough, their lives take a sudden shift. But the throes of new romance evolve when Sawyer gets pregnant. The shock of the pregnancy—and the fear, anger, and trauma it introduces into the lives of the two teens—is the gut-wrenching center of the story. How do Francis and Sawyer tell their parents, and what are their options? After an anguished phase, life begins to come together. With the help of their parents and a remarkable pair of friends who are dealing with individual struggles as well, the two put together a plan that feels right and begin to select adoptive parents for London, the baby daughter on the way. Burtinshaw’s close look at teen pregnancy and other life crises mostly avoids a moralistic slant, effectively focusing instead on pulling through tough times. — Anne O’Malley


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Thank you to My Readers!!

This was in my inbox this morning:

Hello i read the book “The perfect cut” back in highschool and i thought it was an incredible story. Back then i was deep in the blues because i was in a new school and i was all alone but after reading that book it inspired me to find happiness in my new school, thank you Julie for writing that book and I hope to read more of your novels in the future 🙂 .


This kind of comment, for a writer, at least this writer, puts a huge smile on my face and I want to thank all of you for your emails and kind words. It’s it this kind of feedback that makes those hours alone at a keyboard so worthwhile. Thank you, thank you!!

The Darkness Between the Stars is at the printers! Yippee and I’ve started a brand new book, which I am equally as excited about. I hope you will like it too!

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A Writer’s Life: Let’s Talk About the Highs

For the most part, a writer’s life is a solitary endeavour – family and friends ensure that we have love, conversations and connections – thank goodness for them, or we’d be a bit hermit like!

In every writer’s life, there are five amazing highs:

1. When an idea formalizes in your mind and the words begin to flow
2. When you’ve finished your manuscript
3. When a publishing house accepts it
4. When the galleys arrive in your inbox
5. When you hold the actual book in your hand

Yesterday, I realized number four: the galleys for my next book arrived, complete with cover. It’s a wonderful feeling, a bit scary, because this is your very last chance to make changes before you sign off on the manuscript.

As Chuck Palahniuk so succinctly put it: “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

I’m so excited about “The Darkness Between the Stars,” and want to share the cover with you:

The Cover of My Soon-to-be-Released Book, Darkness Between the Stars

If you are interested in learning more about this book, contact: McKellar & Martin Publishing Group, Ltd.

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