Music in the Heart: Julie L. Spencer

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Bio

Julie L. Spencer lives in the central Michigan area with her husband and teenage children. She has a very full life managing a conservation district office, writing grant proposals, newsletters, articles, and book reviews. Julie has been writing since she was in junior high, but prior to publishing her first novel, The Cove, her only published work was her master’s thesis. She loves to read and write New Adult Contemporary Clean fiction, is author of the Buxton Peak series, The Cove, and has several more novels and non-fiction projects in the works.

BUXTON PEAK 1: WHO IS IAN TAYLOR?BUXTON PEAK 1: WHO IS IAN TAYLOR?

Ian just wanted to be loved for who he was on the inside…

When he meets Megan, a small town college girl at church in a remote part of Michigan, he figures out pretty quickly that she knows nothing about him. So he makes the decision to hide his fame from her.

His plan backfires when Megan finds out who he really is and decides she doesn’t want to live her life in his spotlight, with all the baggage that comes with it. She just wants to live a quiet life in rural Michigan with a normal husband and family.

Can she forgive Ian for his deception (and embarrassing her on live television)? Is she willing to give up her dreams in order to follow his? Or will Ian throw away everything he’s achieved to stay in her life?

BUXTON PEAK 2: CENTER STAGEBUXTON PEAK 2: CENTER STAGE

Center stage can’t last forever.

Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can come crashing down.

Protecting his bride from cameras and scandals is the least of Ian’s worries. While he is blinded by love, his band is torn apart by distractions, temptations, and drug abuse.

Will Ian stand beside his mates, letting their problems become his problems? Can they pull together as a band? Or will the pressures of stardom rip them apart?

BUXTON PEAK 3: THE END OF THE BEGINNINGBUXTON PEAK 3: THE END OF THE BEGINNING

In the beginning, it was all about the music…

Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can’t stay on top forever. When drugs, betrayal, and tragedy rip the band apart, the guys find themselves short one drummer.

But front man, Ian Taylor, thinks he’s found the solution…

Nathanial Jackson plays drums for a small Christian rock band, but his talent exceeds theirs. He’ll never make it out of Nashville sitting behind them.

When the remaining members of Buxton Peak show up at Nathanial’s concert, he knows exactly what they want. A knowing glance and a handshake is all it takes to get him into the recording studio.

But starting over isn’t as easy as they thought. Ian believes his passion will be enough to keep his rock band from falling apart. He didn’t count on Nathanial challenging his leadership.

Can Ian and Nathanial set aside their differences and learn to work together? Can they find a new rhythm and recreate the sound fans expect from Buxton Peak? Or will tempers, pride, and outside pressures keep them from finding their way back to center stage?

This isn’t the end for Buxton Peak; it’s only the beginning…


I’ve been sitting on this interview for awhile. (I know, me bad!) But I knew that Buxton Peak 3 was in the works. And now it’s here, and all set in my Kindle to read myself.  What better time is there to learn a bit about the writer who brought Ian and his band to life?

Roxbury Books:  What genre(s) do you write?

Julie:  I write mostly New Adult Clean Contemporary Fiction, most have an underlying Christian theme and a high level of romance (but they don’t follow a typical Romance novel story structure).

Roxbury Books:  That’s what makes them really refreshing to read. What rating would you give the books?

Julie:  Maturity level for most of my stories is PG-13 due to drug references and frank discussions/innuendoes about sex and the importance of waiting until marriage

Roxbury Books: What is your favorite song(s) to listen to while writing?

Julie: While writing the Buxton Peak trilogy, I listened to a lot of One Direction, but now that I’m writing Buxon Peak: The Early Years, I’ve been jamming to 80’s rock songs like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Guns & Roses. I’ve come to the realization that Slash is quite possibly the most talented guitar player who ever lived.

Roxbury Books: What is the first thing you remember writing?

Julie: I wrote my first novel in junior high. It was terrible, but my friends passed the pages around as fast as I could scrawl them into a notebook. I would rip out a page and hand it to the person next to me and keep writing. I’m not sure how I passed seventh grade, or why the teachers didn’t put a stop to it. I just kept writing, and writing, and writing. I threw the manuscript away at the end of the school year. What I wouldn’t give to have those pages back.

Roxbury Books:  At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I’m an author?”

Julie: I’ve always said that you’re not an author until someone else pays you for your stories. So, the first time I got a commission check, I thought “NOW, I’m an author!”

Roxbury Books: I bet that felt amazing.  I lean towards you are an author the moment you set your heart to it and write.   Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?

Julie: I mostly write with a keyboard but I use a lot of sticky notes, too. I also have notebooks that I use to write notes, outlines, diagrams, flow charts and maps. I can type almost as fast as I can think, so I prefer a keyboard. I also have to use an external keyboard because I wear the keys off. My nails are really long and scratch off the letters.

Roxbury Books: I know many writers who cast their stories, so I really want to know the answer to this question. Do any of your character sound or look like famous actors in your head?

Julie: My Buxton Peak guys look like One Direction but sound like a compilation of pre-grunge rock bands like Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, and Bon Jovi

Roxbury Books: Do you write/read every single day?

Julie: I’m an avid reader and often read several novels each week. Thanks to my Kindle Ap on my phone, I can read while walking from my desk to the kitchen, from the restroom to the drinking fountain, walking through the grocery store, while doing the dishes, etc. I also write every chance I get, usually every day. I have a full-time job and I’m a wife & mother, so I’m limited in what I can accomplish. If it were up to me, I’d write all day everyday!

Roxbury Books: What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?

Julie: I’m completely addicted to Diet Coke. That’s all I have to say about that.

Roxbury Books: Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?

Julie: I am the Administrator of a local conservation district and I’m very involved in watershed management planning, soil erosion control projects, and wildlife habitat restoration. Very strange departure from writing stories about rock stars, but I’m very passionate about the work we do at the conservation district.

Roxbury Books: Who are your three favorite characters in your book(s)?

Julie: I’m oddly in love with my guy characters to the point that my husband should probably be jealous… except that he is my romantic inspiration, and he knows it! Ian Taylor and Kai Burton are my favorite guys in the Buxton Peak series, and Todd Ramsey is my favorite from my novel called The Cove.

Find Julie on the web:

Twitter: @juliespencer98

Website: Opinions Are Just That

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads

New Release Alert: Buxton Peak #3

Buxton Peak 3: The End of the Beginning by Julie L. Spencer

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In the beginning, it was all about the music…

Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can’t stay on top forever. When drugs, betrayal, and tragedy rip the band apart, the guys find themselves short one drummer.

But front man, Ian Taylor, thinks he’s found the solution…

Nathanial Jackson plays drums for a small Christian rock band, but his talent exceeds theirs. He’ll never make it out of Nashville sitting behind them.

When the remaining members of Buxton Peak show up at Nathanial’s concert, he knows exactly what they want. A knowing glance and a handshake is all it takes to get him into the recording studio.

But starting over isn’t as easy as they thought. Ian believes his passion will be enough to keep his rock band from falling apart. He didn’t count on Nathanial challenging his leadership.

Can Ian and Nathanial set aside their differences and learn to work together? Can they find a new rhythm and recreate the sound fans expect from Buxton Peak? Or will tempers, pride, and outside pressures keep them from finding their way back to center stage?

This isn’t the end for Buxton Peak; it’s only the beginning…

BUY

The Roxbury Showcase: March 2017

This month, I’m really excited to be bringing you this collection of books from the Clean Indie Reads authors.   Look no further for some great reads!      (Please check pricing before you buy.)

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Breathtaking sights aren’t the only thing waiting for charming Annalise Fontana on her whirlwind trip to Asia.

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I never had a choice…
Until I made one and woke up naked in the middle of Central Park.
Wingless.
The cost of retribution gouged between my shoulder blades.
Now I’ve got to choose between Jason, the paranormal priest who’s hiding something, and Arún, the off-world Fae that believes I’m his prophesied queen.
Mortality was supposed to be easy.

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bethanys-new-reality_kindleWhat should Bethany do when she’s chosen for a reality TV dating show?

Go of course!

But this isn’t just fun and flirting. Besides the bad clothes and shabby digs, they’ve brought on everyone’s exes to ramp up the drama and humiliation.

Her new friend Tyson begs her to stick it out, and then there’s the gorgeous and mysterious Carter. On a show like this, she’ll have to watch her back…and guard her heart.

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Each of the visitors to the island arrives harboring their own, private fears. Fear of trusting, of letting go, of needing, and of love. They’re about to confront the ultimate fear of all, a struggle for life and death.

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yellas-prayers-new-ebookA pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control. But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.

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thefearfulheart-500x750The heart must be protected at all costs… but will Cassidy be able to afford the price? Cassidy has distanced herself from childhood friend, Tristan. She’s moved on from their days of best friend-hood and is attending college. And dating one of the most eligible males on campus. Life couldn’t be better. Really. Tristan has devoted himself to Cassidy since they were children together. But no matter what he did, she’s never treated him like more than her best friend. He knows they can have something deeper. If only he can find the key to unlocking her fearful heart.

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Tessa, a self-conscious introvert, attempts to avoid a party and everything goes wrong. When a handsome stranger offers to lend a helping hand, she isn’t sure things will ever be right again.

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One ghost, one murder, one hundred years apart. But are they connected?

Ella has discovered a secret room in The Yellow Cottage, but with it comes a ghost. Who was she? And how did she die?

Ella needs to find the answers before either of them can find peace.

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“Adopted” by her incarcerated uncle’s gang of thieves, she breaks into homes and picks pockets to repay her family debt and one day buy her freedom from their dark enterprise. When the head of the gang taps her for a new assignment, one her conscience cannot bear. Nyssa is faced with a heartrending decision: sacrifice everything or become the very thing she’s desperate to escape.

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Arrogant Professor Randall is the only man capable of saving Maddie and her farm from ruin. Pity he’s also the one blackmailing her.

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A violent encounter with an alien leads to Caz’s expulsion to the planet surface, but what others see as punishment, she embraces as freedom. There she experiences many things for the first time–sunshine, dirt, wind … and true friendship. More than anything, she discovers her destiny, and it will require her to take on a fantastic quest to visit all three worlds in the solar system.

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What happens when a free-spirited artist from big-city New York collides with an uptight business owner from small-town Ocracoke? Fireworks. The kind neither saw coming.

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long-lost-neighbors_kindleAfter fifteen years apart, best friends, Greg and Ali, reunite. It doesn’t take them long, either, to find out they want to be more than just friends. One problem, though. Ali is engaged.

Sean is good looking, hard working and rich. He can give Ali anything and everything she could ever want. But is it enough?

Two men. One choice. It all comes down to being in front of the altar.

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When his older brother dies in battle, Valerian must set aside his dream to be a scholarly monk and become crown prince. Armed with a brave heart and the love of a pacifist Healer named Mercy, Valerian sets out to find the legendary dragons, the only hope of salvation for his kingdom.

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fathers

An ode to the greatest sports parent of all time!

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thecove Some accomplishments are easier than others…

For Olympic swimmer Gail Pederson, gold medals came easy. Finding true love and marrying him in the temple? Not so easy.

Especially with three men competing for her attention, and temptations leading her further and further from her goal.

Choices have consequences, and each choice Gail makes affects all four of them.  Gail may choose how to live her life, but she can’t choose the consequences.

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Jenica Lee has everything figured out. Or at the very least, organized. She’s compressed her year studying abroad in China to a list of five items, with visiting the Great Wall of China as her number one choice. Never mind that number five is falling in love, that’s something she wrote as more of a dream than a goal.

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A fallen prince, vanished. A ransom on His Majesty’s Elite demanded by shaky allies. A kingdom teetering on the brink of darkness.

Azi and Rian find themselves on an urgent quest to Hywilkin, a harsh land of ice and snow reigned by heartless men with no trust in kindness or beauty, and a cruel intolerance for magic of any kind.
Lurking in the far corners of the world, the Sorcerers of Dusk threaten their quest, weaving darkness into their hearts and minds. In Brindelier, they lure Tib into their dangerous plots as he investigates the conspiring shadows of the city.

The Champions of Light must prevail, or Brindelier’s All-Source and all of the Known Lands will fall forever into the grips of Sorcery.

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