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About meI am an author and publisher whose first novel was published in 2007 and the trilogy completed in 2011.I also edited a short collection of verses which was published early 2012 and which is ideal for poetry readings.
A member of SWWJ in the UK I am spending more time giving talks than writing but still use LT to find books to read and to ease me into internet chat.
I have just joined a group recording for the blind and have now published my fourth novel. This is about a fifty year old woman who leaves her husband and attempts to start a new life but finds herself in a mysterious house with an eccentric actress, while her husband is spurred into action by her desertion. Based in and around Brighton, it is a complete change from the 'Lane' trilogy.'Never Run Away' was published on April 30th 2014 and the response so far has been incredible.It should soon be available as an ebook.
I have also been recording another magazine for the blind, a most satisfying experience.

About my libraryI have only just started to buy books.Most of my list is from the local library.
I enjoy fiction, mostly character based thrillers and human interest page turners.
I usually find I can't read popular fantasy books, but I have read SCi Fi and written speculative fiction.
I haven't listed all the children's books and classics in my library, just some of those I've read since I joined LT.
I needed to record books by authors I admired and LT is perfect for that.

GroupsBook of the month club, Brits, Crambo!, Hobnob with Authors, King's Dear Constant Readers, Pedants' corner, Poetry Fool, Published Authors - Marketing, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsRobert Goddard, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Julie Christine Round, Katherine Webb (Shared favorites)


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Real nameJulie

LocationWorthing,Sussex. UK.

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Member sinceJan 21, 2010

Currently readingFrankenstein Scooters to Dracula's Castle by Martin 'Sticky' Round
Never Run Away by Julie C. Round
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
House of Secrets by Elaine Hankin

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Will do, I've just sent her a link to the work's LT page. :)
~~~~~~~Revised review, now posted~~~~
"Never Run Away" by Julie C. Round

When we think of runaway persons we usually see them as teenagers. In "Never Run Away" the missing person is Barbara Sharp, a mature married woman whose recently retired husband, Tony, is slow to realize how little he knew about her.

Barbara becomes "Tania Baker" and takes advantage of every opportunity. She's resourceful and adaptable. Most notable is her relationship with Ellen Boniface.

As he tries to track her Tony, ironically, expands his universe. He keeps in touch with their daughter, Carole, and makes friends at various stopovers. Some of his rough edges are smoothed when he gets a job driving a bus whose passengers thank him as they get off. (I live in a community where this is the custom.)

The book's title,"Never Run Away," implies that running away is not the best choice.....but perhaps there are times when running away leads to new and better lives. ( )
Hi oldstick, I just published a book suitable for all readers interested in pirates during the era of the Spanish Treasure Fleet. Amazon/Kindle title: Last Pirate at Fort Matanzas. I enjoyed reading your poem above. I sometimes think of a poem by Laurence Binyon, 1914 "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
Thanks for being in touch. Your email reminded me of how much I miss Sussex and Brighton. All the best for the coming festive season. Regards, Amanda
I was trying to find a way to tell all my friends and contacts that I have a new website but it seems not everyone now has a comment section in their profile so I'll put it on here and try again later.
Thank you Julie. I think you are a woman on a mission and I admire you for that! I totally agree with you about Alzheimer's. I am very touched by witnessing it, too, and many scenes in my new novel, Apart From Love, are inspired by it.
You might want to read my blog post highlighting just a little of the character of Natasha, the accomplished pianist stricken by early-onset Alzheimer's:

This old fogey agrees with you. What you write is all too familiar. I retired from teaching in 1991. My students had standardized tests to take fairly late in the school year (probably April or early May) and that was it. In the district in which I taught, we teachers were allowed to devise our own curriculum to do beneficial things that could not be measured by multiple choice answer tests. I'm glad I'm not teaching now.
Oh no worries. Many thanks and I would be interested in anything you can tell me about it.

Take care Julie

Teresa x
Julie...I have inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia. What a pair Gemma and I are. I would be interested in what you are doing with your workshop.

Take care

Teresa x
So glad you enjoyed York. It certainly can get very busy on a Saturday...but as you say...good to see young people enjoying themselves.
Going through a rough patch right now as our youngest daughter (30) has been diagnosed with ME. She is and has been very ill and been off work for 5 months. Gemma still lives at home with us following a serious car accident 6 years ago. So.....reading has been a great comfort and so has my sewing.
Are you enjoying The Lacuna???

Teresa xx
I have a subscription with Audible, currently one book per month. I sometimes download from itunes as well. Other than that I buy CDs and rip to my ipod. I usually prefer to buy discs but lately have been buying more downloads because of cheapness and speed.

Until recently the only audiobooks I had bought were books I had already read in print and expected to re-read, but I have now bought some that were new to me. The reader is as important as the book and having found one that I like I will as often search Audible by reader as by author and I would never buy a book without hearing a sample first. I did try Librivox for public domain books but didn't find any of their (volunteer) readers to my taste.

I have read it and it broke my heart in a good way, one of these days I hope to have the heart for a re-read. I'm looking forward to reading your review
'Chasers'? I'm not sure what that is but I completely agree with you anyway! I'm currently watching 'Jamie's Dream School' on 4 (don't get me started on it) and really can't see the point of getting people like Cherie Blair (don't get me started on her either) to encourage these kids to take up a career in law when they can't even speak properly. Okay - I accept that's not their fault (so far) but I actually think it is unrealsitc of the programme to tell a child she can be a lawyer without pointing out that if she wants to do that she's going to have to be able to make herself understood and not answer every comment with 'Is it?' (as in "I used to be a doctor." "Is it?").

It has nothing to do with regional accents which are fine; it's to do with being understood. I know we all spoke slang in our teens and still do sometimes in colloquial conversation but it seems to me to be another example of the way kids today are not allowed to be criticised or told they need to change anything about themselves if they want to get on. Telling a girl she will have to learn to stop pronouncing her 'th's as 'f's if she wants a career in the law isn't discriminatory, it's practical good sense; who is going to employ a solicitor the jury can't even understand?

Oh dear, pardon the rant, it's the ex-English teacher in me fighting to get out again. I'm truly not 100 years old, though I know I probably sound it, but sometimes I do despair.
Thanks for the welcome. I do read a great deal of King's books, but I'm somewhat of an omnivore when it comes to reading. Hook me on the first page and I'm in.

Because I know many people who, like you, prefer to check novels out of the local library, I generally give a copy to several libraries. Not everyone can lay down the cash, and I want readers more than sales (of course, sales are nice too).
I had just signed up for the site and wasn't even done setting it up. I'm a full-time reporter and I've been busy promoting my book...thanks for the heads up! haha
It is my pleasure to be your friend. I do not write (other than foolish poems/jingles once in a while) but I am interested in both new poetry and prose. I very much appreciated you sending me your books. (You are wise to not add stars to your own books. This is a touchy issue: I recently had a writer tell me that every author thinks his own book is a 5 star~~~ well, yes, but there is a bias lurking I wanted to tell him: that's why he was flagged.)
Hi Oldstick (Julie)
Of course you can add me to your friend list. Sorry it's a late reply but I've been moving house this week and have only just got round to checking LT. I'm now in Lincolnshire in a cottage with a garden after selling the flat in Brighton! Very different as I'm sure you can imagine. I didn't see the programme you mentioned unfortunately.
I still have unpacking to do but hope you'll write again and then I'll send a longer reply.
Best wishes
Hi oldstick,
Thanks for the welcome. I haven't had much time to take advantage of all that library thing has to offer because of work and my writing and everything else, but I like being part of the site and meeting people like yourself. I look forward to chatting more with you.
Hi there

Just to let you know that the book arrived safe and sound on Friday. Many thanks.

Teresa x
I saw you only gave The Almost Moon 2 stars. I too found it very disappointing after The Lovely Bones.

Teresa interesting premise!!! I noticed that your first novel concerned a learning disabled young person. My eldest daughter is learning disabled and would be interested in reading that too. I will seek it out!

From a chilly Yorkshire....

Thanks Old Stick, much appreciated, already fixed :-)

Oh yes, I know, the marketplace is crowded and the odds are long but mainly I love writing so whatever happens is OK by me.

Best regards,
Many thanks for your offer, it was kind of you to think of us. I do have a daughter but she left her teens behind some time ago, I'm afraid, so probably wouldn't be your target audience. Good luck with the book though - maybe one of the YA groups here would supply a few volunteers? Hope all goes well.
I just got into this website and posted on one of the forums concerning self-publishing. You commented shortly after I did. I self-published lately so I'm always looking for kindred spirits. That's about it.
Thanks for the advice about writing and writers - I've signed on to the two groups you mentioned and have just realised I never thanked you

In my case, I like to read scenes with strong dramatic and emotional impact, regardless of where they appear in my book(s). A quick synopsis at the beginning of a reading will give listeners enough context, then hit 'em hard with two or three captivating scenes, give a quick bow and exit. I've been giving readings for 25-30 years and the worst errors writers make is a) reading even though they have no dramatic flair for it and b) reading far too long and boring their audience. A reading should be a performance and too many scribes forget that. Hope that's helpful and best of luck with your endeavors.
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