Monday, 14 January 2013

Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to have Julia Hughes as our featured Author in the Spotlight! Here's a little bit about Julia in her own words.
"I'm an eldest child and walking my younger brother and sister to school and back, I'd tell them stories – a captive audience! On leaving college, I worked at the BBC, helping write stories for their "Schools' Programmes". That was back in the day, before satellite telly made it over to the UK and 'Auntie Beeb' ruled the air waves! I gave it all up for the good life, and moved down to Cornwall, one of the most beautiful counties in England, and often known as 'God's own country.' I think the greatest compliment I received was 'Julia's more Cornish than the Cornish.' I picked daffodils in winter and made pasties for the holidaymakers in the summer. But all good things come to an end: I upped sticks to be closer to my family, and landed in a little village just outside London, and have been here ever since, scribbling away at my stories. "
I don't specifically write in any one genre, an idea will flitter into my mind, and the story develops. My first three titles, "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time" are action adventures, while "The Bridle Path" is romance. I think I'd overdosed on the testosterone flying around in the previous three books and wanted something a little more feminine and romantic.
My latest title "The Griffin Cryer" is an adventure/fantasy. What makes this genre special is the opportunity to really allow imagination to take flight, and even create whole new worlds for readers to explore.'
Everyone loves a freebie and at Brook Cottage Books we are thrilled that The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes is free on Kindle from 12th - 16th January (midnight) so there's still time to grab a bargain! Its now on my TBR list! So, whats the book about? Here's a bit of blurb!
Frankie Shaunessy's friends are out of this world!

It's an easy mistake to make - instead of whistling and calling for her dog, fifteen year old Frankie accidentally summons a griffin and his rider from another world. The Rider is tall, blond and extremely rude. On the other hand, Balkind is the sweetest, most lovable griffin Frankie's ever met, and Frankie is determined to help the Rider and his griffin find a way back to their own world.

Dealing with parallel universes, disgruntled warriors, and hungry griffins is the easier part of Frankie's life. At school, Frankie learns friends can become enemies, teachers aren't always right, and the boy of your dreams can be all too human. Told in approximately 53,000 words, suitable for young adults, and all those who've ever dreamed of riding a griffin.

Cover art by Laura Wright LaRoche of Designs
Julia's website: or tweet @Tinksaid

 The book is also available on as well as

9 Responses so far.

  1. What a lovely way to begin 'creating' stories. And a captive audience to boot!

  2. Sheryl says:

    Loving the blurb! Good luck, Julia! :) xx

  3. Ooh what lucky siblings you have and I love that you write about what inspires you rather than sticking to a single genre it gives us readers even more to enjoy. Good luck, may The Griffin Cryer be a soaring success for you :)

  4. Dody says:

    Your life seems as 'romantic' as the flavor in all of your stories! Excitement in the details of life leaps off your post as much as I find in your great tales. Best for The Griffin Cryer. Looking forward to book 2!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hello Linn and Sheryl, lovely to meet you, and Hi to Charlie & Dody too - thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to drop by. It's lovely to see so many friendly faces, and I'm thrilled to be appearing at Brook Cottage Books - such a pretty site, and loving the many great articles:)Thank you JB, it's plain to see why your site is already a "must read", I've really enjoyed reading your reviews.

    Julia x

  6. Hey guys. Thanks for visiting the blog today. Thanks to the lovely Julia for being my author in the spotlight today. x

  7. Sounds like my kinda book! Just downloaded it ;)
    Thanks Julia!!

  8. Jenny Worstall says:

    What a great post! I am looking forward to the next in the series already.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Suzy, and many thanks to JB for taking time to introduce me to so many lovely readers<3

    You've helped "The Griffin Cryer" into #2 spot in the free downloads for Action & Adventure, with over 24 hours to go. I'm very very grateful.

    Julia Hughes

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