THE TURNING POINT makes Kirkus’ Book List (Posted 08/31/2021)
THE TURNING POINT made Kirkus Reviews’ book list for “25 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering!” Woo-hoo!!! Please check out the list: 25 Great Indie Books
MYSTIFIED is mailed to BETA Readers (Posted 7/13/2021)
Look what I mailed to BETA readers on July 13, 2021! (BETAs are the first readers to provide feedback ahead of an author’s second-to-last edits, helping to ensure a manuscript is ready to query or self-publish!) I’m so excited about MYSTIFIED which combines adult ghost fiction and psychological suspense. Woo-hoo!!!
Note: The cover art is temporary!
For updates click: MYSTIFIED
Writer’s Digest Posts Winners (Posted 4/21/2021)
Winners for the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards have been posted on WD’s website! Check out all the winners and honorable mentions, including The Turning Point (in the Fantasy category!). Woo-hoo!!!
Click Link: The 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards
Update on my Current Project (Posted 3/6/2021)
I’ve posted an update on my Work-In-Progress: MYSTIFIED, a Ghost Fiction novel with psychological suspense. Here is my Julia Ash – YouTube link: MYSTIFIED
The Turning Point Earns Honorable Mention (Posted 2/17/2021)
The Turning Point, the third and final installment in The ELI Chronicles, was awarded Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest in its 2020 Self-Published E-Book Awards! WD recognizes a Winner and two Honorable Mentions in each genre category. The Turning Point was entered in the Fantasy category. (Each category Winner continues to compete for the Grand Prize Winner.)
“An incredibly original story I escaped into easily!”
— Judge, 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards
Books in ELI Series Make the Grade for 2020 Indie Shout-Outs (Posted 1/17/2021)
Miranda Reads is the #1 Best Reviewer on Goodreads! She gave a shout-out to The Turning Point at the 6:59 mark in her video. I am so thrilled to be included!!! Check it out: Lit Life with Miranda Reads
Note: This image is a print screen frame from Miranda Reads’ video.
Laura D. Child, a reviewer and blogger of The Magic Book Corner, selected The One and Only as one of her top 20 reads in 2020! The One and Only was her only dystopian pick! Very exciting!!! Laura is the #5 Top Reviewer on Goodreads!
Note: This graphic was created by Laura D. Child
THE TURNING POINT MAKES TOP REVIEW LIST (Posted 12/30/2020)
The staff of IndieReader included The Turning Point as one of the top books in their December list of reviews! Such an honor! Check out the list: “The Best Reviewed Books of the Month/DECEMBER”
THE TURNING POINT IS IR APPROVED (Posted 12/19/2020)
IndieReader reviewed The Turning Point, rating it a 4.4 out of 5.0! A score of 4.0 and above earns the coveted approved sticker! For the full review by Yi Zou of IndieReader, click on the link: The Turning Point.
THE TURNING POINT ADVANCES TO SEMIS (Posted 10/23/2020)
Every book that made the quarterfinals in the BookLife Prize got reevaluated by a panel on “merit” (versus the first score). The Turning Point advanced to the SEMI FINALS!!! Five books in my genre (SciFi/Fantasy/Horror) were designated as Semi Finalists and The Turning Point was one of them! I am DIZZY with excitement!!!
Please check out the: Semi Finalists
THE TURNING POINT IS A QUARTER FINALIST (Posted 10/21/2020)
It is official: The Turning Point has been selected as a Quarter Finalist in the BookLife Prize, a national competition sponsored by its parent company, Publishers Weekly. The third installment to the ELI Chronicles series is ranked 7th in its SciFi/Fantasy/Horror category!
Please check out the Critic’s Report written by a PW Reviewer: The Turning Point (Quarter Finalist)
WHAT EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS (Posted 6/8/2020)
In my opinion, every author needs a developmental editor to help ensure that the pacing of their story is the best that it can be! Kerrie Flanagan is mine! I didn’t know her before choosing a pathway of novel writing. Not only do I trust and value her advice, we’ve become friends! She’s frank, encouraging, and caring. That is a formula for critique success. (She’s an author, too!) You can check out her website: Kerrie Flanagan
SPECIAL SHIPMENT ARRIVES (Posted 6/7/20)
My first shipment of books arrived! YAY!!! Please come to The Greyhound – An Indie Bookstore & Fine Art Gallery in Berlin (MD) on Saturday, June 13 (1-3 PM) where I’ll be joining in on the re-opening festivities, including signing books and judging a facemask competition.
PUBLICATION DAY ARRIVES EARLY (Posted 6/1/2020)
The third and final installment in The ELI Chronicles series arrived a day early! I am so excited to present to you The Turning Point 🙂 !!! Woo-hoo!!!
FEATURED AUTHOR AT REOPENING CELEBRATION (Posted 5/29/2020)
Exciting news! Susan Wimbrow (right) and The Greyhound – An Indie Bookstore & Fine Art Gallery are hosting a “reopening” celebration on Sat., June 13 (1-3 PM) and I’m the featured author! Books, friends, wine, and treats!!! PLEASE COME!!! (I’ll be signing books, helping to judge a facemask competition, and celebrating the end of my book series!) ❤️ NOTE: The store officially reopened in May, but is holding its celebration on June 13.
INCLUDED IN FAVORITE INDIE-AUTHORS LIST (Posted 5/18/2020)
Blogger Marie Kirkland has included me in Part 1 of her favorite list of indie authors! I’m so honored to be included alongside other authors whom I respect so much!!! Please check out Marie’s blog: Book Nook Retreat
THE TURNING POINT PROOF ARRIVES (Posted 5/18/2020)
It amazing to see my series complete! The Turning Point Proof arrived and the third installment of The ELI Chronicles on track for a Tuesday, June 2, 2020, release!!! YAY!!!
WALKING IN RUBY’S SHOES (Posted 5/18/2020)
One of my BETA readers had some fun with Photoshop and my cover for The One and Only, helping me to live vicariously through Ruby! I am still laughing and welcome you to join me 😀 !!!
FEEL LIKE “SCULPTING” CONFETTI (Posted 5/12/2020)
Rebecca Reddell’s 5 star review of The Tether is wonderful, making me feel like “sculpting” confetti Ruby-style!!! Please check out her blog: Rebecca’s Write Inspirations
THE TETHER EARNS 5 DARK STARS (Posted 5/2/2020)
The Magic Book Corner and blogger Laura Child made my day with an AWESOME review of The Tether! Please check it out at : The Magic Book Corner
COVER REVEAL (Posted 4/28/2020)
I am thrilled with this cover for the third installment of The ELI Chronicles! Damonza.com captured the tone and vibe I was hoping for! YAY!!!
The Turning Point will be released on June 2nd!
COVER REVEAL SCHEDULED (Posted 4/17/2020)
I will be revealing the cover for The Turning Point on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, as well as on this website, on Tuesday, April 28th @ 5 PM. I simply love, love, LOVE this cover created by Damonza! The artist who has designed all three of my covers in this series has amazing talent 🙂 !
AUTHOR UPDATE ON THE TURNING POINT (Posted 3/19/2020)
TWO AWESOME REVIEWS FOR THE ONE AND ONLY (Posted 3/2/2020)
Recently, The One and Only received two fantastic reviews from Goodreads reviewers!
Rebecca Reddell is an indie author of seven books including The Battle (The Four Chronicles, #1) and Legend: A Cinderella Retelling. She has a blog and also reviews on Goodreads. Here is a link to her blog page: Rebecca’s Write Inspirations
Laura Child is a top reviewer on Goodreads! In fact, she’s rated the #7 Top and the #7 Best Reviewer. This is the link for her review: The Magic Book Corner
AUTHOR UPDATE ON THE TURNING POINT (Posted 2/03/2020)
HONORED TO BE FEATURED ON “TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE” (Posted 1/11/2020)
Such a wonderful treat to be featured on WBOC’s Travels with Charlie! I am forever grateful to Charlie Paparella for being interested in my second career as an author. Rick and I totally enjoyed spending the morning with Charlie, as did our pups Ote Coyote and Lady Remington 🙂 ! Thank you, Charlie and Channel 16!
To view, click on the link!
Note: Photograph is a still frame from Charlie Paparella’s video footage!
MET THE HALFWAY MARK FOR THE TURNING POINT (Posted 12/1/2019
At 11:40 a.m. this morning, I completed the halfway mark for the third installment in The ELI Chronicles. At 49,200 words, I’m doing a happy dance! YAY! This is a huge milestone for The Turning Point 😀 !!!
I’ll begin to outline the second half of act two and start writing right away. So excited to make this book available to you in late Spring of 2020.
SHOWCASED AS A TOP REVIEWER’S FAVORITE (Posted 11/25/2019)
Miranda Reads is the #1 Best Reviewer on Goodreads. She has recently started a YouTube segment called “Lit Life with Miranda Reads!” In her second presentation, she highlights the first round of her favorite self-published authors. And I’m one of them! Wait…let me say that again: I’M ONE OF THEM! Sorry for the text shouting, but that’s how excited I am!!! What an amazing honor to be included 🙂 ! Thank you so much, Miranda!!!
I hope you’ll check it out!
WOWed BY MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITERS (Posted 11/22/2019)
On November 21st, I spent the day with Dr. Jaimie Ridgely and her middle school students enrolled in the Phoenix writing/literary group. WOW! While writing, students demonstrated confidence and joy—proof positive that these young writers are already developing a strong foundation as storytellers. AMAZING!!! I’m thrilled that Dr. Ridgely and Stephen Decatur Middle School are so committed to inspiring young writers! So impressed! ❤️
I will always cherish my memories spent with Dr. Ridgely and her 7th and 8th grade writers at SDMS! What a fantastic experience to feel the energy and passion for writing!
THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WAS MAGICAL AT PAM’S HALLMARK (Posted 11/9/2019)
After signing books at Pam’s Hallmark Shoppe (West Marlin Mall) on November 8th, I feel like I’m twinkling with the magic of Christmas! The decorations, the music, the kind customers and staff…the spirit of Christmas was sprinkled in every nook and cranny!
I’m pictured with Judy who purchased both of my books! I had a wonderful time chatting with her and her sister…such lovely, warm-hearted people! All the customers who stopped by were wonderful and I appreciate their support so much 🙂 !!!
It’s still early, but the holiday season really is the best time of the year! So fortunate to feel “at home” at Pam’s Hallmark and I’m grateful every time I’m invited to sign books in the store!
BOOK SIGNING DURING OPEN HOUSE (Posted 11/4/2019)
Pam’s Hallmark Shoppe is having a Holiday Open House this Friday, November 8th! I’ll be there from 5 to 7 p.m. signing books!!! Santa knows best…Hohoho!!! (See you at Pam’s Hallmark in the White Marlin Mall!)
The store has a wonderful selection of books, ornaments, gifts, and cards!
INTERVIEWED BY AN AUTHOR (Posted 9/12/2019)
I’ve been interviewed again, with some really fun questions (like my favorite book growing up and what 3 things I would bring with me on a deserted island)! To check out the interview, please click: Peter Martuneac’s Blog
Peter Martuneac is an author who writes in the same genre! I’m very grateful to him for reaching out with an interest to interview me! I enjoyed the experience so much! To learn more about him and his books, click: Peter Martuneac
TO PERFORM AT AN AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BENEFIT (Posted 8/23/2019)
I’m so excited about this American Cancer Society benefit (Sept. 13 & 14). I’ll be reading a short story (both showings) narrated in the “voice” of our rescue dog Walker (who passed in 2015). ❤️🐾 For tickets, please visit: Eventbrite
Walker is basking in the sunshine during a boat ride. We loved his smile 🙂 !!!
INTERVIEW WITH A TOP GOODREADS REVIEWER (Posted 8/5/2019)
I was thrilled and honored to be interviewed by Miranda Reads, a top reviewer on Goodreads! Miranda asked me seven questions and posted my answers on her blog on August 3rd. To check out the interview, please visit: https://mirandareads.com
BOOK SIGNING ON SATURDAY, JULY 13th (Posted 7/11/2019)
I’ll be at Pam’s Hallmark Shoppe in the White Marlin Mall (West Ocean City) for another book signing and meet-and-greet with customers! Whether you have a book in my ELI Chronicles series or wish to purchase one, please stop by this Saturday, July 13th, from 2 to 4 PM. Can’t wait to chat and sign books! Pam’s Hallmark has an amazing selection of books and if they don’t shelve the one you’re looking for, they’ll get it for you! Love having my books stocked in their special store 🙂 !!!
FACILITATING A WRITER’S INSTITUTE SESSION (Posted 6/19/2019)
On June 18th, I was honored to facilitate a workshop on helping students to better understand Points of View and Voice. The Eastern Shore Writing Project sponsors the two-week institute at Salisbury University for educators who teach writing. I absolutely loved spending time with fabulous teachers who are passionate about teaching writing!
Oh my gosh…I’m wearing the same tunic as below 😉 !!!
BOOK SIGNING AT PAM’S HALLMARK (Posted 5/29/2019)
What a wonderful day I had at Pam’s Hallmark Shoppe in the White Marlin Mall (West Ocean City, MD) on Saturday, May 25th! The management and staff treated me like an author queen 🙂 . I am forever grateful!
Here are some photos that captured my fantastic day:
(Above) Pictured with me are Melody Hitch (left) and Store Manager Jamie Snyder. (Melody helps oversee operations at all Pam’s Hallmark Shoppes.)
Look at the signing table which was set-up for me! Fantastic 🙂 !
I loved signing books for customers at Pam’s Hallmark!
These special tickets were made and distributed for the event! Loved them!!!
Most people think of Hallmark stores for their cards, and cards are certainly in abundance! Perhaps not as well known . . . Pam’s Hallmark Shoppe in the White Marlin Mall also has an AWESOME and comprehensive selection of books. And if a book that you want is not on their shelves, they’ll get it for you. In addition, the store has creative gifts and high-quality T-shirts and accessories. So if you’re in the area, stop by and check them out. I’ll also keep you posted on my next book signing there!
UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS (Posted 5/10/2019)
SU’S CHILDREN’S & YA LITERATURE FESTIVAL (Posted 4/27/2019)
I attended Salisbury University’s Children’s & YA Literature Festival. I was in awe of each author’s personal story of perseverance. The following authors and illustrators were presenters: Jacqueline Alcantara, Daria Peoples-Riley, Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace, Jessica Rinker, Jen Cullerton Johnson, and Sue Fliess.
I’m pictured with illustrator/author Daria Peoples-Riley and her book THIS IS IT!
COVER OF THE TETHER IS REVEALED (Posted 3/26/2019)
Ruby Spencer’s story continues! If you like the sound of “Beauty and the Beast meets Dracula” and the main character is a strong female, then this dark fantasy is for you! THE TETHER will be released on or around May 1st. Updates will be posted on this website!
COVER REVEAL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 26th (Posted 3/15/2019)
I love, love, love the cover of THE TETHER, designed by Damonza! Can’t wait to share it on social media, at 5 p.m. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (Posted 2/9/2019)
Today I was the keynote speaker for Arts in Motion and the Eastern Shore Writing Project Conference, held at Salisbury University. What an honor to be included! I thank Kristina Belcher, Teacher Consultant for the ESWP, and Dr. Brandy Terrill, Coordinator of Arts in Motion, for inviting me. My presentation was on “What Writing Is…” before, as, and after you write.
AUTHORS SUPPORTING AUTHORS (Posted 2/6/2019)
I had the pleasure of attending fellow author Bud Scott’s book signing at The Greyhound Indie Bookstore in Berlin, Maryland (on 2/2). Bookstore owner and author Susan Wimbrow (pictured left) is a great support to authors! All three books pictured are available at the bookstore:
- DEATH IS MY LIFE by Susan Ayres Wimbrow
- DEAD PEOPLE FROM THE ATTIC by Bud Scott
- THE ONE AND ONLY by Julia Ash
THE TETHER MANUSCRIPT IS COMPLETE (Posted 1/21/2019)
THE TETHER IS 75-PRECENT COMPLETE! (Posted 12/17/2018)
SEQUEL TO THE ONE AND ONLY REACHES MIDPOINT (Posted 10/25/2018)
BOOK SIGNING IN THE POCONO MOUNTAINS (Posted 9/17/2018)
Thanks to Melissa and George Stratts for hosting an open house which included a book signing station! What a wonderful gathering on September 15!
SECOND BOOK CLUB VISIT IS A SUCCESS (Posted 9/14/2018)
My second visit to a book club took place on September 13. The group has been together for 9 years! Special thanks to Kristina Belcher for hosting the meeting and for selecting THE ONE AND ONLY as the group’s featured book!
FIRST BOOK CLUB VISIT SPARKS GREAT DISCUSSION (Posted 9/13/2018)
On September 12, I attended my first book club as a featured author! Thanks to all the members of Anita’s Book Club for hosting a fantastic lunch meeting at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. Special thanks to Peggy Timmons for choosing THE ONE AND ONLY as the book selection and for crocheting this beautiful gift!
FIRST BOOK SIGNING IS A SUCCESS (Posted 7/12/2018)
The first book signing, held on June 25, was a huge success thanks to Lori S. and Robin W.
BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE (Posted 6/8/2018)
DESCRIPTION OF THE ONE AND ONLY IS REPRESENTED IN PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, IN THE BOOKLIFE SECTION (5/28/2018 issue)
KIRKUS REVIEWS SELECTS THE ONE AND ONLY FOR MAGAZINE (Posted 5/25/2018)
THE ONE AND ONLY RECEIVES ITS FIRST REVIEW (Posted 5/10/2018)
NEWS ARTICLE ON RELEASE (Posted 5/10/2018)
Reporter Charlene Sharpe of The Dispatch wrote an article about the release of THE ONE AND ONLY. The article was published on April 26 and can be accessed in its entirety here: The Dispatch
PAPERBACK IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE (Posted 4/26/2018)
THE ONE AND ONLY is available for purchase from Amazon for $11.62! For quick access, click on the link: https://amazon.com/author/juliaash
KINDLE eBOOK AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER (Posted 4/18/2018)
THE ONE AND ONLY is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Visit: https://amazon.com/author/juliaash
COVER REVEAL (Posted 3/28/2018):
The cover captures main character Ruby Spencer perfectly! And sets the tone for her challenges ahead. Thank you Damonza.com!
COVER REVEAL-DATE SET (Posted March 13, 2018):
The cover of THE ONE AND ONLY will be released on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 4 PM!
NOVEL RELEASE-DATE SET (Posted February 22, 2018):
The release of THE ONE AND ONLY, Julia Ash’s debut dark-fantasy thriller, is scheduled for May 1, 2018!