Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn in the west.....

I've been on an extended road trip this autumn (much like a certain character in the 44 series), and it's been such fun. For me, fall is the best of the best season to travel in, with amazing colors around every corner. I thought I would go ahead and be random this morning, posting some of my favorite moments of the season so far as I roamed around with my camera, capturing the beauty.

The pictures are from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and of course, Bend, Oregon!

Hope you all are having a great fall too, with many fun plans brewing for the upcoming holidays!

Jools 






















Thursday, September 18, 2014

Forty-Four Book Ten Now Available!

Hi, Everybody!
Book Ten is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Thank you for being such great fans of the series :)
Happy Reading!
Jools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

44 Book Ten Coming Soon!


Hi, Everyone!

A couple bits of exciting news...

First off, 44 Book 10 will be out soon. I'll have an official date in a few days, as well as a countdown. Thanks so much to all those who have written asking about its release.

The other news is that my brilliant cover artist has redesigned new covers for the series, and the books look incredible! I'll be putting all of them on the blog in the next week or so, but most are up on Amazon now if you want to have a look.

Hope you all are having a great, relaxing long weekend!
Jools

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summertime Gladness....


Hi, Everyone~

A quick post to wish you all a great last few weeks of summer~hope you're having plenty of outdoor fun in the sun!

I'm  very close to announcing the specific date for the release of Book 10 (early September) And I'm SO excited about this installment of the series! It's going to be a good one....

Happy Summer!


Jools

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Soccer Is Pain, Highness....





Not long ago I was talking to a neighbor about soccer.

About the intensity, the passion, and the excitement. About how the World Cup tournament actually starts two years prior with qualifying games and friendlies. About how the Jools' household nervously gathers around the television to watch the all-important draw, the event where teams are placed into their groups. About how we collectively hold our breaths hoping that Argentina doesn't end up in a "Group of Death." About how that day is more or less the official kick-off of the tournament and it's when the pounding hearts, shallow breaths, and the dreams begin once again.

The countdown starts. Banners, flags, and decorations fill the house. The giant white erase board is nailed to the wall next to the flat screen. There are empanadas and barbeques and Dulce de Leche. Team jerseys are worn, scarves are wrapped around necks even though it's summer, and there is a continuous analysis of both past and present teams, stories of games told and retold.


"Maybe this is the year," we whisper. "Just maybe...."

Argentina has always been our team. Mr. Jools is from Argentina and our two daughters have passionate Argentine soccer hearts. We usually watch every one of those 64 games in the tournament. It's fun research, and we are looking ahead, seeing what teams need to be knocked out, what teams we need to be worried about.

This year the World Cup was incredible, with so many exciting moments. So many stories and so much drama.  Tim Howard in the goal box. Costa Rica. Mexico pushing through. Holland looking fierce. Germany looking strong and focused.  James Rodriguez. And then there were the surprises: Spain, Italy, and England all losing in the group stage and going home early. And, of course, Brazil's epic meltdown.


But back to my neighbor....

She didn't understand and she dismissed the conversation with, "Well, over all these years, surely you've come to realize that there's more to life than just a game."

It took me a little while to figure out what she was really saying. It wasn't just a matter of not  understanding the sport, it was a matter of not understanding what it means to so many people around the world.

It's love, pure and simple.




And with love comes all those emotions: passion and excitement and hope.

And sometimes, heartbreak.


Buttercup: You mock my pain!
Man in Black: Life is pain, Highness.
  
When it's all said and done, I've come to realize that soccer is mostly about pain. And this World Cup, at least for us, was no different. Argentina made it into the Final only to lose to Germany in overtime.


So what does any of this have to do with writing and the 44 series?

Well, everything. Love and pain and happiness and agony are always at the heart of a good story. And
Book 10 is coming soon.....


Jools




Monday, July 14, 2014

The Agony and the Agony....

It was a tough game, a tough loss, a tough day to be an Argentine soccer fan....

 There's so much I want to say about this World Cup....


But not today....

Jools

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bring on that Messi Magic...

 It's been an amazing World Cup for Argentina so far, but there's one more game to win.

The big one.
The Final in Rio in just a few hours.
We'll need the magic from the little magician. We'll need the defense to play like they played in the Holland game. And we'll need a little luck. 
GO ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!