Blog Tour: THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece

Today I have the honor of participating in blog tour for THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece. Since I read THE ARTISANS last year I became an instant fan. I knew that once I read this book that I needed others to read and talk about it because it was that good. Mysterious and swoony with just the right amount of spook to keep you wholly engaged. So, sit back and get to know Julie Reece and her wonderful book a bit more as I Interview her for this tour stop.


Title: The Artisans

Publication date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Author: Julie Reece

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?


Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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Tale of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

Hi! Thanks so much for having me here today!

1. What was the original idea that inspired The Artisans and the unique world you have created? 

I’ve loved fairy tales since I was a little kid, especially the redemptive story of Beauty and the Beast. So when my love of fables met my passion for creepy, southern Gothic, THE ARTISANS just sort of twisted into one story.

2. Despite the plethora of Fantasy themed books that are published, your novel is quite romantic and mysterious. I could not stop reading it until I reached the heart stopping ending. What do you think makes your novel stand out from the rest?

Wow, what a nice compliment, thank you!! XOXO I don’t know, but if my story stands out, I’m grateful! If I had a guess, I’d say that sometimes curses are blessings, and I’ll explain what I mean. In school, I had trouble learning because I didn’t think the way most kids did. I felt so dumb back then, but I wasn’t stupid, I just figured stuff out my own way and in my own timing. As a writer, maybe I’m still doing that. My teachers said I was a daydreamer. They even accused me of lying because I was always making up the most ridiculous stories and telling them to everyone like they were true. Uh, I guess that’s pretty much the definition of lying, isn’t it?  Well, come on, why would you tell your teacher that you didn’t turn in your homework because you didn’t understand it. Isn’t it more interesting to say that your parents own a zoo, and that it’s your job to feed the lions, but they ate your homework instead of the steak? Perfectly reasonable is you ask me.

Sorry, I’m rambling. Did you ask me why my story stands out? I’m thinking maybe it’s my own brand of crazy-pants that works better in life after elementary school. Just a guess.

3. If The Artisans where made into a feature film and you had complete control over the project who would you select for your cast using any actors, alive or dead? 

Ha! I keep wanting to pick up the phone and call you, so that I can ask your opinion about half of these questions.

It’s so hard to find someone in real life to match the way you picture the characters in your head. In fact, I couldn’t! Yet, I think the people below would fill in and make a very pretty move!

Gideon: It was between Alex Pettyfer, Jamie Bower Campbell, and Liam Hemsworth, but guess who has the best, cocky stare-down?  
Raven: Adelaide Kane   
Dane: Model Frank Smith (we’d have to add the dreads!)
Maggie: Juno Temple

Gah!! So hard. I dunno, who would you pick? 

 Me? I would totally pick Alex Pettyfer for Gideon because I just adore his hotness. Raven I pictured more of

4. What can you tell us about The Artisans that you have never told anyone else?

Hm, I’m fairly transparent so there aren’t many secrets left to tell ... Oh wait, I know a little one. Edgar (Allen Poe) is the name of a black cat in the story. Well the truth is, he’s based on a real cat, and one of the events in the story surrounding that silly feline actually happened. Little brat!

We love him, though.

5. Who is your favorite character from this book?

Oh, my gosh, that is another question that is just so hard to answer. I love them all like family, you know? I guess if you’re forcing me to pick a favorite child (you big meanie) I’d have to say I fell in love with Gideon the hardest. The big dummy, he’s so horrible. But underneath, I was always rooting for him. I wanted to believe that there was still something redeemable left inside his rock-hard heart to win him over to the good side.

6. What is your favorite passage from your novel?

I don’t have a single favorite, but I always like first impressions, so how about I share that...?  :D

A boy stands in the center of the room. Boy? Guy. He’s six feet, at least. Messy, blond hair falls in an appealing way over his brow. He casually rests a hip against the giant walnut desk. He’s wearing tan leather pants, a white cotton tunic, and a green, duck canvas overcoat that hangs to his knees, complete with faux fur collar. His clothes are good. Not as good as mine, but custom, and quite nice. I make my observations in seconds, ticking off the particulars. This guy oozes more electrical sex appeal than the Las Vegas Strip.
When he shifts his weight, I notice his cane for the first time. The dark wood and gold, lion-head grip makes it the most beautiful walking stick I have ever seen. I’d kill to own one like it. Well, maybe not kill, but maim? Definitely. I feel my brow creasing. This isn’t the infamous Nathan Maddox. He’s too young. “Who are you?”

7. Do you have an inspiration board and can you share anything with us?

I studied fine art in school, and I’m a very visual person. It always helps me to ‘see’ a novel first.  Sometimes, I make story boards on Pinterest. Here’s the one I made for The Artisans if you want to see it!

8. What are your favorite reads?

 Impossible questions!!! Gah! Let me think ... Old school ...  Jane Austen, Bronte Sisters, Stephen King, all the classics. Lately, Maggie Stiefvater, Michelle Hodkin, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Sarah J. Mass, Julie Kagawa, A.G. Howard, Wendy Higgins  ... Yeah, I could keep going for a while. : )

9. What are you working on right now and can you tell us anything about it?

Sure! I’m in my second round of edits with the sequel to THE ARTISANS. In addition, I’m almost finished editing a contemporary romance. It’s my first contemporary, and I’m really excited about it. I have two other finished novels waiting on revisions, both urban fantasies, and I’m plotting my first dystopian. All YA. Phew!

10. What is the best way for fans to follow you?

I love always love talking YA books and movies, pets and whatever else. You can find me here:


11. What does a typical writing day consist of?

Little about my writing is typical. I write when and where I can, but one of my favorite places is this little coffee/tea house on a lake. It’s about ten minutes from my house, and I choose a table by a big window, get lunch, and order a pot of tea (I don’t drink coffee. I know. What’s wrong with me?). After that, I open my laptop and disappear into my current manuscript for the next four or five hours. #Heaven

Thank you, Julie for taking the time to answer my questions. The Artisans is one of my favorite reads this year, and I am so excited for everyone to read it.

Aww, that makes me day! Thank you so much. I had a blast being here today. It was a lot of fun answering your questions. And you really made me think! Lol.

I also want to say thinks to those of you who’ve read/are reading/ or are thinking about reading THE ARTISANS. All the nice feedback, tweeting and sharing about my book has meant so much! Everyone has been awesome and supportive. I really appreciate you!



Thank you Julie for being such an awesome guest. I can't for the world to discover your book because it is soo darn good and I need people to discuss it with.


A Winner will be drawn June 19, 2015

·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Artisans by Julie Reece (INT)

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  1. Just had to say thank you once more for having me on. The questions were fun and I had a great time. I love it here! You are a fantastic host!! XOXOX

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