The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

What’s a blog hop, you ask? It’s like a giant game of tag to help readers discover authors who are new to them. For this hop, authors are answering 10 questions about what we’re working on now. This week, I’m it!

I was tagged by Kimberly Llewellyn. Visit her blog to see who else she tagged. At the end of this post, I’ll tag more authors who will be joining the hop next week. Follow the hop long enough and you’re bound to find books you’ll love!

Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your next book?

Lie To Me, which will be book four in my Pearl Island series.

Pearl Island trilogy a contemporary romance ebook series by Julie Ortolon

The first three books in the Pearl Island series.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

From my readers! When I released the Pearl Island trilogy as ebooks in 2011, I had no intention of adding to the series. To me, those stories were done. I didn’t count on reader reaction. Readers fell in love with the world of Pearl Island, an imaginary island near Galveston, Texas.

The trilogy follows the St. Claire siblings as they buy the private island and convert a dilapidated mansion into a thriving bed and breakfast. To add some local color and a hint of pirate history, I wove in a legend about the two ghosts who are rumored to haunt the island: a famous opera singer once known as The Pearl of New Orleans and her privateer lover. There’s a shipwreck in the cove, which leads to a hunt for sunken treasure in Don’t Tempt Me, the final book in the trilogy.

Readers response was so overwhelming, I created a website, Pearl Island Books, which is an extension of my imaginary world. The question I get most often is, “When will Chloe get her story?” Chloe was a twelve-year-old tomboy in Lead Me On, book two in the trilogy. Pretty soon, I started asking myself the same question.

So, that’s what I’m writing now: Chloe’s story.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Contemporary romance. While there is a tiny hint of ghosts, these are fun, sexy romances that readers and reviews say make them laugh and cry and cheer in the end.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have absolutely no idea. My characters are so distinct in my head, I can’t picture them any other way.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A teenage crush sparks back to life when Chloe and Luc, now adults, square off over ownership of an ancient mirror that washed up on the beach at Pearl Island, a valuable treasure which can teach them that love, and trust, are the most powerful magic of all.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I’m beyond thrilled to say that this will be my first completely self published release. It’s been quite the undertaking since the indie publishing revolution has taught me the importance of doing every step a big publisher does in order to produce a truly professional ebook.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Can’t say, since I’m not done yet.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

For this I asked readers on my Facebook Page. Here’s what they said:

  • Jill Shalvis’ first Lucky Harbor trilogy.
  • Susan Mallery’s Fools Gold series.
  • Nora Roberts’ Calhoun Women series.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Again, my readers and their love for the whole world of Pearl Island.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Falling for You book one of the a contemporary romace series by Julie Ortolon

Book One of the Pearl Island Trilogy.

Anyone who’s interested in discovering the world of Pearl Island before Lie to Me comes out should start with Falling for You. It’s book one in the series. Chloe, however, makes her appearance as a secondary character in Lead Me On, book two.

Next Stop on the Hop

Two fabulous authors of romance and women’s fiction will be joining The Next Big Thing Blog Hop:

Judith Arnold

Diane Chamberlain

Visit their websites for a sneak peek at who they are and what they write, then check back with them on Wednesday, January 16 to learn about their Next Big Thing.

Previously on the Blog Hop: Julie Kenner.

Happy Writing and Reading!



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