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Julie A. Carlson
Julie A. Carlson is a freelance writer who has had a variety of articles published in newspapers and magazines in Arizona. She is an aspiring screenwriter and novelist. Julie also reviews books on her blog, "That's Swell!" She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Aside from her writing career, Julie has over 11 years experience working in law enforcement. She, currently, lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Entries by Julie A. Carlson

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey Takes You Behind-the-Scenes of This Beloved Show

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 5:08 PM

USA fans of Downton Abbey rejoice because January 13th is almost here! Set during the post-Edwardian era, the characters of Julian Fellowes' award-winning period drama have endured tragedy, heartbreak, scandal, war, illness, and romance. The series now moves into the 1920s, and with it, new storylines and characters, including the...

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Love for Grown-ups Gives Tips on Marrying Later in Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 8:03 AM

Are you single? Still looking for love and are in your 30s, 40s -- even older? No, don't worry, this isn't a dating advertisement. But if you are single and no longer in your 20s, fear not! Of course, many people don't have to get married in this day and...

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The Elementals Is a Haunting Coming-of-Age Story

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Over her 23-year career as a writer, Francesca Lia Block has sparked readers' imaginations with magical books featuring strange and mythical characters who feel as if they stepped out of a twisted fairytale. Since publishing her first novel, Weezie Bat, about a young teen living in L.A., which coined Block's...

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Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan Soars With Romance

(7) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 2:32 PM

Most of us have heard of Tarzan of the Apes. Since 1912, the famous character by Edgar Rice Burroughs has been featured in pulp fiction magazines, novels, comic books, countless films, radio programs and even the Broadway stage. He was forever immortalized in a leopard print loin cloth by Olympic...

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Steampunk-Inspired Stormdancer Is Adventurous Fantasy

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 4:44 PM

Aside from dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic trends in adult and YA literature, steampunk is becoming the next big thing. What is steampunk exactly?

According to, steampunk stories usually take place in an alternate 19th century Victorian world and include the supernatural, airships and steam-powered and advanced machines. But...

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Khoury's Origin Shines with Originality

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 12:17 PM

I read novels constantly, especially YA. According to a recent study from Bowker Market Research 55% of books published for kids aged 12 to 17 are purchased by adults. With so many new YA books coming out this Fall, I've been reading three books at one time. It's...

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What's Left Of Me Focuses On What It Means to Be Human

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 6:50 PM

What would it be like to have two souls? Just imagine, if you will, living with a dominant soul and a recessive soul. The recessive soul is, in a sense, a sibling and a best friend but you can't see them. You each have your own thoughts and personality. But...

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Something Strange and Deadly Is a Captivating and Empowering Thriller

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 5:55 PM

At the end of the year, I usually make a top ten list of favorite books that I've read. These books consist of a mixture of adult and young adult fiction. One of the best and most entertaining books I've read this year, and frankly in a long time, is...

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Vampires and Friendship Provide Comical Mix in Team Human

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 8:53 PM

Tired of vampires? You know the dominating sparkly kind, or the dark and dangerous one who competes with his brother for your affection? I'm not, but Mel is. Who's Mel? She's the narrator of Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. These two successful YA authors came together...

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High School Friends Take Trip Down Memory Lane In Reunited

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:24 PM

Like any teenager when I was growing up, I had my favorite bands and musicians. I loved plugging in my Walkman and listening to cassette tapes of New Kids on the Block, the B-52's, Belinda Carlisle, Huey Lewis and the News, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. I can still picture my...

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This Is Not a Test Brims With Teen Angst and Zombies

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Zombies. As of late, their popularity has spread like the virus they carry. I was never that interested in zombie movies or stories. Yet, my feeling regarding zombies all changed after watching The Walking Dead on AMC. How I ever got through the first season is an absolute wonder because...

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WWII Medical Thriller Captures History of Shanghai Jewish Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 10:42 AM

If I could get my hands on a time machine, I'd be one happy lady. What eras would I like to visit in my tripped out DeLorean DCM-12 with 1.21 gigawatts of power -- courtesy of, no less? Well, at least after he's had it registered.

I've dreamed of...

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Monument 14 Is a Post-Apocalyptic Wild Ride About Survival

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 2:36 PM

What would you do if it was the end of the world? How would you prepare for survival? Where would you prefer to be at that very moment in time?

As for me, I'd prefer what author, Emmy Laybourne, choose for her debut novel, Monument 14:

"Anytime that...
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'Gone Girl' Explores Macabre Marriage

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 3:20 PM

I've never a read a creepier thriller than Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Just thinking about the 2006 debut novel sends chills up my spine. The protagonist, Camille Preaker, a sharp-witted and brash Chicago newspaper reporter, was committed for being a cutter. Preaker is one of the most disturbing and...

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Twist Literary Spins a New Yarn for YA Market

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 4:53 PM

A good mystery -- fact or fiction -- always piques my interest. This probably has to do with my former career in law enforcement. Yet, mysteries are extremely popular among non-police folk. I knew cops who never watched a cop show. However, I'm glued to TV crime and legal shows,...

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The Human Condition and the Civil War Intertwine in Blue Asylum

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 9:59 AM

Insane asylums. What is it about them that draws our interest? Is it the spookiness of the sprawling Gothic buildings once filled with the mentally ill? Many of these places used bizarre "treatments" such as lobotomy and electroshock therapy, including the use of drugs like Laudanum to calm patients. Some...

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Post-Apocalyptic The Immortal Rules Adds Compelling Voice to Vampire Fiction

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Katniss Everdeen better watch out because she has some stiff competition with Allison "Allie" Sekemoto of Julia Kagawa's The Immortal Rules. The novel is the first in her new post-apocalyptic vampire series, Blood of Eden. The New York Times bestselling author, whose Iron Fey series features the magical and dark...

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YA Mystery Author Debuts Middle Grade Series, Sleuth or Dare

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 4:16 PM

Like many female mystery readers, I enjoyed diving into Nancy Drew books as a young girl. I would venture to say my interest in being a writer was sparked by the adventures of these stories. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have never gone out of style, nor have mysteries...

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Without the Glass Slippers Would He Really Have Noticed Her?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 12:27 PM

There's no denying the popularity of reality dating programs like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, especially among young and older female viewers. According to TV by the Numbers, in March, the 16th season finale of ABC's The Bachelor came in second place to NBC's The Voice in adults...

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Robin LaFevers Takes Successful Leap Into YA With Dark Grave Mercy

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2012 | 9:53 PM

When I attended Catholic school, the concept of assassin nuns never crossed my mind. Although I always did wonder if my fave second grade teacher, Sister Joyce Maria, had a hidden past or a secret identity. Don't laugh, just check out the true story of Martha Leiker, a...

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