Please welcome Jude Ouvrard today. She is the author of Under the Sun, which is one of three novellas in the Beach Reads Volume 2 anthology: Heat Wave.
Tracey Howard has put her life on hold for years to care for her grandmother. Now that her grandmother is gone, Tracey decides to spend summer at the beach and reflect on where she wants life to take her next. Jackson Phillips is her new neighbor, and he dazzles her from the first moment they meet. Will Jackson be able to show Tracey how to let go of old pain and embrace future happiness?
It might have been my imagination, but when our eyes met, I felt something stirring inside me. I stared at her, wondering what had just happened, and I could still feel the tingling warmth on my skin. There was something between us, but I didn’t know quite what. Everything felt right, like we were supposed to be together.
Tracey looked away, breaking our connection. “Do you need help with anything?”
“Nope. Everything's ready.” Even though I could have stared at her all night, I didn’t want to ruin the evening. So I turned my attention to our dinner and got the bruschetta and the garlic bread on the table.
“Mmm, it looks delicious, chef.” Tracey laughed. She had quite the spirit, and unlike so many women, she didn’t appear to be complicated. When I placed the shrimp Alfredo linguini on the table, Tracey literally licked her lips. “I think I might join you for dinner every night. It smells so good.”
“I would love that,” I replied. “The company would be nice.”
Since this is Ms. Ouvrard's DEBUT PUBLICATION, I asked her if she'd share how she feels about the whole thing and if she faced any hurdles getting here.
Here's what she had to say . . .
It feels GREAT. It is amazing. I don't think there is a word powerful enough to express how I truly feel. It is something that I've always wanted. I've been counting the days since March 2013. I am not a patient person so yes. It feels absolutely wonderful to be a published author. I don't think I’ll be able to erase that smile on my face anytime soon.
I’m happy and proud but I am also anxious to see the reactions from the readers. Will they like it or not? I know it's impossible to please everyone but I truly wish I could. I don't think I faced any hurdle with this novella. I honestly think I got lucky. It was my first time trying to get published and it worked. I wrote the story within two weeks, I sent it and they agreed to publish it. I still believe I’m dreaming sometimes. It's a good feeling.
The only hurdle I can think of...The language. I know I keep repeating myself but English is only my second language and sometimes it is a struggle. I want my writing to be at the same level as any other English writers. This is something that I need to work on. If I look back a year ago, I’ve improved, I’ve learned and I will still be learning tomorrow. I think it's something I can be proud of..
I'm truly happy to have this amazing opportunity. I know there are a lot of writers out there. I'm going to keep writing and learn as much as I can. This is only my first book, I plan on publishing many more. I’m currently working on a new adult novel.
About the Author:
Jude lives in Montreal, Canada. She is the proud mother of a beautiful four year old son, and has spent the last twelve years with her partner, Cedric. French is her native language, but she prefers to write in her second language, English. Besides working full time for a title insurance company and being a mother, Jude has a passion for books, both reading and writing them.
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Jude Ouvrard Tour Schedule:
7/23: Review: Rose Caceres
7/24: Promo/Excerpt: Cremona Cotovelea
7/25: Interview: Kim
7/26: Guest Post: Nat Wood
7/26: Guest Post: R. E. Hargrave
7/27: Promo/Excerpt: Jennifer Garcia
7/31: Promo/Excerpt: Martini Times Romance Book Reviews
7/31: Promo/Excerpt: Tbird London
7/31: Guest Post: Mich
8/1: Promo/Excerpt: Jody Joy
8/3: Guest Post: S.A. Jones
8/5: Promo/Excerpt: Brandy Dorsh