Reader, Writer, Reviewer

About Me

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Hi, I’m Julie Merilatt and I’m a thirty-something bibliophile living in the suburbs of Chicago with my husband in a house full of books.  I started blogging here in September 2011 as a place to archive my reviews and to write about bookish things.  I have a boring corporate job, so I wanted this blog to be an outlet for my passion for reading and the written word. Since then, I have grown to love the book blogging community and have gained so many like-minded friends.

I started my education at  Carthage College with aspirations to become an English teacher.  Later, I transferred to North Park University where I earned my degree in English with a concentration in Writing.  Reading has always been a hobby of mine, but I didn’t start writing reviews until April of 2007 and things just took off from there.  I’ve written a review for every book I’ve read since then.  I belong to the Amazon Vine program, I’m active on Goodreads, I occasionally talk about bookish crafts, and I love snail mail.  You can also find me on Twitter and Pinterest.   

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Comments on: "About Me" (7)

  1. Hi,

    I’ve just published my e-book Promise Me Eternity in the USA (Amazon, Smashwords). All of my books have been a huge success in Slovenia (EU). I’ve published three crime (mystery) novels that have sold very well and been ranked among the top 100 most borrowed library books. I am currently working on a fourth and fifth. Enthusiastic readers write to me, saying they can’t put my books down and read them in a few days. The first two novels are set in the United States; the third takes place in Britain. Individual libraries have ranked my books among the top ten, sometimes even the top five most-borrowed books.

    I would be very grateful if you read my book and published a review on your website.

    A few facts about me: I was born in Slovenia (EU), but have also lived in the USA, France and Germany. I’m fluent in English, French and German. Because of my extensive international experience, my books are set in the USA or Europe. I’m 41 years old.

    Even as a child I missed interesting and thrilling books for which I’d be ready to give up sleep if necessary. Libraries were chockablock full of books, but finding a truly interesting book was like finding a needle in a haystack. I was particularly annoyed by books in which you had to read 50 pages before anything happened.
    I wanted to write a novel that draws you in from the very start and is so interesting that it has to be read in a couple of days.

    I never start writing until I have composed a scene-by-scene storyline, which I think about for at least three months. Usually, this means three or four different stories, which become more and more connected and interlinked over the course of the book until at a certain point they all come together. The stories are divided into smaller segments, which can range from one to several pages. In this way, the reader’s interest never wanes, as these are extremely readable units that often foreshadow coming events.

    A short summary of the book Promise Me Eternity:

    Mystery/ Crime

    Word Count: 116.698
    ISBN Smashwords 978-1-4580-9984-6
    ASIN Amazon: B004KA9JDK

    Dr. Simon Patterson is a successful and well-respected neurosurgeon at Central Hospital in the town of Medford. Married, though without children, he keeps himself so busy that one day is not much different from another. Until, that is, he saves the life of the powerful mobster Carlo Vucci. At a dinner in honor of Dr. Patterson, Carlo Vucci introduces him to his alluring wife Christine. Simon is entranced by her beauty. Three weeks later, Christine shows up at the hospital, complaining of terrible headaches. Dr. Patterson offers to help her, but Christine did not come to see him just because of her health. A series of shocking events follows that transforms Simon’s life into a nightmare. Among other things, he finds himself in court being accused of first degree murder…

    Here is my Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/ianfoxwriter

    And blog link: http://ianfoxwriter.blogspot.com/

    And link to my books:
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Me-Eternity-ebook/dp/B004KA9JDK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322196150&sr=8-2

    Smashowords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38679

    Please let me know if you would be interested.

    Ian Fox

  2. Lee Nelson, your Dad said:

    hiya, just finished “Amateur Family” by Anne Tyler. Check it out on the web. It is an amazing tale of family dynamics, divorce, etc. all that we have going in our own little family unit! lol. Very insightful. Great writing.

  3. Just started following-great blog!

  4. Hi Julie,
    I found your blog via the penpaloftheweek. I tried to find your e-mail on your blog….but to know avail. So please e-mail me! :-)

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