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The Writing Adventures of The Undead Duo–Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

RUNNING HOME COVER REVEAL & The Best Review EVER

TODAY’S BREW: PUMPKIN LIKE NOBODY’S BUSINESS, BABY!

By Julie

Every author has fantasies about being on talk shows and red carpet events for their books. You can’t even tell me you don’t, I wouldn’t believe you. This, this right here, is one of those dreams for me. A 5 star review from people who know stuff about books, with a picture of my cover on it.

BECAUSE HERE YOU GO FOLKS! THE COVER OF RUNNING HOME IS IN YOUR FILTHY LITTLE GRASPS RIGHT NOW!

Along with a review by @OpeningLine Literary ‘Zine that I am printing and having framed and shall make sweet love to whenever I want.

Running Home by Julie Hutchings 

5 Stars

Review by Frances Button

Running Home is a book that has been missing from my shelf for many years. A new release from author Julie Hutchings, it is an urban fantasy novel full of addictive charm, engaging, self-aware characters, and a well-researched, powerhouse plot. In truth, the recent craze of urban fantasy novels has largely passed me by, as those I have read have left me dissatisfied. This is not the case with this story. It may not be my typical genre, but Running Home is definitely my kind of book.

It tells the story of Eliza, a small town girl in backwoods New Hampshire. On the plus size of the clothes rack and the wrong side of twenty-five, her life is simple, steady, yet ultimately dull. A pragmatic girl with an unhappy history, Eliza accepts her lot in life, mainly because she’s afraid of losing the one thing she still has: her best friend, Kat. As unremarkable as Eliza thinks herself, she manages to catch the undivided attention of the local bookshop owner, Nicholas French, and their whirlwind not-quite-romance takes our girl’s life down an entirely different path.
Pithy, tongue-in-cheek and adventurous, Hutchings has woven a world you can believe in: a new way of seeing the ordinary. Her villain, Chris Lynch, is delightfully repulsive and I wouldn’t kick her Nicholas French out of bed for all the money in the world. Her protagonist, too, is my kind of girl.
It is rare for me to really connect with female protagonists but, with Eliza, it was effortless. I loved her snippy, self-deprecating remarks about how well she was taking the revelation that vampires existed. I loved that she sucked in her stomach the way woman (myself included) are wont to do when they’re in a dress that’s a shade too tight. I loved that she had a backbone, and that romance didn’t reduce her to a quivering wreck of helplessness. I loved her.
The magical blend of character sensibility and unique mythology sucks you into the world of Running Home and doesn’t release you from its thrall until the last page. Although, at times, the reader will be screaming for Eliza to take just one. more. step. in her assessment of her relationship with the creature-comfort-loving Nicholas, the book carries you on a fast-paced, believable journey of self-discovery and fantastical fates. When the Sophie’s Choice of endings reared its ugly head, I was genuinely worried as to how it could possibly resolve itself in the way I wanted it to.
This is a book that is pure fun and definitely worth your time. This is a book you will care about. This is a book you want to read.
While some might compare Running Home to another, well-known urban vampire fantasy franchise, for me, the choice is clear. Never a fan of the book-that-shall-not-be-named, I was reserved when picking up Hutchings’ latest work. I will never regret that I did. I honestly can’t remember a time when I’ve enjoyed a vampire novel so much. In my opinion,Running Home far exceeds its genre’s peers in imagination, quality of writing, character development and every other category you might hope to name.
I stayed up all night to finish it.
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14 thoughts on “RUNNING HOME COVER REVEAL & The Best Review EVER

  1. What a fantastic review, Jules! And the cover looks great, too! It’ll look even better with your name on it! Congratulations, again!

  2. “I stayed up all night to finish it” is ALWAYS a great endorsement. And great cover!

  3. COVER REVEAL COVER REVEAL I DIDN’T KNOW YOU DID THIS

  4. What a bitchin’ cover! And the review ain’t half shabby either. Congrats Julie!

  5. Thank you guys all so much!!! This is just the right cover. Just right. 🙂

  6. Awesome..just plain friggin awesome! Congratulations..I couldn’t be more proud! 😀

  7. kandykayscaramuzzo on said:

    Be sure and print this out to put in a scrapbook to be looked at and touched at a later date!

  8. Monique on said:

    Julie baby I stole this and shared it on my facebook page. Because you are a ROCK STAR of potentiality. So proud of you, so proud of your belief in you, so proud of your stickyourteethinitanddon’tletgoofit-iveness, Yes it is a word, words are born everyday. Please start picking out your dress for the red carpet.

    • MRS. KAAAAAAYYYY!

      This, my friends, is my 6 year old’s first teacher, and a dear friend who I had the pleasure of working beside with a lot of wonderful kids. She was one of my first readers, and gave me some of the most encouraging and useful feedback. I know my voice a lot more because of her comments to me, and because of her, I put a lot more focus on Kat as a person in Running Home, one of the most important things I did in this book. So wonderful to still have you by my side, Monique.

      Love,
      Jules

  9. Woot! Hurrah! Congrats, Julie! And now when do I get to read it?!?

  10. I SWEAR THE BOOK WILL BE OUT ANY MINUTE NOW.

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