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Seeing Julia is the story of Julia Hamilton, 27, a young widow who questions her ability to start over again but then experiences a connection with her dead husband's best friend that neither one seems prepared for and just when she's begun to trust this stranger, she learns of betrayal-betrayal that has her questioning everything and everyone she believes in, including herself.

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"The thing was, I knew, even then, I was saying goodbye to happiness. I felt it seeping away from me. Gone forever. Just this feeling of suspended disbelief. Suspended disbelief. You know; the feeling you get, after you've cut yourself, a silly accident where the carving knife goes astray. You're cutting tomatoes and then, you've cut yourself. It's stupid, really. And, you stare down at your finger and before the pain starts, you watch the hint of blood ooze from sliced skin. Then, in the next instant, it's everywhere. The horror…spurting blood that can't be stopped… the horror takes hold. And then, the pain comes." I pause, take another deep breath, and glance over at the good doctor. He just regards me with those grey eyes of his, too much like Evan's, takes notes, and watches me.
"I said to the officer. "It won't be stopped. Will it? The happiness is really gone forever. This pain is never going to go away. Is it?"
"You should sit down," he'd said back to me and asked me my name."


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"I just want to be lost somewhere, where no one knows me, or who I am, or who I've lost." Julia Hamilton from Seeing Julia

A young widow questions her ability to start over again but then experiences a connection with her dead husband's best friend that neither one seems prepared for and just when she's begun to trust this stranger, she learns of betrayal-betrayal that has her questioning everything and everyone she believes in, including herself.

Seeing Julia is 99 cents on Amazon. If you've been waiting to look for a summer read. This is it!!!

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I am LOVE LOVE LOVING this!!! I relate to her in so many ways. Can't put it down!

I am having fun reading Seeing Julia... I credit you with my not being able to get to bed until 1 these last couple nights. I'm sneaking chapters whenever I have a chance...


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If you're looking for an edgy beach read, here is Seeing Julia.

This book took two years to write and received a very serious look from "New York", but by then I'd become a JA Konrath follower and so here it is with the title I wanted, the cover I chose, the story as I wanted it to be. You won't be disappointed if you read Seeing Julia. It will make you laugh, cry, and reinforce your belief in friendship and love.

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Seeing Julia has had an amazing month as more readers find the novel and post positive reviews. Thanks to all who have supported my work and hello to all of you contemplating it.

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The new Search Inside/Look Inside feature for Kindle books on Amazon is great! Are your curious to learn more about my writing style? Amazon just made it even easier to check it out on both the Kindle as well as the print version of Seeing Julia. The novel has received quite a few five star reviews from readers. Here are a few of the latest ones:

5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Stars, August 10, 2011
By Sandy Lee - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seeing Julia (Paperback)
Seeing Julia was everything I look for in a great book. Heartbreakingly sad, funny, enlightening, and best of all, heart mending. Other reviews have given a synopsis of the story, so I will just say, five stars are not enough for Seeing Julia. It is a beautifully written story and kudos to Katherine Owen. Very much looking forward to reading Not To Us.

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, July 28, 2011
By Barry Crowther - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seeing Julia (Kindle Edition)
Brilliant book ........I just could not put it down I love the twists and turns of Julia almost getting Jake throughout the book! I will buy another book from this author and it was perfect for me as I love easy to read chick lit! Keep up the good work and keep writing this style! I highly recommend this book!!! Thanks Wendy Crowther.

Seeing Julia ~ She must embrace her past, reveal her secrets and learn to trust herself.
 

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Shadonna said:
Congratulations, Katherine! Wishing you much success! :)
Hey thanks for checking it out. I don't know how to permanently change the subject/topic because it is $4.95 on Amazon right now. : )

Anyway, thanks for the note!

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Seeing Julia continues to gain readers and reviews. Here's a few more to peruse:



5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Julia, August 27, 2011
By Jenelle E. Glanz "Jenelle Glanz" (Edgewood, NM) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seeing Julia (Kindle Edition)
I received this book free in exchange for my review.
I really liked this book! Although for the first 3rd of the book, I wanted to yell "Where's the BABY?" Anyway, I did really enjoy the book, and won't go into the story, as that has already been done. Lots of loss and recovery for Julia. Great relationships with her friends, what a support system she had! Great locations, the beach, Paris, wow! I will check out this author's next book.


4.0 out of 5 stars Highly emotional!, August 26, 2011
By kschuur18 - See all my reviews
This review is from: Seeing Julia (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this book! You are introduced to the character, Julia, who has been dealt another devastating hand by fate, when her husband passes away and leaves her a very young widow and new mother. This writer made me cry with her descriptions of Julia's feelings. However, there were certain expressions that the author couldn't steer away from. For example, she must have used "hangdog expression" and "stand down" thirty times, or at least that's the way it seemed. Also, Julia revels in her misery for the majority of the book. There is also a scene near the end, where frankly, I'm still not sure what happened. However, I enjoyed my complimentary copy of this book. The writer really paints a picture and connects with the reader. You get a little of everything in this book. Love, anger, angst, misery, retribution, they're all in there and make for a wonderful read. Enjoy!

 

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As posted on the Indie Romance thread, I've been busy writing my third novel, When I See You. It is scheduled to release in early November 2011.

Below is an excerpt from my published novel, Seeing Julia.

Here's the premise for the book:
Seeing Julia is about a young widow who questions her ability to start over again, but then experiences a connection with her dead husband's best friend that neither one seems prepared for. Just when she's begun to trust this stranger, she learns of betrayal-betrayal that has her questioning everything and everyone she believes in, including herself.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 for Seeing Julia.

Chapter 1 - In the after again

I've been here before. I've done this before. At sixteen, I buried my parents, at twenty-three, my fiancé, Bobby. And now, almost four years later, my husband, Evan. I'm here, again, in the after. Here's what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind. There is less of myself with every loss.

I stare at the red glow of the cigarette for a long time and then, inhale deep. A rush of nicotine courses through me. I don't smoke. Except today, I do.

The lit cigarette provides the only light in the church stairwell where I take comfort in the cloak of darkness and estimate having another five minutes of anonymity before Kimberley comes looking for me. Five minutes to get it together to let the Oxycodone and nicotine do their thing-one to get me to an anesthetized state; the other because breaking the rules seems like the one thing I should do for him on this day. I lay back and willingly suffer the sharp metal edge of the stair that digs into my back. The pain is real enough, but it's nothing compared to the steady ache pulsing inside of me already. I close my eyes. This stairwell sanctuary envelops all of me.

Christian Chantal's distinct French accent and the southern drawl of another man's voice a few flights above pull me from my reverie. "I'm glad you came. He'd be glad you were here," Christian says.

"I had to come. I still can't believe he's gone. I just saw him." The stranger's voice catches with emotion. "I'm taking the red-eye flight back to London tonight. There are many things that need to be taken care of over there. Here, too. What does she want to do about Hamilton Equities?"

"I don't know. She's pretty broken up, right now. I haven't had a chance to talk to her."

"What will she do?"

"I don't know. She's been through a lot, even before this happened. She's amazing that way. We just have to help her get through it," Christian says.

"I don't know…Evan getting married again so soon after Elizabeth's death and no pre-nup with this one." The way he says this one causes me to wince.

"He wanted to give her the world. He really loved her. Julia's the real deal."

"And she loved him?"

"You're so cynical," Christian admonishes. "Of course, she loved him." The men's voices get farther away. The echoing sound of a metal door opening and banging shut drowns out the stranger's response.

Weary, I lean my face against the cool cement wall. How many others at this funeral were going to be suspicious of me? How many would question my motivation in marrying Evan so soon after we first met? Do I really care? Does it even matter? I just want to rewind back time to ten days before, when it was just Evan and me playing with our baby and watching the storm rage outside.

The light bursts on overhead and I sit up, startled, even though I knew she would find me. My respite ends as Kimberley runs up the stairs toward me. "There you are." She appropriates the lit cigarette from my hand and takes a few tokes of her own. Then flicks it to the ground and steps on it with her black Stiletto. "It's almost time." I nod. She flashes me one of her I-know-this-day-sucks looks. I allow myself a wan smile as she helps me up.

"Did you find her?" Stephanie leans through the doorway below and wrinkles her nose at the smell of smoke still drifting in the air. "Julia, you don't smoke." She fishes out fresh mints from her handbag and adroitly hands them out to us.

"I can do whatever I want." I manage to say, though raw emotion constricts my throat. I think our kindergarten teacher is at a loss for words as my assertion reminds her of why we are all here. The empathy for me emanates from both of them. No one wants to be me on this day. "I need a drink," I whisper to Kimberley as she pulls me up from my sitting position.

"Julia, we all need a drink. In another hour, we'll do just that." If anyone can make something better out of this day, it will be Kimberley Powers.

We enter the foyer at the back of the church. I glimpse all the people inside. A mixture of panic and sorrow rush at me. I will not cry, not today. My two best friends link their arms with mine and bestow me with their strength. The Oxycodone begins to kick in and man-made serenity slides over me. We enter the hushed church of four hundred restless strangers. All eyes are upon me, as the three of us, dressed in variations of designer black, make our way down the middle aisle to the front pew. I keep my head bowed, not wanting to be here, not wanting to be any part of this day. Yet, I am here and Evan is not.
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The reviews are good and holding at a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with 13 reviews, but I would love more readers. Welcome!
 

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Seeing Julia is on sale at Amazon.

Here's what readers are saying about "Seeing Julia"...

"For some reason, I expected 'Seeing Julia' to be a fluffy, unreal romance novel...but I couldn't have been more wrong, 'Seeing Julia' is so much more. It is deep and real and full of emotion and pain and friendship and love. I can't say enough good about it."
Dana Burness
Let's Book It

"I found this book to be immediately captivating...The initial chapters reminded me of Maggie O'Farrell's "After You'd Gone," that's how impressed I was."
Becky Gulc
Chick Lit Central

"Katherine Owen is an amazing story teller. Her beautiful writing pulls you into Julia's grief, and I found my heart aching right along with her."
Cheles Bells
A Belle's Tales


Overview:

She's been in the after before, but she's uncertain she can start over.
Again.
An inexplicable connection to a complete stranger saves her life.
But soon, the discovery of betrayal leaves her questioning everything, herself, most of all.

If you enjoy the tender scenes of P.S. I Love You, the poignancy of Nicholas Sparks, and the twists and turns in storylines like those of Jodi Picoult, you are going to LOVE "Seeing Julia"!
 

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Seeing Julia is FREE for Kindle on Amazon through midnight July 18th, 2012. Enjoy!

Overview of SEEING JULIA:
Julia Hamilton's intent on building a life with Evan, looking forward instead of back. But then, Evan dies. A despondent Julia questions her ability to start over. Again. When she encounters Jake Winston, it leads to a connection neither one seems prepared for. Now, Julia battles grief, guilt, and heartbreak from her past--pain she thought she'd dealt with long ago. Her best friend insists this thing with Jake is a new beginning, but Julia remains uncertain. She questions the direction her life should take and fears the loss of so many may still define her. Faced with financial ruin, Julia turns to Jake for help, but soon discovers he has complications of his own. Then, she learns of a betrayal by the one person she thought she knew. A betrayal that leaves Julia questioning everything and everyone, herself, most of all.

This is contemporary fiction that explores one woman's journey, from the abyss that is grief, where she learns to start over to the discovery of who she is and who she loves in the process. Seeing Julia is an emotional read that will captivate readers with the novel's twists and turns in story line.

As one reader put it: "This is the best book I've read in ages. Heartbreak, grief, romance, mystery...this book has it all."

And another: "This book is truly captivating. I couldn't put it down. I was gutted when I got to the end. So many twists and turns to this story that the next step was never obvious. A must read book."

If you enjoy the tender film scenes of P.S. I Love You, the poignant story lines of Nicholas Sparks, and the twists and turns in plot like those of Jodi Picoult, you are going to LOVE Seeing Julia!
 

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The last of FREE for Seeing Julia this fall. Get your Kindle copy at Amazon 10/17/12 to 10/19/12

She knows death abducts the dying and believes grief steals from those left behind...

SEEING JULIA Overview:

Tragedy. Heartbreak. A decade of loss defines her, but an illicit connection to a stranger saves her, yet leaves her questioning her past, her life, and herself, most of all.

This love story has been described as amazing, raw, emotional, electrifying, breathtaking.

Please be advised that SEEING JULIA contains adult language and adult situations and is not appropriate for young readers. (Mature Young Adult/ New Adult/Adult Fiction)
 
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