Sometimes the sequel to a story you love can fail to recapture the appeal of the first one. Not so with the follow up to Julie’s wildly popular debut novel, Into the Free. Julie’s characters are familiar but the storyline is as fresh as we remember and equally captivating. Here’s an example of the type of prose one finds in Julie’s new release, When Mountains Move:
“What a cruel and beautiful mystery, this mothering. The ache, the love. It’s all too much. And I’m betting no mother comes out unchanged. Not just physically, but spiritually. Stretch marks of the soul.”
Hear, hear! I’ve never thought of them that way, but I have some stretch marks on my soul. How about you? Those are the kind of lines that stay with a reader, and so will Millie.
Kudos, Julie! I consider it an honor to sit and write with you here on the Southern Belleview Porch!
In honor of When Mountains Move, Julie has a special giveaway for us this week:
As a special treat, I’ve got an authentic Choctaw medicine bag up for grabs. It was made by artisans with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw.
Some of you may wonder what a medicine bag is exactly. Many of my Choctaw friends wear a bag around their neck, beneath their shirts. They wear this every day, usually concealed from the general public. Each person’s bag holds a private collection of special items, and no one tells anyone else what is in his/her own bag.
Items enclosed may include a snippet of hair from a loved one, a rock or small stick from a special, sacred place, protective herbs, etc.
If you’d like to enter the drawing to receive your very own Choctaw medicine bag, please comment below including your email address so I can be sure to contact the winner.
Your medicine bag will come with no contents, and I encourage you to find a few special tokens to put in your bag. Special symbols that show what is important to you…something to represent your faith, your family, your friends, and yourself.
As the Choctaw say, Yakokih!