Reviews for Luck of the Draw
Luck of the Draw by Julie Lence is a passionate romance with a rich and exciting plot that transports the reader back in time. Wonderfully colorful and compelling characters captivate with their emotionally stirring story. Truly entertaining, this is a story that I find myself wanting to read again and can easily recommend to others...Anita Hartsell, Reviewer for Romance Reader At Heart, Autumn 2007
With great characters and an intriguing plot, Luck of the Draw is a wonderful and fast-paced story that grabs the reader's attention and does not let go... Jennifer, Reviewer for LWR Book Reviews, July 2007
Luck of the Draw is action packed testosterone everywhere! There are cowboys and bad guys galore. Larger than life characters leap off the page. There is never a dull moment in this book, as well as some twists and turns and entertaining spots of humor. Ms. Lence has written a story that grabs your attention from the first paragraph to the last word… Matilda, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance, September 2007
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About Julie Lence
I grew up in an average-size city in upstate New York. Throughout school, I enjoyed writing as long as I could choose the topic. I even tried to write a novel length story in middle school, but since I was young, I didn't stick with it all that long.
I met my husband during the latter part of 12th grade and married him two years later. He had already enlisted in the Air Force and I enjoyed accompanying him on his twenty years of service. By marrying young and entering the work force full-time, the writing bug didn't bite again until the early 90's when I read Double Standards by Judith McNaught. I was already hooked on the romance genre and family sagas, thanks to Johanna Lindsey's Malory family, and the little critter of a muse dug his teeth in deep. By combining my love for romance, family and the old west, I have settled into a career writing western historical romance.
Luck of the Draw is my first book published. It’s also the first book in my Weston Family Series, and is set in fictional Coyote, Colorado. Royce Weston is untrusting of females, and Paige Morgan is the card-dealing, little miss he can’t resist. Following Luck of the Draw are Lady Luck and No Luck At All, each a full-length novel, and Christmas Miracles, a short story. I’ve also published three novels in the Revolving Point, Texas Series.
Currently, I'm a stay-at-home-mom. My days are spent writing the next book in the Weston Family Series and taking care of home and family. I enjoy meeting other fans of the romance genre, so if you've got time, say hello at https://facebook.com/#!/Julielence
Also by Julie Lence
Weston Family Series:
Luck of the Draw
No Luck At All
Revolving Point, Texas Series:
An Interview with Julie Lence
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Julie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Luck of the Draw. What can you tell us about the series it is part of -- the Weston Family series?
JL: Luck of the Draw is my first published work. When I began writing the series, I was into reading Johanna Lindsey’s Malory Family Saga and knew I wanted to write my own family sage. I created the fictional Weston family and set them in Colorado, because I love horses, cowboys and everything to do with the old west. (I get that from watching John Wayne as a kid).
For the first book, I started with middle brother, Royce, because I knew him best. Three women hurt Royce emotionally. I knew who these women were, but the one who played the biggest role in his hurt was his mother, so I had to figure out exactly who Emily was at heart. Once I did, her flaws not only impacted Royce, but his older brother, Lucas, as well. The destruction Emily caused is highlighted in both Luck of the Draw and Lady Luck, as Royce and Lucas each must deduce in his own way that all women are not alike. For No Luck At All, Emily doesn’t have as big of an impact on younger brother Creel, because he was seven when she died. Creel’s trouble with women is his belief that most only want his name and money. But again, he must deduce his wife is not like most women and needs a special healing only he can provide.
The heroines in Luck of the Draw and Lady Luck are sisters. They’re similar in many ways and different in others. Each cheat better at poker than men and each carry emotional childhood scars. Like Royce and Lucas, they must come to terms about the opposite sex. Most men are not like their pa; evil creatures wanting to control and physically hurt women. But for Racy, the heroine in No Luck At All, I wanted her to be different. She’s a Boston socialite, with her own baggage of emotional scars and insecurities, and not at all the spoiled rich girl Creel has been led to believe she is.
HH: How does Luck of the Draw fit into the series?
JL: Luck of the Draw is the first book in the Weston Family Series. Though the story belongs to Royce and Paige, the reader will meet and get to know most of the Weston family, and be introduced to characters that appear in the other two books.
HH: What can you tell us about the other books in the series?
JL: Lady Luck is the second book in the series, featuring Lucas Weston and Missy Morgan. The story mainly takes place in San Francisco at Missy’s gaming hall, Lady Luck. With a slew of colorful, secondary characters, Lucas finds himself in love with Missy. Trouble is she won’t admit the same. Until she does, he’ll stick around and help her foil an evil banker looking to steal Lady Luck from her.
No Luck At All features Creel Weston and Racine Somerfield. Newly married, they return to Creel’s home in Colorado where Creel opens a clinic. He’s obtained his degree in medicine, but unbeknownst to him, the person who needs his help the most is his wife.
HH: What do you like best about Paige and why will readers be cheering for her?
JL: Paige is suffering from amnesia. She has no recollection of her past, her family, or how she ended up on the Westons’ doorstep. As she gets to know the Westons, she comes to think of Lucas and Creel as brothers and Leon as her Pa. Royce, on the other hand, is a formidable opponent.
What I think readers will like most about her is her spunk. She isn’t afraid to stand up to Royce’s temper, or his trickery to get her to leave the family ranch and not return. Nor is she afraid to admit that she’s fallen in love with him, and when he shows her there’s more to him than brawn and bark, she’ll make him admit he feels the same for her.
HH: What do you like best about Royce and why will readers love him?
JL: Royce is a tortured soul in need of love. As I mentioned above, three women from his past have hurt him deeply, so much that he has banned women from the family ranch. His excuse is that women can’t be trusted. They only want to rip a man to shreds. In truth, Royce fears if he lets another woman close to him, she’ll hurt him the same as the others have, and that is something he doesn’t want to experience again—soul-searing pain that will leave him more broken and bitter than he already is.
HH: They had a rough beginning. What do you like best about their relationship?
JL: Oh, there are so many things I like about these two. First is their wit for matching each other trick-for-trick. Then there’s the part where they call a truce, each wondering if they’ve made a mistake. But the best thing I like about Royce and Paige is the lengths they’re willing to go to protect the other once they do admit their love.
HH: What do you have in store for lucky readers?
JL: Currently, I’m working on Rachael Weston’s story. She left without giving a reason. The family hasn’t seen her in twenty years, and now she’s returned hoping to make amends and gain favor with the man who broke her heart. This is my first story where I don’t have a ‘human’ villain; only circumstances that tore apart two hearts. And it’s proving to be my most challenging.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
JL: There are many things I enjoy. The first is being a stay-at-home mom. I’m here for my son should he need me during the day, and he has. I enjoy meeting other authors and fans of the romance genre and have been privileged to call some of them friend, especially the fantastic ladies here at TRS. Lastly, since I went into self-publishing, I really enjoy making book covers. And I’m someone who can’t draw a straight line on paper with a ruler.
HH: What keeps you writing each day?
JL: Again, there are so many answers. My first response is I don’t know what I’d do all day if I didn’t have my writing. I don’t sew, paint or make crafts, and cleaning the house doesn’t take that much time. Truly, I’d be bored, because I have no desire to return to the workforce.
Second, I enjoy taking a thread of an idea and turning it into a full-length story. Once I get going, the characters speak to me and take me in their own direction. (To date, the character who has spoken to me most is Racine Weston. She completely took over No Luck At All and made it her own story.) At night, characters have conversations in my head, complete with background scenes. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much of it the next day, but it’s interesting when they talk.
Third, when the book is completely finished and ready for market, there’s that sense of accomplishment I feel. The pulling-the-hair out of my head days, the back tracking and editing to polish a scene and the pouring over photos for a cover are all worth it when I hit that ‘send’ button to Amazon.
And finally, it’s the readers. As I mentioned, some days writing are better than others, and many times I second guess myself, but when someone buys one of my books and takes the time to tell me they’ve enjoyed it, that’s what makes writing worthwhile; spinning a tale that transports someone from their day-to-day routine to a different world and melts away all their troubles for a few hours.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
JL: I’m all over the internet. The two best places to connect with me, or to learn more about me, are my website: www.julielence.com.
And Facebook: Https://facebook.com/#!/JulieLence
For me, Facebook is the easiest social site to navigate, so if you have time and like to talk romance, stop and say hello.
Thank you, Holly, for having me back for the month of March. It is always a pleasure to be here at TRS and have a chance to work with you.
HH: Thank you!