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  • Writer's pictureJessica Cantwell

Bound by Julie Embleton

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

Bound is the first book in the Turning Moon Trilogy by Julie Embleton. I can’t say enough good things about this book! I picked it up and did not want to put it down. I ended up blowing through it in two days. I am not a fast reader so when I devour a book like this it means it was absolutely amazing! What Twilight and True Blood did for vampires, Bound does for werewolf’s. HBO, Netflix – you need to get on this! I will be honest, I was never a fan of werewolf’s – until now! Let’s read the synopsis:

Would you sacrifice love to stay alive?

Nyah’s wolf has been bound by dark magic. Defenseless and terrified she finds sanctuary on the run, but choosing to live demands an impossible price.

J.C. - Julie, I was howling at the moon over this book! I am so happy to talk to you about it. Before we jump in, can you take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers?

J.E. - Hi everyone! I’m Julie, a New Adult fantasy author. In my Turning Moon and Voyager Chronicles series, I weave contemporary worlds of tenacious females, gutsy heroes and heinous villains. Born and raised in Ireland, I live by the shores of the moody Irish Sea with my amazing daughter and ridiculously cute cats. I emerge from my writing cave to potter around my garden, tend to my herbs, read Tarot for fellow creatives all over the world.

J.C. - This story turned me into a fan of werewolf’s! How did you come up with the idea to write it?

J.E. - I honestly can’t remember where the inspiration for Bound came from. I did write it with the intention of it being just one book, but as I neared the end, other characters demanded more page time, so Released began to develop. Halfway through Released, the idea for Haunted popped in. I’m now writing the 4th book for this series, and there’s already a 5thbrewing.

J.C. - I could just picture Billy Bob Thornton playing the role of Simon Northfell. (Enter a full body shiver here) Can you fan-cast some of the characters for us?

J.E. - As a Supernatural fan, I can only see Jensen Ackles as Dean Carson. For the dark ‘n broody Michael, I think Tyler Hoechlin would be a good fit. Nina Dobrev, Lily Collins and Jenna Ortega would all suit Nyah and Genna. Beyond that I’d fall down an internet rabbit hole if I tried to cast the others!

J.C. - Nyah is fierce and head-strong, almost to the point of fault! Do you share any personality traits with her?

J.E. - The only trait I’d share is determination not to give up. I’m not as brave as her, although if I found myself in her situation I might learn otherwise. Hopefully, I’ll never find out.

J.C. - You have a serious gift for writing the Alpha, Beta and characters. Strong and charismatic, I was drawn to all of them. Do you have a favorite werewolf and why?

J.E. - I shouldn’t pick favourites, but Michael does have a special charm. He’s all tough and prickly on the outside, but melts into a gooey romantic for Genna. I always enjoy writing their interactions.

J.C. - Who has been your biggest support system while on this writing adventure?

J.E. - My IG family without a doubt. To be able to chat/rant/laugh with/seek advice from fellow authors is a precious thing to have. Writing is such a solitary profession, and while my actual family are hugely supportive, my fellow authors are the ones who truly understand the joy and suffering of our vocation.

J.C. - Finish the sentence. In ten years I’d like to…

J.E. - be writing full time and earning a decent living from it!

J.C. - You are an Indie Author Warrior! I, and many others thank you. What made you want to champion for the Indie community?

J.E. - I first self-published back in 2011, and at that time, the attitude was that authors only self-published because they weren’t good enough to get a traditional publishing deal. I hated that pretentious opinion, and still do, but thankfully that mindset has mostly shifted. Today, 9 out of every 10 books I pick up are by independent authors, and the majority are some of the best books I’ve ever read. Nothing makes me happier than to spread the word of a great book. Within our community there’s an incredible amount of support and I’d like to think this sharing and promotion has helped lots of authors earn more sales and confidence. We work so damn hard, and all deserve applause and recognition for our efforts. No matter if it’s sharing an author’s post, tagging an author in a story, or writing a review of their book, it’s all a way of saying we support and believe in each other.

J.C. - The second book in the series is Released, the third is called Haunted. But you also have several other books published. What can you tell us about them?

J.E. - My second fantasy trilogy is called The Voyager Chronicles; Prophecy series, which consists of The Dawning, The Veiling, and The Claiming. With a blend of medieval and contemporary worlds, it explores the theme of fate, and if it’s ever anyone’s to control. Elaria, the MC, believes so, despite an obtuse prophecy declaring her saviour of the Ten Realms. But as she’s thrust into adulthood as ruling sovereign of her kingdom, she’s already struggling with her supernatural abilities and a Royal Guard who hovers incessantly. There’s sorcery, chaos, rampaging demon warriors, and of course, a good dollop of romance in the pages of these three books. I also have a stand-alone sci-fi novel called The Untitled about a group of rag-tag supernatural beings finding an ally in the assassin that was created to kill them. It’s one of my first books and in dire need of revision, but I’m hoping to get that done later this year. In the last two years I’ve also had two short stories published in fairytale retelling anthologies. The first was Creating Cinderella and back in March, we released Villainous. Right now, I’m writing the fourth book in the Turning Moon series, and I can reveal here that the title is Torn!

J.C. - Lastly, where can readers find you and your work?

J.E. - You can find me on From there you can sign up to my newsletter or link to my other social media platforms.

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