Please welcome contemporary romance author, Julie Stock!


Hi, Julie! I am so happy to welcome you to my blog and to be a part of your ongoing tour for your latest release A LEAP OF FAITH AT THE VINEYARD IN ALSACE - wishing you much success!

Let's kick off with my questions...

1.)              Do you use pictures as inspiration at the start of a book?

I sometimes use pictures of actors for inspiration for my characters. I find this helps me to visualise what they’re like and to layer in more description. I also use photos I’ve taken of different places that I’m using for setting. It’s always good to find small details that I can add into my stories.

2.)              What is your favourite period drama?

I love Pride and Prejudice, and most of Jane Austen’s other books. I also love Downton Abbey, which we came to later than everyone else, but which was an absolute joy to watch when we were stuck in lockdown. I love historical stories, particularly Regency romances, as well.

3.)              Are the titles of your books important?

Yes, I do think long and hard about titles for my books. As I focus on contemporary romance in particular settings, that plays an important part in the decision about what to call a book. I’m also very fond of four-word titles although that doesn’t always work out!

4.)              If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

If I’m struggling, I would only write for a short while before taking a break to go away and do something else. Sometimes I might get outside for some fresh air and some thinking time. I would always try and come back to the scene though to see if I can pick things up.

5.)              Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I’m more of an early bird than a night owl, I think, although I still think that anything before 7am is uncivil! But I’m usually up around then, and depending on what I’m doing that day, I’ll either get straight on with things or have a lazy start to the day. As long as I get my writing done when I’m in writing mode, it doesn’t matter to me what time I do it.

6.)              Who’s your favourite author? Why?

I have a lot of favourites! I love anything by JoJo Moyes, Robert Harris, Sebastian Faulks, Janice Preston, Christina Courtenay, Barbara Erskine. I just love a good story and if there’s a romance in it, so much the better!

7.)              Do you have a pet peeve?

As a former teacher and occasional proofreader, I’m afraid that rogue apostrophes are one of my pet peeves.

8.)              Can you tell me a little about your next project?

I’m almost at the end of the first draft of the next book in my Watersmeet Bridge series. This one’s set in a B&B in the fictional village I created in The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge.

A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace

It’s winter at The Vineyard in Alsace, and wedding bells are in the air

How do you know when you’re ready for love?

Ellie Robinson has spent her life running from commitment following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage when she was young. She doesn’t believe in happy ever afters and the last thing she wants is to settle down in one place when she could be travelling the world.

Having moved from place to place throughout his childhood, Henri Weiss now calls the vineyard in Alsace home, and he loves the stability the vineyard and the people on it give him. While he enjoys travelling, it’s always good to come home again.

Following an extended travelling trip together, Ellie and Henri find their differences more marked than before, despite their love for each other being even stronger. Then a series of shocks in Ellie’s personal life throws things into turmoil, leaving Ellie unsure as to how to get everything she wants. And Henri facing the loss of the future he has dreamed of.

Can Ellie and Henri reconcile their very different desires and take a leap of faith on their love for each other? Will they get the happy ever after they’ve both been longing for?

Escape to The Vineyard in Alsace once again for this uplifting, romantic read and enjoy Christmas at Domaine des Montagnes.

Purchase Links

A Leap of Faith -

The 3 book series page -

Author Bio –

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in 2015, after starting to write as an escape from the demands of her day job as a teacher. A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace is her eleventh book, and the third in the Domaine des Montagnes series set on a vineyard.

Julie is now a full-time author, and loves every minute of her writing life. When not writing, she can be found reading, her favourite past-time, running, a new hobby, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Authors. She is married and lives with her family in Cambridgeshire in the UK.

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1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today, Rachel. It was a real pleasure to answer your questions :)