Author of the Celtic Cousin Adventures and The Griffin Cryer. Represented by Talon Publishing. Currently "A Raucous Time" is available free on this site, together with the other two Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time".
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A note from Julia: I love to read anything that catches my interest – my books reflect this eclectic taste: Paranormal time travel romance, London criminals and fat old detectives, I even created an alternate universe where mythical beasts exist.
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on Sep. 18, 2014 :
I enjoyed reading A Raucous Time. It's an adventure - mystery - thriller - historical novel with a fast paced plot, some unexpected twists and turns and several engaging characters.
I particularly enjoyed the characterisation of Rhyllann and Wren, the two Celtic Cousins of the title. They are very different individuals but their relationship is very close and this is explored throughout the book. They share an overwhelming sense of loyalty to each other and this carries them through the challenges they have to overcome as the story unfolds.
However, the star of the novel must be Detective Inspector Crombie. This character's development and the intricacies of his relationship with Rhyllann and Wren is the backbone of the book. Taciturn, down-to-earth, idiosyncratic and courageous he joins the ranks of all the good fiction detectives as he aids and obstructs the Celtic Cousins in pursuit of their goals.
A Raucous Time is an enjoyable, light, escapist novel which would be absolutely ideal for chilly, winter evenings when you just want to get lost in a book.
(review of free book)
on May 19, 2014 :
I found I got rather lost at the start of this book between chapters 2-5 as I could not fully follow what was going on but am glad I pushed through. The overall plot was fun and creative, but even as an Australian I was given cause for pause on occasion with some of the local colloquialisms - crickey I thought ....the Yanks will never understand this! (A good educational opportunity though ;) )
I found the descriptions allowed good visualisations.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 08, 2013 :
An extraordinary emotionally satisfying tale..Brilliant!
I love fast roller-coaster rides that zip me constantly up, then down and around until, by the end of the ride, I am delightfully exhausted. This is the kind of emotional experience that I had during my read of A RAUCOUS TIME. The rich dialogues and descriptive rhetoric is not only dynamic and witty; it is masterful for I often became less a reader, feeling invited by the author to become a participant in the story itself.
At stake in this adventure thriller is the fabled treasure trove of King John, worth an unimaginable amount and lost for almost 1,000 years. When I read the initial synopsis I did wonder, ‘How can the author weave a believable tale around a historically-based mystery when the 2 protagonists are merely kids?’ I got my answer: brilliantly! Rhyllan is the older cousin and appears to be the fearless one who is in charge during many death-defying schemes. Ms. Hughes, though, ingeniously tweaks her script so that the younger Wren merely appears to be geeky and in need of protection. In truth, he is the puppeteer, a multi-gifted mastermind with a touch of mystical powers. Adding a marvelous bit of flavor to the tale is a clever, though slovenly-looking, DI named Crombie. He endeared himself to me during an extraordinary rescue scene that takes place on railroad tracks.
A RAUCOUS TIME is a brilliant tale that evokes a blend of those heart-stopping adventure scenes performed by Indiana Jones; the delightful, mystical antics of Merlin-The-Magician; and, the bumbling yet fearless investigative prowess of a TV character named Columbo. Though the tale is rife with danger, I often found myself dabbing tears of laughter from my eyes. It is difficult to continue reading with wet glasses.
(review of free book)