Theresa’s Reviews > Saving Sam

Saving Sam by J.M. Northup and Simone Beaudelaire

5860019Theresa‘s review Nov 12, 2017
Really liked it

Isbn 9527114888

24809207February 28th 2015

Julie Northup has looked into the major basic problem with war and coming home. Sam joined the military in a patriotic pride. His hometown celebrity and easy life style had given him many admirable traits. Sam has seen great tests of his strength in life and in war. He is not ready for the biggest test in his life, coming home. Amy’s life was not easy until her mum brought her to Sam’s father’s ranch. Where she found the home she always wanted. Amy has loved Sam all her life, she has given him more than anyone else free reign of her life. His return will be not only his greatest challenge, but Amy’s as well. They need to learn how to deal with their own past, and how they view themselves, and those they love the most. This book opens the eyes to those who doubt the problems in war especially the personal cost of war. Great job Julie, and I can understand where both of these characters are coming from. Thank you for sharing this story of love, triumph and understanding.

Theresa’s Reviews > Justifying Jack

Justifying Jack by J.M. Northup and Simone Beaudelaire

5860019Theresa‘s review Jan 29, 2018
It was amazing

27772890Isbn 9527114926 (ISBN13: 9789527114926)
May 5th 2015

Justifying Jack is the second story in the Wounded warrior series, is the story of love, survival and justifying how you continue after a great loss. The book centers on the leader of the small platoon that has lost two members in battle. Jack was injured in the fire fight that took his fellow soldiers and after a lengthy recovery has returned home. Jack is pursued by the ghost of his own making. Some from the injury some from the responsibility that he feels toward his brothers in arms. Jack has many personal struggles but he finds through helping others his greatest strengths.
Marie Teresa is the widow of Jorge, one of the soldiers lost in battle. Jack reaches out o his family to help support this widow. She is forced to move from base housing and its Jack’s family that not only finds her work, and a place for her children, but a family that she can be supported by.
The story shows the resilience of the human soul, and the ties that bind. With a remarkably sweet romance in the core of the story. Thank you Julie for sharing this all too realistic story and allowing others to know that the struggles of war not only face the soldiers but the family at home.

Theresa’s Reviews > TALLY: A Polyamorous Romance

TALLY: A Polyamorous Romance by J.M. Northup

5860019Theresa‘s review Jan 01, 2018
It was amazing

37786172Asin B078LDN63M
January 1st 2018

A short and sweet story showing the changing culture that is happening in America the LBGT community is gaining acceptance. The changing dynamics of the law throughout the land is affecting our interpretation of the legal ramifications of polyamorous relationships. It is the reliance on the law keeps people from accepting these changes. This book shows not only the legal changes that will accept polyamorous relationships but allow a realignment of our perception of family.
Tally is a strong female character that finds that her attempts to have a family has been prohibited by her inability to accept the love that is already in her life. Her best friend is the closest human to her in the world. Yet she has found endless problems in finding true love and creating the family she has always wanted. It is accepting reality that changes her life for the better.
This book in one of those first steps in understanding the change in america and how looking at love with an open mind may change your acceptance of life.

Theresa’s Reviews > Soul Searching

Soul Searching by J.M. Northup


Theresa‘s review Jan 15, 2015
really liked it

Isbn: 9526823060 (ISBN13: 9789526823065)
Published September 18th 2014

Soul Searching is an enviable collection of poetry, of love and loss. The poems provide an inspirational first step toward the erotic script of the novella. Followed by a novella about a young woman finding love, and her destiny she can only attain by joining herself with another. The novella shows the exploration of human history and the creation of stories and legend. It talks of life and finding purpose, the beginning of a series I hope.

Theresa’s Reviews > A Prisoner Within


Theresa‘s review – Aug 31, 2014
It was amazing
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A Prisoner Within by J.M. Northup

Isbn 1494985586 (ISBN13: 9781494985585)
published April 9th 2014

I have read many books that look into the human condition. I found that A Prisoner Within, shows a neglected part of the human condition. I know of only one other book that looks at the controversy of Psychological disorders, and like I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, this book has a difficult topic.
Julie Northup looks at our perceptions of the stories of young children. Tiffany’s mother is in absolute control of her daughter’s life. Following the death of her grandmother Tiffany finds her life unbearable. She has good reason to be depressed, and over whelmed as her mother continually gains control of her life, lies about her behavior and manipulates the world.
This book looks at the dynamics of family relationships, and how society perceives mental illness. Tiffany’s mother uses society’s assumption that mental disorders cause problems for those who suffer mental illness and that all their behaviors can be explained. Tiffany shows how perception can color your world and make people over look obvious abuse and neglect. Insights and perception of this character, not only of her illness, but of life, love and forgiveness can change your perception.
I used a quote from this book on my Facebook page, because the words were something I needed to hear. I found other passages that can change my perception of life and other people this is an inspiring book. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to read it.

Book Classifications


HARD COPY VS SOFT COPYEssentially, a “hard copy” is the print version or paperback.This means the “soft copy” is a digital version or ebook,which can come in .mobi.ePub, or pdf.

ClassificationWord count
Novel40,000 words or over
Novella17,500 to 39,999 words
Novelette7,500 to 17,499 words
Short storyunder 7,500 words
In fiction

*Learn About Writing Genres*
Not all genres are as they appear.  Though genres can be used to express a target audience, that isn’t always the case.  Sometimes, it simply explains the story content.  I am referring, specifically, to how Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA) are understood or perceived.Though Young Adult can target youthful readers and New Adult is considered a more advanced version of the Young Adult genre, it can also be cased on the age of the protagonist(s).

*Interesting Read On Topic*
In extremely basic terms, Young adult is considered to be for readers ages 12 & up.
Middle Grade targets the young readers between Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction.

Generally speaking, Middle Grade is considered suitable for readers between 8 to 12 years of age.
Children’s is for the younger readers.

*within children’s literature*
Age is used to help guide parents as to what is appropriate for their youngsters to read.

  • Board books: Newborn to age 3
  • Picture books: Ages 3–8
  • Coloring and activity (C&A) books: Ages 3–8
  • Novelty books: Ages 3 and up, depending on content
  • Early, leveled readers: Ages 5–9
  • First chapter books: Ages 6–9 or 7–10
  • Middle-grade books: Ages 8–12
  • Young adult (YA) novels: Ages 12 and up or 14 and up

The Grade of a book is based on the reading level of a young reader.  However, you can have younger children who read at a higher level than is recommended for their age.

Simply put, Romance novels are written with a primary focus on relationships and romantic love. Though not all stories have happy-endings, books in the Romance genre are expected to be “emotionally satisfying”.
Erotica develops relationships using sexual intercourse.  That doesn’t mean these stories don’t have depth or purpose; it just means the primary focus is on the physical rather than the emotional.


Authors J.M. Northup, Marnie Cate, and Sahara Foley are excited to annouce their publishing collaboration, NORNS TRIAD PUBLICATIONS!

Each of us began our literary careers as self-published Indie authors.  Eventually, we joined the small press, CREATIVIA.  Now, thanks to the flexibility of the industry, we’ve branched out to publish under our own brand!

NORNS (pronounced ‘norms’) TRIAD PUBLICATIONS is a partnership between the three of us.  It is, truly, a balance of talents converging to provide quality products to our readers.

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