Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's on Your Bucket List? Celebrating the debut of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY!!!

In one short week Julie Murphy’s debut novel, SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY will be out there in the wild!!  I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this fabulous story and let me tell you…the book hangover.  Epic.  I loved Alice and Harvey.  This is one of those books I couldn’t stop thinking about long after I put it down.  

SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is about a girl named Alice, who, after being diagnosed with cancer, creates a crazy bucket list to settle all her scores before she dies, only to go into remission.

So, in honor of the official release, I’m sharing some things from my bucket list.  There’s a mix here of totally do-able and dare to dream (and some DONE!).  Here goes:

*Travel the world                                                                                                                               
High priorities are UK, Italy and Egypt.  I have been to Paris,  where my most memorable moments took place on the Metro and in Pere Lachaise Cemetery. 

*Spend a week at Canyon Ranch Spa                                                                                           
  I’m fascinated by this place.  The price tag, not so much, but one can dream!

*Smoke a Cigar 
  DONE! Btw…don’t inhale. 

*Go horseback riding on the beach.                                                                                                 
  Naturally, I will think of Harvey when I do this.

*Drink Champagne out of a high-heeled shoe
  DONE!  My brother’s wedding.  Don’t judge.

*Buy (and wear) a couture outfit
  Because, why not?

*See the Northern Lights 

 *Write a book
   DONE! Yay!

*Attend a red carpet event.
   Maybe in said couture outfit.

*Learn to play one song thoroughly (and well) on the guitar.
  I can strum the chorus of American Pie.

  So I can make this awesome Katniss Cowl!!

*Spend the summer at the beach.
  Would love to rent a house and do nothing for a summer.

*Do Crow Pose in yoga
I’ve already face planted several times trying to accomplish this.  But I WILL do this.  It might not   look like this, but I will do it!!

So what’s on your bucket list?

What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying - only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim.  To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs - however she sees fit.  She convinces her friend, Harvey, who she knows has always had feel ins for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger).  But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey.  But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her - and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.


Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie's debut novel.