Mar 17, 2014

Bucket List: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Texas author Julie Murphy debuts her book SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY on March 18th and many of us jumped on the chance to share our bucket lists. Being that I have a milestone birthday this year, I had been thinking about this a lot. My list is crazy extensive so I'm picking five. 5 things to do before I'm 40! (did I just say that outloud?)

1. Organize an Author Booze Book Cruise:

Music artists do it, why can't we? I'd pick 25-30 authors, borrow a giant boat, ask BookPeople to send a few boxes of books, and thousands of my closest friends and I would head to some exotic beach. I mean seriously...this should be on everyone's bucket list! 
2. Be a back up singer:

If you have ever had the pleasure of going on a road trip with me and listening to my amazzzzing back up vocals on the nations favorite Disney show tunes then you can clearly see why this is listed. Plus, I have pretty cool white girl moves that everyone needs to see. 

3. Learn to play the banjo:

I'm a sucker for the color red, a margarita, and the banjo. If there was a dating app where only people who could play banjos tried to date others who played the banjo, then I would learn how to play banjo faster.

4. Write that one book

I get asked a lot about what I'm working on, as in author related. My go-to answer is, "I can't write, I don't even make thank you notes correctly." A. That is very true. B. I might need to change that. I have a story, but it's one that isn't for young readers which is totally ironic considering I have read one adult book in 7 years. #50shadesofwastedtime So, if you see a book by Jen Badheart, you can consider it from me.

5. Get my PhD

I love school, it's a sickness. I got my library degree in one year. 42 hours in 2 semesters and one summer. Yes, got straight A's, worked, and I think I remember still seeing my two girls in that time somewhere. I want to go back and get my PhD in I'm Not Sure. You only live once...and I want you to call me Dr. Bigheart. 

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, whom she knows has always had feelings 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 arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). 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 done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

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