Julie Christine Johnson, author of The Crows of Beara, on tour October 2017

Posted By on June 16, 2017

About The Crows of Beara

• Paperback: 300 pages
• Publisher: Ashland Creek Press (September 1, 2017)

Along the windswept coast of Ireland, a woman discovers the landscape of her own heart

When Annie Crowe travels from Seattle to a small Irish village to promote a new copper mine, her public relations career is hanging in the balance. Struggling to overcome her troubled past and a failing marriage, Annie is eager for a chance to rebuild her life.

Yet when she arrives on the remote Beara Peninsula, Annie learns that the mine would encroach on the nesting ground of an endangered bird, the Red-billed Chough, and many in the community are fiercely protective of this wild place. Among them is Daniel Savage, a local artist battling demons of his own, who has been recruited to help block the mine.

Despite their differences, Annie and Daniel find themselves drawn toward each other, and, inexplicably, they begin to hear the same voice–a strange, distant whisper of Gaelic, like sorrow blowing in the wind.

Guided by ancient mythology and challenged by modern problems, Annie must confront the half-truths she has been sent to spread and the lies she has been telling herself. Most of all, she must open her heart to the healing power of this rugged land and its people.

Beautifully crafted with environmental themes, a lyrical Irish setting, and a touch of magical realism, The Crows of Beara is a breathtaking novel of how the nature of place encompasses everything that we are.


“A captivating tale of our yearning to belong and the importance of following this ancient call.” —Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling

“Julie Christine Johnson swept me away from the first page…She is a lush writer who does not turn away from the heart.” —Julie Maloney, poet, author, director of Women Reading Aloud

Purchase Links

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About Julie Christine Johnson

Julie Christine Johnson’s short stories and essays have appeared in journals including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; and River Poets Journal. Her work has also appeared in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master’s in international affairs. Julie leads writing workshops and seminars and offers story/developmental editing and writer coaching services.

Named a “standout debut” by Library Journal, “very highly recommended” by Historical Novels Review, and “delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical” by bestselling author Greer Macallister, Julie’s debut novel In Another Life (Sourcebooks) went into a second printing three days after its February 2016 release. A hiker, yogi, and swimmer, Julie makes her home in northwest Washington state.

Find out more about Julie at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.

Tour Stops

Monday, October 2nd: Books and Bindings

Tuesday, October 3rd: BookNAround

Wednesday, October 4th: Sapphire Ng

Thursday, October 5th: Kahakai Kitchen

Monday, October 9th: The Sketchy Reader

Wednesday, October 11th: The Desert Bibliophile

Tuesday, October 17th: Openly Bookish

Wednesday, October 18th: Jathan & Heather

Friday, October 20th: Literary Quicksand

Monday, October 23rd: Girl Who Reads

Tuesday, October 24th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 25th: Based on a True Story

Thursday, October 26th: StephTheBookworm

Friday, October 27th: Broken Teepee

Monday, January 8th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Wednesday, January 10th: Read. Write. Repeat.


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