New Release Review and Giveaway! OFF THE ICE by Julie Cross (Juniper Falls #1)


Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1)
by Julie Cross
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

 

The NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Whatever Life Throws at You kicks off a brand-new series perfect for fans of Miranda Kennealy and Abbi Glines.

All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

 

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Review:

I think I have a new favorite series. How fast can Julie Cross write the rest of these books, do you suppose? 😉

(No, really, Julie. Take your time and do it right. I. Can. Wait.

Really.

Probably.

Sigh…)

Where to start? I loved this book. Claire and Tate were just fantastic, full stop. And yes, he’s her best friend’s little brother, and two years younger, and that was a part of the story, but not really, if that makes sense. They both had so much other stuff going on here, though, that made those details pretty much just that…details. They were way more than their troupes.

(Not that I’m dissing troupes. I <3 troupes. But this story? Goes so far beyond them.)

Claire’s home from Northwestern for a semester, maybe more, because of her dad’s health problems. Tate, a junior who’s pretty much planned on being second string to the senior goalie, suddenly finds himself thrust into the top spot, which intensifies the already scary-a$$ relationship between him and his dad. (That guy? I wanted to pound him into the ground for what he was doing to his kid.) They’ve both had to grow up fast, and take on more than any teenager should have to. As a mom of teens, it made my heart hurt.

But together–when they finally let themselves be together and lean on each other (and their good friends)?–they were absolutely fantastic. Seriously, the last 25% of the story had me in such a state–tears, cheers, and ready to burst into song (so not my fault; Claire talks about trying out for Eponine! And singing “On My Own”! I am helpless to resist!)–I was torn between dying to get to the HEA and never wanting it to end.

But end it did, and it was so, so good.

So…how soon until book 2? 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

About the author:

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

 

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New Release Review and Giveaway! CHASING TRUTH by Julie Cross (Eleanor Ames #1)

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Chasing Truth
(Eleanor Ames #1)
by Julie Cross
Publication Date:  September 27, 2016
Publisher:  Entangled TEEN

 

At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

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Review:

LOVED!

Chasing Truth has been billed as a must-read for fans of Veronica Mars, and really, I have to agree. It very much has the flavor of the series–a fish-out-of-water, too-smart-for-her-own-good girl at an exclusive prep school, trying to solve the murder of the one friend she’ made at school while also keeping an eye on the suspicious hottie who’s asking a lot of the same questions she is. Equal parts suspense and romance, I loved every minute of this one and can’t wait for book two!

(But I have to. For a whole year. Sigh.)

Ellie Ames (not her real last name) grew up in a family of con men. Her older sister, Harper, escaped the life when Ellie was twelve, but Ellie herself just managed to get out a little over a year ago and has been trying for “normal” ever since. Well, mostly trying. It’s not easy when you have no real identity and are living with your older sister and her Secret Service agent boyfriend and your entire life up to that point has been playing one role after another. How do you even know who the real “you” is? More importantly, how can you possibly get a driver’s license?

When Ellie’s date to the spring formal–her best (and only) friend at her new school, senator’s son Simon Gilbert–dies within hours of taking her home afterwards, the FBI quickly determines it was suicide. Ellie’s not convinced, though, and she’s determined to get to the truth. Except that the more she investigates, the more she keeps running into Miles Beckett, her new next door neighbor and classmate–which is unfortunate, because he’s super annoying. And mysterious. With a penchant for going around shirtless. And did we mention that he’s totally hot? But annoying. Soannoying.

Ellie and Miles soon realize that they’re after a common goal, and that working together is their best option. Simon deserves nothing less. Except trust doesn’t come easy for either of them, and the more Ellie gets to know Miles, the surer she is that his black-and-white way of looking at the world will make him despise the real her. But the closer they get, the more danger their lives–and their hearts–are in.

This book kept me turning the pages, needing to find out what was going to happen next. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, Ms. Cross threw another surprise our way. The last 20% or so of the book? So. Intense. I actually had to put it down for a few minutes–step aside, get a drink of water, calm the heck down–before jumping back into the thick of things with Ellie and Miles. We’re left with an HEA of sorts–the mystery of Simon’s death is solved, at least, though we may never know the fate of all of the bad guys. Ellie may have made some friends at school at last–maybe, things are looking up there–but Miles has another life to get back to. Ms. Cross’s website (and the back of the book) promise another Ellie and Miles book next fall, though, so all is not lost on that front.

Can’t wait! Even though I have to…sigh. 🙂

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

 

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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

 

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Cover Reveal! OFF THE ICE by Julie Cross (A Juniper Falls novel)

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Off the Ice
by Julie Cross
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: Spring 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Junior Tate Tanley hasn’t made it off the bench since joining the hockey team as a freshman. But after the Otters’ star goalie leaves during a huge game, Tate’s got the attention of the entire town. Including Claire O’Connor, who’s mysteriously back in Juniper Falls and who he hasn’t seen in a year. But Tate hasn’t stopped thinking about Claire or what happened the night before she left.

Claire O’Connor should be enjoying college life in the big city. Instead, she’s serving drinks to handsy fishermen and taking care of her sick father back in Juniper Falls. And when she spots her best friend’s little brother, Tate, playing in a big varsity game, she’s thrown for a loop. Tate has grown up a lot: more muscles, more hotness, more…everything. But Claire’s responsibility is to her family, and she doesn’t have time for boys—especially not hockey players.

As games, parties, and town drama throw Tate and Claire together, they can’t ignore what happened last fall—and they can’t ignore what’s brewing between them now. It’s finally time for them to unravel the secrets of their past and face the future together.

AUTHOR BIO:
Julie Cross is the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. You can find her online via twitter, her personal website, email, facebook, Goodreads, or co-moderating the YAwriters section of reddit.

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Release Day and Giveaway! HALFWAY PERFECT by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Julie Cross (author of WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU) has a new book!
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Five Facts About HALFWAY PERFECT;

  • Co-author Mark Perini was the model who portrayed the main character on Julie Cross’ Tempest series books. He’s also been on many other YA covers–see the list here
  • In the book, main character, Alex books a big job modeling for Calvin Klein. CK is one of the few big designers/labels Mark hasn’t worked with (yet). Both authors are big CK fans
  • Co-author Julie Cross started out writing Eve’s chapters, and Mark writing Alex’s, but plot elements and scenes required occasional swapping
  • Mark wrote parts of Halfway Perfect while in Milan, Italy for Fashion Week
  • Julie has never met a model in real life, not even Mark.
HalfwayPerfect
Halfway Perfect
by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.

Eve’s time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she’s determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.

While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.

But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won’t let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?

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Julie Cross is the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere (8/13), a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. You can find her online via twitter, her personal website, email, facebook, Goodreads, or co-moderating the YAwriters section of reddit.

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MarkMark Perini began his career as an international fashion model ten years ago, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. Turns out fashion’s hurry-up-and-wait mentality lends itself quite well to writing. Mark is now a New York City based author, and Halfway Perfect is his first young adult novel. He is also a featured author in the New Adult anthology, Fifty First Times.

When he’s not working, Mark’s traveling the world. He’s made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he’s thirty. Four down three to go.

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New Release Review and Giveaway: WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross

Looking for a really good sports-themed YA romance? Look no further!

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Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.

After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?

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Review:

I can’t stand watching baseball in real life (seriously, why can’t they just play for, say, three innings? I could sit through three innings to watch baseball players in those nice tight pants they wear) but I LOVE reading books with baseball players in them. Go figure…

Whatever Life Throws at You is possibly my favorite YA book this year, and the characters (and their fabulous story) are absolutely the reason why. Annie Lucas was a wonderful heroine–responsible, since she’s had to grow up a bit sooner than some of her peers–but still capable of making some *very* questionable choices, as she proves in keeping her growing relationship with rising baseball star Jason Brody a secret. Brody’s made some pretty major mistakes in the past, but he’s trying to turn his life around now–by upping his pitching game and finally getting his GED. A secret romance with his mentor’s underage daughter? So not part of the plan.

After a scantily clad (on Brody’s part, anyway) meet cute–Annie’s “interview” questions and commentary? Awesome–Annie quickly decides she wants nothing to do with the pitcher, because she’s sure she’s got his number. The more she gets to know him, though, the more respect she has for him. And let’s face it, the guy is H.O.T.

Their friendship develops slowly, and their romance at a realistic pace after that. The buildup here is really well done–we only get Annie’s POV (which really works for this story) and for quite a while she’s sure she’s all alone in Crushville. Poor girl 🙂 Even once they’re together, Brody allows Annie, who’s only had one relationship before, set the pace. Really, he’s the ideal YA book boyfriend–absolutely the kind of guy I’d want Mini Moe #2 to have (if I were letting her date before age thirty, that is. Which I’m not. But maybe at that point she could find his thirty-year-old non-fictional equivalent? ;))

Whatever Life Throws at You is all about relationships–not just Annie and Brody’s, but also family relationships (one fantastic one, several not-so-much), friendships, coach/player relationships, and secondary romance that was absolutely adorable. Sometimes the relationships made me smile, sometimes they made me swoon, sometimes they made me teary–both the good and the bad kind of tears.

So. Good.

Two things I especially liked: how Annie and Brody helped each other study (Brody–GED, Annie–Spanish (fanning self)) and the way Annie referred to every non-Brody player on the Royals by their position, never their names. I loved that detail; it made me smile every time.

Oops, make that three things–another highlight was Annie’s eighteenth birthday present. Best one ever. Seriously.

Julie Cross is definitely an author I’ll be reading more from in the future, if this book is representative of her writing!

Rating: 5 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Julie Cross’ WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU! WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance, published by Entangled Teen!!

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About WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU:

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.

After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?

 

Excerpt:

He eyes me skeptically. “What kind of article?”

“It’s for Sports Illustrated,” I say without hesitation and then quickly realize that I don’t look nearly old enough to be a real reporter for a huge publication. “I’m an intern,” I add.

The skepticism falls from his face and he looks nervous, which gives me a boost of confidence. I walk closer and pull out the chair in front of the locker beside his, propping my feet up on the bench across from me. “Frank Steadman said you’d be willing to answer a few questions.”

His mouth falls open, and he looks down at his towel and then back at me. Water drips from his hair and off his dark shoulders. “Um…okay,” he says. “Mind if I get dressed first?”

I wave off his concerns, my face heating up, blowing my confident cover. But him getting dressed might allow enough time for Dad to return, and I’d rather not have to deal with that. I duck my head down, letting my hair hide my cheeks and flip open the first page of the notebook. “This will just take a minute… So, you’re nineteen? And you’re from Texas?”

“Chicago,” he corrects.

I had no idea where he was from but figured it sounded better if I pretended to know. I write down this information and then search my brain for some more questions. “Does the wind in Chicago affect your curveball? Do you throw into it or against it?”

He gives me a funny look. “I…well…I just throw toward home plate.”

My face gets even hotter. “Right, kidding. What’s your favorite color?”

“Orange.”

I take my time writing orange in really big loopy cursive while I think of my next question. “What are your opinions on sushi?”

His forehead wrinkles like I’ve just asked him to publicly declare a political party. “Raw fish and seaweed? I think it’s best eaten while stranded on a desert island with no other options.”

“Very diplomatic.” I scribble down his answer. “How many strikes have you thrown in your career?”

“Don’t know,” he says. “Do people actually count that stuff? Before the majors?”

“Some of them do,” I say, though I have no idea. “If you could be any magical creature in the Harry Potter series, which would you choose?”

“You said this is for Sports Illustrated, right?”

“Yeees, But it’s the…kids’ edition.”

“Oh, right.” He scratches the back of his head. “I guess maybe one of those elves.”

“A house elf? Seriously? They’re slaves.” I shake my head. “Why would you want to be an enslaved elf? They can’t even wear clothes.”

He grips his towel tighter and releases a frustrated breath. “Fine, I’ll choose an owl. That’s what I’d want to be.”

I snort back a laugh and drop my eyes to the page again.

“What? What the hell’s wrong with being an owl? They’re smart, they know geography and shit like that.”

“Owls in real life are actually pretty stupid. But no big deal, I’ll just relay that message on to the children of America. Jason Brody, temporary Royals pitcher, wants to be an owl when he grows up because they know geography and shit like that.”

Okay, I’m getting way too into this fake reporter role.

“Who says this is temporary?” he snaps.

“Your two-way contract.” Isn’t that how Dad explained it? He plays a few games then goes back to Triple-A, all without signing a real major league contract.

He yanks a pair of jeans from his locker and then grabs a bundled up orange T-shirt. “Well, I plan on kicking some ass on Opening Day and making this a permanent gig.”

“I think you need a reality check,” I say. “One game isn’t going to be enough–”

“Annie, what the hell are you doing?”

I leap off the bench and turn around to face Dad and Frank standing about five feet from me. “Introducing myself to your new pitcher.”

“Brody, what are you doing here, son?” Frank asks. “We’re off today.”

“Just getting in some cardio and weights.” His gaze darts from me to Dad to Frank. “I was just finishing up this interview for Sports Illustrated. The kids’ edition.”

“Well, we won’t keep you from getting your clothes back on, then,” Frank says, like he’s trying not to laugh. “And just for future reference, all interviews will go through the team’s publicity department so no one will be wandering in here, surprising you. Savannah will meet with you tomorrow to discuss publicity.”

Dad moves forward and extends a hand to Jason Brody. “Jim Lucas, nice to meet you, son. I’ve seen your spring training videos. You’ve got some real talent. I’m looking forward to working with you.”

Brody shakes Dad’s hand, his eyes still on me.

“And this is my daughter Annie,” Dad adds.

Brody glares at me. “Let me guess—you don’t work for Sports Illustrated?”

 

 

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Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.

 

 

 

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Remember your first time? Nineteen authors give you their (fictional) versions….

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Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology 
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication date: February 25th 2014
Genres: New Adult
Synopsis:

You always remember your first time…

Whether it’s the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level–or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.
Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters’ lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.
Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.
NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you’ll have to buy us a pet monkey first.

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“I twist the ring around my left finger. It’s foreign to my body, but in the same way a new pet is foreign to a person’s home. It represents work and responsibility, but somehow you know that it will eventually become a part of you. Jack’s already a part of me. It’s just the ring that’s new.”DAYLIGHT by Julie Cross

The friendzone wasn’t such a bad place to be. I saw how Allen treated the people he slept with. They were as disposable as red Solo cups. “I’m an equal opportunity lover,” he once told me, “but you can call me a slut.”—BUNGA BUNGA by Andrew Shaffer

“’No, if I were brave I would have—’ but I’m not even brave enough to say the words. Instead I take another swallow wine while I finish the sentence in my head. Would have let you make a move on me. Would have touched you.Would have kissed you.”—LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR by Carrie Ryan

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Gennifer Albin
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Hannah Moskowitz
Lyla Payne
Alessandra Thomas
Melissa Landers
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I love letter/diary/email format books–Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries and Girl Next Door books are some prime examples. In author Julie Cross’s latest YA series–Letters to Nowhere–the heroine writes letters to her recently deceased parents. I’ve already picked up my sale-priced copy of book one, and can’t wait to read it!

Book three in the series–Return to You–releases on December 15th. To celebrate, Julie Cross is offering one winner from this blog a free copy of Letters to Nowhere–enter the Rafflecopter below!

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Letters to Nowhere
By Julie Cross
published August 1, 2013
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From the international best-selling author of the Tempest series…

Set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics…

I’ve gotten used to the dead parents face. I’ve gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I’ve even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that’s made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I am, doing it. And something about Jordan–being around him, talking to him, thinking about him–makes me feel like I can finally breathe again. That’s something I haven’t been able to do lately. He knows what it feels like to be me right now. He knows what it’s like to wonder–what now? I think about it constantly. I need answers. I need to know how to get through this. In the gym, if you’re struggling, you train harder, you do drills and conditioning. How do I work hard at moving on? At being on my own? And what happens if I might be…maybe…probably falling for Jordan? I mean we live together now. That can’t happen, can it? But kissing him…well, let’s just say it’s not an easy activity to forget.

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from author Julie Cross

1) Since I started writing the book, I’ve envisioned my main character, Karen, as a red-headed McKayla Maroney even though I tried my best not to picture her as anyone specific.

2) I’ve been around the world of competitive gymnastics for at least 15 years and therefore have depicted elite level gymnastics as true-to-life as possible in this book.

3) The romance in LtN is not your typical “insta-love” or “fall in love then break up” format. This will please some and disappoint others.

4) My main character, Karen, has just lost both her parents in a tragic car accident prior to the book’s opening however, I don’t consider this a typical book about death either because there are so many other elements intertwined and Karen is a fighter, she’s constantly driven by one goal or another. It’s about rising up after a fall.

5) LtN is truly the book of my heart because I wanted, for so long, to find a way to combine by two greatest passions – YA Literature and Gymnastics.

Excerpt:

January 18

Mom and Dad,

We’re meeting with a lawyer today. Grandma’s not telling me what this means, but I’m not stupid. I’m seventeen. Still a minor. My house is in St. Louis with no adults to live in it. Grandma’s house is in New York and something big is going to have to change in my life. I like logic. I like lists of pros and cons, but I can’t decide if it’s right for me to shift into that mode or if I’m too distracted missing you to think clearly. The house already feels cold and dusty. I don’t want to stay here, but I don’t want to move to New York either. Grandma doesn’t even know me. We have no idea what to say to each other. Our conversations over the past week have all revolved around funeral arrangements, schedules and meetings, and gymnastics practice. She hasn’t asked me if I’m okay. I lost my parents and she hasn’t asked me a damn thing. But she lost her son and I haven’t asked her a damn thing either.

I think I’m stuck. I think we’re all stuck. How do I get over being grateful that I wasn’t in the car with you that night?

Love, Karen

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released October 20, 2013
If only summer could last forever…

Karen and Jordan might be out in the open with their relationship, but that doesn’t make it any easier for them to face events looming in the future. Like Jordan leaving for college halfway across the country. Or Karen’s win at a big international gymnastics competition setting the bar high for her future and adding pressure like she’s never experienced before.

But when Nina Jones (aka-US Gymnastics Dictator), makes plans for Karen and teammate Stevie to train at a gymnastics camp for a month—the same camp where Jordan coaches—romantic summer interludes replace their fears of being apart. Both Jordan and Karen know that when fall comes, some very tough decisions will have to be made, but for now, it’s stolen kisses, racing hearts, and whispered words.

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Coming soon!
Return to You (book three)
Releasing December 15th 2013
 

How many dreams can you chase at once?Even with bad boy TJ disrupting their morning workouts, Karen and Stevie’s daily battles with each other are sure to bring both of them closer to a national title at next month’s championships. It’s the kind of feud that creates winning results.

Until a fall from the uneven bars shakes Karen’s rock-solid confidence. Not only does she balk every time she so much as attempts a routine, she’s also facing all this without much support from Jordan. After receiving some bad news, Jordan’s reluctance to listen to reason causes Karen so much frustration she begins to avoid him, needing space to deal with her own issues. He needs someone to force him to make the right choice, he needs his dad to intervene and Karen knows this, but is torn between her loyalty to Jordan and her concern for her coach’s son. Even though both paths lead to the same person—Jordan—it feels like she’s choosing between two different people.

And then there’s the growing tension between TJ and Stevie. They’re obviously on the verge of either ripping each other’s heads off or ripping each other’s clothes off. It’s hard for either Jordan or Karen to tell where those two are headed. Tension is building from every possible outlet and there’s bound to be an explosion of some kind in the very near future.

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