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News and book updates from internationally bestselling romance author Julie Johnson




Don't miss this angsty, lyrical new romance about a jaded rockstar and a starry-eyed songwriter...

Readers are calling it their favorite Julie Johnson book EVER!

Buy it now on Amazon or read it for FREE with Kindle Unlimited! 






I'm so excited for you all to read this new duet. Ryder & Felicity are my all-time favorite couple. For months, I lived and breathed between these pages, and I can honestly tell you I enjoyed every note, word, lyric, and sentence of their story. I hope you'll love it just as much as I do! 

If you have time, I'd love it if you could leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads after you finish reading. 

Not only do I love to hear your feedback, as an indie author those reviews are so incredibly important when it comes to visibility. Without the support and encouragement of readers like you, I'd never be able to do the thing I love most: write

Thank you. Thank you so much. I love you all! xx 

Much love & big hugs,

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Are you a new reader, wondering where to jump in first?

You've come to the right place.

I like to think of my books as set in different "worlds" --  my second chance romance standalones, my Boston rom-com series, and all the intersecting stories set in Hollywood. 

Here's a cheat sheet for all your #JJbooks: 


Quick take: Lighthearted, romantic, laugh-out-loud funny! Don't miss this series of sexy interconnected romantic comedies set in Boston. 




Quick take: Laced with  passion and angst, the stories set in LA aren't for the faint of heart... These three duets are meant to push your emotional boundaries. Tissues required! 

◂ UNCHARTED // [ __________ ] 



Quick take: These standalone new adult romances are packed with #allthefeels. Second chances, soul mates, and a healthy dose of suspense.... 


Happy reading! Please make sure to leave me a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and iBooks once you finish... I love hearing your feedback! xx 

Much love and big hugs, 

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🎶Read this sexy new love story for FREE... 🎶

“A whirlwind romance novel filled with whiskey, drugs, and broken hearts. It's a classic country song come to life.” 
🌟 Inked Avenue Book Blog  🌟



AMAZON US ➔ https://amzn.to/2IVvweh
AMAZON UK ➔ http://bit.ly/fadedUK
AMAZON AU ➔ http://bit.ly/fadedAU
AMAZON CA ➔ http://bit.ly/fadedCA

UNFADED (may 2) ➔ https://amzn.to/2DWyrj6



I was never supposed to be famous. 
I was a lyricist, not a singer. 
Certainly not a star. 
Too bad none of that seemed to matter to a rock-god like Ryder Woods. 
He didn’t just want my words — he wanted everything. 
And he took it. 
My songs. My voice. My goddamned soul. 
Between those haunting bedroom eyes and that heart-stopping grin, I never stood a chance. I was pulled into his orbit like a rogue meteor passing a sun. 
The problem is, if you get too close to a star…
You’re bound to get burned. 
FADED is the first installment of a sexy, emotional duet about a jaded rock star and a starry-eyed songwriter. UNFADED, the second installment, will be released on May 2, 2018. Pre-order it now! Please note: due to sex, drugs, and rock & roll, this duet is recommended for readers ages 16 and up.
FADED (april 4) ➔ https://amzn.to/2IVvweh
UNFADED (may 2) ➔ https://amzn.to/2DWyrj6

"Don’t say I didn’t warn you: this story isn’t about getting what I wanted. Because I never wanted Ryder Woods. 
I needed him. 
Like a melody needs a harmony, like a rhythm needs a tempo, like a chord needs a key. I was more consumed by him than I ever was by the notes swirling in my bloodstream or the lyrics swimming through my head. 
Even after he took every aching piece of my heart and crushed them to dust between nicotine-stained fingertips." 🎶

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Book One ➔ http://bit.ly/FADEDgoodreads
Book Two ➔ http://bit.ly/UNFADEDgoodreads


UNCHARTED cover + blurb reveal!

From bestselling author Julie Johnson comes a new story of survival and forbidden love...


// JANUARY 10, 2018 //

Below, you can check out the COVER + BLURB of my new book UNCHARTED, which hits e-readers everywhere in less than a week! Plus, watch the official book trailer and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

OH! And while you're at it...
Don't forget to pre-order your copy for only $3.99!

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“When we crash-landed on the island, I thought my story was over. Turns out, it was about to begin.” 

He was an asshole from the first moment we met. 

I took one look at the stranger in the airport terminal and knew he was exactly the kind of man my mother spent seventeen years warning me against. Gruff, grumpy, and far too good-looking to stare at without experiencing heart palpitations. 

Thankfully, I’d never see him again. 

Or so I thought. 

I couldn’t have known our plane would crash. 
I couldn’t have predicted we’d be the only survivors. 
I couldn’t have ever, in my wildest dreams, anticipated that the asshole from the airport would become my only source of solace in the darkness. 

It’s so wrong to want him, for so many reasons. But as the months slip by and our hopes of rescue grow dimmer… the spark between us kindles into something impossible to ignore. 

Sometimes, survival requires swimming in uncharted waters.
But if salvation doesn’t come soon…

I might just drown in him. 


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CROSS THE LINE is now live on all platforms!

CTL live on all platforms Eeeeeek! Nate & Phoebe are finally here! If you like grouchy alpha males, sarcastic heroines, and stories with a dash of suspense and plenty of steam... go one-click CROSS THE LINE right this instant! (Or don't. Whatever. But you should know... all the cool kids are doing it.) I've decided to leave the discounted $2.99 pre-order price for a few more days, but it'll be going up to $4.99 shortly so don't wait too long!



AMAZON US → http://amzn.to/1NhKGcM AMAZON UK → http://amzn.to/1OVJegA AMAZON AU → http://bit.ly/1Pgz8WM AMAZON CA → http://amzn.to/1QWyUCD

iTUNES US → http://apple.co/1Q4BXbx iTUNES UK → http://apple.co/1WKASJW iTUNES AU → http://apple.co/1OjqwQ2 iTUNES CA → http://apple.co/1L4wKgx

B&N US → http://bit.ly/1ZosHVV NOOK UK → http://bit.ly/1GKopNb KOBO US → http://bit.ly/1Nxlori

I hope you enjoy reading CROSS THE LINE as much as I loved writing it! As an indie author, none of what I do would be possible without the support of amazing readers like you... so THANK YOU for allowing me to chase my dreams! You'll never know how much it means to me. If you have a spare moment and want to leave an honest review of CROSS THE LINE on Amazon, Goodreads, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble, I'd really appreciate it -- I always love reading your feedback!

Much love & big hugs! xx



NOT YOU IT'S ME 99¢ SALE -- Two days only! Only sale of 2015!

For two days only, bestselling romantic comedy NOT YOU IT'S ME is on sale for only 99¢ on all platforms! 

(Regular price: $4.99)


• AMAZON US → http://amzn.to/1GKv7pE • iTUNES US → http://apple.co/1LrP8Es • B&N US → http://bit.ly/1St2Ibo • KOBO US→ http://bit.ly/1RzpRIe

• AMAZON UK → http://amzn.to/1LTn11c • iTUNES UK → http://apple.co/1G47O59

• AMAZON AU → http://bit.ly/1LOSy3j • iTUNES AU → http://apple.co/1dJ5Dx4

But wait! There's more...

Not only is NOT YOU IT'S ME on sale, the standalone spinoff CROSS THE LINE (which follows the love story of Phoebe West & Nathaniel Knox) goes live this Tuesday -- November 10, 2015. That's just FIVE DAYS AWAY! If you pre-order CROSS THE LINE you'll get the heavily discounted introductory price of $2.99. (After release, price increases to $4.99.)


AMAZON US → http://amzn.to/1NhKGcM AMAZON UK → http://amzn.to/1OVJegA AMAZON AU → http://bit.ly/1Pgz8WM AMAZON CA → http://amzn.to/1QWyUCD

iTUNES US → http://apple.co/1Q4BXbx iTUNES UK → http://apple.co/1WKASJW iTUNES AU → http://apple.co/1OjqwQ2 iTUNES CA → http://apple.co/1L4wKgx

B&N US → http://bit.ly/1ZosHVV NOOK UK → http://bit.ly/1GKopNb KOBO US → http://bit.ly/1Nxlori

Can't wait for Nate & Phoebe? Check out the teaser trailer below...

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Only 10 DAYS left until Nathaniel Knox & Phoebe West invade e-readers everywhere....

Have you pre-ordered CROSS THE LINE yet? (Don't miss the special $2.99 intro price!)

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AMAZON US → http://amzn.to/1NhKGcM

AMAZON UK → http://amzn.to/1OVJegA AMAZON AU → http://bit.ly/1Pgz8WM AMAZON CA → http://amzn.to/1QWyUCD

iTUNES US → http://apple.co/1Q4BXbx iTUNES UK → http://apple.co/1WKASJW iTUNES AU → http://apple.co/1OjqwQ2 iTUNES CA → http://apple.co/1L4wKgx

B&N US → http://bit.ly/1ZosHVV NOOK UK → http://bit.ly/1GKopNb

KOBO US → http://bit.ly/1Nxlori

CROSS THE LINE cover reveal + giveaway!

It's finally here! The COVER + BLURB REVEAL for my upcoming release, CROSS THE LINE. And the best news of the day? Pre-order links are already live!

→ AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/1NhKGcM → iTUNES US: http://apple.co/1Q4BXbx

→ AMAZON UK: http://amzn.to/1OVJegA → iTUNES UK: http://apple.co/1WKASJW

→ AMAZON AU: http://bit.ly/1Pgz8WM → iTUNES AU: http://apple.co/1OjqwQ2

→ AMAZON CA: http://amzn.to/1QWyUCD → iTUNES CA: http://apple.co/1L4wKgx


This is a new contemporary romance coming on November 10, 2015 -- that's just over a month away! Though it can be read as a complete standalone novel, it contains some crossover characters from NOT YOU IT'S ME  so I recommend reading that story first to get the full background on some of the relationships and events that take place in CROSS THE LINE.

If you haven't already read NOT YOU IT'S ME... what the heck are you waiting for?! Fall in love with Gemma & Chase today!

 Below, check out the CROSS THE LINE cover, blurb, and book playlist. Plus, read the prologue to get your first glimpse into the whacky mind of Phoebe West! And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post -- you could win a $15 Amazon gift card!

I am in love, love, LOVE with this new BOSTON LOVE story! I can't wait for all of you to meet Phoebe & Nate. So... without further ado...


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Phoebe West has been head-over-heels in love with her brother’s best friend for as long as she can remember.

Not that he’s bothered to notice.

Despite several mortifying attempts at seduction and a decade’s worth of unrequited pining, nothing Phoebe does seems to make any impact on the man she’s obsessed over since her bra-stuffing days. She knows it’s time to let him go, though just the thought is nearly enough to shatter her…

Nathaniel “Nate” Knox has only ever seen Phoebe as one thing: forbidden.

There’s a darkness in Nate, the kind you can’t avoid after years working in special forces and private security. He’s no good for anyone — especially not someone as sweet as his best friend’s little sister. He knows he can’t have her. Not ever. Even if she makes him feel things he barely recognizes...

Some lines aren’t meant to be crossed.

When an unforeseeable series of events sends Phoebe stumbling headfirst into danger, there’s only one man who can protect her. Though, in his quest to save her life, he may just break her heart...

CROSS THE LINE is a full-length contemporary romance about a woman who can’t seem to walk away… and the man who’ll go to any length to keep her safe. Due to sparks flying, suspenseful moments, steamy scenes, and one sassy heroine, it is recommended to readers ages 17 and up.




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  1. I Found by Amber Run
  2. Not In That Way by Sam Smith
  3. Clean Getaway by Maria Taylor
  4. Landfill by Daughter
  5. Shadow Preachers by Zella Day
  6. Like I Can by Sam Smith
  7. Shame On You by Mariah McManus
  8. Ace of Hearts by Zella Day
  9. Take Me to Church by Hozier
  10. The Last Time by Taylor Swift
  11. Latch (Acoustic) by Sam Smith
  12. Compass by Zella Day
  13. This Love by Taylor Swift

Listen to the playlist on SPOTIFY now!



The curse bursts from my mouth before I can stop it — an involuntary reaction to the tape tearing at my skin. Pain stings my chapped, bleeding lips. My head falls forward, hair cascading in a tangled, dark brown curtain around my face as I gasp for much-needed air. Breathing through my nose for the past few hours has left me lightheaded. Without the tight loops of rope around my midsection I’d slide to the floor like a wet piece of linguine, boneless and weak.

God, my mouth is drier than the Sahara, now that whatever sedative he slipped me is wearing off. I’d give my virginity for a single glass of water. My tongue darts out to catch the trickle of blood oozing from one of the cracks. Sticky tape residue coats my split lips like superglue.

“Take this and shut the fuck up.” He shoves a copy of today’s Boston Globe into my tethered hands. “And don’t cover the fucking date.”

My fingertips curl awkwardly around the top edge, arms gawking at an odd angle against their bonds as I try to maintain my grip without blocking the bold typeface at the corner. My eyes scan the headlines briefly — nothing exceptional jumps out.

Sox Sweep: Red Sox take Cardinals 4-0 in Fenway Victory

Mayor Walsh Approves Anti-Tobacco Bill

Spring Storms Cause Citywide Power Outages

There it is: the rest of the world, carrying on as though nothing happened. As though I’m not tied to a chair in a dark basement somewhere, breathing in toxic black mold spores — they need to get an exterminator down here pronto, this stuff can’t be healthy for your lungs — all while praying to god they don’t kill me.

Because, well…. I can’t die. Not when I’ve barely lived.

I’m only twenty-three. I haven’t gone skydiving or ever been kissed passionately in the rain. I haven’t had a chance to try out a surely-disastrous pixie cut, or tan topless on a beach in the French Riviera. I’ve haven’t gone cage swimming with sharks or told the man I’m crazy about that I love him. Hate him. Want him. Want to kill him?

Oh, who the hell knows.

I’ve never been in a committed relationship. Hell, I’ve never even had an orgasm.

Seriously, I can’t go to my grave without at least one Big O on my record. That’s a crime against humanity.

“Your daddy wants proof of life,” he sneers, snapping me back to reality. “Hold it up so I can see it. You cooperate, you go home. You don’t…”

He doesn’t fill in the rest; doesn’t need to. It’s pretty self-explanatory, as threats go.

I contemplate tossing the paper to the floor at his feet, but I’m not exactly in a position to fight back. I try to lift my arms higher, but it’s not easy to do much of anything with the cord wrapped so tight around my wrists. The skin has gone raw where the rope digs into my flesh and my fingers feel tingly from lack of circulation. Unable to shift on the cold metal seat, everything below the waist is pretty much numb.

Once, I watched a YouTube video showing how to escape if your hands are ever bound with duct tape. Just my luck I’d end up with the one kidnapper in the world who still uses rope to restrain his victims’ limbs.

He strides across the room and flips on a set of overhead track lights, the sudden flare of the bulbs making my eyes water. I squint to keep him in focus as he sets his iPhone on a tripod and aims it at me.

“Smile for the camera, love.” His lips twist in a cruel grin and I wonder for the thousandth time how I missed it — the sociopathic gleam in his eyes, the dark edge to his charm. How could I have been so blind?

Oh, right.

The dimples. And the muscles. And dear god, the way he fills out a pair of dress pants…

Frankly, I never stood a chance.

“Come on, Phoebe. You can do better than that.” His eyes narrow. “Daddy will be wanting an update on his darling daughter’s safety.”

“Fuck you,” I spit, glaring at him.

“That can be arranged,” he volleys back flatly, the threat sending a cold tingle down my spine.

“You won’t get away with this… This… whatever you’re planning.” My words sound remarkably steady, considering my insides have dissolved into jelly. “He’ll never pay the ransom.”

“He’ll pay with his money or you’ll pay with your life. ” He leans toward me, face dark with anger, those stunning eyes narrowed on my wide hazel ones. “Either way, the Wests are going to fucking pay.”

My throat convulses.

I’m totally going to die a virgin.




PS: Pre-order links are live on Amazon, but they should be live very soon on all other platforms as well! I will update this post as they start to appear.... Don't miss the special $2.99 pre-order price -- it will go up to $4.99 shortly after release!  

Much love & big hugs. xx


CROSS THE LINE cover reveal sign ups + teaser trailer + more!

Hiiiiiiiiii, everyone! Lots of exciting stuff happening very soon! First off, my latest release CROSS THE LINE comes out November 10, 2015. Eeeek! That's about a month and a half away, not that I'm counting the days or anything.... Oh, who am I kidding? OF COURSE I'M COUNTING! 


I hope you guys are getting excited to fall in love with Phoebe and Nate! Their story is a contemporary romance/romantic comedy set in Boston. It can be read as a standalone but does feature crossover characters from NOT YOU IT'S ME, so you'll get the most out of the story if you read NYIM first.


BLOGGERS: If would like to participate in the cover reveal on October 6, 2015, please fill out this form -- you'll receive an HTML packet with the cover, teasers, a playlist, and more before the event. Blogs of all shapes and sizes are more than welcome to participate! 


Mark your calendars for the release date and be sure to keep an eye out for the cover reveal + giveaway on October 6th! I know November seems far away, but it will be here before we know it. In the meantime, you can watch the teaser trailer below and get excited for Nathaniel Knox....

Much love & big hugs! xx



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Eeeek! LIKE GRAVITY celebrates its second book birthday on August 25th!

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I seriously can't believe it's been two full years since I started this crazy adventure in publishing and, to celebrate, I've lowered the price (regularly $4.99) to only 99¢. This is one of the only times I've put this book on sale in the two years since it was published (those of you who follow me know I very rarely do sales unless it's a book birthday) so act fast and take advantage! The reduced price will last only four short days. Be sure to one-click if you haven't already fallen in love with Brooklyn & Finn, and please, please, please help spread the word to your fellow bookworms!

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LIKE GRAVITY is my first baby and it will always hold a special place in my heart. It's a story about a girl falling in love -- not just with the hero, but with herself. It's about overcoming grief, facing demons (both internal and external), and fighting for your happily-ever-after. I'd classify it as a "contemporary college/NA romance" with mild steam and suspense.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Much love & big hugs. xx


Feeling a little sentimental...

** FAIR WARNING: This is a long one. **

So, just about two years ago, I was standing in the driveway with my parents, loading up my mom's SUV with a sincerely ridiculous number of boxes and preparing to make the long drive back down to Delaware for my final year of college, when I decided it was time to tell them. I gathered my courage and, in the most casual tone I could muster, said something along the lines of, "Hey, humans-who-created-me, so I wrote this book and I'm publishing it on Amazon tomorrow."

I remember my parents looking at me with surprise. Sure, I'd mentioned the book in passing a few times over the summer. They treated my "novel" with the same patient sincerity they'd used during my six-month obsession with horseback riding, and during the brief, disappointing stint in fifth grade when I convinced myself a few private singing lessons would land me on the path to stardom. (LOL. *dies of embarrassment*) ...Which is to say they were supportive, but not entirely sure it would ever amount to anything.

Fair enough.

This time, though, I was serious (not to mention scared out my ever-loving mind) and once they got over their initial shock, they asked me lots of questions. Firstly -- "What the hell is self-publishing, Julie, and why would you ever want to do it?" -- and secondly -- "Can we at least read it before you send it out into the world?"

So, with shaky fingers and my heart in my throat, I sent it to their Kindles. And then I spent the next two days physically restraining myself from spying on their reading progress and biting my tongue to keep from repeatedly asking, "What part are you at?" and "Is it awful?" and "Please, for the love of god, tell me you skipped the sex scenes, Dad?"

The long-winded point to this post is: my parents are the best beta readers I've ever had. Even after four books, they're still the first ones to read my manuscripts before publication because I trust them more than anyone else on the planet to be truthful with me. To tell me which characters suck, or what scenes need work, or to question whether three Harry Potter references in one book is too many. (Um... obviously it's not. GOD, Mom.)

When I hit the "publish" button to launch LIKE GRAVITY a few days later in my tiny UD apartment, my parents were right by my side. My dad popped a bottle of champagne and we drank it out of plastic cups; my mom took a ridiculous number of unflattering pictures of me to document the moment. They made me laugh until I wasn't scared anymore and told me it was a great book, even though they were totally biased.

It was the best book launch I've ever had.

For some reason, I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that it's been TWO YEARS since this crazy, amazing, life-changing adventure started. And... before the LIKE GRAVITY anniversary passes by and this moment slips away... I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. To Christine & Dave, my parents, for being there since that terrifying day two summers ago, and to every single reader and blogger who's been there for all the days since. I'd never be able to chase my dreams without your love and support. I hope you know just how much it means to me.

Much love & big hugs. xx



Guys.... Holy freaking crap.

I woke up this morning and NOT YOU IT'S ME was ranked #116 in the ENTIRE AMAZON KINDLE STORE. That's... #116 out of all the millions of books out there available for purchase.



I know I've said it before, but.... this has been the BEST MONTH EVER! (Besides turning 24. That kind of sucked, to be honest.) But otherwise.... THE BEST!

And it's all because of you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for one-clicking NOT YOU IT'S ME, for taking a chance on Gemma and Chase, for falling in love with Chrissy, Mark, Shelby, Winnie, and Mrs. Hendrickson... and, most of all, for sharing your feedback with me and other bookworms! Your reviews, messages, and posts make me laugh, make me smile, make me tear up.... All I can say is I love you all.

Seriously. To the moon and back. Farther than that, actually. To Pluto and back. (I don't care what NASA says, it's totally a planet.)

Is that sappy? Sorry.

Right now, you're probably be thinking, "Julie...

So, I'll get to the point. I've got news! And I'm pretty sure you're going to be happy about it....

*drum roll*


And the title is...




I'm hoping to have this in your hands sometime this fall. It will be a "spin-off standalone" rather than a sequel -- while there will be crossover characters from NOT YOU IT'S ME, it will stand alone as a unique story for new readers to enjoy.

More details to come soon, including the official book blurb, cover reveal, and more! Be sure you've subscribed to my newsletter for the most up-to-date book info:


I hope you guys are as excited as I am about Phoebe's story! I'm not revealing the hero yet, but let's just say....

I think most of you will be more than a little excited about him.

Much love & big hugs. xx


PS: Yes, I do realize this entire post is HP-themed. Just go with it.


NOT YOU IT'S ME Paperbacks!


Paperbacks of NOT YOU IT'S ME are now available! And they're so pretty!

If you want a paperback, there are two ways to order: directly through Amazon or via my personal author store. If you want a personalized copy, you have to order through my store!


AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1LWSM8o

MY STORE: http://squ.re/1KVxSY8


Please let me know if you'd like a specific message inside your copy, as well as your name! (There is a comment box you can fill out during checkout on my store.)

Thanks in advance, everyone! This has been an absolutely amazing release. I've gotten so many amazing comments and reviews about NOT YOU IT'S ME -- and every single one of them brings a big smile to my face. So, THANK YOU! You guys are awesome.

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Also, don't forget -- I'm running a REVIEW RAFFLE over on my Facebook author page:


If you've left a review for NOT YOU IT'S ME on Amazon, simply paste the link to your review in the comments section of the pinned post and you're automatically entered to win a hand-stamped silver "eat, sleep, read" bracelet. Good luck! (Open internationally. Ends 7.14.15)

Much love & big hugs! xx