JULIE JOHNSON

boys are better in books

STORIES YOU LOVE. SEXY NEW LOOK.


Yes, you heard that right.

The BOSTON LOVE STORY boys just got a seriously sexy new look.

 

I mean.... Would you look at Chase Croft, please? 

*swallows hard*

And... then there's Nathaniel Knox. LOOK AT THAT MAN. 

*fans self* 

I'd show you Parker West but... I don't think you can handle that much hotness in a single day.

Don't worry, though. he'll be here before you know it. I'm thrilled to announce the title of the third standalone in the internationally bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series is...

 

*drum roll*

ONE GOOD REASON

This is Parker's book, and it will be here on MEMORIAL DAY 2016. That's only two short months away!!!

And the best news... pre-order links are already live on most platforms! Don't miss the reduced introductory pice -- it will go up to $4.99 after release. 

AMAZON

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COMING MEMORIAL DAY 2016. The third standalone in the internationally bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series. 

One privileged playboy who's never wanted a committed relationship. 
One whip-smart hacker who doesn't have time for anyone else's problems. 
ONE GOOD REASON to prove them both wrong. 

NOTE: This is not the final cover or description. Final versions will be revealed closer to release day. Don't forget to pre-oder -- price goes up to $4.99 when book goes live. 

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!


 

PURCHASE CROSS THE LINE:

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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

Julie  

 

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)

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• 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.)

PRE-ORDER NOW! 

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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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10 DAYS

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

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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

Eeeeeek!

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...



FRONT COVER:

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BOOK BLURB: 

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.

 


 

FULL SPREAD:

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PLAYLIST: 

  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!


PROLOGUE: 

“Fuck!”

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.


GIVEAWAY: 

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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

Julie

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! 

ADD TO GOODREADS TBR

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.

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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! 

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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

Julie


 

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** 99¢ PUBVERSARY SALE! **

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

Julie

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

Julie

★ NEW BOOK NEWS ★

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.

116.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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*

I'M WRITING PHOEBE'S STORY! 

And the title is...

CROSS THE LINE

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ADD TO GOODREADS TBR

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:

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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

Julie

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

 

NOT YOU IT'S ME Paperbacks!

THEY'RE HERE!

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.

Review Raffle

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

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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

Julie

 

NOT YOU IT'S ME is now LIVE !!!!

Yep, that's right!

NOT YOU IT'S ME IS NOW LIVE ON ALL PLATFORMS!

(Or will be in a matter of hours!)

GO, GO, GO! #oneclick

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Thank you all SO MUCH for making this such an awesome release. And yes, in case you were wondering, I do realize this entire post is minion-themed. (I've had three blackberry-muddled-mint mojitos. It's the best I can do. Don't judge me.)

This was the first experience I've ever had with putting one of my books up for pre-order, and I just have to say THANK YOU to every single reader who bought a copy early and also to every single book blogger who helped promote NOT YOU IT'S ME before release. You guys are fan-freaking-tastic. You rock my socks off. (Actually, I'm not wearing socks -- it's wicked hot outside, that would be weird. But you get the idea. Right? Right.)

If I could reach through the computer screen and hug each and every one of you, I totally would. (And, seriously, that's saying something, because I'm not even a "hugger.")

Honestly, I love you. All of you. None of this would be possible without you. And I hope you realize how much I appreciate every single Amazon review, FB comment, email, personal message, tweet, Goodreads post, etc. I'll never be able to express how much your support means to me.

So, I guess all that's left to say is...

No, not banana.

Thank you. I love you. Stay awesome.

Much love & big hugs. xx

Julie

GIVEAWAY: Win a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

NYIM giveaway NOT YOU IT'S ME, my new contemporary romance, releases in just ONE WEEK! Eeek! This is a fun, funny love story about an unlucky-in-love artist who falls for a bad-boy billionaire. Be sure to pre-order to take advantage of the $2.99 intro price:

AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/1GKv7pE BARNES&NOBLE ➜ http://bit.ly/1LrPevE APPLE/IBOOKS ➜ http://apple.co/1LrP8Es KOBO ➜ http://bit.ly/1BTEqni

In celebration of the week leading up to the NOT YOU IT'S ME launch on July 7th, I'm having a giveaway! *throws confetti*  It's hot out there, and I know all my fellow bookworms are dying to load up your kindles with some great beach reads and hit the sand... So, I'm raffling off a $15 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!

Earn entries by following me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (Make sure to include the #notyouitsme hashtag in your tweets and IG comments!) Bonus entries -- and BIG virtual hugs -- for those of you who pre-order NOT YOU IT'S ME and post a confirmation screenshot as a comment on the giveaway post over on my Facebook author page. Good luck and much love to all who enter! xx

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SNEAK PEAK: read an excerpt of NOT YOU IT'S ME now!

NOT YOU IT'S ME 

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PRE-ORDER NOW ADD TO GOODREADS TBR

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If you want a sneak peak of Gemma and Chase, check out the excerpt below!

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Boston Teaser

EXCERPT #1:

 

The camera’s locked on me and it’s not moving. I catch a glimpse of myself on the huge, pixilated screen — a pale, dark-haired girl in a fancy black dress and ratty black sneakers.

Too many curves, too many curls, and no one to kiss. I know there’s panic flashing in my eyes — hell, I can see it, blown up to jumbo proportions on every screen in the arena. And so can everyone else.

I’m a freaking ant beneath a microscope.

The crowd starts to titter — oh, honey, look at that poor girl, her boyfriend hasn’t even noticed — and I’m getting a little desperate, so I swallow hard, throw back my shoulders, and sneak a glance at Ralph. He’s still on his phone, the bastard, totally unaware that we’ve become the central act at the kiss-cam circus. Forcing a smile to cover my deep mortification, I elbow him sharply in the side, but he just bats me away with a hand and a glare before returning to his phone call.

I groan.

The crowd explodes with laughter.

I try to smile too, like I’m in on the joke, but it’s wobbly — I can feel it trembling on my lips — and I begin to wonder if the man behind the camera is some kind of sociopath, because frankly, the fact that he’s still filming right now — while surely entertaining for everyone who, you know, isn’t me — is pure evil.

I look up at the camera and shrug my shoulders, hoping the yes-my-boyfriend-is-in-fact-a-total-asshole expression translates to the crowd. I think I succeed, since the laughter gets even louder, but suddenly I’m distracted by the wall of man blocking my view of the jumbotron.

Green Eyes is out of his seat.

His eyes are on mine, and he’s reaching for my hand.

The crowd is going wild and my brain is short-circuiting, but apparently my hand doesn’t need executive functions to tell it what to do because it’s lifting from my lap and slipping into his.

Before I can form a single thought, he’s pulling me out of my chair.

Sliding one arm around my waist.

Slipping one hand behind my neck.

His eyes never leave mine as he leans in, bending me backward over his arm in a full-on, movie-star dip, and the only thought in my head is ohmigod, there’s no way he’s going to kiss me right now, but then even that disappears when his lips move closer and my mind blanks entirely.

Because he’s kissing me.

And it’s good.

No, actually, it’s great.

It’s not the soft, sympathetic, pity-kiss you’d expect in a situation like this.

It’s a full on, invade-your-senses, shatter-your-world, boil-your-blood kiss. With tongue.

For a moment, I’m so stunned, I just hang there limply… but then my brain catches up to my body and I realize that the hottest freaking man I’ve ever seen is kissing me like I’ve never, ever been kissed before, and that I might never be kissed like this again for the rest of my whole pathetic life, so I damn well better enjoy it while it lasts.

Without another thought, my arms twine around his neck, my mouth opens under his, and I’m returning his kiss without hesitation, with abandon. He feels my response and a low growl vibrates from his throat — for as second, I think he’s angry, but I quickly realize it’s a good growl when he pulls me tighter to him, so I’m fully plastered against the hard plane of his body. Thoughts long-chased from my mind, I don’t even try to think of reasons this is a bad idea. I melt into him like my limbs are made of water.

It’s easily the best kiss of my life, which doesn’t make any sense at all because I don’t even know the man whose lips are devouring mine — hard, hot, with just the right amount of teeth and tongue to make things interesting.

I can hear the crowd going crazy, twenty-thousand people screaming at the top of their lungs, but somehow the sound of my own heartbeat is drowning them out. The kiss goes on for way, way longer than it should, but I don’t worry about that, or anything else for that matter, because there’s no room in my head for worries about my dickwad soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend or the crowd or the cameras.

Not when every mental faculty is consumed by Green Eyes and his perfect freaking kiss.

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** COVER + BLURB REVEAL: NOT YOU IT'S ME **

Eeeek! Today is the day!

COVER + BLURB REVEAL DAY!

NOT YOU IT'S ME is the story of Gemma, an unlucky-in-love artist who's just about given up on ever finding her Prince Charming, and Chase, the man who changes her mind about happy-ever-afters. It's a standalone, 110k words, with a little bit of suspense, lots of laughs, plenty of family drama, and some steam. I hope you'll love reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it!

So, without further ado... Here are the cover and the blurb! xx 

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Gemma Summers is unlucky in love.
She’s known it since third grade, when her first crush blew a spitball into her hair, and a decade-long string of bad dates, boring sex, and abysmal morning-afters has done nothing to improve her prospects. 
But when a random radio call-in contest lands her courtside tickets to the hottest playoff game of the season, Gemma’s luck may finally be on the upswing — even if it doesn’t exactly seem like it when the dreaded jumbotron kiss-cam lands on her and her date, who’s too busy ignoring her to notice… 

Chase Croft doesn’t date.
Despite ample opportunity as Boston’s most eligible bachelor, the reformed bad-boy would rather put his energy into taking over the family business than weed through a world of gold-diggers to find an honest woman. 
But when the beautiful girl in the seat next to him becomes a courtside spectacle at the hands of her loser boyfriend, he can’t help but step in and save the day. 

One kiss. Two strangers. No strings attached.
The only problem is, Chase is used to getting whatever he wants. And after kissing Gemma once, he knows one thing…
He wants more.


NOT YOU IT’S ME is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance about a girl who doesn’t believe in love… and the man who changes her mind. Due to sexy-times and strong language, it is intended for readers 17 and up.

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This book means so much to me -- it always will. Lux and Bash (and Jamie, duh) hold such a special place in my heart. Writing their story changed me; it made me want to "live in the light," to cherish those closest to me, to try my best to be a better person. I'll never forget these characters, or the journey they took within the space of 460 pages.

I have to send out a HUGE thank you to every single reader, blogger, and author out there who reached out to me with words of kindness and support, who left a review on Amazon or Goodreads, who recommended STW to a fellow bookworm.... It's because of you that any of this is possible. So THANK YOU! I adore you all.

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PS: Don't forget, Wednesday June 10th is the cover/blurb reveal for NOT YOU IT'S ME -- my new contemporary romance, coming July 7, 2015. Keep an eye out for it on Facebook and be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR. (I'll also be running a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card that day.) xx

Much love & big hugs,

Julie

 

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Hey, everyone!

I'm SO excited to announce the title of my new contemporary romance, coming 7.7.15.

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I absolutely can't wait to share this story with all of you. The cover/blurb reveal is just two weeks away and the release is just six weeks away! How crazy is that?!

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With the release rapidly approaching, it's time to start talking about ARCS. (A.K.A. advanced reader copies) If you're a blogger/reader who enjoys devouring books before their release date and reviewing them honestly on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, and/or your blog as soon as the book goes live, you're in luck! I'll be sending out about 10-12 ARCs before the launch of NOT YOU IT'S ME -- probably in mid/late June, several weeks before the release.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please fill out this form:

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(NOTE: Unfortunately, I can't guarantee everyone who applies will receive an ARC, as I'm only distributing about a dozen of them.)

That's all for now, guys! I hope you're getting excited to meet Chase and Gemma... NOT YOU IT'S ME will be here before we know it!

Thank you, as always, for all the support. It means the world to know I have readers like you out there.

I love you all to pieces! xx

Julie