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403, 2016

Time-Travel Tale ‘The Tempest’ in the Works as a Movie

In you case you’ve been wondering whatever happened to the Tempest film? Didn’t I hear something about someone making it into a movie a long time ago? You heard right and yes, the project went radio silent for a while leaving everyone (myself included) wondering if it would ever happen. Well...a little CPR and a passionate production team have made [...]

1111, 2015

Tempest Playlist

902, 2015

the truth about YA lit

First off, these are my opinions based on my own observations and I'm in no way making suggestions for how readers should review books. For the record, I believe a book review should focus on the readers opinion of the novel no matter what. But sometimes a little insightful, open-minded thinking can broaden our opinions.Something I've noticed lately in reviews [...]

1601, 2015

HALFWAY PERFECT cover reveal!

Finally a cover for HALFWAY PERFECT by me and Mark Perini!Release Date: May 5, 2015Publisher: Sourcebooks FireGenre: Young AdultAmazon | Barnes and Noble  | Goodreads     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 [...]

907, 2014

Writing Tip Wednesday (5): What kind of writer are you?

Today is more of a discussion than a tip. I'm always so fascinated by the different processes different writers use. But at the same time, my second least favorite author question is: how do you write?Plotter? If yes, outlines, lists, synopsis or charts? If you said yes to the synopsis first, we can't be friends. Or wait...maybe we should be [...]

1706, 2014

More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs

I'm excited to participate in the More Than Music blitz because I had a chance to read this book early and it is soooo much fun and sweet and creative and emotional. I just loved it! I gave it 5/5 stars!Book & Author Details:More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs(Chasing The Dream #1)Publication date: June 17th 2014Genres: Contemporary, New AdultSynopsis:Music major Maddie Taylor seems to [...]

406, 2014

Writing Tip Wednesday (4): The Truth About Voice

Truth #1: Voice got me where I am today as a writer Voice is the reason I'm published. How do I know this for sure? Because almost none of the version of Tempest sold to my publisher remains in the final version. Literally 15-20%. At most. Scary, right? It took me a lot of pondering on the question: okay, so what [...]

1505, 2014

Thursday’s Random Thoughts(2): Literary is a dirty word

Unorganized, unedited, straight from my stream of consciousness to your head...Thursday's Random Thoughts. The above sentence is meant to excuse me from any and all forms of judgement, which I know won't happen, but whatever, I tried. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is spill exactly what you're thinking. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is spill exactly what you're [...]

1405, 2014

Writing tip Wednesday(3): More tweets from my Agent

Nicole Resciniti ‏@NicLitAgent Apr 19 #WritingTip: make your blurb count. It sells books and makes a must-read #queryMy thoughts: *sigh* if only this weren't true. Wouldn't life be easier? Couldn't we just write the book we want to write? I suppose we could all write the book we want to write if we're not concerned about getting it noticed, whether [...]

2803, 2014

Letters to Nowhere is a 2014 RITA Finalist! Giveaway!

If you haven't ever heard of the RITA awards, it's basically the Oscars of romance novels. I'm still in shock that Letters to Nowhere has made it to the final round of judging!Here is the full list of 2014 RITA Finalists. Some of the categories have more finalists than others and that is due to a new rule this year [...]

502, 2014

FIFTY FIRST TIMES: Cover Reveal!

Coming February 25, 2014 wherever e-books are sold! Pre-order FIFTY FIRST TIMESAmazon Barnes and NobleGoodreadsExcerpt from my story!! DAYLIGHT: A FIFTY FIRST TIMES STORY by Julie Cross (me)Jack slides the key into the doorknob of his tiny apartment above my father’s church. His fingers still and he turns to me, “Are you sure you wouldn’t rather be at a hotel?”“That’s so [...]

402, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream [...]

1501, 2014

Writing Tip Wednesday (2): A Song Written for Romance Authors?!

**You must listen to the above song to understand this post. Seriously. It won't make any sense if you don't. You can even listen while you read my translations below.Okay, so this isn't exactly a writing tip, but I heard the song, 6' 2" by Marie Miller on the radio recently and went...holy crud-face, this is really about writing a [...]

701, 2014

Altered by Jennifer Rush

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch [...]

412, 2013

WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY(1): tweets stolen from my agent

These tips may not come every Wednesday and sometimes they may not even come on Wednesday. Consistency is not one of my strengths. But I’m here to help when I can. For more YA writing advice, check out http://www.reddit.com/r/YAwriters/where I am a moderator along with YA author, Beth Revis among others who are far more diligent than myself. And check [...]

2607, 2013

Letters to Nowhere on The Reading Cafe today!

Letters to Nowhere will go live on sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble in just under a week and today the nice bloggers at The Reading Cafe have invited me to participate in an interview and also written a review of Letters to Nowhere. Please stop by and take a look!Catching up with Julie Cross interviewReading Cafe review of [...]

1907, 2013

YA action/adventure for younger readers

I’m calling this segment…I Get by with a Little Help From my FriendsI get by with a little help from my friends is a series of blog posts I’m doing leading up to the August 1, 2013 Letters to Nowhere release (read more about that here) in support of all the nice folks I’ve met since beginning this journey toward [...]

1411, 2012

teamTEENauthor November Theme: So You Wanna Be A Writer?

First off, congrats to the winners of last month's contest. You either have been contacted via email or will be soon.For this month, we're all talking about you (yes, you random teen reader/writer) and your secret (or not so secret) ambition to become a writer. Many, many months ago, I was asked to prepare a pep talk for young writers [...]

810, 2012

YA Neighborly Love Books: Julie’s Weekly Review

This is an odd theme, I realize that, but I'm all about odd themes. If fact, if you look up at the tabs, you can read lists from previous week themes.So, neighborly love books are about finding love or at least a little fling with the character next door or down the street, or at the airport across the field [...]

2709, 2012

P10 TALKS: Diversity in YA Literature and CONTEST!

AND YES, with every P10 Talks post (one per month) there will be a contest and giveaway! This month, it's a signed hardcover of Tempest and Vortex ARC (one winner, two books). Read through the post and enter the contest at the bottom if you'd like. Open to International ENDS  OCTOBER 20, 2012Today, the Perfect 10, my awesome teen panel [...]

2609, 2012

YA Road Trip Books: Julie’s Weekly Review

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the [...]

2609, 2012

UN-COVERED #7: How Mark Got Into Modelling

Mark Perini aka model JacksonSo . . . Mark is pretty much the coolest guy ever. You can tell by the past UN-COVERED episodes: Episode #1Episode #2Episode #3Episode #4Episode #5Episode #6 Or even just by reading his "how I got into Modelling" story because it's AWESOME. *** The story of how I got started goes like this...I was working at Abercrombie Kids and they [...]

1709, 2012

YA Titles On Death And Dying

I scheduled this theme before I knew what a hard week this would be for me to choose this particular theme, but I truly feel these books are so important and maybe more important after we've experienced loss of our own.On Saturday, I wrote a post devoted to my grandfather whom my family lost this weekend.If you missed last week's [...]

1509, 2012

Moments I Can Recall Without Even Trying: A Dedication to My Grandfather

My Grandpa, February 7, 1928--September 15, 2012This post is solely for the purpose of expressing my feelings of loss, grief, and emotion in the way I'm most comfortably expressing it...behind my computer, with written words. But comments and personal stories are completely welcome.When I first allowed myself to envision this day, I thought that I could be the one to [...]

1409, 2012

UN-COVERED #6: Mark Perini Reviews Looking for Alaska

 As a result of the last episode of UN-COVERED and your votes, the topic chosen for Mark (aka-model Jackson) to blog about is Mark reviewing a YA favorite. He chose Looking For Alaska, by John Green and I decided to include his review this week since it’s Boarding School week and this is, in fact, a boarding school book. I [...]

1309, 2012

YA Boarding Schools: Interviews with Boarding School Students

Continuing our YA Boarding School theme from Monday’s post, I had the pleasure of interviewing two teens who currently attend actual boarding schools! How awesome is that? Here’s what I found out from Kristina and Allie. Kristina attends a school in New York that boards only part time except for international students and Allie attends a school in Canada where [...]

1109, 2012

German Tempest Trailer! A Must see!

I'm so excited about this trailer because...hello, it's real people that are like German versions of Jackson and Holly. First off, German Tempest isn't actually called German Tempest. It's called Sturz In Die Zeit which translated to, Fall Into Time...cool, huh?The only downfall is that Mark Perini isn't on the cover of this one. I like this dude too, but [...]

1009, 2012

YA Boarding School Books

This week is all about YA books set in boarding schools. Only, I’ve added a twist and decided only the non-magical, non-supernatural titles will be included. I did this because I wanted to present a real, true look at boarding school. In fact, on Thursday the P10 members and guest members will be suggesting titles for your reading pleasure AND [...]

2208, 2012

OPPOSITES ATTRACT: Episode #1

I know. You have questions about this segment, right? Like what is this Opposites Attract thing? What crazy scheme is Julie Cross up to now? Why does she always talk so much and overuse the words—so, okay, basically, just—oh…and ellipses, what’s up with all the ellipses?!    I’m not sure I can answer all those questions and…so…basically, I think you [...]

1508, 2012

teamTEENauthor: Olympic Dreams

Another monthly group post from teamTEENauthor folks! This month are theme is Olympic Dreams. I'm in the Writer's Cave this week finishing up something, so I'm just linking a quick video of my favorite Olympic moment from watching the 1996 Olympics when I was 16 years old. I remember staying up so late every night to watch all the coverage [...]

1508, 2012

ARC Relay: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  [...]

1208, 2012

Things You NEED To Know When Meeting An Author

I know the title makes it sound like I can speak for all authors, but unfortunately, I can't. BUT I want to invite any and all published authors to speak up as to whether they agree or disagree with my take on this matter. Otherwise, I guess my opinoin will stand for all.In the past several months, I've had the [...]

1008, 2012

ARC Relay: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.The clock is ticking on [...]

3007, 2012

UN-COVERED#5: Mark at Fashion Week in Italy + BIG Contest!

This contest is now closed--thanks to all who entered!Mark Perini, Tempest Series Cover ModelYes, there's a contest in this post so read through it cause it's pretty epic!! Back by popular demand is another episode of Un-covered from Tempest (and now Vortex!) own Model Jackson, Mark Perini! Mark has been busy this summer, leaving his home base in NYC and [...]

2106, 2012

review and interview of REUNITED by Hilary Weisman Graham

*this probably isn't a surprise, but Perfect 10 Member Ashelynn wrote this post and did the interview with Hilary*1 Concert 2,000 Miles 3 Ex-Best FriendsAlice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3. But when the band broke up, so did their [...]

2805, 2012

Actual Teens Talk Sex, Language, and Banned Books

Yes, this is the forbidden subject...the one everyone wanted to blog about a few years ago only to be hounded and eaten alive by trolls, dragons, abstinence awareness speakers, nuns, Ke$ha fan club presidents, the Target check out dude in aisle four, and other even scarier internet creatures. And yes, I still see a few posts pop up now and again, [...]

105, 2012

INSURGENT Release Day: Perfect 10 Interview Agent Joanna Volpe

I don't know about you guys, but I am SUPER excited to read the much anticipated sequel to the NYT Bestselling novel, DIVERGENT. In fact, because my 12 year old son is also excited to read INSURGENT, I'm buying two copies today so we don't have to fight over them. My very own teen panel, The Perfect 10 is also [...]

904, 2012

Meeting Julie Cross: Guest post by Lauren

Introby Julie Cross Last month, I traveled to Ohio for an event at the Washington-Centerville Library where I met Lauren, a fabulous teen book blogger. After chatting with Lauren at the event and then later in email, I asked her if she'd be interested in being a guest on my blog to share her experience with everyone in my blogosphere [...]

404, 2012

The Perfect 10 talks Tempest

Since it’s a little weird for me to go on and on about why I think people should read my book, I’ve decided to get help from The Perfect 10. They are the target audience after all. I didn’t want to make this a really long, drawn out post so I kept it to two questions:1)      Describe Tempest in 5 [...]

2502, 2012

Introducing teen me: Win a copy of Tempest!

First off, I'll be announcing the winner of the Spew Story contest tomorrow morning on the blog so check back then! And guess what? There's another chance to win a personalized, signed copy of Tempest in this post, so keep reading! In late 2010, I participated in the "Dear Teen Me" project, which is a group of authors writing letter [...]