Julie Cross | Author Blog

2801, 2017

The great OFF THE ICE Pre-order Giveaway!

Pre-order Off the Ice Today to Read a Chapter Sampler for FREE Before Anyone Else! Have you been drooling over the cover of Off The Ice as much as I have? If so, I have great news for those of you looking forward to reading Off the Ice in February! Entangled Publishing is hosting a pre-order giveaway and you can enter [...]

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

411, 2015

HALFWAY PERFECT cover reveal!

Finally a cover for HALFWAY PERFECT by me and Mark Perini! Release Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Genre: Young Adult 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 [...]

311, 2015

Join the Tempest Challenge!

Have you been wanting to start the Tempest trilogy but haven't gotten the chance? Or maybe you've read one or two of the books but haven't finished the series? Or maybe you've read all the books and either want to re-read (let's face it, it's a brain bending series that needs a double take sometimes) or want to follow along [...]

311, 2015

In case you noticed my absence…

I'm spending the summer in southern New Jersey working at a creative arts camp. I'm having an amazing time watching these children (two of them came from my woman parts) grow and explore their artistic passions. But it's a bit like being on a commune...I'm very out-of-touch with reality and have literally 20 minutes a day to get on the [...]

206, 2015

Dirty Boys of Summer is out today!

Need I say more?Seriously.Buy LinksAmazon US: UK: Amazon CA: Barnes & Noble: iTunes: Kobo:  IN THIS BOXED SETGENNIFER ALBIN, Teaching Roman -- Class is in session...EVANGELINE ANDERSON, The Academy -- The Academy…Where things aren't always as they seem.AVERY ASTER, Love, Lex -- If you love snarky socialites and dominating NYPD motor cops then get [...]

1603, 2015

#RealTeensInYAlit Episode 1: My Crazy Family

I got such great feedback after writing this blog post about real teens in YA novels (before you judge or comment on this statement, please read the entire blog post), and my concerns  about older readers/reviewers contributing to the extinction of realistic portrayals of teens in YA. Because we all need a reality check sometimes, I sought out the assistance [...]

303, 2015

Are you reading yet?! TEMPEST CHALLENGE has begun!

It's MARCH! And that means we are kicking off THE TEMPEST CHALLENGE: A BINGE READING EXPERIENCE.Thank you so much for signing up to participate in this month long binge reading experience! Some of you will be posting on your blog and others are just joining in to either read the trilogy again or for the first time. Either way, we [...]

2102, 2015

join the Tempest Challenge!

Have you been wanting to start the Tempest trilogy but haven't gotten the chance? Or maybe you've read one or two of the books but haven't finished the series? Or maybe you've read all the books and either want to re-read (let's face it, it's a brain bending series that needs a double take sometimes) or want to follow along [...]

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 [...]

412, 2014

Do you wanna join my street team?

Do you wanna join my street team Come on let’s go and play I don’t have a name yet But don’t worry We’ll come up with something Even if we’re small I promise not to forfeit We could be best buddies I wanna sell some books And write the stories people want to read You could help me choose What [...]

2310, 2014

I know who will win the World Series

Since release day for my newest YA contemporary, Whatever Life Throws at You, the team featured in the novel, the Kansas City Royals, have managed to win the American League Division Championships in a 4 game sweep. They made it to the World Series, lost game 1, crushed the Giants in game 2.And holy cow...I mean they could win it [...]

710, 2014

Release Day: Whatever Life Throws At You! The book that predicts the future…

Today is the day to buy my newest YA contemporary, Whatever Life Throws At You!AMAZONLife loves a good curveball…Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the [...]

909, 2014

A dozen items from my author bucket list

If you want to read this, you have to promise not to laugh.Can you do that? Can you cross your heart and swear on a copy of your favorite novel?These are the things I daydream about but I don't dare wish for. Things that will challenge my skill and possibly result in failure. Things I've been way too afraid to [...]

808, 2014

Survey says: Want to read 009 Holly’s diary?

So, yeah, this is probably a bit odd and corny but 4 years ago I began writing entries for Holly Flynn, the apple of Tempest series MC, Jackson Meyer's eye. It's angsty, it's sexy, it's extremely detailed, and will let fans of the series in on a few secrets.There are many reviews of Tempest series novels that mention not liking [...]

1607, 2014

Big Announcement! Secrets revealed!

Yay! I finally get to talk about my brand new YA contemporary series! I'm so, So, SO excited for this. I've had a blast writing it. Here are the details:Tempest author Julie Cross's LAY IT ON THE LINE and YOURS TO LOSE, in the Juniper Cove series, pitched as Friday Night Lights with hockey, set in Minnesota, to Sara Sargent [...]

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 [...]

1606, 2014

RETURN TO US (Letters to Nowhere #4) On Sale Now!!

Previously in RETURN TO YOU (Letters to Nowhere Part 3)"Slowly, I turn toward him, sifting through a dozen different emotions. Before I can process or stop myself, I'm lifting a hand, balling up my fist, pulling back wind-up style, and then planting my knuckles hard into TJ's jaw."RETURN TO US (Letters to Nowhere Part 4)30,000 word novella and part 4 [...]

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 [...]

805, 2014

Thursday’s Random Thoughts(1): Songs I want to write a book about

Unorganized, unedited, straight from my stream of consciousness to your head...Thursday's Random Thoughts. Songs I want to write a book about1. She's So Mean by Matchbox 202. Everything Has Changed by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift3. Dianne Young by Vampire Weekend4. Already Home by A Great Big World5. Should've Just Gone to Bed by Plain White T's6. Vienna by Billy [...]

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 [...]

2503, 2014

THIRD DEGREE: My first full NA novel is out today!

Random House l Amazon l Barnes and Noble l Goodreads Read an excerpt here  Fans of Monica Murphy and Tammara Webber will savor this New Adult novel—a story about coming of age in the heat of the moment—from Julie Cross, the internationally bestselling author of the Tempest trilogy.I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But [...]

2802, 2014


Not sure how long this is going to last so hurry up and get your copy!Amazon: Nook: Kobo: 

2502, 2014

FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology Release Day!

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | KoboMy story is called DAYLIGHT. I won't spoil it, but it involves a preacher's daughter and the mysterious guy she fell in love with spending one last night together before he leaves on a secret mission.

1902, 2014

NA Myths Debunked: Part 1 (NSFW, 17+ only)

After reading this informative post where agents answer this very question, I figured I'd answer it as well. I have tried to explain/describe NA on several occasions using fact based, real examples from popular titles in the genre. I can honestly say that until I actually completed my first official "this is going to be sold as a new adult" [...]

502, 2014


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 I am a moderator along with YA author, Beth Revis among others who are far more diligent than myself. And check [...]

112, 2013

All the books by Julie Cross in one blog post

I've been yanking and tugging my amazing and devoted fans in several directions lately. Even my family has lost track of release dates and books that are out and soon-to-be out and then which are ebook and which are print, ect...So here's the 4-1-1 all together in one post...TEMPEST Series BooksYoung Adult (YA) Science Fiction/Romance/ThrillerAges 13 and upSt. Martin's Press [...]

112, 2013

RETURN TO YOU (Letters to Nowhere #3) Cover Reveal!

Releasing December 15th. This one is my favorite so far!Add Return to You on GoodreadsBUY Letters to NowhereBUY Return to SenderBloggers interested in reviewing any Letters to Nowhere series books, please email me juliecrossauthor(at)gmail(dot)com about review copies.What do you think of the cover? And who has title ideas for me for Letters to Nowhere #4?! I'm running out of mail/letter [...]

1211, 2013

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.Complicated? Awkward? Completely.But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she [...]

1011, 2013

Random Acts of Crazy by Julia Kent

I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don't collect guys like that (don't ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop – you stop.And I [...]

911, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely [...]

711, 2013

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

New Adult Contemporary Romance**Mature situations and sexual content - recommended for ages 17+**Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all [...]

511, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.It’s all fine until the morning that [...]

311, 2013

The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still [...]

211, 2013

Easy by Tammara Webber

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for [...]

3110, 2013

Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody [...]

2910, 2013

Diversify NA: What would you like to see in future New Adult novels?

So, if you look up above this post, you'll see the poll I've just added where you can vote for things you'd like to see in NA novels. Here are some things to keep in mind if you choose to vote:1) Nobody is going to pat you on the back or call you a hero because you selected something that [...]

2910, 2013

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

When sixteen-year-old Luke's book, Hallelujah, becomes a national bestseller, his publishing house sends him on a cross-country book tour with his older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when irresponsible Matt offers to drive Luke's ex–soul mate, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. On the trip, Luke must loosen up, discover what it truly means to have [...]

2810, 2013

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…Mature Content! For readers 18+ Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into [...]

2710, 2013

Breathe by Abbi Glines

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.When the family arrives at their [...]

2510, 2013

Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of [...]

2410, 2013

Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu

AT FOURTEEN YEARS OLD, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life [...]

2210, 2013

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location [...]

2010, 2013

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

WillMaybe I'm too late. Maybe Zoe's dad stole all her fifteen years and taught her to be scared. I'll undo it. Help her learn to be strong again, and brave. Not that I'm any kind of example, but we can learn together.When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.ZoeMaybe it'll take Will [...]

1910, 2013

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez

Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others' expectations? [...]

1710, 2013

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back [...]

1510, 2013

Crash by Nicole Williams

Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women [...]

1310, 2013

Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller

Having it all has never been so hard.For eighteen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live [...]

1210, 2013

Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard

Are you a Global Vagabond?No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister [...]

1010, 2013

Me, Him, Them, & It by Caela Carter

ME is Evelyn Jones, 16, a valedictorian hopeful who's been playing bad girl to piss off THEM, her cold, distant parents. HIM is Todd, Evelyn's secret un-boyfriend, who she thought she was just using for sex - until she accidentally fell in love with him. But before Evelyn gets a chance to tell Todd how she feels, something much more [...]

810, 2013

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring [...]

310, 2013

The Distance Between Us by Cassie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen [...]

110, 2013

Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair

Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read.Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, [...]

2609, 2013

Here Without You (Between the Lines #4) by Tammara Webber

Everyone has secrets.Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten.But a secret never told can turn into a lie.And in love, a lie is one thing:Poison.Reid's in love with Dori, though she hasn't told her parents that she's fallen hard for the guy they'd forbidden her to see. Now she's leaving for college, and Reid's promise not to push [...]

2309, 2013

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to [...]

2009, 2013

Excerpt from my FIFTY FIRST TIMES story + Signed TEMPEST Giveaway!

If you're a bit behind on this news, check out this post with all the info about the anthologyTo enter the contest, all you have to do is read the excerpt below from my fictional short story that will be included in the FIFTY FIRST TIMES: NEW ADULT ANTHOLOGY releasing with Avon Impulse on December 10, 2013.[ADD ON GOODREADS] AND [...]

2009, 2013

FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology

From Today's Deals Listing on Publisher's Marketplace!Julie Cross's FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A NEW ADULT ANTHOLOGY, in which 19 favorite and bestselling authors, including J. Lynn, Carrie Ryan, and Sophie Jordan write fictional stories about their characters' first time, to Tessa Woodward at Avon Impulse, for publication in December 2013, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency.   COMING DECEMBER [...]

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 [...]

1106, 2013

LETTERS TO NOWHERE: Letters? Why letters?

GoodreadsA Mature YA contemporary set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics. Grief, love and pursuing dreams are at the forefront of this emotionally powerful coming-of-age story.Seventeen year old Karen Campbell has just lost both her parents in a tragic car accident. Grief stricken and alone, her gymnastics coach opens his home to Karen, providing her a place to live [...]

1106, 2013


This New Adult title releasing Next month sounds awesome! It sounded so good I signed up to participate in the trailer reveal.View the trailer here Catching Liam by Sophia BleuPublication date:  Summer 2013Genre: New Adult ContemporarySynopsis:Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After [...]

1006, 2013

Chat with me and NYT Bestselling Author Beth Revis noon EST

Today Beth Revis (author of the Across the Universe trilogy) and myself are do an AMA on reddit. If you're not familiar with reddit, AMA stands for ask me anything. We're doing this in order to grow the subreddit site YAwritersWe'd love to hear from you, both of us are hoping to get tons and tons of questions!

806, 2013

Some Really Big News!

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY Right after Tempest released in January 2012, I was on a flight home from NYC feeling overwhelmed already with release day buzz and everything that went along with that. I sank into my seat on the plane and needed to put my mind elsewhere and of course it drifted into a new story. One that [...]

2705, 2013

Am I the only reader who NEEDS contractions?

Something that literally sends me into insanity is reading a book where the author has refused to recognize the existence of contractions. Lately, I've felt like a broken record with this comment. Does anyone else share my annoyance with this style? Is there something wrong with me? Am I too pop culture?Here's a passage from a YA novel I read [...]

1904, 2013

Queries On Demand: THE PLUMBER’S CANDY by Julie Cross

To learn more about queries on demand go hereToday's Title is Inspired By?Suggestion from @biinou on twitter. Thanks so much for this, it made me work at least a tiny bit.And remember, the books in my QOD segments do NOT exist in real life. It's just for fun. And yes, there will be mistakes and typos. I limit myself to [...]

1804, 2013

Queries On Demand: NEGLECTED DOG HOUSE by Julie Cross

What is Queries on Demand? Queries on demand is a special segment that provides me the opportunity to prove that I can make a teen/young adult story out of any title. So with queries on demand, I get a random title from an outside source and write a query for a Young Adult or New Adult novel. And I’m sticking to [...]

1704, 2013

Queries On Demand: AFFORDABLE BUTTS by Julie Cross

What is Queries on Demand? Queries on demand is a segment that I’ve just started today. It’s a representation of the insanity that often goes on inside my head. I’m one of those authors with too many ideas, too many subplots in a novel, too many directions I’d like to take a story and this kind of fault comes with [...]

1903, 2013


As some of you who follow me on twitter may already know, I'm on a New Adult kick lately and of course topping my TBR list is going to be those titles hitting the NYT e-book list because obviously those are all well liked and many are self-published and I'm constantly on the search for great YA/NA books that are [...]

1003, 2013

My Biggest Writing Challenge

So, this weekend I decide to face my biggest writing challenge yet. After reading a few incredible short stories on a site called Figment, I started to get super intimidated (even more than usual) and in the case of one particular 480 word story, I began to feel like a crappy writer. I've never been able to write a short [...]

2702, 2013

My Favorite Book Of 2012 and Big Giveaway!

by Rainbow Rowell  Two MisfitsOneExtraordinary love. Goodreads Summary: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard [...]

2201, 2013

Dear Teen Me Guest Post

My second letter to my teenage self is up on the Dear Teen Me blog today, head over there and check it out along with many of the other awesome letters by your favorite authors!Later,Julie

1801, 2013

Tempest Uncensored Material 16+ ONLY

Okay, so I'm totally not posting this here on my blog. You'll have to travel to the original site to read the super steamy, for the older readers only excerpt. Also, it's not like edited or anything get what you get.GO HERE TO READthanks,JulieP.S. Is anyone brave enough to admit that they went and read it???

1701, 2013

Secret Deleted Scene from Tempest/Vortex

This scene was originally published hereAn exclusive deleted scene from Tempest that was removed but referenced in the 2nd to last chapter. A few readers have asked me about the "picture of Jackson and Holly on the beach" that Jackson looks at just before calling Holly and saying his final goodbye to her.In Tempest, it has Jackson, his dad and [...]

1601, 2013

Perfect 10 Reviews VORTEX

Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to saveJackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson [...]

1501, 2013

VORTEX Release Day! Win a Signed Copy!

I'm so excited to finally have this second book out for Tempest fans and hopefully maybe with the paperback of Tempest out, some new fans will emerge!First off, Mark Perini (aka-Model Jackson) is reviewing Vortex today over at our other blog, mark and julie gchat. His review is like the most important of all the reviews because he's on the [...]

1401, 2013

VORTEX playlist

we have ONE DAY left until VORTEX hits shelves, and I'm really excited for you all to read it. And in order to celebrate VORTEX release week, I have the playlist here for you. Check back tomorrow for a giveaway!It's Time by Imagine Dragons (this song is so perfect for Jackson mindset at the end of Tempest and the beginning [...]

1612, 2012

teamTEENauthor December: Break Ups

I'm a little late with the group post this month and honestly, though the topic is one that I'm so compelled to re-explore, I got really blocked when I tried to form an actual post for you guys. Maybe my expectations for myself were too high or maybe it really had been too long since I've experienced a break up [...]

1412, 2012

The Great YA Self-Pubbed Search: Review #1

I promised in this blog post to search for a good self-published YA book and here’s the first of my recent reads…if I didn’t include a title then there’s a really good reason for that. I’m not out to ruin anyone’s career and I sure as heck don’t think my opinion is a reflection of all readers but as someone [...]

1312, 2012

Teaser Thursday #7: Countdown to VORTEX

 You can read the first teaser right here.Teaser number #2 is here.Teaser number three.Teaser #4Teaser #5Teaser #6Instead of the usual posting from the book quote, I have something ELSE for you this week. Hold onto your seats, ladies and gents, because it's going to be legen--wait for it--DARY. Yes, I do indeed have here an excerpt from the audiobook.  Only five [...]

612, 2012

Teaser Thursday #6: Countdown to VORTEX

 You can read the first teaser right here.Teaser number #2 is here.Teaser number three.Teaser #4Teaser #5I could hear my heart pounding, even over the volume of the helicopter. Judging distance and memorizing images of our surroundings were skills I'd learned to use to my advantage during the past two and a half months of Tempest training. But today they had [...]

2911, 2012

Teaser Thursday #5: Countdown to VORTEX

You can read the first teaser right here. Teaser number #2 is here. Teaser number three.Teaser #4 is right here.I groaned and started to get up from my seat. "I'll see you guys later."Footsteps followed behind me out of the dining room."We've got thirty seconds before the door closes," Dad said in a low voice.My heart pounded. We had done this for [...]

2111, 2012

What I Think About S-E-X in YA Books

  I think it’s about time I officially weigh in on the great YA debate. In case you missed this post, The Perfect 10, my teen panel weighed in on this topic a while back and I figured if they can discuss this honestly and openly, I should be able to do the same.First off, I have to mention that [...]

1511, 2012

Teaser Thursday #4: Countdown to VORTEX

You can read the first teaser right here. Teaser number #2 is here. Teaser number three.March 16, 2009Location: Currently over the Atlantic OceanAdam,I'm still keeping this journal for you even though I'll probably never give it to you. It's better if I don't, but sometimes life doesn't go how I want it to, and if I've learned anything from you, it's to [...]

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 [...]

1411, 2012

TeamTEENAuthor Review: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne LaZear

It's time for another TeamTEENAuthor feature! This time for Innocent Darkness by Suzanne LaZear, which came out August 8 from Flux Books!I just love the cover for Innocent Darkness -- One of my favorites for sure! Here's a bit about Innocent Darkness (via Goodreads):Wish. Love. Desire. Live.Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. [...]

1211, 2012

TeamTEENAuthor Review: Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

It is time for another TeamTEENAuthor feature! Here's a little bit about Blind Spot by Laura Ellen:There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with [...]

811, 2012

Teaser Thursday #3: Countdown to VORTEX

You can read the first teaser right here. Teaser number #2 is here.p. 25 ;)Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save. Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that [...]

311, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday: Doctor Who Episode 5

Today's Time Travel Pick (information provided by IMDB and Netflix)Title: Doctor Who Episode #5: World War ThreeType: TV series/BritishYear: 2005-presentGenre: Drama, adventure, familyRating: TVPG**side note--Time Travel Tuesday isn't always on TuesdaySummary: The Doctor, Rose and Parliament official Harriet Jones discover the motive behind the alien crash-landing but are trapped inside 10 Downing Street.Reader’s Take: I had a lot of trouble [...]

111, 2012

Teaser Thursday #2: Countdown to VORTEX

You can read the first teaser right here.I grabbed her hand and tugged. "Wait . . . one more thing."It's just meaningless kissing. The emotional still-in-love-with-the-girl-I-couldn't-be-with part of my brain stayed shut off, as it had been for weeks now. The agent in me knew Kendrick was right. Revenge came in many different forms.My hand slid down the sides of her [...]

2610, 2012

TeamTEENAuthor: EC Myers Interview + Fair Coin Review

It is time for another TeamTEENAuthor feature! EC Myers is the author of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin. Quantum Coin was actually just released on Tuesday! Perfect 10 Member Holly had a few questions for EC Myers...How did you come up with the idea for Fair Coin?Like many creative types, my mind works in strange ways. The tiniest thing can spark [...]

2510, 2012

Teaser Thursday #1: Countdown to VORTEX

Hey, guys, Ashelynn (Julie's assistant) here! Can you believe there's TWELVE weeks until VORTEX releases?? Gah, that's crazy. I swear I just read TEMPEST.So on Twitter, I asked people to pick a page number and Megan from Book Brats said 63. 63 is the start of chapter four . . . which is actually a really action packed chapter! So [...]

2410, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday: Doctor Who Episode #4

Yes, I realize it’s not Tuesday but I’m posting this anyway.Today's Time Travel Pick (information provided by IMDB)Title: Doctor Who Episode #4: Aliens of London   Type: TV series/BritishYear: 2005-presentGenre: Drama, adventure, familyRating: TVPGSummary: Rose and the Doctor return to the present day and witness the crash of an alien aircraft into the Thames. Reader’s Take: In this episode Rose and the [...]

1510, 2012

YA Home Run Authors: Julie’s Weekly Review

This week I've asked the Perfect 10 Teen Panel to help with the theme because it involves a lot of book titles.DEFINITION OF A YA HOME RUN AUTHOR: (I made this term up, btw) A YA author who you've read at least 4 books from and loved at least 4 books. Get it? Home means tagging 4 bases...and sometimes [...]

1010, 2012


  I'm so excited for teamTEENauthor October Dare Day because this month we have a contest! A really BIG contest in the form of a scavenger hunt. If you want to know more about teamTEENauthor you can go here Why do we have dare day? Because we want our teen readers to see for themselves that we understand the angst and [...]

910, 2012

Seeking Advice Regarding Potentionally Taboo Blog Topic

This is totally an unscheduled post and I almost did this as a Facebook status update, but it would have been too long. Anyway, I had this idea last night for a blog series in which I pick a self-published YA book and start reading it...I jot down my reader opinoin thoughts and possibly some writer opinoin thoughts and read [...]

910, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday: Doctor Who Episode 3

Today's Time Travel Pick (information provided by IMDB)Title: Doctor WhoType: TV series/BritishYear: 2005-presentGenre: Drama, adventure, familyRating: TVPGSummary: Rose Tyler is just an ordinary shop worker living an ordinary life in 21st century Britain. But that life is turned upside down when a strange man calling himself The Doctor drags her into an alien invasion attempt!Reader's Take: This was my favorite [...]

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 [...]

210, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday: Doctor Who Episode 2

Today's Time Travel Pick (information provided by IMDB)Title: Doctor WhoType: TV series/BritishYear: 2005-presentGenre: Drama, adventure, familyRating: TVPGSummary: Rose Tyler is just an ordinary shop worker living an ordinary life in 21st century Britain. But that life is turned upside down when a strange man calling himself The Doctor drags her into an alien invasion attempt!Reader/Viewer's Take: This episode was pretty [...]

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 [...]

2509, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday: Doctor Who Episode 1

Today's Time Travel Pick (information provided by IMDB)Title: Doctor WhoType: TV series/BritishYear: 2005-presentGenre: Drama, adventure, familyRating: TVPGSummary: Rose Tyler is just an ordinary shop worker living an ordinary life in 21st century Britain. But that life is turned upside down when a strange man calling himself The Doctor drags her into an alien invasion attempt!Reader's Take: First off, I loved [...]

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 [...]

1209, 2012

teamTEENauthor September Topic: HARRY POTTER

Learn more about teamTEENauthor and my teamTEENauthor friends hereSo, it's another month and another group topic. I've been excited for this one because last month, I had the pleasure of attending LeakyCon, a Harry Potter fan based convention and let me say, it was amazing! I did two presentations and I've never spoken to a nicer more receptive audience than [...]

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, huh?The only downfall is that Mark Perini isn't on the cover of this one. I like this dude too, but [...]

1109, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday: Happy Accidents

Time Travel Tuesday is a new thing I'm doing and it's exactly what it is. I'm time traveling every Tuesday.Kidding.Anyway, Time Tuesday Travel is where I talk about a time travel related book, film, or TV show that I've recently watched for the first time ever or some other bit of information related to the subject matter. People always ask [...]

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 [...]

109, 2012

Another Case of Authors Behaving Badly?

I just stumbled on this link on reddit and saw the heading titled, High School Student Asks Yahoo! Answers for Help with Book Report, Gets Chewed Out by Book’s AuthorAnd I immediately rolled my eyes and went, oh we go again. BUT then I read the story and basically this high school kid is assigned the author's book for [...]

2708, 2012

Tempest + Vortex winners

So a few weeks ago, Julie hosted a contest to win both TEMPEST and VORTEX . . . and  a LOT of people wanted them! AS YOU SHOULD. VORTEX is amazing, and these following people are very lucky to get their hands on a copy!#357 is . . . Luisa F. O.!#353 is . . . Chris F.!#135 is . [...]

2208, 2012


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 [...]

2108, 2012

Why I Rarely Rate/Review Books Online

I have steered clear of this topic for so long because it's very taboo for authors and especially YA authors and there was this whole thing on Goodreads back in January....I'm not going to relive January's drama here today, but I'm also not going to shy away from taboo topics anymore. Call it the new me, call it whatever 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 [...]

2007, 2012

Win A Signed Copy Of Tempest! And read a Jackson Meyer Exclusive

  Head over to the Once Upon A Twilight blog right now to read an exclusive essay written by Jackson Meyer and a question and answer sessions with the time traveling hero during the 50 Shades Of YA Boys event! You can enter to win a signed copy of Tempest!Click here

1607, 2012

review and interview of Torn Trilogy by Erica O’Rourke

Everyone has secrets.Even best friends.Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between [...]

1107, 2012

BULLY: teamTEENauthor monthly topic

On the second Wednesday of every month a few of my awesome friends in teamTEENauthor will be participating in a group post. Basically, I've given them a single word or short phrase and they are allowed to do whatever they'd life with that word. We are creative people after all. The word I chose for July is: BULLY Here are the [...]

2206, 2012

Holly’s Diary

The evolution of Holly's story began nearly two years ago, just after I accepted the three book offer for the Tempest trilogy. I think the dream-come-true moment got a little overwhelming and honestly, I was kind of intimidated with the idea of writing these additional two hypothetical books that a major publishing company had already bought. Talk about pressure. But, [...]

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 [...]

2006, 2012

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: teamTEENauthor Release Day

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and [...]

1906, 2012

ARC Relay: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six [...]

1806, 2012

Perfect 10 ARC Relay #3

You might have heard of the Perfect 10 ARC Relay. You can learn more about that here, but this post is just what books have been mailed and who has them. There will be updated posts for the books, too, so the publishers/agents know where their books are and who is reading them. 😉  Another month has gone by and it's time [...]

1306, 2012

It’s teamTEENauthor DARE DAY!!

Follow @teamTEENauthor on Twitter!Omg!! It's teamTEENauthor Dare Day!! Today we have one new initiation and a few posts from some of the previous dares.Here are the dares for today created by the Perfect 10 teen panel. 1) Get 5 complete strangers to sign your arm with a pen or marker in a public place and have someone take pictures of  a [...]

1206, 2012

teamTEENauthor Dare Day Preview!

If you haven't already heard of about teamTEENauthor, you can get more info here. So, tomorrow, June 13 marks the very first teamTEENauthor DARE DAY. Basically, this is a modification of the former Truth or Dare challenge. In fact, since a few of our lovely authors have already taken the time to humiliate themselves months ago, they might be posting evidence [...]

506, 2012

Final Standings: Spring Tempest Relay!

What a successful event this was! I'm so happy with all my team leaders and their efforts. So, without further delay, I'll announce our top 5 Teams for the 2012 Spring Tempest Relay!FIRST PLACE: Team KatelynnSECOND PLACE: Team Sara STHIRD PLACE (tie): Team SammyTHIRD PLACE (tie): Team Sarah AFOURTH PLACE: Team HannahFIFTH PLACE: Team Esther  Honorable Mention: Team EricaPlease take [...]

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, [...]

2405, 2012

UN-COVERED #4- Dealing with Criticism in the Modeling World

Mark Perini, Tempest Cover ModelIf you're new to the weekly UN-COVERED posts on my blog, check out last week's awesome post on a day in the life of a NYC model.I've been looking forward to today's topic for a few week's now because it's something I feel is very important for all aspects of life.So, if you've checked out the [...]

2105, 2012

Spring Tempest Relay Update #4

You can meet the team leaders and read their mottos on this post here.Update #2 is here.Updated #3 is here.TEAM SARA S. ... has had TEN people read Tempest! TEAM SARAH A. ... has had four people read Tempest!TEAM SAMMY ... has had five people read Tempest!TEAM HANNAH ... has had four people read Tempest!TEAM ESTHER ... has had four people read Tempest!TEAM KATELYNN ... has had eight people read Tempest! TEAM HOPE ... has had one [...]

1705, 2012

UN-COVERED #3: What’s A Typical Day For A NYC Model?

TEMPEST cover model, Mark PeriniIf you've missed the past two "episodes" of UN-COVERED you can check out the first one here and the second one here.Earlier this week, I realized that I still didn't have a sense of what models do...for Mark its a full time job so how does that work exactly? It's not like you just get up [...]

1605, 2012

my video reply to a TEMPEST fan’s email

I felt like these questions were so important that I wanted to do them justice. Sorry, for the low quality video, I'm a little crunched for time writing book 3 and all.Now, tell me your thoughts? What would do in my situation? Have you been in my situation? And does anyone else have trouble with the fact that the main [...]

1005, 2012

UN-COVERED#2–Secrets Revealed From Tempest Cover Model

Model Jackson is back for some more blog fun today! If you missed last week's UN-COVERED episode you can catch up here.So, a couple week's ago I finally got up the nerve to ask Mark if he had read TEMPEST...I totally felt like a dweeb asking because it's, like, putting someone on the spot in a major way. Seriously, just [...]

905, 2012

Perfect 10 ARC Relay #2

You might have heard of the Perfect 10 ARC Relay. You can learn more about that here, but this post is just what books have been mailed and who has them. There will be updated posts for the books, too, so the publishers/agents know where their books are and who is reading them. 😉 Holy crap, I can't believe it's been a [...]

805, 2012

Spring Tempest Relay Update #3

Hey everybody! I know these posts are supposed to go up on Mondays, but there were some behind-the-scenes difficulties, so we pushed it back a day. So here are the updates!You can meet the team leaders and read their mottos on this post here.Update #2 is here. TEAM SARA S. ... has had seven people read Tempest! TEAM SARAH A. ... has had three people read Tempest!TEAM SAMMY ... [...]

805, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couples!

Woah. I haven't posted for some time now. SORRY, GUYS! Testing was getting a bit overwhelming and I just needed a break from the blog and everything BUT some good news come from my little break! 1) I READ 3 BOOKS IN A WEEK! 😀 and 2) I GOT MY BRACES OFF! *flails*Okay, since you don't care about none of that [...]

305, 2012

What The Guys Are Reading #3: Guest Post

Another guest post from Perfect 10 member, Jackson all about what the teen boys are reading. I, personally, look forward to this insight every other Thursday.Posted by Julie CrossWritten by Jackson Cordes Okay so now you know what books to get a guy and what their criteria are let me introduce to a few books that almost any guy will [...]

205, 2012

UN-COVERED: Secrets Revealed From Tempest Cover Model

I'm very excited to introduce a brand new regular guest post segment from someone who played a crucial role in getting Tempest all the early buzz and fantastic fan base we've accrued in the last several months. You know him as the guy sky diving on the Tempest cover, portraying main character, Jackson Meyer. In my head, I even call [...]

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 [...]

3004, 2012

Spring Tempest Relay Update #2

You can meet the team leaders and read their mottos on this post here.TEAM SARA S. ... has had five people read Tempest! TEAM SARAH A. ... has had two people read Tempest!TEAM SAMMY ... has had three people read Tempest!TEAM HANNAH ... has had one person read Tempest!TEAM ESTHER ... has had four people read Tempest!TEAM KATELYNN ... has had five people read Tempest! TEAM HOPE ... has had one [...]

2904, 2012

Winner Announced!!

The winners of the contest from this post are:DanielleNinaAnnaissKristinNancyToniaYes, I know it was only supposed to be three but I got such a tremendous amount of page hits for this post and only 6 dared to comment so I decided to declare them all winners. So, congrats Ladies. Please email your address to Juliecross1 (at) live (dot) com and thanks [...]

2604, 2012

The Golden Rule With Hannah

                Hey guys its Thursday again! J Were going to talk about the biggest dance of the year, can you guess what it is? Here are some hints: guys rent tuxes, buy corsages, and ask their girlfriends in fancy ways. Girls buy dresses, get their hair done, buy botinaries, and generally just try to [...]

1904, 2012

What The Guys Are Reading #2: Signed book giveaway!

Julie Cross and JacksonA Guest Post by Perfect 10 Member, JacksonNow that you know what to get a guy I’m going to go deeper into their mindset. Have you ever gotten a gift from someone that you really didn’t like but you smile anyways? Well, this happens to guys when it comes to books. People don’t know what to get [...]

1804, 2012

TeamTEENAuthor Induction: Pip Harry

It's Pip Harry's official initiation post into TeamTEENAuthor! Pip Harry answered all her truths for TeamTEENAuthor HERE. And she has earned her spot on TeamTEENAuthor. Congrats Pip :)Author Pip HarryAbout Pip:Pip Harry is a freelance journalist who has worked on magazines formany years, including chasing celebrities as Entertainment Editorfor NW and Deputy Editor for TV Week before turning herselfinto a yoga-loving [...]

1604, 2012

Introducing the Spring Tempest Relay Team Leaders

**this post was written by Perfect 10 member, AshelynnSo the Tempest relay is a fun way to get one book to reach as many of your peers in your local area as possible. It's also super cool because the standings are posted each week and top contenders are featured. You can read more about it on the Tempest Relay page; next [...]

1304, 2012

really, Really, REALLY exciting news!

I just found out yesterday that TEMPEST is nominated for the 2012 YALSA Teens Top Ten! It's such a huge honor to be nominated for this and I'm so excited for Tempest to be added to those summer reading lists. I have so much respect for teen librarians and all they do for young adults and authors. ALA is an [...]

1204, 2012

Meet a Member: Loulouvoo

Meet kent lady Loulouvoo!Grade: final year of secondary school Yr 11 (16)Hometown: Kent United Kingdom5 interesting facts: -i'm learning to play the sax-i play badminton -love to read! ( you heard of the original gangster? well i'm the original booknerdster )-mastered in the art of sarcasm -And... science is my best subject (shocker but i either put that or my worst which is maths [...]

1204, 2012

The Golden Rule With Hannah

Hey guys its Thursday again! This week I’ve been thinking about a couple of words that seem to be coming out of my mouth constantly. Those words are *drum roll* I want. I want…. Sperry’s I want… the iPhone 4S I want… a vacation over spring break              Totally material stuff right? It’s like I hear myself say those things [...]

1104, 2012

Perfect 10 ARC Relay Update #1

*this post was written by Perfect 10 member, AshelynnYou might have heard of the Perfect 10 ARC Relay. You can learn more about that here, but this post is just what books have been mailed and who has them. There will be updated posts for the books, too, so the publishers/agents know where their books are and who is reading them. [...]

1004, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couple!

Do you guys like the logo? I kind of do, if you guys can do better. *opens door* Please, come in.Ah, it's TUESDAY. How was your Monday yesterday? Mine was kind of awesome. :)Now, let's go to what you guys really came here for, shall we?This week's Monica's Mismatched Book Couple is . . . .DAMEN AUGUSTE AND DAIRE SANTOS!These [...]

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 [...]

804, 2012

Winner Annouced! Rift Riders signed copy

The winner of the Signed copy of Rift Riders by Adam Leonard is....RACHEL!!Congrats, Rachel and please email at Juliecross1 (at) live (dot) com with your address and I will get you book in the mail asap!Thanks,Julie

604, 2012

Tempest Fanart Friday withTasha

Another Friday, another weekend rolling in and this one means chocolates! Whose looking forward to easter? I am, but I've traded chocolates for a book 🙂 Anyway, lets get started, today I have three pieces o fanart to show you guys, all from Perfect 10 members.Jackson and Holly by Atarah  A lovely little manga doodle of our time traveling hero [...]

504, 2012

What The Guys Are Reading: signed copy giveaway!

Today, I’m introducing a new segment for my blog that will give all of us a little insight into the mind of a teenage boy. I know as a YA author, we’re told most of our books are bought by girls. Sometimes we just want to figure out why that is and what kind of book we can write to [...]

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 [...]

304, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couples

Disclaimer: SORRY THIS POST IS LATE! School has flippin' brain-washed me.'Sup, guys. This Thursday I will have a well-deserved SPRING BREAK! WHOO! 😀 😀 😀 That's probably meaningless to you but I just can't help it! I'll be able to catch up on my reading and . . .. . .*clears throat* Hmm, right. It's TUESDAY! That means it's time [...]

3103, 2012

New youtube video!

Here's my latest video to check out, make sure you watch the whole thing because the good part is at the end.Also, I'm going to combine the comments here and on youtube when adding the total. Maybe 50 won't be so hard after all. And yes, I realize that my web cam is probably too low and has resulted in [...]

2903, 2012

The Golden Rule with Hannah

Hey guys it's me, Hannah! Sorry I didn't post last week I was sick :(. Anyway this week we’re going to talk about something that I’ve been thinking about lately: music. My friend Rachel gave up her iPod for lent (crazy I know). It got me thinking about how dependent I am on mine, and made me wonder what the [...]

2703, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couples

Perfect 10 member- MonicaYay! Monday has come and gone. ( ^o^ )/With that out of the way. It's finally Tuesday!Now, how many of you use YouTube? I use YouTube everyday to listen to "Moves Like Jagger" (love that song!) but how many of you know of the YouTube internet sensation named Ryan Higa? His YouTube name is "NigaHiga". Have you heard of [...]

2603, 2012

Perfect 10 ARC Relay Send Off #1

*this post was written by Perfect 10 member, AshelynnYou might have heard of the Perfect 10 ARC Relay. You can learn more about that here, but this post is just what books have been mailed and who has them. There will be updated posts for the books, too, so the publishers/agents know where their books are and who is reading them. [...]

2503, 2012

and the winner is…

The winner of the random drawing from last week's getting The Talk contest is Serena Knight! Please email me with you address so I can get your signed copy in the mail Juliecross1 (at) live (dot) comCongrats, Serena!

2303, 2012

Meet a Member: Shortskie

Meet Our band girl Shortskie, another John Green fanReside: Manorville, New YorkGrade: HS Senior5 facts and random facts: Has a bad case of senioritis, would marry pizza rolls if I had the opportunity, can make a mean pancake, plays the flute and trumpet, reads manga/watches animeFavorite Books: Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Across the Universe, The [...]

2303, 2012

Meet a member: Erica

Alright guys Erica's turn with her Prince CharmingI go to Boston University but am originally from Wisconsin. Grade: Freshman in college5 interesting and random facts:        I show rabbits nationally       I'm a vegetarian*     I was in show choir throughout high school I have danced since I was four years old I love anything Disney relatedFavourite books: Sea by Heidi R Kling, [...]

2103, 2012

Tempest Fanwork Friday with Tasha

 On behalf of the wonderful and amazing Julie Cross, I am doing a weekly friday fanwork post where the best will revieve a wonderful Tempest prize. Goodie! Anyway, this post is just some basic need to know things so that we can get this post up and running. About The Perfect 10’s Resident Artist, Tasha: Personaly I am studying Art and [...]

2103, 2012

Meet a member: Zareen

Meet Zareen, our California girl.Grade: high school junior Hometown: Los Angeles, California5 interesting and random facts: Name means Golden or Shining Star, high school’s academic decathlon team, co-creator and vice president of my high school’s book club, During the spring of 2009, the end of my 8th grade year, I traveled to Europe as part of an educational tour with teachers [...]

2003, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couples

Perfect 10 member -MonicaAnother Tuesday. Time flies by, doesn't it? I only have 3 more months of school and then, SUMMER! Sorry, I'm definitely OT but c'mon. Can't blame me for being excited, right?So, back to task at hand, THE HUNGER GAMES COMES OUT THIS FRIDAY! Yeah, yeah, yeah. Team Gale, Team Peeta, and the, occasional, Team Finnick but I want to [...]

1703, 2012

getting The Talk: Win a signed copy of TEMPEST!

Those of you that don't know me and haven't read the About Me section on this blog (look up), I have three kids and my oldest is in middle school this year. For the past few months, I've been contemplating (and denying) the fact that eventually I'm gonna have to have "the talk" with him.Yeah, that talk.I know, right? Just [...]

1503, 2012

The Golden Rule with Hannah

Hey guys its me Hannah! ( you probably guessed that) Julie's letting me start a weekly post on her blog starting today :). Basically how it works is I'm going to pick a topic, like today it's lent, and I'm going to give my view on it then you guys comment or do what ever you want. Surviving Lent By [...]

1303, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couples

Perfect 10 member MonicaI'm back!!It's Tuesday and it's time for another Mismatched Book Couple! If your not sure what this is just check the first blog post and you'll be in the loop!I figured since The Hunger Games movie comes out this month, March 23rd to be exact, I would dedicate this month's Mismatched Book Couples with Hunger Games' characters so [...]

1203, 2012

teamTEENauthor induction: Adam Leonard

Yay! My first official teamTEENauthor induction ceremony. If you're wondering what teamTEENauthor is, just look up. Click on the labeled tab and read all about it.Today, I'm inducting Adam Leonard who failed, but went down with quite a fight, to complete his dare for the truth or dare challenge (see labeled tab above). As required for group membership, Adam posted [...]

1203, 2012

meet a member monday: Jackson

Today, I'm introducing Perfect 10 member, Jackson! He's going to be providing a regular themed post titled, What The Guys Are Reading. Jackson preparing to read Tempest excerptThe 411 on Jackson...Age: 14Grade:Freshman in high schoolHometown: Champaign, IL5 interesting and random facts about Jackson: Played guitar for 8 years, skipped a grade, goes to a nerdy school, listens to alternative music, [...]

703, 2012

weird video Wednesday: Hunger Games Theme

With the Hunger Games movie release approaching, I figured I'd pay tribute to this awesome series with a fun/weird parody video for your entertainment.This isn't actually Lana Del Ray singing, but it's in the style of Lana Del Ray. So, if you ever heard this lady perform and you've seen Hunger Games, you're going to find this hysterical. If you're [...]

603, 2012

Monica’s Mismatched Book Couples

I'm handing over the blog to Monica today, she's got a great post for you guys!--JulieMonica  This is Monica, so *waves* Hi, all! I'm introducing, Monica's Mismatched Book Couple! It's a new weekly Tuesday meme here on Julie's blog and I added the exclamation point because, well, I can. :)This is how it goes . . .The Perfect 10 (including me) and Julie will [...]

503, 2012

Middle School Monday: Interview with Monica

In honor of Middle School Monday, a regular themed post I’ll be doing to zoom in on the wonderful years of Junior High school with input from the Perfect10  Middle School panel, I’m interviewing Monica today.  13 year old MonicaJulie: How old are you and where are you from?Monica: I’m 13 and in 8th grade. I live in  NJ, USA! Stranger danger, [...]

403, 2012

This Week’s Contest Winner!

So, the votes are in for the letter to your younger self contest! First, I just have to say how much I enjoyed reading ALL of these letters. You guys are just amazing and awesome, as is The Perfect 10 for their insight and great judging.This week's contest resulted in a TIE! That's right...two winning letters. And here they are:Dear [...]

2802, 2012

Interview with Perfect 10 member: Hannah

15 year old HannahToday, I’m interviewing, Hannah, a member of The Perfect 10 teen panel. I’ll be doing this quite a bit so all of you have a chance to get to know them. Feel free to ask additional questions in the comment section. And don’t forget the Letter to your younger self contest deadline is this Friday, March 2. [...]

2602, 2012

And the winner is….

The vote is in and The Perfect 10 have chosen....Kayla!! Here is Kayla's awesomely disgusting, humiliating spew story:"At the mall on a crowded saturday afternoon. lol. I had orange chicken and rice and orange juice before going(seemed like a good idea at the time....both have oranges....),and when i suddenly felt really bad and went to look for a bathroom to [...]

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 [...]

2202, 2012

5 worst places to be when you’re about to spew

Yes, you read it correctly...I've actually decided to devote an entire post to vomit. It's quite possible publication, for me, has caused insanity. Possible, not probable. Anyway, with the help of my brand new teen panel, The Perfect Ten, I plan to give a little insight into the world of spewing...not the empowering kind as in the movie Stand By [...]

2002, 2012

double dare: actual photos of my very first dare

 As a result of my online game of truth or dare, a game I'm using to initiate members to my very own exclusive author club, teamTEENauthor (learn more here), I have completed my very first DARE.**side note-if you don't qualify for teamTEENauthor but still want to do your own truth or dare post, go for it! the more the better. [...]

1702, 2012

truth or dare: teamTEENauthor challenge

Complete Steps to hosting your own Truth or Dare Challenge This is the post in which Google provides the top Truth or Dare questions and I reveal my answers...and if you want to play along...answer one of the questions in the comment section, then it's your turn to give me your very own truth or dare option. teamTEENauthor membership badgeIn [...]