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Crux cover revealed!


1. to make known; disclose; divulge: to reveal a secret.

2. to lay open to view; display; exhibit.

3. an act or instance of revealing; revelation; disclosure.
Hi guys!
Here the cover of my debut novel coming out july 9th 2012. I’m so excited. I had an amazing artist Francisco Etchart work with me to create the cover. He put up with all my requests, asking for this change and that adjustment. He was awesome to work with.

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league, Grey Mathews, wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

What do you think?


What’s up next?

My Fash fiction work ‘Waiting’ will be released in an anthology by Wicked East Press in Aril, 2012.

Fun, fun, fun…

Short Sips
Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection V2
Edited by
Jessica A. Weiss


Pretty exciting stuff, ya’ll

This was released by the nice people at J Taylor Publishing who were kind enough to like my story and want to take a chance on my writing. Can you even guess how giddy ( yes, I used the word giddy, sorry) I am right now?


Debut Novelist, Julie Reece, Set To Debut Crux, A Young Adult Novel, In July 2012

Julie Reece has signed a publishing contract with J. Taylor Publishing for her debut novel Crux, a Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance set in fictional Atlanta, GA.

Apex, NC – December 19, 2011 – Born in Ohio, Julie Reece lived next to her grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

“I struggled with multiple learning disabilities and did not excel in school,” says Julie, adding, “I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.” 

From this passion to read, Julie began writing, and in July 2012, she’ll see the fruits of her labors as her first novel, Crux, a young adult, urban fantasy/paranormal romance will release with J. Taylor Publishing — the first of the Young Adult line for the publisher.

“We’re very excited to add Young Adult fiction to our catalog,” says J. Taylor Publishing. “We realize that many youth read adult novels in order to immerse themselves in the fantastical, but we believe, like many, that guys and girls between 14 and 18 have their own reading needs and interests. Stories with main characters between these ages are our main focus, and Ms. Reece’s Crux starts us of right where we want to be.”

Crux, featuring 18 year old Rebecca Orin, takes a smart, gifted heroine with a lot of family baggage and pairs her with a charismatic hero. Though the story is romantic, the relationship isn’t the key to Rebecca’s future, her family history is — one she knows nothing of and of which she’ll have to both accept and learn from in order to survive, much like Julie’s own story of success with her own education. 

“My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!” says Julie.

For more information about Julie Reece, please visit

About the Publisher

J. Taylor Publishing is an Independent Publisher who, thanks to the Internet, has a worldwide reach. Our debut authors are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company produces print and electronic books. For more information about J. Taylor Publishing, please visit


Cool huh?

Book Cover Trends

Hey guys,

I don’t pretend to be an expert, in fact, I promise I’m not. However, I have noticed two trends in Young Adult book covers. Have you seen the gorgeous girls on the cover of a lot of recent books? Swathed in yards of fabric, these heroines are made to look like princesses at a ball? Maybe this isn’t so new. Maybe I really have been under a rock, but I’m noticing now. Here are some examples of what I mean…


Uh, yeah. So who wants to be my date to the prom, because these covers totally make me want to go. Come on, even if you’re not a girly-girl, you want it. Tell the truth.

No? Well then maybe the opposite is true. I’ve noticed the other side of the coin, and these women aren’t to be messed with. What about…


The mysterious, tough, or just plain intimidating covers. Are these covers more your cup of tea? I want to know who these girls are! No, scratch that. I hope the stories are amazingly well written, because the covers make me want to be these girls, in whatever adventure they find themselves.

I guess in the end, it’s personal preference. If the first group makes your heart beat faster as you imagine the cute guy you know they are about to dance with, so be it. For some, they are gagging on the rolls of cotton candy, pink tulle. The other group likes their heroines lean and mean, ready to do battle along side a hot guy that might need rescuing. Readers who like the first group might not love heroines who lop off body parts or roll around in the dirt.

Opposing camps? A foot in each? Sort of fun to contemplate, I think. Which reader group are you?