July 9th may be special for a lot of different reasons. Maybe it’s your anniversary, or the day you had a baby or reached a long time goal. I get that, because for me, it feels like all three. This day will be cemented in my brain forever because I’ve been married to an idea for two years, gave birth to a novel, and with that, crossed an
unattainable, pipe dream. unreachable important finish line.
I’m excited, nervous and just plain tickled to introduce you to some people I love. Let’s get silly!
Its release day for my debut YA novel Crux! I want to tell you a little bit about the story and characters…
If you’ve done any beta reading for me, you know I write (and adore) young adult paranormal romance complete with purple prose and superfluous description. My favorites include characters that do a lot of longing, gazing deeply into one another’s eyes until someone falls over, brooding, glaring and sighing. Sorry, it’s simply true.
I also like adverbs.
Crux is not that book.
Crux is … well, it’s an urban story based in modern day Atlanta with a homeless girl playing the lead. I’m going to be really mean to her and send her back in time to face people like him …
Wait, there’s more! My story has this mythology and general hotness sprinkled in …
And if you act now (and before you get all mad at me for picking on my heroine too much) I’ll send some major dude buddy to help her out …
Yeah, he’s a dog. So? Oh, right, you were expecting, maybe, a hot-model-type guy to help? Hold the phone.
If you know me at all, there’s no way I’m going to leave it there, because I still want some romance. Are you with me?
Well, our story begins with our heroine here:
Hmm, it isn’t very pretty, but she gets infused with some of this:
And when she meets up with some :
… it’s all good.
The above should give you a better idea of what you’re going to experience inside the pages of Crux.
If you’ve read an early copy of this book, God bless you. *bows, places hand over heart* I thank you a thousand times over, and I really hope you enjoyed it. If you plan to read it in the future, I’m just so grateful. I know there are plenty of awesome YA books to choose from right now, and I appreciate, in advance, if you’re taking a chance on mine.
So, where can we buy it my precious?
Patience, my love.
♦ My publisher:
♦ Barnes and Noble:
♥ People are saying the nicest things: ( that’s right, and I ♥ ya for saying them, too.)
♦ “Crux is completely original and addictive. Birdie’s voice is young and cool giving Crux a fresh tone that will appeal to all ages. A fun romance and adventurous read, Crux will stay with readers long after the last page is read!” — Lovey Dovey Books
♦ “The story line is flawless. Reece escorts you through her book with what seems like effortless prose. She reveals just the right amount of information at just the right time, building a story that is completing intriguing.” — BrookeD (Reader)
♦ “Reece pulls off some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming even though the clues were there all along. Thank you, Ms. Reece, for making sure I was so invested in Birdie and her mission I didn’t see the signs until she did.” — J. Keller Ford – Author, Amulet of Ormisez
♦ “Crux is a smart, heart-rending and empowering addition to YA urban fantasy that will appeal to Cassandra Clare fans, lore fans and really, anyone who appreciates tough characters that know how to tug readers’ heartstrings.” — Stephanie Lawton — Author, Want
♦ “Julie Reece has a gift for conveying deep emotions with her writing. I felt Birdie’s regret, distrust, apprehension, excitement and joy. And I love the characters – small and large!!!” — Known To Read
♦ “I have to say that Ms. Reece has to be one of the most talented authors on the planet. I know I’m gushing right now, but I loved this book that much.” — ChristieR (Reader)
♦ “Action-packed with a memorable cast of characters, Crux will easily appeal to teen and adult readers, whether or not they love urban fantasy.” — Mrs. ReaderPants
♦ “Julie Reece’s CRUX is a refreshing and gritty young adult novel with glimmers of the paranormal, glimpses of the historical, and more than a dash of romance and mystery.” — Surrounded by Books Reviews
♦ “What a dream to read. I laughed. I cried. I clutched my kindle, wishing I could read faster, frustrated when I couldn’t get to the end fast enough.” — Jocelyn Adams, Author, The Glass Man
♦ “… the author’s writing has an almost lyrical tone to it, a flow to her prose that can lure you along without you even realizing you’ve been captured.” — J.A. Belfield – Author, Darkness & Light
♦ “So, what did I think about Crux? How best to say this … it was awesome!” — Emi Gayle – Author, After Dark
♣ Talented writer and friend Jennifer Eaton made this video (puppet) for me as a debut gift … isn’t she awesome!!!
I just want to take a second to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and kind support. I love you guys. Sometimes writing is lonely; I’m so grateful you are traveling this journey with me!