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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julie Cross  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1980 in Heidelberg, Germany


-- Blog -- http://juliecross.blogspot.com/
-- Twitter -- http://twitter.com/Juliecross1980
-- Julie Cross on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=julie++cross


Illinois Connection

Cross lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julie Cross was a YMCA Gymnastics Program Director, which means she worked with lots of teenagers, who help to inspire the characters she created, last year she retired to write full time. ''Tempest'' is her first novel for young adults.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Tempest: A Novel (The Tempest Trilogy)
ISBN: 0312568894

St. Martin's Griffin. 2012

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he's in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it's not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it's just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he's stuck in 2007 and can't get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it's not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these "Enemies of Time" will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he's willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Vortex: A Tempest Novel (The Tempest Trilogy)
ISBN: 1250044782

St. Martin's Griffin. 2013

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 handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly―the girl he altered history to save―Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.

Letters to Nowhere
ISBN: 149293528X

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest series A Mature YA contemporary set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics. Her family may be shattered, but her dreams aren't... 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 while she continues to train, working toward a spot on the world championship team. Coach Bentley’s only child, seventeen year old Jordan is good-looking and charming enough to scare away a girl like Karen—someone who has spent ten times more hours on balance beams and uneven bars than talking or even thinking about boys. But the two teens share a special connection almost immediately. It turns out Jordan has a tragic past of his own, grief buried for years. As Karen’s gymnastics career soars, her nightmares and visions of the horrible accident grow in strength. She can only avoid facing her grief for so long before it begins to surface and ultimately spin out of control in a very dangerous way. Can discovering love and lust (simultaneously) help with the grieving process or will it only provide a temporary distraction while waiting for reality to hit full force?

Timestorm: A Tempest Novel (The Tempest Trilogy)
ISBN: 0312568916

St. Martin's Griffin. 2014

"Cross's zippy writing and fresh plot are an exhilarating combination." ―Publishers Weekly

The battle between the Tempest Division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in Timestormthe final installment of Julie Cross's Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson Meyer once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he's surrounded not only by the people he loves most―his dad, Courtney, and Holly―he's also among a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their lives and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Dr. Ludwig's experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between free will and peace. It's the battle Jackson was born to fight and he's not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

Whatever Life Throws at You (Entangled Teen)
ISBN: 1622664043

Entangled: Teen. 2014

"Loved this book! Great characters, great story, & so much swooning!" –Cindi Madsen, USA Today bestselling author

Life 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 strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own―most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school "brats" who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

Halfway Perfect
ISBN: 140229719X

Sourcebooks Fire. 2015

"Engagingly and intelligently written, this absorbing novel should work as catnip to fashion-obsessed readers."―Kirkus Reviews

Eve's time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her ― now she's determined to build a career behind the camera lense. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past ― just as she's falling for hot male model Alex.

Eve had it all―emphasis on had. She was a rising star with a modeling contract destined to catapult her to celebrity...until the devastating night when she walked away from everything, everyone in her life. Eve's worked hard to put her troubled past behind her, and photography's given her a fresh start. She just never thought her dream internship would force her back into the industry that broke her trust and her heart.

Alex is a regular, good guy from Nebraska, but as an up-and-coming model, he's learning that appearances are everything. The fake relationship Alex's agent concocted for Alex and his underage costar? That'll land them both the hot jobs. But Alex hadn't counted on falling for Eve, the girl behind the camera.

With careers and love on the line, Eve and Alex are about to prove you may want what you can't have―but sometimes it's worth the risk.

You Before Anyone Else
ISBN: 1492604925

Sourcebooks Fire. 2016

Everything she wants. Everything he needs.

The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn't landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother's dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He's intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she's with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what's so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else...

"Halfway Perfect reaches deep into inner truths while stripping away the shine of outer beauty." ―New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover

Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames Series)
ISBN: 1633755096

Entangled: Teen. 2016

"An enjoyably twisty, romantic, and thoughtful prep-school mystery." -Kirkus Reviews

At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school―and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’ homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him―she doesn’t even like him―but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

The Eleanor Ames series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Chasing Truth
Book #2 Hiding Lies

Off the Ice (Juniper Falls)
ISBN: 1633756556

Entangled: Teen. 2017

All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business―a hockey bar beside the ice rink―afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

Each book in the Juniper Falls series is STANDALONE:
* Off the Ice
* Breaking the Ice


Awards

'''''Tempest'''''

Starred Review, Kirkus

2016 ILLINOIS READS Book'''''Letters to Nowhere'''''

RITA Finalist, 2014

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