Friday, March 30, 2012

Spotlight: About That Night by Julie James

We met Julie James last year at RomCon and had a total fangirl moment. Her writing is witty, sexy and totally fantastic. She was last year's reigning queen of DABWAHA and *fingers crossed* this year also. So don't forget to cast your votes for A Lot Like Love when the time comes. Yes, she's the woman who has Jed Hill in a suit instead of shirtless on her book cover.

Coming April 3rd, Julie's latest book in her FBI/US Attorney Series, About That Night, releases and we'd like to share a little bit about it with you. In fact, come back on that date to see who won their very own copy of About That Night.

Meet Julie:
After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law, Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, Florida. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest law firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and Julie’s most recent novel, A LOT LIKE LOVE, is a national bestseller.

Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago. Her next novel, About That Night , will be available in April 2012.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 3, 2012)

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.

Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten. . .

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A Little Teaser From the Full Excerpt:
"Two Amstel Lights, one rum and Diet Coke, two gin and tonics, and a Corona with two limes," she told the bartender.

A voice, low and masculine, came from her right.

"Sounds like a party."

Rylann turned in the direction of the voice, and—


Guys like the one leaning against the bar next to her did not exist in Champaign-Urbana. Actually, guys like the one next to her didn’t exist any place she knew of.

His dark blond hair was thick and on the longer side, just brushing against the collar of his navy flannel shirt. He was tall, with piercing blue eyes and an angular jaw—slightly scruffy, as if he hadn’t shaved for a couple days—and had a leanly muscular body. He wore dark jeans and well-worn construction-type boots, and, together with the flannel, looked ruggedly masculine and wholly, undeniably sexy.

Undoubtedly, she was not the first woman to blink twice at the sight of him, nor would she be the last. And he appeared to be fully aware of this fact. His blue eyes sparkled with amusement as he rested one elbow against the bar, all confidence as he waited for her response.


It was the first thought that popped into Rylann’s head.

Her second thought was that her first thought was ridiculous and she nearly laughed out loud at herself. Run. Really? He was just some guy in a bar—having spent five years in a college town that allowed people to enter bars at the age of nineteen, she’d seen plenty of those.

She gestured to the crowd around them. It was after eleven o’clock, and the place was packed to the gills. "Last day of finals. It’s a party for everybody."

He looked her over with assessing eyes. "Let me guess. You’re graduating this weekend. You just took your last exam and tonight you’re celebrating your entry into the real world." He cocked his head. "I’d say. . . advertising major. You scored a job with Leo Burnett and are about to move into your first apartment in Chicago, a quaint and overpriced two-bedroom in Wrigleyville that you’ll share with your roommate over there." He nodded in the direction of Rae, obviously having noticed which table Rylann had been sitting at.

She rested her arm on the bar. "Is this ‘guess my major’ routine your typical opening line, or something you break out only on graduation weekend, hoping most women are too drunk to notice how generic it is?"

He looked offended. "Generic? I was going for confident and perceptive."

"You ended up somewhere around clich├ęd and smug."

He grinned, revealing two small dimples that added a hint of mischief to his angular jaw. "Or maybe I was just so dead-on perceptive that it scared you."

The bartender pushed the five drinks Rylann had ordered in front of her. She handed over two twenties and waited for her change. "Not even close," she said to Smug Dimples, happy to prove him wrong. "I’m a grad student. Law school."
Other Books In Series:
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 2,2010)

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 1,2011)

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .

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So there you have it. Have you read any books by Julie James? Which one is your favorite? If not, after reading an excerpt and the blurbs of her other books in the series, would you pick up one of her books? 

Because we love Julie, A LOT, and we're all about the Sharing IS Caring mantra, we're going to give away a copy of About That Night on release day to one(1) lucky reader. It's open to international readers as well. Yay! So get the word out and share. To get your hands on The Sexy:
  • Leave a comment answering any of our questions above.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form. (We're too lazy to put the names in a hat. Verily. ) You MUST leave a comment. All other entries are optional. 

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