Book reveal (and a giveaway!)

**Please note: the giveaway is now closed.

So. . . want to know more about my next book?

First things first, the question I’m most frequently asked about my next book is whether it will be part of the FBI/U.S. Attorney series. So I think it’s best if I just rip off the band-aid and tell you straight-out that no, my next book is not part of that series.

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking.

But I promise you that we will all get through this. In fact, I think a lot of you are going to be quite pleased.

The reason Book 8 is not part of the FBI/U.S. Attorney series is that neither the heroine nor hero is an FBI agent or Assistant U.S. Attorney. And no part of the plot relates to the FBI or federal prosecutors office. So, calling it an FBI/U.S. Attorney book would be, well, weird.

But.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be some familiar faces. . .

Remember Love Irresistibly, how the heroine (Brooke) had a guy best friend? Judging from your emails, tweets, and comments, he’s someone that many of you wanted to know a lot more about. Well, here’s your chance.

SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER

Available May 2015

THINGS ARE GOING TO GET A LOT HOTTER. . . 

Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn’t mean she’s opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister’s case, she’s as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford.

. . .WHEN SHE MOVES NEXT DOOR FOR THE SUMMER.

Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and dry. He’s willing to partner with Victoria, despite the fact that the beautiful brunette gets under his skin like no other woman. He might not be looking to settle down, but there’s no denying the scorching attraction between them. Still, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he realizes that the one woman as skeptical about love as he is might be the only woman he could really fall for. . .

* * *

Ford’s book! Yay! His story had been percolating in the back of my mind for two years, and I’m super-excited about the way the book has come together. And I have to say, this might be my favorite heroine yet. (Don’t tell the others.) Victoria Slade is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and Ford is just the guy to take her on. Oh, and did I mention that this is how I envision Ford?

Ford

Yep.

So, those are the details. Title is SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, and the book will be out next May.  The Berkley art department is working on the cover now, so I’ll share that as soon as I have it, and an excerpt, too. (But first I need to finish the book–ha.)

And now for the giveaway! To celebrate the “official announcement” of SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, I’m giving away five copies of LOVE IRRESISTIBLY, the book in which we first met our intrepid investigative journalist hero, Ford Dixon. Winners can choose either a signed paperback or a Kindle/Nook e-book. To enter, simply leave a comment below. The giveaway is international, and will remain open until 9pm CST on Thursday, August 21. Please comment only once.

Good luck!

332 thoughts on “Book reveal (and a giveaway!)

  1. Alice Powell says:

    Oh no—-no FBI continuation? But then I read further and was really happy to read what the next book will be about and I Loved Ford Dixon. The only thing is I am so upset I have to wait so long for the new book. Rereading your last one for the 3rd time. You are my favorite writer…. But I guess it is my excuse to re read about Ford in Brooke’s book again…..even though I have read all your books about 5 times each. You made my day once again. Thank you!

  2. Irma Jurejevčič says:

    Wow, this new book sounds amazing! This is the one that is on my TBR list already :)Wait till May 2015?! Too long!!! I just love who you envisioned as Ford! I love Henry Cavill <3
    I would love to win a paperback of Love Irresistibly. I'm a re-reader and I would love to have a copy on my book shelf. Thank you for the chance <3

  3. Elizabeth Clinton says:

    So excited to read Ford’s book loved him as Brooke’s best friend and knowing Henry Cavill us who you envisioned him as well that just makes it even better can’t wait for 2015 to get here

  4. Cat says:

    How about changing the name ‘FBI/U.S. Attorney series’ to ‘Chicago Justice series’ or something similar?
    Anyway, this is great news – finally I no longer have to bug you on twitter :)
    A hero that looks like Henry Cavill? Heck yeah! I’ll just re-read your books whilst waiting for Suddenly One Summer. And maybe I’ll win one physical book from this giveaway so that I can meet Ford on paper.
    Already looking forward to reading an excerpt once you’re allowed to share one!

  5. Margil says:

    I literally jumped up and down for a solid minute to get the excitement out of me (which really didn’t take any of the excitement out) and calm me down because aaaaaaaagggh A STANDALONE BOOK AFTER HOW MANY YEARS THIS IS MAKING ME SO EXCITED THANK YOU JESUS FOR JULIE JAMES AND HER BOOKS!!

  6. Suzi says:

    I AM SO HAPPY!
    My favorite books still remain to date JTSMA and PMP – the ones which aren’t part of the FBI/US Attorney series – which is not to say I don’t like them heck they are better than most books out there…I think that I just preferred them a lot more for some reason – possibly the characters…

    #stillwaitingonTyler’sbook

  7. Leslie says:

    Perfect! I’m unpacking after a move and I can’t find Love Irresistibly. Winning a new copy will be the best way to make the lost one reappear. Then I’ll give the old one away to create more interest in the new book.

  8. Susú says:

    Hahaha when i started reading this post my reaction was like the gifs but then i’m just so happy and excited about this news. Can’t wait to know about Ford 😀

  9. Alice Powell says:

    Darn, I was so hoping for a continuation on the FBI series but then when I read on I was really happy – the downside is—I have to wait months for this book. I am just rereading your last book for the 3rd time. I love your books and I am looking forward to Ford’s story. As usual, before your new one comes out I will be reading Love Irresistibly again to refresh my memory. You are by far my favorite author.

  10. Fiker H says:

    I’m sure I’ll love this one- just like all the other books! Can’t wait to meet Victoria and fall in love with Ford!

  11. Anuja Joseph says:

    please please please !!! This time around send me a book !!! as I am from India, i hardly have a chance to, you know meet you in person… and its like your writing inspires me a lot.. when m reading other stories i kind of skip the lines in between , but when its your book i kind of love reading every description .. i feel like its you talking to me directly….. and i am kinda dying to get a signed book of yours…. :) ^_^

  12. Heidi Pergolski says:

    I have to admit this would be my first book of yours. And I need to read this one and more!! This book sounds amazing!!

  13. Leeanne says:

    Yeah! Ford definitely caught my attention in LI. I loved his take on the causal dating rules (and to Brooke publishing the article on her FB page). I just wish we didn’t have to wait until May 2015 for it to come out. Can’t you write a little faster? 😉

  14. Jessica Hughes says:

    Awesome! I’m also happy we now know Ford’s profession. That he was successful was made clear in “Love Irresistibly” but there was nothing about what he did. Also, hoping to learn more about Ford’s mysterious family. Good luck with the ending.

  15. Jessica Gossett-Hale says:

    I can’t wait!! I love all your books! I am going to reread Brooke’s story so I can get familiar with Ford again!!

  16. Jennifer Schultheis says:

    WOW!!!! I would love to have a signed paperback of this…so excited to read another book of yours. Thanks for the chance! :)

  17. Bethany says:

    Can’t wait to read it :) Gorgeous guy you picture Ford as. Love all your books and have several other friends hooked on you too

  18. Lauren Squires says:

    I cannot WAIT until May! Fords story sounds like it’s going to be (once again) a read I can’t put down until it’s finished! Thanks for sharing the news! :)

  19. Amy says:

    I always love the FBI/US Attorney series the best, but I am always excited for a new book from you which I will no doubt read :)
    I am excited to see how this story plays out! Can’t wait!!

  20. tiffany says:

    Woohoo!! Can’t wait! Going to re-read Love Irresistibly. Since this is Ford’s story, I hope Brooke and Cade make an appearance (or a few!).

  21. Vy says:

    I’m so excited! You cannot wrote them fast enough… Every time I’m fine reading I have to re-read another of your books.

  22. Veronika B says:

    Yay! I’m so excited! Those gifs were spot on btw, but after I read who the hero will be I almost broke out in happy tears! I love Ford and can’t wait to read his book!

  23. Mary Betancud Schegnfet says:

    Hello Ford!!!!!! So excited for this new hero. And I’m still waiting for Tyler’s book, I feel kind of sad for him in “It happened one Wedding”… I think he deserves a happily ever after as well.:D

  24. Ayu says:

    I hope Ford will get a good girl, because he deserved that. That girl must be strong, smart, funny & make Ford happy as Brooke

  25. Lauri Gruber says:

    Yay! I’m happy to get to learn more about Ford. In all honesty, I would be happy with whomever the book is about…I love them all.

  26. Jo Vicente says:

    I can’t wait until May, should be a great read. Love your books. I collect books & would like to have a signed copy of any of your books. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  27. Selina says:

    This is great! I loved Ford, the fact Henry Cavill is how you envision him is just the icing on the cake. A very attractive cake.

  28. Irena Jovanovska says:

    It’s so great, first we got sexy very special FBI agent Vaughn and now ever handsome and funny Ford ! We love Julie, can’t wait for next may :/

  29. Judy Ma says:

    Sounds like an exciting book! Really looking forward for the release. Would be cool to take a glimpse how the hero is like also. So pick me, choose me, hahahaha

  30. Lisa Hutson says:

    A lot of information in a short post. Along with an inspiring photo. :-) You do know how to make your readers happy, don’t you?

  31. Elisha says:

    I love the sarcastic dialogue and I hope you continue with that. Your books are a great pick me up. Best of luck and CONGRATS!
    Looking forward to Ford’s story.

  32. Errin says:

    I need to reread Love Irresistibly, it was my favorite one but I’m super excited for Suddenly One Summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Ellen Huck says:

    Not surprised that Ford would be your next guy. He had a lot of possibilities, but will miss “seeing” the old gang.
    I discovered your books this summer and read them all in order in a week. I’ve recommended them to others looking for smart writing with great dialogue and strong women. Thanks for the good reads!

  34. Joanita says:

    Oh my gosh! Happy dance… I cannot wait for this book. I just know it’s going to be amazing, as you NEVER disappoint.

  35. Alma P. says:

    SOOO happy that Ford’s getting his book! I’ve been waiting for it since LI! And wow, can’t wait to see what Victoria’s like too, especially if she might be your favourite :)

    I’m hoping Tyler gets more than two minutes of story time soon too, especially if that means we can revisit Payton and JD :)

  36. Jami Birnbaum says:

    Can’t believe I have to wait until 2015 to read about Ford… but he’s worth the wait! Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Ruha Siddiqui says:

    Out of all the FBI/US Attorney books, Cade and Brooke’s story was by far my favorite. That being said I can not wait for Ford’s story. Eeeek hopefully this time, I actually win a book from your giveaways lol. Hopefully May 2015 comes around fast. Love all your work, hope you continue writing as long as possible. Thanks

  38. Jane says:

    I will have it pre-ordered as soon as possible! Thanks for the contest chance. But, more importantly, new reading material! Have a great day! :)

  39. erika says:

    OH NO. No more FBI agents? That’s just sad. But hey I’ve been really wanting a new book from you so yay! Something to look forward to. Can’t wait! :)

  40. Tina R says:

    Looking forward to your next book. I haven’t read Love Irresistibly yet. It would be awesome if I could win a print copy. 😀

  41. Nicole says:

    Woohooo for FORD! Can not wait! May is so far away…

    (not a contest entry, as I already own and have read Love Irresistibly – loved it!)

  42. Melanie S. says:

    Seriously, when I read it wasn’t part of the FBI /U.S. Attorney series, I was a wee bit bummed until I read who the hero was. Ford! YAY!!!! And also, who you picture the hero to look like. Henry Cavill. I approve. Whole. Heartedly.
    So…May 2015. That is just too long of a wait. I don’t know how I can possibly wait that long.

  43. Alexandra says:

    Cant wait to read it. As I have yet to read the book in question. It would be fantastic to win. Good luck with finishing the book :-)

  44. Rose Boniello says:

    May???!!! Oh dear, oh dear!! Guess we’ll have to take a stroll down memory lane & do a complete reread of the FBI series!!

  45. Robin says:

    Looking forward to Ford’s story. Will Ford and Brooke have to go to their special place to talk about his romance???

  46. Emma U says:

    Ok, May…. I can do it. Yep, I can wait. I’m good at waiting. At least outwardly you’ll never know that I’m screaming NOOOOOOOO!!!!! on the inside. But damn if that picture of “Ford” isn’t the only thing that’s going to keep me going.

  47. Judy Matchim says:

    A little disappointed a first but love your writing so know it will be a hit, just hurry up and release it, am anxiously awaiting!!!!!

  48. Tresha says:

    Asdfhsgsdh omAIGOD FINALLY!!!! FORD!!! Been waiting for forever for his story to come out. Yaaaayyy! Hurry up, May!!!!!!!

  49. Roxanne says:

    I love your books and especially like when stories have links between them but they are hard to find or very small. Makes my fictional world grow so much!

  50. Kristen says:

    As a librarian, a legal librarian (hmmm a potential heroine in a future book?) I never purchase books, only borrow…. Except yours! I can’t wait on the inevitable waiting list… I HAVE TO HAVE IT RIGHT NOW!

  51. Vipali Parikh says:

    AHHHH! Super excited for Ford’s Book! I’ve ben waiting for his book as soon as I first read about him in Love Irresistibly.

  52. Milena says:

    While Something About You is by far my favorite book, I’ve enjoyed reading all your other books and I’m super excited to hear about the upcoming new release! :)

  53. Martha B says:

    I’ve read all your books…

    So, I’m re-reading A lot Like Love. It’s almost like a new book because it’s been awhile since I finished it. Thank you for announcing the release of Ford and Valerie’s story next May. Lucky us (your readers).

  54. Bernadette Cychner. says:

    Like all of your novels, I know I won’t be able to put this down until I read the end. And I will most likely reread it again and again. Your novels are all on my keeper shelf.

  55. library addict says:

    I appreciate your reasons for saying it won’t be part of the FBI/US Attorney series, but since the hero is someone we met in that series I think I will still code it as such when I buy the book. Looking forward to reading it.

  56. Alex says:

    Not panicking (that would only happen if there wasn’t going to be a book). Love Irresistibly is my favorite of the FBI/US Attorneys and I’m so happy to have Ford’s story. Neighbors? I love it! Do I get a cookie for being the first to add it to Goodreads? SO excited!

  57. Jastine says:

    OMG! I cannot wait anymore, I’ve been dying to read your next book and it would be a plus that the hero would be coming from my favorite book in the series! :)

  58. Des says:

    I wholeheartedly approve of your Henry visual. This shall help me get through these next few months. I’m excited that Ford gets his own story! He’s been waiting very patiently. Is it May yet?

  59. Jameliza P. says:

    I’m so excited right now. Can we skip the months of September to April? I’m dying to read your upcoming book.

  60. Aline Tobing says:

    SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER sounds great, Julie. I’m sure it’ll be awesome just like all books you’ve written.

    Thanks for sharing the news with us :)

  61. Kate Sparks says:

    Always a lesson in patience… you tease us with an awesome story line… and then make us wait months & months for the finished copy!! Oh well, it’s always worth the wait! Thanks!!!

  62. Lucy Lala says:

    OMG Julie!!! Congrats on your new release for your next book!!!!
    I’m so excited!!!! And I loved Love Irresistibly :)
    (I hope I win :3)

  63. Aleksandra A says:

    OMG, this is the best news EVER!!!! Cannot wait to find out more out Ford Dixon! And SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER just became my #1 most anticipated book of 2015!
    So excited! And thank you for this wonderful giveaway! <3

  64. LORELEI FRANK says:

    Have not read a book of yours that I didn’t enjoy. In fact, I wish the books was a few hundred pages longer!

  65. Jill Pucci says:

    I’ve booked my quiet reading spot for the whole month of May so I can enjoy your book no matter the release date. I’ll add June, too, but I know as soon as I get it it, I’ll devour it. Thanks for making Ford my springtime hero.

  66. Sarah B says:

    Nine months until we get Ford’s story! I feel like a newly pregnant woman anxiously awaiting the arrival of the baby… minus the growing a water melon in my body part. Thanks for all of the laughs and swoons with your books. Can’t wait for the next one. From a happy reader living in Kenya.

  67. Julie C. says:

    Ahh, I’ve been wanting Ford’s story since he popped up in “Love Irresistibly.” I’m looking forward to the new book — even if I have to wait until next year to read it. :)

  68. MSM says:

    Love Irresistibly has been one of my favourite books, so this is super-exciting! I’d love an e-copy. Will Tyler from Practice Makes Perfect (and It Happened One Wedding) also be getting his own book?

  69. Tricia says:

    Yup, you are right. Calling this new book a part of the FBI/US Attorney series is just not rigth. But I am pretty sure familiar faces will appear. So happy that the familiar faces will be my favorite character, Brooke and Case. So love Love Irresistibly.

  70. Jessy says:

    Yay for book details! I’m actually pleased it’ll not be a part of the FBI/Attorney book series. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the series, but after a while the repetitive plot elements can get old.

  71. Christina says:

    Your visualization of Ford is hot! Looking forward to reading ‘Love Irresistibly’. It’s already on my wish list.

  72. Jean Kovats says:

    Never read any of this author, but this book sounds like something I would enjoy very much and I am putting it on my “to read” list.

  73. Mary says:

    Yay FORD! Love Irresistibly is my favorite of your books. The Ford-Brooke friendship is intriguing and I can’t wait to find out what she thinks of Victoria!

  74. Ana Bozicevic says:

    I’m dancing, I’m screaming…ooo my, who will wait to next year??!!
    definitely…I’m going to hibernate until may 2015.

  75. Leolani says:

    SO EXCITED about Ford’s book and I hope that we get to see how Ford’s relationship with Brooke is now that she has Slade and Victoria is in the picture. I have a male bestie and I would love to see if there is any parallel between their friendship and mine. May 2015, come on and get here!

  76. Kelly says:

    I cant wait to see what you do with this book. I love all the zingers you throw in. I reread the books with the most and laugh….

  77. Herleen Mae says:

    I’m really excited about Ford’s book!! I really like Ford and Victoria’s personalities…

    well, i like people who is skeptical towards love …

    I can’t wait for another 9 months…

  78. Kika says:

    I will just say…your books are amazing!!! I was travelling in the US for three months and your books keep me company. Now I´m back in chile waiting for them to keep on coming!!!

    Just saw the anouncemeent so I think I couldn´t make it before the final day…buuu…jajaja

    But just for an interesting fact….and to feel very proud…your books arrived in chile!! Congrats!

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