New cover and title! (And a giveaway!)

So, my upcoming release has a new cover and title, and I’m super-excited to share it!

Some of you are probably asking why there’s a new cover and title. The short answer is, even though I really liked the previous cover (which you can see here if you’d like), a few months ago I started to get this nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite the right fit for my book. Two things concerned me: (1) I felt like the woman on the cover looked a little too passive for the heroine of this book, and (2) I thought the cover seemed too subdued, and didn’t convey how fun the book is.

After raising these concerns with the team at Berkley (my publisher), we spent the next few months coming up with a cover that fit better. And I have to say, I LOVE this cover. Check it out:

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Pretty cool, huh? What I like about this cover is that it really captures the fun, sexy feel of the book. As for the title change, even though I had come up with the original title, Flirty Little Secrets, I’d always worried that it seemed more like the title of a Young Adult book. When we decided to switch the cover art, we agreed that THE THING ABOUT LOVE was a better fit. And we also changed the back cover blurb a bit, too. Here you go:

Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

After spending six years in Los Angeles—and the last six months wondering how her marriage fell apart—FBI Special Agent Jessica Harlow is looking for a fresh start. When she finds out that the Chicago field office has an opening for an undercover agent, returning to her hometown seems like the perfect answer. But her new partner, John Shepherd, is someone she never expected to see again. Six years ago, the cocky Army Ranger was her top competition at the FBI Academy, and the one man who got under her skin like no other.

Just one assignment away from joining the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, John isn’t going to let anything throw him off his game—not even the self-assured woman who once showed him up at Quantico. He’ll work with Jessica to take down a corrupt Florida politician, even if pretending to be business partners staying at a beachfront resort means getting closer than they’d expected. For two experienced agents, it should be a simple enough assignment, but the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated…

So, there you have it. Those of you who like my FBI books will probably be pleased to see that there are two FBI protagonists in The Thing About Love. The heroine and hero, Special Agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd, meet at the FBI Academy, where both of them are determined to be the best in their class. A not-so-friendly rivalry ensues and . . . well, I don’t want to spoil it for you. 😉  You’ll have to see for yourself when the book comes out on April 18th.

The Thing About Love can be preordered at Amazon and iBooks (more buy links to come, I’ll post as soon as they’re available)

And now for the giveaway! To celebrate the cover reveal, I have five signed copies of Suddenly One Summer up for grabs.

SOS final cover

To enter, simply leave a comment below. Giveaway is international, and will remain open until 9pm CST on Thursday, June 30. Please enter only once.  Good luck!

New release date for FLIRTY LITTLE SECRETS

So… I have some news about FLIRTY LITTLE SECRETS. The short version is, the book’s release date has been pushed back to March 7, 2017.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, because it’s the same thing thought the first time my editor told me the new release date.

Here’s the deal: I needed an extra month on my deadline. The book is coming along well–really well, in fact–but I needed a little more time to do all the things I want to do with this book. Unfortunately, that one-month delay impacts things on my publisher’s side, and in order for them to be able to do all the things they want with this book, they needed to push it back to March 2017.

Trust me, I can’t wait to have FLIRTY LITTLE SECRETS out in the world. But at the end of the day, I would much rather take the time that is necessary for me to finish writing the book, than rush things and potentially sacrifice quality. There are many things I can’t control once a book leaves my hands, but the one thing I can always ensure is that I write the story I want to write.

That said, I know the delay stinks. And I apologize for that–I know how much you guys are looking forward to the book. On the upside, I’ve already talked to my publisher, and we’re going to do a monthly series of giveaways of all my backlist books as we countdown to the release of the new book. So stay tuned for that.

Feel free to leave any comments below–I’m happy to answer any questions you might have!

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon pre-order link

Since several of you asked…the pre-order link for my next book, FLIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, is up on Amazon here.  I have confirmation from my publisher that the Kindle price is going to drop by $2 and should be showing up on Amazon next week. Those of you who already pre-ordered will get it for the cheaper price, per Amazon’s pre-order guarantee.

More information about FLIRTY LITTLE SECRETS can be found here.

Let’s take one more look at that pretty cover, shall we? Seeing how it’s snowing in Chicago this morning, I wouldn’t mind being on a beach right about now…

Giveaway winners

Thanks to everyone who dropped by for my giveaway! I’m thrilled to hear you’re all looking forward to the release of FLIRTY LITTLE SECRETS!

The winners of the five signed copies of IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING are:

Phoebe
Jaime
Sonja
Yessenia Almendariz
Rhonda Gothier

Congrats! Winners, I’ve emailed you about receiving your prizes. (You can also reach me at info@juliejamesbooks.com)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Cover reveal! (And a giveaway)

Please note: the giveaway is closed.

You all have waited ever-so-patiently for information about my next book, and today, many of your questions will be answered! The most common query I get is whether the new book will have an FBI theme, and I’m excited to tell you that the answer to that is . . . yes!!

But, wait–there’s more. Because this book doesn’t have just one FBI agent protagonist, but TWO of them.

Curious to know more? Here you go:

FLS cover final

Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

Special Agent Jessica Harlow never expected—or wanted—to see John Shepherd again. Six years ago, the cocky Army Ranger was her top competition at the FBI Academy, and the one man who got under her skin like no other. Now he’s back in her life, as her new undercover partner, and the tension between them is hotter than ever.

Just one assignment away from joining the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, John isn’t going to let anything throw him off his game—not even the stunning, self-assured blonde who once showed him up at Quantico. He’ll work with Jessica to take down a corrupt politician, even if pretending to be business partners staying at a beachfront resort means they have to get a little too close for comfort. It’s all part of the charade, until the heat of the moment tempts them both into letting down their guard…

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Whoo-hoo! We’ve got undercover stuff! And beaches! And a heroine and hero who can’t stand each other . . . at first. And if you’ve ever wondered what really goes on at the FBI Academy, Flirty Little Secrets has you covered there, too.

Now, I do want to give you a heads up about something. Flirty Little Secrets is currently scheduled for a July release date, and it will be available in trade paperback. For those of you wondering, “What’s a trade paperback?” those are the bigger paperbacks, the ones you typically see on the “New in Fiction” tables at the front of the bookstores. My previous books were all released in mass-market paperback (the smaller ones), so this is a change for me. And it’s a change that I’m  excited about–my publisher thinks this new format presents a lot of opportunities for me to continue growing as an author and, obviously, that’s a great thing.

Why am I mentioning this? Well, because it means my books are going to be a little more expensive, assuming we continue with the trade format going forward. Currently, my books are priced around $7.99 in ebook and mass-market paperback. I’m guessing that Flirty Little Secrets will cost around $2 more for the ebook and that the paperback will be priced somewhere in the $11-12 range. (I don’t know the exact price yet, because my publisher sets that.)

And I want you to know that this higher price point is not something I shrug off. I’m a book buyer, too, after all. But look at it this way: the upside of me being a “slower” writer is that, at the end of the day, if you like my books, I’m only going to cost you an extra $2 or $3 for the entire year. That’s, like, less than the cost of a latte at Starbucks.  (Granted, we could  have another conversation about whether my skinny peppermint mochas are really worth that $3.47 I willfully shell out everyday, but you get my point.)

Bottom line, I’m excited about this new format, and the opportunities it presents, and I’m also super-excited about this book, specifically. (If you haven’t guessed it already, I find this FBI stuff fascinating.) One of the most rewarding, humbling, and coolest things about being an author has been the enthusiasm with which my books have been received by you, the readers, and I hope that all of you will make this jump with me to the new format and continue along in the adventure.

All right, enough with all of my gabbing…. How about a giveaway to celebrate the release of my new cover? Seeing how we’ve been chatting about the FBI, I have five signed copies of my previous FBI book, It Happened One Wedding, up for grabs.

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

To enter, just leave a comment below. The giveaway is international, and will remain open until 9pm tomorrow, November 19. Please enter only once. Good luck!

P.S. If any of you have any questions about the new book, or the trade paperback format, feel free to leave them in your comment below. I can’t promise I’ll respond to every question, but I’d love to hear what you guys think!