The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 22, 2012

Julie Cross to appear at library

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DANVILLE — Popular young adult author Julie Cross will appear at the Danville Public Library on Thursday for a book signing.

The event will be in the first floor meeting room from 6-8 p.m.

Copies of the first in her time-travel trilogy, “Tempest,” will be available for purchase and autographing.

Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children where she works as a YMCA Gymnastics Program Director.

She never considered writing professionally until May 2009. Since then, she hasn’t gone a day without writing.

Her website is http://juliecross.blogspot.com/. Her second book in the trilogy, “Vortex,” will be released on Jan. 15, 2013.

The publisher describes her first novel: “Julie Cross’ debut novel, ‘Tempest’ is filled with time-travel adventure, romance and a twisting plot that will keep readers turning the pages. Foreign rights for ‘Tempest’ have sold in sixteen countries and Summit Entertainment, the company behind the ‘Twilight’ movies, pre-empted the film rights. The first in an epic trilogy, “Tempest” heralds a powerful new voice in young adult literature:

“‘Tempest’ begins in 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy: he’s in college, has a girlfriend, and… the ability to travel back through time. But it’s not like time-travel in the movies — nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there are no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors, like in “Back to the Future.” Jackson’s best friend Adam is the only one who knows about this ability, and with his brilliant mind, helps Jackson to control it and understand it.

“But one day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but it is not like his previous time jumps. He’s now 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. He pieces together clues about his mysterious father, and what really happened to the mother he barely knew. Jackson also befriends the 2007 Holly, protects her, and falls in love with her all over again.

“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… or kill him.

“‘Tempest’ is ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ meets ‘The Bourne Identity,’ and is sure to please teen and adult readers alike.”