{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Playlist + Giveaway: Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross

Friday, August 9, 2013

Letters to Nowhere is now here! It's the new mature gymnastics-themed YA novel from Julie Cross, just the awesome author of the awesome Tempest series and an author I love love love! And because I love love love her, I am a part of both tours for Letters to Nowhere. Haha! Today, I have an excerpt and on September, I'll be posting my review. So let's kick this off and get to know Letters to Nowhere!~

Letters To Nowhere
Title: Letters to Nowhere
Author: Julie Cross
Date of Publication: August 1, 2013

Her family may be shattered, but her dreams aren't...

From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest series

A Mature YA contemporary set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics. Grief, love and pursuing dreams are at the forefront of this emotionally powerful coming-of-age story.

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.

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Read Part 1 of this excerpt here.

“Memories are like ghosts for me,” I said.

Silence fell over both of us for a long moment, then Jordan finally spoke again. “New subject?”

I laughed. “So . . . have you seen any more of Sara? Or had any other random make-out sessions lately? Or should I say study sessions?”

“I did mention there is currently a very old lady residing in my home, didn’t I?” he said.

“Besides, we’re young. We’re supposed to kiss a lot people, figure out who’s superior. I’m sure someone like you can appreciate that. You probably give scores.”

My cheeks flared up even though no one was around to see me blush. “Okay, you’ve obviously learned nothing at all from me,” I said, laughing.“Think about it, Jordan . . . do you really think I have any experience with this subject whatsoever?”

“Wait,” he said. “You mean you’ve never kissed anyone?”

 “Not a nonrelative,” I said. “It’s not like I go around advertising this to people, but I figured you would get that I’m a little behind in that area. If I had known you thought otherwise I probably would have been happy living a lie just to avoid this conversation.”

“Seriously? Not even during an innocent game of spin-the-bottle? Or seven minutes in heaven?”

“No,” I said more firmly this time. “Nothing. I went to parties with kids from gymnastics and we talked about Disney Channel movie star crushes and gymnastics—that’s it. No boys. No spin-the-bottle or whatever that other game you mentioned is.”

“Well,” he said. “I think it’s cool.”

“No you don’t. It’s weird, even I know that, but I’m okay with it.”

“Really, it’s kinda cool.” His voice held no hint of the patronizing tone I’d expected. “I wish I could have my first kiss all over again, but better.
Or just that feeling of anticipating something that seems so ordinary to me now. Once you cross that line you can’t take it back.” He laughed.

“And I don’t mean that in an abstinence, wait- for-marriage kind of way, but in the sense that . . . I don’t know . . . it’s like the feeling you got on Christmas morning, as a little kid, looking at all the wrapped gifts and endless possibilities that came with not knowing what was in them. Once you open the gifts, that feeling is gone.”

“So what you’re saying is, anticipating a first kiss is better than the kiss itself?” I asked. “Sometimes,” he admitted. “Depending on who you’re kissing. But I think my jealousy of your lack of experience stems from my resistance to the whole growing-up concept. I’d rather not. Just between you and me.”

I smiled to myself. “I’m sure ninety-nine percent of people our age feel the same way. But I doubt many are able to admit it like you have or even realize it at all.”

“Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?”

“Right,” I said, smiling again. “I should get some sleep. Tomorrow is going to be hard enough without adding sleep deprivation.”

“Talk to you later, Karen.”


So this is the playlist featured in the book. I love most of the songs in here and I gotta check some out. Enjoy!

Songs for Karen from Jordan

(The first song Jordan played on the guitar for Karen)

About Julie Cross

I live in central Illinois with my wonderful husband and three kids currently between the ages of 7 and 12 (the kids not the husband). My writing journey began in May, 2009 with a short story in a notebook.

Within a year, I had written seven (some good some God-awful) young adult novels. Not being a college graduate and having spent the previous fifteen years teaching gymnastics and working as a YMCA Program Director for Recreational Gymnastics, professional writing wasn't in my plans. Not even close. But ever since the day I started that short story, I haven't been able to stop. It was love at first sight.

After about a year of writing, I had a three book deal with St. Martin's Press, and a film option with Summit Entertainment. Crazy, right? I know. It wasn't until August of 2011 that I quit working full time in order to be at home with my kids more and of course, write more. My young adult time travel debut novel, Tempest, released on January 17, 2012. The rest of my personal story remains unwritten.


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  1. thanks so much for joining in on the tour! So excited for all the LtN love! You guys rock!

    1. Anything for you, Julie. You know that. Hee. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I'm love how it sounds, definitely looking forward to reading it! Thank you for the post <3


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