Posted by Ing on 15 March, 2011 // ★★ 51 Comments ★★

Good morning everyone!  So I have a special guest with us today.  I’d like to welcome Julie James to ATPT.  Her newest release A Lot Like Love is getting some great buzz around the blog world.  If you haven’t read her books, what the heck are you waiting for?  LOL!
Anyway here is the official bio for Julie courtesy of her website: 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 six languages and Julie’s most recent novel, Something About You, is a national bestseller.
Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago. Her next novel, A Lot Like Love, will be available in March 2011.
I read A Lot Like Love and absolutely loved it!  I’m very excited to have Julie visiting today.  If you have any questions for her or just want to say hi be sure to leave a comment below after you’ve read our hard hitting Q&A..lol.  Fine it’s not hard hitting but it will sure entertain.  
Welcome Julie, to the blog!  First
off congratulations on your newest release “A Lot Like Love”.  There has been nothing but great buzz on this
book all over the blogs!  The buzz is
very much deserved.  So for readers not
familiar to your work or not aware of this new book can you give them some
details on “A Lot Like Love”?  What can
they expect plot, pace, sex, etc?       

Thanks for having me here! I’m thrilled that the
book has been so well-received.  Here’s
the basic premise: A Lot Like Love is a contemporary romance about a wealthy
wine store owner who agrees to pose as the girlfriend of an undercover FBI
agent (as part of a sting operation) in exchange for her twin brother’s release
from prison.  Like my other books, it
features a couple who “thinks” they don’t like each other—an opposites attract

I’d say the book is
fast-paced.  My writing style is to get
in, tell the story, and get out. : )
Can you tell us a about the hero Nick McCall (Note…he’s very
yummy)?  What about Nick do you think
will draw the readers in and make them love him? 
Julie:  LOL. Glad you liked
his character! Nick is an undercover FBI agent and the most “guy’s guy” hero
I’ve written.  He has all sorts of rules
about the things that men don’t “do.” Men don’t do boysenberry colored ties,
they don’t do bubble baths, and they definitely don’t watch Dancing with the
Stars instead of football on Monday nights. 
What I love about Nick, however, is that underneath the FBI agent
exterior is a guy who calls his mother every week.  Unlike what I think is often the
stereotypical law enforcement hero, Nick isn’t a loner: he’s close to his
family and feels guilty that his job as an undercover agent often means that he
can’t see them for long periods of time. 
I call him a tough guy/secret softy hero.
Now tell us a bit about the heroine Jordan Rhodes?  What about Jordan do you think will draw the
readers in and make them love her?
Julie:  Jordan is the first
non-lawyer heroine I’ve written.  She’s
smart and sophisticated, and she owns a successful wine shop in Chicago.  She also happens to be a billionaire heiress.
But despite Jordan’s wealth, she’s very relatable—she has a job she works hard
at, she’s protective of her family, and she’s ready to find “the one.”
Why are these two perfect for each other?  What about them individually makes them so
drawn to each other?  Why do you think
the readers will fall in love with this couple?
Ooh, good question.  I think, like most of my heroine/hero
pairings, they are a great couple because they challenge each other.  They make each other laugh, and they keep the
other on his/her toes.  And even though
they come from two very different worlds, they respect each other and are
willing to bend their “rules” to accommodate the other’s interests.
What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing A
Lot Like Love?  Why did this scene stand
out for you?

Julie:  Early on in the book,
shortly after the hero and heroine realize they have to pretend to be dating at
an exclusive wine-tasting party, the hero sarcastically calls the heroine (a
billionaire heiress) “princess”.  Let’s
just say that doesn’t go over too well. . . . 
The banter/quips that follow set the tone of their relationship
throughout the rest of the book.

I like knowing and hearing the back story about how a book or series
came about.  Can you tell us where the
idea for A Lot Like Love came from?   
The idea for the book came to me after my
husband and I took a trip to Napa Valley. 
All I knew when I first began outlining the story is that the book would
have wine as a backdrop and that the heroine would not be a lawyer (unlike the
heroines in my first three books). I kicked around a bunch of ideas and
ultimately decided that the hero would be an FBI agent, because I had so much
fun writing an FBI hero in Something About You.
Can you tell us or give a peek at what you have up your sleeve
next?  What else can we look forward to
from you for the rest of 2011 and possibly 2012? Could you give some deets on
these upcoming projects? 
Julie:  Well, I only do a book
a year, and A Lot Like Love is my 2011 release. 
I’d like to get on a schedule of releasing a book every nine months or
so, but it won’t be this year because I had a baby a few months ago and I took
some time off.  But now I’m back writing
and working on my 2012 release.  That
book is tentatively titled “About That Night,” and the hero is the brother of
the heroine in A Lot Like Love.
Who is a character that you get a lot of e-mails about that you have not
written a story for yet?  Will you or do
you have plans for these popular characters?   

 Well, a lot of people
have been asking me about Kyle, the brother in A Lot Like Love, which is good
because his book is next. People also often ask about Wilkins, Jack’s partner
in Something About You.  I’m happy to say
that Wilkins has a small part in A Lot Like Love, and he may also show up in
the book I’m currently writing.

Now on to questions about you.  We
want to know more about Julie James.  
Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
I read a variety of romance and literary
fiction.  Nalini Singh is an auto-buy
author for me, as is Alexander McCall Smith, who writes the No. 1 Ladies
Detective Agency books.  Currently, I’m
reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the second book in the Hunger Games
What was the first romance book you ever read?  Do you still have the book on your shelf?
Julie:  I think the first
romance I read was Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, and the second romance I read was
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard.  Yes—both
are on my keeper shelf, and both are books I often recommend to others, particularly
to people who are new to the romance genre.
Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that
you love right now and don’t ever miss?
Julie:  Sadly, I haven’t been
to the movie theater in three months with the arrival Baby Girl James.  We’ve been catching up on TV shows via
Netflix instead.  My favorite show by far
is Modern Family.  People, if you aren’t
watching this show, you need to check it out! I’ve also started getting into
Mad Men as well.
If you could be one of your heroine for a day which one would you be and
Jordan from A Lot Like Love. And not just
because she’s a billionaire heiress, but because she gets to drink all that
incredible wine. Not to mention, she has Nick. : )
If you could go back to your younger self what would be the one advice
you would give yourself?

Julie:  Ha! Not to tie myself
with a jump rope to Lisa Anderson and rollerblade down that concrete hill.
Because that cost me a broken elbow in third grade, the day before my family
went on vacation.

If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now for a
Julie:  I’m sure I’d still be
practicing law.
Julie thanks so much for stopping by today!  I really appreciate you stopping by and
answering all these questions. 
Congratulations again on the entire great buzz!  Do you have any last words or questions you
would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
Julie:  Thanks again for
having me here! I’ll be popping in throughout the day, so if anyone has any
questions about me or my books, fire away! 
And readers can always visit my website at www.juliejames.com to read an
excerpt of A Lot Like Love or find out more about my books.
So are you guys interested?  I know you are! 🙂  And I love Mr. Perfect too!  Can you say the window scene? 🙂 Well I hope those who’ve never heard of Julie before will give her a chance.  She writes some very entertaining and fun contemporary reads.  I’m offering 2 copies of her newest release A Lot Like Love today.  If you’d like to win a copy see the rules and details below.
Rules and Details for Giveaway:
  • Giveaway is open to US and International residents where The Book Depository ships to only.
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • You MUST answer these question: After reading the Q&A let me know what about A Lot Like Love interest you the most?    
  • Leave a comment saying HELLO or questions you have for Julie. 
  • Giveaway ends March 26th 
To learn more about Julie James and her books click on the following links:
Here is more details on Julie’s current release and previous books:

Cover Blurb: 
The FBI wants her cooperation.
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.
Agent McCall just wants her.
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. . .


Cover Blurb: 

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…

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…

…Into each other’s arms

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

Cover Blurb: 

When it comes to the laws of attraction…

Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection.
A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a
profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D.
has fought hard to ignore her. Face to face, they’re perfectly civil.
They have to be. For eight years they’ve kept a safe distance and
tolerated each other as co-workers for one reason only: to make partner
at the firm.

…There are no rules.

But all bets are off
when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. At first
apprehensive, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the
law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the
increasingly hot connection doesn’t last long when they discover that
only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all out war. And the
battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the
collar . . . 

Cover Blurb: 

Cool. Calm. Collected.

fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition
see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle
her–not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach
People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal
thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms.
Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident. Famous. Irresistible.

Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan
gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any
other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly
immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him.
She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he
begins to realize that she may just be his perfect match. . .

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51 Responses to “Q&A + GIVEAWAY – JULIE JAMES”

  1. Hello Julie!

    I’d like to read “A Lot Like Love” because I have just started to read more romantic books (usually I go for more sci-fi) and I like the idea that they are a mismatched pair at first who then fall in love!

    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  2. I like the fact that Julie would be Jordan from A Lot Like Love so she can drink wine. 🙂 I agree with her on that one!


  3. Hello! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    I love when a pair start off not liking each other. I also like the way Nick was described as “tough guy/secret softy hero”, it makes me curious.
    This book sounds really good and I’m excited to read it.

    cjmfnobrega AT gmail DOT com

  4. Hello Julie 🙂 I really enjoyed your interview and your writing style, “get in, tell the story, get out.”

    What excites me most about reading this is the dynamics between the leads, the quips and banter. The cover is really pretty too.


  5. Hi !!!
    I love the idea that the couple challenge each other, make each other laugh, and keep the other on his/her toes.


  6. I get so tired of all of those loner heros so I’d love to read a book where the hero is actually close to his family. Julie’s description of him as tough guy/secret softy makes him sound pretty tasty. Also, I love that it’s the woman who is the billionaire for once.

    jen at delux dot com

  7. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing! I love when the pair doesnt get along so well at first and snipes at each other. Makes such a fun read.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  8. I love your books, Julie! They are great and sexy and very funny! I can’t wait to read ALLL. Oh, and as a bonus, there’s Jed Hill on the cover! What else can a girl look for? 🙂

    claudigc at msn dot com

  9. Hi Julie! Great interview and congrats on the release! I’ve been wanting to read A Lot Like Love ever since I first started seeing reviews for it. What interests me is Nick! I love how you described him as a “tough guy/secret softy hero” kinda guy. I also like the push and pull aspect of Nick and Jordan’s relationship… it keeps things interesting!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


  10. oh, i’ve been wanting to read this.

    The thing that interests me the way you described Nick ! “FBI agent exterior is a guy who calls his mother every week”..Touchy 🙂

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  11. Great interview!

    The thing that interests me most about A Lot Like Love is the opposites attract dynamic and that Nick is an undercover FBI agent.
    Would love to win a copy!

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Okay, so I see there was a question since I last checked in…

    Kim: I’m not saying too much yet about the heroine in Kyle’s book, but I can confirm that you are correct: she was NOT in A Lot Like Love. : )

    And thank you all for the congrats on Baby Girl James, the book, and even the cover. Much appreciated!

  13. Jordan and Nick sound like a great couple to read about, and I love couples that can banter with one another. Btw, love the cover!


  14. Hana K

    Hey there!! Julie- CONGRATS ON THE MUNCHKIN!!! Babies are sooo exciting =) =)

    So I was already keeping a look out for this book because I love Julie James and I’ve read the other books mentioned in this blog already.

    Hot undercover FBI agent?! SIGN ME UP!!! The story sounds great and I love Julie’s writing style. It draws me in and entertains. I become invested in the characters and I love that!

    Great giveaway!!!

    Hana K
    midnightoil84 at yahoo dot com

  15. Thanks for the international giveaway. I must say I’m intrigued by the sommelier aspect; what do you indulge in when you have all the money in the world to indulge with?
    By the way, the blurbs for the books are just spiffy 🙂


  16. Julie, A Lot Like Love sounds like a great read and I can’t wait to try it. Congrats on the new baby girl!

    Thanks for the great interview Ing–I’m discovering a lot of new authors and books from your blog.

  17. Hi Julie,
    First Congrats on your new bundle of joy. 🙂 And on your newest release. I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Something About You.Jack and Cameron pulled me in immediately. I loved when the H/H are total opposites and start out either despising each other or just don’t get along . It makes it so uch more interesting.I love the bantering between the H/H becuse it makes for such an interesting story and then I look forward to their barbs toward one another. Nick, I ‘m loving him already. A real man whose close to his family, calls Mom once a week shows his tenderness. I look forward to reading A Lot Like Love. Enjoyed your post.
    Carol L

  18. Chelsea B.

    Hi, Julie! 🙂 I enjoyed leaning more about you your books!
    And the thing that interests me most about the book after the interview…. it has to be the way Julie described her hero. “….tough guy/secret softy hero.” Gotta love that 🙂


  19. Kim

    Hi, Julie – I’ve previously told you how much I liked this book. The opposite attracts theme was well-done. So my question is about your next novel.

    You previously stated that the heroine was from Kyle’s past. She didn’t appear in ALLL, did she? Some people were speculating that it was Jordan’s friend, but I don’t think so.


  20. Hi everyone! Just popping into say hello again. Oh, and I should mention something Janie picked up on: I worked the purple dress on the cover into the book. : )

  21. Congrats to Julie on the new release. I can’t wait to read the scene where Jordan wears the dress on the cover.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  22. I’m into crime solving and law, so just that alone made the book interesting, combine with wine and Julie James I was hooked. Hello Mrs. James, I’ve read all your book and I love them all. I can’t wait to read more about Kyle and I hope in the next few month we can get a few excerpt from the book. Have a great day! rosieminnie @yahoo.fr
    rosieminnie at yahoo dot fr

  23. Oh, Julie, I love your books! All of them have found places on my keeper shelf. The dialog is a joy to read.

    I am intrigued by your new book, especially when you said that Nick is the most “guy’s guy” hero you’ve written. I think he is going to be a really fun character.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    castings at mindspring dot com

  24. Gees, I keep forgetting to leave my email: patoct at yahoo dot com

    I love your books, Julie and love contemporary romance and undercover heroes.

  25. Hi Julie, I have not read your books yet but I have had A lot Like Love on my wish list for awhile now! I definitley have to get it after reading this post! You had me after reading “yummy FBI agent” That alone hooked me! LOL! Thanks for sharing today!


  26. PJ

    Hi Julie! (waving)

    Love all of your books and can’t wait to find some time to read A Lot Like Love. I’ve already bought my copy and it’s just sitting there taunting me. 😉

    Enjoyed the interview! Julie, somehow I have absolutely no problem imagining you going down that hill tied to your friend! lol!

  27. Good morning, everyone! Just thought I’d pop in to say hello. I’ll be dropping by throughout the day in case anyone has any questions. Now it’s off to keep plugging away at my next book… : )


  28. I’ve read every single book Julie has written (except ALLL) and enjoyed them immensely. If you like banter, chemistry and great storytelling you will love her work. 🙂

    Can’t wait to read ALLL!!

    GFC follower.

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I think its funny that she gets mad that he calls her princess. My husband teases me and calls me that because I don’t like it.

    I follow on GFC

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  30. Hello Julie–The book sounds great! I love the way you talk about the characters bantering back and forth. It sounds like this book would have alot of humorous parts, which I love in books. Would love to read it.

    manning_j2004 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  31. Great interview and I must say that when an author likes a Jennifer Cruside book than her own books must be great too 🙂 !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  32. Hello Julie!

    I want to read A Lot Like Love because you mentioned in the Q&A that the couple doesn’t get along. I enjoy dislike at first sight stories. I like the bickering and tension that leads to romance.

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

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