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Juliann Rich is the author of four novels for young adults: Caught in the Crossfire, Searching for Grace, Taking the Stand, and Gravity. She is the recipient of the Saints and Sinner’s Literary Festival Emerging Writer Award, a Golden Crown Literary Society Award, and was a Lambda Literary Finalist in the Children’s and Young Adult Category. Juliann lives in St. Anthony, Minnesota with her adorable pups:  Bella, a vocally gifted wire-haired dachshund and Huberus, a mild-mannered French poodle.

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 – Emerging Writer Award Winner, 2014 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival

GRAVITY – Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Children’s and Young Adult Category, 2017 and Winner of a 2017 Golden Crown Literary Award.


Sometimes you fly. Sometimes you fall.

A shot at the gold in ski jumping. It’s been a dream that was the exclusive property of male Olympic athletes.

Until now.

For seventeen-year-old Ellie Engebretsen, the 2011 decision to include women’s ski jumping in the Olympics is a game changer. She’d love to bring home the gold for her father, a former Olympic hopeful whose dreams were blown along with his knee on an ill-timed landing. But can she defy the pull of gravity that draws her to Kate Moreau, her biggest competition and the girl of her dreams?

How can Ellie soar through the air when all she feels like doing is falling hard?

Format: Trade paperback and e-Book

Trade paperback and ebook


Young Adult

Length: 63,000 words

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, November 2016

ISBN-10: 1626394830

ISBN-13: 978-1626394834

Caught in the Crossfire, Book One in The Crossfire Trilogy

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Two boys at bible camp; one forbidden love.

That is the dilemma Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged North Shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with s’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like Pray the Gay Away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Format: Trade Paperback and E-Book

Genre: Young Adult

Length: 52,000 words

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, June 2014

ISBN-10: 1626390703

ISBN-13: 978-1626390706

Series: The Crossfire Trilogy, #1

Searching for Grace, Book Two in The Crossfire Trilogy

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First it’s a rumor. Then it’s a fact. And then it’s on.

Camp is over and Jonathan returns home to life with his mother whose silence is worse than anything she could say. To his varsity soccer teammates at East Bay Christian Academy. To the growing rumors about what he did with a boy last summer at Bible Camp.

All the important lines blur. Between truth and lies. Between friends and enemies. Between reality and illusion.

Just when Jonathan feels the most alone, help arrives from the unlikeliest of sources. Frances “Sketch” Mallory, the weird girl from his art class and her equally eccentric friend, Mason. For a short while life is almost survivable. Then Ian comes to town on the night of the Homecoming Dance and tensions explode. Fists fly, blood flows, and Jonathan, powerless to stop it, does the only thing he believes might save them all. He prays for God’s Grace.

Format: Trade Paperback and E-Book

Genre: Young Adult

Length: 48,000 words

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, Fall 2014

ISBN-10: 1626391963

ISBN-13: 978-1626391963

Series: The Crossfire Trilogy, #2

Taking the Stand, Book Three in The Crossfire Trilogy

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There’s a time for justice. Then there’s a time for action. And Jonathan Cooper knows exactly what time it is.

It is time to lie. To his parents, who think he’s on a ski trip with Pete Mitchell when he’s really gone to Madison to search for one person willing to testify for his boyfriend, Ian McGuire, who is facing the charge of assault and battery. To Ian’s parents, who have erased him from their lives. Even to himself, because admitting his feelings for Mason Kellerman isn’t an option.

It is also time to face the truth. That Jonathan may have lied for nothing. That he may be powerless to save Ian from a guilty verdict. That whether he likes it or not, it is time for taking the stand.

Format: Trade Paperback and E-Book

Genre: Young Adult

Length: 50,000 words

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, April 2015

ISBN-10: 1626394083

ISBN-13: 978-1626394087

Series: The Crossfire Trilogy, #3

Interviews/Featured Blog Posts:

Bold Strokes Books Authors’ Blog, “FIREWORKS” (Oct 1st, 2013)

The Loft Literary Center Publication (page 4), Student Success Profile: “JULIANN RICH FINDS HER VILLAGE” (Sept/Oct, 2013)

Mary Carroll Moore’s Blog, “MAKING YOUR BOOK TRAILER” (January 3rd, 2014)

True Colorz Q & A, “FEATURED AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JULIANN RICH” (January 13th, 2014)

Mary Carroll Moore’s Blog, “WHEN YOUR BOOK CHANGES DIRECTION” (March 28th, 2014)

Bold Strokes Books Authors’ Blog, “INTERVIEW WITH JULIANN RICH” (May 22nd, 2014)


Bold Strokes Books Authors’ Blog, “IS THERE A PLACE FOR FAITH IN FICTION?” (June 3rd, 2014)

A Life Through Books, “INTERVIEW WITH JULIANN RICH” (June 9th, 2014)

Clutter Your Kindle, “HOW TO — USE INTERVIEWS TO WRITE PEOPLE, NOT CHARACTERS” (June 10th, 2014)

Texas Book Nook, “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: TO CAPTURE THE YA VOICE” (June 13th, 2014)

Mythical Books, “WELCOME TO WRITING 101” (June 14th, 2014)


The Library Mistress, “HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE STORY” (June 19th, 2014)

Books On Silver Wings, “STARTING OUT AS A WRITER – FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW” (June 26th, 2014)

Pure Jonel, Confessions of a Bibliophile, “WHY A HOBBY IS MORE THAN JUST A HOBBY” (July 1st, 2014)

Jeffrey Ricker’s Blog, “INTERVIEW WITH JULIANN RICH” (July 4th, 2014)


Bold Strokes Books Authors’ Blog, “WHY EVERY STORY HAS A SEQUEL (WHETHER WE WRITE IT OR NOT)” (Sept. 9th, 2014)

GayYA.Org, “THE MAGIC OF RHYMING WORDS” (Sept. 15th, 2014)

High Plains Reader “Q & A WITH JULIANN RICH” (Aug 5th, 2015)

Bold Strokes Books “THE UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE” (Nov, 2016)

The Broke Book Bank “THE FF SKI ROMANCE I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED” (Nov, 2016)