My Books

Lily by Any Other Name by Julie C. GardnerLILY BY ANY OTHER NAME

17-year-old Lily Anderson is ready to wrap herself in a big red bow and give Zach Hewitt the greatest gift in the history of Christmas: Her. But when she pulls a pair of booties from her stocking and learns her forty-year-old mother is pregnant, Lily finds herself adrift, unsure of Zach’s commitment.

Lily hopes Zach will anchor her with promises of love. Unfortunately, his chaotic home-life makes him afraid of those three little words; and Maddie Franklin — in her Amazing Technicolor Dream Thong — makes sure Zach can have her whenever he wants.

With the help of her best friend Sarah, Lily plots to secure her place in Zach’s heart. But after a series of awkward rejections, Lily loses faith in her dream boyfriend, in herself, even in Sarah.

That’s when Lily turns to Adam Connolly, a transfer student whose lash-y eyes and comfortable silences make her question who it is she wants and what she needs. But Adam’s support can’t help her the day Lily discovers her parents’ game-changing secret.

Faced with the truth, Lily must decide how to deal with her family’s past, take hold of her own future, and accept that there are many names for love.

Available at: AMAZON (ebook)


Letters for Scarlet by Julie C. GardnerLETTERS FOR SCARLET: A NOVEL

Kind-hearted Corie and fiery Scarlet were best friends. Inseparable. Sisters of the heart. Until that one life-changing night they both wish they could take back…

With “characters that stayed with me long after I finished reading” (USA Today best-selling author Robin Bielman), this story of hope and forgiveness “explores the ties of love and friendship at the breaking point.” (The Fictional 100)What would you do if you received a letter from your past self?

Twenty-eight-year old Corie Harper embarks on an emotional journey after receiving a graduation letter she forgot she wrote. Although she spent a decade trying to hide her secrets, each page reminds her of the friendship she lost with her best friend, Scarlet, when her now-husband, Tucker, got between them.

Scarlet, who hasn’t seen Corie since, blazed her own path and left the past far behind. Or so she thinks. Pregnant with a baby she’s scared to have, Scarlet must decide if she wants to continue alone or find the courage to mend her broken friendship.

A poignant and uplifting story about the strength of the human heart and the power of forgiveness.


Guest List by Julie C. GardnerGUEST LIST: A NOVELLA

The invitations for their ten-year high school reunion have arrived. But not everyone is looking forward to the event… “Enticing and delightfully dramatic… Not to miss!” – Award-winning author Jennie Goutet

Corie cringes at the idea of going to the Conejo High School reunion. No longer the sweet and innocent girl her friends knew, she dreads facing them, knowing she’s hiding more secrets than she can count.

Fiery Scarlet, formerly Corie’s best friend, is now a high-powered attorney who has all but left the little town of Conejo Springs behind. She’s managed to block the memories for this long… but is it time to reconsider?

Renata’s self-confidence is still as low as it was in high school, despite continually working out and desperately trying not to worry about what people think of her. Will she have the courage to face the crowd of girls whose approval she never stopped seeking?

And sassy Kate is organizing the whole thing, even though she graduated in the class before them. What’s up her sleeve?

The high school reunion could be a smash hit or a total disaster. It all depends on who shows up.


Running with Pencils

On the eve of my 40th birthday, I quit my teaching career to become the greatest wife, mother, and best-selling author the world had ever seen. But those goals were clearly too easy so I added one more:

Running my first marathon.

The trials (trails?) and tribulations of training became the subject matter of my first book, a humorous memoir of one woman’s midlife marathon.

Download Running with Pencils for free to read a sample of how my crazy experiment ends.

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