Friday, June 6, 2014

For Immediate Release - CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE author wins Emerging Author Award


"CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE speaks to those of us who know what it’s like to search for ourselves, then turn away when we’re not sure what we see. Jonathan’s struggles go straight to your heart, and his decisions will have you both rooting for him and holding your breath." – Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN, 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist and 2014 ALA Stonewall Award winner

“Juliann Rich has written a coming of age story that is at once bittersweet, fun, and sexy, capturing the complex layers of angst and joy that teens encounter when caught between wanting to be accepted and being true to who they are.” — Alex Sanchez, author RAINBOW BOYS and THE GOD BOX

Minneapolis, MN — A PFLAG Mom who can be found walking Pride parades with her son, Juliann Rich was born and raised in Minnesota. The daughter of evangelical Christian parents, Juliann has been caught in the crossfire of the most heated topic to challenge our society and our churches today. She is committed to writing stories that shed light on the conflicts that arise when sexual orientation, spirituality, family dynamics, and peer relationships collide.

Juliann is available for interviews, Q&A discussions, blog posts and articles on topics relating to:
  • Faith and the GLBT youth
  • Faith in GLBT fiction
  • Writing for the GLBT Young Adult audience
  • Diversity in Young Adult fiction

When she is not writing, she enjoys hiking through a forest or canoeing the many lakes in the Minnesota River Valley.

ABOUT THE BOOK Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love. That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen 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.

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