Bluff by Julie Dill Book Tour & International Giveaway! (ends 2/16/17)

February 28, 2017

This is an intriguing tale! YA will find this an entertaining read!

Bluff  by Julie Dill
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

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Vickie’s Review:

I liked this book.  It was a good story with lots of suspense filled moments.

The only issue for me was when I came to the end of the book, I wasn’t ready for it to end.  There was much more I wanted to know about what happened to the characters of the story.  They were very interesting and believable. I could feel their emotions and could imagine myself there.  The story was easy to follow and flowed well.

The book cover fit the story well and was good for grabbing a reader’s attention.  The title of the book was a good choice for this story.

I would recommend this book to other readers.

For a literary rating, I would give it a 5/5

written by Vickie

Author Bio:

Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally.

As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of her greatest professional accomplishments is earning her National Board Certification.

She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University and continues to work on various writing projects. From hiking in Colorado, to playing poker in Vegas, she’s always up for a new challenge. Julie is a busy mom of two teenage daughters, and any extra time that she may carve out is spent reading, writing, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Her debut novel, Bluff, is scheduled to be released on February 7th, 2017.

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  • danielle hammelef February 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve never read a book like this one before. This character has so much to overcome as a young person. I’m excited to read her story.

  • Dianne Casey February 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Book sounds like an interesting read. A really different storyline, would like to read. Enjoyed the excerpt and review.

  • Edye March 1, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Sounds nice! :]