Reviewers from Publisher’s Weekly to Romantic Times have praised Julie Ortolon’s contemporary romance novels for being “sizzling,” “fast-paced,” and “filled with genuine heart.” Numerous awards for her work include two Bookseller’s Best Awards. Almost Perfect, book one of her Perfect trilogy was a Rita finalist and was named Best Single Title Contemporary by the readers of Affaire de Coeur magazine.
Julie’s road to success as a romance novelist was a bit bumpier than most authors, however. Her struggle with dyslexia left her functionally illiterate until her mid twenties when she discovered romance novels were worth the effort. To turn her favorite pastime, daydreaming emotionally rich stories, into a career, she taught herself to read, type, and use English as a written language, not just a spoken one. Her struggles made hitting the USA Today bestsellers list with her first title even more rewarding.
As a romance author living in Austin, Texas, Julie enjoys gardening, cooking, and painting in the mountains outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can learn more about Julie at JulieOrtolon.com
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VideosThe Pearl Island Trilogy
Julie Ortolon talks about the inspiration behind her popular contemporary romance novels set in Galveston, Texas.
Return to Pearl Island, Bonus Chapters
This ebook is my gift to fans of the Pearl Island trilogy who own the stories in print. When I released the stories as ebooks, I added a bonus chapter to each one so fans can see what’s happening today at the Pearl Island Inn. If you haven’t read the series, this ebook can read as three short stories to give you a taste of this award-winning series.
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Originally published by Signet Eclipse, The Perfect Trilogy: three women learn a friend used them as bad examples in a self-help book. Outraged, they vow to overcome the fears holding them back from pursuing their dreams. In Book Three, gentle Amy falls for a mysterious man hiding in the tower of a Caribbean fortress in this modern day spin on Beauty and the Beast.
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Originally published in print by Signet Eclipse. The Perfect Trilogy: three women learn a friend used them as bad examples in a self-help book. Outraged, they vow to overcome the fears holding them back from pursuing their dreams. In Book Two, ER doc Christine takes a ski trip to Colorado and meets Alec, a search and rescue expert. He’s the absolute worst—and best!—choice for a soul mate.
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
The Perfect Trilogy: three women learn a friend used them as bad examples in a self-help book. Outraged, they vow to overcome the fears holding them back from pursuing their dreams. In Book One, Maddy collides with an old flame when she goes to Santa Fe to get her art into a gallery. Former Army Ranger, Joe, presents new challenges that heat up the sheets and threaten their hearts.
Don't Tempt Me
(5.00 from 1 review)
Adrian, sexy chef at the Pearl Island B&B has never had a woman say no–until he goes after sunken treasure in the island’s cove. Jackie is more interested in running her restored pirate ship than chasing lost booty that could dredge up family secrets. Enticed by Jackie’s resistance, Adrian soon has more than treasure hunts in mind. “...adventure, humor, and passion.”–Affair de Couer
Lead Me On
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Orig pub by St Martin’s Press. “Readers will root for Allison and Scott to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart in this entertaining and touching story.”–Booklist. Scott comes to Pearl Island hoping to cure writers block with vacation sex. Alli is more than willing but a woman who sells tea sets in a B&B screams “good girl” to Scott. Emotional layers add depth to this sexy read.
Falling for You
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Winner of the Bookseller’s Best Award. “Delightful, fast-paced romance,” Old Barn Gazette.
Propelled by a lifelong goal to buy an island mansion haunted by her colorful ancestors, Rory St. Claire needs Oliver Chancellor to help her secure a business loan. While convincing the hesitant blue blood to take a chance on her dream of opening a B&B, Rory unexpectedly lands in Chance’s arms.
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- Cry Uncle
on March 08, 2011
Delightful, fun, and effortless to read. The writing sucked me in from the first sentence and the cast of quirky, lovable characters kept me hooked. Add in a yummy hero, a tropical setting, and a heroine you'll root for, and you have a winner. Judith Arnold is now on my auto-buy list.