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Coming August 2020: The Summer of Everything, Duet Books

Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?

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How To Be Remy Cameron, Duet Books 2019

Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He’s the out-and-proud, super-likable guy who friends, faculty, and fellow students alike admire for his cheerful confidence. The only person who isn’t entirely sure about Remy Cameron is Remy himself. Under pressure to write an A+ essay defining who he is and who he wants to be, Remy embarks on an emotional journey toward reconciling the outward labels people attach to him with the real Remy Cameron within.

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“A spirit-lifting and surprising coming-of-age story” — Foreword Reviews

 

“The relationships among the members of the mixed-race Cameron family (Remy’s parents are white) and between Remy and his friends are nuanced and reflect a hopeful future for America. An endearing novel that gives hope to those who know what it’s like being different.” — Kirkus Reviews

 

“You’ve been warned: Remy Cameron is coming for your heart. I adored this tender, heartfelt love song of a book.” — BECKY ALBERTALLI, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

“I always smile my way through a Julian Winters book. Remy’s story of self-discovery is empowering and lovely.” — ADAM SILVERA, NYT best-selling author of What If It’s Us

 

“Reading Remy is like gaining a best friend. Told with empathy, humor, and sincerity, this is an astounding follow-up for Julian Winters. The world needs Remy Cameron, and I, for one, am ready for everyone else to discover just how heartwarming this book is.” — MARK OSHIRO, author of Anger is a Gift

 

“I loved this book so much. What a gift to the world, and to all the people—myself included—who are still trying to figure out an answer to the question, ‘Who am I?’ Julian Winters’ answer should include, ‘A fabulous author everyone should read.'” — BILL KONIGSBERG, award-winning author of The Music of What Happens

 

“I don’t often swoon, but I swooned HARD for this incandescent book. Julian Winters has crafted a deeply moving story of love, family, and identity that will stay with me forever.” — ADIB KHORRAM, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

 

“A laugh-out-loud-but-oh-no-now-you’re-crying novel about identity, family and adoption, Julian Winters’ latest book is not to be missed. It spoke to me on a very personal level, and I’ll be talking about for a long time.” — Eric Smith, author/agent; columnist for Paste Magazine

 


Running With Lions, Duet Books 2018

Bloomington High School Lions’ star goalie Sebastian Hughes should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing, and he’s got a coach who doesn’t ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood-best-friend Emir Shah shows up at summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team’s success may end up in the hands of the one guy who hates him. Determined to reconnect with Emir for the sake of the Lions, he sets out to regain Emir’s trust. But to Sebastian’s surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town’s streets, and bonding on the weekends spark more than just friendship between them.

Winters’ debut novel was named Best Teen Fiction in the annual awards ceremony celebrating the best in independent publishing. The Independent Book Publishers Association also honored Messer for her cover art for the coming of age novel set at a summer soccer camp.

“Funny, wise, and ridiculously romantic. It hit me right in the heart.–BECKY ALBERTALLI, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

“A warm, funny, smart and poignant debut, full of heart and full of hope.

I loved the adorably cute relationship that emerges between Sebastian and Emir, I loved the humour, and I loved being reminded what it’s like to be a teenager during a long, hot, messy summer, when everything is new and exciting, anything seems possible, and the world is opening out in front of you.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope it gets all the accolades and praise it deserves. –SIMON JAMES GREEN, author of Noah Can’t Even

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