Dream Cast for Closed Set by Julia Harlow

Most authors would pop champagne corks upon hearing that his or her book is being made into a movie. I’d be doing figurative back-flips (since I wouldn’t dare attempt a real one at my age). Teasing out the fantasy, here’s the dream cast for my sizzling hot erotic romance, Closed Set:

There was never the slightest doubt in my mind who should play Christopher Edwards. It has to be British crush Henry Cavill. Swoon-worthy doesn’t begin to cover his gorgeousness. Sigh.


For Cassandra Carlson, the virginal ballet instructor who teaches Christopher dances for his upcoming movie, I cast Emilia Clarke. She’s got Cassandra’s blend of sweetness/determination written all over her.



Nick Carlson, Cassandra’s older brother, is also a no-brainer. Chris Hemsworth. I could seriously look at him all day, and he is so Nick.



Brinley Collins, Cassandra’s coolly elegant best bud, who falls for Nick, proved to be a bit tougher to cast. I almost went with Blake Lively, but Maggie Grace wins the part in the end.



Author Inspiriation for My Erotic Romance Heroes

I love men. There, I said it. Does that make me sexist? I don’t know. Maybe. But I can’t help it—I love men. Men of all shapes and sizes as long as they make an effort to develop their minds and take care of their bodies. Black hair, blond hair, red hair—doesn’t matter.

When I decided to create a top ten list of inspirational alphas for my erotic novels, I had no idea it would prove to be a such a challenge. Maybe 100 would have been doable. But I’m always up for a challenge, so here they are, in no particular order. So far I’ve been inspired by four of them, three for my published novels and one for my work in progress. Wonder which ones?

  1. David Gandy

  2. Henry Cavill

  3. Chris Hemsworth

  4. Sam Heughan

  5. Idris Elba

  6. Chris Pine

  7. Jason Momoa

  8. Joe Manganiello

  9. Tom Ellis

  10. Charlie Hunnam

Sneak Peek at Book #4

Seems like it's taking me forever to finish my next novel. The first three books didn't take me anywhere near as much time. Granted, there have been extenuating circumstances. I couldn't write at all after my incomparable, precious mother suddenly passed away. And then I landed in the hospital with possible kidney failure due to dehydration from a horrible gastrointestinal virus.

Back to the topic at hand, do you want to know a little about my next erotic romance? It's not quite finished but I will tell you this: it takes place in London, and the hero is a drop-dead gorgeous successful clothing designer whose only focus is on growing his young company.

The heroine is a sheltered graduate student studying Shakespeare who thinks her appearance is ordinary, at best. Unfortunately, the woman she's living with in London, an eminent Shakespeare scholar, wants to teach her an altogether different subject.

How do our hero and heroine meet? If I tell you, I'll have to ... well, you know. But sparks fly when they meet.

There are also two heroic cats in the story—you'll have to read the book to find out why they're heroes.

Stay tuned for an update ....


Who is Julia Harlow? Ten Little Known Facts

Who am I? Nine parts recluse and one part as yet undefined. Here are ten things you probably don't know about me:

1.) An NFL quarterback let me try on his ginormous Super Bowl ring.

2.) I love doing laundry and am a master folder. If it's not folded perfectly, I re-fold until it is.

3.) I'm passionate about German Shepherds. If you read All Tyed Up, you'd already know this one.

4.) I used to swim butterfly competitively. The U.S. Olympic Committee was hardly beating a path to my door, but, hey, I held my own!

5.) My best book ideas come to me when I'm trying to fall asleep. Yep, I get up and start writing even if it's the middle of the night.

6.) I studied ballet for 30 years. If you read Closed Set, you'd already know this one. Oh, I'm still a a klutz on occasion, but I'm a graceful klutz.

7.) I've been an extra in two Hollywood films. No, not porn.

8.)While all my female acquaintances despise Dumb & Dumber, I love that movie. "Harry, I took care of it."

9.) I struggle with body image issues. If you read The Talented Mr. Maxwell, you'd ... yeah.

10.) Easily memorizing song lyrics is one of my many useless talents. I can sing along with almost any song I've heard before.