[Blog Tour] Bluff by Julie Dill

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?


I normally don't read contemporary but what ensnared me to this book was the synopsis. And the cover. What can I say? I'm a sucker for good covers.

Chelsea struggles financially and resorts to gambling in order to pay the bills. As she wins and becomes engrossed into the world of gambling, her lies grow. Soon she can't keep track of the lies. She can't separate fact from fiction and it's just a matter of time till someone catches her bluff.

I finished Bluffed in 1 day. I couldn't stop reading. When I thought things were getting calm, another lie was at risk and Chelsea reality is

I did not see that ending coming. After everything that just happened, that ending?? I was really shocked but I understand why.

Overall I would give Bluff 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.



  1. Thanks for hosting today, Sabrina! This sounds like an intriguing page turner! :)

    1. It is an intriguing page turner! :)