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January 2017 Book of the Month & Giveaway

February 16, 2017 07:16 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

January was a stellar reading month for me. I read a total of six books and novellas, all but one of which rated five stars. The one that didn’t was still 4.5 stars. So that’s a near-perfect month’s reading. I’m not sure that’s ever happened to me before.

With this many wonderful books to choose from, one might think it would be difficult to pick just one to name as my Book of the Month, but in the end, it wasn’t too hard. Anyone who’s been following my blog with any regularity, probably knows that I’m now a huge fan of the series this book comes from. I’ve already named the first two book of the series previous Book of the Month winners, so it’s not too surprising that I would pick this final book of the trilogy as well. It took me on a tumultuous, emotional, roller-coaster ride, and I loved every minute of it. The only thing that could possibly make it any better is if I could flip a switch in my brain and forget the story, so I could read it all over again like it’s the first time.:-)


Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: E. L. James

2016 Best of the Year & Choose Your Own Giveaway

February 16, 2017 01:33 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Long before I started writing my own novels, I was a reader/reviewer. I founded my review website, The Hope Chest Reviews, in 2008, and despite now being a busy writer, I’ve continued to write and post reviews there for all the book that I read for pleasure. At the end of my first year, I started my Best of the Year list. Back then it was actually called the Best & Worst of the Year list, but let’s face it, nobody wants to see their book on a Worst of the Year list. I know I certainly don’t, so last year, I changed the name and started posting only the very best of my reading. After all, as a reader, that’s what I would want to know. Which books are worth taking a closer look at? And as for which to possibly stay away from? Well, the reviews can speak for themselves.

The Beast Book Cover


Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Best of the Year

December 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

January 16, 2017 01:08 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Between the busyness of the holiday season and the mad last-month dash to get my newest book ready for publication, I fell behind on my blogging. In order to catch up, that means that I’ll be bringing you two Book of the Month giveaways this month, one for November and one for December.

My favorite read for December was the eleventh book in the popular historical romance series, Maiden Lane. Again, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know just how much I love this series and the author. I’ve given away some of her books before. I just can’t seem to get enough of her writing and even had the privilege of meeting her in person and taking a wonderful writer’s workshop with her a few years ago. I feel like a broken record every time I review her new releases, because each one seems to entrance me as much as the others. This latest book features a relatively new hero, who was just introduced in the previous book, and a heroine who’s been around for most of the series in a supporting role. Their story is one filled with action, adventure, a touch of mystery, and some heart-stopping romance that didn’t fail to keep me engaged throughout.


Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Elizabeth Hoyt