September 28, 2015 03:13 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Image courtesy: The American Library Association
As both a reader and a writer, I stand with the American Library Association (ALA) this week in support of banned books. The ALA instituted Banned Books Week in 1982 to celebrate our right to freely choose and access books without censorship. While not every book may be intended for every reader, this celebration reminds us that each reader should have the right to choose for him or herself what to read. The freedom to read is a basic cornerstone of a democratic society that shouldn't be taken for granted. Books contain a wealth of information, which when accessed can expand our minds and hearts beyond our small corner of the world. There is much that can be learned from books if we take the time to read. Thanks to libraries around the world, those books are available at our fingertips, so long as others don't try to take that right away. Even when the efforts to ban or challenge books are well-intentioned, they can be detrimental to our society, because censorship takes away our right as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. That's why I encourage my readers to stand with me this week in support of banned books.
July 13, 2015 07:13 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
The final day of RNCon was my kick back and relax time. No classes I was planning to take, nothing special to do, just a day where I was able to simply get up, go down the convention hall, and see where the day took me. I was so happy to finally turn in my strappy heels for sneakers (my feet still ached for a few days after) and my business casual attire for jeans and a t-shirt.
My hubs did have a class to teach that afternoon, so we went down to lunch early. There weren't a lot of people in the dining hall at that point, just enough to fill one table. The food wasn't set out on the buffet yet, so we pulled up chairs and joined them for a little relaxed conversation. Natalie and Will were there, but we also got to chat a bit with some other people we'd seen around but hadn't really had the opportunity to talk with before that. Finally the servers started bringing out our food, and when we heard we were getting pizza for lunch, everyone cheered.:-)
July 8, 2015 07:11 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
On Day 4 of Romance Novel Convention, well-rested, I was up bright and early (for me – hey at least I beat my hubby out of bed ;-)) and down in the convention hall around 8:30 a.m. to set up for the Book Fair & Festival. With JossiLynn already heading home, Natalie and I had requested seats together. We found our tables and got all our books and other paraphernalia set up just as some of the early bird readers were coming through the door. Normally, I tend to be rather nervous about book signings, but surprisingly, I settled in very quickly. I enjoyed talking with the book fair attendees as they stopped by, and I'm thankful for all the ones who took the time to let me tell them about my stories and even more grateful for those who bought my book. When I wasn't busy with potential customers, I chatted it up with Natalie. We also listened to music provided by the 80z All Stars. They were a very talented musical group, and I loved their set list of almost all '80s music.
July 5, 2015 04:42 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Day 3 of Romance Novel Convention started out much like Day 1, in an exhausted blur. Maybe I was on too much of a high after the previous night's costume ball, but I woke in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep. As a consequence, I was running on about five hours of sleep, but somehow I got my butt out of bed and made it down to the first class period of the day at 9 a.m.
I attended classes all morning, starting with Fiona Jayde's “Get Yourself Covered: A Pre-Launch Strategy.” Since I'm about to launch a brand new book in my Loving Hearts series this month, I thought this would be a good class to take, and I definitely learned some important things from it. Next, I went to the panel discussion, “Developing a Series and Creating Your World Inside It,” where I got some good tips that will hopefully help me with a couple of paranormal series ideas I have. To round out the morning, I attended Randi Alexander and Jackson Young's class, “Branding Brainstorming.” There I got some new ideas for building my author brand.
July 3, 2015 06:43 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Even though every day was a great day, I would have to say that Day 2 of RNCon 2015 was my favorite. It certainly helped that I was much more well-rested to begin the day. I kicked things off by going to Randi Alexander and Jackson Young's class “Public Speaking Made Easy.” For a while now, it's been in the back of mind that I'd like to teach a class of my own at RNC, but like many people, I'm terrified of public speaking. In fact, I came very close to participating in a panel discussion this year, but it was canceled due to no one else signing up to present with me (I can't really argue that one person doesn't make a panel.:-)). Anyway, given the relief I felt when I saw it was dropped from the schedule, I figured if I ever have any hope of making my aspirations of speaking a reality, I'd better learn something about it, hopefully how to control my nerves.
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July 1, 2015 02:57 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Well, I'm safely back home in Phoenix after spending an exciting week in Las Vegas, attending Romance Novel Convention 2015. This has been my favorite RNCon so far. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had there and how many amazing memories I've brought home with me to cherish, but I'm going to try, starting with Day 1.
Our view of the High Roller from the tiny balcony of our hotel room at Harrah's Las Vegas.
June 21, 2015 05:49 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
For the last two weeks, I've been busily making preparations, and Tuesday morning the hubs and I will once again be heading for Las Vegas to attend the Romance Novel Convention. It's at a brand new venue this year, Harrah's Las Vegas on the strip. It'll be five days of non-stop fun and education that I'm looking forward to.
May 31, 2015 04:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Tags: The Romance Reviews
February 12, 2015 06:42 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
This coming Saturday, February 14, 2015, I and some of my fellow romance authors will be appearing at the “Galentine's” Day Celebration in Historical Downtown Glendale, Arizona from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. We'll be at 2 Share Gifts located at 7142 N. 58th Dr., signing books to help raise funds for vests to protect the K9 officers on the Glendale police force. Come on down and celebrate Valentine's Day with all your gal pals. They'll be lots of fun activities all geared toward adult ladies. Hope to see you there!
Tags: Book Signing
January 26, 2015 12:24 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
This coming weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, 2015, I'll be signing my books in the romance authors' booth at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. This annual event is being held a little earlier than usual this year to coincide with the Super Bowl that our neighboring city of Glendale is also hosting, so mark your calendars. Parking and admission to the event are free. It's held in Murphy Park in the heart of historic downtown Glendale, located at 58th and Glendale Avenues. There's always lots of food (including my favorite... chocolate :-)), craft booths, shopping, live music, activities for the kids, and much, much more. This year they also have a brand new Super Bowl themed attraction called “Super Street.” The Chocolate Affaire is lots of fun for the whole family, so if you're visiting the area or live nearby, come on down and check it out.