Book Lover's Christmas Ornament + Romance eBook Giveaway

November 20, 2022 07:57 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Christmas Tree Bookshelf Ornament

This month for my second giveaway, I’m offering a wooden Christmas ornament in the shape of a tree with bookshelves that says “Merry Christmas”. In addition, the winner will receive an eBook copy of my holiday romance, Heart of the Season.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. Good luck!

International Entrants: You are welcome to enter my contest, but due to the high cost of shipping overseas, if the winner chosen is outside the US, they will receive the eBook prize, along with a $5 Amazon gift card instead of the ornament. Please note that the gift card will be issued from Amazon.com (the US site), as I am unable to purchase one on any international Amazon sites. It’s my understanding, however, that the card can only be used to purchase items on Amazon.com, and not any other Amazon sites. So please be aware of this limitation before entering.

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Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Heart of the Season


October 2022 Book of the Month Giveaway

November 20, 2022 07:50 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

During the month of October, I read four full-length novels, a novelette, and two short stories. The majority of them were very good, some receiving five stars from me, but only one full-length book did. It’s from a relatively new favorite author of mine and it’s the fourth book in a serialized romance series that follows the same couple throughout as they navigate Brianna finding healing for the horrific abuse and human trafficking she was subjected to with the help of Stephan, the Dom who saved her from that life. This book opens about two months after the events of the previous book in which Stephan was placed under investigation by the FBI for buying Brianna’s freedom from the man who enslaved her, which led to Brianna selflessly leaving him to help protect him. Ever since, she’s been living with her childhood friend, Cal, and his girlfriend, Jade. Right from the opening pages, it’s obvious that both Brianna and Stephan are miserable without the other, but they have no choice but to remain apart until Stephan is no longer under FBI scrutiny and the media frenzy has died down. After making a deal with Cal, Brianna finally agrees to see a therapist, which in Stephan’s absence, helps her to continue to make progress in putting her life back together. Although terrified of facing her abuser in court, she’s willing to do so if it will help clear Stephan’s name and keep him out of jail. It’s not until about a quarter of the way into the book that Stephan and Brianna are able to finally see each other in person again, but not long after, a misunderstanding about Stephan’s ex staying with him stirs up a bit of trouble. Eventually, though, all is forgiven and circumstances change, making it possible for them to reunite for real. However, after spending time with family and friends over the holidays, the specter of her abuser’s trial hangs heavy over Brianna’s head, when it looks like she’ll have no choice but to testify or possibly see him walk.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Sherri Hayes


Pet Lover's Keychain + Romance eBook Giveaway

October 16, 2022 04:34 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Pet Rescue Keychain

This month for my second giveaway, I’m offering a stainless steel keychain that says “Live, Love, Rescue”. It also has a pawprint charm hanging from the ring. In addition, the winner will receive an eBook copy of any one of my Loving Hearts books, winner’s choice.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. Good luck!

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Tags: Heart of the Season, Hearts Ignite in the Desert, His Heart's Desire, The Key to Her Heart


September 2022 Book of the Month Giveaway

October 16, 2022 03:52 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

During the month of September, I read four full-length novels, two novellas, and three short stories. Nearly all of them were good reads with a few receiving five stars from me. But the one I’m choosing to feature, and the one that nosed out the others, is a side novella in one of my favorite paranormal romance worlds. Raze is a Seminus demon medic who works at Underworld General Hospital, but he also moonlights at the vampire night club, Thirst. Seminus biology is such that they need sex to survive and can only climax with females, but Raze is gay, which leaves him in a pickle. He’s had a longstanding arrangement with Fayle, a female succubus who services his bodily needs, but nothing more, which has left him deeply lonely. What he doesn’t know, though, is that Fayle is keeping secrets from him. Slake works for a demon law firm that has sent him to find and capture Fayle. In the course of his investigation, he spots Raze at Thirst and is very attracted to him. When he discovers that Raze has ties to Fayle, it seems like everything is coming together, but after spending one night with Raze and getting to know him better, Slake knows he can’t betray Raze by taking away the female who’s been keeping him alive. If Slake doesn’t bring Fayle to his employer, though, his soul will be forfeit. However, if Slake comes clean with Raze about his true mission and his background, Raze may never forgive him, and even if he does, they might not have a future together if they can’t find a way around Raze’s biological imperative.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Larissa Ione


August 2022 Book of the Month Giveaway

September 18, 2022 05:24 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

During the month of August, I only read one full-length novel and two short stories. I’m a slow reader, so when I pick up a thick, doorstop book like the one I’m featuring, it takes me the better part of a month to get through it. That’s not because it wasn’t good, because it definitely was. It’s the latest entry in my all-time favorite book series and one that’s wildly popular. When Jamie and Claire sent their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their two children back through the stones to the future, they’d resigned themselves to never seeing them again. But they unexpectedly returned, leaving Jamie and Claire rejoicing over having their family back together again. However, despite making their home in the back country of North Carolina, the Revolutionary War has been creeping ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. The loyalties of Jamie’s tenants are split between those who are faithful to the British crown and those who pledge fidelity to Jamie and the rebel cause. As things gradually heat up to the boiling point, Jamie makes the decision to gather together a militia of those men he can trust to protect the ridge and its interests. He also knows they’ll need to fight in an upcoming battle that will take place close to the ridge, and the outcome of that battle may leave his life hanging in the balance.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Diana Gabaldon


Banned Books Week 2022

September 18, 2022 03:31 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Banned Books Week Banner

Every year at this time, I join with the American Library Association (ALA) in celebrating Banned Books Week. This year, the actual celebration takes place September 18-24, so this post will be right on time for that. I come to the celebration this year, both angered and with a heavy heart, because 2021 (the most recent year for which we have data) has been the worst year for book bans/challenges on record since the ALA started tracking this data. During 2021, book bans/challenges increased exponentially over the previous year. In 2020, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, during which 273 books were targeted. In 2021, those number alarmingly jumped to 729 challenges with 1597 books being targeted. That’s a 367% increase in challenges and a 485% increase in books being targeted, which is staggering. And that’s just the ones that are reported. In fact, surveys indicate that 82%-97% of book challenges remain unreported and receive no media attention. All this means that there could be thousands more books being challenged or banned that we don’t even know about, which saddens, angers, and appalls a book-lover like myself.

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Categories: Events, Giveaways

Tags: Banned Books Week, Laurie Halse Anderson


Mother of Pearl Teardrop Earrings + Romance eBook Giveaway

August 22, 2022 10:49 AM Posted by juliannadouglas

Teardrop Earrings

This month for my second giveaway, I’m offering a pretty pair of earrings by 1928. They have a teardrop design in light green Mother of Pearl with a cluster of three faux diamonds above, as well as another stud on the post. In addition, the winner will receive an eBook copy of any one of my books, winner’s choice.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. Good luck!

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Tags: Butterfly Serenade, Heart of the Season, Hearts Ignite in the Desert, His Heart's Desire, The Key to Her Heart


July 2022 Book of the Month Giveaway

August 22, 2022 10:44 AM Posted by juliannadouglas

During the month of July, I read four full-length novels, a novella, a novelette and two children’s books. While everything was good, there were only two that I gave five stars to, and out of those, only one that is available as a stand-alone book that would be easy to award as a giveaway prize. That book happened to be one of the children’s books. It’s a non-fiction picture book that introduces young readers to the concepts of social justice and activism. It discusses why people might sometimes choose to march or protest, specific reasons for marching, and how it can actually help affect change. The book is written in simple, easy-to-understand, yet powerful, language that is accessible to early elementary readers, but I believe the concepts could still engage older elementary students as well. I love how diverse the book is, both in its illustrations and the types of marches that are included within its pages. As I was reading, I could easily recognize many actual marches within the illustrations, so I was thrilled to find that the author had included a glossary style list at the back of the book that details those marches. It not only mentions the names of the marches, but it also refers back to the page where the illustration is found and includes a couple of sentences describing what that march was all about. This is the part that older kids might really enjoy learning about, and that parents or educators could expand upon with further lessons. Overall, I thought this was a great book for teaching children about these very important parts of our American history. In fact, it’s so good, I could scarce believe that it’s the author’s debut book. That’s why I’m naming Tessa Allen’s Sometimes People March as my July Book of the Month. If you enjoy books that teach little ones about civil rights and social justice, then you should definitely give this book a try.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Tessa Allen


Pretty Floral Butterfly Scarf + Butterfly Serenade eBook Giveaway

July 26, 2022 12:51 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Pink Butterfly Scarf

For my second giveaway this month, I’m offering a pretty chiffon floral butterfly scarf that measures 150 cm x 50 cm (approx. 59” x 19.5”). It has a light pink background printed with bright flowers and butterflies in shades of dark pink, blue, and yellow. In addition, the winner will receive an eBook copy of my book Butterfly Serenade.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. Good luck!

International Entrants: You are welcome to enter my contest, but due to the high cost of shipping overseas, if the winner chosen is outside the US, they will receive the eBook prize, along with a $5 Amazon gift card instead of the scarf. Please note that the gift card will be issued from Amazon.com (the US site), as I am unable to purchase one on any international Amazon sites. It’s my understanding, however, that the card can only be used to purchase items on Amazon.com, and not any other Amazon sites. So please be aware of this limitation before entering.

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Tags: Butterfly Serenade


June 2022 Book of the Month Giveaway

July 26, 2022 12:42 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

During June, I read four full-length books, one novelette, and two children’s books. While none of them rated below four stars and several were excellent reads, only one romance received five stars from me to be featured here. It’s by a long-time favorite author and the second in one of her older series that I’m just now getting around to reading. Jasper is a member of an army regiment that fought in the French and Indian War. They were allegedly betrayed by one of their own members, leading to an Indian ambush. Jasper and several of his fellow soldier were captured and tortured by the Indians with some of them dying while in captivity. He’s now continuing the investigative work started by the hero of the first book, trying to ferret out the turncoat. However, the story opens with him being jilted at the alter by his fiancee, the second time he’s been thrown over in less than a year. As he’s trying to process this turn of events while nursing a hangover, he’s approached by a woman he vaguely knows who proposes that he marry her instead. Knowing that he genuinely wants to wed and produce heirs and having no desire to go through the courting process all over again, he figures, sure why not? Little does he know, though, that Melisande made her bold proposal because she’s been in love with him from afar for six years and sees this as her last chance to possibly snag the man of her dreams since he barely seems to know that she exists. She’s thrilled when he accepts, but she has no intention of letting her feelings for him be known. Melisande herself was cruelly jilted many years ago, and after surviving the pain of that lost love, she has no desire to make herself that vulnerable again. However, she’s determined to seduce her new husband so that the notorious ladies’ man doesn’t stray from her bed. Jasper harbors some secrets of his own from his time in the military that he doesn’t want his genteel wife to know, so it takes time and patience for each of them to open up. In the meantime, they burn up the sheets together and soon Jasper is as crazy about Melisande as she is about him. But when Jasper’s investigation hits an unexpected nerve with someone close to them, it may put them both in mortal danger.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Elizabeth Hoyt