September 16, 2017 06:36 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
I had two five-star reads during the month of August, but only one of them was a romance. Since I write romance, I always favor those over non-romance titles when there’s more than one five-star book to choose from for my Book of the Month. It’s the final volume of a relatively new trilogy from one of my favorite authors, who coincidentally was also featured last month (yup, she really is that good.:-)). This trilogy is a family saga that’s reminiscent of the old nighttime soaps from the 1980s, which the author admits inspired her writing of it. During my teen years, I was a big fan of those sudsers, so I’ve been entranced by the series since the first book was released two years ago. Now it’s complete, and while it almost seems too soon to let go, it was a great ending that warmed my heart.
Tags: J. R. Ward
September 15, 2017 10:51 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Are you a rebel reader? I know I certainly am. I read whatever I choose to read and don’t really care much what others think of my reading choices. Not every book is going to be for every reader. We all have different tastes, interests, and preferences when it comes to reading, so while I will give you my opinions of the books I read via my reviews, I would never presume to tell others what they can – or can’t – read. Yet that’s exactly what happens when a person decides to challenge a book. It’s a form of censorship that’s stating that not only is this book not right for that individual but that they believe it isn’t right for anyone. And that’s just wrong! Every individual should have the opportunity to choose for themselves what books are right for them to read, or in the case of minors, each individual parent should have the right to choose what’s best for their children to read. But it’s my fervent belief that no one should have the right to choose for anyone else or another person’s kids. That’s why, each year, I support the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, which seeks to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the challenging and in some cases, outright banning, of books.
August 19, 2017 02:28 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
This month, for my second giveaway, I have an infuser water bottle. This was a premium swag item from Kindle Direct Publishing, ACX, and Createspace that was offered at this year’s Romance Writer’s of America national convention, so it has all four logos on the outside of the bottle. There are no size markings on it, but I’m pretty sure it’s 24 oz. It has a blue cap with silicone insert that makes it leak-proof and the infuser core for your fruits, veggies, or herbs. It also comes with a cute pink swan cup holder floatie for poolside fun. In addition to this prize, the winner may also choose an eBook copy of any one of my books: His Heart’s Desire, Heart of the Season or my newest one, Butterfly Serenade.
August 18, 2017 03:44 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
July was another good reading month for me. I read five novels, one novella, and two short stories, all of which rated the 3.5 stars or better needed to qualify to be recommended by me. However, only two of them got a perfect five-star rating from me and only one was a romance, so that’s the one I’ll be highlighting this month as my Book of the Month pick. It’s a slightly older contemporary romance by a long-time favorite author who IMHO is phenomenal at her craft and has been from the start. It’s the story of a hero who’s injured in both body and spirit and the one woman he’s been in love with from afar for years but thought he could never have.
July 15, 2017 07:05 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
This month, for my second giveaway, I have three brand new Romance Novel Convention 2013 tote bags to offer to three lucky winners. Each roomy black bag has fourteen lovely full-color romance novel covers along with the RNCon logo on both sides. Each side depicts different covers, so that’s 28 unique covers in all. In addition, each winner may also choose an eBook copy of any one of my books: His Heart’s Desire, Heart of the Season or my newest one, Butterfly Serenade.
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July 15, 2017 03:21 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
June was a good reading month for me. I read five books and all of them received ratings of 4-5 stars from me. However, I’ve run into an unusual dilemma that I’ve never encountered before in that my favorite book for the month is an oldie but a goodie that is no longer readily available. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to read it and pass along a recommendation for it. But unfortunately, since it’s an older book, it isn’t available in ebook at this time, and the paperback version is also out of print with no new or nice used copies available for anything resembling a reasonable price. So for this month’s Book of the Month giveaway, I’m going to go ahead and highlight the book, so that my readers will know about it and perhaps be able to find a copy at the library or get lucky enough to find one elsewhere. But instead of giving away the book itself, I’m going to give away a $10 Amazon gift card. And I’m sure no one will truly be disappointed with that.:-)
Tags: Rosanne Bittner
June 17, 2017 02:59 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
This month for my second giveaway, I’m offering a set of three beautiful, high-quality greeting cards from Leanin’ Tree that tie in with the themes of my books. Each one sports some lovely original artwork by a very talented artist, whose story can be found on the back of the card. There’s one with silly cats, one with smiling dogs, and one with gorgeous butterflies. Where other cards are typically plain white inside, these cards have full-color interiors. The cat and dog cards contain a brief all-occasion verse, while the butterfly card is blank, and each one comes with a matching envelope. The icing on the cake is that these cards are eco-friendly, made from recycled paper and soy-based ink. I’ll also include an eBook copy of the winner’s choice of any one of my books, His Heart’s Desire, Heart of the Season or my newest one, Butterfly Serenade.
June 16, 2017 07:02 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
May was an OK reading month for me. I had a couple of duds, but most of what I read was still good. However, I didn’t have any five-star romance reads, and since I only give away what I feel is the best of the best, I don’t have a romance to offer this month. My favorite five-star read from May was a non-fiction book centering around animal rescue. Since my Loving Hearts series also has an animal rescue theme, I thought it fully appropriate to name it my latest book of the month, and if you’re an animal lover like me, you may enjoy it just as much as I did.
May 20, 2017 02:58 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
My April Book of the Month choice follows right on the heels of March’s Book of the Month. It was another re-read for me, and the second in the series. While April was a very good reading month for me, with the majority of the books I read rating 4.5-5 stars and nothing less than 4 stars, this particular book was the biggest stand-out for me, because it was nearly perfect in every way. I think I ended up enjoying it just a teensy bit better than last month’s BOM, because of the stronger focus on the romance. The incredibly steamy love scenes were an added plus, too. It’s the story of a heroine who sets out looking for revenge against the man she believes was the cause of her beloved brother’s death, but unexpectedly finds love with that same man instead. The hero has been burying himself in his work to drown out the pain of losing his first wife and child, while waiting to remarry until just the right woman comes along, and he may have finally found the woman of his dreams in our intrepid heroine. It all made for a great story that I loved.
Tags: Lisa Kleypas
May 19, 2017 04:26 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
This month I have a new tote bag from the 2016 Desert Dreams convention to give away. It’s a large, roomy, black bag with pink lettering that says, “2016 Desert Dreams” on the side. I’ve filled it with a selection of swag, a few of which are premium swag items.
In addition to the tote bag, here are some of the things the lucky winner will receive in this swag prize package:
Cosmetic bag, can cozy, luggage tag, corkscrew, screen cleaning cloth, stress squeezie, adhesive lint remover
Pens, notepad, magnet, candies, key chain, and more goodies.
Collectible bookmarks, trading cards, and more, a few of which have been signed by the author.
PLUS A signed print copy of your choice of any one of my books, His Heart’s Desire, Heart of the Season or my brand new one, Butterfly Serenade with matching swag.