August 26, 2015 06:30 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Since attending the 2015 Romance Novel Convention about a month and a half ago, I've brought you a 5-day series on my adventures there, as well as interviews with three of our RNCasanovas, Zack Williams, Paul Gunn, and Orestis Papapetrou. If you haven't read the interviews yet, be sure to check them out. All of these guys are awesome people who, IMHO, definitely deserve lots of love and attention from my fellow romance readers and writers.:-) Now as promised, I'm bringing you a huge RNCon prize package giveaway.
August 24, 2015 06:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
My favorite five-star read for the month of July is the fifth novel in a long-running, epic historical fiction series that is filled with romance, adventure, mystery, Scottish Highlanders, details of life in Colonial America, and a touch of science-fiction in its time travel element. Yes, I'm talking about the amazing Outlander series. I just can't get enough of my most beloved romantic hero, Jamie Fraser, and the love of his life, Claire. These two have captured my imagination in a way that few character's do, and I would literally read anything the author chooses to write about them. In the more than two decades since I started reading this series, no one else has been able to supplant them as my favorite romantic couple. Theirs is a love worthy of legendary status. In this volume, though, their daughter, Brianna, and her now husband, Roger, are front and center as well, afforded nearly as many scenes as Jamie and Claire. While theirs perhaps isn't quite as compelling of a romance as Jamie and Claire's, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. The narrative of this book seems to ebb and flow between more exciting scenes and quieter moments, but in spite of the slower parts, I still found myself eager for the next book when this one ended. That's why I'm naming Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross as my July Book of the Month. If you enjoy historical fiction, historical romance, or time travel stories, and haven't read this wonderful book yet, you should definitely give it a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
May 31, 2015 04:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
Tags: The Romance Reviews
May 20, 2015 04:16 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
I had no five-star reads in March, so I'm fast-forwarding to my April Book of the Month. My favorite book from April's reading is a beautifully written and emotionally engaging historical romance. The hero, Matthew (Apparently I have a thing for heroes with this name, since my February Book of the Month featured one too.:-)), is a brilliant artist and heir to a dukedom that he cares little about. Instead, he lives the life of a rakehell, taking his pleasures wherever and whenever he chooses. With only one person whom he counts as a true friend, Matthew generally lives the life of a loner and trusts no one, least of all women. He's a deeply tortured soul, whose past abuse has poorly colored his perceptions of sex, and therefore women mean little to him except as an outlet for his lust. Even then, he can usually only stomach it when he's drunk. That all changes the night he's beaten senseless and taken to a hospital where he meets Jane. Jane is a kind and caring nurse, and to Matthew, who has been temporarily blinded, her voice sounds like that of an angel. He is shocked to feel a desire to lose himself in her tender touch.
Tags: Charlotte Featherstone
April 2, 2015 03:26 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
My favorite 5-star read for February was a classic, epic romance that was first published in the early 1990's. It's the story of two star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks. Matt has worked hard in the steel mills and as a mechanic for every penny he's earned to help take care of his family and get an education that will take him away from his impoverished life. Meredith is the daughter of a department store CEO who was born into wealth and privilege. The two meet by chance at a country club and share an unforgettable night of passion that leads to a pregnancy. He's more than willing to step up to the plate, but they only have one week to get to know one another before he must fulfill a contract to work in the Venezuelan oil fields for the next several years. Once separated, these two young lovers are unknowingly manipulated by her controlling father, until they both grow to hate one another and believe the other has sought a divorce. Eleven long years later, Matt has finally realized his life's ambition and earned his fortune. He's a powerful businessman who is every bit as wealthy as Meredith but finds himself restless with life. Meredith has worked hard to earn her degree in business and make her way up through the ranks of her father's store in hopes that he will appoint her as his successor. Now running in the same circles, the two finally meet up again. The attraction between them still burns hot, but can either of them ever forgive the other for their perceived betrayal?
Tags: Judith McNaught
February 25, 2015 06:53 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
My only 5-star read in January was the final installment of an extremely popular middle grade/young adult fantasy series that is beloved worldwide for it's relatable characters and magical storylines. Yes, I'm talking about the Harry Potter series, and in this volume, Harry finally meets his destiny. Everything he has learned about and prepared for throughout his years at Hogwarts comes into play as he goes on a dangerous, eventful, and oftentimes frustrating search for the Horcruxes and a way to destroy them. Harry also learns the meaning of true friendship, bravery, and loyalty as all his friends and loved ones band together to help him fight the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. Many of them don't make it through this book alive, making for a real tear-jerker of a story, but what is achieved in the end prevented them from dying in vain. This book was everything I'd hoped for and more, and I could hardly wait to get back to it when I had to put it down. It was an emotionally powerful ending to an amazing series, and Harry Potter is truly one of the greatest literary heroes to ever grace the pages of a novel. That's why I'm naming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows my January Book of the Month. If you enjoy YA fantasy and haven't read this wonderful book yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Or if your copy has become dog-eared from all the repeat readings and you'd like a new copy for your keeper shelf, check out my contest below to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
November 17, 2014 12:29 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
I only want to pass along recommendations and do giveaways for the very best of the best from my reading, so I only plan to name books to which I personally gave five stars as Book of the Month. Since I had no five star reads in September, I didn't do a giveaway for that month. Now I'm back from my little hiatus to name a new Book of the Month for October.
September 26, 2014 06:52 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
From my August reading, I've chosen to highlight a historical romance that embodies a fairy tale quality. It's loaded with angst, drama, conflict, high seas adventure, and exotic locales. It's also a moving tale of redemption, enemies turned to lovers, and the power of love to overcome the pain of the past. Oftentimes an author's early work shows their greenness as a writer, but IMHO, this best-selling romance novelist exhibited her impressive talent right from the start. This book was her debut novel, and what a great beginning it was. It's the story of a lost prince turned pirate, finally returning to his island homeland to take up the throne that is his birthright. But the path to that victory is a rocky one laden with potential pitfalls and heartache. He is a deeply tortured soul, but luckily for him, a woman who adored him when he was nothing more than a legend in her mind stands by his side, against all odds, offering the support, encouragement, and love he needs to accomplish his goal. Their love story is an epic and emotional journey filled with adventure, danger, and passion, and it was an absolute joy to read. That's why I'm naming Gaelen Foley's The Pirate Prince as my August Book of the Month. If you're a romance lover and haven't read this book yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Tags: Gaelen Foley
September 1, 2014 06:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
It's time for my second Book of the Month pick. In case you missed the first one, I'll reiterate just a bit what I'm doing. In honor of my lifetime love of reading and to give credit to my fellow authors who in my estimation are very talented at their craft, each month I'll be choosing the best book I read the previous month and highlighting it with a feature, a review, and a giveaway. I'm still a little behind on getting my reviews posted, so this is my pick for the month of July.
Tags: Mari Carr
August 28, 2014 07:55 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
A little over a month ago, after completing my run-down of the 2014 Romance Novel Convention, I promised my readers some more RNCon themed fun. Well, I've brought you interviews with RNCasanova Kaden James and Mr. Casanova 2014 Weston Bouchér. If you haven't read the interviews yet, be sure to check them out. Both these guys are totally awesome, wonderful people who, IMHO, definitely deserve lots love and attention from my fellow romance readers and writers.:-) Now I'm bringing you a huge RNCon prize package giveaway.