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.

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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.

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Tags: Elizabeth Hoyt


November 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

January 16, 2017 12:48 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 November was the second book in a wildly popular erotic romance series. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that earlier last year, I absolutely fell in love with book #1 of the series and couldn’t wait to continue. To draw out the fun, I managed to wait two months before picking up book #2 and ended up loving it every bit as much as the first, maybe even more. I’ve found these books to be deeply romantic and emotionally complex in ways that many other romances aren’t. The characterizations are extremely well done, exhibiting depth and complexity as well. The hero and heroine each go through a fair bit of growth in this book, learning to compromise with each other in their relationship, while also dealing with some very stressful situations caused by external factors. Yet they always come out stronger as a couple in the end.

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Tags: E. L. James


Romance Novel Convention Swag Bag Giveaway #4

November 20, 2016 02:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Last month I promised readers of my newsletter yet another Romance Novel Convention swag bag giveaway. I have two more of these bags to give away. Since the contents of each bag is a little different, I’m giving them away separately over the next few months. These bags aren’t quite as full as the first two I offered, but there’s still a nice selection of swag in them.

The lucky winner will receive this great RNCon prize package:

  • RNCon 2015 Swag Bag – This one isn’t signed, but it does have 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.

  • Smashwords/Romance Authors 4GB flash drive loaded with 200 free ebooks.

  • Lots of collectible bookmarks, postcards, rack cards, trading cards and more, a few of which have been signed by the authors.

  • A magnet, a pen, notepads, an air freshener, health & beauty items, candies (including some naughty erotic ones ;-)), key chains, a bracelet, and lots more goodies.

  • PLUS An eBook copy of your choice of one of my books, either His Heart’s Desire or Heart of the Season.

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October 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

November 19, 2016 02:48 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

My October Book of the Month is the second book in a paranormal romance series that I unintentionally ended up putting on the back burner four years ago, even after reading and enjoying the first of the series. It’s set in a unique world that centers around a demon hospital called Underworld General. The mythology of the series is among some of the most detailed I’ve read in paranormal romance with many different breeds of demons and other supernatural creatures that span the full spectrum on the genre. The action and adventure keep things fast-paced and exciting, making this a world that I very much enjoyed inhabiting.

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Tags: Larissa Ione


September 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway #2

October 9, 2016 05:06 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

I had two five-star reads in September, and OMG, what reads they were! Normally when I have multiple five-star reads, one stands out a little above the other, so I would choose that one to highlight and give away. But this month, I simply couldn’t. Each of my favorite reads couldn’t be more different from one another if they tried, but each touched me in a deep and indelible way that I couldn’t ignore. That’s probably why I couldn’t make up my mind between them. That’s great news for you, my readers, though, because my indecision means you get a chance to win two incredible books this month.

My second choice is a wildly popular erotic romance novel that has been controversial to say the least. For this reason and a few others, I went into reading it a bit wary, but within a few chapters, it had already sucked me. I kept waiting for something to happen that would make me change my mind, but it never did. It just kept getting better and better for me. It took me on an emotional roller coaster ride, and when it was over, I didn’t want it to stop. So I’m incredibly pleased that there are more installments to come, and I can’t wait to read them.

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Tags: E. L. James


September 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway #1

October 9, 2016 04:33 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

I had two five-star reads in September, and OMG, what reads they were! Normally when I have multiple five-star reads, one stands out a little above the other, so I would choose that one to highlight and give away. But this month, I simply couldn’t. Each of my favorite reads couldn’t be more different from one another if they tried, but each touched me in a deep and indelible way that I couldn’t ignore. That’s probably why I couldn’t make up my mind between them. That’s great news for you, my readers, though, because my indecision means you get a chance to win two incredible books this month.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Barbara Kingsolver


Romance Novel Convention Swag Bag Giveaway #3

October 9, 2016 04:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Last month I promised readers of my newsletter another Romance Novel Convention swag bag giveaway. I have three more of these bags to give away. Since the contents of each bag is a little different, I’m giving them away separately over the next three months. These bags aren’t quite as full as the first two I offered, but there’s still a nice selection of swag in them.

The lucky winner will receive this great RNCon prize package:

  • RNCon 2015 Swag Bag – This one isn’t signed, but it does have 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.

  • Lots of collectible bookmarks, postcards, rack cards, trading cards and more, a few of which have been signed by the authors.

  • Magnets, pens, notepads, an air freshener, health & beauty products, candies, key chains, a bracelet, and lots more goodies.

  • PLUS An eBook copy of your choice of one of my books, either His Heart’s Desire or Heart of the Season.

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Banned Books Week 2016

September 10, 2016 02:29 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Banned Books Week Banner

Since 1982, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has been sponsoring the annual celebration of Banned Books Week during the last week of September. This year it will run from September 25 – October 1. As the ALA’s website states Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to read” and “highlights the value of free and open access to information.”

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Categories: Events, Giveaways

Tags: Banned Books Week, Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling


August 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

September 9, 2016 07:31 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

August was an excellent reading month for me, mostly consisting of five-star reads, but one stood out a little above all the others. It’s the second installment of a new family saga from an insanely popular author that’s filled with drama, angst, mystery and yes, romance. It’s all about the incredibly dysfunctional Baldwine family trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the family patriarch’s presumed suicide that soon starts looking like murder instead. It’s also about all of the dirty deeds in which he engaged prior to his death that have ripped the family to shreds and nearly destroyed their bourbon-making business that’s been the family’s legacy for centuries, and how the members of the family must start pulling together to survive the fall-out. I’m totally hooked by this series and can’t wait to read more.

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Tags: J. R. Ward