2019 Best of the Year & Choose Your Own Giveaway

January 25, 2020 06:45 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

After being an avid reader all my life, in 2008, I decided to start reviewing books, as well. That’s when I joined GoodReads and founded my review website, The Hope Chest Reviews. Since becoming a published author, I haven’t stopped writing reviews of the books I read for pleasure, in part, because I’m now more aware than ever just how important reviews can be to an author in helping readers discover them.

Ever since I started my review site, I’ve had an annual tradition of posting my Best of the Year list to highlight all the very best books I read the previous year. As in past years, I have an eclectic group of books on it from a wide variety of genres. Since I’m a romance writer and long-time romance reader, my focus is mostly on romance, but I also have a nice selection of other books, including fantasy, YA, historical fiction, memoirs, and non-fiction.

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Tags: Best of the Year, Nalini Singh, Stephenie Meyer


December 2019 Book of the Month Giveaway

January 25, 2020 03:53 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

During December, I read four full-length novels and four novellas and short stories. All but one of the novels received four stars or higher from me, including two five-star reads, but one stood out a little above the other one as my favorite read of the month. It was a story by my favorite romantic suspense author who I haven’t yet featured in my Book of the Month. This author usually writes pretty chunky books, but this one was one of her shorter works that is probably in the range of a long novella/short novel. I wondered how she would handle this shorter format, and as it turns out, the answer is extremely well. It’s the story of two people who were very good friends in high school, but who drifted apart and lost touch over the years. Then while the heroine is cleaning out her dead husband’s belongings, she runs across an old high school yearbook in which she finds a love letter written to her by her friend. She’d never read it before and feels badly for leaving him hanging all these years, so she looks him up. They reconnect and fall in love while evading a killer who is murdering his graduate students.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Karen Rose


Beautiful Nature Scenery Calendar Set + eBook Giveaway

December 16, 2019 07:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

As 2019 comes to a close, I find myself with extra 2019 calendars. So this month, I’m offering two additional giveaways for them. The second is for a set of two calendars from the Nature Conservancy. The 8.5” x 11” wall calendar features a dozen beautiful images of animals, plants, and other scenes from nature. It comes with a matching 6” x 4” 14-month pocket calendar with more lovely images inside. This set is perfect for nature lovers and is sure to brighten your new year. In addition, each winner may also choose an eBook copy of any one of my books, winners choice.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. International entries on this one are OK. Good luck!

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Categories: Giveaways

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


Adorable Pets Calendar + eBook Giveaway

December 16, 2019 06:55 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

As 2019 comes to a close, I find myself with extra 2019 calendars. So this month, I’m offering two additional giveaways for them. The first is from Best Friends Animal Society and features a dozen sweet images of dogs, cats, and other furry friends. This 8.5” x 11” calendar is perfect for animal lovers and sure to look beautiful on your wall and brighten your new year. In addition, each winner may also choose an eBook copy of any one of my books, winners choice.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. International entries on this one are OK. Good luck!

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


November 2019 Book of the Month Giveaway

December 16, 2019 06:43 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Overall, November was a good reading month for me. Out of the five novels and two short stories I read, only the short stories failed to garner at least four stars from me. I had a couple of five-star reads as well, but one of the two edged out the other for the top spot as my favorite read of the month. It’s a historical romance that’s the final installment of a series by a favorite author that was a clean-sweep of perfection for me. It has an enemies to lovers vibe with our hero and heroine being a little bit at odds and stubbornly insisting that they don’t like each other in spite of sharing some smoldering kisses that always seem to take place in a library. However, once the blinders are removed and they start seeing each other as more than just the uncouth colonial and the pampered society miss, they begin falling for one another. Still, it takes the hero’s old nemesis threatening the heroine’s life for our hero to finally realize that he can’t imagine being without her. This was such a fun, sweet story that I couldn’t resist featuring it this month.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Jacquie D'Alessandro


$10 Amazon Gift Card + eBook Giveaway

November 24, 2019 02:55 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Amazon Gift Card

This month, for my second giveaway, I’m keeping it simple. I’m offering a $10 Amazon gift card to help you out with your holiday shopping or to buy something nice for yourself. It’s my way of saying Happy Holidays and thank you for being a loyal newsletter subscriber. In addition, the winner will receive an eBook copy of any one of my books, winners choice.

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

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


October 2019 Book of the Month Giveaway

November 23, 2019 07:20 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

October was a good reading month for me. I was able to rate everything I read, with the exception of one short novelette, four stars or higher. However, there was only one romance that rated the all-important five stars to receive Book of the Month status from me. It’s a paranormal romance that’s part of a favorite series by a favorite author of mine, but somehow, she’s one that I haven’t yet featured before. Her books are usually a bit more on the lighthearted side, but still nearly always give me all the feels I’m looking for in a romance. I also love her characters and think that the series is very unique and innovative. The majority of the books in the series that I’ve read so far have been big winners, so I’m very pleased to finally be recommending this author’s work.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Kerrelyn Sparks


Butterfly Cuff Earrings + eBook Giveaway

October 19, 2019 07:00 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Butterfly Ear Cuffs

This month, for my second giveaway, I’m offering a lovely pair of butterfly earrings. One side is a standard stud earring and the other side is an ear cuff. These pretty golden butterflies are adorned with lots of faux diamonds. In addition, the winner will recieve 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 earrings. 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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September 2019 Book of the Month Giveaway

October 19, 2019 06:52 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

September was a very good reading month for me with all of the books/novellas I read being winners. However, there was only one full-length romance that hit that all-important five-star mark to earn Book of the Month status from me. It’s the latest release in a favorite series, by a favorite author, who I seem to keep featuring again and again. That’s because her books are just so well-written and always seem to resonate with me. In this one we have a hero who is assisting with the investigation of the brutal murder of a female vampire, which appears to be connected to the murder of the heroine’s sister eight months earlier. As they work together to find answers, the pair develop a tender and passionate love affair. But the killer is still on the loose and may be looking for another target, leaving our heroine and possibly other vampire females vulnerable.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: J. R. Ward


August 2019 Book of the Month Giveaway

September 15, 2019 03:24 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

I didn’t read very many books in August, but those I did read were all winners. However, one stood out among the rest. It’s the seventh volume of a long-running, epic, romantic series that I first discovered nearly twenty-five years ago. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been following Jamie and Claire’s story for this long, and now that I’ve named the main characters, I’m sure most hard-core romance readers know exactly what series I’m talking about. This couple have been through so many adventures and hardships, joys and sorrows, and yet they’re still together and still experiencing all that life (or perhaps I should say the author :-) ) has thrown at them. In this installment, they’re trying to avoid the American Revolution, partly as a matter of survival and partly so that Jamie doesn’t risk facing his own son, a British officer, across a battlefield. But as is often the case in this series, fate has other plans in store for them, and they end committing piracy before winding up in a couple of the more significant battles of the war, then finally reaching their original goal, a return to Scotland.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Diana Gabaldon