Banned Books Week 2017

September 15, 2017 10:51 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Banned Books Week Banner

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.


Categories: Events, Giveaways

Tags: Banned Books Week, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Infuser Water Bottle and Floatie + eBook Giveaway

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.


Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Butterfly Serenade, Heart of the Season, His Heart's Desire, Romance Writers' of America (RWA)

July 2017 Book of the Month Giveaway

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.


Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: J. R. Ward, Jessica Bird

Romance Novel Convention Tote Bag + eBook Giveaway

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.

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


Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Butterfly Serenade, Heart of the Season, His Heart's Desire, Romance Novel Convention

June 2017 Book of the Month Giveaway

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.:-)


Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Rosanne Bittner

Beautiful Greeting Cards + eBook Giveaway

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.


Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Butterfly Serenade, Heart of the Season, His Heart's Desire

May 2017 Book of the Month Giveaway

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.


Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Cathy Scott, Hurricane Katrina

Phoenix Comicon 2017 - Day 3

June 14, 2017 04:25 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Day 3 was the best of the three days we spent at Phoenix Comicon. This was the only day we went in costume as Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Kaylee Frye of Firefly, so it took us a tad longer to get ready. Sadly my husband wasn’t able to carry his prop gun, but at least I was able to take my parasol, which I’d previously thought would be disallowed, as they originally said no props of any kind. We headed to the convention center around 11 am again, and this time it only took about fifteen minutes to get inside. It appeared that lessons were learned from Friday, and they’d gotten all the kinks worked out of the security situation to make the lines flow much faster.


Categories: Events, Slices of Life

Tags: Alan Tudyk, Captain America, Con Man, Firefly, Kaylee Frye, Lord of the Rings, Malcolm Reynolds, Mr. Robot, P. J. Haarsma, Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon 2017 - Day 2

June 14, 2017 03:49 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

On day two of Phoenix Comicon, we didn’t have any scheduled events we wanted to attend until mid-afternoon, so we didn’t head over to the convention center until around 11 am. All I can say is that it was a good thing we didn’t have anything planned right away, because it took us about forty-five minutes just to get in the door. Because of the gunman situation the day before (you can read all about that in my Day 1 post), security measures for checking bags and wanding people had been hastily implemented, so the line was moving at a snail’s pace. Eventually we got inside, though, and we immediately went downstairs to see if Sherrilyn Kenyon was indeed in her booth like she said she would be. As luck would have it, she was, so I got my copy of Acheron, my favorite of her books, signed. After that we stopped by the Con Man booth again to get P. J. Haarsma to sign our DVD copy of the show. Then we started going up and down all the rows upon rows of cool stuff for sale, scoping out the things that caught our fancy, so we could come back later to purchase them. Turned out that wasn’t such a great idea, but I’ll get to the reasons for that later in my Day 3 post. Before heading back upstairs, I stopped by the big author’s booth again and was very excited to find Jim Butcher, another of my favorite authors, there. I fan-girled a little, got him to sign a few of my books, and got a photo with him, all of which made me a very happy camper. Authors are my rock stars, ya know.:-)


Categories: Events, Slices of Life

Tags: Con Man, Dollhouse, Jim Butcher, P. J. Haarsma, Phoenix Comicon, Sherrilyn Kenyon

TV Tuesday - Sense8

June 13, 2017 03:38 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

sense8 poster

At the beginning of this year, my husband and I started our own version of binge-watching certain TV shows. We’re still not like most people who watch several episodes one right after the other, but we do escalate our viewing from one episode of a particular show once every few weeks (We watch a lot of shows, typically about one per night, and that’s as often as we can get around to them, so we’re always perpetually behind.) to watching at least a couple of episodes each week. We started with Mr. Robot, because the hubs had been complaining that his geek friends were making fun of him for never having seen it, so I bought him Season 1 as a Christmas gift. After we caught up on that and were waiting for new episodes to be released, he left it up to me to choose the next show we would “binge watch.”


Categories: TV Tuesday

Tags: Sense8