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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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

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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Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Romance Novel Convention


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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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: J. R. Ward


Romance Novel Convention Swag Bag Giveaway #2

September 8, 2016 03:11 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Last month I brought my readers a swag bag giveaway from this year’s Romance Novel Convention. If you didn’t win that one, as promised in my newsletter, here’s your chance to try again.

The lucky winner will receive this great RNCon prize package:

  • RNCon 2013 Swag Bag – This one isn’t signed, but it does have fifteen lovely full-color romance novel covers along with the RNCon logo on both sides. Each side is unique, depicting different covers.

  • Jimmy Thomas Romance Novel Cover Model calendar – The calendar itself is outdated, but it still contains a dozen gorgeous cover photos that are yummy to look at.:-)

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

  • Magnets, pens, notepads, a coaster, health & beauty products, candies, buttons, a bracelet, dog tag, and lots, lots more goodies.

  • PLUS A signed print copy of your choice of one of my books, either His Heart’s Desire or Heart of the Season with matching swag.

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Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Romance Novel Convention


July 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

August 5, 2016 07:27 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

My favorite read from July is an oldie (it was first published over 20 years ago) but a goodie. Just like with my June Book of the Month, the hero is a bad boy and the heroine is good girl and his perfect foil. However, this time it’s a contemporary romance that full of the emotion and passion that I love, while still having a suspenseful mystery on the side that’s constantly lurking in the background begging to be solved. The story contained a lot of my favorite romance tropes, like older woman/younger man and opposite sides of the track. The supporting cast was stellar, showing the darker of side of small-town life. Overall, it was yet another perfect read that left me with a smile on my face and a sigh at the end.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Karen Robards


June 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

August 5, 2016 07:03 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

My favorite book from my June reading was, once again, the latest book in one of my all-time favorite series. This time, though, it’s a masterfully written historical romance that’s filled with complex characters, especially the hero, as well as dastardly villains of whom the hero can sometimes be one. Because of this, I wasn’t certain if I could come to fall for him in the way I want to every time I read a romance, so I went into the story with a little trepidation about whether he might do nasty things I couldn’t stomach, along with a healthy dose of skepticism as to whether he could be convincingly redeemed. Even though I’m now keenly aware that not all readers agree with me, I, personally, was very pleased with how everything turned out and that I did indeed fall for the hero despite his villainous actions. That for me is the mark of a very, very good author.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: Elizabeth Hoyt


2016 Romance Novel Convention Swag Bag Giveaway

August 5, 2016 06:31 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

I attended the 2016 Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas about two months ago. Shortly after returning, I told everyone all about my adventures there in a previous blog post, so if you haven't read it yet, you can go catch up. Now as promised, I'm bringing you a huge RNCon prize package giveaway.

Here's what the winner will receive:

  • RNCon 2016 Swag Bag signed by 28 romance authors, including NYT bestsellers Victoria Alexander, Rebecca York, Angela Knight, Jami Brumfield, Lane Hart, and Melissa Stevens plus RNCover Models Julian Mora and Michael Hendrickson, as well as our host and #1 romance novel cover model, Jimmy Thomas.

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

  • Magnets, pens, keychains, notepads, a can cozy, bath & body products, candies (some naughty ones too ;-)), naughty erotic iron-on patches, an audio book on mini-CD, and lots, lots more goodies.

  • PLUS A signed print copy of your choice of one of my books, either His Heart’s Desire or Heart of the Season with matching swag.

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Categories: Giveaways

Tags: Jimmy Thomas, Julian Mora, Romance Novel Convention


April 2016 Book of the Month & Giveaway

July 5, 2016 03:23 PM Posted by juliannadouglas

Yeah, I know. I’m extremely tardy getting this post up. I hope readers will forgive me, but I was crazy busy during the month of May with preparations to attend the Romance Novel Convention at the beginning of June. Since returning, I’ve been struggling to get back into the swing of things.

I actually had several five-star reads in April, but my favorite was the latest release in one of my all-time favorite series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. It revisits a couple who were front and center way back in the second book of the series and expands upon their HEA, while also continuing the storylines for many other secondary characters of whom we’re bound to see much more in future books. As is typical for this series, there are lots of things going on which made the book very hard to put down.

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Categories: Book of the Month, Giveaways

Tags: J. R. Ward