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Proper Romance Tour…with UPDATES

November is Proper Romance month! I’m teaming up with fellow Proper Romance writer Sarah M. Eden on a mini book tour. I’m excited to meet readers outside of Utah! And if you love to give books as Christmas presents (like I do), this is the perfect opportunity to get your books signed and personalized. Come see us and get your shopping done. ūüôā¬†
As of today, these are the book signings I have set up for the rest of the year, but check back on the Events page for more updates (Idaho, you have not been forgotten! I’m just waiting for some dates from my people.) You can also follow the tour on the Facebook event page here.

2 Nov, 1-3 p.m.Barnes and Noble- Grand Teton Mall2300 East 17th Street Suite #1101Idaho Falls, ID

(This tour stop will be exclusively Julianne)7 Nov. Time: 6-8 p.m.All Tucked In115 S. Main St., Bountiful, UT


15 Nov, 7-9 p.m.Barnes and Noble (Desert Ridge Market Place)21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ


16 Nov, 6-8 p.m.Barnes & Noble Booksellers Eastside5130 East Broadway BoulevardTucson, AZ


22 Nov, 4-6 p.m.Deseret Book, St. George735 S BLUFF (NEXT TO KMART)

St George, UT
23 Nov, Noon-1:30 p.m.Barnes and Noble-Henderson567 North Stephanie StreetHenderson, NV

(MORE LOCATIONS WILL SOON BE ADDED!)

FAQs about Blackmoore

Do you ever get to the end of a book and wish you had more? More story, more answers, more interactions? Do you ever wish a story could go on and on? I do sometimes. It’s so fun to get pulled into another world and so hard to say goodbye to that other world. And yet all stories have to end at some point, and some stories have to end with more openness than others.

In Edenbrooke, my first book, I wanted to wrap things up really neatly and give a lot of closure to most of my characters. But those of you who have read both books know that Blackmoore is a different sort of story. Without giving away any spoilers, I want to address the ending of Blackmoore, to hopefully help satisfy everyone who has emailed me with questions about the ending.
Blackmoore is Kate’s story, and Kate’s story only. It’s not her sister’s story, or her mother’s, or even Henry’s story. It is hers, and it’s a story about not just love and the sacrifices love sometimes requires; it is, more importantly, a story about courage, about prying open the cage she found herself in and being brave enough to set herself free. Nobody else could do it for her. She had to be powerful enough to escape it on her own. The fact that she also has a happy ending is icing on the cake. But all of the details at the end that some of you are wondering about are intentionally left to YOUR imagination. YOU get to be the author of the ending of this story, in the same way that Kate–powerful, imaginative, brave Kate–chose to be the author of her story.¬†
So if you’ve emailed me asking me to answer all of your questions about the ending, here’s the truth: I don’t have the answers for you. This is my gift to you: to invent your own answers, and to be happy with the ending you create. The one truth I can tell you, without hesitation, is that Kate is happy. The details are up to you to fill in.¬†

Blackmoore Extras

I have had such an amazing week meeting some of you at book signings and receiving your responses to Blackmoore. It was such a labor of love and heartache for me to write it, and I am so grateful for everyone who has read and understood and seen beauty in Kate’s story. Thank you!

If you want even more of Blackmoore, including my inspirations for Kate and Henry, you can check out my Pinterest board.

I also made a playlist of songs that I listened to while writing. Some of them inspired very specific situations or character interactions; others were more general. For example, Adele’s “Turning Tables” was the song I listened to when I needed to get my head into the relationship between Kate and her mother. Here they are, in no particular order:

Turning Tables by Adele 
Distance by Christina Perri, Jason Mraz 
Brave by Sara Bareilles 
One and Only by Adele 
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons 
Arms by Christina Perri 
You Belong to Me by Carla Bruni 
Carry On by Fun 
Bluebird by Christina Perri 
Breathe by Taylor Swift 
Winter Song by The Head and The Heart 
Maybe by Ingrid Michaelson

And then, after the book was done, I heard a song on the radio that I instantly fell in love with and thought, “This is Kate and Henry’s song!” I especially love the line, “I’m going to climb on top your ivory tower. I’ll hold your hand and then we’ll jump right out.” I’m posting the video on here because I LOVE the video.

 Here it is: Beneath Your Beautiful

As soon as I get some stuff organized, I’ll post photos from the launch party and update my events page. Thanks!

The Time Has Come

I can’t believe it’s already September! I am thrilled to be launching Blackmoore this month, and so very, very grateful for all of you wonderful early readers who have devoured it and enjoyed it. You make me want to write more stories, just for you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank you so much to everyone who is spreading the word about my books. That also makes me want to write more. I couldn’t make this happen without your support.

Now let’s talk about the good stuff happening this month.

First of all, both Edenbrooke and Blackmoore are on sale as e-books for the entire month. Edenbrooke is priced SO low it’s ridiculous: $1.99. Blackmoore is also on sale for $7.99. So if you like to read e-books, this is the month to grab these two. After this month, prices will return to normal. Some of you have asked about Blackmoore being available on the Nook. I’ve sent the question on to my publisher and I’m waiting for a response. I’ll let you know when I know something.

Secondly, I am getting really, really excited about The Launch Party next Tuesday! I’ve never had a launch party before, so I’m going all out on this one. We’re going to have yummy refreshments and music playing and you can come dressed up in Regency style if you want and you will get to visit with and take pictures with Two Male Models Dressed Up Like Regency gentlemen!

(Can you tell I’m excited about that part? I should probably not act so excited. I mean, I am a happily married woman, after all. But after all the hours I spent watching Jane Austen movies and swooning over handsome men in breeches, I am excited. I’m excited for ALL of us.)

So the launch party will be on Tuesday the 10th at 7 p.m. at The Kings English in Salt Lake City. Please come with your cameras! I would love to see what pictures you get. (And, yes, I realize most people take pictures with their phones these days, but I only have a dumb phone, so I’m still a camera person.)

If you can’t make it to the launch party, I have several other signings coming up. Please check the events page, which I will be updating daily as plans become concrete. I am definitely planning trips to Arizona, Las Vegas, and Idaho as of now, but the details still need to be hashed out. I’m excited to meet more of you, you wonderful readers!

Upcoming Events

It has been brought to my attention that I am a bit of a flake these days and if it weren’t for some sharp eyes, I would miss my own book signings!

So here is an amended list of upcoming events:

September 10th 7 p.m. : Blackmoore Launch Party at The Kings English

September 12th 7 p.m. : Book signing at Orem Barnes & Noble
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4551509

September 28th 6 p.m. : Book signing at Orem Barnes & Noble

Who’s Excited for Blackmoore?!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted all summer. In my defense, it has been a summer of migraines, mysterious illnesses, and four kids at home. But migraine or not, I have to tell you guys how excited I am for the release of Blackmoore in less than ONE MONTH! The official release date is September 10th, although you might be lucky enough to find it on shelves a day or two before that.

Here’s one thing I am very excited about: Blackmoore received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Stars are hard to come by from professional reviewers, and I am thrilled that the story I labored over with so much of my heart was found worthy of a star. They called it “riveting and evocative.” I think those are my two favorite words now. You can read the full review here.

Now, let’s talk about fun stuff happening for the release.

The Launch Party. I have never had a launch party before, which makes this one all the more exciting. It’s going to be held at The King’s English in Salt Lake City (15th and 15th) on September 10th at 7 p.m. You can see the event here. If you like to dress up, come in your Regency attire and there will be a chance for you to take photos with a real Regency man….like Philip, or Henry, or maybe both. ūüôā I will be signing books, of course, and there will be delicious things to eat. We will party like it’s 1820.

Other events:

Book signings all over Utah. (Check the events page for upcoming events. I’ll be updating it as I get the information.)

A 100 Blogs blog tour. (Yes. 100 Blogs. I can’t believe my publisher coordinated all of this.)

And maybe, if my health cooperates, a few out-of-state events for my awesome fans in the west. (Arizona, I’m looking at you.) So let me know if you want me to come to your area and if you can help set up a visit to a book group or school class, even better!

I’ve also been working with a designer for a snazzy new look to my humble website. So one day you will click on here and everything will be redesigned and awesome. I’m verrrry excited about that. It’s like redecorating my whole house.

And now I’m off to plan more Blackmoore awesomeness! I hope to see you all at an event soon!

My Trip to Scotland!

Fred and me by the River Tay
Scotland was amazing!!! It was my frist trip to that part of the United Kingdom and I think I was expecting it to be like my forays into England…but it wasn’t. When I think of England, it’s groomed gardens and great estates and fields crossed with stacked stone walls. Scotland was old castles and blustery winds and rivers and lakes and snow-capped mountains. It was less refined, and I think I loved it all the more for that fact. This was also the first time my husband Fred came with me on one of my research trips. It was his first time to set foot in Europe, and I had so much fun watching him become converted to something I have loved all my life. It was a research trip, but I am not ready yet to share any details about the book I was researching. It’s still in dream stage, and I protect my dreams until they’re nice and fleshed out before I dare to share them with others. But do enjoy some of the photos we took on our trip!¬†

View from our B&B on the Isle of Skye

Lambing season

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Blustery but beautiful

View from Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle

My First Book! On Sale Now!

Something I rarely talk about here is my first book, ¬†Don’t Throw Rocks At His Window. It’s a little advice book for how to get over a broken heart. I loved writing it. It made me laugh and it made me cry. And even though it has a very small target audience, and I have made practically no money at all on it, I am so glad I wrote it. It introduced me to publishing and, more importantly, to the awesome people at Shadow Mountain who fell in love with Edenbrooke¬†and gave it a home.

A few weeks ago I received a very surprising email from a creative writing professor at BYU. He had somehow found my book, read it, and wrote to tell me how impressed he was with the writing. He was also generous enough to review it on Amazon. (The only other review was written by my aunt. That is how sadly small the response has been.)

This is what he wrote in his review:

*****
I am not an impulse buyer. I’ve worn the same two pairs of shoes for the past decade and I comparison shop for toothpaste. As a creative writing teacher, I’m particularly snobby about what I read–I rarely buy a book until at least three people I trust have raved about it, and even then I usually wait for the used price to go down.

I bought this book last night at full price in a store after a) seeing the tiger in the “Stalking Is For Predatory Animals” section and b) reading the metaphors for a broken heart on the third page of the book. (“In an art museum,” writes Donaldson, “your heart would be the Picasso painting that looks like a person was taken apart and then stuck back together with all the parts in the wrong places. On a mission to Mars, your heart would be the astronaut who gets stranded outside of the space shuttle without a tether and goes floating off, silently screaming, to suffocate in cold, dark space.”) Maybe I’m just out of touch, but snarky tigers and lyrical heartbreak were not things I was expecting from Deseret Book–it’s delightful to be so pleasantly surprised.

The target audience for this book is women in their teens and twenties who have recently been through painful break-ups. I am nowhere close to that demographic, but I loved this brief book for its wit, its insight, and its ability to mediate the space between abstract gospel concepts and the messy everyday realities of modern life.

Julie C. Donaldson is a thoughtful, talented writer willing to take stylistic risks to talk straight to readers longing for something to connect to. I really, really enjoyed this book.
*****

It’s been easy for me to forget my first book–to relegate it to the pile of rejected things that I’ve collected on my journey as a writer. But after reading this review, I’ve decided to bring my first child back home and embrace it. Right now it’s on sale for the ridiculously low price of $3.99. I think they’re just trying to get rid of their stock. At this price I make no money on the sales. But if anyone would like to give this little book a home, I would love you for it. You can order it here.


**p.s. This book is written from a Christian viewpoint. If religious things offend you, this may not be the book for you.

I’m Teaching a Class!

What are you doing next Wednesday night? How about coming to meet me at Family Literacy Night in Kaysville, Utah?
Tyler Whitesides, the author of Janitors, will be kicking off the night with what I’m sure will be a fabulous keynote address, and after that, nineteen local authors (including me!) will be teaching short 15 minute classes. Mine will be called “How to Craft Compelling Stories,” where we’ll go through some of the writing process together.

After that, you’ll be able to purchase books from the authors and have them signed. It’s going to be a really fun event with door prizes, so bring your whole family. I can’t wait to see you there!
To attend, you simply need to show up—no tickets necessary. It will be located at Davis High School which is at 325 S. Main Kaysville, UT 84037¬†

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