Category Archives: Edenbrooke

Three Fun Facts

ONE: I made my second ever TV appearance. My first TV appearance was when I was 11 and went on the news with my gymnastics coach for winning first place in all the events at a competition. (Don’t be too impressed. It was kind of a ghetto gymnastics place. I wasn’t THAT good.) For my second appearance, I was interviewed with KUTV’s Fresh Living and got to talk about Edenbrooke. I was nervous, but it was only three minutes long, and so I didn’t have too much of an opportunity to make a total idiot of myself. If you’d like to watch it, click on over.

TWO: I recently got some national press at a USA Today book blog called Happy Ever After. (Thanks, Joyce!) In that interview I answer questions about why readers are ready for clean romance, what books influenced Edenbrooke the most, and why exactly I can’t read reviews.

THREE: I get to go to New York to attend BEA (Book Expo America) in less than two weeks! I’ll be going with the lovely people from Shadow Mountain and signing books and meeting other authors.I’ll also get to hang out with my brilliant agent Laurie McLean and the uber-cool Pam van Hylckama from Bookalicious, which I’m excited about. And–how fun is this–my mom is going with me. We already bought tickets to see Wicked and Once on Broadway. (!!!!!!) I’m going to chop my hair tomorrow and make myself look stylish before I go. So if you see me there, be prepared for a new me. 🙂

Everyone’s a Winner Here!

I’m beginning to feel bad for those loyal followers who come and post a comment every week in the hope of winning an ARC. I mean, really bad. So I just wanted everyone to know–you are all winners in my book. And if I had enough ARCs to give to all of you, I would.

But, alas…I do not. In fact, I am completely out of ARCs. Which means that this week’s winner has won the REAL DEAL. This week’s winner, instead of getting an ARC and some other fun thing, will instead get the actual final version of Edenbrooke, worth $15.99 at your local bookstore (or online store). Are you guys excited? Because I am.

I am very excited, in fact, that the random number generator has chosen someone who has done SO much to try to win one of these. This girl has not only entered every Edenbrooke contest online, she has also organized her book group to read this book in April and asked me to join them via Skype. (Did you know I am willing to do this? Because I am. All you have to do is ask, see?)

So congratulations, Savvy Sage! The odds were finally in your favor! Please send me your snail mail address and I will send you a signed copy of Edenbrooke.

Now, on to other fun things. This week y’all get to watch the book trailer that my publisher made for Edenbrooke. Watch it below and say anything you want about it in the comments to enter next week’s giveaway.  As usual, we will go from Tuesday to Tuesday for this contest. Tell your friends, share the book trailer, tweet about it, etc, and you will earn extra points.

And in a few days I will have some announcements about events coming up and my plans for my trip to England and a LAUNCH PARTY that I’m very excited about. We’re just THREE WEEKS away!!!!

(Was that obnoxious? Sorry about all the caps and exclamation marks.)

Now watch! And then comment! And then share the love!

Another Winner! Another Giveaway!

I am happy to announce the winner of last week’s favorite hero contest and giveaway. It’s Stephanie, who voted for Peeta. Congratulations, Stephanie! You won an ARC of Edenbrooke and a Pride & Prejudice DVD. Please send me your snail mail address at donaldson(dot)julianne(at)

Now, there is nothing to be sad about if you haven’t won yet! We still have five more giveaways!

My favorite review so far said of Edenbrooke: It was like Downton Abbey, Georgette Heyer, and Jane Austen all had a baby and that baby is a literary gift to the romance world.”   (You can read the full review for yourself here.)

So for this week’s contest, just tell us if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, and who your favorite character is. If you haven’t been introduced to Downton Abbey yet, don’t worry! You will not be disqualified. But get thee to Netflix! And watch it! Hurry!!!!

The lucky winner will receive some hilarious paper dolls of Downton Abbey which you can cut out and play with, (see the sample below)

as well as an Advanced Reading Copy of Edenbrooke. (You know what that looks like by now, right?)

The contest will be open starting now until next Monday, February 27, at midnight. As always, you will get extra points for telling me you follow my blog (and actually following it) and for sharing the news with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. (You have to tell me you’ve done this, because I can’t track people down. Just mention it in the comment.) And new this week, thanks to Jenny Faires: a fourth point is possible if you ask your local library to order Edenbrooke. 

Isn’t this exciting? Now let’s talk Downton Abbey! Did you love the Christmas special? Wasn’t the last scene beautiful? Does anyone feel sorry for Thomas? 

A Winner! And another Giveaway!

I loved reading all of the fantastic Jane Austen quotes this week! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Austen love-fest here.

Now, before I announce the winner, I will tell you how random and fair this process was. Everyone received one point for commenting, plus an extra point for following this blog and a third point if they posted something about this on Facebook or Twitter. I started at the top, assigned numbers in order, and also counted those who commented on Facebook and Goodreads. I then used the random number generator to generate a random number.

And the random number generator chose as the winner…”Finn and Tracey Family.” Congratulations! Please email me your snail mail address at donaldson(dot)julianne(at) Enjoy your copy of Edenbrooke and Becoming Jane!

For the rest of you, this is only WEEK 2! You still have 6 more chances to win!! And just to make you even MORE impatient, I’ll tell you a little secret. I’m going to England the week before my book is released. So the final giveaway will be a REAL copy of Edenbrooke (not an ARC) plus a a real, authentic souvenir from England. You’ll definitely want to keep coming back.

This week, for the giveaway, all you have to do is name your favorite romantic hero and what book or movie he comes from. If you want to include a picture of him, you can. Let’s really enjoy this. Same rules apply: comment here, and get extra points for following and sharing the news. 

To start it off, my favorite hero is my hero Philip, from Edenbrooke, for obvious reasons, which you will understand after you read it. And when I like to imagine him, I imagine Jake Gyllenhaal, again, for obvious reasons. (See picture below.)

Now, share your favorite heroes! And the winner of this week’s giveaway will win an Advanced Reading Copy of Edenbrooke

 plus this romantic movie on DVD:

Ready, set, go!

Announcement! And a Giveaway!

Right now you may be thinking to yourself, “Did I read that title right? A giveaway? As in, something free? And wouldn’t this be the first giveaway ever of this blog?”
Why, yes. You are absolutely correct. But before I explain the giveaway, I must make an announcement.
Edenbrooke will be released on March 27!
That is exactly 7 weeks from today. And because I feel like a child waiting for Christmas, I thought we could do something fun and special for the next 7 weeks to help us count down.
So, every Tuesday for the next 7 weeks I will be announcing a giveaway. The winner will receive an Advanced Reading Copy of Edenbrooke, signed by little ol’ me, along with something else related to England or the Regency period. I have a stack of goodies I’ve prepared for this very thing.
Are you as excited as I am???? Because I’m squealing inside, I’m so excited.
So…it’s a CONTEST, right? Meaning, you get to participate. But the winners will be chosen by a random number generator, so everything will be fair and square. To enter the contest this week, all you have to do is…
Tell us your favorite Jane Austen quote. It can be something she said herself, or a line from one of her books. Write it in the comments section, and then we can all read quotes from our favorite authoress. 
You will earn one point for commenting, and an extra point if you’re a follower. (So if you follow this blog, just say so in your comment. If you don’t follow yet, click the little follow button. It’s that easy.) You’ll get a third point if you share a link to this contest on Facebook or Twitter. Tell me about it, so I can give you that extra point, okay?
The contest will be open until Monday, February 13, at midnight. Then next Tuesday I’ll announce the winner and next week’s giveaway.
The winner of this week’s giveaway will receive one Edenbrooke ARC…
AND a copy of the DVD Becoming Jane, with my favorite James McAvoy.
Now…go find your favorite Austen quote! I can’t wait to read them!

A Proper Romance

When I first felt the undeniable urge to write a novel, I heard the advice to “write what you know.” I said, “Hm…what do I know?” And for me, I didn’t want to write about being a stay-at-home mom, even though that is one thing that I know. I wanted to escape dirty diapers and laundry.

So I said, “I know Regency.”

(Here is a tiny tutorial. Regency refers to the period of time in England when the Prince Regent ruled. It lasted from 1811-1820. It was marked by classical styles in clothing and proper manners. If you think Jane Austen, you’re thinking correctly. Her novels, like Pride and Prejudice and Emma, are set in the Regency period.)

I have been enamored with the Regency period for decades. I studied English in college with an emphasis on British literature. I have read every Georgette Heyer book ever written. Next to Jane Austen, she was the expert on the Regency. And I have written entire college papers on Jane Austen’s works. 

So when I first started thinking about writing a novel, the Regency period was the logical choice. But I wanted it to be more than a flimsy romance. I wanted it to be a story that moved readers and changed them. Edenbrooke is, in essence, a love story. But it is so much more than a romance. It’s a story about how love can change a person–the love of a father, or a sister, or, yes, even a dangerously handsome young man. 

The sad thing is that most Regency romances these days are just as racy as any other category romance. I can easily imagine Jane Austen rolling over in her grave at all of the Regency young women running around being immoral with Regency men. I would rather never have my book see the light of day than ruin it by putting sex in it. And that almost happened, as agents told me they loved my story but couldn’t sell it unless I made it “sexier.”

And then along came Shadow Mountain and my agent Laurie McLean, with their visions of a new kind of romance…a Proper Romance, where you get all of the great stuff you want in a love story and none of the other stuff. The most exciting part of this is not that my book gets published, but that it opens an avenue for other writers of clean romances.

Aren’t you excited? I am. If you’re a writer with the kind of manuscript that would fit in this category, please contact me and I’ll give you some information about who to send it to. I would love for other authors to contribute to this new trend in publishing. I would love to have Jane Austen’s legacy elevated and for Regency romances to return to their rightful place as Proper Romances.

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