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A Letter from Me to You

Edenbrook Poster

Dear devoted ones,

I know that all you really want to know about is my next book. But I have nothing for you on that topic. I’m sorry, really and truly. But to try to assuage your frustrations, I have a couple other things to offer you.


First, I have book signings in anticipation of Christmas gifting! Check my events page for places and times.


Second, I have a little store on this site, and on that store I have links to the Edenbrooke/Blackmoore inspired jewelry PLUS something totally new and original, which is displayed at the top of this post. I think it’s gorgeous, and I think you could order one for your best friend or sister or mother and put it in a nice frame (or a cheap frame, or a cheap frame that you decorate yourself) and it would make such a lovely Christmas gift. It was designed by my talented brother-in-law and printed on glossy, high quality paper. So please go check it out! There’s a link to the store somewhere on this home page. (If the store doesn’t work, send me a message!)


And in the spirit of thanksgiving, I’m doing a giveaway! Make a comment and/or share this post with your friends and I’ll enter you into a drawing for a print.  I know this isn’t much, but considering all the busy-ness of my current life, this is all I can offer you. And I offer it to you with  my heart full of gratitude for you, you precious, darling readers.


Much love,


And the Giveaway Winner is…

So, life got away from me, and it’s been hard to log on here to announce the winner of the giveaway. (In my defense: Cute baby. Four other kids. Summertime. You know what I mean.) But better late than never, right?

Anyway, thank you all so much for your winning ideas for Edenbrooke and Blackmoore jewelry! I passed them along to the jewelry designer and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

And the winner of the giveaway is (according to Random Number Generator)…


Carrie Turansky


Carrie, please email me at and let me know which book you would like signed and where I can send it. I can’t promise it will get there quickly (babies. kids. family reunions. chores. you know what I mean.), but I will send it! Eventually. 🙂

An Update, an Article, and a Teaser

I have so much fun stuff to share with you all, and very little time to create this post. I’ve been crazy busy lately with book signings and family summer events; in fact, I’m leaving in less than an hour for a family vacation, and the day after I get home I’ll be flying to California for the RWA national conference.

But there is still plenty of time for me to dream of Blackmoore, which is what I’ve been doing a lot of lately. In fact, I had the genuine pleasure of daydreaming for an hour this morning about Kate and Henry, and eeeek! Their story is SO romantic I can hardly stand it. I get a dreamy smile on my face whenever I think about it, and I can’t wait to get it all down on paper. In fact, I am signing the contract for Blackmoore this week, and so you can all expect it sometime next summer. 🙂
Next–if you haven’t seen this article in the Huffington Post, please go read it now! And, yes, it mentions movie rights for Edenbrooke. But I do not have any news to share right now on that front. Seriously. I know nothing. But when I do know something, you will be the first to hear about it.
And last but not least, I can finally reveal a teaser for the epic Edenbrooke project this summer. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think. (The trailer was created by the lovely and talented Pam van Hylckama Vlieg and her husband Marco. Thanks, Pam and Marco!)
Now, you will notice paper dolls in the trailer. If you go to my Facebook page and enter the giveaway contest there, you will be entered to win NOT a copy of Edenbrooke, but a very limited pack of Edenbrooke paper dolls, which will not be for sale, according to my publisher, at any store. And while you’re there, go ahead and like my page so that you can get all the fabulous Edenbrooke love over there too.

Have I told you lately how much fun this all is? Because it is. And you guys make it more fun than I could have imagined. Thank you! 

Thank You! A Winner! And a CLUE!

You guys are so over-the-top awesome! I can’t believe how many great comments I received to help me with my project. It was so much fun to read what scenes you liked best. In fact, it really made me feel again how much fun it was to write Edenbrooke. How fun it was to write about Mr. Whittles and the scenes in the library and the twirling and the love letter and the ball. Since I’ve been working on my next book, my mind hasn’t been actively visiting Edenbrooke for awhile. You brought me so much joy and so many smiles. Thank you!!

And according to the random number generator, the winner of the giveaway is “meems.” Congratulations! Please send me an email at donaldson(dot)julianne(at) and let me know if you would like a signed version of the audio book or the book. You can also choose your inscription, as long as it doesn’t say something like, “I wish Marianne was dead so you could marry Philip instead.” I could never be disloyal to my characters. 🙂 And of course include your mailing address.

 Now, I really, really wish that my secret project was a movie deal. That would be a DREAM. But movie deals, if they happen, usually take years, and Edenbrooke is only three months old. She’s still a baby, and no movie deals are currently in the works. 🙁

BUT I still think you will squeal over this project, and I’m going to give you a little tiny clue. (scroll down)

Anyone want to take a guess??

A Call for Help and a Great Video

Hello all!

I have a really fun project in the works, which I am SO excited to share with you…later this summer. I can only give you a few hints right now. It’s about Edenbrooke, and…um…okay, that’s the only hint I can give you. But I am telling you right now, you will squeal over this project.

But, before it can all happen, I need a little help. I need to choose a few scenes from the book that kind of tell the story without actually giving away the whole story. (And one of them should involve Mr. Whittles’s spittle.) So tell me in the comments what scenes YOU would choose, if you could only choose three or four.

And to thank you all for your participation, I have a giveaway. Yes, a giveaway! I will choose a random winner from everyone who comments and send you your choice of gifts–either a signed copy of Edenbrooke the book or a signed copy of Edenbrooke the AUDIObook. I will sign it with whatever message you want (as long as it’s not indecent) and send it anywhere in the U.S. So comment away!

Now you must watch this very funny video for Jane Austen fans. My favorite line: “If we lived in the time our favorite show is, we probably would have died of tuberculosis.” It’s clever, funny, and it even mentions Edenbrooke! My kids have been singing the song for days, and even dressed up and practiced their fine manners. It’s tremendously gratifying to see my Jane Austen love rubbing off on them. So check it out!

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!

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