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An Overdue Explanation

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A lot of you have emailed me and left comments here asking “What in the world happened to Lost In Scotland?!!” It’s got to be disappointing to pre-order a book that doesn’t show up. I’m sorry for the confusion and I’m sorry for not responding individually to all of your messages.

Have you ever had a bad week? A bad month? What about a bad year? I tend to go through the normal ups and downs where I might be in a slump for maybe a month at the most but then I get things adjusted and life looks up again. Well, 2016 was not a normal year for me. 2016 was the year that kicked my trash. In August I hit rock-bottom and decided it was time to have a mid-life crisis. (I’m 41, so it seemed both appropriate and necessary.) Part of that crisis resulted in my not finishing Lost in Scotland. Actually, I kind of finished a story with that title but it was garbage. And do not think that I’m exaggerating! I know garbage when I read it and when you’re in the midst of the worst year of your life and under pressure to write a great book, you will not produce greatness. You will produce garbage that readers will throw at the wall after vomiting all over. Trust me, trust me, trust me. It was not good. I am only human. I do not have super powers.

Fortunately, I have an amazing friend in my publisher who saw the writing on the wall and told me to take whatever time I needed to write this story. So I am currently not writing. I am currently not doing a lot of things I spent this year doing. And, instead, I am doing a lot of things that I haven’t been able to do in a long time. Like read. Sew. Dance. Play with my kids. Relax. Spend weekends with my family. Exercise. Volunteer. Watch TV. Cuddle with my husband. Normal things that other people take for granted. Things that make my life balanced. Things that fill my well, which was bone-dry. When I emerge on the other side of this crisis, I will be a stronger and happier person, and hopefully that strong, happy person will be able to write a story that will be worth waiting for.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I sincerely do consider you my friends. My kindred spirits. I hope you have a beautiful, wonderful, love-filled Christmas season. my website where to order synthroid her explanation metformin omega 3

Summer Events

Hello friends!

Isn’t summer with kids crazy? I have all five at home and between the toddler and the 15-year-old, I’m running around all day. Right now I have my 13-year-old bathing the little guy while my red-haired son is playing on the computer and Thomas the Train is blasting from the TV but nobody is watching it. And I just ran into my office to tell you all that I have a couple of events coming up that I would love to invite you to.

On Thursday, July 21st, at 7 pm, I will be speaking at the Provo City Library. I don’t know what I’ll be speaking about yet, so if you have any requests, please let me know! I’ll also be signing books afterwards and would love to meet you. It’s a free event.

And I’m very excited to announce my first author visit to Boise, Idaho. I’ll be at the Boise Deseret Book store on Saturday, July 23, from 12-2 p.m. Please come and say hi and bring your books for me to sign. I’d love to meet you!

Now I’ve got to run make lunch and put the babe down for a nap and find something for my bored kids to do. I hope you’re all having a great summer!

Dear Ones

Dear Ones–

(And by “ones” I mean fans, friends, readers, kindred spirits–these terms all encompass you.)

I feel grateful beyond words for your positive responses to Heir to Edenbrooke. I was so excited and nervous at the same time to share Philip’s story with you for a few reasons.

1: I had never written from a male POV before. I wasn’t sure I could do it.

2: It had been years since I had been in Philip’s head. It took me literally dozens of hours of drafting (all of which was garbage and had to be thrown away) before I found him again and he woke up from his long sleep and started breathing and moving and speaking.

3: I was worried that it was too short.

And, yes, it was too short! But to have you love what was written has been a precious gift to my sensitive writer’s heart and doubting mind. So thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support of my writing.

To answer a few common questions:

1: My publisher chose to release this only digitally right now. I have not heard any plans from them to publish this in physical book form. If they decide to do so, I will certainly let you know.

2: I have no control over the price of any of my books. But I did notice on Amazon that the more popular a book is, the lower the price will go through Amazon’s own evil genius. So you might find it cheaper today. Use that information as you will.

3: I don’t know if I will finish Edenbrooke’s story from Philip’s perspective! I need to write the stories that are calling to me, and right now I have a really dashing Scottish hero who is growing impatient for his own story to be told. But I can see myself possibly revisiting and finishing Philip’s story down the road.

4: At this point, only my Spanish publisher has bought the rights to Heir to Edenbrooke and will be translating it soon.

 

And now I’m off to rescue a crying baby from his crib. Motherhood, as you should know, is my first and most important job. My family sacrificed so much to enable me to write Heir to Edenbrooke, especially my husband Fred, who did solo parenting many, many Saturdays in a row to make this happen. He is my best friend and greatest supporter and the love of my life and I could do NONE of this without him. So a public thank you to him, and a great big thank you to all of you! You really have made me so, so happy.

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Guys!!! I am so excited to show you the cover for Heir to Edenbrooke, the prequel to Edenbrooke from Philip’s point of view. In case you missed my previous announcements, it’s a novelette (longer than a short story, shorter than a novella), will be a digital release, and here is the exciting news:

 

Are you ready?

 

 

It’s going to be available to purchase on November 17th!!!!

 

I can’t believe it’s going to be out so soon! I just barely finished the edits about two days ago. I think you’re going to fall in love with Philip all over again reading this, and I can’t wait to share some of his story with you.

 

 

And now, without further ado, the gorgeous cover…..

 

 

 

 

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Here it is.

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Finally.

Upcoming Events!

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Do you live near Las Vegas? Do you love Regency romances? Would you like to meet me and other fabulous romance writers like Sarah M. Eden, Nancy Allen, and Jennifer Moore and hear us talk about our craft? Would you love to have us sign stuff for you? Then come to the Vegas Valley Book Festival this Saturday, October 17th at 3 p.m. (Address:Historic 5th Street School (401 S 4th St, Las Vegas, NV)). We’ll have a panel discussion and a book signing afterwards.

ALSO! On Saturday, October 24th, I’ll be at the Brigham City library at 2 p.m. for a presentation, Q&A, and book signing. Come say hi and support the Brigham City library.

Thanks!

 

A Funny Story and another Giveaway!

I received the cutest email from a reader a couple of weeks ago. She told me this story: “One of my favorite things to do is read [Edenbrooke] with others. Last year, for my birthday, I spent 2(ish) days reading it aloud to/with my mother in law & a few of my sisters in law. In fact, I had to drive back over to their house one more morning to finish it up. They were all already there, just waiting for me. Well, the doorbell rang & 3 grown women ran to the door & threw it open (all the while squeeling)…scaring a poor UPS man. Soooo funny! I came about 20 minutes later haha!”

 

I had a good laugh about that. So when she asked me next if I would consider a holiday sale on the Edenbrooke print, I had to say yes as payment for the laugh she gave me. So from now until December 10th, all Edenbrooke prints are on sale, half off, for $5.00. How’s that for Christmas cheer?

 

Now you know how to get me to do things for you. 😉  Do you have a funny story about my books? Share it in the comments and I’ll enter you in a drawing to receive a free audio book of Edenbrooke. Just cause I love y’all.

Print Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for all of your lovely comments about being patient for my next book. It soothes my soul. It really does. And I’m glad so many of you are excited about the art print! I had the random number generator choose a winner, and it is Jenn Benando. Congratulations Jenn! Please message me your mailing address at donaldson.julianne@gmail.com.

 

I’ll check in again in the next couple of weeks. Until then, have a great Thanksgiving!!

A Letter from Me to You

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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,

Julianne

Lots of Exciting News

I have so much good news to share with you!

First of all, I recently finished my work-in-progress, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever created. This is how I’ve spent the past two and a half weeks. (See cute baby below.) Bliss. Pure maternal bliss.

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Second: Edenbrooke is being translated into Spanish and will be released by the Spanish publisher Libros de Seda this fall. Check out their beautiful cover! (Click on the image to enlarge.)

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Third: Just in time for summer reading, Edenbrooke and Blackmoore digital books are at the low price of $4.99 on Amazon. I don’t know how long this sweet deal will last, so if you want an e-book version of either one, now is the time to snatch it up!

 

Fourth: A talented jewelry designer wants to design jewelry for Edenbrooke and Blackmoore fans! But they’re looking for direction, and I am so sleep-deprived and brain-dead (see cute baby above) that I really need some good ideas. In fact, I need your input so much that I’m going to bribe you. Everyone who gives me an idea for jewelry for Edenbrooke and/or Blackmoore will be entered into a giveaway of a signed copy of either book. So leave your ideas in the comments, please, and in one week I’ll randomly choose a winner.

 

Now I’m off to do some more cuddling! (See cute baby above)

(No, really. See how cute he is?)

 

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