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Announcement!

Hello friends! Are you looking for something to look forward to? Already thinking about Christmas gifts? If so, check this out:

 

 

 

 

This October, after years of pleading and countless readers asking for it,

 

 

 

 

 

 

This October…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not a movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry if that’s what you were hoping for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, now I’ve built it up too much and you guys are going to be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

I’ll just spill it.

 

 

 

 

 

This October, Edenbrooke will be released in a beautiful hardcover Collector’s Edition with Heir to Edenbrooke included.

 

 

 

And here’s what it will look like!

 

 

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It’s the perfect Christmas gift, right? I mean, I can’t wait. I have LONGED for a hardcover copy of my book. It’s kind of a status thing with authors. A big thank you to Shadow Mountain for making this happen!

And…if this sells well, I think they’ll consider publishing a hardcover edition of Blackmoore. And if they do, I would write another short story to add to the Blackmoore story. So here’s my question: What more do you want to know about the Blackmoore world? Do you want to know what Henry is thinking up in the tower or in the music room? Do you want to know what the ending really means? If they’re going home to Blackmoore or somewhere else? Do you want to know what Henry does after Kate goes to India? I’d love to hear your opinions.

Also, please check my events page for a fun event coming up on June 6th in Utah.

Chrysalis

Dear friends,

I have felt the tug of wanting to share things with you, my kindred spirits, and at the same time a reluctance to put into words what is transpiring in my heart and mind and life. So I have cocooned myself over the past six months. But now I feel the thinning of my chrysalis, the warmth of the spring sun penetrating its papery layers, and when I blink and stretch, I feel gossamer wings folded along my back. I am not who I was. I am not who I thought I would be. But I am very, very grateful for the process of old things dying and new things emerging.

So. Let’s talk about Lost In Scotland. For a lot of reasons, I can’t give you a date when that story will be ready for you. Don’t hold your breath, because I have not touched that story in six months. What I have written, mostly, is poetry. Here are a couple I’ve written during my time in my chrysalis.

Forty-One

I am looking for my soul
It was taken from me long ago
And I have missed it
Ever since
I have tasted fame
It is ashes on my tongue
I have gathered wealth
It goes
It goes
It goes
I have wrung myself dry
Like a cheap rag
I have laid down my needs
On the altars of “work” and “love me”
I have stamped down dreams
I have carried emptiness
Inside me as heavy as death,
And, oh, how I have cried.
Now
outside the window
I see the dry husk of my soul
Leaning listlessly under a ruthless sun
Like a forgotten scarecrow.
It is a sad, forlorn thing
Pathetic
Wounded
Discarded
My heart thumps once, then twice
In recognition
I open the creaking door
And walk quietly across
The brown, dying grass
I pick up the thing that once was mine.
It is infinitely fragile.
I cradle it in my arms
I am so sorry, I cry
The door opens
They have missed me
I see them come at me
With outstretched hands
Wanting
To mold
To take
To mangle
To use up
I clutch my neglected soul
Close to my chest
And I run
And run
And run
Toward the life I want
Dear God
Please
Don’t let me look back

 

A Dream
Look!
What is it?
Guess.
A seed?
An egg?
A chrysalis?
Yes. Something like that.
Can I…?
No! It’s mine.
I hold it in my cupped hands
And feel a flutter of life
Against my curved fingers
It could be
Anything

 

Along with these poems, I’m going to share something else with you: an updated headshot. This may not seem like a big deal to any of you, but it’s been a big psychological block for me. I loved my last headshot. I was younger and thinner and life had not made so many marks on me, and I found that I didn’t like any of my recent pictures. But I can’t keep going to events and having people not recognize me! So I think it’s time for me to embrace the fact that I am a 42-year-old mother of five, and offer my real self to you with no apologies. This was taken today by my very talented friend Erin Summerill (look up her books!)

 

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Thank you all for your patience and support during my time in my cocoon. There will be more wonderful stories to come. And hopefully soon…a butterfly will emerge.

An Overdue Explanation

My dear friends,

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.

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.

Heir to Edenbrooke cover

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

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