A New Book and Lots of FAQs

Dear Friends,

If you’ve missed hearing from me, it’s because I’ve been hard at work writing Lost in Scotland, my contemporary romance that will be released this November. I have exactly 34 writing days left until my deadline, and it’s crunch time. But I’m taking a break from my lovely, flirty, hilarious characters to answer some of your questions and share some things about my writing with you.

First of all, in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the cover.

lost in scotland cover

 

And here’s the synopsis. But here’s the thing about writing a synopsis when you’re still writing the book: things change. A little. So it’s not entirely accurate but it’s close enough to hopefully get you hooked.

Nothing ever goes right for Skye Cameron, thanks to her family’s Scottish curse. She protects herself from the worst of it by following certain rules, like no traveling, avoiding all things Scottish, and never doing anything she loves. Everything changes on her nineteenth birthday when her sister calls, begging Skye to come to Scotland to help her break the curse. But the travel curse is strong with Skye, and without the help of a handsome stranger with a wicked sense of humor, she wouldn’t make it past airport security, let alone to the Scottish islands where the future of her family hangs in the balance. But if getting there is more than half the battle, getting there without falling in love is the war of her life. Lost in Scotland is a contemporary romance full of adventure, humor, and heart.

If you would like to pre-order it, here‘s the Amazon link.

 

And now to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

1. Why am I writing a contemporary romance? Why is it set in Scotland and not somewhere else? Will I ever write a historical story again?

Answer: Three years ago I went to Scotland for the first time, after obsessing over it all my life. I am half Scottish and I have always wanted to visit, but I swore I wouldn’t go until I could afford to go with my husband, who has never been anywhere in Europe and so he couldn’t understand my desire to sell all of our possessions and move there. So thanks to all of you for buying my books, we were able to afford a trip and I fell head over heels in love with Scotland. I love England. England is pastures and green meadows and cultivated gardens and great estates. But once I went to Scotland, it was like England was the ho-hum boyfriend I had just been putting up with until I met the man of my dreams. Scotland was crumbling castles, rocky coasts, soaring mountains and green valleys, fairy pools and sea caves and wild, blustery skies. I was a goner. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And I knew that I had to write a story set there.

So why a contemporary story? First of all, it’s the story I want to tell. I tried to set it in a historical time period and my story yelled at me to stop pushing it into a box that it didn’t fit in. So I made it contemporary and I fell in love with my characters and their struggles and I love the freedom that writing a contemporary story gives me. There are so many restrictions when you write a historical novel. So many rules to consider, so much research to get just right, so many obstacles to ever getting your hero and heroine alone together. I was really excited to write a story where anything could happen.

The second reason I decided to write a contemporary Proper Romance was to prove that it could be done. Last summer I visited Barcelona and spent a day with my Spanish publisher, Libros de Seda, doing interviews and book events and signings. It was amazing and I loved every second of it. One question I was asked over and over again was if I thought a contemporary romance could be clean and successful. “Absolutely,” I said. “I have no doubt about it.” But people doubted me. They had not read a contemporary clean romance before. They thought that it was only the Regency time setting that allowed for the clean nature of my other romances. I considered it a challenge, and my wonderful Spanish publisher backed me up. They encouraged me. They believed in me. They wanted me to give it a try. And so I am.

Will I write more historical novels? Yes. I’m sure I will. But my most important consideration is to write the story that lives and breathes inside of me and begs to be told.

 

2. Will Lost in Scotland be available as an E-book? Will it be available in foreign translations?

Answer: Yes, Lost in Scotland will be available as an E-book as well as an audio recording. At this point, only my Spanish publisher has bought the translation rights to this story and has a beautiful cover ready. I’m hopeful that my other foreign publishers will buy it also. Here’s the Spanish cover:

 

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3. Will Heir to Edenbrooke ever be released as a physical book? Will you finish writing Philip’s story?

Answer: As of right now, my publisher is only selling Heir to Edenbrooke as an E-book. I’m not certain if this will happen, but I am thinking about finishing the story from Philip’s perspective after I finish Lost in Scotland. I am confident that if it’s a complete novel it will be released as a physical book. I’m even hopeful that my publisher will agree to package the two books together (Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke) as a really nice hard cover copy. I’ve been begging them to print Edenbrooke in hard cover, because so many of you have requested it, but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe if enough of you are interested in it, they will agree.

 

4. Can you give me writing tips? Can you visit my school? Can you blurb my book? Can you send me signed bookmarks?

Answer: I would love to do all of those things. Honestly, I would. The hardest thing I’m trying to accomplish right now is learning how to balance the demands of being a full-time mother to five kids, a supportive wife of a very busy husband, a sister and daughter and friend, a volunteer in my community and church, a housekeeper and cook and chauffeur, and just a regular human being who occasionally needs to not work so that I don’t have a psychotic break. I have never been busier. I have never been stretched so thin. So while I would really love to respond to your emails and wonderful messages, I just can’t. I hope you know it’s not for a lack of interest or caring on my part.

 

Okay, that was a long break! I’m off to take my daughter dress shopping for her first school dance. Then I’ll be back to dreaming of Scotland.

31 thoughts on “A New Book and Lots of FAQs

  1. Lauriann says:

    Thank you Julianne for taking time to post. I adore your books, and pre-ordered this one. However, as a mother of three, involved in so much of what you listed above, I can’t imagine how you are able to write, publish, and promote. I am grateful that you do, when you can.

  2. Irene Schiers says:

    I’m thrilled to hear you have a new book coming. I also am interested in a hard cover of Edenbrooke just not sure where to send a request. Wishing you the best with your family and full life.

  3. Jenny Turcsanski says:

    Thanks for giving us all an update!! I am sooo excited for this book! I am half Scotish too & am obsessed with all things Scotish and especially if it’s romantic! I totally understand wanting to move to Scotland and live there. I hear ya girl!
    So this book is right up my alley 😄
    Hoping to get back over to Scotland with my mum this fall so I might be reading this book over there! So cool!! Can’t wait!

  4. Cindy says:

    Love, love, love it all! So excited for the upcoming book, so grateful you stay true to yourself, your stories & your family. Thank you!!

  5. Sheree says:

    My favorite genre isn’t contemporary, but I absolutely love what you are doing and will full heartedly support your endeavors! I’ve loved you’re books and appreciate your hard work. Take more vacations with that sweet family you have! 🙂 You deserve it and so do they.

  6. Janae says:

    Anything you write is perfect with me because I KNOW I WILL LOVE IT!! And what you need to do for your husband, your family, your church, your friends and community, and for YOURSELF is perfect with me because that is what is really most important in your life. Just know that we will ALWAYS be here…patiently waiting for the next “morsels of marvelousness” that you create for us to savor over and over and over again when you have the time to create them. You really are simply the best! Thank you!

  7. Charise says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your books. They are brilliant and awe inspiring. You have changed my life for the better. It is rare that I can reread a book or a book series, no matter how much I adore them, but yours I can read and reread. I have read Edenbrooke at least three times, Blackmoore at least twice, and hopefully I will be able to get my hands on Heir to Edenbrooke. I am thrilled beyond words to be able to read another book of yours in November, and know that your words will bring the characters to life once more. Thank you for your fantastic stories that help me to dream again.

    P.S. Your my new favorite author.

  8. Justin says:

    Please, please, please, tell your publisher we want at least a paperback of Heir to Edebrooke. We love your novels and want to breathe from the pages of your books. My wife and I would much appreciate it.

  9. Lindsay Gibson says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent and time with us through beautiful storytelling. I’ve loved and recommended your books to friends for years! I went to Scotland for the first time last year with my husband and absolutely fell in love as well! My husband had served an LDS mission there 20 years ago and I quickly discovered why he has cherished the culture, landscape, and people so much! We live in Hawai’i and I honestly feel like Scotland is my home on the other side of the world. I can’t wait to read your next book! What a fun surprise to learn that it will be taking place in that magical setting. I have five little kids of my own and can’t imagine how you are getting it all done! I wish you the very best!

  10. Scarlet says:

    I was SO excited when I saw that you have another book coming out! You are my favorite contemporary writer and I have absolutely LOVED everything you have written. Don’t respond to anything or anyone and keep writing more of your own work!

  11. Emily Rose says:

    Seriously so excited to eat all this. I would love hard copies! And one big book of the stories of Edenbrooke from both points of view?!? Outstanding idea!! I would love and cherish that for the rest of my life!
    And I am SO excited for your book! And it’ll probably come out around my birthday so thanks for my future birthday gift! 😉 Really though you are my favorite author. Well done with everything. You are the one who has inspired me to aspire to be an author! Thanks for being to amazing!!

  12. Ariel J. Smythe says:

    So excited about your new work, Julianne, and looking very much forward to reviewing it! I definitely understand how difficult it is to wrangle a full life and deadline, so please know I am cheering you on from here and keeping you in prayer.
    Blessings!
    Ariel

  13. Grace says:

    Thank you for continuing to write! Your books are inspiring and addictive. I just finished Blackmoore for the second time, and it left me in a puddle of tears.
    I will definitely be pre-ordering your next book and anything else you ever write. Thank you for making time to bless others with your gift.

  14. Natalia says:

    I read Edenbrook and The Heir of Edenbrook several months ago but I’ve just bought the book on paper with the heir of Edenbrook included (thanks to Libros de Seda for do it) and I love it, I would like Philip’s point of view was a full book and not a short one because Philip is a very interesting and lovely character. You have all the right to write everything you want but please you are very gifted to write period books so do not stop to write them, I also love Blackmoore. Now waiting soooo anxious for Lost in Scotland.

    A big hi and even a more big thanks for your stories from Spain.

  15. Mike - Provo UT says:

    I’ve just finished Blackmoor, and am in the middle of Edenbrook. I’ve been a Jane Austen fan for many years, and being half English/half Scottish/dash of German, I’m finding your books just as engaging as Jane Austen’s. I look forward to reading Lost in Scotland. Having traveled there twice, I love it. Your’re right — it’s much more rugged than England, and it captured my heart from the start. Along with others, I’d love to see Edenbrook and Heir to Edenbrook published together. Good luck in all your endeavors.

  16. Ronnie says:

    I love your books SOOOOOOOO Much! and Edenbrooke is by far my favorite. I would love to have it as a hardcover and with Heir to Edenbrooke. I’ve already pre-ordered Lost in Scotland and I can’t wait to read it… However what I’m really looking foward to is a full book from Philip’s OPV. You did such an amazing job with it and I can’t stand the wait untill we get all his inner thoughts about Marianne 😉

  17. s a n s k u says:

    You need to stop doing anything else in your life except to write books non stop. Please and thank you. 🙂 I just reread Edenbrooke and Blackmoore. Stayed up until wee hours of the night. I can’t put them down once I start. Please write more books. Quickly. 🙂

  18. Camino says:

    Thanks Julianne for working so hard so you can publish your book on time. Here in Spain we are really looking forward to reading it. Your writing is simply delicious. Greetings from Asturias!!!

  19. Melanie Flores says:

    You are truly amazing! I love all of your books! I love your writing style! I just disappear inside of the story every time. You have such a gift!
    I am so impressed with you! Being a full-time mom and wife, with five children, is a lot in and of itself! I am a full-time mom and wife, with five children, myself(All boys =) ). So I totally understand your need to take care of your life and yourself!
    The fact that you can create such beautiful stories, filled with so much emotion, in such a gifted way, and still balance everything else is just extraordinary!! (And your family must be pretty amazing too, I am sure they all help with the balance part too!)
    Your efforts help so many. I am sure you may never know just how many people. I have found comfort in very hard times in my life in immersing myself in your books. I could read them a hundred times and always finish with a smile on my face.
    Thank you for what you share with us. And thank you for all of the sacrifices you make that we will never know about, in writing your books. I will pray for lots of strength and blessings to come your way! You are appreciated!

  20. Corinne Cook says:

    Where is your book? I thought it was coming out Nov. 1 and I can’t find it. I’m so anxious to read another one of your fantastic love stories!

  21. Camilla says:

    Why isn’t this available anymore? Did something happen? My preorder got cancelled by Amazon and when I look at their sight only a $40 audio book is available. I am so confused. I hope the book isn’t cancelled, I was looking forward to it!

  22. Terra says:

    I am so grateful for the time toy have devoted tho your writing. Edenbrooke now out ranks Pride and Predjudice for me. U have read it 18.5 times. I’m going through it this time and highlighting places to look up images of the book. Since I can’t have a movie of Edenbrooke YET I’ve chosen to make a picture gallery of it.
    I read the Heir to Edenbrooke the other night and I just sat and cried.. I analyzed why..1st because it felt like one of many favorite friends came to visit but then left before we were able to complete our conversation together.
    I love both your Edenbrooke books and would encourage more with that series..thanks again.
    I give your book to everyone I know!
    Your number 1 fan.

  23. maria says:

    Soy española y me he enamorado de sus historias me recuerdan tanto a jane austen..
    Dado que pare que va hacer un libro sobre el punto de vista de philliph de edenbrooke
    Me encantaria que tambien hiciese un libro desde el punto de vista Henry de blackmoore
    Ya que es mi libro favorito y me encanta la historia de amor de el y kate

  24. Katie Wilson says:

    I’d there an update on this book? I was so excited to pick it up with the November release but it isn’t available. Will it be coming soon?

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