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.

40 thoughts on “Dear Ones

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks for all your hard work and for having the courage to share your heart with us! It was too short, but I know that it takes so much to produce even a little, so thank you!

  2. Alison says:

    That you even took time from the demands of motherhood to write a book, that I can enjoy when I need a break from motherhood , makes your stories all the more precious to me. You are my #1 Author (don’t we all do that ?) You had me at Edenbrooke!! Can’t wait to read the next ones, no matter how long I have to wait. Heir to Edenbrooke was just the icing on an already delicious cake!

  3. Meghan W says:

    As much as I’ve missed new releases from you, I respect your priorities. And frankly, you’re worth the wait. Look forward to seeing what you write next! Blessings to you and your family 🙂

  4. Andrea Shell says:

    You have the most amazing gift of making me feel as though I’m in the room with Phillip. I loved Heir to Edenbrooke, even if I did find myself saying “what do you mean, ‘the end?!'” It’s only too short because we all love your writing so much! I can’t wait to meet this Scottish gentleman of whom you speak. In the meantime, continue being the great mom you are, for which we kindred spirits love you even more, and I will continue to read Edenbrooke, Blackmoore, and Heir to Edenbrooke over and over again.

  5. Camilla says:

    Thank you so much for these thoughts! I love reading your works and love to reread them too. That is a sign of a well written book for sure; do you still want to read it again and again after years? I can say YES to your writings. So, I will patiently wait for the next release, even thought I know it takes time. After all, I am a mom too, with a baby, so I understand the importance as well as the demands of motherhood. Best of luck, sanity and peace of mind when writing.

  6. Courtney says:

    Oh, I loved it! And I love all that we’ve been blessed to read by you. Thank you for sharing your talent & giving us such thoughtful characters to love. I too have re-read your books multiple times. Can’t tell you enough how great they are!

  7. Jenny says:

    Thank you for giving us more of Philip. Love that gentleman! Edenbrooke is an exquisitely lovely story to get lost in. Thank you.

  8. Heidi says:

    I loved Heir to Edenbrooke! You are incredibly talented and write the best romance I’ve ever read. And I love that you put motherhood first and that your husband is so wonderful. You guys are an inspiration! Now enjoy lots of fun time with your family and little baby.

  9. Nichole says:

    I was so excited to read this but it seems I cannot buy it unless I have a kindle? I have the app but I cannot buy it even with that.

    • Julianne Donaldson says:

      If you have a kindle app you should be able to buy it. DO you know someone who is computer savvy who can help?

  10. Kerri says:

    Can’t wait to see what is to come for both Philip and Scotland travels! I came across your book on Amazon subscriptions and within the first few pages it stood out. Your writing and characters bring back the joy in reading! Thank you and keep up the wonderful work! To another working mom juggling so very much another huge thanks for your family support too! Absolutely love your books! Keep up the amazing work!!! Buying your new book tonight!

  11. Jackie Krzenski says:

    I loved this little book to get to know Philip just a little bit better. What a treat to ‘get into his head’ and see how he was enthralled with Marianne from the start! Loved every word and thank you Julianne for writing this. I am SOOOOO looking forward to your next new book! – Especially if it has a ‘dashing Scottish hero’!! And also – thank you to Julianne’s hubby for being so supportive!! Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  12. Helen says:

    Since the first time I read Edenbrooke, I has kept a close eye on new releases on Amazon. My heart jumped when Heir to Edenbrooke appeared in my search results! I quickly devoured it and then again but slowly savoring every page. I re-read (for the umpteenth time) Edenbrooke along side with Heir to get both perspectives. I am moved by the beautiful way your words describe the most intricate human emotions. You have a wonderful gift. Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication. I look forward to reading Phillip’s POV. I have so many questions about all the mysterious looks and words held btw him and Marianne.

  13. Megan says:

    Thank you for Heir to Edenbrooke! I LOVE IT!!! I would love to hear the rest of the book from his POV. I Loved Edenbrooke. THANK YOU!! it is one of my Favorite BOOKS!!!

  14. Brittney says:

    I would love to read about their wedding! The weeks leading up to it and of course the event! It could be another short story!!! Love your writing! Edenbrook is probably my most favorite! Thank your for a story I wouldn’t have to skip any parts over. I look forward to reading your stories to my girls someday!!

  15. Jill says:

    It was a well-timed read. Thank you! After I finished I dove back into Edenbrooke to read it all over again and I loved it just as much this time as I have on previous reads. Thank your husband for giving you space to share your gifts. A dear friend who is a mother of 6 and grandmother of 30+ in addition to a concert pianist always quotes President Hinckley’s words, “There must be respect for each other’s interests, there must be opportunities and encouragement for the development and expression of individual talent. Any man who denies his wife the time and the encouragement to develop her talents denies himself and his children a blessing that could grace their home and bless their posterity.” Standing for Something, p.158. As your husband makes the time for you to express your talents it is obvious you have a wonderful marriage where you also give him the same space for his talents. Thank you for both of you sharing your gratitude and gifts. 🙂

  16. Rachel says:

    Lol, so here’s a funny story about me being a ditz. I looked at your events page and saw a signing for Thursday the eleventh and was like oh yay book signing! So I showed up at Barnes and Noble, not realizing that Thursday was the tenth, and was confused when there wasn’t a signing. I double checked and realized that the signing must have been last year…

  17. Amy says:

    After reading Edenbrooke I became a HUGE fan of clean regency romance. I told all my homies, friends, and peeps about it and have bought four separate copies. I DIED after reading Heir to Edenbrooke! I feel in love all over again! Please, please, please make a movie! I would die twice! Huge fan of your work. I am extremely disappointed I never found another book as totally and completely captivating as yours:) Thank you.

  18. You are an incredible writer. Thank you for sharing your talents. I’m the mother of 4, and an editor, so I completely understand. Balance is key, and family always comes first. That being said…someday I will need more Philip. I’ll be patient. I’m looking forward to meeting this Scottish fellow. Have a wonderful new year and enjoy your family. Much love from a devoted fan.

  19. Alicia says:

    I just finished reading Heir to Edenbrook. You are such an amazing author! I read a lot of books and rarely reread unless it is a classic to me. Edenbrook is definitely an every 6 month classic for me. I love your devotion to family! I’ll just cherish what you’ve offered to your readers so far and wait for anything else you can offer in the future with anticipation! Being a mom is the most important thing ever!!

  20. kw says:

    I absolutely loved edenbrooke and was so keen in reading heir to edenbrooke but wad disappointed that you ended it so short. ..please please please write the entire story from Philip’s POV

  21. Hanna Jones says:

    You are a WONDERFUL writer. As a writer myself, I learned a lot from your books. I read to learn how to become a better writer and, to be honest, I LOVE to wrap myself up in someone else’s world and your books, both Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, have made that very possible. I read them each and I adore them! Your male characters are far too easy to fall in love with! Thank you. You’ve also inspired me to write my very own Regency-based novel. I look forward to your next masterpiece!!!

  22. Janell Johnson says:

    Seriously, this book needs to go on, possibly his POV beyond ed err Brooke. But most importantly, we need a hardcopy book. Thanks for highly entertaining literature.

  23. Emily Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful stories! I loved Heir so much and I recommend your books to all my friends. Philip is such a wonderful character, it would be a pleasure to know all his thoughts through the entire story if Edenbrook. However I can’t definety be patient knowing there is another great story around the corner to read. 🙂

  24. Olene says:

    I was just starting to really enjoy the book. When it ended:(
    I have read all your books and enjoy your writting style, this book was no exception except it was incomplete.

  25. Julie De Rurange says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do finish Philip’s perspective! I’m dying to know the rest of what he is thinking! LOVE your books and will continue to buy everything you produce! (Oh, also – I am in Tracy Jackson’s Ward here in Medford, OR. I read your acknowledgements and saw her name. Such a small world!)

  26. Jody Lyell says:

    Hi Julianne, Thank you so much for your beautiful writing!! I’m also a mum of 5 and still working on my first manuscript (15 years and counting). I first read Edenbrooke when I was in a difficult part of life, and when I was just contemplating in that post-book daze my husband commented that I looked really happy- I felt happy, and I do every time I read it! When I realised you’d written Heir to Edenbrooke I bought it immediately!! Love, love, love it all!! (Love Blackmore too!) Thank you for lifting me with your amazing gift xoxo

  27. Lizzy says:

    Yes, Philip’s side of the story definitely needs to continue. He’s funny. I’m just glad you’re writing more -of anything. I don’t mind that HtE is only in Kindle form even though I don’t have a Kindle. I’ll do whatever it takes, i.e., sending it to my daughter’s Kindle, to get my hands on your work. However, if you continue his story, a paperback version would be so welcome : )

  28. Tamara says:

    I’m so very grateful for your books. They’re a treasure in todays world of no clean books! Even more, I love and respect your priority as a mother/wife first and foremost above all but if you ever get the chance … please, PLEASE write a full story of Heir To Edenbrook! PLEEEEASE!

  29. Kimberley says:

    I loved stepping back into Edenbrook from Philip’s perspective. You are an incredible writer and I’m sure a great mother too! I am impressed you manage it all. Keep it up and thank you for sharing your talent! Looking forward to your new release!

  30. Molky says:

    Your books are my favorite!!! ?
    I’ve read Edenbrooke at least 5 times!! Such a fun book! Thank you for sharing your story-telling talents with us.

  31. Chelsy says:

    I LOVED Heir…. and was very impressed with how it seemed to hold on to your characters so well in dialogue and action. Especially, as you say, it had been so long since you had been in Phillips head. Well written. Such fun. If I ever need a laugh, I ask my sister to sing me the “cow song” with actions, as she does it so well and we can both giggle about it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your writing!

  32. Anominous says:

    Whatever happened to the movie? I have read Edenbrooke at least 17 times! I’m in love with your books! I would absolutely die to see this in a movie! Please!

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