HAPPENED ONE MIDNIGHT is released today!!!....It's
a Romantic Times Top Pick! Booktopia says, "If
you buy only one historical romance this year, it has to be
this one." Just Janga called it "Heart-shatteringly
romantic with a sigh-evoking HEA." And I hope you
all agree!! So excited to have you read about Jonathan Redmond
and Thomasina de Ballesteros. And I hope you'll let me know
what you think of the book! Join me on Facebook
today, June 25th, to celebrateI'm giving away a signed
Pennyroyal Green series book of your choice and a beautiful
pair of pearl and peridot earrings!
KISSED AN EARL hits USA TODAY!!....Holy
smokes, kittensthanks for spreading the words of the
I KISSED AN EARL e-saleit
hit the USA Today list!! AND it's still on sale for 99
cents, but for just a limited timeas is THE PERILS OF
P LEASURE, for just $1.99. Tell your buddies! And March came
in like a lamb here in CA, and in honor of impending spring,
I have a new and easy contest up.
Happy almost-spring, my blossoms. xoxo
Jonathan Redmond is up next! ...check it out,
darlings: I've posted the back
cover copy for IT
HAPPENED ONE MIDNIGHTit'll be out in July 2013!
Just in time for your beach and camping trips and long, luxurious
spa vacations (<----don't mind mejust daydreaming).
can preorder it now at Amazon, if you like!
NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES is here!! All
About Romance gave it their highest honor, a coveted
Desert Isle Keeper, saying, "This, my friends,
is how you write a series." Reader
to Reader said "Each of Julie Anne Long’s novels
is more memorable than the last, and it will truly be difficult
to top A Notorious Countess Confesses! I hope you love
the story, kittensI can't wait to hear what you thin!
Look for it at your favorite bookstore! And in honor of its
release, there's a new contest
upcheck it out, kittens, and happy reading! xoxo julie
6.11.12 ...The Countdown to A Notorious
Countess launches with a Contest!... A
NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES will be out in 143 days
as I type this!! Which will be here before you know it, but
also gives you plenty of time to bone up on the rest
of the Pennyroyal Green series, yes?? Fortunately, you can
win stuff by doing precisely that! Check
out my contest page for details! :)
3.9.12 ...Spice up your Spring with an
KISSED AN EARL is on sale for $1.99 at all your
favorite major US e-book retailers! AND something
happens in I
Kissed an Earl that plays a role in A
NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSESso you might just
want to read it first, if you haven't yet. Tell your romance-loving
buddies, chick peas! xo...Julie
3.9.12 ...And the countdown begins!!..A
NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES is officially pre-odering!
You can find your paperback
versions on Amazon,
and the paperback
version on B&N (at a special price of $4.99 online!)the
Nook version to follow!
1.21.12 ...Attention, Houston and Chicago
Girls! Meet me and author Laura
Lee Guhrke next weekwe'll be visiting two fabulous
bookstores next weekKaty Budget Books in Houston
on January 23rd, and Anderson's Bookshop in Chicago on the
25th! Both events start at 7 p.m. We'll be signing books
and endeavoring to entertain. ;) I'd love to meet you
and/or any buddies you might have in those areas, so please
do come on out! Also, have I told you that the ebook of
Love a Thief is just $0.99 for the month of January at
all major ebook retailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
Sony, Kobo, i-Tunes)?. Meet Gideon and Lily for the first
time, or get reacquainted!
THE MARQUESS WAS WON is here!..Hark! Do you hear
trumpets? Or is that just me?? Hee! So thrilled that How
the Marquess Was Won is here! Not only that, but it
arrived to RAVES, including a Starred Review from the Library
Journaland Amazon.com selected it as one of the Best
Books of the Month! I can't wait to hear what you think
of the story of Marquess Dryden and Phoebe Valeand I
hope you'll send me a note or stop by my Facebook
Page to tell me what you think. Happy New Year (in a few
out my contest page if you want to know my idea of
an excellent New Year's resolution (and how I plan to help
you keep it. ;) (Hint: it involves one of our favorite passtimes).
xo for now turtledoves...julie
12.01.11 ...A Holiday e-bargainpre-order
THE MARQUESS WAS WON at just $4.99!!..Yes indeed,
my sugarplums, you read that correctlyyou can preorder
THE MARQUESS WAS WON at all major e-book retailers
at that price now! AND if you've already pre-ordered,
you'll still get the special price! I'm not sure how long
the price will last, however, so I wanted to alert you, so
you can spend the dollars you save on yourself. ;) Hope you're
enjoyng the season so farstay warm and have fun!...xo...julie
11.2.11 ...Peek between the covers of
How the Marquess was Wonand win sparkly loot for you
AND a friend!...If it seems like I'm decking the halls
a little early here, my turtledoves, you can blame it on How
the Marquess Was Won excitementI sincerely hope
you'll ring in the new year with it!! Take
a peek at the excerpt f you haven't yet...and then
pop on over to my contest
page, where you can win signed books and lovely genuine
pearl and sterling silver earrings (handcrafted by Circe
Designs) for you AND a frienddressy enough for
the holidays. Happy November, darlings, henceforth known as
the month before the month of HOW
THE MARQUESS WAS WON'S release. ;)
...Get an Exclusive FIRST Sneak Peek at
HOW THE MARQUESS WAS WON!...Happy Booktober, kittens!
:) Stop by the fabulous The
Season Blog this weekend for your first-ever
peek between the pages of How
the Marquess Was Won! A randomly chosen commenter
will win a signed copy one of the previous Pennyroyal Green
series books and a signed cover flat! And if you have
all of the series books already, just think of it as getting
a jump start on your holiday shopping. ;) Also: check out
that GLORIOUS cover. Not to mention that Julia
Quinn herself is a fan of the series, and it says
so right on the cover! How lucky can a girl get? Can't wait
to hear what you think of the story... xo...julie
7.29.11 ...Amazon Editors choose WHAT
I DID FOR A DUKE as one of the Best Books of 2011 so far!!....You
read that correctly, kittensand it's an incredible
honor, given the thousands of books published this year and
the wonderful company I'm in! In fact, Amazon was so pleased
with the success of Avon's promotional price for The
Perils of Pleasure (the first book in the series)
that they decided to keep the party goingand they
included it in their exclusive Big Deals promotion!! The
e-book is still $2.99 for a limited time! And in case
you're new to my site (well, hello there!!) or new to the
Pennyroyal Green series: Read about the premise
here, or on any page for any Pennyroyal Green series
And as a refresher, my doves, a complete directory of all
my published books can be found in the Books
Section. Each book is listed in order of most recent
release, and you can click through to each book's page, which
includes reviews, excerpts, order links and FAQ's where applicable!
And if a book is part of a series, it's clearly marked. Hope
this helps you find your way around! ;)
6.12.11 ...A sssizzling summer
sale! Plus, How the
Marquess Was Won is coming!!..Hope the brink of Summer
finds you keeping cool and planning mischief and relaxation
in equal quantities, my lovelies. Here's something that might
come in handy while you do both: the e-book of The
Perils of Pleasure, the first book in the Pennyroyal
Green series, is on sale for $2.99 at your favorite
e-book retailers for a limited time!! This would be a
good chance to read the first oin the series if you haven't
yet, or pass the word onto any friends who might want to try
it! And speaking of the Pennyroyal Green series:
I've posted the back cover copy for How
the Marquess Was Wonand
the print version is pre-ordering NOW at Amazon
& Noble! (The e-book versions will be available
for pre-order soon.) I'll share more in the weeks ahead. It'll
be out in Januaryjust around the corner, am I right??
;) xo for now...julie
2.22.11 ...Did you look out your window
this morning and see a parade?? Could be because...It's
What I Did for
a Duke Release Day!..Hee! Well, it's here,
my loves, and I hope you love it as much as early reviewers:
Perfect 10's. Perfect 5's. Top Picks and Desert Island Keeper
a few of them out here! My mind is blown, my heart is
full. :) And check out the list of celebratory festivities
I have planned in its honorbeginning with a guest stint
at the Avon
Romance Blog TODAY, and continuing with this fun
little parade of events. Celebrate, comment and win
books! I hope you love the Duke of Falconbridge's and Genevieve
Eversea's storycan't wait to hear what you think. Here's
hoping it's hot enough to hasten the spring thaw. ;) xo for
1.31.11 ...A TOP PICK for WHAT I DID FOR
A DUKE! And an Early Valentine's gift for you!...Romantic
Times made What
I Did for a Duke a Top Pick, The
Romance Reviews gave it FIVE STARS and called it
"magnificent" ...holy smokes, what's a girl
to do but celebrate?? I can't wait for you all to read
Genevieve Eversea's and the Duke of Falconbridge's story.
This is where the celebration comes in: the whole first
chapter of What
I Did for a Duke is the ebook version of To Love a
Thief, and in honor of Romance's High Holiday, Valentine's
Day, and just because I adore you so thoroughly, we're
able to make the ebook version of To
Love a Thief available for $1.99 for the month of February!
It's my gift to you, my doves. :)
So fire up your Kindle
apps and spread the word! And
enter my new contestyou
can win gorgeous sterling silver, luminous coin and sapphire-blue
round pearls and a SLEW of fabulous books by a number of great
authors, including Julia
Neville, Toni Blake,
and Courtney Milan.
If you don't know the code word, visit my Facebook
Page and take a look aroundyou'll find it. ;)
Twenty more days until WIDFAD hits shelves!! But who's counting??...xo....julie
1.31.11 ...Twenty-three more days!!!!
(but who's counting?)...What
I Did for a Duke will be on shelves (and available
for your Kindles
& Nooks) in mere weeks! <--Just look
at that lovely cover! Have you read an excerpt?
Have I told you about the early RAVES for it? Can you tell
I'm getting excited??? I can't wait for you to meet the Duke
of Falconbridge and Genevieve Eversea. I'll have a new contest
up in a few days, kittens, and a schedule of guest blogsstay
tuned! And be sure to Friend
me on Facebook or sign up for my newsletter to get notified
of anything exciting in the world of JAL as soon as it happens.
12.16.11 ...Don we now, our hats and mittens
and scarves and and boots andI'm cold! How are you,
my turtledoves? Keeping warm and safe and full of hot chocolate
and other piping beverages, I hope?? Speaking of hot
(you may congratulate me on the clever segueway ;) ), I've
posted the truly beautiful, fairy-tale
cover as well as a little excerpt of WHAT
I DID FOR A DUKEand early word has it that it's
truly my best book yet. That'll be up to you
to decide, but author and proprietress of The
Season (a must-visit web destination for discerning
romance lovers) Beverley
Kendall says she not only love loves LOVES it,
she re-reads the ending whenever she gets a chance. What an
amazing thing to say! I'm eager for March to get here
so I can hear what you think, too. You can also read the
entire first chapter in the e-book version of To
Love a Thief. And also speaking of hot, these citrine,
garnet and 14k gold filled earrings ought to put a little
sunshine in your January. If Santa doesn't fill your stocking
with shiny things, these might do the trick. ;) So
enter my contest! Hugs to you and yours, and whether
you celebrate Christmas or not, may your holidays be safe,
healthy, warm and filled with laughter, love, great memories
and fabulous books. ...xo...julie
...To Love a Thief gets a new look!...Exciting
news, chick peas! To
Love a Thief, my second book ever, a big reader favorite
and Rita Nominee, is at last available for Kindle
And not only does it have a lush and sensual new cover (this
is the really fun partfor me, anyway)...it
contains a sneak peak at the first chapter of WHAT
I DID FOR A DUKE, the upcoming Pennyroyal Green series
book, which is preordering simply everywhere. ;) I've
heard early raves (like: "this is your best
book yet, Julie"that sort of thing) so I can't
wait to hear what you think. March '11will be here before
you know it! (Well, after Thanksgiving and Christmas and the
like). Hope fall is treating your and yours kindly, my doves.
7.19.10 ...Win a signed book and visit
with me at RomCon today!!...Got questions about me or
the Pennyroyal Green series? Melting from the heat and looking
for a reason to stay indoors where the air is conditioned??
Come say hi to me and bring any questions to the fabulous
today, Monday, July 19th, and you might a win a signed
copy of The Perils of
Pleasure! Would be delighted to see you there.
7.6.10 ...HOLY SMOKES!! I'm starting to
think they like it...And by "it" I mean I
KISSED AN EARL, of course. :) What makes me say that,
you ask? For starters, IKAE
was #5 in the Top 10 e-book downloads at
Books on Board, the largest internet ebook retailer
right up there with Nora Roberts, Stephanie Laurens and
J.R. Ward!!! The
Romance Dish gave it a perfect 5 stars, reviewer
PJ Ausdenmore calling it the best of the series and one
of the Top 5 books of the year. Dear
Author gave it an A-, saying "The emotions in
this book are so palpable that at times I felt as though I
was literally present in Flint’s cabin with these two people,
intruding on something intimate and precious. A lot of that
is due to the beauty of the writing." That's a lot
of blush-inducing praise, and I'm quite humbly delighted.
:) What do you think?? Hope you love it, too! And next up
in the series is WHAT
I DID FOR A DUKEI just posted the back cover
blurb, and it's already pre-ordering on Amazon!
I just saw the coverand it's staggeringly-pretty.
That's a teaseI'll let you know when I can officially
share it! Hope your summer is going swimmingly so far, chick
6.29.10 ...I KISSED AN EARL is here!!...Hark!
What's that I hear?? The pitter-pat of thousands of summer
sandals as everyone stampedes to bookstores for their copy
Kissed an Earl?? Hee! That's my dream, anyway.
But let me encourage you to run out and get your copy (or
leap upon your computer to download it to your Kindle, or
what have you) while it's hot off the press and on bookstore
shelves!! And be sure to read excerpts if you haven't yet.
And word has it the book is hot indeed: The reviews have been
gratifyingly AMAZING, and the turnout at our Borders True
Romance Blowout was, too: over 186 comments and well-wishers.
You guys are the best!! Hope you love the story, chick peas.
And you might want to read it with the air conditioning turned
up, if you get my drift. ;) Make sure you enter my new (and
easy!) summer contest,
too. Happy reading, and xo for now!...julie
6.26.10 ...THREE MORE DAYS!...the
earl kissing will commence officially on June 29th,
when the bright pink book hits shelvesand did I mention
I Kissed an Earl is a Romantic Times Top Pick??
they said "Long surpasses herself with her latest Pennyroyal
Green book. Action and adventure meld perfectly with an emotionally
powerful romance that leaves you breathless with wonder!"but
I wanted to make sure you marked your calendars for Monday,
June 28th, the day before: I'll be hosting the release
party at Borders
True Romance, Borders Books fabulous blog, and you're
all invited! Be sure to decide who you're bringing as
a cyber date to the partyhe can be living, dead, fact
or fictional, hot or simply, um, interesting (though
I hope no one brings a zombieimagine the disruption)and
be prepared to comment about where you'd like to escape to
should you get an opportunity to escape the way Violet Redmond
does in I
Kissed an Earl. I'll be giving away a set of signed
books and some gorgeous Special Edition I Kissed an Earl
earrings (sterling silver, pearl, raspberry chalcedony)
from Circe Designs
to a random commenter. See you there, kittens! xo...julie
...April showers bring... sterling silver
flowers! (And a chance to be the first one on your block to
read I Kissed
an Earl!)... Happy April, my blossoms! It's raining
like mad in California this week, but I frankly think
it's time to think pinkpink as in spring blossoms, as
in I Kissed an
Earl's cover, as in the lustrous little freshwater
pearl that adorns each of the the handcrafted sterling
silver rose earrings earrings (by Circe
Designs) you might winalong with an advance e-galley
of I Kissed an
Earl in time for Mother's Day! :) You know,
just in case you plan to give them away. ;) Check out
my contest page
to find out how to win. And by all means, if the spirit moves
you, feel free to preorder
your copy of IKAE at any number of fabulous booksellers. Hope
spring finds you and yours feeling fine, fluffyand frisky!
12.31.09 ...So long, 2009! Kick your shoes
off, and make yourself at home, 2010! ...Raising
a glass of cyber champagne to you, sweet peas, and wishing
you a glorious new year filled with fulfilled dreams and the
dawning of new ones, whether you're celebrating this New Year's
eve raucously or restfully. May it be a healthy, propserous,
safe and interesting (in a benign way) year
for us all. As for me, I rang it out with wonderful newsSince
the Surrender is nominated for a 2009
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award! Woo hoo!and
I'll be ringing it in with a little guest gig on January
4th, 2010 at the tremendously cool Romantic
Crush Junkies blog! Hope to see you there so we can
celebrate the start of a new year togetherand if you
stop by to comment, you can win a signed copy of Since
the Surrender as well as a sparkly, elegant pair
of sterling silver and freshwater pearl earrings handcrafted
by Circe Designs.
See you next year, darlings! xo....julie
11.21.09 ... T'is the season to
win dangly, sparkly thingsand, coincidentally, for peeking
between the covers at a hot earl ;)...Just in case you
don't happen to encounter an actual amorous earl beneath
the mistletoe this holiday season, I thought I'd suggest a
consoling alternative: take an early sneak peek at
I Kissed an Earl (Violet Redmond's and the
Earl of Ardmay's storyalready preordering at Borders
and then enter my
contest for a chance to win sterling silver hoops
and a set of dazzling, genuine gemstone earring charms
handcrafted by Circe
Designs, as well as a Pennyroyal Green starter
kita set of three signed JAL books in festive
colors. ;) The deadline to enter is December 15th,
just in time to festoon yourself or a loved one with jewels
before Christmas! (I'm always looking out for your needs ;)
). Here's to a marvelous, safe, warm Thanksgiving holiday
to you and yours, my lovelies! xo....julie
10.20.09 ... Be one of the first
on your block to own I KISSED AN EARL!...Mark your calendars,
pumpkins!! Not only do we have a release date for I
KISSED AN EARLJuly 2010, to coincide, appropriately
enough, with fireworks!!but you can preorder it
now at Borders
Which means you might actually receive your copy before
everyone else does. ;) It also means the countdown to Violet
Redmond's and the Earl of Ardmay's story has officially begun!
I'll have an excerpt, a blurb and a cover on the
web page as soon as I can, so keep an eye on it. Can't
wait to hear what you guys think of the book! [And congrats
to Diana P. on being quick and stealthyshe won my "Stealth
Contest" just a few minutes after I posted this,
which means she wins and a signed copy of Since
the Surrender!] Hope you and yours are enjoying
09.09.09 ... Since it's
September, let's talk about Since
the Surrenderat the very groovy new Borders
TrueRomance blog!...Boy, do they know how to celebrate
romance at Borders!
Want proof? Join me Wednesday, September 9,all day,
to chat about Since
the Surrendercome prepared to tell me about
the last time you surrendered to temptation. ;) Or
just just say hi and tell me how you've been, because I'm
dying to knowand you might win the first three
books in the Pennyroyal Green series and a gorgeous pair of
citrine, garnet and 22k gold vermeil earrings from
the Since the Surrender
collection at Circe
Designs! Hope to see
you there, pumpkins!
08.10.09 ... Read
a FRESH exclusive excerpt of SINCE THE SURRENDER at Fresh
Fiction!... I'm blogging today at the fabulous Fresh
a fresh snippet of Since the Surrender! Stop by to
take a peek, and if you have an opinion or question, by all
means leave a comment!
08.05.09 ... It's
"Ask the Romance Writer!" Day on Twitter!...
follow me on Twitter (@julieannelong) and search for
the hashtag #askromancewriter to see Q&A from many
of your favorite authors all in 140 characters or less!!
;) And here's a fresh link to the Best Piece of Advice
I could give authors or aspiring authors (one of the questions
asked today)it's to read the pair of articles written
by me and agent Steven Axelrod"Why
Publishing is Making You Crazyand What You Can Do About
it: The Tao of Publishing.
07.27.09 ... SINCE
THE SURRENDER'S out TOMORROW, July 28thand
holy Mackerel, what a gig we have planned!!
It's a Cyber
Cocktail Party at my Blog, girls, replete with Sexy
Psychic Cyber Waiters, a hunky Special Guest (Andrew
Gross, author of 6 #1 NYT bestselling novels with
and a number of fabulous bestsellers of his own, inculding
DARK TIDE, nominated for Thriller of the Year) and
signed books donated by incredible authors iike New York Times
bestseller thriller writer Lisa
Gross himself, this year’s Romance Writers of
America Rita Award winner for Best Historical, Pam
James, Toni Blake,
Laura Lee Guhrke,
and MOI, plus a grand prize including the incredibly gorgeous
pair of garnet, citrine, 22k gold vermeil earrings
from the the Since the Surrender collection
at Circe Designs!
I would love for you to join me in celebrating
STS's releasehope to see you there, and tell your friends!
07.24.09 ...Big Old Blog Bash in honor
of SINCE THE SURRENDERwith a special guest!! Save
the date, kittens: on July 28th, SINCE
THE SURRENDER'S release date, I'm having a big blog
bashcomplete with Surprise Special Guest (You'll
love this one!!), sexy cyber waiters to see to your every
need, and THREE fabulous prize packages given out throughout
the day, including signed books and fine jewelry. It's
our long-awaited return to the last year's Pleasure Dome,
and I hope you'll come and dance, relax, chat, mingle and
have a blast with me. Also, stop by Yankee
Romance Reader today to chat with me and for a chance
to win a copy of THE
PERILS OF PLEASURE and LIKE
NO OTHER LOVER!
07.12.09 ...Meet me in D.C.!! Follow me
on Twitter!! Enter my new contest!!! Forgiving me for
getting all exclamatory on youit's just that
so many exciting things are happening this week and there's
really only the one punctuation mark available for excited
people. Hee! I'm heading to the Annual Summer Camp for Grown
Women, The Romance Writers of America Conference, which
is in Washington D.C. this year. If you're in the area, come
see me on Wednesday night the 15th at the Readers for Life
Literary Signing, from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Mariott Wardman
Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.it's open to
the public, and I'd love to see your lovely face! And if you're
registered for the conference, please do join me and Agent
Steven Axelrod for our presentation on Why Publishing is
Making You Crazyand What You Can Do About It: the Tao
of Publishing, on Saturday the 18th at 2 p.m.. Also,
if you're on Twitter,
follow me darlings, because I'm finally among the legion of
Tweetersjust look for "JulieAnneLong" if you're
on Twitter. And don't forget to enter
my new contestyou can win a Borders Gift
Card and fine jewelry from Circe Designs!!
...4 and a half stars and one big steamy
K.I.S.S. award for hero Chase Eversea and Since
Times reviewer Kathe Robin rang in with an early
verdict on Since
the Surrenderand it's a doozy, as you can
see!! If you're wondering whether Captain Chase Eversea is
a sssssssmoking hot hero, there's your answer, kittens. I
can't wait to hear what you guys thinkand I guess I'll
begin hearing what you think out in about, oh, 50 days (but
who's counting??) Meanwhile, join the countdown celebration
by entering my new contestthis
month I'm celebrating two of the many talented entrepreneurs
among my readers: I'm giving away a CD by Frances
England, the delightful, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter
of music for the whole family, and funky/gorgeous 14k gold-filled
and amethyst zircon earrings by Alliway,
one of Hawaii's top jewelry boutiques founded by designer
Allison Kim-Czerniak. They'll look beautiful on you. Here's
to a magnificent June! xo...julie
05.04.09 ...Since when is romance tax
Novak's wonderful auction in support of Diabetes Prevention,
that's when! If you want a chance to read Since
the Surrender before everyone else does and tell
me what you think of it (because I'm dying to know, frankly)
AND contribute to a wonderful cause, pop on over to
the auction now
to bid, and to check out all the other groovy items donated
by some of your favorite authors. ..And did you know POP
and Like No Other
Lover were chosen among the Top 100 Romances of ALL
TIME by the girls at the bulletin board shared by Eloisa James
and Julia Quinn?? ? Truly a rare honor bestowed by that
lovely group, and I'm very touched, indeed. Help me share
the happiness by entering this
month's contestApril's Grand Prize Stimulus
Package winner, Daphne W. of Ohio, was truly a happy camper,
and perhaps you can join her at Happy Camp in May. (hee!)
This month You can win genuine garnet and pearl earrings,
a signed JAL book, and a $25 gift certificate from Walmart,
which will buy a few good romances, yes? Happy May, and
happy Mom's day to mommies everywhere!...xo...julie
...Could you use a little stimulation,
kittens?...With all this talk of stimulating the economy
lately, are you feeling left out? How silly of me to
even ask, you say? Of course we could all use our very
own Stimulus Packages these days, you tell me?? Well, I couldn't
agree more. Allow me to step into the breach: Every week
until Since the
Surrender's August release (practically around
the corner, is how it feels!!) I'll be giving away a signed
book, and every month through August I'll be giving
away a Grand Prize Stimulus
package! Each package will include things to stimulate
the senses (gemstone jewelry anyone?), or the funnybone, brain
and imagination (signed books by moi!), the pocketbook (gift
certificates you you can really use!) April's
package includes handcrafted garnet and pearl earrings,
a $25 Gift Certificate to Scrapbook.com for scrapbooking supplies
(I know a lot of you kittens are scrapbookers!), and a signed
JAL book! Visit the contest
page to learn more and please do enter and say hi!
xxxxMeanwhile, join me in "HURRAY!!"-
ing over the fabulous news that there will be at least
three more Pennyroyal Green books after Since
the Surrender readers are loving them!! Meanwhile,
please feel free to stimulate your anticipation for Since
by reading the juicy
little excerpt I've posted, and stimulate your senses
by feasting your eyes on that incredibly luscious cover while
you're thereand I wont' complain at all if you're stimulated
to preorder it, too. Hee! Happy April, blossoms! xo....julie
...Hoo boy, did Valentine's Day came early
this year!...As I type this it's not even Valentine's
day yet, and I'm already feeling the love: Have you heard
Michelle Buonfiglio at MyLifetime.com,
Lifetime TV's website, chose Like
No Other Lover as the Best Historical romance
of 2008?? And that a senior reviewer at All
About Romance chose The
Perils of the Pleasure as her favorite
historical of 2008? And that POP
is up for a Romantic
Times Reviewer's Choice award, too?? And...drum
roll please....that the extraordinary
Quick was kind enough to read the next
book in my Pennyroyal Green series, Since
the Surrender, and pronounced it "fantastic?"!!
She honestly gushed about it. It feels like a group hug, frankly,
and I'm walking around in a glow. Let me hug all of you
back, kittens, with a nice
little Valentine's contest winning an actual heart
has never been so easy. :) Hope you and yours are in fine,
fine fettle, too. xo....julie
12.01.08 ...Why Publishing is Making You
Crazyand What You Can Do About It: The Tao of Publishing....
And you thought I was born crazy. :) Check out my blog
Julie Chroniclesmy agent Steven Axelrod and
I wrote a pair of articles for the Romance Writers Report
(based on our 2008 presentation at the RWR conference), and
in them we take a look at the crazy-making vicissitudes of
publishing and offer a pair of New Year's Resolutions geared
toward more peace, balance and sanity for authors, aspiring
authors, and everyone involved in publishing. We're delighted
that there's a bit of a buzz building about the article
hope you enjoy it!
11.10.08 ...Spiders and cats and butterflies,
oh my!...Visit me and the ladies who hang out at Yankee
Romance Reviewers todayI'm blogging about Like
No Other Lover, spiders, kitties and other multi-legged
things. :) Come talk about your pets, how you feel about crawling
things, about LNOL, or just say hi! A signed copy of The
...Come chat with me and the gang of lovelies
who hang out at the bulletin board shared by Eloisa
James and Julia Quinn!... I'm still recovering from
the certified fabulous BLOWOUT we had in honor
No Other Lover's releasethanks for making release
day so unforgettable!!but I've coaxed the waiters over
to the EJ & JQ's bulletin board, where I'm honored to
be a guest this month, and where they'll dance soothing attendance
upon you as we chat about Like
No Other Lover and The
Perils of Pleasure (and the hot cyber-waiters, and
the weather, and anything at all). Hope to see you
No Other Lover is here, and the party's hopping! ...There's
a BIG shindig TODAY, Tuesday October 28th, in honor of
LNOL's release (and the lovely wave of raves that have
been washing over it!) over at my blog, the Julie
Chronicles today! It's a "book shower,"
but I'm giving away the gifts. You just have
to bring a "cyber dish," as it's a cyber potluck.
But first, choose
the sexy cyberwaiter who'll be waiting on you and and foot
today from the Cyber-waiter Generator (it's quite
an international, accomplished contingent of hot men, too!);
then come to the party with your cyber-dish (extra points
for actual recipes!) in hand. I'll be giving away prizes at
surprise intervals all day, including beautiful handcrafted
genuine gemstone earrings from the Like No Other Lover collection
by Circe Designs;
a very cool Tarot card reading from Tarot
by Arwen (in honor of Like No Other Lovers' heroine's
visit to a gypsy); and signed books by Eloisa
Blake, Kayla Perrin,
Julia Quinn, Alexandra
Hawkins, Sophia Nash,
and Sylvia Day, and Sarah
Bennett. Oh, and by me! :) Come help me celebrate,
chicklets! And the day following the party,Michelle Buonfiglio's
very cool Romance
B(uy) the Book blog at the LifetimeTV website, myLifetime.com.
Hope life is simply splendid!..xo...julie
10.23.08 ...Five days, six hours, five
minutes and 46 seconds to go!...Have you visited my (or
your, since you can put it on your own website or blog)
Like No Other Lover
Countdown widget lately?? You should keep a close eye on it,
because it's my understanding that a half-dressed Clive Owen
will spring from it when the magical moment arrives! Hee!
The raves for Like
No Other Lover are rolling in, tooRomance
Reviews Today rang in with a Perfect 10! Can't wait
to hear what you think. A few fun events are coming up, including
the story of my First Sale (on Dear
Author) this Friday the 24th; a guest blog at Michelle
Buonfiglio's very cool Romance
B(uy) the Book blog at the LifetimeTV website, myLifetime.com,
on October 29th; a guest stint at Eloisa
James and Julia Quinn's shared bulletin board in November;
and stay tuned for word of my Blog Party on the 28th,
kittens! Think prizes all day, sexy cyber waiters, and a swingin'
time for all! Hope you and yours are simply swell. :)
08.05.08 ...Authors in dresses?
It must be the RWA conference! + vote for your favorite JAL
title at AAR!...Well, the wonderland that is the San Francisco
Romance Writers of America conference has once again come
to a close, which means a mad flurry of photos are now winging
to and fro authors in cyberspace. Authors actually clean up
pretty nicely around conference time. :) Want proof? Check
out my blog for conference higlights and to see photos
of me ranging from red silk and satin on Rita night to one
from the Literacy Signing in which you can see my molars and
right up my nose, pretty much (it's an angle thing.) You can
see various other lovely authors there, too. Also: All
About Romance is conducting their annual poll of Favorite
Books by Favorite Authors, and they're including me
this time around, along with 11 other wonderful authors, including
Jayne Anne Krentz and Amanda Quick. An honor
here to vote for your favorite JAL book, if you have oneyou
have until August 15th in this round. And please do enter
my contest before the end of the month! Hope your
August got off to as splendid a start as mine did, my lovelies!!
...June brings an early RAVE and a wee
preview!..Even as POP
is still popping and collecting
lovely reviews, I of course can't wait for you guys to
get a peek at the next book in the series, Like
No Other Lover particularly since the lovely
and talented NYT Bestselling author Karen
Hawkins was kind enough to give it an early read...and
she loved it!! She called it "deliciously funny"
and "wickedly sensual" and says, "You'd
better have the rest of the day off when you open LIKE
NO OTHER LOVER, because once you start, you won't be able
to put it down!" I was so thrilled! Isn't she sweet??
I've posted a
wee little excerpt of LNOL, and by all means take
a look if you'd like a hint of what Karen is talking about!
And we of course have a
new contest up, involving three books and a summer
sterling-and-gemstone wardrobe for your earlobes, which I
know will look dazzling on you:) Happy June, sweet peas!
...Big BLOG Party in honor of POP over
at Red Room!...Here it is, darlingsstarting today,
I'm throwing the bash I've been wanting to have in honor of
POP and the launch of my Pennyroyal Green series for Avon!
I'm holding the party at my
blog at Red Room, a fabulous community of diverse
authors ranging from some you likely already know and lovee.g.,
Amy Tan, James Patterson, Stephen Colbert, Daniel Handler
(Lemony Snickett), Jon Stewart, Susan Wigg (and moi!)
and other authors you'll likely want to get to know!! Red
Room is featuring on their homepage this week a
little video I made on "Deadline Preparedness."
And sweaty half-dressed men and hard liquor might play
a role in my deadline survival, but you have to watch the
movie to find out. :)
For a chance to win beautiful handcrafted gemstone earrings
and a signed copy of POP, 1) check out the movie at Red
Room or at THE
PERILS OF PLEASURE page at the HarperCollins site;
then 2) stop by my
Red Room blog to commentjust tell me what color
my bathrobe is in the comment! (And now you're going,
"Good Lord! What kind of video is this, Julie?"
Very high budget, obviously. LOL). I've invited a number of
fabulous authors to stop by to comment about what they keep
in their Deadline Preparedness kits, so you never know
who might show up, and I'm hoping it'll be fun for all of
us. Hope you come to the party to help me celebrate POP's
success, which I owe in large part to you guys!! And of course,
I also have my usual new contest up on the contest pagewin
Springy gemstone hoops!...xo..julie
03.13.08 ...A Romance stampede!...
That's what we're going for, anyway tomorrow, Friday
the 14th, Barbara Vey is having a BLOG PARTY at her fabulous
romance blog for Publishers Weekly, Beyond
Her Bookwe'd like to get a HUGE number of comments
just to kind of show PW and the world how much romance means
to us! :) There WILL be prizes, too, and you might
win one if you comment! I'll be popping in to say hi to Barbara
and everyone else who commentshope to see you there!
Also, check out the stunning French online romance Magazine
Romantiquesin honor of the French translations
of THE RUNAWAY
La Rebelle in French -- here's the Amazon France
link! ) !) which is out now, and TO
LOVE A THIEF (Pickpocket
en Juponsno cover yet!), which will be released
in French in April, they've featured an interview with me
translated into French! There are many cool things about my
job, granted, but being connected to readers all over the
world is absolutely one of the coolest. :) Tell all your French-speaking
friends, or hone your own French with a little romance. :)
...More POP Talk!... Happy March,
darlings! Join me today for more POP Talk as I guest blog
at Romantic Inks
[NOTE: I just corrected the link to the RIit was originally
a bit off! That's a good link now!], and comment if you're
game! Also, check out the back cover blurb for LIKE
NO OTHER LOVERI just posted it! Hope you're
intrigued. And because my schedule is a little on the nutty
side I decided to extend our February contest through Marchand
March, coincidentally, features green things, (e.g., Spring,
St. Patrick's day), much
like our contest prizesparkly green gemstone
POP rocks. So it was meant to be. :) I know those earrings
will 'll look beautiful on you, so enter! Come visit my blog
Julie Chronicles, too, to get a gander/listen at one
of the songs I used to play when I was in bands and join the
girls in chit chat. Hope you and yours are in fine, frisky
fettle on this brink of spring!!,
02.26.08 ...Like No Other Lover!! + a
fab blog at Lux!!...My darlings, we have a new title for
the second book in the Pennyroyal Green seriesthe one
after the Perils of Pleasure. It'll be out in November,
and after much teamwork and brainstorming between a wide variety
of talented people, I can happily tell you that it'll be calledtrumpets,
No Other Lover!! I love it! Hope you like it, too,
and thanks to everyone who donated brainpower to the titling
process. :) You can even preorder
it on Amazon now (the former title still shows up
on Amazonbut cross my heart, that's the right link,
and the correct title will show up soon!) and we're close
to having both a final cover and the back cover copy, which
I can't wait to share with you!
Also, Bethany Hensel at the very FAB Lux
Magazine interviewed me for their blog, and she asked
some fabulous, interesting questions. Find out how I know
that 65-year-old men love Beauty
and the Spy, whether I think there's a stigma associated
with romance novels, and how to stay motivated to write! Stop
by to comment today!
an extraordinarily lovely review of POP,
Fox of Library Journal says: "A fiction
fan doesn’t love all fiction, and an avid romance reader doesn’t
love all romances. But Julie Anne Long is one author to recommend
to anyone who loves to read, period." Wow! And she goes
on to say, "Long’s way with language and character
is mesmerizing. " One of my favorite words"mesmerizing!"
Bless her heart. :) Just wanted to share that with you, kittens!
And I'll be chatting live with the Avon Romance Group on
on February 29th, 8 p.m. EST. You need to register for
Facebook and join
the group (if you haven't already) to chat, but hey,
it's free and fun! Hope to see you there.
02.13.08 ... POP talk!...If you're
Facebook (or would like to register for it if you
aren'tit's free!), join the discussion in the Avon
Romance group The
Perils of Pleasure is the featured title for February!!
And check out my blog at Avon
Romance this week I discuss POP, what's sexy
to me, and wrap it all up by mentioning a nude Jude Law. :)
And talking of talking: if you're an author or aspiring author
and you plan to attend the RWA conference in San Francisco
in July, my agent Steve Axelrod and I will be discussing "Why
Publishing is Making You Crazy and What You Can Do About
It: The Tao of Publishing." (and here you thought
I was born crazy. :)) I will have chocolate
for various attendees. :) I'll tell you more about it in the
02.04.08 ... POPping with pride!...Would
you take The
Perils of Pleasure with you to a Desert Isle? All
About Romance would: they
made POP a Desert Isle keeper, and reviewer Rike Horstmann
wrote the most beautiful review, which
you simply have to read. It begins with "this is
the best romance I have read in a long time." I'm very
touchedPOP is indeed rocking! And Haven Rich over at
said it "will keep your blood racing, captivate your
senses and enchant you with each page." Read
more reviews here, and be sure to check out some of
the characters you'll meet in the series in the FAQs
01.29.08 ... POP the cork with me, babiesPOP
is here!!...Yay!! It's here! The
Perils of Pleasure is in stores TODAY!! Let's toast
with some cyber champagne together and cross our fingers it
flies off the shelves! :) Can't wait to hear what you think
of it! Early readers and reviewers keep telling me they just
couldn't put it down, and I hope it's true for you, too. :)
If you haven't read an excerpt yet, check
it out here, and read
a few of the rave reviews to find out what reviewers
like about it, if you're'curious. And be sure to celebrate
by entering the contest
to win some genuine gemstone POP rocks from the POP collection
by Circe Designs! Also, check out Southern
Sunshine, where I'm blogging todayyou might
win a signed book! Hope life is grand, kittens!
01.21.08 ... Riding the wave of raves!
Five BLUE RIBBONS from Romance Junkies for POP; plus, an Italian
blog..."Charming, fast-pace and exciting, brimming
with adventure, passion, secrets and intrigue...I couldn't
put it down until I devoured every last word" says Maria
Shaink at Romance
Junkies about POP,
who gifted it with their highest ratingfive blue
ribbons! Isn't she a doll??...And check out my guest
appearance on the splendid Italian romance blog, Rosa
is for Romance blog beginning todaymy
Italian friend Elisa Rolle posted information about me and
an excerpt from POP in both English and Italian!! She also
has some really fun original artwork from some of my books
you can see the origins of the covers for TO
LOVE A THIEF and THE
SECRET TO SEDUCTION before they became covers.
Also in POP news: I've posted a sort of Pennyroyal
Green series "cast list" under FAQs on the POP
page and a synopsis for the series.
01.15.08 ... POP is a an RT TOP Pick!...Holy
MolyPOP the cork with me, darlings! Kathe Robin of
loves The Perils
of Pleasure!! Now only does she say it's HOT, she
calls it " emotionally powerful, wonderfully rich"
and " rich in passion and character."
And thus continues a wave of raves for POP: Coffee
Time Romance said it's a "fast moving story
that just engulfs the reader with every page...Colin and Madeline
are a dynamite duo and their interactions are fantastic."
And Romance Reviews
Today called it "Well paced, romantic and
suspenseful, with underlying sexual tension...THE PERILS OF
PLEASURE should go on your to-buy list." Check
out a couple of excerpts if you haven't had a chance
yet, and be sure to enter the contest
before the end of the month. Only 13 days, 7 hours, 15
minutes and 25 seconds to go!! (so
sayeth the POP widget!)
... Happy New Year, darlings! Boy, do
I have a resolution for you!...Fresh out of ideas for
resolutions? You've come to the right place! How does this
sound: you should resolve to start your very own collection
of all things POP-related!
Hee! (only 21 days, 3 hours, 43 minutes and 37 seconds to
go!!) You can start by signing up for a chance to WIN
an Advance Reader Copy (also
lovingly known as an ARC!)
of POP from my oh so generous publisher, HarperCollins
I'm featured on the the HarperCollins home page under
First Look! Click on my mug on the HC home page.
I'm the brunette in orange. :) You can sign up to win ARCs
from other great HC authors, too. And while you're there,
don't forget to peek at my
very own HarperCollins web page, if you haven't paid
a visit yet.
Or...how about resolving to start a collection
of POP rocksthe gemstone variety??? Circe
Designs (fine handcrafted jewelry) created a stunning
collection of sterling silver, green chalcedony and onyx jewelry
in honor of The
Perils of Pleasure!! And come ondon't we all
want to match our jewelry to our book covers?? Hee! With
every purchase at Circe Designs in January, you can win a
free pair of POP
earrings! Just enter the coupon code "POP."
12.29.07 ...Some rocking good news
to ring out the 2007...So I was still sweeping up Sugarplum
crumbs when I heard that The
Secret to Seduction was nominated for a Romantic
Times Reviewer's Choice Award! Let's hear it for the
pink book! Also, I've posted our
contest winner, but I don't have the contest up yet
I'll have a new contest up by January 1 specifically
in honor ofyou guessed itPOP!!
Have you looked at your POP
countdown widget lately?? Only 30 days, 11 hours,
44 minutes and 44 seconds to go before it hits shelves!!!
You're welcome. :) (hee!). POPpy new year, darlings!
...A very merry holiday to you, my doves,
and here's to a POPpy 2008!...On this eve of Christmas
eve, here's a big, warm HUG for you and all your loved ones,
both the two-legged and four -legged varieties. Thanks for
sharing this amazing year with me, and may your holiday be
merry and bright and your stocking loaded with books!
Can't wait to waltz into 2008 with all of youand may
it be a happy (and
POPpy, of course), healthy, fabulously prosperous
and interesting year for us all. :) I should tell you
I got an early Christmas present from Barbara Vey at Publishers
Weeklyshe called POP "delightful"
and "amazing" at her Beyond
her Book blog!! And just in case Santa doesn't bring
you those sterling silver and gemstone hoops you always wanted,
you might want to stop by my
contest. :) That's it for now, lovelies! xo...julie
11.27.07 ...POPpy New Year!... Hello
darlings! Can it be December already?? (well, in three
days??) Did you notice how I skipped right over Christmas-related
puns and took my POP
puns straight into 2008? :) Probably because my mind is perpetually
on February 08 when The
Perils of Pleasure hits shelves (I may have mentioned
that once or twice.) You probably have your Christmas shopping
done already (hee! I know I'm hilarious), but
if you want to look forward to FREE stuff at the end of December,
visit my contest page
to see how you might win some. And read the spicy
new little POP excerpt (featuring smooching) I just
posted. And I won't say Merry Xmas yet, because I'll be posting
here again this monthbut happy December, and let the
merriment commence in earnest!
11.01.07 ...POPping with gratitude...
Happy day-after-Halloween, kittens! Hope any tricks you experienced
were exciting (in a good way) and hope your treats will last
at LEAST the rest of the week. :) I can hardly believe it's
already November, but sure enough!! Time for a new contestand
we have two! One just for todaycheck out Romantic
Inks for an exclusive, saucy little excerpt from POP and
a chance to win an ARC! Read my blog on bestseller lists
while you're there, tooit's an eye-opener. And the hoopla,
of course, continues over on my contest page. Go there to
find out to whom I'm grateful as Thanksgiving approaches,
and how I plan to show my gratitude. :) Happy November!
UPDATE, 11.3.07: The winner of the newsletter Sneaky
Contest is Jennifer Y.! Congrats, Jennifer, for being
quick and sneaky! Also, check
out the updated earring image on the contest pagelast
month's image was still up there as of yesterday. Thanks!
10.17.07 ... "Arigatou gozaimasu!"
means "Thank you very much!" in Japanese!!...
and why am I expressing gratitude in Japanese, you
ask?? I woke up this morning to the news that there was a
bidding war among Japanese publishers in Japan for the
rights to publish the Japanese translation of the Holt Sisters
and the Spy, Ways
to be Wicked and The
Secret to Seduction)!! We sold them for a princely
sum, and I'm raising a toast to all my Japanese friends right
nowI hope you enjoy the stories when you get a chance
to read them! This means so far my books will be (or have
been) published in France, Poland, Russia, Germany, The Czech
Republic, China, Spain and Japan! Whee!!
What else is new? We now have a title for my next
Pennyroyal Green Book, which will be published after POP:
The Dangers of Desire! And how hot is that??
I love it. We'll have a dangerously sexy red cover to go with
the title, too.
10.03.07 ... "FABULOUS!!"...or
so says one of my very favorite authors, Suzanne
Enoch she rang in with an early opinion of The
Perils of Pleasure, and called it "Warm, witty and
fabulous!" Three little adjectives designed to make
this author POP with happiness, let me tell you. Isn't she
nice?? Hope you all feel the same way when you read it. :)
I'll be sharing more excerpts in the weeks ahead, but check
out the one I have up now, if you're in the mood!
10.01.07 ... Happy BOOKtober, my darlings!...In
honor of October's high holiday, Halloween (have you noticed
there's a "boo" in "book"?) and as part
of our ongoing POP
hoopla, you can go trick or treating a little early this year
just visit my contest
page! There's nothing scary about genuine gemstone
birthstones and free books. :) And if you feel like it, meander
on over to Redwyne,
Sybil Cook's blogshe very sweetly surprised me with
a post about about POP! I'll have ARCs pretty soon, and I'll
be sprinkling exclusive excerpts over various blogs and other
places in the months ahead, so stay tuned! :)
9.25.07 ... POP goes the cover!... I've
posted the cover of POP
(The Perils of Pleasure),
kittens, and oh, my goodness, it pops. Isn't
it pretty?? Take a look! Check out the excerpt
while you're there, and then sidle on over to the contest
page to enter. I'll have a new contest
up by Friday of this week, so hurry!
Also, be sure to take a
look at my
page at the beautiful new HarperCollins website! You
might find out one or two new things about yours truly while
you're there (what on earth do I do in my spare time??)
All your favorite Avon authors have their own pages, too,
so don't stop looking at my page. Mingle! :)
...Take that first peak at POP!... I
love September. It might have a little something to
do with the fact that it's my birthday month, and with all
those fond memories of picking out a new binder in prepration
for going back to school. I'm a Virgo, after all. I loved
school. And there's nothing like that new binder smell,
boy. :) September has always been the month of anticipation
for me. So what better month to start the countdown
to the release of of Perils of Pleasure (aka, POP)?? The
World Premier excerpt is up (hee!), so take a look!
And after that...join the POP Hoop-la at my contest
page! I'm giving away beautiful shiny things. :) Hope
your September started beautifully, lovelies.
8.01.07 ...Feast your eyes on Thieves
and Spies!...Happy August, lovelies! Last month's contest
proved so popular I thought I'd do a reprise of sortsonly
this month you'll have a chance to consort with thieves and
spies. :) Check out my
Also, if you're curious, I updated the blurb for THE
PERILS OF PLEASURE I had an ever-so- slightly
earlier version up there. (Preorders
are ROCKing, by the way. :) And I can't wait to show
you guys the cover!
0.21.07 ...Just flew back from the RWA
conference in Dallas...and boy are my arms tired.
("OK, Julie," you say. "Want to know
what we're tired of? Lame jokes.") But my jaws
are also tired from flapping, since I did more talking at
the RWA Conference than I probably do in a single year. As
per usual, the conference was a blast, and as relatively non-embarrassing
photos emerge, I'll share them with you. There are a few from
the Avon dinner up
on my blog, the Julie Chronicles, right now, and
MySpace page, too!
I've also added some wonderful,
beautifully written reviews of THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION:
it's one of the finest books of 2007; A
Romance Review gifted it with five roses, and called
it "superlative" and "historical romance
at its best;" The
Romance Reader Connection called it a definite
them out, and blush alone with me!
06.26.07 ...The pink book must have wings...because
it's flying off the shelves. Ha ha! Oh, forgive me.
I'm a trifle punchy at the moment, but delighted to tell you
that The Secret
to Seduction went back to print only three weeks
after release!! It also spent more than a month as
a B&N and Amazon bestseller, and reviews have been gratifyingly
marvelous. If you haven't had a chance to read an excerpt
yet, take a peek at at a fabulous new website called Early
Ink, which features excerpts from current and upcoming
books of a wide variety of genres.
What else is new?? Lots! I finished writing my first book
for Avon, The
Perils of Pleasure, and you can already preorder
it! And the cover (which I can't share just yet) is incredibly
beautiful! POP will be out in February 08, and I'll
of course keep you posted. :) Check
out the back cover blurb now, if you want! And...Beauty
and the Spy was nominated for the Bookseller's
Best Award! Yay! Winners will be announced at a reception
following the Literacy signing in Dallas on July 11th. And
last, but definitely not least, we have a new contest,
of course. Get your signed copies of a Holt Sisters Trilogy
starter kit. :) And I think that covers it! Hope you're doing
04.25.07 ...The Pink book is here!! ...Hurrah!
The Secret to
Seduction is in stores, glowing like a beautiful pink
beacon! LOL! And we have a winner for my newsletter's Sneaky
Contestthe very quick and sneaky Teresa E. of
Delaware! Yay, Teresa! Also, pay no mind to old T.S. Eliot
there's nothing cruel about April at my website.
April, is, in fact, the coolest month, and you'll find out
why when you see those
beautiful pearls on my contest page.
03.01.07 ..March came in like a lion,
and it's going out with a HURRAH! ....Why? Because RT
made THE SECRET
TO SEDUCTION a Top Pick, calling it passion-filled,
lively romance brimming over with wit and wisdom."
Also, put a little Spring in your Ears with beautiful green
pearls over at my contest
page, and if you're on MySpace, check
out my new page and come be my friend!! Aren't you
glad it's Spring at last?? Hope it feels that way in your
neck of the woods. :)
02.01.07 ...I could use a couple
of thousand Valentines this yearhow about you??...So
it's February, the month that plays host to the high holiday
of romance, and this year I think I'd like to have LOTS of
Valentines. Want to be mine?? It's easy! Just
enter to win handcrafted garnet and pearl earrings, a
signed book, and....a special Julie's Heroe's t-shirt!!
Yep, I have my own line of Happily
Ever After Wear (hee!) now, and all proceeds from
any t-shirt sales through May 1st go to the Humane Society
of the United States. And in other FABULOUS news, Beauty
and the Spy was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer's
Choice Award!! Say YAY for BATS!
QUICK UPDATE: MAITHE O.
of Miama, FL won the Sneaky Contest in my newsletter!!
Congrats to Maithe for being quick and sneaky!
11.01.06 ...November: It's not just for
turkey anymore!... So how did you celebrate National
Authors' day on the first? What's that you say? You had no
idea there was any such thing as national Author's
Day, and if you did, you would have sent me a big present??
Tsk, tsk. Kidding! Truthfully, every day is Author's
Day for me. Go to my contest
page to find out why, what I'm giving away in honor of it,
and to learn who I'm grateful for this year. :) (Hint: it
starts with Y, ends with a U, and has an "O" in
the middle.) Here's h oping you and yours have a wonderful
holiday this month.
10.01.06 ...It's BOOKtober!... Hee!
Forgive the dreadful pun, but how could I resist when
I'm giving away TEN (as October is the 10th month) signed
books in my contest
this month?? What else is new? Readers and reviewers seem
to be loving Ways
to be Wicked (in
fact, Romance Reader at Heart says "Historical
Romance doesn't get much better than this," a little
phrase that thrills me so completely I might quote until the
day I die. LOL.) Also, the winner of my newsletter's sneaky
contest was Kelly C. in Tacoma, WA. Atta girl, Kelly!
Way to be quick and sneaky!! Hope you're all having a splendid
fall so far!
08.15.06 ...Ways to win books by reading
bits of WAYS TO BE WICKED... Impromptu
Contest alert! I've posted a steamy little
excerpt from WAYS TO BE WICKED on
my blog, and on Friday the 18th, 9 p.m. EST, I'll
choose (at random) a winner of a signed copy of either To
Love a Thief or Beauty
and the Spy from a commenter (a commenter on that particular
post, that is). Hope you enjoy it, kittens, and let me know
what you think!
08.01.06 ...Emus and peridots and blogs,
oh my...Holy cow, it's August! And of course we
have a winner of last month's contest (the contest answer
was "emu," kids! Boy, did I get some wild guesses.
Unicorns, anyone??), and we have a new contest,
this time featuring August's lovely, cool gem, the peridot,
as a prize. I've also posted a couple of mini excerpts from
BE WICKED, the second book in the trilogy about the
Holt sistersI keep hearing I've "outdone myself"
with this book. LOL. I hope it's true. Read 'em, and let me
know! And you can find a few photos of me both glammed up
and a little wilted at RWA conference over at The
Julie Chronicles, with more to come in the days ahead
(I'll share the ones in which I don't look like a gargoyle.
:). Hope your neck of the woods is cooling off a little! Wish
I could ship a little fog your way, if you're broiling. Happy
late summer, kittens!
06.11.06 ... You win some, you
win some...You can be the girl with the pearl earrings
in this month's Pearls
of Wisdom Contestblack pearl earrings and a
signed book are up for grabs! And if you subscribe to my newsletter,
I just wanted to let you know we had a winner of the Sneaky
Contest about five minutes after the newsletter went out
on Thursday! LOL. Congrats to the quick and sneaky Lisa
T. of Metairie, LA she found the contest hidden
in the newsletter, so I'm sending her a signed copy of BATS.
06.11.06 4:11 p.m. Charlene S. of Kentucky JUST
won a signed copy of BATS in the Stealth Contest, only a few
minutes after I posted it! Boy, you guys are fast! LOL. Keep
your eyes on this spot for more stealth contests this month!
06.01.06 ... An extra few days
to get in on the green... In honor of my deadline, which
is coming at me the way the ground comes at a parachute jumper
(ha!), I've extended my contest
deadline to June 4th! Look for a new contest on June
5th, kittens! Can't wait to find out who'll win the emeralds.
Welcome to June!
05.30.06 ... Bookseller's Best!...
My Memorial Day began with a thrilling little email:
To Love a Thief
is a finalist in the Short Historical category for the Bookseller's
Best Award contest! The news was just the little boost
I needed to help push me over the finish lineI'm finishing
up The Secret to Seduction, the final book in my trilogy
about the Holt Sisters. Ways
to be Wicked, the second book, is preordering
at Amazon now!
05.15.06 ... Authors speeding??...
Join me and Connie
Brockway, Karen Hawkins,
Shirley Karr and
for Author Speed Week at Romantically
Inclined! You'll find me there this Thursday the 18th.
Hope you pop in to say hello!
05.01.06 ... The Best Things in
Life are Green... pistachios, cat's eyes, money, trees...I
mean, the list is endless. This month, in the spirit of our
whole birthstone theme, you can win one of the most coveted
green things of all (hint: they're faceted, they're shiny,
and there are two of them, one for each ear). Enter
the contest and find out who won last month's diamonds
while you're at it. (I can hardly believe it's already May!)
04.03.06 ... T'is the season for
glorious phone calls!... Got another wonderful message
the other day:
To Love a Thief has been nominated for the prestigious
Holt Medallion award in the Short Historical category!! Hurrah!
Thief is now
neck and neck with its elder sibling, The
Runaway Duke: they've both earned Romantic Times Reviewer's
Choice, Rita and Holt nominations, and this makes me a proud,
beaming book mom. Also, read about my houseboy Guillaume and
find out how to win actual diamonds in my
03.27.06 Nothing can be sweeter than a
call about the Rita!... Last Friday I got the call that
every romance author dreams about: To
Love a Thief has been nominated for a Rita in the
Short Historical Category! I think I actually twirled in joy.
Speaking of spinning, the reviews for BATS are still rolling
in and spinning my head: Romance
Reader Connection gave it four hearts and a plug, calling
it "simply superlative...a gorgeous and lovely novel,
a sumptuous feast for historical romance fans." I
think "superlative" and "sumptuous" are
two of my favorite words. :) Read excerpts
at the BATS page!
03.01.06 Time to go BATS!... BEAUTY
AND THE SPY is officially in stores! I'm so thrilled. So far
are calling it "infinitely charming" and "profoundly
passionate and brilliant," among other things! What do
you think? Drop me a note if you have an opinion! Speaking
of dropping, drop by my blog today, Dishing
with the Divas, to dish about BATS if you're in the mood,
or join the chat at the Mystic
Castle tonight, 9-10 EST!
02.08.06 Sample some Diva morsels...
In the seven days leading up to that high holiday of romance,
Valentine's Day, the Fog City Divas are offering a Diva Sampler
at our blog, Dishing
with the Divas: each day you can find an excerpt from
one of our books. Be sure to stop in on Friday the 10th
to read a juicy little morsel from Beauty
and the Spy that you won't find on this site! Also,
check out some blindingly beautiful new photos of us in my
diary, and if you're in the Bay Area, come meet me
on Saturday, February 11th in San Rafael in the middle
of the Northgate shopping center mall. I'll be signing
books with a bevy of other Bay Area authors.
02.05.06 Holy Top Pick!!... Romantic
Times BOOKClub Magazine gave BEAUTY
AND THE SPY 4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick, saying, "Make
room next to Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens for Long."
I mean...WOW. I didn't quite swoon when I heard that...but
let's just say I felt quite pleasantly dizzy there
for a moment. Also, if you're interested in peace, love, happiness,
and protection from thieves, check out our
new contest and find out who won last month's contest
while you're there. And there's a new excerpt
onlinethe prologue for BATS! Hope you're having
a lovely February so far.
Happy New Year, Indeed!... Historical
Romance Writers has rung in my new year with
an early reviewand a perfect 10!for BEAUTY
AND THE SPY, calling it "profoundly passionate
and brilliant!" Read the review
here, along with an excerpt
from BATS! Hope your new year started just as radiantly
as mine. And speaking of radiance...you've heard of
wearing your heart on your sleeve...but frankly, I think heartsspecifically,
shiny heartslook better in earlobes. Enter for a chance
to win garnet and 14K gold heart earrings this month in my
contest, and find
out who won last month's contest! Happy 2006, everyone!
12.30.05 My second-born makes me proud!...Talk
about a wonderful Christmas present and an auspicious way
to start a new year: To
Love a Thief has been nominated for a Romantic
Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical, Love
and Laughter! And the company I'm inLoretta
Boyle, Betina Krahn,
and Kathryn Caskieis
dazzling and humbling, indeed. Wish me luck!
12.01.05 Happy Blue Year...It's December,
kittens, and that means blue topaz for our new
contest! Find out who won last month's contest, and
enter to win the pretty new danglies. Also, find out which
celebrities I've been sleeping with...visit
the Fog City Diva blog today.
11.10.05 Ready to go BATS?...OK, kids,
there's a brief
excerpt from Beauty and the Spy up...in which we
Kit isn't the only one with espionage
skills. ;) Check it out!
11.01.05 Hark! Is that John Denver I hear?...Sunshine...for
your earlobes...makes me Ahem. OK, first, let me
let me apologize for putting that song in your head,
and next let me tell you about my new contest: Sunshine
for your Earlobes. As you may have guessed, I'm continuing,
by wildly popular demand, the birthstone earring theme, and
this month it's citrines. (A whole bunch of Geminis
out there have asked me to keep going through next year. LOL!
We'll see). Check out the contest,
and find out who won last month's opals and Stealth Contest.
Keep your eyes peeled this month for an excerpt from BEAUTY
AND THE SPY, too, which I may sneak in on you...along
with a Stealth Contest or two. Happy November!
BLOGtober at Dishing
with the Divas continues with some rocking guests...Come
join the Fog City Divas as we dish with Christie
Ridgway this week, Karen
Hawkins next week and Christine
Feehan the week of October 24th (Halloween week, of
course!). And don't forget to enter the
contest while you're therewe're giving away
swag fit for a Diva every week this month.
10.03.05 "O" is for October and
Opals and...well, lots of other thoroughly delightful
things I won't go into here. ;) But speaking of jewels, I
cannot begin to tell you how popular those sapphire
earrings were, gang! I was forced to give them away to just
one of you, howeverfind
out who hereand in keeping with our birthstone
theme, I decided to give away more sparklies for your earsopals,
Also, be sure to check out The Fog City Divas month of BLOGwarming
Think like a Diva!...I'm officially a Divaof
the Fog City Diva, variety, that is! Visit our new blog, Dishing
with the Divas, to read about David Caruso, red-headed
heroes, flogging, Greek myths, 80's bands, and other profundity.
Also, win September's birthstone in my new contest,
and find out who won the big bag of swag.
09.01.05 Doing our part to spread romance
all over the net... Read the splendid new review of To
Love a Thief featured in Michelle Buonfiglio's new
internet Romance column, B(u)y
the Book! You can also read it at any of the 75 other
to choose one. There's also an author
profile, where I talk about hot heroes, hot violinists,
hot mayors and the inspiration for Thief, among other
I'm going BATS!...Beauty
and the Spy (BATS), that isjust got back from
Reno and the fabulous RWA conference, just turned in my revisions
for Beauty and the
Spy, and just posted a new contestalong
with the winners of last month's hardcover THIEF and bag of
swag. The "Friends" contest proved so popular (or
rather, YOU guys proved popularyou all seem to have
a lot of friends!!) that I'll be holding a version of it every
07.24.05 Do you ever get tired of
talking about yourself, Julie??... The Historical Romance
Club is featuring interviews
with moi, Nicole Jordan, Gaelen Foley and Jennifer
Ashley as part of their two-year anniversary celebration!
Check out their beautifully redesigned website. Also this
month, I was a
Mystery Author at the Romance Reader at Heart, where
I talk about my love affair with the guitar, Jesus Christ
Superstar and The Princess Bride, among other things.
You can check out past interviews with me, too, at The
Romance Reader and The
Romance Reader at Heart.
And if you're going to Reno for the big Romance Writers
of America conference (July 27th-30!) in Reno, please
stop by the literacy signing on Wednesday night and say hi!
You'll find me in the "L's". LOL! Wish me Rita luckI'm
up for Best First Book (I may have mentioned that once or
twice). Check out my diary
for a glimpse of my gown!
07.02.05 Win a big bag of swag...with a
little help from your friends...Check out my new contest
to find out how, and learn who won last month's contest while
you're at it. Also, Beauty
and the Spy is already available for preorder on Amazon!
Have a dazzling 4th of
06.01.05 Win a Thief and a Scoundrel...
What goes better with a Thief... than a Scoundrel? Check
out this month's contest
to see how you can win (signed copies!) of both. Also, we
have a bunch of winners
of our previous month's contests, and a beautiful
for your perusal. Happy June!
05.28.05 Go forth and multiply... Hi
everyone FANTASTIC news: To
Love a Thief has gone into a second printing only
six weeks after publication! Hurrah! Thanks to everyone who
enjoyed the book and helped spread the word. :)
05.09.05 Fur loin cloths... on gyrating
male cover models were just one of the many surreal wonders
the Romantic Times conference had to offer. The conference
was a blastI think I'm only now fully recovering
my voice, not to mention my senses. Based on feedback from
you guys, I'm extending our "Where
in the World is To Love a Thief" contest for
another month, so check out photos of THIEF posing with a
gorgeous book group, a lungfish, a giant wooden Indian,
peeking out of the shower and more in the THIEF
gallery, and send me your own beautiful mug! We do
have a books contest
winner, however. Also, we have more blush-worthy reviews for
TO LOVE A THIEF.
I write like a "master," Rakehell says. "Brilliant"
says Historical Romance Writers. Bless them.
I think they like it... "The best of
the best," "simply pure romantic escapism at its
best," "a must-buy!" "a truly great read
and a definite keeper," a Perfect 10 and a couple of
Top Picks..hmmm, reviewers seem to like TO
LOVE A THIEF. :) Hey, what do you think? Check out
and the excerpt!
Lungfish like it, too...For the World
Contest, a reader just sent me a photo of her reading
TO LOVE A THIEF
to a lungfish, and if that doesn't rock, I don't
know what does. If you want a crack at that diamond
watch and signed copies of booksyou don't need a lungfish,
but you do need to be a little creative. Go to town! I'll
extend the contest a little, since I'm going to RT
(see you in St. Louis, if you're there!).
See it pose
with a set of toes from Texas, with Spike and Angel in Canada,
with a real estate mogul and a
04.16.05 It's Sexual Tension Saturday!
...Because I figured you'd be sick of the old one by now,
here's a new excerpt from TO LOVE A THIEFa
sizzling little scene by the fire. Enjoy!
Lily hold hands with Spike and Angel...TO
LOVE A THIEF gets around! See it pose
with a set of toes from Texas, with Spike and Angel in Canada,
with a real estate mogul and a baby from California...and
send your own creative shots my way! Check out the contest
page for how to win that diamond watch!
picture is worth a thousand wordsor a diamond watch...but
you'll have to get out your cameras to play! Also, check out
my author spotlight at the wonderful Romance
Reader at Heart, and some lovely new reviews of TO
LOVE A THIEF.
Pinch me, I'm dreaming...! THE
RUNAWAY DUKE is a finalist in two categories for the
Medallion: Best First Book and Best Long Historical! It's
been an astonishing few weeksTO
LOVE A THIEF is collecting rave
reviews, too. It's in bookstores now!
DUKE is a Rita finalist! What a fabulous
way to wake up: I learned this morning that THE
RUNAWAY DUKE is a finalist for the RWA Rita award
for best first book! Excuse me while I twirl ecstatically
a la Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music...
Learn why why taking a shower is in my apartment is hazardous,
along with more JAL trivia
in an interview with yours truly at The
MACKEREL! A Top Pick!...TO
LOVE A THIEF has been honored with 4 1/2 stars and
a Top Pick from Romantic
called it "Endearing, delightful and unforgettable."
BESIDE myself. Read
the review here. Also, check out my diary
for new babbling and photos.
forever, they're a girl's best friend, Lucy hangs out in the
sky with them... and now you
can win one of your own, thanks to Gideon Cole and Lily Masters
of TO LOVE A
THIEF! Learn more here,
and learn our picnic basket contest winner, too.
chance to vote for a Duke... THE
RUNAWAY DUKE was voted a Desert Island Keeper at
All ABout Romance!
And if you're a fan of the book, you can vote for itand
mein their 2004
Reader Poll, if you're so inclined. Preliminary results
looked promising...I'm crossing my fingers!
A tisket, a tasket, win an ARC and a basket... the competition
for last month's pocket watch prize was fierce, but
we have a winner! We also, of course, have a new contest,
involving a beautiful basket and an ARC of TO
LOVE A THIEF, among other things (scented and/or edible).
Learn more here.
Do you need a secret handshake to get in, or...? TO
LOVE A THIEF will be a featured alternate in both
the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs! (and no, you don't
need a secret handshake to get into these particular clubs!)
My firstborn is making me proud!...THE
RUNAWAY DUKE was nominated for Historical Romance
of the Year (2004) in two different categories by the Historical
Romance Club! Take
a look at all the esteemed nominees. :) Winners will be
announced March 23rd. Cross your fingers!
Did I really just type "o5?"... Happy New Year,
kittens! Watch Lily and Gideon from
TO LOVE A THIEF fall in loveand enter to win
a groovy pocket watch
at the same time! Also, learn who won the Byron contest with
98 (98!!!) rhyming words, and who our "guess the prize"
pre-contest winner is.
I'm stunned, I tell you, stunned...
DUKE is nominated for a ROMANTIC TIMES Reviewer's
Choice Award! DUKE is also
Book of the Month at the beautiful
Tick, tick, tick...what's that sound? Why, just the sound
of the clock running out on 2004, that's all. Let's hear it
for 2005! And as promised, I've posted an excerpt from TO
LOVE A THIEF! There's a clue to January's contest
prize in the excerpt,
too and as a sort of pre-contest, I'll send a
signed copy of THE
RUNAWAY DUKE to anyone who correctly guesses the prize
(and sends me a note with their guess) by January 1st. (note:
January's official contest won't be posted until January
Deck the halls, but not your in-laws... Hey, I honestly
don't care whether you've been naughty or nice. There's life
after Christmas! Check back here
on December 26th for an excerpt of TO
LOVE A THIEF, coming in April of 2005and see
if you can guess what the next very cool contest prize will
be! (there's a hint in the excerpt).
Fa la la la la, etc. ...
Take a sneak-peek at my next book, TO
LOVE A THIEF and preorder it if the spirit moves you;
find out who won my last contest;
enter a new (and, OK, decidedly silly) contest and...why
are you still reading this?? Shouldn't you be out Christmas
shopping?!? Isn't Christmas like...tomorrow?? (Just
kidding. You can stop hyperventilating now).
To infinity and beyond!...
THE RUNAWAY DUKE has already
gone into a second printing!! I'm reeling with joy, shock,
and vertigo, although I think the last has something to do
with my summer cold. LOL! Also, name a horse in my new contest,
read lovely new DUKE reviews,
peek at my diary, and...
am I missing anything?
DUKE makes the lists!...
THE RUNAWAY DUKE is officially out
and it made the Waldenbooks Top 10
and Amazon.com's Bestselling Romance lists!! Also, read some
wonderful new reviews.
BOY, am I having fun with this whole author thing!
TOP PICK...!! My first major review:
Four and a half stars (the highest rating) for
THE RUNAWAY DUKE and a K.I.S.S. award for Connor, DUKE's
hero, from Romantic Times BOOKclub!! I can't feel my feet...
I must be floating.
Julie? Here's my "tour"
schedule, an ever-evolving list of places were I'll be signing
books, talking, just being...come see me.
do Steve Martin and Vin Diesel have in common?...
according to you guys, they're both HOT! I'm having so much
fun with this contest
that I've decided to extend the deadline to July 15th. Read
the rules and submit your
know, know, know me, is to...well,
I don't know if it's necessarily to love me (somewhere
my sister is laughing), but thanks to your contest questions,
now you can decide for yourself! (Be kind.) We have a contest
too, and a new contestwho do you think is HOT?
It's really a book!...
The ARC's (Advance Reading
CopiesI know: I didn't know what that meant, either,
until a few months ago) for THE RUNAWAY DUKE have arrived!
If you're a book reviewer or a book group member and you'd
like to get your paws on one, click below.
trouble with highwaymen...
read a new, longer excerpt from THE
Anne Long faints from joy!...
My first ever reviewan
early one from
calls THE RUNAWAY
"Marvelous... impossible to put down...a dazzling
Speaking of public speaking...
If you're in the SF Bay Area in April, join Julie and romance
Bates, Jennifer Skullestad
and literary agent Elizabeth
Pomada for a discussion on "Breaking In/ Breaking
Out" of publishing.
fruit!... Read about Julie's first ever
public speaking gigas a participant on a romance
writing panel at the First Annual San Francisco Writer's Conference
(just kidding about the fruit!)