Monday, March 10, 2014

Julie Miller Newsletter & Giveaway



Dear Readers,



Erin Go Bragh to my Irish friends.  Happy March to everyone.  Is it roaring in like a lion, or creeping in like a lamb where you are? Looks like it’s going to be roaring in here where I live—because I just can’t get enough of this bitter cold and snow—not!  Hopefully, the old wives’ tale will hold true to form, and by month’s end, spring and gentler weather will be here to stay.



February was a busy month for me!  I celebrated another birthday.  Got some lovely flowers for Valentine’s Day.  Finished up a play I directed for my local community theater (TWELVE ANGRY MEN)—and the production was really special, if I do say so myself.   Plus, I finished up my book for November.  CROSSFIRE CHRISTMAS is the new title for the book that started off as Kidnapped By A Cop.  This one is a holiday thriller with a wounded hero (literally and emotionally) and a spunky heroine who teaches him about love and trust. So mark your calendars for CROSSFIRE CHRISTMAS!



In other cool news—I was asked to write a free online read novella that will run throughout the month of June at the www.Harlequin.com website.  It doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s going to be a prequel to my August release, KCPD PROTECTOR.  You won’t have to read the prequel to know what’s going on in KCPD PROTECTOR, but it’s a free read!  So I hope you’ll indulge in some extra romantic suspense starting June 1st.



Coming in April!
Also, on the independent front…for you e-readers out there, I’ll be releasing a boxed set of three of my big romantic suspense books under the title, MAKE MINE A MARINE next month.  Can you guess what all the heroes used to do for a living?  As my dad said, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”  Yes, these are previously published titles—but they’ve been updated and re-edited, and the set will be available at a bargain price!  Many of you have let me know that you’d like to see some bigger books from me.  So here’s a taste.  I hope you’ll love them!



This month I’m continuing to revisit some of my favorite stories and share them with readers.  Be sure to check out my Contests & Fun Page http://www.juliemiller.org/contests_&_fun.htm to read an excerpt from PROTECTING PLAIN JANE.  I’ve always had a thing for those big bruiser heroes with a heart of gold beneath that gruff & tough exterior.  I hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt, too.  And enter for a chance to win one of my backlist titles!

So what's the weather like in your part of the world? Still dealing with an arctic vortex? Are plants budding in your yard?  Or simply share what is your favorite season of the year and why.  I'll give away a copy of one of my backlist titles to one lucky poster.



Happy Reading!

Julie


19 comments:

  1. Hey Julie! In my neck of the neighborhood we still have some snow on the ground. I'm starting to see the return of certain birds in my yard( at the bird feeder) that I haven't seen in month's. I had a visit from Jenny back in Feb. and she's been busy with a very ill husband. March is a bitter sweet month for me. March 2,1972 Doug an I went on our first double date with his sister to see LOVE STORY. Then March 10th 2001 I lost my second husband, Mike, which gave me the chance to re- connect back with Doug ! What was to be a sad time in my life turned out to be the best time. It's been the best 13 years we have had since we were teenagers. We spend every day we can talking about our past childhood together, loving each other, our secrets, joys, passion,and hopes for the future together!!!!

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    1. Hey, Pam--you made it in! I know you don't always get to post to the blog. I can see why March is bittersweet for you. Nice that you could reconnect with Doug after such a loss.

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  2. Southern Ontario, Canada: snowbanks up to our ying yangs ... snow so thick 200+ pound people can walk across the top of it in their yards ... finally reached "above freezing" this past weekend, for the first time in a LONG time ... I haven't shovelled in over ten years (as my husband and son do such a good job of it with shovels and the snowblower, LOL), but this year even *I* had to lend a hand - several times ... and nary a sign of spring in sight.
    Despite all this, it is good to be alive. People are dropping like flies around here....

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    1. "Alive" is a good thing, Laney4 ;) We're actually having some spring-like weather today (and yesterday). But there's a chance for more snow in the forecast tomorrow. Getting so sick of winter!!

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  3. Like Laney4, I am also in Southern, Ontario. There's still plenty of snow and ice around though the weather has got better of late. Of course, weather is unpredictable...I hope it stays above freezing levels...but you never know!

    I love Spring and Fall for their own reasons....I love a good drizzle but I love the colors of fall..

    Hope you have a great week, Julie!

    Kind Regards,
    Daya G.

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    1. Fall is my favorite season, too, Daya. Love the colors! Also, as a teacher, married to a teacher, the daughter of a teacher, and a student for many years, I see fall as a time of new beginnings. I love that feeling. Plus, marching band and all the other fun activities that happen then.

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  4. It has been warm for a while now... almost Summer weather... had a wonderful rainstorm a week ago... hoping that since it is warm now that the Summer will not be beastly. Our little lemon tree is staring to grow fruit... Happy March! :)

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    1. I would love to have a spring rain, Colleen. One of my favorite things the weather does. Of course, I love the results, too, when things start to sprout! Your own lemons? Nice!

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  5. Hi Julie and Maggie,
    It's warming up here. Nice day today. More cold on the way though.

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    1. Hey, Tammy--sounds like our weather here. As long as it doesn't go back to bitter cold, I think I can handle it. Too many single-digit and negative temp days for me this winter!

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  6. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceMarch 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    It's even been cold down here in TX and I am looking forward to Spring. I would say my favorite season is Fall. The start of the holidays and the colors are great. Say Hi to Maggie for me!

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    1. Maggie always appreciates a shout-out. ;) Poor thing is at the groomer's this morning. Not her favorite thing. The groomer is part of the vet's office, and she associates that with soap & water, a metal table, Mama leaving... She's no trouble according to the vet/groomer/techs/staff, she's just so timid she becomes a limp rag doll and cuddler.

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  7. Hi Julie
    It was a nice day, hopefully the week will continue to be nice in Austin.

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    1. Hope so, Edna! It's overcast and much cooler here today. Rain is in the forecast. But I'll take that over snow!

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  8. We are past all that horrific Summer heat thank goodness. The days are becoming mild. Autumn is my favourite season.

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    1. That's right, you're the reverse of where I am, Mary. I wonder if there's any connection between your beastly hot summer and our freaking cold winter. Hmm...

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  9. And the winner is... Pamela Hamblin!

    Congratulations, Pam! Maggie's at the groomer today, so I tossed all the names into my laundry basket and picked yours out as the winner.

    I just need you to send me an email with your choice of a book from my backlist as your prize. If you want a print copy, include your snail mail addy--if you'd like an e copy, include your email contact address so I can gift you a book for your Kindle of NOOK. (And if you want the print book, you might list 2-3 titles, just in case you pick one I don't have extras of)

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by! See you here again next month! And on Facebook, and Twitter and the Harlequin.com boards!

    Best,
    Julie Miller

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