Monday, June 29, 2009

Rare Julia Quinn Giveaway Prizes

What Happens in London by Julia QuinnIn honor of the release of her 19th full-length novel WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30, the amazing JULIA QUINN is giving away TWO fantabulous prize packs: one book from her backlist, one collectible Bridgerton bookmark, and two extremely RARE coverflats. This is one contest you do not want to miss. In addition, TWO runners-up will receive one collectible Bridgerton bookmark each.

Comment here on this blog till Tuesday, July 30, midnight U.S.P.T., and Ms. Random Selector will choose the four winners whose names will be posted early Wednesday morning.

Julia QuinnWhat is it about JQ's books that we all love so much? Is it the humor? The crackling dialogue? The warm and wonderful people in her stories? The hard, realistic problems that they overcome? The message of hope that people from all walks of life with all sorts of issues can find the Holy Grail: true love? The answer for me is—definitely all of the above. What about you? Why are you such a great fan of hers?

The Secret Diaries by Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia QuinnWhat Happens in London follows on the heels of JQ's first manuscript, published in 2007 and winning the RITA in 2008, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. Have any one of you not read Diaries? If so, you're in for a real back-to-back treat.

Those of who've read Diaries, did you think JQ would write Olivia Bevelstoke's story next? As the hero's sister, Olivia was present throughout the first book, subtly adding tension where needed, dialing it down for the heroine where necessary, and tweaking her brother's manner in dire circumstances. I remember being vaguely disatisfied at the end of Diaries that there was no indication of a possible future HEA for Olivia. So, of course, when JQ first announced the opening and closing lines of Olivia's story, there was the first glimpse of her hero Harry and her naughtiness at the end.

What Happens in London by Julia QuinnJQ then proceeded to tantalize us with back cover copy lines, such as: "When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure?" and "Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security. He's not a spy, but he's had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious." What sort of personality impressions did you form of Harry and Olivia from those two lines and then this back cover copy?

How was your opinion changed by:
this book video trailer, or this soundtrack, or the first chapter?

I didn't have an image for Olivia, she was a bit amorphous from Diaries, but then I saw the trailer. Now, the actress Talia is Olivia in my mind, and I'm rooting for Talia's HEA. (More of my thoughts about JQ's book trailer here.)

As a rough guide to finding kinks in distribution channels, when and where did you pick up your copy of London, if you were able to find it? I was lucky that my Target tends to stock a little, ahem, early (Saturday before). My eyes saw the red cover, my hands shot out and picked up a copy, and my brain just went, "Of course! Gotta have it!" Unfortunately, the area Barnes & Noble are always late with the mass market paperbacks even for mega bestselling local writers like JQ. So on Tuesday, I'll do my bit: Tool around to the stores, drop off a couple Bridgerton bookmarks, and remind them to stock the shelves.

[Video and images are copyrighted by Julia Quinn.]


froggie said...

Hi Keira and Julia,

I'm glad to visit you today, but I'm all out of comments at this time!!

Congrats on your new book Julia, I'll look for it on the bookshelves.

All the Best,


jcp said...

My copy of the new book is being shipped as we speak by (free shipping any size order) Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is my favorite book.

Laura B, said...

I love Julia's books because they're romantic and funny.

I already read WHIL and it's great! Those who haven't read it yet are in for a treat.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites form Julia Quinn is Minx. I still have it as a keeper.

Regards, Ruth

Kim said...

I can't wait to read WHIL. I enjoyed Olivia's antics in TSDOMMC, so it will be nice to re-visit the character.

I think the humor and characterization in Julia's books are what makes them so special. The humor is subtle and the characters well-rounded. I think Jack in MCIP is a perfect example.

Kelly Krysten said...

Ah, JQ. Nobody can top her, imo. Her books always feel fresh and new yet all the while maintain a fluidity and magic that are her hallmarks.
There's nothing like a good comfort read. There's nothing like being swept away. There's nothing like falling in love for the first time. You get all that and so much more with her books.

Gush session complete.LOL!
Great blog, Keira.:)

Kelly Krysten said...

And, yes, read WHIL already. And, yes, loved it. And am buying it again tomorrow.*g*

Keira Soleore said...

Hello and welcome everyone. It's great to see some familiar faces and new ones, too. I was off for a bit today since the little kid had a dental procedure. (shudder) But Dora the Explorer is always good for pain, yeah?

Off to read your comments...

Arianna Skye said...

I discovered Ms. Quinn quite by accident. I was perusing the grocery store's book aisle and came across this book called ON THE WAY TO THE WEDDING and fell in love with the back cover blurb. I had no idea it was the last in the series. I devoured the book in a matter of a day and loved each every page. So I quickly scoured Amazon and purchased the other Bridgerton books. I love her witty humor most of all. I am eagerly awaiting the new book. It's one of my "To be purchased" at the Literacy signing at RWA National.

Seli said...

My first book I read by Julia Quinn was the "Viscount who Loved Me" and I became an instant fan. Another favorite (which I re-read often) is "Brighter Than the Sun" Her writting is very funny, warm, she makes you feel you are right there with the characters and of course she is a Genius - No One can write like her! Looking forward to Olivia story.

californiameaghan said...

great questions! julia quinn is funny, but provides the comfort of a great historical romance where i know everyone will wind up happy and in love in the end.

Zeee said...

I love Julia Quinn!

When He was Wicked is one of my faves!

A C True said...

I'll be looking for the book the next time I go shopping.

Julia Quinn said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments!

JQ, enjoying a sunny, lovely pub day...