Archive for January, 2009

Reviewer’s Choice Award!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Blythe Barnhill, reviewer for the website All About Romance, chose Julia’s July release, A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH, as  runner-up for Best Historical Romance of 2008.  Said Barnhill, “Year after year, Julia Justiss quietly turns out some of the best books around.  This one had an unforgettable hero and a very sweet romance.”  Thanks so much, Blythe!

New site launch!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The new site goes live! I’m dancing with excitement at the launch of my new website, completely redesigned by the fabulous Vibeke Courtney of DreamForge Media! Check out the interactive features on this brand new news/blog page, browse the booklist, catch up with linked characters and research oddities at A Little Extra or view the photo dd just took of moi, posed pensively before my bookshelf on the Bio page. UK and Italian readers, there are pages just for you! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win that luscious jasmine! Then, pretty please, comment below and let me know what you think!

The UK cover for Rogue’s Lady

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

What’s in a…color?  Speaking of the UK page, I’ve just gotten a look at the cover of the UK release for Rogue’s Lady. If you’ll compare that to the North American one, you’ll see they’ve changed the color of Allegra’s dress from turquoise to green and showed all, rather than part, of her face.

I must admit, being accustomed to the blue dress, the green looks odd to me.  What do you think?

Update on Ned’s book

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I’ve just turned in the rewrites for Ned’s still-untitled book, due out in late 2009.  The editors are hinting it might not debut until December, alas—not a good month for a book with a Luddite rebellion rather than a Christmas theme!  (for more info on Ned’s story, check here.)  Please cross fingers and hope for an earlier release date.  Also for a good title!  It was submitted under “A Gentleman’s Wife.”

BTW, there will be an “Undone” historical e-book short released in conjunction with it, featuring two secondary characters who will play a major role in Ned and Joanna’s story.  More details here as I get them…

The upcoming continuity project

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

In case you’ve not heard of the project, I’ve collaborated with 5 other authors to produce an 8-book Regency continuity which features several major families and an over-arching storyline that extends across all eight books, although, of course, each book also stands on its own.

Three friends and rival spymasters, two scandalous affairs, one murder, and an innocent man hanged on the testimony of his best friend set the stage for the next generation to try to solve the mystery of the murder and redeem lives shattered by disgrace. The authors dubbed this continuity “The Silken Rope Scandals” since, it turns out, peers condemned to hang are executed with a rope made of silk. No common hemp for milord, please.

Though the “official” series title will be REGENCY SILK AND SCANDAL, we authors love fellow “continuista” Louise Allen’s slightly longer description of the project: “The Scandals of the Murdered Baron’s Mystery Gypsy Lovechild’s Forbidden Revenge Quest Involving Virgins and at Least One Earl” The best part for the writers, though, is that subject to editorial review, we were given complete freedom to come up with the concept, the characters, the plot—everything. It’s been fabulous fun working with such a talented group to torture, bedevil (and loosely connect) our various heroes and heroines!

THE SMUGGLER AND THE SOCIETY BRIDE features a heroine who is ruined and banished from society as revenge for the wrongs supposedly done by her family. Having fled London after a disgrace engineered by some unknown enemy, Lady Honoria Carlow is trying to figure out what to do with her life…and how to respond to her irritating immediate attraction to the completely ineligible but undeniably charming local smuggler revered as “The Hawk.”

Goodness, she’s thinking in disgust, hasn’t her humiliation taught her anything about avoiding such men? What she needs is something to occupy her suddenly empty hours that doesn’t involve preaching, needlework or making charitable visits to the poor, three genteel talents she does not possess.

Former army officer Gabriel Hawksworth is also more than he seems. Having become temporary captain of a smuggling cutter as a favor to the army comrade who saved his life, he wonders what brought this stunningly lovely lady to a small fishing village on the remote Cornish coast. For such an eligible maiden to make an extended visit to her spinster aunt during the height of the London Season seems most strange. Gabe scents a scandal…and if the lady’s morals are a bit less strict than her proper family would like, he’s just the man to offer her some diversion during her stay in Sennlach!

Check back here for news and updates about the release of this exciting series!

Chicago Tribune review for One Candlelit Christmas

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Great new review just in!  I was thrilled that my Christmas novella in the One Candlelit Christmas anthology got a nice mention from Chicago Tribune reviewer John Charles on his One Minute Reviews spot.  Check it out!

“The warmth and love of the holiday season are splendidly captured in this trio of expertly crafted, Regency-set novellas…Justiss’ “Christmas Wedding Wish” is richly emotional.”


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