Saturday, June 24, 2006

On the Way to the GuestBlog

Julia Quinn Epilogue Contest!

Julia Quinn GuestBlogs with us this Tuesday, June 27th to celebrate that day's release of "On the Way to the Wedding!" It's Gregory Bridgerton's story, and it's marvelous. Make sure you stop by to say hi!

What's your favorite Julia Quinn novel?
Who's the best Bridgerton series hero?

When you email me Tuesday, June 27th from the special link in Julia's GuestBlog, I'll enter you into a drawing to win a set of the "2nd Bridgerton Epilogues" in PDA download format. It's simple as that. But I won't accept any entries before 6:00 am EST, Tuesday.

Encore! For more info about the "2nd Epilogues," click on the "2nd Epilogues" icon above.

Encore due! Thanks, HarperCollins/Avon for being so generous with the "2nd Bridgerton Epilogue" sets for the Bellas!


Stacy~ said...

Anthony's story "The Marquis Who Loved Me" is my absolute favorite story, followed very closely by Francesca's story "When He Was Wicked".

I loved how Kate and Anthony fell in love. There was a lot of antagonism between the two that eventually sparked into fascination and finally to love. It's a wonderful story that makes me all tingly inside. Anthony is my fave Bridgerton hero.

Fave no-Bridgerton hero would be Michael Stirling, the man who's been in love with Francesca from the moment he spots her and finds out she's marrying his cousin and best friend. It's a bittersweet story on many levels, but also shows how love the second time around can truly be wonderful.

Geez, I wish I was staying home today for a re-read...LOL.

Stacy~ said...

Good Lord, what I mean is "The VISCOUNT who Loved Me". Need caffeine and I need it now...

Manda Collins said...

Poor Stacy, caffeine deprivation is no laughing matter...but, LOL.

I'm gonna have to go with ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON. It is satisfying on so many levels: the ugly duckling plot, the best friends to lovers thing, the writing thing. It's just wonderful.

Can't wait for OTWTTW!

Oh, Michelle--finished the new Edith Layton last night. Good stuff. She is so brilliant at characterization. But Daffyd is still my favorite.

Michele said...

I've only read one. It's In his Kiss.. I enjoyed it. Seemed ok.. wasn't inspired to read the series though. No reflection on her writing - the one book was fun and quick to read - I'm squeamish of the genre in general.

How many are there total?

Rach said...

Whew! Just got back from over 21 hours in the car with a 4 year old, 11 month old and six month old! Oh, to have had time to read...

My most favorite JQ is ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON, followed closely by THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME. I agree with both Stacy and Manda on their assessments of the stories =).

Michele, when OTWTTW is released, it will be number eight.

As for the 2nd Epilogues, I've downloaded and read 'em both (I'm a *bit* of a JQ junkie ;o) ), and have to say they were WONDERFUL!!!!! =)

There's nothing quite like catching up on some of your favorite characters. After reading all the books, I have to say the Bridgertons are like family (sounds crazy, doesn't it??) and it's nice to see their HEA's continue on, even after years of marriage and kids, etc.

Maybe that's why Stephanie Laurens keeps going with the Cynsters.

Michele said...

Thanks for answering, Rachd!!!!

Rach said...

Not a problem. What genre do you prefer? Just curious. =)

Julie in Ohio said...

I missed a JQ discussion!!!!!

My favorite JQ book is "Brighter Than The Sun". I love Ellie's character and she was perfect for Charles. The way that they meet is fantastic. If you haven't read it, it is the partner book to "Everything and the Moon", but is definitely a stand alone. There is only a very brief mention of the H/H in EATM. If you blink you'll miss it. BTTS is Wonderful!

I can't answer the second question. I don't think that there is a best Bridgerton hero.

Anthony is a great alpha with a tortured soul. Yet the way he helps Kate get over her fear shows that he is a softy at heart.

When Benedict went to the jail to rescue Sophie is my favorite scene. He starts out as a softy and shows us there is more to him.

What can be said about Colin? He is all that and a bag of chips.

Simon, a tortured soul who comes through for Daphne when she needed him the most. He is beautiful and has a bigger heart than even he knows he has.

Philip Crane was put on this earth for Eloise. He is the strong silent type. When she starts asking him why he thought they would suit, and he shows her but making out with her, I just think that was the most perfect response.

Michael, yet another tortured soul. It would take him a long time to come to grips with the fact that Francesca is up for grabs, but when he does it starts heating up in Scotland.

Then there is Gareth. What can be said about a rake who can handle Hyacinth? But when he dotes on his grandmother, my heart melts.

That's my discertation on the beautiful Bridgerton heroes. I can not pick just one.

amy kennedy said...

Well done Rach!

I too have a hard time picking a favorite--But, I think it's When He Was Wicked.

It's usually which ever Bridgerton Book I happen to be reading at the time.

Valeen said...

My favourite story from Julia Quinn is Daphne and Simon's story. It was my first JQ and I loved the entire thing.

I really liked Colin as well, just because it was so fun to watch him fall for Penelope after the scene at the end of the previous book.

Rach said...

Oh, completely missed the Bridgerton hero part. Oops.

I adore Anthony and Colin. Colin for being easy going and finally seeing what had been under his nose for years, and Anthony for being such an awesome alpha. For non-Bridgertons involved with Bridgerton sisters, well I like Michael and Simon best. Poor tortured Michael loving Fracesca for all those years and then feeling like he shouldn't have her. Then of course there is Simon overcoming some major issues of his own. Not to mention, being a duke makes him an incredible alpha =).

Rach said...

Oh, and Julie, I was wondering where you were as I was reading the posts. =)

Julie in Ohio said...

I was gone this weekend. I went on a retreat where they confiscated all watches and cell phones so you wouldn't know what time it was, let alone internet access. It was crazy but wonderful.

Were we suppose to pick our fav Bridgerton book?
That would be ALL of them.
If I had to pick one it would be To Sir Philip, With Love. It was the first book I read by JQ, so it has a special place in my heart but also I loved Eloise. She is everything I am not. She speaks her mind and doesn't apologize for it but she isn't cruel.

Julie in Ohio said...

Oh, Rach I'm so jealous.
I haven't gotten the epilogues yet.
I haven't ever done the E-books thing so I'm not completely sure how to but am willing to learn. :o)

Rach said...

E-books are easy! All you have to do is download Microsoft Reader (it's free) and then pick that format when you purchase your E-book. I learned all this in order to get the epilogues! =)

Julie in Ohio said...

Another favorite is "Splendid". The thing I like best about that book is that the H/H had an instant attraction and they knew it and didn't really fight it like most books. They kept moving forward. Then once married, it was bliss but they had problems. The difference was they were real problems. No big misunderstandings or the like.

Let's not forget to mention that Alex was an alpha to the extreme and completely drool worthy. And Emma was a beautiful strong willed practical heroine with a love for tree climbing.

Julie in Ohio said...

I'm gonna have to just bite the bullet and do it. :o)

Thanks, Rach!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK. Could NONE OF YOU tell me that I wrote Anthony instead of GREGORY in this post?

Which proves my next point perfectly, and is why I ask you Bellas questions like today's: I have no memory, short or long term. I've told you that before.

So, when you tell me all about these great JQ novels, I start to get oh yeah flashbacks.

What would I do without youz? I mean, I've read these books (all except BTTS, which I now have to thanks, JulieO)but do you think I can remember titles?

OK. I love Michael Stirling and Francesca's story cause it was darker, and, need I really mention the UATE scene in the drawing room? (escritoire, Bellas, escritoire!)

I loved Simon; he was so tortured about not wanting a child to have is "disorder," and when Daphne caught on? Well, it gave "you go, girl," a whole new meaning, did it not?

But I need to say this, and I mean it in the nicest way possible: I really hate you all. Because you'll have a chance to win the Epilogues and I will have to pay if I want to read them.

Aaah. I feel better now.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

But have I mentioned how really happy I am that you stop by here all the time?

Rach said...

Yeah yeah yeah. Yell at us and then tell us you love us. Just like a mom =).

Rach said...

Oh, and Michelle, I've already paid. ;-P

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yes, Rache. I was going to acknowledge that, but you know how it is when the other kids think you've got a favorite child... :)

Kati said...

I'm partial to Anthony and Benedict. I love the Cinderella aspect to Benedict and Sophie's story. But Anthony gets me every time.

I'll be sad when the series is over, but I'm excited to see what Julie writes next. She's got so much talent and always delivers a knock-out punch.

Kristi Cook said...

I don't think I can pick one favorite, either! I guess my favorite three JQ books are The Viscount Who Loved Me (I *adored* Anthony Bridgerton!), The Duke and I (sigh...Simon. Another to-die-for tortured hero!), and Brighter Than The Sun (Ellie & Charles--such *great* chemistry!). As to heroes, that'd be Anthony Bridgerton, Simon, and Michael Stirling--so dark and tortured, and I LOVED his conflict! It was SO well done! On any given day, I can randomly pick any JQ book from my keeper shelf to re-read, and will be guaranteed to enjoy it!

And, I, too, already bought the epilogues (the *day* they were released (of course!). I haven't read them yet because I'm saving them for my reward when I finally finish the book I'm writing now that's due in a couple of months!

Julie in Ohio said...

Kristina, you are a stronger person than I. If I had those epis I wouldn't be able to hold back. But what a great reward!

Michelle, what is this contest?
How do I enter and where do I send the bribe?

Julie in Ohio said...

I am just a little bit out of it.

It just dawned on my the Gregory's story comes out TOMORROW!!

Manda Collins said...

Michelle! I didn't even notice you said Anthony instead of Gregory. Or if I did I was too busy noticing the chance to win epilogues...hehe.

I think of UATE every time WHEN HE WAS WICKED is mentioned;)

Welcome back to civilization, Julie and Rach!

My word ver is: Dudsbo
That's funnier than any sentence I could make from it.

amy kennedy said...

Manda my word ver the last time was beuxsmt--it's almost a word in its own right.

Michelle--I did notice it, but I knew you would notice it as well, sorry.

Kristina, I can pick-up a JQ book and just open it to any page and read--it's a mini vacation. And I think it's great you're saving the epilogues. What a great motivator.

Speaking of vacation--I'm on one. But at home, and I'm cleaning, and organizing, and getting on the treadmill every stinkin day--but I'm on vaca--whoo-hoo.

Rach--I just can't bring myself to read books online--I have to hold the thing in my hands--but, since we're talking epilogues to JQ's books--I could probably force myself to do it.

Julie in Ohio said...

Amy, I think that may be my hang up on these e-books. I need to physically hold it, but I'm willing to try anything once except mushrooms but we won't go there.
And for a Ms.Q book, I would read it in braille if I had to. :o)

Rach said...

Amy, treadmill and cleaning on vacation??? Repeat after me, Just Say NO!!

Julie and Amy, I had the same hang-up, but well, JQ inspired me ;-). When you download Microsoft Reader, it allows you to read the epis (or whatever) like a book.

Differences: 1) You can't actually hold the "book" in your hand. 2) You don't physically "turn" the pages, you click instead.

Really, the epis are *SO* worth it!!! =)

amy kennedy said...

Julie--mushrooms? Please go there. Which is not to say, take hallucinogens, merely tell the tale.

Rachd, I actually like to get the house in order--soon to have a grad party--and the treadmill was a bet with the hubby--can't lose a bet, Rachd. Plus, never really got the bod completely back after the last one.
SEVEN years ago.

Julie in Ohio said...

Has Michelle said what this contest is yet? I mean, what we are going to have to do?

I need to know if I need to work on my singing voice. OK that was a joke. I wouldn't make anyone suffer that way except for my family. *G*

I'm not quite awake yet (at 2:30pm) so I don't know if I have missed it somewhere along the way. Not to mention that patience was not a virture that I was given.

Julie in Ohio said...

Hate to disappoint ya, Amy, but I was referring to the slimy fungus (insert disgusted shiver here)not the fun filled, multicolor seeing mushroom.

There is no story except my sincere disgust of even looking at one let alone tasting it. Are you familiar with the show "Fear Factor"? They had a show where the poor idiots (or contestants) had to eat slugs. Yup, it's all the same to me.

Excuse me as I run to the bathroom now.

amy kennedy said...

My youngest used to call them marshmallows and loved them, once he knew the real name he no longer was a fan.

And I don't know what the contest is either.

amy kennedy said...

Julie--we're stupid, sorry for lumping you in with me. But it's right in Michelle's blog. We e-mail her (Michelle) from a special link in Julia Quinn's blog and we're automatically entered.

Julie in Ohio said...

Do we e-mail her with a poem or maybe a 1000 word essay on why we should be the winner or maybe to just say "Hi"?

Too many unanswered questions.

Julie in Ohio said...

UM, Michelle, just ignore my last post. I would hate to have put ideas in your head, as I am horrible at poetry and I can barely string two sentences in my posts together so an essay is out. However, I would love to e-mail a "Hello" to you. *G*

Rach said...

Okay, Amy, I guess you can work out--losing bets to hubbies is bad bizness. =) Besides, I completely understand about baby bodies. Ugh! I'm nursing and apparently am keeping that extra ten pounds on for famine emergencies.

Good luck on the epis contest, guys!

Julie in Ohio said...

ROTFLMAO, famine emergencies? That's great!

I am so going to use that the next time DH starts in on me. :o)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hmmmm, JulieO. I thought I wrote some of the shortest blogs known to man, but I guess they're not interesting enough to even get through to the end?

Yes, everyone else can just email me from the special link tomorrow am. But YOU, Jules, have to write a 500 word essay titled: Why my life has improved immeasurably since Michelle and RBtheB came into it: A brief treatise on the importance of e-friends, snaxy men, the ogling of the latter, and the nurturing of the former.

And, please. No one start me on the post-baby discussion. This would not be a good day for it. Do feel free, however, to tell jokes and entertain me in general.

Manda Collins said...

Haha, JulieO has homework!!! (Sorry, that brought out the mean girl in me--I didn't even know I had one!)

Here is a limerick to cheer you up, Michelle:

There once was a snaxy young fella,
Whose pectorals wowed all the bellas.
His biceps were dreamy.
His covers were steamy.
And while bathing he sang a capella.

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Manda, from me to you...PFFTT!

And dear, wonderful, fabulous, beautiful, exciting, uncomparable Michelle, I did read to the bottom of your blog. I soaked up every syllable and puncuation mark you used. I just was unsure if there was more to the contest then just e-mailing you. You know me, I need to over analyze everything. I just *sniffle* wanted to *sniffle* make sure that *sob* I wasn't missing *sniff, sniff* anything.

Now if you'll excuse me I have some serious writing to do. *g*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Aaaaaaaaah...NOW I'm feelin the love!

Oh, JulieO, please don't cry! If your eyes swell up, you won't be able to see the screen to write your essay. :)

Manda, you've definitely made me LOL, and I really appreciate it. Can I assume you were referring to a particular snaxy guy?

Julie in Ohio said...

Oh, what do we have here...a teacher's pet?

I thought Manda's poem painted a perfect picture. Although, I think more emphasis could be made about his wash board abs.

Stacy~ said...

You guys were having too much fun without me LOL. Sorry Michelle, didn't notice Anthony/Gregory mix-up. Heck, I don't even know my lords from my barons so I can't be trusted to keep names straight!

Oh Michelle, UATE was so, so, oh yeah, the best.

Julie, I agree about washboard abs. There can never be too many poems about washboard abs. Speaking of which, has anyone seen the cover for the anthology "Surf's Up"? I think you need to check it out.

(Stacy, who's purposely avoiding mention of poems, essays, and jumping through hoops *g*)

Manda Collins said...

Huh! Washboard abs would have ruined the meter!! Not to mention that there ain't much that rhymes with washboard abs...

That's like a challenge...hmmmm.
How's this?

There once was a handsome young model,
Who charmed from the time he could toddle.

His abs were so ripped,
His fans often quipped
That his snaxiness ought to be bottled.

Don't hate me because I am a poetical genius! Hmwahhhhhahhhahhh!

Get back to work on that essay, Jules...

Oh, Michelle, this one I guess it about TSO. The earlier one, pretty much any snaxy fella with killer pecs and biceps...

Rach said...

LOL!! Love the poetry Manda! =)

Julie in Ohio said...

Bravo, Manda!! That was great. :o)

I know, I know. I'm getting back to work.

Manda Collins said...

Thanks guys! I'm just getting over a summer cold so I think my elation at no longer having a sore throat is making me a little giddy.
And for me giddy=bad limericks.

Rach said...

Glad you're on the mend. Keep the limericks comin' =)!

Julie in Ohio said...

You will not believe this. I do not believe this.

I just typed out my essay and this wonderful computer ate it for dinner. How fair is that?

Manda, sorry about the sore throat. I think we get jipped to have to worry about colds in the summer. :(
Thankfully that doesn't hurt your typing fingers. I'm with Rach, keep those poems comin'. :o)

Alright, now I'm getting angry. I can not get my verif to let me publish. ARGH!

Julie in Ohio said...

Alright, we'll try this again.

Why my life has changed immeasurably since RBtB.

My life has changed immeasurable in the sense of always having a place to go to when I need a pick me up or to have some intelligent conversation with bright, funny, interesting women. These women I consider my friends. They have welcomed me into their circle and have become dear to me. They have accepted my sarcasm and sense of humor have not taken offense to it. For that alone I am grateful. They have introduced me to some very snaxy men that should be outlawed in order to keep the peace. Michelle has given us a place where we can ogle snaxy men and talk about anything and everything. A place where the initials TMI have no meaning. Michelle is a wonderful person who always has something interesting to say or question to pose. I am often amazed at how we can start talking about one thing and in a blink of an eye (or click of a mouse) the topic can change. For example, we can begin with Julia Quinn and end up with an essay on how Romance By the Blog has changed your life. Who'd a thunk? Michelle has introduced me to new authors who I had not heard of previously. Authors who write in sub-genres that I was previously unfamiliar with. Anything from historicals to erotica to christian romances. The diversity on this blog is fantastic. I love the openmindedness of everyone and I find it refreshing. Thank you, Michelle, for having a wonderful place I can come to instead of doing something utterly miserable like working or the like. :o)

Now for those of you smart-a$$es who feel the need to count the words, let me make it easier for you...there's 245. I could have made it to 500 but really who wants to read that. Not to mention the repetition that would be done. Blah, blah, blah.

Stacy~ said...

Hey Manda that rocked! See, I knew you could do it - you just needed a little inspiration *g* Glad you're feeling better. The weather is too nice to be sick.

Aw sorry about the essay Julie. I bet it would have been fab. Um, was it about washboard abs, perchance? Any possible way you can re-capture any of your previous brilliance?

What the heck is up with word ver???

Oh, finally! Here's mine:
Not EveryOne Has Loved Naughty Valentine Friends (why, I don't know...)

Julie in Ohio said...

Now just to set the record straight, I did that to answer Michelle's challenge not to get a leg up on the contest. I don't want anyone crying fowl when I win tomorrow. :o) Again a joke. It's that strange sense of humor thingy I mentioned in my essay. I'm going to shut up now before I lose my entire leg in my mouth.

Now it's off to make potatoe salad. Yes, it is 10:30pm here and I am making potatoe salad. Let's just say, I really love my husband!!

Stacy~ said...

Well gee, who can be a smart a$$ after that post? Geez Julie, take away our fun why don't you? And where are the abs?

I am just teasing, I hope you know. Seriously, it's very touching, and so perceptive. You
said exactly what I think about this place, our haven for fun, intelligent conversations that still allow us to giggle like school girls over Jon Bon Jovi and Hugh Jackman. My kinda place, I tell ya...

Julie in Ohio said...

Stacy, if I had thought of it, the abs would've been in there. I did mention the snaxies though, so enter abs anywhere in there.

Really it's the people here that make it so special, so everyone give yourself a pat on the back and big hug from me. :o)

Now back to the giggling like school girls. Michelle, don't you have another "wet" picture you want to put up?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, I'm not quite sure what to say, JulieO. If I were your English prof, you could definitely sit in a front row seat. Your essay was just wonderful, especially the parts about your feeling accepted by everyone here, and how they make the place special. I feel that way, too. And I loved the parts about me. Oops. Did I write that instead of just think it? And yes, you shall have as many new photos of wet men as I can find. Monica Burns just sent one the other day who looks good...

Stace, really. What is up with word ver? It's like copying a line of text now. I still don't know how you come up with the sentences. And it's nice of you to be supportive of JulieO, even when she's being a smart a$$!

Manda, I agree! Brava! I really needed a boost, for several reasons, not the least of which was a crummy headache and fifty zillion summer/kid-related things to do. In addition to the limericks day, I think we'll have a "stump JulieO day." We'll throw out topics and you riff a limerick on em... What rhymes with UATW?

I'm off to post JulieQs blog. It's awesome; a real treat.

Thanks, Bellas, for being good friends.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle said: "I think we'll have a "stump JulieO day."

What have I ever done to you? I thought my essay was very good towards you. I never even mentioned your typos. *G* Well at least you included Manda with the limericks day so I don't feel ganged up on. :o)

BTW, on a serious note, I meant every word that essay. *Big Hugs*

amy kennedy said...

OMG--I missed out on all the fun--Manda, I bow down to the goddess poetess (?) who lives inside you.

Julie-haha--and what a sweet and funny essay.

Stace, love the word ver.

Rachd--no kidding, especially when you're nursing, it's a fact--women keep that extra fat in case of drought or famine. Seriously.

And Michelle, where would we be without you?

Terry said...

I am a new Julia Quinn fan. I was at a Janet Evanovich book signing last week and picked up "How to Marry a Marquis" and "To catch an Heiress". Went thru those like wildfire. Can anyone suggest which JQ book(s) I should go to next?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Terry! You've come to the right place, cause there're a ton of JQ fans here. I started with "When He Was Wicked," then went on to the rest of the Bridgerton series. Lucky for you, you don't have to wait for ANY of the novels in the series, cause they're all written now. :)

Not only are there the Bridgerton, but also there are the "Lady Whistledown" anthologies, etc. I'm sure you've checked out Julia's site. She's got all her books and anthologies listed, as well as the whole Bridgerton family tree. And now, she's even writing "2nd Epilogues" to the epilogues of the Bridgerton series. They're all downloads and two are available now.

Hey, I hope you'll keep visiting us. Pop in any time to ask your JQ questions, and these chicks will be happy to give their info. And I'll be you have stuff to tell us, too. :)