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Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances!
What is your all time favorite book?  Hands down its Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood. 

Julie Garwood is the rare novelist that when I ask around to my friends, have you ever read Julie Garwood, it starts a whole conversation on how Julie was their first historical writer that they ever read and loved. And this is coming from other authors and friends that typically don’t read historical novels. She is the beloved author of twenty romance books, writing in the sub genres of Contemporary, Medieval Scotland Historical, Regency Historical and Western Historical. I will admit though that I read her Buchanan contemporaries before I read her Buchanan Medieval Scotland Historicals. Those two book series are tied together but you do not have to read them to understand the modern day Buchanan’s or the Medieval Buchanan’s.
Julie’s first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 35 million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, For the Roses, was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame production on CBS.

Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty and honor. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love.” And she would be right.

My favorite novel of Julie’s is Shadow Dance. It’s a contemporary that features Jordan Buchanan, the oldest daughter and Noah Clayborne, Nick Buchanan’s best friend and partner in the FBI. I immediately fell in love with both the plot and the characters. Jordan is a business savvy, smart and at times vulnerable woman. She doesn’t see herself as desirable and hasn’t really thought about dating or having any kind of a social life. After a dare from Noah at her brother’s wedding, she sets off for Texas to find some answers and gets caught up in a web of deceit, murder and romance. Noah is my favorite romance hero ever written. He’s a FBI agent that is as tough, sexy, smart and tender as a man can be. Jordan and Noah work well together on so many levels. They are smart, loyal to a fault and the compliment each other. If you want to read more about Noah Clayborne’s back story, please read the following: For The Roses, The Clayborne Brides and Come The Spring.

For more information on Julie and her books, please visit her website at

**Bio and book information was found on Julie’s website.

What you can win here:  $15 GC from either B&N or Amazon
Number of winners: 3
Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): INT
How to enter:  Just leave me a comment on your favorite book ever. 
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68 thoughts on “Sharing My Favorite Book Hop

  1. My favorite book is The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Oohh, I have heard of her, but have not yet read anything by her. 🙂
    I will have to check them out. I love Scottish tales.
    My all time favorite book is Lasher by Anne Rice. I don't know what it is about that book, but I can re-read it and never get bored.
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    trb0917 at

  3. The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline is my favorite! The writing is breathtakingly beautiful, and the story is one that stays with you and has you thinking about it for weeks…

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  4. Oh, there is no way that I could ever have a favorite book. I will share what is probably my favorite from so far this year though. I really loved LETHAL RIDER by Larissa Ione. Great world and characters, terrific stories from Ms. Ione 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  5. I'll have to go with my favourite series, because so many of them are my “faves” that I cannot pick just one!! Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward! Simply fabulous! I liked the first one okay, but the 2nd – Lover Eternal – knocked my socks off! The series just keeps getting better and better!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  6. My ulitmate fav. book is The Thorn Birds. Read this book when I was 15 and it was my first romance book and the book that diverted me away from Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I love a good book on forbidden romance and this is the ultimate in forbidden romance


  7. The first book that totally got me and I still think about to this day is called Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman. It is based in India and the culture and setting totally drew me in.

  8. Fave book ever might be Paradise by Judith McNaught! Love her books!

    Thanks for the chance!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  9. My favorite book ever is Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka – a romance, with a bit of fantasy, set in 19th century Japan.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. My very favorite book ever? That's a hard one… I have favorites in all different categories… so, Paranormal Romance would be A Caress of Twilight (Merideth Gentry series)… favorite Sci Fi… Anything by Ray Bradbury oh, and Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, Historical Fiction? Pompeii… I could go on…
    THanks for the chance to win!!
    Lisa Hackney

  11. I've loved so many books that I've read. Choosing just one isn't easy, but I'm going to say Twilight. It means a lot to me because without those books, I wouldn't have a passion for reading like I do now. 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway.


  12. I love the BDB series by JR Ward! It's my absolute favorite series. The Night Huntress series is a close second 🙂

  13. I LOVE Julie Garwood – my mother got me started on her historicals, and I think I've read everything she's ever written 🙂 Hmm, I'm not sure I can pick one favorite book ever, but if I did, it would have to be Johanna Lindsey's Malory novels (of the series, I think Gentle Rogue & The Magic of You are my favorites).

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Aaarrgghh.. so many people asking me this question…I really confuse because I have a lot of Favorite books… but, I will say… all Julie James books will be My fave book all thetime…. ^^

    Thank's for the Giveaway… ^^

  15. I have a hard time narrowing it down to one book. How about one series? That would be hands down JR Wards BDB! Already counting down to March 2013 for Lover At Last!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  16. Fave ever is really hard, but I do absolutely love Kelley Armstrong's Nadia Stafford series! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂


  17. It's hard to pick my very favorite. My favorite at the moment is Changing Worlds by Cari Z.

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  18. Thank you so much for the great contest. My favorite book right now is a book called Who We Are by TJ Klune. It is the second book to one of my favorite books Bear, Otter and the Kid. I can’t wait to read the next installment!

  19. For romance books my favourites are Once and Always by Judith Mcnaught and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning. Thanks!

  20. Shadow Dance is the first book I ever read by Julie Garwood and it was a wonderful read. One of my favorite book is Cover of Night by Linda Howard.


  21. I'm another one who's favourite book is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I LOVED this book. I'd been waiting since the first book in the Dark Hunter series to see Acheron's Happily-Ever-After and I adore him. It was a great book.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    – Kate (kashtastic(at)gmail(dot)com)

  22. My favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. That's my go to book. It has my favorite character ever, Jamie Fraser. I named my son after him.

  23. I have so many favorite books but since we have to pick one I'll say it's Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise. It's a story of friendship and love. Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. Great giveaway. I could buy some more books. lol
    I have been reading for over 60 yrs so I have read 1,000's of books and many were favs but the last book I read and it was awesome was Rare Earth by Davis Bunn and the one before it was Quest for the Nail Prints by Don Furr. I love Fern Michaels Sisterhood series and have 2 more to read (18 in series).
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  25. There are so many pretty covers out there nowadays..its difficult to pick one..but I'll go with Gena Showalter's LOTU series.All those covers are amazing!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  26. Tropic of Hockey by Dave Bidini is a must-read, even if you're not a hockey fan (though I am)…it's a really great travelogue of how the game is a part of life in countries you wouldn't expect (Dubai, China), and has really great anecdotes throughout.


  27. One if my favorite books is Wedgie Tales and Panty Lines by Sandra Sookoo. I have not read any of Julie's books. Will have to give her a try. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sue B

  28. I really love this book by Garwood too. To be honest, I really love most of hers. And it's hard to pick my ultimate favorite because I have so many. Since it alternates, my favorite now would have to be The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. 🙂

  29. My all time favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. I was 13 when it was first published and my mother and I read it together (my first “book club”!). It blew me away. I remember talking to my parents about it and what we could do to eliminate racial hatred. To Kill a Mockingbird changed my world.

  30. My all time favorite is the FBI series by Julie James! She's amazing! All her books are must-read!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. My all time favorite book is LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry. It is such a beautifully written epic. The characters are memorable. The scenery majestic & the villains wicked!!


  32. Easy, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. Love the Fever series, and I have read this book a handful of times and will mostly likely read it a handful more.

    I have yet to pick up a book by Julie, I should really check her out.

  33. My favorite book ever is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, I have read it twice now and still pulls out the same emotions I did the very first time, I cry (buckets), laugh(til my sides hurt) and got so angry. I threatened to throw the book across the room.

    I can never get enough of this book and is my favorite character of all time too.


  34. hum it's not easy to pick only one i could have said bilbot the hobbit but i will choose Moon called by Patricia Briggs.

    I found my self in a very difficult time, i thought i couldn't continue and i found this book in a second hand shop. First i told myself ” again a paranormal book, always the same” but it was cheap and i was desesperate so i took it. It was wonderful yes it's a urban fantasy with in this first book just glimpse of romance but the heroïne is funny, strong and courageous while being still compasionate… i needed that hope and even now years later when i think of it i'm laughing and crying because Patricia briggs managed to paint realistic characters and strong emotions


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