Giveaway– Countdown to Something About You

**Please note: the giveaway is now closed.  Winner will be announced soon.

It’s not that far away now–my next book, Something About You, releases March 2nd.  For those of you who haven’t seen this, here’s a brief description:


Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…


Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…


Now here’s the giveaway part:  Something About You opens with Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde, who’s had a rough couple of months at work.  She decides to treat herself to a night of R&R at a luxury hotel, but things don’t exactly go as planned.  To say the least.  You can read an excerpt of the book here to see just how wrong things go for our intrepid heroine.

Because a hotel room plays such a pivotal role in the book, I decided to have some fun.  Here’s the question: the photograph at the top of this blog (the one of the patio with the tables, flowers and trees) was taken at a hotel Mr. James and I vacationed at.  I’ll give a $25 gift card to Borders, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon (at the winner’s choosing) to one random person who leaves a comment below correctly identifying the location of the hotel.

Here’s how the contest will work: I’ll choose a winner among anyone who correctly identifies the city where the photo was taken. If no one identifies the city, then I’ll choose a winner among those of you who correctly guessed the country.  If no one identifies the correct county, then I’ll choose a random winner among everyone who entered.  One guess per person please.

Want a hint?  The hotel is built into the side of a cliff and faces a large body of water. And they have a dog named Bette who escorts you to the lobby when you arrive. She greets you at the boat dock (that’s another hint), rides the elevator with you, and takes you to the front desk.  No joke.

The contest will remain open until 10pm CST on Sunday, January 10th.

Good luck!

Please note: friends and family of Julie James and Mr. James are not eligible for the giveaway.

Psst–be sure to check out my other giveaway, where you can enter to win a signed copy of Joss Ware’s fantastic debut release, Beyond the Night.  Details here.

61 thoughts on “Giveaway– Countdown to Something About You

  1. Joder says:

    After searching for two hours, I still have no definitive answer (you’d think the dog would be a very useful hint–but alas it’s not). So my guess–totally a guess–will be Santorini, Greece.

  2. Donna B says:

    Princeville, Chicago, illinois

    Please count me in, that’s if this is an International contest. If not it has been fun working it out.

    Good Luck Everyone xx

  3. Lisa says:

    Congrats and good luck with your new book!
    I going on the lines of something different than anyone else
    and say Cape Town-Stellanbosch region of South Africa. They have a great wine country there.

  4. KristiBug says:

    I spent way to much time researching this with no luck! haha 🙂 What’s up, Google??? On the other hand, the Fairmont Hotel chains have a service called Canine Ambassadors that sounds quite interesting!

    I’m gonna say Italy. 🙂 Would your book hurry up and come out? Sheesh 🙂

  5. turtle says:

    at first i thought maybe acapolco but it just doesnt look like it to me. It could be the hotel delfino in italy, could be, but after searching some the Cliff House in Ireland also looked good , but finally i think it is the Grand Hotel Tritone in Praiano Italy, but i could be wrong. it’s gorgeous though!

  6. Amy M says:

    Ok, here is my guess: Il San Pietro, Italy.

    I think that it looks, and sounds like, a wonderful place, wherever you went! I cannot wait until March 2nd for this book to come out.

    Amy M

  7. cheryl c. says:

    Researching this was fun! I found some beautiful spots that I really want to visit. I am going to guess Positano, Italy, because the picture resembles other pictures I found.

  8. tennismom mary g says:

    Hi Julie
    Looks like somewhere in Italy. I tried to google it & all I got was your post LOL. I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.

  9. Dana says:

    After searching I stumbled upon Il San Pietro in Positano, Italy. It looks very similar so that is my guess. The Amalfi Coast is so beautiful!

  10. GSM says:

    You and Mr. James must have had a wonderful time. It looks like you were staying at Il San Pietro in Positano, Italy. Great contest. Thanks.

  11. kara c says:

    OK, I think I’ll go with the Positano, Italy crowd. Regardless of where it is, it sure looks warmer than my current location. 🙂
    Excited about your next book!

  12. Lovelyn Calip says:

    I would vote with Italy! Can’t wait for this book to come out!!!I just read the first 2 books and I loved them!

  13. t_hylda says:

    Well I’m saying Positano,Italy. It seems to be the hotel Il San Pietro di Positano.Sure seems to be a wonderful place. Whish I could go there!

  14. maered says:

    Ok – I’m guessing in Positano, Italy. The hotel is Il San Pietro di Positano. It looks absolutely amazing! Fun contest!

  15. Pat L. says:

    After checking out the other google hotels built into cliffs, your photo looks quite like Poistano, Italy – Il San Pietro. – so I am changing my answer. LOL.

  16. Booklover1335 says:

    I’ve tried all week to find out which hotel this picture was taken at, but couldn’t find it. I was sure it was probably set in Italy. I traveled throughout Italy while in college and it reminds me a lot of some of the towns we visited. You’ve totally stumped me. I thought for sure I had read on your blog somewhere that you previously talked about this, but couldn’t find it…..maybe I just dreamed that part in my search. Who knows…but I do know I found a whole lot of dream vacation spots during my search, so thanks for that 🙂

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