Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winner's Choice of any of Julie Lessman's books Ends November 14th


 I'm very excited to have Julie Lessman with me this week! I had the privilege of meeting her at conference and then have been blessed to correspond with her. She is a funny, sweet, amazing lady. And I'm so glad I met her! She is giving away a copy of winner's choice of her books. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered.
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction”. Chosen as #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Her “Winds of Change” series has recently released with A Hope Undaunted, which ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com.




1.) What sparked your interest in romance and how has this impacted your writing?

Four life-altering words: Gone With the Wind. You see, when I read that novel at the age of twelve, I was swept away into the world of romance for the very first time. It captured me like no other book had done, and I immediately set out to write (along with thousands of other love-struck young girls, I’m sure), what I hoped would be “the great American novel.” Obviously my dreams of grandeur didn’t go anywhere, but I did write 150 single-spaced pages of a story that became the basis (some forty years later!) for my debut novel, A Passion Most Pure.

Today, I like to think that not only are Margaret Mitchell’s fingerprints are all over me in my religious devotion to passion, but God’s as well—merging my passion for romance with my passion for Him.

2.) You’ve joked about being the “Queen of Rejections.” Can you tell us a little about that?

Uh, yeah … anyone who attended the 2005 ACFW Conference will remember me as the poor slob who waved her hands wildly in the back of the room when Brandilyn Collins asked who had the most rejections in a year. I won hands-down with 19 (at that time) and went on to garner in excess of 45 (both agent and publisher rejections, including three received AFTER I signed a 3-book contract with Revell Publishing!). Even my agent, Natasha Kern, blanched a bit when she first signed me, realizing after the ink was dry just how many times I’d been rejected. I believe the word she used was “daunting.” But apparently not too daunting for her amazing skills as an agent because she landed a contract for me within six months. Imagine my shock and awe when a few years later I stood on the same stage on which I’d received that booby prize for the most rejections, to receive ACFW’s Debut Book of the Year. Go ahead— pinch me! 

3.) What would you like your readers to take away from your books?

The MOST important thing I pray readers take away from my books is the reality of how natural and fulfilling an intimate relationship with God can and SHOULD be. Like breathing. These books may be fiction, but this is NOT a fairy tale here. It IS possible to have a living, breathing relationship with the God of the Universe. He’s crazy about us, and if most people really understood that, their lives would turn on a dime and blessings would overtake them. Believe me, I KNOW this firsthand—I used to be a hard, cynical, coarse human being before God pulled me up by the scruff of the neck and said, “Yo, Julie! Get a clue. You’re the apple of my eye!” J He’s been the love of my life ever since.

4.)    How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

I RUNnot walk … to the throne of God! He is my high tower, my place of refuge in ANY storm, be it professional or personal. For me, He has never been a last resort, but a first resort when life’s hurried pace overwhelms me. A good example is a story on my Web site about when a doctor told us he thought our college-age son had cancer. Now I am a wired individual under the best of circumstances, so this had the potential to fell me like a tree. But I sprinted to God faster than Jackie Joyner Kersee going for the gold, and the prize was God’s peace. You can read the steps I took in maintaining my sanity at http://julielessman.com/from-the-heart/.

5.) Your husband and children are the light of your life. Do they enjoy your stories?

Well, yes, most of them … You see, my husband Keith wouldn’t read A Passion Most Pure until he could hold a published book in his hand because he hated the gargantuan binders I’d use. But once he did, I was shocked at his response. He admitted he was nervous because what if he didn’t like it??? I still remember the first day I caught him reading it—it was so weird seeing this big, hulking guy holding a romance novel. But the moment he looked up, his eyes locked on mine and he mouthed the words, “It is soooo good!” Needless to say, my heart swooned! I mean, the man’s only read two or three books in 30 years, and my book actually kept him up till the wee hours of the morning AND made him cry! Now, I’m not saying the ability to make your husband cry is necessarily a good thing, but in this case, it was pretty special!

Now my daughter? Another story altogether! Although she was an A student in college, she despises reading, so I actually had to bribe her with $20 to read the first chapter of A Passion Most Pure. But I am happy to report that it hooked her, and the rest of the book and the other two didn’t cost me a dime! J  But … my son the financial advisor? He’ll probably read one of my books when I include baseball statistics or financial advice!

6.) Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, A Heart Revealed?

A Heart Revealed is book 2 in “The Winds of Change” series, and it’s the forbidden love story of the oldest O’Connor brother, Sean O’Connor, a confirmed bachelor, and his sister’s best friend, Emma Malloy, a battered married woman. Here’s my blurb:

The ring on her hand belongs to one man …
But her heart belongs to another.
As a battered woman, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston ten years ago, seeking shelter for a heart badly bruised by both her husband and guilt. But when she falls in love with Sean O’Connor, a confirmed bachelor who wrestles with demons of his own, fear and shame almost destroy her … until she is finally set free by a heart revealed.
7.) What makes Emma and Sean’s romance unique?

Emma and Sean’s romance in A Heart Revealed is not my typical romance where boy meets girl and sparks fly. Instead, it is a ten-year friendship that grows spiritually and emotionally, ripening into unconditional love where two people sacrifice themselves for the other. In many ways, A Heart Revealed is a departure for me—a heroine who is scarred, both inside and out, and a forbidden love with minimal romantic interaction. You see, Emma Malloy is married, a battered woman who fled Dublin to seek shelter for a heart badly bruised by an abusive husband. But when she falls in love with Sean O’Connor, a confirmed bachelor with demons of his own, fear and shame wreaks havoc in her life until God finally sets her free with “a heart revealed.”

8.) What do you hope readers take away from A Heart Revealed?

One of the basic themes of A Heart Revealed is “honesty is the best policy.” Every character in this story is struggling with some form of honesty with people they love, whether it’s guilt, delusion, deception, secrecy, manipulation or outright stubbornness. It is my hope that Sean and Emma’s story will not only “reveal” the grace and mercy of a loving God, but the healing power of His truth … which truly does set us free.

9.) Tell us about Emma, the gentle and scarred heroine in A Heart Revealed. How did you come to write a story about her?

Believe it or not, I never planned to write Sean and Emma’s story until three-quarters of the way through A Passion Redeemed, when Charity brought Emma home for dinner. The moment I wrote the following very innocent lines in that book, I felt a spark of something that I KNEW would grow into an amazing love story someday.

Marcy smiled and passed the rolls. “Sean, Charity brought her good friend home to stay. Emma, this is Sean, my oldest.”
Sean stood and extended his hand across the table, his smile as broad as his reach. “Welcome. Anyone who can put up with this sister of mine has to be the genuine article.”
Charity smacked him.
Emma blushed. “Nice to meet you, Sean.”
“Emma, Charity tells me you and she met at Shaw’s and that you’ve worked there forever.” Faith dolloped potatoes on her plate, then handed them off to Collin.
Emma gave her a crooked smile. “Yes, I was actually Mrs. Shaw’s top sales clerk before Charity came on the scene. Dublin’s gentry took one look at her and pushed me aside.”
“Oh, pshaw. Don’t believe her. It took me a solid six months to catch up.” Charity removed a roll from the basket, eyed the lighter one on Brady’s plate and switched it with hers. He stared her down, but she ignored him.
“What happened to your face?” Katie asked.
“Katie Rose!” Marcy, Faith and Charity’s voices rang in shock.
Emma smiled. “No, it’s a natural question and one I don’t mind answering. I got in the way of a pan of hot grease, I’m afraid.”
Katie’s eyes bugged. “How did you do that?”
“Katie, zip it,” Charity warned.
“Someone accidentally threw it in my face.”
Forks, knives and spoons stilled as all eyes focused on Emma.
Charity cleared her throat and elbowed Sean, who stared as if Emma had just announced she was from the moon. “So, Sean, Mother tells me you finally wrangled a promotion.”
He chewed slowly, his eyes still fixed on Emma. He swallowed and turned to his sister. “Yeah, I did. Don’t look now, sis, but you’re rubbing shoulders with the Assistant Manager of the largest hardware mercantile in south Boston. Not to mention future manager of a new store.”
One of her brows slanted up. “Well, well. Must be those dangerous good looks drawing all the ladies in to buy nuts and bolts.”
He grinned and chomped on a roll. “Must be.”

Oh, and by the way, Emma’s name was originally Myrna. I know, I know, not as appropriate as “Emma,” but keep in mind that originally, Emma was to be just a comical bit character in the beginning of A Passion Redeemed. However, just like Cluny McGee was only meant to be a bit character in A Passion Denied (but charmed me into making him a huge subordinate character), “Myrna” charmed me as well when she came to Charity’s defense over and over again. I fell in love with her gentle loyalty so much, that I made her a critical part of the story in A Passion Redeemed.

10.) How can readers find you on the Internet or get in touch with you?

I LOVE to hear from reader friends, so they can contact me through my Web site at www.julielessman.com, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/. My newsletter is chock-full of fun info on my books and there’s always a contest featuring signed book giveaways including one right now to have a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Also, I have a cool feature on my website called “Journal Jots” (http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots/), which is a very laid-back, Friday journal to my reader friends that would give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing. Then finally, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog (http://seekerville.blogspot.com/), a group blog devoted to encouraging and helping aspiring writers on the road to publication.
Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity's handsome and charming brother, Sean O'Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she's ever known?
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76 comments:

  1. Great interview and sounds like a great book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  2. I love all of Julie's books. have been putting off buying the most recent release. Would love to win a copy.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I started following and I also follow feebburner. Patty, I just bought the book when it it came out. Can't wait to read it!
    Ashley Roberts
    flwhizkid@yahoo.com

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  4. DEB!!! Thanks SO much for hosting me this week AND for your sweet intro -- right back at ya, darlin'!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. WFNREN ... Thanks for coming by and I can't tell from your comment if you have ever read any of my books before or not, but if you haven't and you win, I will be happy to send you the first book in this passionate family saga, A Passion Most Pure, which won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year in 2009. Although all of my books are written so they could be read as stand-alones, this is really a saga best read in order due to a number of big surprises in book 1, so hopefully you will win and I can send that book to you, okay? Good luck in the contest!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  6. PATTY!!! Wise decision, my friend, because I've been having tons of giveaways, although most of them are over now till December. BUT ... you may want to check my website calendar to make sure you didn't miss any, okay? Thank you for reading my books and GOOD LUCK in the contest! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  7. BLESS YOU, ASHLEY, for your INCREDIBLE support!! Not only in buying AHR, but all of your hard work in my newsletter contest as well. I pray God blesses you with a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  8. Aww, Thanks, Julie!
    WFN REN: if you haven't read Julie's books, then I hope you win. :-)

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  9. I don't need to be entered in Julie's drawing, just wanted to stop in and say I've got ALL her books to date and continue to watch for new releases. WAY TO GO, Julie!! You all have a great day in the comment world. I'll be on the side lines cheering for today's blog's winner 'cause I just KNOW whoever gets to win will enjoy the prize.

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  10. Julie, what a sweet story about your husband. You are blessed to have his support!!!

    Salena
    srstormo at yahoo dot com

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  11. Good to see Julie on a Monday...cooler here in GA...cooler temps. You know which book I want....the very newest AHR! Thanks for the chance of winning it!!!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  12. Hello Debbie & Julie.

    Another wonderful posting...and excerpt.
    Still waiting (patiently) to read Emma & Sean's story. Thanks for the opportunity to do just that :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  13. I already read A Heart Revealed and loved it!! Julie you've impacted me greatly!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. Julie is as lovely to hear talking about writing as she is to read. And I love her story of persistence! I would love to win this book. crmcc at setel dot com

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  15. I've read all of Julie's wonderful books and am eagerly awaiting Steven's story. If you haven't read any of Julie's books, find them somewhere. You won't be sorry you took the time to read them.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  16. Hey, thanks for the plug, ASH!!:)


    PAMELA J!!! What a sweetheart you are to just come by to encourage me -- BLESS YOU, my friend. Truly, it's reader friends like you that bless the socks off of me and help me to LOVE my job!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  17. SALENA ... oh, girl, trust me -- I KNOW how blessed I am with this guy and thank God every day for Him. For all you single gals out there, let me tell you -- it pays to pray for the right mate YEARS ahead of time -- BIG TIME!! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  18. JACKIE!!! Yes, ma'am, I know which book you want, girl, and one of these days these blog giveaways are going to make you a winner!! Good luck, sweetie. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  19. KAREN -- you're another faithful giveaway poster who deserves to win soon, so here's to a win, my friend -- GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  20. Wow! I missed a lot today. Had the grandbaby and the great-grandma today. Sheesh! Am I bushed. It's so good to see you here hanging out, Julie.

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  21. MARISSA ... SO great to see you here, sweetie!! And your sweet note you sent last week about how AHR impacted you blessed me beyond measure, so thank you again for taking the time to contact me. Chin up and keep looking in God's mirror, my friend.

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  22. ROSE!!! How fun to see a Seekerville bud here!! Thanks for coming by and here's to a win, my friend. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  23. PAM K!!! I'll tell you what, you guys are SUCH a blessing ... coming by just to encourage rather than to win! I cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and support, my friend.

    And my agent just read Steven's story over the weekend, and I am THRILLED to say she LOVED it and thinks it's the "perfect capstone" to the O'Connor saga, so I hope you will think so too. :)

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  24. WHOA, DEB ... the grand baby AND the great grandma??? You did have your hands full today, girl, so get some sleep ... I'll keep the watch fires burning. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  25. I loved hearing how Julie's characters blossom and grow, needing a story of their own to be told. I'm blessed to have read all of Julie's wonderful books so far and I'd love to be entered for A Heart Revealed. Thanks!
    I'm a follower via Feedburner.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  26. I'm a follower through Feedburner. Thank you for the chance to win one of Julie's books. I really enjoy those I've read and hope to read her latest soon. Have a blessed day!

    Sandee61
    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  27. I have honestly never read any of your books yet, but I will be getting them.. Thank you for the great interview/blog. I love hearing about new books or new authors to me. I am now going to follow this blog as well.

    thank you

    julie lippo
    mrslippo@hotmail.com

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  28. Hey Merry and Sandee. So glad you have had the chance to read some of Julie's books. She is GOOD. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  29. Ok I gotta have more of Julie's books to read!! I've only read her last one, so I am game for anyof them!
    Blessings.....Joy
    ibjoy1953{at]yahoo[dot]com

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  30. MERRY, BLESS YOU for having read all my books up to AHR so far, and let's hope we can make it a clean sweep, okay? Thanks for coming by to leave a comment and here's to a win, my friend. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  31. SANDEE ... Don't know which books of mine you've read, but we need to get them ALL in your hands eventually, so this a good start! If you win here, I'll send you your choice of whichever one of my books you haven't read yet, okay? GOOD LUCK! And if you don't win here, be sure to check out my website calendar because I have another giveaway going on now and my Seeker blog giveaway next week plus a number more yet this year.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  32. JULIE, JULIE, JULIE ... oh, girl, we are going to have to remedy that VERY soon, okay? Because if you win here, I will set you up with the very first book in this passionate family saga, A Passion Most Pure, which won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year for 2009. This is a series best read in order due to a number of big surprises, so if you do not win here, like I told Sandee above, check out my website calendar for more opportunities, okay? Good luck in the contest and here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  33. Hey, DEB, bet you miss that grand baby today, don't you??? BUT ... you'll sure get a lot more done, eh?? Here's to a supernaturally productive day for us both!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  34. JOY!!! Oh man, I LOVE A Hope Undaunted so I hope you did too. It's my fave of all the books I've written, but a ton of my reader friends are saying A Heart Revealed is their fave, so hopefully you will like it too. And then we'll work on the first book in the saga, A Passion Most Pure so you can see how this crazy, passionate, closely knit and deeply devoted family came about! Good luck, sweetie. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  35. Sounds like a great book. I love Julie Lessman's book covers. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  36. Hey, DEB, thanks for the compliment about the covers! Now let's hope the insides are just as pretty, eh? Hopefully you'll win and get to find out. Good luck in the contest. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  37. What a great interview! Great questions and as always, wonderful replies from Julie (the birthday girl!!). Many blessings!

    Carla Gade
    carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

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  38. Oh yes! I need that...super productive...I do get much more done when the grandbaby isn't here. How did we do it when we were younger?

    And Happy Birthday! Wish I could run you over your favorite coffee or tea and a yummy cake, but I'm afraid the coffee would be cold by the time I got it to you. ;-) Have a great day and I hope you don't have to cook dinner!

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  39. Hey, CARLA, THANK YOU, my friend!!! And, goodness, I'll take ALL the blessings I can get, so bring 'em on!! Good luck, girl!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. DEB!!! How did we do it when we were younger????

    Key word is "younger"!!! :) And don't worry, I NEVER cook dinner on my birthday ... of course, truth be told, I don't cook dinner much anyway. Although I like to cook and am pretty good at it, I'm afraid cooking went the way of baking, cleaning, ironing and gardening when I started writing books. :) My poor husband!! I wrote a Seeker blog once called "Stupid in Love," based on something he said to me a while back when I asked him why he puts up with me because TRUST ME ... I'm the high-wired type of CDQ that could put most men in a loony bin. His response? "I don't know, Julie, I guess I'm just "stupid in love." Now after 33 years, THAT'S romance at its very best, let me tell you! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  41. I'm a follower and on FEEDBURNER.
    I loved the 1st book in Winds of Change, and can't wait to read the 2nd one.
    The interview was great.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net.

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  42. Hi Julie, Enjoyed your interview and still looking forward to reading "A Heart Revealed". I can't wait to read Emma and Sean's story.
    Thanks for stopping by to chat and share.
    Old email subscriber and old GFC follower

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  43. Love the interview and you and your books! :P

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  44. Enjoyed reading your blog interview today. I'll be sure to read some of julie's stories. It is interesting that she was inspired by one of my favorite movies/books Gone With the Wind. I bet her books are great if that was her inspiration for writing.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. I liked the interview with Julie. Her books sound like ones I would enjoy.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  46. I'm just dropping by to say that Julie's book is wonderful! I had the priviledge to endorse A Heart Revealed and you will be swept away by Julie's prose and passionate pen! I love Julie and her incredible enthusiasm of her personal relationship with the Lord. Julie shines!!!

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  47. SHIRLEY (BEEMAMA ... LOVE THAT NAME!!) -- thank you for coming by AND for reading A Hope Undaunted -- it's my fave of all my books. Have you read the Daughters of Boston series, I hope? If not, if you win here, I will be happy to send you book 1, which is Faith's story, okay? Good luck!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  48. MISSKALLIE!!! CANNOT believe you have not won AHR yet, girl, but I'm pulling for you!! Here's to a win, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  49. LOL, LAKEN!!! Long time, no talk!! Thanks for coming by and I double-dare you to enter my newsletter contest to have a character named after you, sweetie!! You definitely belong in a book. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  50. JACKIE W!!!!! OH, honey, if you love GWTW, then you DEFINITELY need to read my books because I am a romance freak of the highest degree who LOVES passion, so I lay it on thick in my books. I'm not Margaret Mitchell by a long shot, but I hope and pray my passion for God and romance will get your attention. Good luck in the contest, sweetie, and if you don't win here, be sure to check out my website calendar for other opportunities because as a GWTW sister, you are one gal I would dearly love to read my books!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  51. OH, JOYE ... another reader who hasn't read any of my books, so YAY!!! Hopefully I can win you over if you win in this contest. It always tickles me to introduce a new reader to the passionate O'Connor family, who will definitely keep on your toes throughout each book, GUARANTEED!! Good luck, and I hope you get to find out just how much fun they are.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  52. Aw, MAGS, THANK YOU!!! Coming from a bestselling author and dear friend, that means more than I can say.


    And if any of you have NOT read Maggie Brendan's latest, Deeply Devoted, you are missing out BIG TIME, trust me!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  53. Wow! What an awesome group of supporters Thank you all for stopping by and giving all these words of encouragement. You all are great!

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  54. Great interview, Debbie Lynne and Julie. It's good to hear that I'm not the only author whose sons don't read her books! (Yet.)
    It's been wonderful to see Julie consistently putting out such great work. Keep it up, Julie! This world needs truly GOOD books, like yours.
    Hugs,

    Linore

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  55. Oh, DEB, let me tell you -- I have some of the BEST reader friends IN THE WORLD, God's truth!! Even my publisher has commented how great they are, so I consider myself SO blessed to have personal relationships with SO many of them! I can honestly say that after writing for God, my reader friends are the BEST part of being an author. I LOVE them!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  56. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! LINORE ROSE BURKARD!! It is SO fun to see you here, my friend. Believe it or not, I think of you often because I get your newsletter, which is always wonderful, just like your books!

    Thank you for coming by and especially for your kind words -- all the more special from a peer that I highly respect. Hope things are going well for you, and I did not see you at ACFW this year -- were you there???

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  57. Hey Linore! Good to see you here. Mel and I have been missing you! We need another 3 way call. I agree with you Julie, Linore is fabulous with her regencies! Well, really anything she writes. We are crit partners. She's awesome.

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  58. Julie I just love your books! I hope you remember me! " a whole lot of Jesus and a little bit of passion!" :) I do love everything that you've wrote, but my all time favorite would have to be A Passion Most Pure! Anyone that hasn't read The Sisters of Boston series you're in for a real treat! I am re-reading this series because I love them so much!
    Keep up the Godly work Julie you are truly a blessing to us all! Look forward to many more books!!
    God Bless,
    Heather F.
    browneyes1487@roadrunner.com

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  59. WOW, DEB, you have some heavy-duty crit partners, my friend ... how much does it cost to join??? ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  60. HEATHER!!! Yes, I remember you and your "whole lot of Jesus and a little bit of passion," sweetie-pie -- SO good to see you here!! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement -- it means more than I can say. And I think APMP is the fave of most of my reader friends, I guess because it's the first one in the series, so it impacted them the most. Of course it sure doesn't hurt to have Collin on the cover, either ... hubba, hubba!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  61. LOL Julie! As if ANY writer wouldn't BEG you to be a crit partner. Don't forget I'm the one who sat through your ACFW class then begged you to do the BIG class next year. heehee But seriously, I do have some awesome CPs. Love em to death.

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  62. Yes, you do, DEB -- you are BLESSED!! I don't have a crit anymore, but I should, I know. Just NO time, it seems!!

    Hope you are having a GREAT weekend. Keith and I just celebrated my birthday at my FAVORITE restaurant -- a steakhouse called Citizen Kane's. Absolutely OUTSTANDING, and I am now WAY overstuffed!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  63. great interview! I LOVE learning more about Julie...I am re-reading her books now and it's amazing how different things jump out at me each time I read them! I wish I was more like Faith... not so much Charity! but, she does kinda grow on ya!
    I liked Julie's comment about NOT cooking dinner... boy, can I relate, just tonight the girls walk in from school, smell the homemade croutons and ask, "is someone coming for dinner?" lol.. then they saw all the laundry on the dining room table and realized, no, it's just us! haha...
    thanks so much for being an encouragement and a blessing... can't wait to read the next book! Jo

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  64. I have read all of Julie's books except her newest A Heart Revealed! Would love to win! Thanx! My TBR stack is starting to tumble over, which is why I haven't ordered this yet! But I will read it, either sooner or later! I love me some Julie Lessman! If I win...sooner.:)

    dianalflowers@aol.com

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  65. Oh, and I am a follower and a subscriber via email!

    dianalflowers@aol.com

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  66. I love Julie Lessman! She's so very fun!! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

    I'm a GFC follower as well as Feedburner subscriber.
    amanda38401 at gmail dot com

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  67. JO!!! LOL ... clean laundry on the dining room table, eh? Uh ... at least yours is clean ... :|

    Thanks for coming by, my friend, AND for your incredible support and friendship!!

    LOVE YOU!!
    Julie

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  68. DIANA!!! Oh, girl, I'm just itching to topple that TBR with a 500+ page book!!! (Evil laugh here) :)

    Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  69. Hey, AMANDA, thanks for the compliment, but you wouldn't have thought I was much "fun" last night at midnight when I was sending my revised ms. on Steven's story (in which my editor asked me to cut 50,000 words by yesterday!!) to my editor. :| But MUCH better today after a good night's sleep ...

    Thanks for coming by, my friend, and GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  70. Yay, I love Julie Lessman giveaways! I still want to read one... I never made it through my first one and had to give it back to the library :/ Hoping to change that!

    I also follow through Feedburner :)

    pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

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  71. JULIE!!! 50,000 words? That a half a book or more. OMG! I'm in shock here that you could cut that much. How much time did they give you to do it is what I want to know.

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  72. Ouch, ARIEL, you didn't it make through??? Which book? And you didn't try renew it? Gosh, I think if I didn't make it through a book, I'm not sure I'd be inclined to read that author again, so thanks for giving me a second chance. Here's hoping you win so I can change your mind about putting one of my books down before you finish it! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  73. Well part of the reason is that I have a hard time with a lot if historical novels :P And I was crazy busy with school at the time, so I didn't have time for pleasure reading! But I keep hearing how good your books are, and I'm reading more and more historical novels, so I want to try again :) And the book was A Passion Most Pure.

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  74. Hey, DEB -- yep, that's almost a Love Inspired novel!! My editor asked me how long I thought I needed to trim 50,000 words, and I told her about a month, which she said was fine. I will say that it's a MUCH tighter book for sure, now, so that's good.

    My problem is I used the old formula of 250 words per page for word count instead of the computer word count, but I didn't know my pages were about 350 to 400 words per page instead, which meant my ms. were coming in at 170,000+ for the last three books. SO ... they lowered the boom on me AND any other author who was coming in over the contract word count of 120,000 max to alleviate their editors of additional pages and cut costs, which makes sense. TRUST ME ... I've learned my lesson!

    Hugs,

    Julie

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  75. I thought I entered here already ... but I guess not. =P

    I guess keeping authors within the contacted word count makes sense --going over the word count could kind of be like a director shooting over the amount of footage needed for the final film. The director can't keep all of the footage in, because the time processing and editing that extra footage cost money ... that's why most of them shoot only what they need to ... =)

    As a reader though, I must say I love your "long" books, Ms. Julie. =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  76. Hey, LDK, thanks for coming by, and yeah, I like my "long" books too, but like dinosaurs, they are a bit unwieldy, wreak A LOT of havoc with their characters and are now, unfortunately, a thing of the past for this author. Sigh. Oh, well-- for a while I got to do it my way with my books, right???

    Hugs,
    Julie

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