Monday, December 3, 2012

Choice of Julie Lessman's books ends December 10th



 Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and winner of 14 RWA awards, Julie Lessman was voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, as well as #1 Historical Fiction Author, #3 Author, #4 Novel, #3 Series, and Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Julie resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, A Passion Denied and the “Winds of Change” series—A Hope Undaunted, A Heart Revealed, A Love Surrendered. You can contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

Julie, your pictures is beautiful! I'm looking forward to a fun week, my friend! Julie has offered to give away a copy of any of her books! To be entered leave a comment or answer the question,  If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a follower for extra entries, tweet and FB this interview for an extra entry each.


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
HA—great question! It’s December 1st, and would you believe I’m sitting downstairs on my lower deck (lip gloss and hazelnut coffee by my side, of course) with my feet up in 64-degree weather that is forecast to get close to the 70s today?? Sweet!!

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
Oh, yeah, and I just LOVE it when that happens! Definitely Cluny McGee from book 3 of The Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Denied. Cluny was supposed to be no more than a bit character who appeared on one page, two at the most, but I absolutely fell in love with the kid. So much so, that I expanded his role to not only being a main subordinate character in APD, but I gave him his own book in the next series when he butts heads with a grownup Katie O’Connor in A Hope Undaunted. And you know what? Ever since I described him as this sunken-chest, little street rat who struts into the O’Connor’s house at Easter like he owns it, he’s been my favorite of all my heroes, with Mitch a very close second!

I LOVED this story. Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
Thanks, Deb—I really appreciate that. And, gosh, there are so many favorite scenes of mine in A Love Surrendered that it’s hard to narrow it down. But I guess the scene that rips me up more than any other is where the heroine Annie, who has been angry at God since her preacher father died of cancer six months earlier, is crying in her room one night, missing her father terribly. Her aunt hears her and attempts to comfort her by giving her a letter she’d been saving for Annie’s birthday as instructed by her father who wrote it before he died. I literally sob when I read that scene because it so reminds me of the powerful love of our own heavenly Father for each of us. The scene is too long to post here, but if anyone would like to read it, I actually posted it on my Excerpts tab of my website under the header “Spiritual Scene” for A Love Surrendered. Oh, and be sure to check out my favorite “Romantic Scene” for A Love Surrendered too, right above it.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
Oh man, you had to ask that and embarrass me!! Hands-down Scarlett O’Hara because I can still see myself as a gangly 12-year-old posing in the mirror in my best arched-brow impression of Vivian Leigh, acting out a scene. J
Don’t be too embarrassed! She’d be my choice, too! I own a 1940 motion picture copy of the book and I love it!

What is something that very few people know about you? I can’t wait to hear the answer to this one, Julie. ;o)
Well, not only do few people know this about me, but most would not believe it either. Yes, it’s true—I am a bona-fide hermit who seldom leaves my laptop/comfy chair to go out unless my husband drags me out. I like to joke that I am a recluse who has the misfortune of having an outgoing personality because I literally lose myself in my writing and my work, which my husband Keith and daughter Amy refer to as my “zombie state.” If I had my way, I’d stay at home, grafted to the seat of my chair and WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!! Hate shopping of any kind, no longer do scads of lunches with friends like I used to and NEVER talk on the phone if I can help it. But with lots of family to keep up with, two prayer partners and a new granddaughter, my “loner” personality doesn’t stand a chance. Which I guess is a good thing, although there are unproductive days where I am not so sure. J

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
Deb, I gotta tell you — these are some of the most fun and creative questions I’ve been asked, and I have done over 200 interviews and answered almost 2,000 questions, so GOOD JOB!!
Without question, the gift my artist husband gave me for Mother’s Day one year. He’d just built us a beautiful media room in our basement, a work of art really, because the man is incredibly creative and handy, and it had these multi-colored pillows on our leather sectional couch.  Would you believe he took a picture of one of those pillows and designed three different versions in the same colors, then superimposed them on canvas frames as a wall grouping? “It’s beautiful, babe,” I said, amazed once again at his mind-boggling creativity. “Look closer,” he said, and I squinted a bit, suddenly seeing our entire life before my eyes. Yes, you guessed it—this incredible man actually super-imposed pictures of each of us—me, my son, daughter and himself—over the multicolored canvases to create living artwork that captured US. WOW!! Let me tell you—I teared up on the spot and threw myself into his arms, giving him the biggest, most grateful kiss I could! What can I say—MasterCard has nothing on him—he’s “priceless.”  

If you could live in any time period except the present when and where would that be and why?
Oh, wow, after completing almost two books in my Heart of San Francisco series, I would have to say from 1900 on because first of all, I love the Gibson-Girl look and secondly, that was the era when our world that we live in today was poised on the threshold of exploding with technology, fashion, inventions, women’s rights, you name it!! Fun, fun era to write about, and I absolutely love it!!

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Oh, I would definitely spend the day with the O’Connors because they have become family to me and are, quite frankly, the family I always longed to have growing up—full of faith, passion and love for everyone within their ranks, no matter the conflicts or hurts endured. We would sit outside around the picnic table talking while Marcy sewed, having a ball laughing at Charity and Katie or praying with Faith, Lizzie and Emma while the wonderful smells and sounds of summer surrounded us with horseshoes clanging, children laughing and barbecue grilling. Now that sounds like fun. Can I come? J


If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
LOL … you are SO creative!! The Wild and Wooly Adventures of a CDQ (Caffeinated Drama Queen). LoL! And so are you!

What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most?
Goodness, there are so many things that I can’t just name one. Without question, Margaret Mitchell’s amazing novel Gone with the Wind got it all started for me at the age of twelve when it inspired me to write what would become my debut novel A Passion Most Pure some forty years later. And then, of course, King Solomon with his “Song of Solomon” in the Bible, which opened my eyes as to just how passionate God’s love is for each of us. As far as craft, Donald Maas and his Writing the Breakout Novel influenced me greatly, but none more so than my amazing agent Natasha Kern, who not only secured a publishing contract for me against great odds, but continues to impart the benefit of her vast wisdom and experience with every book I write.
As far as encouragement when I was a kid, that would be my little sister, Kate. As the last two of thirteen children, we shared a room, and at the age of nine, Kate would lie on her bed with chin in hand and eyes wide as I read my “novel” to her night after night. Her interest, love and encouragement meant everything because I was not a favorite of my mother’s, who died when I was sixteen. God used Kate to channel His love and encouragement to me, and continues to do so today. Wow! That is amazing! What a story to think your sister’s interest encouraged you to continue at such a young age. And 13 kids! Wow!!

If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here
Sigh. Gone With the Wind. J I’m with you. My all time fav. book. 



Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?


Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.

While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the "light in the window," meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”



DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.
Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,December 10th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

97 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance to win. I am also a follower. The Daughter of Boston series looks right up my alley.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Hey, ANGELA ... well I sure hope my DOB series is "right up your alley," girl, but to make sure, I encourage you to check out the EXCERPTS link I indicated above in the interview, okay?

      Good luck in the contest, and thanks for coming by!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hey Angela, thanks for coming by and for following my blog! If you don't win Julie's book I highly recommend buying it! This is one series that I just can't recommend enough.

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  2. I'm back for a chance at winning A Hope Undaunted. I follow by Feedburner. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. YAY, KATHLEEN!!! I swear, if anybody deserves to win, it's you, darlin', as hard as you have worked for this, so fingers crossed that THIS is the contest ... :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. LOL! Hey Kathleen! Good luck. It sounds like you've been trying to win this.

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  3. I'm hoping to win a copy of A Light in the Window! I have the rest of the books in the series and just finished the last one a few weeks ago.

    I am also a follower
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, PATTY, for reading the entire saga, and I think you'll find the prequel the perfect way to end it all, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. OMGoodness, Patty. It is such a great story that now I HAVE to go back and reread the other books!

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  4. I would love to win a copy of A Passion Most Pure. Thank you for another great giveaway.

    I also follow through feedburner.
    Katie Johnson (johnsonk133@yahoo.com)

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    1. Hey, KATIE, not sure if you are going for APMP because you've read it and want your own copy or if you haven't read my books before and are BRILLIANT enough to start at the beginning. SO ... if that's the reason, then BLESS YOU, girl!! Since this is a family saga best read in order due to a number of BIG surprises in book 1 (APMP), I go CRAZY when people read them out of order, but it can't always be helped.

      Anyway, thank you for coming by and here's to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hey, Katie, APMP was the first of Julie's books that I ever read and it is awesome. I can't wait to go back and reread it!!

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  5. These books all look great! I've always enjoyed reading about Jane Eyre because she just fascinated me.

    I am a follower.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Hey, RUBYNREBA ... I've seen your addy before (which I love, by the way) so that probably means you haven't read my books before but have been trying to win them on giveaways. If so, thanks SO much for your continued interest and I sure hope I get to send you a signed copy of one of my books or the ebook, girl!!

      GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Thanks for coming by! Good luck.

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  6. I love the artwork. It is beautiful and memorable all at once. :)

    I'm a follower.

    Ginger
    ginger [dot] solomon [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks, GINGER ... it is, isn't it?? It meant the world to me that he would take the time to create something so intimate to our family, but then that's only one of a million reasons why I'm crazy about the guy!! And face it -- wouldn't it be great to read a romance by someone who's so crazy about her hubby that she just has to channel all that passion into the romance she writes??? ;)

      GOOD LUCK, sweetie!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. hey Ginger. I know they do an awesome job with all your covers.

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  7. I would love to win,Enter me!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com
    If I win I would choose the first book in the series.

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    1. Hey, SARAH, I would absolutely LOVE to send you the first book in the series, which would be A Passion Most Pure, especially since this is a family saga best read in order due to a number of big surprises, so GOOD LUCK, girl!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hey SarahThanks for coming by and good luck!

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  8. Does Julie's new book that's coming out in the spring count as one she's giving away? Cause I have every other one! :) I've decided to wait and read A Light in the Window during my Christmas break. It'll be such a treat!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

    I follow on Feedburner!!!

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    1. Sure, MARISSA, why not? :) Especially for a sweet reader friend who has every one of my books!! I sure hope you enjoy ALITW, my friend, so GOOD LUCK and HAPPY READING!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. WooHoo! Isn't Julie the best, Marissa? Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  9. Good afternoon!! And, thanks for offering this giveaway! I'm quite eager to read "A Light in the Window", as Marcy and Patrick were the two characters that knit the family together for me! Due to their presence, the whole family simply snuggled into my heart! I'd have to say Jo March from Little Women or Jane from Jane Eyre. The strength each woman has within her to not only overcome adversity, but to be true to they are is a testament to us all. I like their geniune spunky spirit too. I think its always a good thing to be confident in who you are, even if your interests or passions run countercurrent to others.

    // United States, inkand-blogaways@usa.net

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    1. JORIE!!! Oh, girl, if Marcy and Patrick knit the family together for you, then you will absolutely LOVE their story, which I have to admit, was SO fun to write!! Hopefully it will give insight into the entire series as to why their marriage is so very strong. :)

      Good luck, my friend, and hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Oh my goodness, Jorie. YOu will LOVE this one! So if you don't win you have, have, have to buy it! You'll fall in love with Patrick all over...oh and Marcy too. heehee

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  10. Jo March from Little Women. She was just so fascinating.
    I'm a follower.
    I tweeted.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. AMY ... I LOVE Jo March from Little Women -- such a strong character!! THANKS for coming by to enterand for tweeting. :)

      Here's to a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hey Amy. thanks for coming by. Good luck!

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  11. I love your books! I hgave the inability to look at other books because I know they wont be as good as yours! I think my favorite of your books is A passion Most Pure. I am like Faith in many way, but not as lucky when it comes to my own Collin McGuire. I loved it because God showed me just like Faith she waited on Him for her husband. He showed me that I need to focus on Him more than finding my own Collin McGuire! Thanks sooo much

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    1. WOW, SIA, what a HUGE compliment, my friend -- THANK YOU SOOO much!! And you know what? I bet I can recommend two of my favorites right off the bat who you will love -- Laura Frantz and MaryLu Tyndall, dear friends, prayer partners and absolutely two of the best authors in the CBA, so give them a try, okay?

      And, WHOA!! For you to realize that about focusing on God at your young age is HUGE!! I promise you the more He becomes the focus of our lives, the happier we are, a lesson I wish I had learned as early as you, my friend.

      Thank you SO much for your sweet comment AND your faithfulness to the God we both love and serve. May He shower you with blessings galore, Sia, including all the desires of your heart.

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Sia, What a testiment for Julie's books and for the ministry of Christian Fiction Romance! Thanks so much for coming by. And good luck!

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  12. Love this interview! And you are right Julie, this was filled with fun and entertaining questions! I had seen your present from your hubs on another interview and loved it when I read it, and have to say I loved it once again reading it here. Your character Charity O'Connor reminds me of Scarlet O'Hara...is it any wonder since Gone With The Wind is your favorite book? Love it! Love love love all of your books with A Light in the Window being my favorite. And I think I might like to read that book "Wild and Wooly Adventures of a CDQ" LOL!

    Blessings!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

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    1. Hey Julie. thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the questions. I'm like you, I love, love, love Julie's books too! She is awesome! Oh and so is her writing. ;o)

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    2. LOL, JULES ... I guarantee the Wild and Wooly Adventures of a CDQ just may end my career in the CBA, with all the crazy stunts I've pulled, which is why it's SO much safer to have Charity do them instead of me! ;)

      And, YES, you are absolutely right about Charity being a clone of Scarlett, at least in the beginning. My love for GWTW did prompt that characterization and fulfilled me as a writer in being able "redeem" Charity like I SO wanted to redeem Scarlett. ;)

      Love you!
      Julie

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  13. I am just signed up to receive posts through Feedburner. I'd love to win.

    Julie, I'm reading A Light in the Window on my Kindle right now and loving it.

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    1. Hey Lena, Thanks for following me! I read ALITW and loved it. Julie's so gifted. Good luck!!

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    2. HOLY COW, LENA!! Sooooo great to see you here, my friend, as busy as I know you are!! And I'm not sure what you want to win since I think I've sent you every book I've ever written when I do an interview on your blog, but hey, I'm game!!

      AND A NOTE TO ALL OTHER COMMENTERS!! DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING BY POPPING ON OVER TO LENA'S BLOG TILL FRIDAY WHERE I HAVE ANOTHER GIVEAWAY GOING ON. HERE'S THE LINK:

      LENA'S BLOG

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  14. Julie, I loved the block pictures that Keith made for your Media Room. I could see all the pictures in them, that is really neat. I would love to win your last book "Light in the Window" I have read or have all your other books.

    Sue Hamilton
    suehamilton3@earthlink.net.

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    1. Isn't her hubby talented! I can't believe a man thought that up! I was very impressed. Good Luck, Sue.

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    2. SUZI-Q!!! Always love seeing you here, my friend, and thanks for your kind words on Keith's art. He is truly a talented man ... or maybe I should say "saint" since he does live with me ... ;)

      Oh, girl, I think you are going to really like ALITW, or at least I hope you will, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  15. I am so anxious to read Marcy & Patrick's story! Please enter me.
    Merry Christmas, Julie!!
    Jackie Smith
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. You'll love their story, Jackie. Good Luck!

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    2. JACKIE!!! I know you are, girlfriend, but not as anxious as I am to HAVE your read it, sweetie-pie, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  16. It was fun to read the interview with Julie. I always learn something new about one of my favorite authors. I've read all her books except A Light in the Window (though it's waiting on my computer). Sometime I'd like to have copies of A Passion Denied and A Passion Redeemed to complete my collection of Julie's books.
    I'm a follower of this blog with Feedburner. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Hey Pam, You've got a treat waiting for you on your computer! Good luck!

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    2. Hey, PAMMY ... so APD and APR are the only two you're missing, eh? Well, we are just going to have to remedy that, now aren't we?? Maybe in this contest or over in Lena's contest at the link I gave a few comments above, so GOOD LUCK, my sweet friend!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  17. Hey Julie! I'm still trying to win one of your books! LOL! You got me hooked on "A Passion Most Pure" after I read the excerpt on your website! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    I follow with feedburner!

    John 3:15-16

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    1. thanks for following, Amanda. And good luck! Glad you stopped by.

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    2. AMADA!!! No, say it ain't so, girl ... you still haven't won one of my books??? Well, I will be absolutely THRILLED to shoot you off a signed copy of APMP if you win, my friend, so fingers crossed ...

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  18. Hey Julie! I'm late getting here today with Elin and MIL. But here I am! Thanks so much for being on my blog this week. I am so tickled to have you! And I love your picture! Gorgeous!

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  19. DEBBIE LYNNE ... trust me, girl, I am tickled pink to be here, too, because YOU, my friend, are a true fave of mine who REALLLLY knows how to do an interview!! I would have to say yours is one of the top five I have ever done, it was that fun.

    And thanks for the compliment on my picture. It's amazing what Photoshop can do, right? Not only in smoothing out those wrinkles, but putting the Christmas tree and fire behind me too, compliments of my hubby!! ;)

    Love you!
    Julie

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    1. Wow! He did a great job with the tree and the fire. Who would have ever thought! But eh-hem the wrinkles? Remember, I've seen you in person. So can't make me believe that one!

      And thank you so much for the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

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    2. :) Maybe you need your eyes checked -- ever think of that??? ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    3. Had my contacts in! LOL. See you are not only beautiful you are humble!

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  20. Thanks for this NICE giveaway! And thank you Julie for the wonderful interview, I enjoyed reading it!
    I follow through feedburner so I think I can do 2 entries :)
    montanamade(@)gmail(.com)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the interview, Jamine! Thanks for following. Throwing your name in the hat twice! good luck.

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    2. Thanks, JASMINE ... I have to say, I enjoyed doing it, which is not always true!!

      Thanks for following Debbie Lynne, and here's to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  21. Thank you for the great interview. I really enjoyed it! the questions and answers were interesting.
    may_dayzee (AT)yahoo(DOT)com
    I am a follower through Feedburner.

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    1. Kay glad you enjoyed it. Julie had some great answers. I just loved them. I think we might have to fight over who can be Scarlett though. LOL. Good luck and thanks for being a follower.

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    2. Hey, KAY, I totally agree, and I enjoyed it, too!! Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK in the giveaway!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  22. Hello there to Julie and Debbie. I can't say who I'd want to be. I've read so many great books and love so many characters but along with the good parts, they usually have some problems too, So, think I'm happy just being me. This was a great interview. Debbie, I am a FOllower of yours on Feedburner, and by email. I also shared this on my Facebook page. So, with several entries maybe can win. Only have "A Love Surrendered" by Julie, so might just start with the first book of that series. But, they all sound real good, God bless the two of you.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hey Maxie! LOL! Yes, those heroines do have problems as well as get the handsome hero! But oh what fun! LOL. Thanks for answering the question!!! If you have only read A LOVE SURRENDERED you have some great books a head of you! Good Luck and thanks for following and sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas Season.

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    2. Whoo-hoo, MAXIE, way to enter, girl!! Here's hoping all those points will net you a win because I'd love to send you a book!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  23. HELLO MS. DEBBIE and MS. JULIE! This was a wonderful interview, thank you JULIE for answering the questions so honestly. I think you know by now how much I love you books JULIE!! THEY ARE THE BEST! I cannot wait to read your new series. Sure hope you have some dreamy guys like Collin and Luke (yep they are my favs).

    DEBBIE I follow your blog by feedburner.

    avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I don't think I left a message, yet! So great to see Julie's interview over here! She is such a sweetheart. Love the artwork. I remember seeing it before somewhere, maybe on JJ, and thinking how great that looked and how talented her husband is. Thanks for the post, DL!!!

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    1. CARRIE!!! You always light up my day, my friend, whether on FB, your blog or elsewhere. I'm getting ready to call it a day and sneak upstairs to lose myself in a reallllly great book by a realllllly great friend!! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hey Sweet Carrie! Thanks for coming by! I love to see you show up here. Your going to be on here shortly. I'm already thinking about what I'm going to put in the gift basket!

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  25. I am an email follower of Julie Lessman. If I were to be a character in any literary book, I would be Amy March in LITTLE WOMEN. I too was the youngest in my family, and even though I'm not very artistic, I would like to travel in Europe and end up marrying the handsome Laurie.
    Kaye Whitney

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    1. Hey, KAYE, good job covering all the bases in choosing a heroine you'd like to be -- youth, world travels and marrying a handsome hero!! ;)

      Now if we can just pull out a win for you in this contest, you're lookin' good, right?

      GOOD LUCK, sweetie!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hmmm I think we may have to start a Little Women club here. LOL. Everyone wants to be one. And I am about to tell a very, very, BIG secret. I have never read Little Women!

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    3. I guess because I was too busy reading The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators by Alfred Hitchcock. :o/

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  26. I smiled my way through this interview!! :-)

    'Deb, I gotta tell you — these are some of the most fun and creative questions I’ve been asked, and I have done over 200 interviews and answered almost 2,000 questions, so GOOD JOB!!'

    I'll second that! And I've read about half of those interviews-- Excellent post, Debbie!

    (Still grinning thinking about the 'if you could write a book about your life' question. I laughed out loud! Oh, man...)

    Anyways, there was a question to answer : hmmm.... (I've read so many books. *Thinking* How about Maggie in Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones?)

    Loved reading this! Please include me in the giveaway too.

    Have a great evening, lovely ladies. :-)

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    1. GANISE!!! I can just see that beautiful smile of yours while reading Deb's interview!! Thanks for coming by, my friend and would LOVE to send you a book, so GOOD LUCK, sweetie!!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

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    2. THANK YOU, GANISE!! You made my evening. I'm so glad everyone is enjoying the interview. Julie makes it lots of fun with her wild and crazy answers though. LOL

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    3. Thank you, Julie and Debbie! *Smiling*
      :-)

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  27. I loved A Passion Most Pure and would love to win the second book in the series! Thanks! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  28. MEGAN ... SO glad you enjoyed APMP and would LOVE to send you book 2 in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Redeemed, if you win because it's my fave of the DOB series. But I will warn you that it is about Charity, so if you didn't like her in book 1 (which nobody did!), I hope I can change your mind. And then, of course, Mitch is the hero, so 'nuff said there! ;)

    GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Oh yum! Mitch!! Break out the fan! LOL Thanks for coming by, Megan. Good luck.

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  29. I would love to win the Daughter's of Boston series. I love a good read.

    I am a follower.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Deanna, Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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    2. Hey, DEANNA, trust me, girl -- I would LOVE for you to win a book from the DOB series, too, so here's hoping your number comes up!!

      And, Deanna, you sound like someone who hasn't read any of my books, so if that's true, I really encourage you to check out my brand of "passion with a purpose" writing on the EXCERPTS tab of my website where I have posted my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books, including both of today's featured books. Here's the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

      JULIE'S EXCERPTS

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  30. Such a fabulous interview, ladies! My odds are not great with so many commenters, but just wanted to say I appreciate the time it took you both to share this wonderful piece with us. If I could be any character from any literary book, I would choose Jo March from Little Women! And may I just say, all your references to Gone With the Wind remind me I need to get off the Internet now and continue researching my next novel, which is set in Atlanta in 1864. I'm actually re-reading Gone with the Wind as part of my preparation, HOWEVER it will not appear in my bibliography. But it almost could. :) Thanks again!

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    1. LOL! Maybe that is what I should do, Jocelyn, is write in the 60's in Georgia then I could have a reason why I HAVE to read Gone with the Wind again! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that book! Oh wait...did I already say that. heehee. Well, I do!

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    2. JOSS!!! It is SOOO fun to see you here, girlfriend, and your next novel is in Atlanta in 1864?? HOLY COW ... is Scarlett going to be in it, I hope?? ;) Thanks so much for coming by, my friend, and here's to a win!!

      And, DEB ... did I know you were a GWTW freak??? How did that escape me?? Good night, no WONDER we get along so well! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    3. I'm afraid I'm guilty as charged, Julie. LOL. I think I may have mentioned in one of my comments to your answers that GWTW is the book to measure all books. And yours, my friend, is right up there at the top! I have GWTW books, Christmas ornaments and DVD. Just can't get enough of Scarlett. And Rhett!! OMGoodness talk about a HERO! "sigh"

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  31. I'm new to Julie Lessman's books, and have only read APMP, but am so excited about A light in the Window!!
    Callie
    genuinegagirl(at)gmail(dot)com :)

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    1. OH Callie, you are going to absolutely love ALITW! It is phenomenal!

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    2. CALLIE!!! If you have only read APMP, then I agree with Debbie -- you will probably love ALITW then, because the two are so closely linked, so here's hoping you pull out a win, girl -- GOOD LUCK!!

      HUGS,
      Julie

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  32. This was a great interview, I enjoyed the variety in your questions. And Julie, I love that you're a hermit. We probably have a few things in common. :) Still loving your books and am anxious to read Patrick and Marci's story.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

    kauppatgridcomdotnet

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    1. Hey, KATH ... so you're a hermit too?? I always thought there was something really nice about hermits. Like they are people content confident enough to be alone, which is not something everybody can do. I once had a friend who could NEVER be alone. I just figured she didn't like herself enough to spend time by herself.

      Thanks for reading my books and I hope I get to send you a copy of ALITW. GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  33. Colin from APMP. He's my favorite Julie Lessman hero, hands down. Gotta love a redeemable rogue. I can't believe Julie's is Cluny McGee. I never would have guess him! :-)

    snowboundintheup at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hey, NAOMI, oh man, there's just something about Luke McGee (and Mitch Dennehy) that drives me crazy!! AHU is my favorite of all my books because I cannot get enough of Luke McGee, which is why he and Katie have a starring role in all three of the Winds of Change books! ;)

      But don't get me wrong -- I love Collin too!! And Patrick and Sean and Steven ...

      Thanks for coming by, sweetie, and just when am I going to get to read another Naomi Rawlings' book???

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  34. Great questions, Debbie! Great answers, Julie! :)

    I would love to win one of your books. Thanks for the chance!

    A literary character I would love to be is Emma from Jane Austen's Emma. She's spunky and has a good heart--though her good intentions lead her astray. She has a good man to watch out for her though. :)

    morganltarpley@yahoo.com
    www.morgantarpley.com

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    1. Thanks, MORGAN ... LOVE your name, by the way!! And I LOVE "spunky" too, so good choice!

      And speaking of "good man to watch out for" you, Patrick O'Connor ends up being that in A Light in the Window for the heroine Marceline Murphy, as unlikely as it may seem in the beginning, so I hope I get to send you a copy. GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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