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Interview of Julie Lessman and Giveaway!

1.      Of all the novels in The Heart of San Francisco Series, which one was the hardest to write? Which was the easiest?

Surprisingly book 1, Love at Any Cost, was the easiest, which is odd given the difficulty a writer has in fleshing out a whole new family and setting, complete with new personalities, quirks, and pretty intense historical research.

As far as the most difficult, I was shocked to discover that Meg’s story in book 3, Surprised by Love, was a real bear to write because I mistakenly expected it be the easiest. You see, I loved the idea of an ugly duckling turning into a swan and catching the eye of the childhood nemesis who scorned her, allowing for some romantic revenge. And with a first line like “Close your mouth, Devin Caldwell, you’ll swallow a fly,” I just thought it’d be fun and easy to write, especially with the groundwork already laid for a quirky but lovable family and ongoing romance/friendship between the widowed matriarch and her brother-in-law.

But, as usually happens in my books, the characters dictate to me how the story is going to go, so Meg threw me a curve. Instead of exacting revenge on Devin Caldwell, I realized she is just too sweet and kind and gentle to ever do that to anyone, so that shifted the story for me to a much more serious vein, throwing me for a loop. It took a lot of prayer and time to get to the end, but I finally did, and I actually like it a lot.

 2.      I’ve heard you say that Charity is your favorite character that you created, do you have a new favorite (or a second favorite) from this series?

As far as the O’Connor saga (The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series), yes, Charity will always be my favorite heroine because she is just so wonderfully flawed, that she was an absolute joy to redeem. Charity reminds me just how much God pulled my own life out of the gutter and frankly, she is a real hoot who makes me laugh—funny, audacious, resilient and as passionate about those she loves as those she hates. And she certainly underscores a valuable lesson I learned a long time ago—it’s the unlovable ones in our lives that need the most love.

And Mitch and Luke? Well, I guess I just like the strong, stubborn type with whom my heroines can butt heads (and blonds, apparently, like my hubby used to be!).

But in the McClare series, my favorites are definitely Cait and Logan and it shows because some reviewers have accused me of allowing their sub-story to steal the show. But I can’t help it—just like Marcy and Patrick were the glue to the O’Connor series, so are Cait and Logan, and maybe that’s because I am a Baby Boomer who relates to an older couple’s love story so well. Who knows?

 3.      What inspired the creation of Nick Barone’s character and his past (this guy has a lot going on!)?

Well, I knew I wanted a plainclothes detective instead of just a plain police officer because I saw Nick as a grouchy mix of two other “detective” types, Magnum P.I. and Colombo—a tall, dark Italian police detective who’s as disheveled as Peter Falk’s raincoat and as adorable as a young Tom Selleck’s dimples. As far as Nick’s jaded past with the Irish Mob, that came about because I really didn’t have a big surprise twist at the end of this book like I do in book 1, so I figured I’d toss in a touch of gang violence to keep the readers engaged so maybe they wouldn’t notice there wasn’t a big twist. 😉

 4.      Can I just say that I love Logan? He’s my favorite character in the whole series. What inspired you to write this kind of romance between him and Caitlyn (which I imagine will span the entire series)?

LOL … oh, you bet you can say that because he’s my favorite too, along with Cait. And, yes, their story is the bridge that spans all three novels, hopefully to bring a solid and cohesive connection to each book in the series.

It’s no secret that I love family sagas because family is very important to me, both in my books and in my personal life, so I knew I needed that component. But just as I moved the McClares to the opposite coast, I also wanted a completely different relationship from the married couple/parents scenario I had with Marcy and Patrick from the O’Connor saga, but still with the feel of family and a deep romance. So I came up with the idea of love story between a widowed matriarch and the brother-in-law to whom she was once engaged before he cheated on her. She subsequently marries his brother, and Logan has been kicking himself ever since. The series opens after Cait has been widowed about two years and Logan is determined to win her back no matter the cost, which is high since it means he has to forsake an amoral lifestyle and turn to God. Suddenly you have a womanizing rogue like Logan McClare willing to change his ways for the love of a woman and family, which is always a winning scenario in my book, no pun intended.

 5.      Can you tell us about the next novel in the series? And is this the last one? Or does Blake get his own novel as well?

Book 3, Surprised by Love, is the final book for the McClares, although I am toying with the idea of a novella or stand-alone book for Jamie’s sister possibly, but not for Blake.

This will be Meg’s story, of course, with a love triangle between Bram and Devin Caldwell, and then the culmination of Cait and Logan’s story as well. Here’s the jacket blurb:

 

From ugly duckling to swimming with the swans …

But is she over her head when it comes to love?

Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the District Attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school—and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

Moral Premise: Rejection, insecurity and guilt can skew our choices, resulting in misery and lack of peace, but acceptance, confidence and faith in God can shape our choices, resulting in contentment and peace.

Scripture Theme: For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. —Proverbs 3:26

 6.      How can readers connect with you?

Well, I love to hear from reader friends, so if they like, they can contact me through my website at http://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/. Or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest.

Also, I have a cool blog feature on my website called “Journal Jots” at http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots1/, which is a very laid-back journal to my reader friends that will give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing.

Or readers can check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books on the “Excerpts” tab of my website at http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/.

Of course, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/, a group blog of 13 published authors that inspires, encourages, teaches, and informs aspiring writers on the road to publication and beyond.

Finally, here are some fun freebies, sales, and giveaways going on right now or in the future:

1.) FREE DOWNLOAD of my debut novel A Passion Most PureAmerican Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, A Passion Most Pure has over 340 five-star reviews on Amazon and some of readers have actually read it more than 20 times! Here are the links for your free download!  AMAZONBARNES & NOBLECBD.COM 

2.) SALE TO END SOON ON 99-CENT A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW! I hope you’ll check out my video for my Irish love story, A Light in the Window, which stars my daughter and has won three awards and garnered 125 five-star reviews. It’s still only 99 CENTS on Amazon, but only for a little while longer, so check out the video here, http://bit.ly/1kkzvlC, and you can download it here: AMAZON.

3.) FREE DOWNLOAD on Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets coming FEBRUARY 11-15 on Amazon, so mark your calendar and here’s the link to find out more about the book: Romance-ology 101.

4.) NEW CONTEST TO HAVE A CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU IN MY NEXT BOOK!  I have a newsletter contest going on now through 3/31/14 where posting even one short review for any of my books will enter you to win a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and if you are the top poster, a $50 gift card. So if you’re interested, just sign up for my newsletter (I send out two a year) at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/, and I will send you the info, okay?

Thanks, Embassie, for a fun interview!

Hugs,

Julie

 Giveaway!!!

Mrs. Julie Lessman has graciously offered to giveaway one of her novels of your choosing! Just leave a comment below stating what you love about a Julie Lessman novel (or why you would like to read one) with the name of the novel you want plus your email address. I will pick a random winner. The winner must respond within 48 hours of being notified of their win. The contest ends Feb. 28th!

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146 thoughts on “Interview of Julie Lessman and Giveaway!

    1. Aw, thanks SO much, Regina, both for your sweet comment and for coming by.

      And I don’t know if you post reviews or not, but if you do, I wanted to let you know about a newsletter contest I have going on now through 3/31/14 where posting even one short review for any of my books will enter you to win a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and if you are the top poster, a $50 gift card. So if you’re interested, just sign up for my newsletter (I send out two a year) at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/, and I will send you the info, okay? But if reviews are not your thing, NO WORRIES, okay? I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  1. I love all the tension between characters-it makes for a much more exciting story!! And I’d like Dare to Love Again.

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Oh, I’m so excited to read Julie’s newest books! I’m so glad we don’t have to wait a year for Meg’s!
    What do I love most about Julie’s books? The passion the characters have for God. The romance is great too, but I love seeing them so deeply in love with the Savior. It really challenges and encourages my faith. 🙂
    The contest ends on my birthday (hint, hint)! I would love to win Dare to Love Again or A Love Surrendered. Thank you so much for a chance to win one of your books, Julie!
    Blessings,
    ~Sarah
    bookluver1492 [at] gmail [dot] com

    1. LOL, SARAH, I would LOVE to send you a signed birthday present, my friend, so fingers crossed and HAPPY BIRTHDAY a few days early. 🙂

      I do SO love the passion for God to be as strong as the passion for romance because the two together are just THE BEST, in my opinion, so thanks for saying my books have that strong component AND that they encourage you in your faith — THAT “encourages” me!!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  3. I love her books! She puts in so much emotion that it keeps you hooked from the moment you open the book to the last page. And I love the chemistry between her characters. She’s a great writer! I would like A Passion Redeemed if it’s an e-book or if it’s a paperback I’d like A Hope Undaunted. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Rachel (smileytwin10{at}gmail{dot}com)

    1. Ah, RACHEL … “emotion,” YES!!! Gotta love that emotion, and for a CDQ like me, that is E-ssential!! Oh, girl, if you haven’t read APR yet, you are in for a true treat!! It’s my fave of the DOB series, and I LOVE sending it out to winners, so here’s to a win for you, my friend. 🙂

      Then AHU is my overall fave of ALL the books I’ve written, so GOOD TASTE!! 🙂

      HUGS,
      Julie

    1. Hey, KATH, thanks SO much for your kind comment, especially about the “depth” because that’s what I love too! Now, keep in mind that the depth in DTLA is not as deep as the O’Connor series, but it is still there — only a little lighter and funnier. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  4. Julie Lessman can tell a story like no other! I love that she is a christian writer who isn’t afraid to push the limits of frailty in her charachters with everyday happenings (just like life does to many of us). Her stories, dialogue, and her characters are deep, entertaining and heartfelt. I am sad that the rest of the McClare clan won’t be getting a book, especially Blake, but I look forward to Megs story. Also, on another note… “Romance-ology 101” changed the way I write and I am forever grateful she chose to write this book and give away some of her secrets!

    1. Aw, SANDRA, your comment really touches me, my friend, so THANK YOU soooo much!!

      And I’ll tell you what — I have had SO many people ask me about writing Blake’s story, that I may just reconsider. I was planning on writing Jess’s story (Jamie’s sister), but maybe … just maybe … I could put those two together??? You know how much I love twisting up those family ties … 😉

      And, WOW, double thanks for your kind comment on Romance-ology 101!! I don’t know if you are in to posting reviews on Amazon or not, but if so, one short review enters you in my random drawing to have a character named after you in my next book and a signed copy, so do let me know if you post one for Romance-ology, okay? BUT … if reviews are NOT your thing, NO WORRIES!! I just appreciate you reading it in the first place, you sweet thing!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

      1. Julie, I am headed over to Amazon to write the review for R-O 101 now! And yes, I love the thought that a sweet, faith-driven girl, like Jess, could be the perfect match and redemption for Blake to reform him of his “free” lovin’ ways. The very idea of Jess & Blake becoming a book makes me giddy! 🙂

  5. No need to enter me–just wanted to drop by and say how much I love Julie! She’s an inspiration to me in SO many ways. Her books really have changed me for the better. 🙂 Hugs to you, Julie!! Great post, thanks for having Julie on!

    1. Aw, AMBER, thank you SO much, my sweet friend, for coming by to encourage and bless me — SO appreciate that! Your friendship has blessed me more than I can say, so I am doubly blessed!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

  6. Hi, Julie and Embassie!

    LOVED this interview, and learning more about Julie’s writing journey with The Heart of San Francisco series!! Julie and her writing are each the “best of the best”!!

    There are so many inclusions to love about her novels: family atmosphere, love triangles, passion, drama, angst, twists and turns,humor, tears, adorable children, redemption, forgiveness, happy endings, lovable characters, realism, and the most important
    component: faith – God as the central figure that draws the characters together, and one’s need to live life according to His direction. Just as important to me is knowing that Julie’s books are a reflection of her heart and soul, the way she lives her own life and her relationship with God – and her purpose of writing: to inspire people to draw closer to God.

    Each of her books read becomes a new favorite – her writing never disappoints, and neither does she – such loving kindness she shows her readers!! She’s my absolute fave, as an author and personal inspiration – love you, Julie!!

    THANKS so much – for the interview, Julie and Embassie!! I would love to have a copy of “LOVE AT ANY COST” !! Embassie – I shared the interview link on Facebook!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Oh, Bonnie girl, you are a one-woman confidence-builder, you know that??? Every author needs a dear reader friend like you because you are THE BEST!!

      OH MY GOODNESS … do you not have LAAC yet??? If not, I am praying you win!!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

  7. I REALLY want to read one because I have heard (on many blogs and facebook) just how GREAT they are! (Carrie Pagels and many others) It would be wonderful to get one of her books so I can brag about them too!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

    1. Oh, SUSAN … I am SO glad to hear that because do I have a deal for you, girlfriend!! Why, you ask???

      Because I have TWO books available for FREE DOWNLOAD right now, so I hope you will take advantage.

      Book 1 of my Daughters of Boston series (about an Irish family in Boston during WWI) is available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the following link, which you can copy and paste in your browser:

      http://amzn.to/NGghc0

      I’m happy to say that APMP won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and currently has 368 five-star reviews on Amazon, so I hope you will give it a shot. Some of my readers (several) have even read it over 20 times, if you can believe that!!

      Then the second book I have available for FREE DOWNLOAD is a writer’s workbook entitled ROMANCE-OLOGY 101: WRITING ROMANTIC TENSION FOR THE INSPIRATIONAL AND SWEET MARKETS. It’s only free through Sunday, so if you are a writer, I hope you check it out. Here’s the link to copy and paste:

      http://amzn.to/1djCe78

      And good luck in the contest!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  8. Love Julie’s books! The passion in them is great but she doesn’t leave out the passion for God! Perfect mix! Thanks for the opportunity to win a book. I would love to have “Dare to Love Again”.
    Candicervaldez at gmail dot com

  9. Ooh – I don’t know who to root for winning Meg’s heart! That’s always fun in a romance. 😉

    And I’m glad to hear that about Cait & Logan – they’re my favorite part of Love at any Cost so far!

    1. LADY SPARK!! Mine, too, because, well … I’m a Baby Boomer and honestly I get sick and tired of the young kids getting all the fun. I LOVE Logan and Cait, too, but they won’t get their HEA till I put ’em through the ringer … 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

  10. The true question is what is there NOT to love about Julie Lessman books? She has it all….passion, twists, passion, heartbreak, passion, tears of laughter, passion, soul searching, passion….I think you get my drift. I recommend having a fan close by for the pulse pounding, heart hammering, ‘has someone turned the heat up?’ moments that are chopped throughout. What I hardly ever need is a bookmark, because I can’t put her books down once I start reading. Would like to have “A Passion Redeemed” in a hard copy if I win (fingers crossed).

    1. Oh, AMY … what a GREAT comment with a GREAT quote that I’m gonna steal, with your permission! “What I hardly ever need (with Julie Lessman’s books) is a bookmark, because I can’t put her books down once I start reading.” LOL!!! Love it!!

      Thanks SO much, girl, for your wonderful comment — it made me smile HUGE!!

      And I hope you win because I would LOVE to send you APR — it’s my fave of the DOB series because Charity is my favorite heroine who grows more than anyone over the course of the saga and is just a hoot! And then, of course, there’s Mitch … hubba, hubba!! 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK, my sweet friend!
      Julie

      1. You absolutely have my permission to use my quote. I’m flattered that you liked it. I’ve posted before on different sites you’ve been a guest on and you mentioned something about posting reviews. I do get your monthly newsletter, but don’t remember the details of where to go or what to do. I’ve never posted a review before, so I’m unsure how that works, but would be willing to help you out any way I could.

  11. I actually love all of Julie Lessman’s novels haha. It’s so hard to choose one. But, what all of them have in common is romance mixed with a spice of Godness. I love reading Julie’s books because as I read about romantic love and the relationships between family members, people and God, it reminds me of God’s great love for us 🙂 I can truly say that Julie’s books have been such a blessing to me and I have been able to grow more in my relationship with my God 🙂 Julie is an incredible author with a special gift. She is such a blessing 🙂

    I would love to have the book “A Passion Most Pure” if I win 🙂

    1. SHANNON!! SO fun to see you here, my friend, and WOW … a better compliment you couldn’t give me than saying my books have helped your relationship with God — that is HUGE to me, so THANK YOU!!

      Would LOVE to send you a signed copy of APMP, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  12. I love all your books that I’ve read so far. I used to watch Columbo with my dad as a child, a cherished memory since my dad has gone to heaven many years ago. Wanting something to read with love in the title for Valentine’s Day, I started to read Love At Any Cost. Love it so far. I especially love this sub love story between Cait and Logan.

    This series is just as great as the O’Conners. I look forward to reading the rest of it just as I look forward to reading the rest of the O’Conners. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Aw, AMANDA, thank you SO much, my friend, and I’m sorry for the loss of your dad because I know what that’s like. I lost my mom when I was 16 and my dad when I was 23, so I’m glad you have cherished memories with him … and many more awaiting in heaven, I’m sure.

      Glad you are enjoying LAAC, and yes, the substory between Logan and Cait is my fave, too, and spans all three books. 🙂

      Hugs, Happy V-Day, and GOOD LUCK in this giveaway!

      Julie

      1. Wow, losing both parents at two young ages. Thank God that the tragic loses didn’t make you bitter. I was only 13 when I lost my dad, 13 years ago. It’s hard losing loved ones. Thankfully God takes care of those who trust in him. Though loved ones can never be replaced, God often places other special people in our lives. Out of curiosity, how old were you when you married your husband?

  13. Would love to win one of her books! I’m now really excited about the next book in the series!

    happygurl1807(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Hey, KAYLA … for some reason I think you are reallllly going to like Meg’s story because you remind me of her a wee bit — a little shy and very sweet. I would love to send you a signed book, so here’s to a win, my sweet friend. 🙂

      Hugs,
      Julie

  14. I love the passionate natures of her characters- they have so much feeling and emotion! I’d love to win a copy of A Heart Revealed! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

    1. Hey, HEIDI, yes the do!! And that’s because their author has o much passion, feeling, and emotion, so I had to go somewhere with it, right??

      Heidi, I sure hope you got a chance to download A Passion Most Pure because it’s FREE right now, and I know you hadn’t read any of my books yet, I don’t think, right?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  15. Great interview Julie! Nobody does edgy inspirational like you. I hated to say goodbye to the O’Connor’s, especially my favorites Charity & Mitch who I devoured in their book, and even their follow-up stories in subsequent novels. But – I am embracing the McClare’s, especially Logan & Cait! 🙂 Ready to read Dare to Love Again – hope I win! Here’s to the next family you create for us! 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks, JANET! And, YES!! Another Charity/Mitch lover — YAY!! APR is my fave of the DOB series, so I appreciate anybody who likes Charity’s book after reading APMP!! Most people hate her and want to see her “maimed or killed” (true comments from readers!), so I thank you for giving her a chance. 🙂

      Ah, Logan and Cait! Yes, they seem to be hi-jacking this series, but it’s about time the older folks get a chance to shine, right? I mean, romance is NOT just relegated to the young … at least not in my house OR in my books! 😉

      Good luck in the contest, my friend, and HUGS!!
      Julie

  16. I absolutely love Julie’s books!!! Logan and Claire’s story has definitely been the story that has held me captive so far can’t wait to see what finally results after all of Logan’s patience! I don’t think any books has made as big of an impact as Julie’s. It’s nice to have stories that are both pure and passionate at the same time because I am convinced God is passionate and as humans we feel as he feels thanks Julie for letting a girl who always felt different know that there are people that share that passion in romance and in God

    1. Hey, AMANDA … thanks SO much for your kind comment, my friend, and yes, Logan and Cait’s story has kinda hi-jacked this series, I’m afraid, but for me — as a Baby Boomer — I’m okay with that. 🙂 I mean, why should the young kids have all the fun?? 😉

      And, WOW, your statement about the impact my books have made truly blesses me, girl, because that’s what it’s all about — each of us sharing with others just what a PASSIONATE God we serve, One who loves each of us with an intensity far beyond the romantic passion that I write about in my books. And thank you, too, Amanda, for being a soul friend to me with your love for romance and God — sometimes I need that encouragement and comraderie. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. Hey, Sonja, thanks for coming by! You know, it sounds a wee bit like you might not have read any of my books yet, so if that’s the case, I hope you take advantage of two FREE DOWNLOADS going on right now:

      Book 1 of my Daughters of Boston series (about an Irish family in Boston during WWI) is available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the following link, which you can copy and paste in your browser:

      http://amzn.to/NGghc0

      I’m happy to say that APMP won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and currently has 368 five-star reviews on Amazon, so I hope you will give it a shot. Some of my readers (several) have even read it over 20 times, if you can believe that!!

      Then the second book I have available for FREE DOWNLOAD is a writer’s workbook entitled ROMANCE-OLOGY 101: WRITING ROMANTIC TENSION FOR THE INSPIRATIONAL AND SWEET MARKETS. It’s only free through Sunday, so if you are a writer, I hope you check it out. Here’s the link to copy and paste:

      http://amzn.to/1djCe78

      And good luck in the contest!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  17. I love all of Julie’s books. It seems like when I read one, I think they cannot possibly get better and then the next one comes out! I have bought all of them, (some of them more than once =) and still need Dare to Love again in print so that would be my choice if I won!! I cannot wait for the third one! I love Logan’s story! I think it was my favorite part of Dare to Love again!
    martha(at)lclink(dot)com

    1. YAY, PATTY … bring on the “family dramas”!! Coming from a family of 13 kids, I know ALL there is to know about family drama, so I do SO enjoy writing them … and so does my hubby (enjoy me writing them, that is). Because he knows I put all my drama and angst into my books instead of into my marriage! 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

  18. What I love about Julie Lessmans books…smile Well, I think the thing I like the most is that the most passionate scenes are moral and godly in behavior. Julie brings each thought captive to Christ and I think that is so impressive. I would love to win A Heart Revealed.
    I hope you all will come back to read Surprized by Love, featuring yours truly, Linda Marie Finn in Julies Next book ! I want to say I love the pink in this blog also…so girly.
    Love you Jules !
    Linda Marie Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

    1. LINDA!!! LOL … “passionate scenes (that) are moral and godly in behavior.” HA! Tell that to the 1-star reviewers!! 😉

      I can’t WAIT to pick your character, you sweet thing … 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

      1. I noticed…smile ! This last year I truly believe that there is something special in you and I together Jules. If one has God , they don’t need luck, as God bestows on us a blessing when we walk in His Ways.. Now you must go and check out the 1930’s board you know… I have been adding things to it for you, of course you can always check out all the other boards and see if they inspire you for after Surprised by Love ! It is amazing what a simple picture can do for the writing process !!! My Julie board may get some pics added by moi , that just say Jules to me !!! Can’t wait till fall !!! and I have your email, so if the Lord lays something on my heart to ascend upon you like a dove ! I will send it your way my special friend. Be blessed and may your sabbatical be one of blessing and May the Lord write on your heart the story of a lifetime ! May your days be filled with Joy , May your heart be filled with Love and May your nights be filled with Love, Companionship and Devotion !

        ~ Linda~

  19. Why I love Julie Lessman’s books … as others have mentioned, the chemistry, the romance, the spiritual lessons, but also the twists! They take you on a wild ride with the protagonists and keep you wondering, “How can they overcome all this?!” “How will they get a happy ending?!” I don’t consider myself an emotional person, but Julie Lessman is one of the few authors who always make me cry (at least once) when reading her books. It’s amazing how quickly I can become attached to her characters. =)

    Thanks for the chance to win! I’d love to get my hands on “Dare to Love Again”

    1. Aw, LDK … that is SUCH a sweet thing to say!! Not an emotional person and yet I make you cry? YES!! (punch-fist in air). 🙂 I SOOOO love making people cry because it’s very cathartic to put them through the emotional wringer, eh? 😉

      Thanks for your support, my friend, and good luck!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  20. I love how Julie’s books keep me on the edge of my seat. “This has to turn out right…it just has to! But when? Oh, no! Why did you do that, (insert character name)? Now it’ll be another thirty pages at least before that mess gets untangled! Sheesh :P”
    Yes, Julie, I talk to your characters 😉 Your plot intricacies keep me up far past bedtime.

    I’d love to get my hands on a copy of A Passion Redeemed. It’s high time I read Charity’s story 🙂

    ~Micaela

    bookworm9404(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://www.micaela419.wordpress.com

    1. LOL, Micaela … would you believe I HATE roller-coasters in real life, and yet I LOVE writing roller-coaster romance!! 😉 The more emotions, the better, in my opinion, but I will promise you one thing — it will ALWAYS end up happily ever after!! 🙂

      Oooo … APR is my fave of the DOB, so good luck in this contest, my friend — would love to send you a signed copy!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  21. I have recently gotten back into my love of reading. It’s amazing how busy we get and son the things we love to do we don’t do anymore.

    1. YAY, VICKY … SO glad you’re reading again, you sweet thing, and here’s hoping we can add to your TBR list with a signed copy of any of my books, so GOOD LUCK!!

      And I don’t know if you have ever read my first book, A Passion Most Pure, but it’s currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 375 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Hugs!!
      Julie

  22. I have found that although your books are long I just can’t put them down and get them done in two days or less. I have read all of them and can’t wait for the next one.

  23. ~ I have to say that I love most is how real your characters are. I can always relate because they are all a bit like me 🙂 I would really love dare to love again 🙂

    1. Thanks SO much, MICHELLE … they probably come across so real because they ARE in a way!! You see, everything I put in my books stems from a lesson God has taught me throughout my life, so it’s VERY real to me, which in turn makes it real on the pages, I think. 🙂

      Thanks again and here’s to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  24. What I love most about Julie’s books are that her characters are so real, and they always have some important lessons to learn. I’ve read A PASSION MOST PURE, and A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW, and I’d love to win DARE TO LOVE AGAIN. I think Julie’s books speak clearly to every Christian, no matter the demonination.

    1. Wow, thanks SO much, JANICE, for your kind comment! Like I told Michelle above, my characters probably come across so real because everything I put in my books stems from a lesson God has taught me throughout my life, so it’s VERY real to me, which in turn makes it real for the characters too, I guess. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. YAY, TINA, I’m SO glad and THANK YOU!!

      I don’t know if you post reviews or not, but if you do, I wanted to let you know about a newsletter contest I have going on now through 3/31/14 where posting even one short review for any of my books will enter you to win a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and if you are the top poster, a $50 gift card. So if you’re interested, just sign up for my newsletter (I send out two a year) at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/, and I will send you the info, okay? But if reviews are not your thing, NO WORRIES, okay? I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂

      The good news is if you haven’t posted a review on any of my books in one of my review contests before, YOU have a distinct advantage in that you may post a review for all ten books as many places as you can — Amazon, B&N, CBD, Goodreads, Shelfari, on your blog, etc. — upping your chances. And you can even post the same 2- or 3-line generic review for each of the books, which makes it easy-peasy! Publisher’s Weekly cited that good reviews are crucial to an author, so I encourage them whenever I can for those who are prone to doing so anyway. BUT … if you are not comfortable posting reviews, NO WORRIES!! I am just SO grateful that you read my books in the first place, okay?

      Thank you again, my friend, for not only reading my books, but taking the time to come by and comment!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

  25. I would LOVE to win a signed copy of one of Julie’s books! I love the passion, both romantic and spiritual–nice books to snuggle in front of a fire to read to warm you up while the snow is flittering outside…
    Vicki
    vmarney at hot mail…

    1. Ooooo, VICKI, you got that right!! I LOVE snuggling up with a good romance in front of the fire, and if my hubby is close by, ALL the better, eh?

      Good luck, my friend, and here’s to a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  26. What I love about Julie Lessman’s books…I do not have to compromise my faith or my morals to enjoy the story. A lot of inspirational fiction in years past were more like moralist preaching without heart or emotion. I love that these characters have real flaws and sometimes have crises of faith, but God always brings about a happy ending. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy the whole book without having to skim over any parts.
    Love the San Francisco series and look forward to reading Meg’s story.

    1. Hey, HEIDI — I couldn’t agree more with your statement that said, “Thank you for allowing me to enjoy the whole book without having to skim over any parts.”

      I used to read secular romance, but I always felt slimy afterwords because God was nowhere to be found. To me, romance is not romantic unless HE is at the heart of soul of it, but I found that few books in the Christian market had the kind of strong passion I was looking for, so I wrote my own. I’m glad there’s one or two others like you and me out there that enjoy the passion God created in a wholesome and uplifting way. 🙂

      GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. Good girl, RW1010, for downloading the free copy of APMP. I don’t know if you would be interested in reading Marcy and Patrick’s prequel, A Light in the Window, but it’s currently on sale in ebook for only 99 Cents, but that’s going to go up here very soon, so I encourage you to check it at this low price. Here’s the link for the video my artist hubby did for ALITW that stars my daughter AND a very cute model for Patrick. 🙂 All you have to do is copy and paste in your browser:

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. Hey, CAROL, please forgive me for skipping over you, girlfriend, but sometimes these reply links mess me up. 🙂 Oh, girl, A Hope Undaunted is my FAVE of all the books I’ve written, so I would LOVE to send you a signed copy, so here’s to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  27. PATRICIA!!! WOW, I just realized YOU are the new Revell author of Shadows of the Past!! Thanks SO much for popping by, my friend, and I am very anxious to read your book as well. I hope you consider choosing book 1 in my 3rd series (the McClares) Love at Any Cost in your next Revell perk selection, and I will do the same with your book! And just FYI — the first book in the O’Connor saga, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you take advantage. I’m happy to say it won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and currently had 375 five-star reviews, so I hope you consider downloading it at the following link: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

    SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL COMMENTERS: P.T. Bradley’s fabulous new book, SHADOWS OF THE PAST, is currently being featured on The Book Club Network with FIVE copies being given away, so go leave a comment to enter at: http://bit.ly/1cbhM7h

    Thanks again, Pat, for coming by, you sweet thing and may your debut book FLY off the shelves!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

    1. Hey, PAM, thanks for coming by, and it sounds like you might not have read any of my books before, and if that’s the case, do I have a deal for you!!

      My first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 375 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. PAM!!! Thank you SO much for reading Dare to Love Again!

      And I don’t know if you are into posting reviews or not, but if you do, I wanted to let you know about a newsletter contest I have going on now through 3/31/14 where posting even one short review for any of my books will enter you to win a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and if you are the top poster, a $50 gift card. So if you’re interested, just sign up for my newsletter (I send out two a year) at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/, and I will send you the info, okay? But if reviews are not your thing, NO WORRIES, okay? I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂

      And guess what??? My first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 375 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. SUSANLULU!!! You haven’t read my books before?? Well, girl, do I have a deal for you!!

      My first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it because it’s the beginning of a close-knit Irish family saga FULL of passion for romance and God. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 375 five-star reviews, so I hope you give it a shot. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    1. Hey, CAROL, thanks SO much for reading Dare to Love Again and please let me know when you review it for your blog, okay? And if you win here today, I will be happy to put your name on the list for Meg’s book, Surprised by Love when it releases in October, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      JULIE

  28. Hi Julie! Gonna miss chatting with you these next few months, but will try to catch you over on Seekerville occasionally. I pray that these months will be a huge blessing in your family’s lives and in your writing life 🙂

    I have enjoyed all of your books that I have read so far. I still need to read the Winds of Change series. I am so enjoying Cait and Logan’s story in this series! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

    1. AW, BRITT, thanks SO much for your kind words AND for your prayers — I covet them!!

      Oh, girl, I sure hope you win because I would absolutely LOVE to send you a signed copy of A Hope Undaunted — it’s my absolute FAVE of all the books I’ve written because it focuses more on the core of the O’Connors than any of my books, and then, of course, there’s always Cluny McGee and Katie butting heads all grown up — SO much fun!! So PLEASE promise me you will read AHU next, and who knows? Revell has put it on free download before, so maybe they will again … 🙂

      GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    1. JOYE, WHAT??? You have yet to read a book by moi??? Well then, we are going to have to remedy that now, aren’t we?? And guess what??? My first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so PLEASE download it because it won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 375 five-star reviews, so it’s the epitome of what my writing is all about — PASSION WITH A PURPOSE!! Here’s the link if you decide to download it, and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

      http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Hugs,
      Julie

  29. What is not to love about a Julie Lessman novel? Seriously! I love them all! She writes great love stories. Great redemption scenes. And you fall in love with her characters! Since I don’t have Dare to Love Again that would be my pick.

  30. I totally love Julie’s work and I love the O’Connors! Julie writes about real characters with flaws and I like that!

    1. BLESS YOU, MEL, for your sweet comment!! And trust me, I KNOW about “characters with flaws” because I am one — BIG TIME!! 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and here’s to a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    1. Trust me, JACKIE, I would like you to read Dare to Love Again too, but I have an even better deal for your girl.

      My first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 375 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Good luck and thanks for coming by!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  31. I’ve read all of Julie’s books so far except this new one, Dare to Love Again. So, if I win, that’s the one I want. I’m really glad book three will be Meg’s story. What do I like about Julie’s books? They are just such delightful romances, full of passion without being too explicit. I love the family relationships and that we really get to know each person in the family. I also love the strong faith elements in Julie’s books. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her books.

    1. Hey, PAMMY, sooooo good to see you here at my last blog interview/giveaway till October!! Goodness, girl, you are SO due for a win, so GOOD LUCK in this contest, my friend. 🙂

      Hugs,
      Julie

    1. Oh, CAROL, THANK YOU, and we are going to have to remedy that, aren’t we??!! If you win today, then we need to send you book 1, Love at Any Cost, due to a HUGE twist in that book that would not be as effective if read out of order, so GOOD LUCK, because I have a copy with your name on it, girl!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  32. I haven’t read any of Julie’s books yet, but I have some in my TBR pile. I think her books look like some I would like. If I win I would like A Heart Revealed. I have the 1st book and would like to add to the series.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

    1. SUSAN!!! Say it ain’t so, girlfriend!! I am assuming you have the free downloads of A Passion Most Pure and A Hope Undaunted or possibly Love at Any Cost — all were up for free downloads recently. So if that’s true, then PLEASE read A Passion Most Pure first because this is a family saga best read in order due to a number of BIG surprises in book 1, APMP, okay? APMP won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and currently has 375 five-star reviews on Amazon, so what are you waiting for??? AND … if you don’t have A Passion Most Pure, it is STILL available for FREE DOWNLOAD right now, so please check it out at http://amzn.to/1e.

      I am curious, though, Susan, why you chose A Heart Revealed as the book you would most like to read? It’s book 5 in the O’Connor saga (book 2 in the Winds of Change series, the 2nd series). Did you hear about it from someone?

      I am anxious to hear what you think of my books after you read one because they are definitely more “passionate” than most romance novels in the Christian market, both romantically and spiritually, so do let me know if you like them, okay? And if you don’t? Uh, well … never mind … 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

  33. You guys don’t ask hard questions, do you? LOL What do I like about Julie’s books? Man, that’s a loaded question. EVERYTHING! It’s not just the love scenes, which most people refer to first. Julie just has a way bringing the best out of a story and it’s characters. They come alive on the page and you really feel like you’re a part of the family. The humor, the sparks that fly between hero and heroine and the depth of emotion she is able to bring out in the reader are all reasons I love her books. But, most of all, I the way she always puts God at the heart of every situation. Julie is a beautiful lady with a beautiful spirit and an amazing talent!

    You know I love you, Julie!

    I have been trying my best to win a copy of A Passion Denied so that’s the one I hoping to win today. Thank you for the chance and such a great interview. 🙂

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. WANDA!!! Girl, have I told you lately just how much I love you?? Thank you SO much for your support and friendship — it and YOU are a true blessing in my life!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

      1. You are a HUGE Blessing to me too, Miss Julie. You have brought many a smile AND tear to my face. HONEY, you’re an emotional rollercoaster but I LOVE IT!! I’ll be praying for you during your hiatus. Make sure to keep in touch!

        Much Love,
        Wanda

  34. Just downloaded your Amazon free books. Would love to win Dare To Love Again. Love the
    cover. Thank you.
    Carol
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. CAROL — YOU ROCK, GIRLFRIEND!!! Thanks SO much for downloading A Passion Most Pure (not sure what other “free” book you downloaded unless you mean my writer’s workbook, Romance-ology 101, which was free last week?? But I am THRILLED you now have APMP. PLEASE let me know if you like it and if you don’t??? Uh … never mind. 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

  35. I agree with all the above praises for your “works of Art” Julie…And great review as well. Julie, you come off as somebody I’d really WANT to know and be a “close friend”. We are “sisters in the Lord” praise His Name! Any of your books I would be honored to receive. Love the Fashions & the hats, I truly believe I was born in the wrong century…Where I live people call me the HAT lady so the covers of your books draw me in….

    1. Aw, DENISE, that is such a sweet thing to say, and YES, we are “sisters in the Lord,” which is such a blessing, isn’t it??

      Denise, you kind of sound like maybe you haven’t read any of my books before, so if that’s the case, I implore you to download A Passion Most Pure for FREE at http://amzn.to/1e because that book kicks off a 7-book series and won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and currently has 376 five-star reviews, so it’s not a dog, I promise. 😉

      My third series, the Heart of San Francisco series if the series with all the hats because it’s during the Gibson Girl era, so you will probably enjoy that. But the O’Connor family saga, beginning with APMP, is where my heart is and the kind of books I LOVE writing, so I hope you enjoy them too.

      Good luck and God bless!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    1. WHOOPS, BONNIE … I posted this down below by accident, but will repeat it here:

      LOL, BONNIE … you are TOO CUTE!! And TA-DA … I have a surprise for you!! Right now my very first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 376 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Good luck and thanks for coming by!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  36. LOL, BONNIE … you are TOO CUTE!! And TA-DA … I have a surprise for you!! Right now my very first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 376 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

    Good luck and thanks for coming by!

    Hugs,
    Julie

  37. I can’t decide whether my favorite book is A Passion Most Pure or A Passion Redeemed. I almost view them as one long story and I like it that way! I would love to win Dare to Love Again!

    1. Oh, KELLY … hands-down A Passion Redeemed!! 😉 Actually, I agree with you … it’s like one long story, but Mitch & Charity’s story will always be my fave of the DOB and Luke and Katies of the WOC series, and if you haven’t yet read A Hope Undaunted, oh honey, you need to — it is my absolute FAVORITE of all the books I’ve written. 🙂

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  38. My favorite things about Julie’s novels are the depth of each character….the witty banter, every character’s story is different however from one book to the next the stories are cohesive. So easy to fall in love with everyone in each book…love the O’Conner family saga and it was something I could share with my 15 year old daughter…with some life lessons we can talk about.

    1. Goodness, MARITZA, I’m not sure when a comment has blessed me so much! To know that you and your 15-year-old read and discuss my books is a TOTAL BLESSING, and I can’t thank you enough for telling me that. There are so many deep “life lessons” I have learned in my 63 years and 35 years of marriage, and I long to impart them to young girls and married women, so you telling me that made my day. 🙂

      Now, I hope we can make yours with a win, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

      1. Thanks Julie! May God continue to inspire you so that you may continue to bless us with such beautiful stories of redemption, forgiveness and most of all, love!

    1. Hey, RHONDA, do I have a deal for you, girl!!

      Right now my very first book, A Passion Most Pure, is currently available for FREE DOWNLOAD, so I hope you download it if you haven’t read it yet. It won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 378 five-star reviews, so here’s the link if you need it: http://amzn.to/1efgp8R

      Good luck and thanks for coming by!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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