Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stalking Julie Lessman



Today I'm swinging open Julie Lessman's medicine cabinet and poking around. She's agreed to be the next victim of Outside the Author's Studio and she's also hosting a sweet book giveaway, so look for details at the end of the interview!

The last thing you threw away? Old makeup

Your brand of toothpaste? Sensodyne with whitening

Three things in your purse: A book, breath mints and lip gloss.

Favorite lawn ornament? Don’t have one, but if I did, it would be a large, modern metal sculpture of some kind.

A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel:
Well, I really liked the original first line of my latest novel, A Hope Undaunted, but for some reason my editor didn’t, so I had to come up with a new one. The original first line was a thought by heroine Katie O’Connor that said: Love at first sight, my foot. However, to satisfy my editor, I changed it to: Now this is how love should be—nice and neat.

But I have to admit, I liked the original line SO much, that I sneaked it in at the end of the first paragraph, and my editor let it pass. So here’s the first paragraph as it finally went to print:


Now this is how love should be—nice and neat. Katie O’Connor sucked the last of her Coca-Cola through a straw in Robinson’s Diner and studied her steady beau Jack Worthington with a secret smile. No, siree, no dime-novel notions of love for her. Love requires a focused plan, she thought to herself with certainty. Cool, calm, rational thinking, not a moment in time where one lovesick glance seals your fate. With a loud, hollow noise, she drained her soda and pushed the glass away, assessing Jack through approving eyes. Her lips slanted. Love at first sight, my foot.

The name of every book you've ever published (so we can track 'em all down):
Grin. “The Daughters of Boston” series, which would be A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied. And releasing September 2010, book 1 in the “Winds of Change” series, A Hope Undaunted.

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word:
Well, the favorite not-quite-a-curse word that I wanted to use in A Passion Redeemed was “bloody (i.e. I will do what I bloody well please),” but Revell nixed it because apparently in Europe, it is considered an actual curse word. So I went with “blast,” which hopefully didn’t offend anybody. :)

What sounds might I hear outside your kitchen window?
The lovely squalls of a darling Cooper Hawk family that lives in the woods outside my window.

One lousy job from your past:
Oh goodness, that would be when I was in my early 20s, before I was a Christian when I worked one night as a waitress in a tavern, which was absolutely awful! I was responsible for garnishing the drinks, which I knew nothing about, so I ended up putting maraschino cherries in martinis and olives in wine, etc. I quit at the end of the night and never even went back to get my paycheck. But I did make a lot of tips, as I recall, and even got a marriage proposal! :)

What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? What every Christian longs to hear: Well done, good and faithful servant.

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction” . She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law. You can contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com.





It's giveaway time! Leave a comment between now and Saturday and Julie will pick someone to win a signed copy of one of her books! You may choose a title from the Daughters of Boston series or her newest, A Hope Undaunted. Be sure to leave an email address if it's not in your profile.





iFellowship
(Hello iFellowship hoppers, please wave to Julie!)

55 comments:

  1. I'm so excited! Only 3 weeks to go! I just looked at my blogger dashboard and saw 2 Julie Lessman posts in a row! :)
    Don't you just love hearing the birds outside your window?! When I hear them @ my back door, I always peek out they're stealing the cat food. I even have them bird food out there, but they want the cat food. :)
    -Tammy
    bluerose_shelnut(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. That's right, she's blogging at Seekerville today too (www.seekerville.blogspot.com).

    Thanks Julie for letting me stalk you! :)

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  3. Fun interview! :D And Julie, let me just say that I'm glad you didn't stick with that job at the tavern! I'm so glad you're an author now. ;)

    If it's not unethical for me to do so, I'd like to enter the drawing even though I'm hoping for a copy from Revell. If I get an extra one, I can pass it on to one of my friends. :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    ~Borders Girl

    stokes[dot]a[at]suddenlink[dot]net

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  4. Hey, Joy, thanks SO very much for stalking me, girl, it makes me feel SOOOO important!! :)

    TAMMY!!! You're making the rounds, girl, and that's liable to win you a book, you know. And your birds eat cat food??? Maybe you can see if the cat will eat the bird food, then you'll come out okay. :) Thanks for taking the time to come by, sweetie, and here's to a win!

    Nope, AMBER, I don't see anything "unethical" about you entering this contest because if you take the time to drop by and leave a comment, you are more than entitled to be in the draw, so you go, girl! Besides, cyber-stalking (as Sherrinda AND Joy like to refer to it) is a really great way to get a signed book for free, so why not? Heck, I do it when I really want another author's book. :) And I'm really glad I didn't stick with the tavern job either because writing books is WAY more fun, although ... uh, I don't get tips ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. Great interview!!! I enjoyed reading this - even though I should have been exercising!!! LOL!

    Have a great iFellowship Day!

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  6. Hi! Oh, I ahd fun with this post because I am not familiar with Julie Lessman. Sounds like her books are great and now I am going to have to track them down. Hey, I have an online book club and was wondering if you mind if I write a short post linking my readers to this post. I think some of them would enjoy it!

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  7. Angie, link away my friend, link away. :)

    Thanks everyone for stopping in to say hello!

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  8. Saying "Hi" from ifellowship!
    Many Blessings for a great day!

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  9. Hey, PENNY, think of Joy's blog as "exercising" your mind, sweetie, which if you're anything like me, needs some attention, too, right? :) Thanks SO much for stopping by to say "hey," and good luck in the contest!

    ANGIE!!! Well, girl, we definitely need to get you familiar with my books, sweetie, so hop on over to my group blog today where I am not only having a giveaway, BUT posted my favorite scene from my new book, A Hope Undaunted. That will tell you whether you like my style of "passionate" romance or not, okay? And thanks SO much for stopping in. Here's the link:

    Seekerville

    Hey, AMY, saying "hi" right back at you! I'm guessing "ifellowship" is a group that you belong to with Joy? Sounds cool, whatever it is!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  10. Hi, Great interview. All your books sound really good. I would love to read them. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  11. What a fun blog and a great giveaway! I'll definitely be back often - I love to read! :)

    ashleypichea at gmail dot com

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  12. I have to say, Julie, I like the first line the way you had it better. The first paragraph is great though! I can't wait to read it. I know I said that on Seekerville too, but I mean it!

    Holly
    oceandreamerfla(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. Hehe I like that word "blast" a lot too. Have you ever seen Kate and Leopold? Hugh Jackman mutters that word and let me tell you....*swoon*...umm yeah I was in a swoon for pretty much the entire movie though. LOLOLOL.

    Well you all know I would love to be entered for this giveaway and Julie you already know which book I would like if I win ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. TORE ... thanks, sweetie, and trust me, I'd LOVE for you to read them too! Consider yourself entered, girl, and good luck!

    ASHLEY ... if you "love to read," then you're just the girl Joy and I want to meet because she's got a great blog here, as you know, and I like to think that I have a few books out there that hopefully you will enjoy ... that is, if you like PASSION, both for God and for romance! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the contest.

    Aw, thanks, HOLLY, I know you mean it because you are always so good about encouraging me -- THANK YOU!! Let me know what you think of Undaunted when you're done with it, okay?

    RENEE ... uh, everybody knows that Hugh Jackman and the word "swoon" go together like cream in your coffee. The man is gorgeous so I am going to have to rent that movie, I think ... And, YES, I do know which book you want, my dear friend, and I cannot WAIT to see you win it ... sooner or later!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  15. I'm happy that some of the iFellowship ladies have made it over here. That's a blogging networking group for Christian women.

    And some of my favorite inspy book bloggers have stopped by. Can't wait to read Julie's review on all your blogs. :) Thanks for visiting everyone.

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  16. Ummm, Julie, you HAVE to see Kate & Leopold!!! It is soooooo good! :D I gave a review of it on my blog a while ago, and Renee and I were in complete agreement of it's "amazing-ness." ;)

    Just had to throw that out there!

    ~Borders Girl

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  17. Okay, AMBER, you and RENEE sold me ... I am writing a sticky note right now to rent the movie. I don't watch TV much, but every now and then Keith and I like to do a movie night and never know what to watch. You just remedied that, so thank you!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  18. Great interview - I always have a book in my purse as well - I never want to be anywhere without one and have found myself reading in the checkout line at walmart :)

    crystalfulcher(at)ec.rr.com

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  19. Kate + Leopold = BEST. MOVIE. EVER.

    I really really think you'll like it Julie!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  20. CRYSTAL!!! A woman after my own heart! I read in the line at Walmart too ... and in the car (when hubby is driving), at stoplights and train crossings (when I am driving), in the powder room every time, when I watch sports with my hubby (give me romance over sports any day of the week) and at night in bed if we are too tired to watch JAG. It works, too, 'cause I get about 4-6 books read in a month, which is not too shabby for a gal who writes her own! :)

    And okay, OKAY, Renee, you've twisted my arm on this one, sweetie because I already have a sticky note written and I WILL watch K & L, I promise! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  21. I loved your interview. And I’m glad that original first sentence was used – that was my favorite as well! Have a happy iFellowship Wednesday, Joy and Julie!

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  22. I'm SO excited about the book I mistakenly ran excitedly into Barnes & Noble thinking it was out AUG 1st & was heartbroken to find out I have another month! I'm getting my hands on a copy no matter what, but I keep entering these fun blog contests in hopes of getting a signed Julie copy ;o)
    Sarah

    fireflies_n_stardust@yahoo.com

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  23. Aw, DEB, thanks -- I liked it too, but the editor reigns supreme, which is actually a very good thing because I have a great editor! You have a blessed day as well, my friend and thanks for stopping by!

    GRIN ... SARAH, that is soooo cute!! I kind of did a similar thing today when the UPS guy dropped off a box from my publisher. I started singing and dancing around like an idiot until I found out it was only bookmarks and postcards. :( I honestly cannot wait to get that book in my hot, little hands ... almost as much as when I was waiting for A Passion Most Pure. Almost, but not quite! :)

    Anyway, THANK YOU for your enthusiasm and making me smile and good luck in the contest, girl, because your odds are very good. Just ask Sherrinda, who won FIVE of my books in a year by cyber-stalking my blog giveaways. It is a great way to win a signed book ... that and entering my newsletter contests as well!

    Hugs, Julie

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  24. Hahaha...seriously though no pressure to watch the movie. :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

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  25. Newsletter?! (Joy is running right off to sign up for the newsletter)

    Julie, thank you for personally responding to everyone. Since I've started blogging, I think you are the friendliest author I've met.

    Thanks for stopping by everyone, if you read inspy romance, be sure to stick around! :)

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  26. After reading Julie's blog at Seekerville, I ordered all three of the Daughters of Boston books online... now I'm broke - so I'd love to win A Hope Undaunted. Please enter me in the contest!
    Cindy
    thesbgirls@comcast.net

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  27. Hey Julie, Nice to meet you Joy. I've been hooked on Julie's books since I reviewed APMP right after it came out. I've already got a whole signed set of of DOB and would love to add a signed copy of Hope to the collection.

    Julie might already have my email memorized but I'll put it up to be sure I don't miss out on a chance at Julie's latest "masterpiece". forest_rose [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  28. and I thought I was the only stalking Julie! haha.. loved the interview... loved the insight into your life and your passion for reading, writing and most of all your love for God!
    praying for you as you crank out more and more books... we certainly need them!

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  29. RENEE ... no pressure taken, sweetie -- I'm grateful you turned me on to a good romantic movie -- there seems to be SO few out there!!

    "Friendliest author"??? Gosh, thanks, JOY, but you need to talk to my good friend, Laura Frantz, another author I would classify as "edgier" and absolutely FABULOUS! In fact, she and I and about six other wonderful authors are all going head to head in the Long Inspirational Romance category of American Christian Fiction Writer's Carol Awards, to be held in September. Laura is incredibly sweet and friendly, so I encourage you to not only read her amazing debut novel, The Frontiersman's Daughter, but have her on your blog as well. You won't be sorry! But THANK YOU for your sweet comment, my friend. You're not going to be at ACFW in Indy this year, are you? Or did I already ask you that??? The mind goes first, you know, at my age ... :)

    CINDY!!! Nooooo, you're not broke are you??? Honey, you should have just bought book 1, A Passion Most Pure, then tried to win the rest on my blog giveaways because I will have ton before I'm through!! But THANK YOU for buying them. I hope you are not disappointed. :/

    Oh, yes, MELISSA, I definitely have your e-mail, my friend, so no worries there. I know where to find you ... :) Thanks for coming by, sweetie and good luck in the contest!

    JOETTA, boy, this is a red-letter day for me for sure, with all your comments -- THANKS, GIRL!! And I will definitely take those prayers, my friend because I would love to crank out more books!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  30. Oooh, ooh, pick me! I can't wait to read A Hope Undaunted!
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  31. I really, really want to read this book! :)

    edwina[dot]cowgill[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  32. ANN!!! You're making the rounds, aren't you now -- good girl!! That's the best way to win a free book, so good luck in the contest and thanks for stopping by.

    EDWINA -- Trust me ... I "really, really want" you to read this book too, so here's to a win! :) Thanks for dropping in and good luck, sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  33. Julie - Not "actually broke" - that's why I have a budget but broke in the "discretionary" column of the spreadsheet. Thankfully tomorrow is Friday and I can start all over again! :) The budget was the scariest thing I've ever done for myself - but it has turned out to be the most liberating... but I digress.

    I am sure I won't be disappointed. I love your voice as a blogger and in the excerpts I have read. Thank you for putting yourself out there for new writers like me to learn from and to gather encouragement.

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  34. I'm hoping to get an extra copy of A Passion Most Pure so I can pass one on to my mother-in-law. I'm also thinking of getting one to pass on to other family who are not Christian but love steamy books.

    And my comment on Seekerville, nope I most definitely didn't mean anything bad. I was just thinking I meant a "good" review because your books are so amazing not that my reviews are so "good" and amazing in writing.

    Glad to see you all over the web.

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  35. Oh good, CINDY, WHEW!!! Don't want to empty your pockets because to be honest, for me it's not about the money. Heck, I don't make much as it is, so it CAN'T be about the money (very clever of God, don't you think??).

    And thank you for saying you like my voice as a blogger. I actually am not into blogging myself, but so many authors have blogs because they like it and it's an important marketing tool. I like blogging once a month on the Seeker blog JUST FINE and in lieu of having my own blog, I have just started a feature on my website called "Journal Jots," which are short little blurbs where I talk to my readers almost daily about my writing, my relationship with God and just what's going on in general in my writing life. That's the closest thing to a blog I will ever get, so I invite you to check it out sometime. The link is:

    Julie's Journal Jots

    Oh, JULIA, don't you worry your pretty, little head about hurting this tough old bird's feelings because you can't, honestly ... uh, unless you hate Undaunted and tell everybody on your blog ... that might do it! :)

    And we are going to have to see what we can do about getting APMP in your hands, girl, because I SO love when my reader friends give it away as a gift!! Keep checking the blog giveaways and you are BOUND to win at some point.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  36. Julie,

    Thanks so much for the reassurance! I will admit that when I receiving the latest of one of my favorite online people I was so nervous about what I would think about it...because she is such a sweet person :)

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  37. Hi, Julie. Looks like some action going on over here. :)

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  38. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing! A brilliant way to share faith is through something women love most, books and romance! Have a great day! :)

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  39. Hey, Julia, NO WORRIES about that, my friend. As long as a reviewer states their opinion nicely and points out what they DID like about one of my books, I do not mind them stating that a particular book did not hit their hot button. I respect and appreciate that, so NEVER worry about offending me if you are not particularly partial to one of my books ... NOBODY can please all the people all the time, right?

    Hey, MARE, I just LOVE it when my Seeker buds drop by, so THANK YOU!! And I am halfway through Doctor in Petticoats and am absolutely LOVING IT -- your best yet, truly!

    Christina -- Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave a comment, and YES, I totally agree that romance is a "brilliant" way to share the love of God AND His precepts, especially for young women who have to cope in today's amoral society! You have a blessed day too!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. What GREAT interview questions (and answers)! Very fun to read! :)

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  41. Loved the interview! Definitely going to be looking for her books! Stopping by from iFellowship!

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  42. Follow Friday NEW Follower!
    Have a great weekend!

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  43. Yes, enter me!

    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  44. JOY FROM IFELLOWSHIP -- Thank you SO very much for your interest in my books -- SOOOO appreciated!! Maybe you'll win one here on Joy's fabulous blog!!

    ASEL ... Joy and I thank you for stopping by and wish you a happy weekend too!

    RUTHHILL ... Consider yourself entered, girl, and THANK YOU for taking the time to read the interview and enter the contest. Good luck!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  45. Thanks for the great interview. Please enter me in the book drawing. I look forward to reading the newest book. I'm excited for it to come out.
    cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  46. Hey, Cynthia, GREAT to see you here, girl, and only TWO MORE WEEKS!!! Trust me, I'm excited for it to come too, because as I have said a million times -- this is my FAVORITE book of all five I have written (including the next one, A Heart Revealed, which I just sent to my editor last week!). Anyway, hope you like it as much as I do, sweetie! Good luck!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  47. Julie, I'm so excited about how many entries we've gotten! Will you do the honor of picking someone on Sunday and announcing it here in the comment section?

    Thanks everyone for giving Julie such a warm welcome! :)

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  48. Oh, and it's not too late to leave a comment, if you're just now stopping by.

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  49. Julie,

    Your book sounds amazing. I didn't win on the Seekerville blog, so here I am. Truly stalking!! Ha.
    I liked your worse job story. I was once a waitress at a bowling alley---I can't say it was my worst job because I met my hubby there! We have fun telling the story. But I must say the job was very interesting--I too didn't know how to garnish, but I don't think they cared. :)

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  50. Will do, JOY, and it's been SO MUCH FUN talking with your readers, so THANK YOU for hosting me on your blog.

    And, LINDI!!! Girl, you're getting close because I hate to tell ya but on the Seekerville draw my hubby drew the name and we always draw two in case the first one is a Seeker or one of my comments, and you were #2 -- so oh SO close!! Keep at it, girl, with the giveaway stalking and you WILL win, you'll see! Thanks for dropping by!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  51. Love the interview....always good to learn more about Julie. I love her books so hope I am not too late to be entered for this one! Thanks!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  52. Dear Julie,

    I just wanted to say that I appreciate your writing and I absolutley love it! You are a very gifted writer. I loved A Passion Most Pure...it has an excellent plot, and wonderful characters. If I may I would like to enter the contest. My email is tootsiepop94@yahoo.com Thank You for your time.... May God richly bless you for all the blessings I've recieved through your books. Have a perfect day!

    Love, In Christ,

    Gwen Shives

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  53. Oh my gosh! I LOVE these books!I can't seem to stop rereading! I have been counting down the days until I can get A Hope Undaunted since I finished A Passion Denied- Thank you for writing you have become one of my favorite authors! Please enter me as well :D
    cgbooklova(at)aim(dot)com

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  54. JACKIE!!! Hey, sweetie, you are right on time because I don't pick a winner till tomorrow night, so thanks for coming by AND for your ongoing support, my friend. Good luck in the contest! :)

    Aw, GWEN, what an incredibly sweet thing to say -- thank you SO very much for your encouraging comment! And God has already "richly blessed" me by wonderful reader friends like you! Here's to a win!

    EMILY -- WOW, one of your favorite authors?? Whoo-hoo, thank you, girl -- that's a HUGE compliment to a new author like me!! Consider yourself entered, sweetie, and I sure wish I could award a giveaway to every one of you guys, but if I did that, my husband would make me go back to work at my old day job to pay off the books and I wouldn't have any time to write! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  55. Morning, all!!

    The winner of their choice of signed book is ....

    EDWINA!!!

    I want to thank Joy for hosting me this last week and ALL of you who left comments -- I've got other giveaways going on this week and the rest of the summer, so be sure to check my website regularly, okay? I wish everybody could win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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