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ABOUT AUTHOR: Julie Lessman is the popular author of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied, as well as A Hope Undaunted, which was one of 2010's Booklist Top Ten Inspirational Fiction winners, and A Heart Revealed. Lessman has garnered several writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She lives in Missouri.


1.) Why write Christian Fiction? What’s the draw for you?
Are you kidding? To me, romance is not romantic unless God is in the center! I used to read secular romance novels, but frankly I got SO sick of the world pushing its amoral agenda that I decided to try and write my own where I could push God's agenda instead. For my tastes, there’s nothing “sexy” about sin in a romance novel or movie. I’ve had people tell me that Bridges of Madison County was one of the most romantic films they have ever seen. Seriously??? Since when is adultery romantic, no matter the situation! Maybe that’s just me, but I personally can’t enjoy romance (in a movie or book) unless it is according to God’s precepts OR unless it uses sin to point the reader TO His precepts. That’s the reason I love Inspirational Romance so much.

My thinking was to promote His precepts with the lure of the same kind of passionate romance that I fell in love with at the age of twelve, when I read Gone With the Wind, which, by the way, is when I started writing my novel A Passion Most Pure. Back then I wrote 150 single-spaced pages of what is today my debut novel, but I didn't finish it till after I turned 50. But better late than never, I guess, eh?

Nora: Oh, Yeah!! God's timing is perfect. I'm thrilled you chose to write in the Christian Market!

2.) Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has surprised you? If yes, what do you like the most?

Uh, no. I wish I’d known what an emotional roller-coaster it was going to be AFTER I got published. Like a lot of unpublished writers, I thought all the anxiety and self-doubt would dissipate after I signed on the dotted line. I mean that would validate me, right? Give me confidence as a writer? But I discovered (AGAIN!) that true confidence is not in accolades from your editor or a really good review, but instead in where your heart is with God. HE is my confidence when my sales rankings on Amazon.com are high or low, which is why I CLING to the following Scripture from 2 Corinthians ll:3: Do not let my mind “be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

Nora: This is why I pray for you all on the front line writing the stories the Lord lays on your heart. It's not easy.

What do I like the most? Writing dramatic, breathless and compelling love scenes. Sigh.
Like the least? With books sales, reviews and awards, focusing on self instead of on God. Yuck!

3.) What is your favorite scene in A Love Surrendered? Why?
Oh, that’s easy. There are actually two, and both are spiritual scenes that literally rip my heart out every time I read them. The first is a scene 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 http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/ ) of my website under the header “Spiritual Scene” for A Love Surrendered.

Nora: That was a powerful scene Julie. I appreciate you sharing this and the excerpts.
The second favorite scene is much shorter, so I am posting it below. Basically it’s at the end of the book where the hero Steven finally gives his heart to God after his father divulges things from his own past that Steven can relate to. Here is that scene:
“God will help you do the right thing.”
His father’s parting word opened his eyes, prompting him to search the heavens. “Will you, God? Will you help me to do the right thing, not just with Annie, but with the rest of my life? I …” His whisper broke in the dark, hoarse and cracked and so desperate for change that emotion choked the words in his throat. “I-I’ve made so many mistakes … with my father, with Maggie, with you. I’m begging you …” A heave shuddered his body. “Forgive me, please … and change me like you changed my father … and help me to become the man you want me to be.”

The steady beat of the rain drummed on the roof while the cold air chilled his body, the cool and damp of impending winter heavy in the air. And yet somehow, Steven felt warm, his breathing shallow as his eyes scanned the sky. There were no bolts of lightning to illuminate the dark nor peals of thunder to herald anything new. Only the still small voice of God in his heart stirring a flame of hope that brought peace to his soul.

He leadeth me beside the still waters ... He restoreth my soul … He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness …

“I don’t understand—why do you even care?” Steven rasped, eyes brimming with tears.
Because you are mine, the thought came, and Steven bowed his head and wept.
Because for the first time in his life, he finally understood.
He was.

Nora: That's the beauty of your story and the theme of a Passion Most Pure in all areas of our life. I like how you show the human side and how God is interceding on our behalf! I like how you naturally interweave the spiritual theme into your stories. They are not preachy. I also LOVE your humor and family get together!

4.) Which scene in A Love Surrendered did you have the most fun writing? Why?
HA! As a bonafide CDQ (caffeinated drama queen), I would have to say all the scenes between Luke and Katie, the powder-keg couple from book 1 in this series, A Hope Undaunted. They are both so strong-willed, that it’s just a blast to write a scene where they butt heads, which they do quite often AND quite well! :)
5.) What has surprised you about being a Grandma? What’s your grandbaby’s name and how old are they how? What do you enjoy most about this time in life?
Rory - Julie's Grand baby
This is a little silly, I guess, but the thing that surprised me the most was that I actually refer to myself as “Grandma” now, which I did NOT initially want to be called. Originally I opted for the name JuJu instead because as the 2nd youngest of 13 kids, the term “grandmother” left a bad taste in my mouth since my own grandmas were reallllly old and white-haired and not nice to us at all.

My prayer partner kept telling me that being a grandmother was THE BEST thing ever, but to be honest, I didn't buy it. When I used to work at a large company as a travel writer, women would bring their babies in and while all the other ladies would crowd around, I’d head for the ladies’ room because I am just not one to fawn over babies or kids. But … I will say that this little gal (Rory, who is now one year old) has made me eat my words and then some. I still remember the day my daughter came home and found me on all fours, gooing and fawning in a high-pitched chipmunk voice over my granddaughter on a blanket, making a royal fool out of myself. “Never thought I’d see the day,” she said with a shake of her head, then promptly got down on all fours and joined me. J

Julie and her Grand Daughter - Sweet

Nora: I adore the pictures of you and your grand baby. My grandson just turned two. I love when he stops by and runs through the door screaming my name, "Mi Mi!! Where are you?" Arms open wide ready for a big hug! Nothing like it!

What do I enjoy most? Oh, without question, the giggles and smiles—on both my precious granddaughter’s face AND mine!!
The worst? Baby-proofing the house—yuck!!






Have you been surprised by readers’ reactions to one of your books, to one of your characters? If so, which ones or what surprised you?
Readers’ reactions? Oh, you bet!! Once I read a review from a person who said she stayed up late to read it, then got in the tub the next morning to read a few chapters and finished the book—in the tub!—all 475 pages!! I actually found this tub review (written by a blogger I didn't even know) via a Google Alert, so you can bet I e-mailed her to see if it was true. She assured me it was quite true and that, yes, she was quite pruned by book’s end!

Another reviewer I didn't know wrote that she read the book while heating her curling iron, eating her breakfast, at stoplights on the way to work and … are you ready for this?? Under her desk at work during lunch hour, so she wouldn't be disturbed! I have to admit, responses like that tickle me to no end!



What surprised me the most about readers’ reactions to a character was how much everyone hated Charity in book 1, A Passion Most Pure. I actually had one reader say she loved A Passion Most Pure, but could I do her a favor—slap Charity for her! Another reader said she had this overwhelming desire to see Charity “maimed or killed.” But personally, I have always loved Charity (just like I loved Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind), maybe because she is so wonderfully flawed and needy of love, not unlike I used to be before Christ. I can tell you one thing—it was SO much fun redeeming her because she is such a hoot in the later books, actually making me laugh in almost every scene she is in. J



7.) What was your most memorable reading group experience? What made it so special?
A Passion Most Pure Book Club Meeting
Without question it was at a Life Way Store in Atlanta a few years ago, hosted by none other than Mrs. Nora St. Laurent herself. What made it so special? Well, beside the fact that I got to speak and laugh with a large group of incredibly wonderful women, I was also blessed to meet YOU, my friend, for the very first time—a friendship that has brought me more joy than I can say. :)

Nora: I was THRILLED to meet you too! I'm so glad we met and I was able to hear your testimony first hand. I'm so excited to see how God is using you through the stories He's having you share!
8.) Can you give us a peek into what you are working on right now and when it will be out?
Yes! Although I usually only have one book release a year, I’m very excited to announce that I have THREE books coming out in a six-month span! A Love Surrendered—the final book in the O’Connor family saga—released October 1st. Then my Marcy/Patrick e-book prequel, A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story releases November 9 and I am SO proud to say that my artist hubby designed the cover and my daughter modeled for it! Then, April 1st, book 1 in my new Heart of San Francisco series, Love at Any Cost, releases, so there’s lots of “Passion with a Purpose”—my tagline—coming, and here are the blurbs for each:


A Love Surrendered:

He broke her sister’s heart.
Will she be next?

Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt, longing for romance to fill the void of her parent’s 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 she’s Maggie’s sister?

New E-Book Release out soon





A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story:

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?
Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, attraction, dreams and faith only muddle her mind. Can the light in the window illuminate the path of true love?

Julie's Daughter Model for book Cover A Light in the Window



I Love the cover of this one













Love at Any Cost:

Fooled by a pretty boy once, shame on him.
Fooled by a pretty boy twice, shame on me.

Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who just as soon hogtie a man as look at him … until Jamie MacKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well lassoes her heart. But when Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than him, Cassie finds herself bucked by love a second time, sending her back to Texas to lick her wounds and heal her heart. In her absence, Jamie discovers money can’t buy love, but love built on faith can set a heart free, a truth he discovers a little too late … or is it?

As far as works in progress, I am halfway through book 2 in The Heart of San Francisco series, working title Dare to Love, which is my ninth novel. Like book 1 in the series, Love at Any Cost, there is spontaneous combustion between the two main characters right off the bat! My spunky, hot-tempered Irish heroine goes head-to-head with my hard-as-nails, Italian police-detective grouch of a hero in the first chapter—or maybe I should say the first round. I have to admit, I’m having WAY too much fun at the expense of these two in a relationship that goes from fireworks to a flaming romance in the short lick of a fuse. Here’s the premise: A sassy socialite burned by love twice butts heads and hearts with a jaded cop burned by the upper class.

FUN QUESTIONS – QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK
You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?
Two things immediately come to mind. First, prayer warrior. To me prayer is more important than anything else I do because I do not want to make a move, take a step, draw a breath, without God, and I trained myself LONG ago to make Him my first resort, not my last in absolutely every single thing I do, be it buying a dress or writing a book.
Secondly, I would like to be the one who decorates the grass huts or tree houses because I seem to have a knack for making something cozy and homey out of almost nothing. For instance, when I got my very first apartment at the age of twenty-one, somebody gave me a huge over-the-sofa picture that was ruined in a fire, but the frame was still intact. I sanded and painted the charred frame black, then covered the scorched picture with burlap in which I placed branches and various dried flowers into a sweeping floral arrangement. It was so pretty and eye-catching, that people would compliment me on it and it cost me almost nothing. Next, I asked a friend’s father to cut and bolt together some two-by-fours I found in a junk pile in order to make little end tables and a coffee table that I sanded and stained. They actually looked store-bought and cost me nothing since I borrowed the stain. :)

Nora: I can attest to you being a prayer warrior. For that I am thankful. Pleasantly surprised about your decorating talents. Do you give lessons? Grin!
Julie getting into the spirit of Christmas

If you could be a super hero for a day, who would you pick and why? (you can mix and match powers if you’d like, you an author you can be creative! Grin!)
Oh, Wonder Woman, of course, because I love her long hair and cute outfit, and the “invisible jet” she flies wouldn’t be bad either …

Nora: Oh, Yeah, "invisible jet"! I'm game!
What three things would you rather not live without? (Besides friends and family)
The Bible aside, of course, I would say—laptop, lip gloss and love stories. How’s that for alliteration???

Nora: Lip Gloss is a must, It's amazing all the things we can read on our Laptop, nook and Kindle. It makes it easy to carry around the bible and other things! 
Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise people?
Yes, I used to be a Duck Tape Queen! I’ve used it for every and anything—from wadding around a rod to lift sheers up an inch off the floor (my husband HATED that one!) to taping it over itchy labels in a blouse or mending a tear in my purse. You see, I’m dirt-practical like my father used to be. Although he was an eye surgeon, that man would throw a wad of string over the telephone wire outside his bedroom window so he could tell which way the wind was blowing, and like father, like daughter, I guess. :)

Nora: My father said you could fix anything with Duck Tape! LOL! I had to smile and laugh when I read this.

Name three books you adored as a child?
I don’t remember my mom reading to me when I was a child, but in grade school, I got hooked on romance BIG TIME! When the bookmobile came to our school once a month, I would have a stack of Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney-style books almost as tall as me. And then one day, my life was irreversibly changed forever when I picked up a copy of Gone With the Wind. This is the book that launched my romance-writing career at the tender age of twelve and the number one book I adored as a young girl! I think I may be one of the few people around who actually LOVED Scarlett O’Hara … and don’t even get me started on Rhett Butler! My second favorite book was To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee—incredible storytelling! And my third? Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt. Sigh.

Nora: My Mom and Dad didn't read either. I didn't start reading until I started to run book clubs. I have Gone With the Wind to read because you talk about it so much!! And many of the author I've interviewed have said To Kill a Mocking Bird was an incredible read too. They are top on my list! Thanks for sharing these!

JULIE, ANY FINAL COMMENTS YOU WANT TO LEAVE MY READERS WITH?
Thanks, Nora, for allowing me to connect with your readers. 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/.

My newsletter is chock-full of fun info on my books and there’s always a contest featuring signed book giveaways including two right now to win a Kindle Fire or have a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Contest details can be found at http://www.julielessman.com/contest/.

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

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/.  

Finally, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/, a group blog devoted to encouraging and helping aspiring writers on the road to publication.

Hugs,
Julie

THANKS for stopping by Julie and letting us get to know you and your books better. I read A Love Surrendered and have to say it's my favorite of your books so far. The cover of your new book A Light in the Window looks intriguing. I can't wait to read that.

REMEMBER EVERYONE - YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO ENTER the DRAWING of the 5 Book GIVEAWAY @TBCN. ENTER TODAY www.bookfun.org!!

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
www.bookfun.org 

48 comments:

  1. "The second favorite scene is much shorter..."

    Nope, not going to get me to read toward the end of the book first, no matter what! :-) Kathleen
    ~*Have a very happy day!*~

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    1. LOL,KATH ... my kind of gal who doesn't like to skip ahead and sneak a peek at the end of the book -- it drives me CRAZY when people do that because I work SO hard to surprise them, so YAY!!!

      By the way, I have a good friend who is reviewing A Light in the Window next week on the 24th and guess what??? She's giving away a copy of A HOPE UNDAUNTED along with it!! This is your chance to win that book, girlfriend, so be there or be square, okay? You'll find the link on my website calendar at JULIE'S CALENDAR.

      GOOD LUCK and HUGS,
      Julie

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  2. Wow, this should be a keeper! Everything you wanted to know about Julie Lessman! Loved the interview, NORA, and love JULIE, whether she is caffeinated or not, lol! Thanks for featuring this amazing author! Do not enter me, Nora, as I have my copy and will be giving away more on the blog. This new release is on my TOPS of 2012!!! Many blessings!!!

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    1. CARRIE!!!How fun to see you here, girl, IN YOUR SPARE TIME!! ;) I honestly don't know how you get everything done that you do, but I am sure glad I'm part of it!!

      And, again, if I haven't said so before, making your TOPS of 2012 list is definitely a TOTAL BLESSING, my friend, because I really value your opinion.

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Hey, JANCIE, THANK YOU!!! Nora's interviews are always totally unique, deep and fun -- just like Nora!!

      Here's to a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  4. Loved this interview, Nora---and LOVE Julie Lessman! Julie seems like the kind of person I'd like to have as a neighbor--but then I'd probably end up trying to visit too much and would never get any writing done, LOL (not to mention interrupting HER writing). :) Blessings, Patti Jo

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    1. LOL, PATTI JO, aren't you just the cutest thing!!! What a wonderful compliment, girl, but trust me, you don't want me as a neighbor 'cause apparently my CDQ personality can be a litttttttle too much for some people, judging from the reaction of a new neighbor a few years back.

      You see, my husband met this new neighbor one day before they moved in, and I was SO overjoyed because she was a pastor's wife and I'd been praying for godly neighbors. Keith raved and raved about how nice she was, so I could hardly wait to meet her. One day, Keith told me he saw her walking up the street with her daughter, so I barreled out the door and sprinted up the drive, huffing and puffing as I stopped her and her daughter in their tracks. "Oh, I am SO glad to meet you," I gushed, all my CDQ excitement bubbling over to finally meet this gal. Would you believe both she and her daughter looked like deer caught in headlights and BOTH took a step back, not smiling, not speaking, nothing. Now, I know I can be a little overwhelming at times, but it SO surprised me because that's not a reception I usually get, that I started stuttering and bumbling my way through a TOTALLY ridiculous conversation, feeling like a complete idiot. The only thing I can figure is that my personality is SO strong when I meet people, that some people are just not ready for it.

      BUT ... if you think you could handle it, girl, I'd LOVE be neighbors with you, Patti Jo, because you seem like such a doll!!

      GOOD LUCK and HUGS,
      Julie

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  5. I would love to win this contest!!!
    Thanks!!!

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    1. JANE!!! Trust me, girl, I would "love" for you to win it too, ESPECIALLY if you've not read my books before, so if you haven't, I strongly recommend checking out my style of writing on my "Excerpts" tab of my website, where I have posted my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes for each of my books. Here's the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

      JULIE'S EXCERPTS

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  6. NORA!!! Thank you SOOO much for hosting me on Finding Hope Through Fiction because as you know, the "hope" of Christ in our lives is HUGE in my books.

    Quite frankly, in my opinion, romance is NOT romantic without God in the middle, so I love including PLENTY of both in my novels. Looking forward to chatting with your readers and giving away some books!!

    BLESS YOU, my friend, for being such a staunch advocate for Christian fiction.

    Love you!
    Julie

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  7. We have your books in the church library.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books.
    Janet E.
    von1janet@gmail.com

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    1. WOW, JANET, that really blesses me because I've been scolded by more than my fair share of church librarians, trust me!! Some think my books are a wee bit too passionate for the Christian market, so I am SO glad to know that your library understands that many young girls in today's amoral society might not read an Amish novel with minimal romance, but they just might read one that did have more passion in it -- for both romance AND for God!!

      Good luck in the contest, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  8. I would really love to win this book.

    seraphinangel7@aol.com

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    1. Oh, JUANITA ... I would really "love" that too, girl, so here's to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  9. I so would love to read Julie's books. Have tried many times to win one. She sounds like quite a character that I would love to meet. Maxie

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    1. LOL, MAXIE ... that's what my mom always called me -- a real "character," which is certainly true and I'm proud of it. :) I'd much rather be a "character" because they are SO much more fun and interesting, right?? ESPECIALLY in MY books, which you will hopefully soon find out when you FINALLY win one, my friend!! ;)

      Keep checking my website calendar, Maxie, because I have new giveaways coming up all the time. Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!!

      JULIE'S CALENDAR

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  10. This is a wonderful interview with Julie. I enjoyed the photos as well. I've read all her books so far and have loved them all. A Love Surrendered is a great conclusion to the O'Connor family stories. Now I want to read A Light in the Window, the prequel, even though it's only offered as an e-book and I much prefer traditional, printed books.

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    1. Hey, PAM, thanks for coming by, my friend, and yes, I prefer printed books too, but since A Light in the Window is kind of an experimental e-book venture between my agent and I without my traditional publisher involved, it would be a wee bit too expensive to print paperbacks. :(

      BUT ... I am giving away signed printed manuscripts of ALITW during my November daily Facebook posts, so be sure to come by and comment, okay?

      Hugs,
      Julei

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  11. I have just finished reading A Light in the Window, and it is so heartwarming! It is a great read for a mother/daughter, too, because it teaches so much about looking for Godly character in a suitor. Bless you, Julie, for writing such terrific stories! And bless you, Nora, for all you do for CBA.
    Kathy Maher

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    1. KATH!!! Thanks SO much for your kind words AND for reading/reviewing ALITW. My heart is so bent towards our young women today who have to cope in this society rife with "anything goes," that I feel compelled to write stories about purity in a way I hope will appeal to them. Embracing God's precepts in our relationships and our lives is what it's all about, and I hope and pray that my stories portray that.

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. WHOOPS ... trigger happy this morning ... clicked on publish before I could echo your sentiments about Nora. YES, this woman does SO much for the CBA, championing godly fiction across all genres!! I am SO grateful to have her out there doing that, too, so as Kath appropriately stated, THANK YOU, Nora, for all you do!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Thanks, PAT, for coming by, and here's hoping it nets you a win!!

      GOOD LUCK and hugs,
      Julie

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  13. Great interview! I would love to read this book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. JO!!! Sweet angels in heaven, girl, do you have ANY idea just how many times I have tried to get a hold of you??? Did your name used to be Legat?? If so, PLEASE let me know in a response comment because YOU, my friend, have your name in A Love Surrendered!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  14. I could not get the bookrun page to even come up - just kept going to bing and then would open nothing.
    Please enter me to win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. SQUIRESJ ... is this JANE SQUIRES??? If so, how the heck are you, my friend?? Long time, no see, so I hope all is well with you. Here's hoping this visit nets you a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  15. Fabulous interview, Nora. Julie is so much fun.
    I can't wait to read Love At Any Cost. I have several of Julie's ebooks, but would love a printed book.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. GODBLESSAMERICA!!! Thank you, sweetie, and YOUR ADDY is so much fun too!!

      And I can't wait for you to read Love at Any Cost either because it's a series that is geared more closely to the Christian market, meaning it's less passionate in both romance and spirituality, shorter, less complicated and a LOT lighter than my angst-and-drama O'Connors!! ;)

      GOOD LUCK, my friend!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  16. OOPS!! Sorry about the wrong address Squires. it's WWW.BOOKFUN.ORG Not Run!! OHMYGOSH!! THANKS for letting me know this was not the correct address to enter the 5 book giveaway.

    Blessings

    Nora :o)

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  17. Julie, I love you sharing your stories about being a Grandma. I know being a mom tears my heart (in an incredibly good way) in a way I never knew could happen.

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    1. JULIA ... actually I do too, my friend, because I never thought I'd be so enamoured with it, but I am!! Just goes to show that yes, Virginia, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks ... ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  18. LOVED this interview...LOVE the pics... LOVE the books! keep writing! we NEED books like these! Jo

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    1. Aw, JO, thanks for your sweet comment, my friend, and I'm writing as fast as I can, but it never seems fast enough ... :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  19. The (3) things I would rather not live without is....(1)INDOOR PLUMBING (2) ELECTRIC (3) (AUTOMOBILE)

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    1. LOL,MONA ... well, you certainly nailed the basics there, girl, so maybe I better rethink my answers ... ;)

      Good luck in the contest@

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  20. LOL!! I laughed out loud at the answer you gave for the 'shipwrecked' question! Prayer Warrior.. *grin*. Girl, I'd be right beside you supporting you that one if we were on the island together! LOVE your passion for God. And you have creativity! Which doesn't surprise me since your books are well-crafted. But I loved hearing that you 'seem to have a knack for making things homey'.. oh, Julie, that's GREAT!

    Thank you, Nora and Julie!

    So good to see both of you *smiling*.

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    1. GANISE!!! Hey, girl, we're prayer partners now, so I have no doubt we'd be the same on that shipwrecked island as well!!

      Thanks again for the FABULOUS review, my friend -- you are a treasure!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  21. The 3 things I live without in Nicaragua and Mexico is....indoor plumbling, electric and our own automobile! I can plant 'it' at the bano, shower with a 50 gallon drum of water and hail a taxi! WHAT I couldn't live without? Lipstick, gum (always need fresh breath) and chocolate!

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    1. LOL ... oh, WOW, MELODY ... you are a brave soul for Christ, let me tell you that!! No electric and indoor plumbing??? YIKES!!

      And DOUBLE LOL with what you couldn't live without -- pretty close to my list, actually! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  22. Goodness, Julie, everytime I read that part when Steven makes things right with God...ugh, my heart just skips a beat! Makes me tear up just thinking about it! So beautiful!

    Oh, and your granddaughter is SO cute! But, of course, I think you're right...you definitely don't look old enough to be a grandmother! lol! hugs!!!

    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, me too, EM!!! Especially since that is something like what God whispered to me one time, which is why I put it in that scene with Steven. :)

      And, gosh, I'm almost tempted to send you a free book right now for that sweet comment about my age, girl, so THANK YOU!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  23. Have had this book on my wish list for some time Julie and looking forward to reading. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh, BRENDA, I know, so hopefully this time will be the winning number, eh?

      Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  24. Oh, your faith is so inspiring to me, Julie! I love how you always want to give God the glory for your work and that you don't like getting the attention. You have no idea what a blessing that is to me. Thank you so much!

    Dreilly316(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Hey, DEB, thank you, but it's not as noble as you think, my friend, trust me! I have just fallen flat on my face SO many times that I'm finally getting it that it's HIS glory that matters, not mine, and HIS grace that does it, not me. But I'm pretty thick, so it's taken me a while to get there ... :|

    Thanks for coming by, and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  26. I'm sure it's too late for this contest, but just wanted to say I've been trying to win this book, Julie. Thanks Nora for the interview.
    Maxie ( mac262(at)me(dot)com

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