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Friday, December 19, 2014  

“I understood the word 'swoon'.It felt that way, like 'sweep' and 'moon' and 'woo', all those words smashed together in one word that stood for that feeling, right then.”  —Judy Blundell

Swoon!

You know, around Christmas time, I tend to get so busy that one of the main ways I am able to relax and unwind is to watch Hallmark Christmas movies with my hubby or read Inspy romance. Why? Well, because I love stories that make laugh, cry and … swoon!  And let’s face it, when it comes to romantic fiction, the only one who can make a woman swoon is the hero. So, what exactly does it mean to “swoon”? Well, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as follows: 

To become very excited about someone or something; to become enraptured; to suddenly become unconscious. 

Now, I contend that when it comes to romantic heroes, all women swoon. Just not in the same way. For instance, the Novel Crossing blog recently ran a poll among Christian romance readers as to the “Five Swoon-Worthiest Heroes in Christian Romance, and there were no less than 25+ contenders. Now that’s a lot of swooning if I must say so myself, proving that the parameters for “swoon-worthy” are as diverse as the number of heroes in Christian romance.

So, why am I telling you this? Well, yes, I’m pretty darn proud that my bad-boy Collin McGuire from A Passion Most Pure made it to the top five because frankly, he needed the boost. Trust me, if you know anything about Collin regarding his lack of athletic ability and the heckling he takes from his brothers-in-law in the next five books, you would know why! And … I also thought it’d be fun for you to check out the heroes who were nominated in the first place as well as the top five, so here’s the link: FIVE SWOON-WORTHIEST HEROES IN CHRISTIAN ROMANCE.

But … the main reason I mention the poll above is because Goodreads is currently running the “Swoony Awards,” and last year, Christian romance came in very strong among the thousands of secular nominees, so I thought I would ask for your help in putting Inspirational Romance at the top of the lists once again.

Yes, I would LOVE for you to vote for my two books, Dare to Love Again and Surprised by Love, and you can do so EVEN IF you haven’t read them. But the good news is you can vote for up to 100 books/authors that you love, so I’m hoping I'd at least be included in your top 100, and if I’m not, I need to pack up my bags and head home, right?? 

Anyway, all you do is go and vote for your favorite authors, up to 100 choices, and if you would be kind enough to vote for my two books in the process, I would be MOST grateful. Just go to this GOODREADS VOTING LINK, scroll down and go through the list to click on VOTE for each of your faves. To vote for me, just search for “Julie Lessman,” and if Surprised by Love and Dare to Love Again are not on the first page of the top 100 books, just click on the word “next” at the bottom of the page right beneath the 100th book, which will take you to the next 100 nominees.  

CONTEST!!

And ... to THANK YOU for voting for Christian romance (whether or not you vote for me in the process), just indicate you have voted in the Rafflecopter box below, and you are entered to win your choice of a signed copy of any of my books, including my Charity and Mitch Christmas novella, A Whisper of Hope, ebook or a printed manuscript (since it’s not in paperback yet). NOTE: CONTEST ENDS DEC. 31ST.

Here’s the link, and HAPPY VOTING!! 

VOTE FOR CHRISTIAN FICTION AT GOODREADS VOTING LINK, THEN ENTER THE CONTEST BY TELLING ME YOU VOTED IN THE BOX BELOW! a Rafflecopter giveaway

I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season and LOTS of swoon-worthy reads and memories!

 

Hugs!!

Julie

 

 

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 CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW IS FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!!  My Irish Christmas love story, A Light in the Window—winner of three awards—is ABSOLUTELY FREE on Kindle Unlimited, so do check it out. Here's the video my hubby did for A Light in the Window with my daughter as the model for both the book and video, so take a peek to get you in the Christmas spirit. ALITW Video.

 

NEW RELEASE!!!

MITCH & CHARITY CHRISTMAS NOVELLA RELEASES NOVEMBER 10 FOR ONLY $2.99!  WHOO-HOO … I am very excited to announce that I am part of a Seeker Historical Christmas novella collection called Hope for the Holidays that not only features a story on Mitch and Charity, but novellas by Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, and Myra Johnson.

In addition to this historical collection, The Seekers are also releasing a contemporary Hope for the Holidays collection as well, so be sure to check both out on Amazon November 10.

Here’s the blurb for Mitch and Charity’s story, which is called A Whisper of Hope:

Christmas is the season of hope, which is exactly what Charity O’Connor Dennehy is counting on. Since the birth of her twins twelve years ago, she's prayed and hoped for a houseful of babies to love, but it wasn’t meant to be. With a husband dead-set against adoption, there’s barely a whisper of hope to change his mind, but if hope doesn’t disappoint … could it be enough to find a precious bundle under her tree?

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