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3:39AM

Thursday, September 13, 2018

To win $50 gift card and character named after you

in my next book, please scroll to contest box

at the end of this blog. Thank you!

 

"God has taught me that each day is a gift, my friend.

Each breath, each step, each person to love and be loved by …”

Her voice warmed to the husky tease that Katie had come to cherish,

right before she delivered an impish wink. “And I don’t plan to miss a thing.”

-- A Dream Fulfilled by Julie Lessman


 Whoo-hoo ... Katie & Luke are back!

Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE Katie and Luke from my Winds of Change series? They are the featured couple in book one of that series, A Hope Undaunted, which is the fourth book in my sprawling O'Connor family saga.

And now, they are the featured couple in my brand-new O'Connor Christmas novella, A Dream Fulfilled, which is available for pre-order and will release October 20! I hope you like the cover as much as I do, but if you are a Katie and Luke fan, I'm betting you're going to LOVE what's inside even more! Here's the jacket blurb and pre-order link!

She’s always dreamed of a best friend.
He’s always dreamed of a large family.
Until hope intervenes with a dream fulfilled.

Picked on mercilessly in school because of an unsightly handicap, Katie O’Connor McGee soon learned not to let anyone get too close, not even three big sisters seven to fourteen years older. As far as Katie was concerned, friends were meant to be kept at arm’s length and controlled, not embraced. But when she meets Arlene Campbell and her little girl, Addie, during playtime at a park with her own children, she discovers a friendship for which she’s waited a lifetime. A dream hidden deep in her soul she didn’t even know existed until she connected with a woman who would change her life forever, teaching her the depth and sacrifice of true friendship.

Luke McGee has dreamed of having a large family since he roamed the streets of Boston as a virtual orphan, finally finding a home—and his heart—in a marriage to Katie O’Connor and their two young girls. However, once Katie’s time and affection shifts toward a new friend who needs her, it creates turmoil in Luke’s happy home. It doesn’t help that as Director for the Boston Children’s Aid Society, Luke works long hours providing homes and hope for troubled children on the streets. But when he reaches out to one hardened little boy, his hope to make a difference suddenly coincides with that of his wife’s, sowing the seeds of a dream fulfilled for them all.

To celebrate the upcoming release of A Dream Fulfilled (which is a dream fulfilled for me since I've had this idea for a Katie/Luke Christmas story for several years now), I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at the end of this blog today (before the Rafflecopter contest box). So, happy reading ... and, I hope ... happy pre-ordering! 😍

PRE-ORDER A DREAM FULFILLED HERE!

 

πŸ“ Attention Writers!

For all you aspiring writers out there, here is a brand-new writer's how-to book you are NOT going to want to miss! I am part of this very unique writer's book called WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques From Ten Award-Winning Authors, where you literally get to pick the brains of award-winning authors about everything from writing to publishing to marketing! That way, you get ten viewpoints on what has worked best for each of us in becoming a published author. The book is available in e-book or paperback, so I hope you check it out.

WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES:

Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors

 

⏰ Only One Week Left to Win

$50 G.C. & Character in my Next Book!

Hopefully you've already entered my contest to kick off WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors, but if not, what are you waiting for? Here's what you can win if you do:

GRAND PRIZE: $50 Amazon gift, character named for you in my next paperback, & a signed copy.

2ND PLACE: Character named in my next paperback, signed copy, & choice of 2 of my indie e-books or 1 signed paperback.

All it takes to enter is to promote WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors  on Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog, indicate that in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this blog, and you are entered! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! PLUS there are additional ways to accrue points as well, so just scroll down to the very end and GOOD LUCK!

 

πŸ“• A Christmas Freebie is Coming!

In the blink of an eye, the Christmas season will be upon us, so I plan to celebrate with the new release of A Dream Fulfilled AND a freebie sale on Charity and Mitch's Christmas novella, A Whisper of Hope.

So mark your calendars for OCTOBER 19-23, when A Whisper of Hope will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD! Here's the jacket blurb and link, so I hope you check it out:

She’s desperate for a baby.
He’s desperate for an empty nest.
Love is desperate to surprise them both.

With a husband dead set against adoption, Charity O’Connor Dennehy has barely a whisper of hope for more children, but if hope doesn’t disappoint … will it be enough to find a precious bundle under her tree? A WHISPER OF HOPE

 

πŸ“Ή My Next Facebook Live!

Uh-oh ... it's time for another Facebook Live!

Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 AT NOON CDT for my next Facebook Live, Part 3 of my video series, NOVEL INSPIRATIONS, a series of life lessons I put into my books. More info to come!

 

 

 

A Sneak Peek!

As promised, here is a sneak peek from Katie & Luke's Christmas novella, A Dream Fulfilled. To se the scene up, Katie and her two girls arrive home late from the park, and Luke is worried because he didn't know where they were.

A DREAM FULFILLED

“What on earth are you doing home so early?” Katie asked, huffing and puffing to where Luke stood in front of their apartment building holding a wiggly Kit, their five-year-old who was obviously happy to see her Daddy again. The pink glow of dusk settled on a neighborhood buzzing with cicadas and treefrogs and now Kit’s little-girl giggles, along with her excited chatter about new friends they had met. Brow pinched, Katie readjusted Ellie over her shoulder while Luke tossed Kit over his. “I thought you had a late meeting.”

“Canceled.” Bracing Kit to his side with one arm, Luke easily lifted Ellie off Katie’s shoulder with his other, pressing a kiss to the two-year-old’s downy hair before snuggling her close. “Carmichael’s sick.” His smile tilted off-center as he leaned to brush his mouth against Katie’s. “Kind of like I am of him.”

“Bad day?” Sympathy laced Katie’s tone as she scurried up the steps to open the door.

“Bad month,” he said with a scowl. “Ever since Carmichael put me behind with that boondoggle to New York. Can’t seem to get caught up.”

She raced up the stairs to their flat while he followed, Kit chattering all the way. Pushing the door open, she held it while he and the girls sailed through, nodding towards the hall. “You can put Ellie straight down, Luke, because she’s already been changed and eaten dinner.”

Frowning, he glanced at the clock as Katie absconded with a giggly Kit, tickling her all the way into his and Katie’s bedroom. Almost seven—Ellie’s bedtime. Why in the devil was Katie just waltzing in now? Carefully laying his youngest daughter in her crib, he pressed a soft kiss to her cheek and silently left the room, closing the door because Kit and Katie were making so much bloomin’ noise.

“What’s going on in here?” Luke said, the smile on his face belying the hard tenor of his tone. “It’s almost seven, Katie—where the devil have you been?”

“The devil’s bad, Daddy,” Kit said as she paused in her efforts to help Katie fold the laundry, a crinkle above her nose. “Mama doesn’t like it when we use his name.”

Giving Katie the eye, Luke strolled in and plucked his daughter off the bed, gobble-kissing her neck until giggles and shrieks bounced off the walls. “Yeah, well, Mama’s not gonna like a lot of things, sweetheart, if she doesn’t tell me why she’s so late.”

“I already told you, Daddy,” Kit said, the impatience in her voice matching Luke’s to a scowl. “We’ve been in the park with our new friends, and Arlene shared her peanut butter sandwiches with us, which is why Ellie and I already had dinner.”

Luke’s jaw fell open as he gaped at Katie. “You’ve been at the park from noon until now? Seven hours?”

“Yes ...,” Katie said with a quick fold of Luke’s jockey shorts, the apology in her eyes doing nothing for his empty stomach. “But I didn’t plan to be, Luke, honest. I forgot Faith mentioned taking Brennan to the park today, so when she came over, and then Charity joined us with Baby Julia, well, off we went.” She smiled as she rolled several of his socks. “But I promise—I had every intention of coming home to clean up and fix dinner long before this.”

“But …?” He hung Kit upside down over his shoulders, her squeals coaxing his frown into a near smile.

“But, oh Luke—we met the most wonderful friends!” Katie gushed, a sparkle in her eyes as she clasped his socks to her chest. “A little girl Kit’s age named Addie—and her mother, Arlene.” Her hands flew while she folded more underwear without missing a beat, her excitement rivaling Kit’s as his daughter thrashed over his shoulder possum style. “And we all had such a good time getting to know each other!”

“We did, Daddy,” Kit managed between giggles. “Addie’s my best friend now, and we’re going to show them the library and take them to story time at Bookends. And guess what else we're going to do?”

Luke’s smile banked to the right as he jagged a brow at Katie. “Kick me out and let them move in here?”

“No, silly,” Kit said with a wild wiggle, obviously wanting Luke to put her down. “Mama said she’d help me pick out some books to lend to Addie, isn’t that swell?”

“Yeah, swell.” Luke righted Kit before setting her on the floor, zeroing in on Katie with a bland smile. “Before or after I get to eat dinner?”

“Oh, Luke!” Katie dropped the diaper she’d been folding and rushed to give him a hug. “I just assumed you ate the extra sandwich I packed with your lunch to tide you over through your meeting. But if your meeting canceled, you must be starving!”

His mouth crooked. “Ate both sandwiches at lunch because I needed all the energy I could get. Carmichael dumped a ton of new files on me, so I’m absolutely famished, Sass.” He deposited a kiss to Katie’s head, his affectionate use of her nickname confirming his bad mood was on the thaw. The familiar scent of her rosewater teased his nostrils, spurring his appetite in a whole ’nother direction.

Talk about starving!

“Mama, come on!” Kit said in a near groan, tugging on Katie’s arm so hard, she yanked it away from Luke’s waist. “We have books to pick out.”

“Sorry, Kitty-Kat.” Katie swooped her up and handed her off to Luke with a devious grin. “You know what a grump Daddy can be when he’s hungry, so I have to feed him. But you and he can pick out some books for Addie while I go heat up his pot roast. Then Daddy can help you brush your teeth, say your prayers, and  put you to bed with a story. I’ll come kiss you good night after, okay?”

“Okay,” Kit said with a tiny pout that indicated it really wasn’t. “But Daddy has to read me three books instead of one since he hasn’t read any this week, right, Daddy?”

“Sure,” Luke said blankly, barely aware of Kit’s demand. All he could do was stare at Katie, mouth dropping so much, he almost lost some drool. “You made pot roast?” he said, the crack in his voice putting a smile on her face. Along, no doubt, with the loud rumble of his stomach.

“Of course I did, silly.” She gave him a quick kiss, then brushed another to Kit’s nose before she made her way to the door. “I promised you, didn’t I? Once I remembered we were going to the park with Faith, I made the pot roast this morning, then tucked it away for dinner tonight.” She wiggled her brows. “So, go pick out books for Addie, read a few to your daughter before you put her to bed, then come let me tell you about my day over pot roast.”

Hoisting Kit up in his arms, he delivered a heated look to Katie, along with a crooked smile. “You mean, before I put you to bed?”

A pretty shade of rose dusted her cheeks as her chin nudged up with a sultry smile. “With all the hours you’ve been working, Luke McGee, we’ll just see whom puts whom to bed.”

Luke swallowed hard, suddenly craving those sassy lips way more than any stupid pot roast. “I love you, Katie Rose,” he said softly, reminded just how blessed he was to have her and the girls in his life.

Her eyes softened before that luscious mouth quirked into a dry smile. “I know, McGee, but until I can assuage that growling stomach of yours with meat and potatoes, I suspect I come in a distant second to pot roast.”

Luke’s stomach growled right on cue, and he shook his head and smiled while she sashayed down the hall, thinking she may just be right. Placing a kiss on Kit’s auburn curls, he strode to the door, his smile easing into a grin.

But not for long

 


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6:04AM

Monday, August 20, 2018

(To enter contest, please scroll to end of blog.)

 

β€œSigh… there goes another summer, Snoopy!” -- Charlie Brown

β€œSummer should get a speeding ticket." -- Anonymous

Noooooooooooo!!!!!

I cannot believe August is almost over, which means the sun will soon be setting on summer, and quite frankly ...

I am NOT ready!

Despite the heat and lack of rain, I have to admit that I have truly enjoyed this summer, so I hope you have too. But it went sooooo fast, that I thought it would be fun to look back and share some of the things I've been doing during this glorious season.

So ... in this Journal Jot blog, you will find more about the following:

😎  A New Book Release

😎 A New Contest

😎 A New O'Connor Novella

😎 A New O'Connor Cousins Trilogy

😎 An Extended Summer Sale

😎 Photos from My Summer

So, are you ready? Here we go!

 

😎  A New Book Release!

Okay, for all you aspiring writers, there is a brand-new writer's how-to book you are NOT going to want to miss! I am part of this very unique writer's book where you literally get to pick the brains of ten award-winning authors on everything from writing to publishing to marketing! That way, you get ten viewpoints on what has worked best for each of us in becoming a published author.

Release date is September 1st in e-book, and the paperback soon to follow, so if you pre-order a copy, please let me know, and I will send you a free e-copy of one of my indie books OR my Gone With the Wind alternate-ending flash fiction, When the Fog Clears.

WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors


😎  A New Contest!

I am kicking a new contest off to help promote WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors, so will you help me?

And what can you win if you do?

GRAND PRIZE: $50 Amazon gift, character named for you in my next paperback, & a signed copy.

2ND PLACE: Character named in my next paperback, signed copy, & choice of 2 of my indie e-books or 1 signed paperback.

All it takes to enter is to promote WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors  on Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog, indicate that in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this blog, and you are entered! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! PLUS there are additional ways to accrue points as well, so just scroll down to the very end and GOOD LUCK!

 

😎  A New O'Connor Christmas Novella!

Yes, it's true -- I'm currently writing my third O'Connor Christmas novella, and this one will be about one of my favorite couples, Katie & Luke. I'm hoping to release it sometime in October, so prayers appreciated for supernatural productivity and anointing. I've actually had the idea for a long time now, so it's fun to finally tackle it. Here's a very short blurb, so stay tuned for a cover reveal and more info!

She’s always dreamed of a best friend.

He’s always dreamed of a large family.

Until hope intervenes with a dream fulfilled.

 

😎  A New O'Connor Cousins Trilogy!

As mentioned in my last Journal Jot blog, I've submitted a proposal to my agent for my upcoming O'Connor Cousins series starting with Gabe's story, so prayers appreciated! Here's a stock photo that shows I envision Gabe for the cover.

Most of book one, A Wing and a Prayer, takes place in England and France during WW2 with a hero who is a aeromedical evacuation pilot. Gabe is an expelled WASP trainee (Women Air Force Service Pilot) who sneaks onto an Army medical ship bound for D-Day in order to be a foreign war correspondent and photographer. Here's a sneak peek at the blurb, and if you missed the full synopsis in my last blog, you can read about it HERE.

From WASP to war correspondent, a charismatic troublemaker

flies high in the war effort of WWII until a no-nonsense flight officer

clips both her wings and her heart.

 

😎  An Extended Summer Sale!

Goodness, my Isle of Hope Beach Bundle has done so well, that I am extending it till the end of summer, so if you haven't read the Isle of Hope series yet, you have until September 22 to download this award-winning 5-star trilogy at a dirt-cheap price of 99 cents per novel. After that, I'm yanking it from Amazon, and each book will go back to their original prices, so take advantage!

And if you left a review for the bundle, GOD BLESS YOU because I know who you are, and I am SO grateful. And if you've already read the trilogy and haven't posted a review, PLEASE consider doing so. All it takes is a 1-line review on Amazon, saying you liked it if you did. Here's the link and THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

ISLE OF HOPE BEACH BUNDLE

 

😎  Photos From My Summer!

Oh my, have we had a fun summer, so I thought you'd like a tiny glimpse of some of the things we did!

Ice cream with our grands, daughter, and son-in-law!

Look how Genevieve has grown (the "heart" baby you prayed for)!

FINALLY renovated our bathroom -- YAY!!

Writing on the Dock of the Bay, hopefully not wasting time ...

I love gardening in my deer-free flower pots!

HAPPY SUMMER, ALL, AND BE SURE TO ENTER MY CONTEST BELOW!

πŸ’•HUGSπŸ’•

JULIE

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1:49AM

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"Forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.”

--Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman

Happy Summer, Everyone!

Hope you all are having a good one, but, WHEW! Where does the time go? Cannot believe summer is almost half over -- YIKES!

I've been busy putting a proposal together for my upcoming O'Connor Cousins series starting with Gabe's story, and WHOA, my head is spinning from doing research!

Most of the book takes place in England and France during WW2 and the hero is a aeromedical evacuation pilot while Gabe is a WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilot) who ends up as a foreign war correspondent.

So, between military terms, medical terms, and getting the plot aligned properly with history, I have spent an entire month researching, which is more than I have spent on ALL of my other 21 books put together!! I'll tell you what -- it sure gives me a WHOLE new appreciation for amazing Christian WW2 authors like Sarah Sundin, Cathy Gohlke, and Cara Putman.

Here's a sneak peek at Book 1 in my Days of Thunder Series, A Wing and a Prayer:

 ONE-LINE PREMISE

Book 1 in the Days of Thunder Series

A Wing and a Prayer

From WASP to war correspondent,

a charismatic troublemaker flies high in the war effort of WWII

until a no-nonsense flight officer clips both her wings and her heart.

 

JACKET BLURB

She’s dead-set on giving everything to the war overseas …

Even if she loses everything in a war of the heart.

A street orphan abused and abandoned by an alcoholic father at age five, Gabe O’Connor has never let a man stand in her way yet. So when a handsome flight officer thwarts her plans to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, she’s determined to join the war effort anyway she can. Her chance comes when she reads about a war correspondent who sneaks on a medical ship to reach the front. As the adopted daughter of the Boston Herald’s editor, Gabe plots to do the same, hoping to report on Operation Overlord (D-Day) by “borrowing” foreign correspondent credentials from the Herald. Stowing away on the medical ship that is transporting her cousin Hope Dennehy to England as a nurse with the Army Nurse Corp, Gabe manages to charm everyone she meets … except the one officer she longs to win over the most.

Lieutenant Reece Kincaid pegs Gabe O’Connor as trouble the moment she steps foot on Avenger Field. As the eldest brother of a boy whose jaw Gabe broke in grade school, Reece is familiar with her reputation as both a charismatic ringleader and a headstrong hooligan who’s challenged every male and nun from grade school to college. Assigned as her WASP flight instructor, Reece keeps a tight rein, even attempting to forge a friendship rooted in God. But when Gabe mistakes his friendship for more, Reece’s rejection kindles her ire, resulting in her expulsion when she pulls a dangerous stunt against Reece’s orders.

As an aeromedical evacuation pilot in France eight months later, Reece is stunned to run into Gabe again, especially when he learns she is posing as a foreign correspondent under a fraudulent name. She charms his fellow pilot and friend Zach into flying her to Paris to cover its liberation, where Zach is not only wounded, but now facing a possible court martial. Hoping to protect Zach from Gabe and Gabe from herself, Reece makes a deal that inadvertently lands both Gabe and him behind enemy lines, exposing them to a danger as perilous as the German tanks roaming the Reichswald Forest—a love that neither expects.

So, prayers greatly appreciated for this project! THANK YOU!

 

πŸ“Ή My Most Recent Facebook Live!

If you didn't have a chance to see Part 2 of my new video series, NOVEL INSPIRATIONS, a series of life lessons I learned the hard way and put into each of my books, now's your chance! The subject is our header quote above:

"Forgiveness is the greatest gift

we can give to ourselves.”

Check it out below!

 

 

πŸ“• 99-Cent 3-Book Bundle Ends Soon!

In honor of summer, I am currently offering my Isle of Hope Beach Bundle Collection for only $ .99, so you will never get a better deal than this for the perfect 5-star beach read! That's THREE 5-STAR BOOKS FOR ONLY 99 CENTS, but the deal ends this weekend, so don't miss out!

And I need your help!

If you have already read the Isle of Hope trilogy and posted a review for any of them on Amazon, can I ask you to please repost that review on my Isle of Hope Beach Bundle Collection?

Since it's technically a new book, there were no reviews until one person posted a one-star review due to "sexual desire" in the book and language (I used the word "freak" once in the book, as in "what the freak happened to my Red Bull?").

Unfortunately, this happened the same day I was running a very expensive Book Bub special, so I have no doubt that one-star negatively affected my sales (I sure wouldn't buy a book that only had one review -- a one star -- would you?). I did pray for the reviewer, of course, and then asked people who had posted reviews for the three books to repost those reviews or a short review on the bundle, which has helped greatly.

But ... I sure could use some more help! So if you have read any of the Isle of Hope books, would you consider posting a brief review that can be as short as 1 or 2 lines, stating which book(s) you read and that you liked it (them) if you did? That would be a tremendous help to me, so thank you SO much!

And MEGA HUGS to those of you who have already posted reviews on the bundle -- I know who you are -- and I am sooooo very grateful for you taking the time to do that! God bless you!

Hugs and HAPPY SUMMER!

Julie

9:58PM

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

If my people, who are called by my name,

will humble themselves and pray and seek my face

and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven,

and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEK, EVERYONE! 

I absolutely LOVE our Indepedence Day, but I have to admit that the incivility raging in our country today scares me more than a little, because more and more, it doesn't reflect the America we all know and love.

Which only serves to remind us that as Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for our country and our leaders for wisdom, grace, direction, and strength. I can think of no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than stopping for a moment and praying for our country, our president, our Congress, our judicial branch, and all of our people.

I don't know if I've mentioned to you all that I have a bit of a temper to you, and my "hot button" is discourtesy and rudeness -- I go crazy whenever I see it. Which doesn't always bode well for this CDQ during this current climate of incivility. I am ashamed to admit that, yes, I have been known to scream at the TV upon provocation, much to my sweet husband's angst, but I am working on it. And the Scripture that popped up in my devotional this morning pretty much nailed me to the wall:

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart,

and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.

For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. -- Luke 6:45

Oh, sweet mother of mercy, the very last thing I want to have clogging up my heart is the very incivility that I disdain, so I am working really hard to curtail it. I am a HUGE believer in praying for those who persecute you, so that's already covered in my life because I pray for every single person who trips my ire. Uh ... after I spout off, that is, so that has to change too. And it will because as a child of God, I have access to His grace.

America is full of God's grace, so His people have to be full of His grace, too, with a purity of heart that contains no malice, no anger, no bitterness. So not only am I praying for America this Fourth of July, but for myself and for all of us, that we can bring a smile to God's face by choosing His way instead of the world's. And to pray for those who don't always agree with us as well as those who don't fully realize just how great this country is and how blessed we are to live here.

So celebrate this important holiday with me by joining in on prayers for God to heal our country -- a country that our Pledge of Allegiance so aptly proclaims to be "one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Whether you say a quick prayer on your own, or whether you choose to pray the "Prayer for America" at Crosswalk.com, which also includes "20 Verses of Hope" for our country, don't let this moment -- or this holiday -- pass without thanking God for the blessing of our country -- the greatest country on earth!

Hugs and Happy 4th of July!

Julie

 

 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 4th of July Free Download!

IN HONOR OF INDEPENDENCE DAY ... I decided it would be fitting (and fun) to do a freebie on For Love of Liberty, whose them is, ironically, "True liberty is doing the right thing." So if you haven't read it yet, now is your chance because the e-book will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD starting tomorrow, 4th of July through Sunday, July 8th. Happy Reading and Happy 4th!

 

πŸ“• Blog Giveways!

AND ... NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FREE E-COPY OF LOVE'S EVERLASTING TOO!

  All you have to do is leave a comment on every blog in my blog tour, and you have 8 CHANCES TO WIN! So, here's the link, and GOOD LUCK!

BLOG TOUR FOR LOVE'S SILVER LINING

 

 

 

 

 

 

πŸ“• Three Books for 99 Cents!

HAPPY SUMMER, EVERYONE ... and to prove it, I will be offering my Isle of Hope Beach Bundle Collection for only $ .99, so you will never get a better deal than this for the perfect 5-star beach read! That's THREE 5-STAR BOOKS FOR ONLY 99 CENTS, so mark your calendars for July 20-31 and HAPPY READING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

πŸ“• Video Interview!

Hey, guys, I did a fun interview with Candy Harris of Literary Candy, so I hope you check it out below!

 

 

🎧 Marcy & Patrick on Audio!

OH MY GOODNESS!

I cannot WAIT to hear A Light in the Window on audio! I have to admit, I always have a bit of a problem with the narrators since I have my own ideas of how Marcy and Patrick sound (or Steven or Annie in the audio version of A Love Surrendered), but I have to say that after a few chapters, I am SO into the story!!  PLUS it's a great way to pass the time while driving in a car ... OR while cleaning, taking a walk, working in the yard, wherever! :)

So ... if you are into audio books, I hope you will consider giving A Light in the Window a chance too. I know I am—soon!


 For Audio Version of

A Light in the Window

 

πŸ—“ And Finally ...

Are you ready for Part 2 of my new video series called NOVEL INSPIRATIONS, a series of life lessons I learned the hard way and put into each of my books? I hope so because it should be a lot of fun.

I hope you will join me on Julie's Facebook Author Page on THURSDAY, JULY 26 for LOTS OF PERSONAL STORIES, INSPIRATION, AND PRIZES. Hope to see you there and don't forget to ...

              Mark Your Calendar!

  βœ“ πŸ—“ βœ“

6:35AM

Thursday, May 24, 2018

“One never knows what one will do

given the weight of circumstances beyond our control,

which is why the grace of Godand His forgivenessare as vital as air.”

Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love

Boy, isn't that the truth?

That's a lesson I learned the hard way as a teenager who criticized her older sister for being "wild." And then a few years later, I turned right around and did a whole lot worse than she did.

It didn't take too long—the age of 23 when I came to Christ—to figure out that both the grace of God and His forgiveness were crucial to my well-being.

You know, I think I was always meant to be a writer, not only because I love it so much, but because at the ripe, old age of 67, I have TONS of material based on the many mistakes I've made over the years, many of which I've subjected my characters to in my books.

Which brings me to my latest Facebook Live that I videoed last Friday, where I introduced a new video series I am doing called "Novel Inspirations." I'm pretty excited about it because I really feel it's something God wants me to do, so I plan to talk each time about a different spiritual lesson I've learned and how I implemented it into a book.

Last week's "Novel Inspiration" was on the theme from For Love of Liberty, which is "true liberty is doing the right thing." I start out reading an excerpt from the book that depicts the spiritual lesson, then I end up telling how God taught me the same lesson. I like to think of it as the Julie Lessman School of Hard Knocks, video-style.

So, if you are interested in taking a peek, I've included the actual video below. And good news! I haven't picked a winner yet for the book giveaway, which will be winner's choice of any of my indie books: either choice of 2 e-books or one paperback,  so you still have a chance to enter until Wednesday, May 30th by leaving a comment. Come on by and GOOD LUCK!

 

 

πŸ“• Facebook Flash Giveaway!

Oh, you are going to LOVE this giveaway!!

Because I am fortunate enough to be good friends with both Becky Wade and Denise Hunter, I am hosting two Facebook Flash Giveaways where you can win a signed paperback copy of either Becky's or Denise's latest release, so mark your calender for the dates below. All you have to do is leave a comment on my Facebook Author Page anytime during the specified day, and you will be in the draw to win! GOOD LUCK!

BECKY WADE FACEBOOK FLASH GIVEAWAY:

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2018

WHERE:  Julie's Facebook Author Page

PRIZE: Signed copy of Falling for You

BLURB: Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

 ***

DENISE HUNTER'S FACEBOOK FLASH GIVEAWAY:

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018

WHERE:  Julie's Facebook Author Page

PRIZE: Signed copy of Honeysuckle Dreams

BLURB:  After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

 

🌀 Love's Silver Lining Releases!

WHOO-HOO!! Book 1 in my Silver Lining Ranch Series, Love's Silver Lining, just released last week, so I hope you've had a chance to read it.

If you have and liked it, can I ask a favor? Would you consider posting a brief (1- or 2-line) review on Amazon saying that you did? Then please let me know so I can personally thank you, okay?

Most people don’t realize how critical good reviews are to authors, especially on indie books like Love's Silver Lining that don't have a big publisher promoting them. But the truth is that so many potential readers base their book-buying decisions on the number of good reviews posted, that that’s the best way to bless an author you like. Here's the blurb:

   She tampers with his life.
  He tampers with her heart.
Love tampers with them both.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the lives of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parents' house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.

If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away as possible. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.

To Download Love's Silver Lining!

 

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 50% Sale on Liberty!

 

 "JULIE LESSMAN + WESTERN ROMANCE = GOLD RUSH! You heard it here, folks. I think Julie Lessman was created to write westerns." -- Reading is my SuperPower Blog

Okay, people, if you haven't had the chance to read my 5-star prequel novel, For Love of Liberty yet, NOW is your chance!

In honor of the release of Love's Silver Lining, I am cutting Liberty's price in half because you really should read Liberty's story before you forge into Love's Silver Lining.

Why? Well, you know how I like all my novels in a series to connect, and it's no different with the Silver Lining Ranch Series, so I hope you will take advantage of this sale to start at the very beginning!

A VERY good place to start! 😍

A Match Made in Heaven?
Or Someplace a Whole Lot Warmer?

She’s stubborn, educated, and looking
to give women the vote.
He’s bullheaded, successful, and looking
to give her a piece of his mind.
But when things heat up, they just may give each other
a piece of their hearts.

 
 To Order For Love of Liberty
at Half Price!



πŸ– 5-Star Beach Bundle Available for Pre-Order!


WHOO-HOO ... SUMMER IS COMING!! I don't know about you, but this has been one cold spring, and I am sooooo ready for summer! Not only for the warmer weather, but because I am putting out my very first bundle of books, and where better to start than my favorite indie series, Isle of Hope?

Why is IOH my favorite indie series? Well, true, it's my only full-fledged indie series so far, but also, it's one of the most personal and spiritual series of all I have written. Within each book—especially Book 1, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Loveyou will find personal spiritual lessons I learned the hard way (as do my characters), so I promise it's not only 5-star fiction, it's 5-star spiritual lessons as well. Here's what one reviewer said:

 "If you haven't read
Julie Lessman, you  don't know
what you are missing. This is the best series
I have ever read. And that's saying a lot because
I read 200-300 books a year!
This is book One!"

-- Joy Chattin Hannabass, Splashes of Joy Blog

All three novels in the Isle of Hope Series have 5-star ratings on Amazon, and the prequel novella has a 4.6 rating which, when you average it out, is a LOT of 5-star reading, my friends!

So ... if you haven't started this series yet, now you can do it all at once at a greatly reduced price, WHICH will not last forever, so take advantage!

The bundle releases on June 15 for only $3.99, which is a savings of $5.00 off the series price, so I hope you take advantage if you haven't read the series yet.

AND ... if you want to be notified as to when this bundle or any future books release—just click on the BOOKBUB link to "follow" me on BookBub, okay? You will then be notified via email whenever I have a pre-order or a book release.

 CLICK HERE

TO PRE-ORDER ISLE OF HOPE 3-BOOK BEACH BUNDLE

 

🎧 A Light in the Window in Audio!

 OH MY GOODNESS! I cannot WAIT to hear Marcy, Patrick, and Sam's story ON AUDIO!! I'm saving it for a trip where I have to drive to St. Louis soon, so I'm SO excited! And I hope you are too!

I have to admit, I always have a bit of a problem with the narrators since I have my own ideas of how Marcy and Patrick sound (or Steven or Annie in the audio version of A Love Surrendered), but I have to say that after a few chapters, I am SO into the story!!  PLUS it's a great way to pass the time while driving in a car ... OR while cleaning, taking a walk, working in the yard, wherever! :)

So ... if you are into audio books, I hope you will consider giving A Light in the Window a chance too. I know I am—soon!

 For Audio Version of
A Light in the Window
 

 HUGS AND HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Julie